Patrice O’Neal is one of my teachers. Only a brilliant artist can finesse political incorrectness these days. He brought the stuff floating around in your head to light with an undeniable humor and intuition about the way the ugly truth really works in your brain. His comedy was a relief from the distasteful images burning holes in our brains amidst media pressure to think proper thoughts. Conversely, in his comedy, there was an implied sensitivity about the subjects that he ridiculed. It takes mad skills to be able to balance the two.
He didn’t play to the least common denominator, the way that a lot of comedians corralled on these “comedy” specials do. He talked about unpopular, marginal things, and you’d find yourself nodding involuntarily at them. Yes, some of his comedy made me cringe — but it was worth it. You can’t doubt his intelligence. I found him refreshing. I’d take him over any politically correct person using all the ‘proper’ lingo, etc., whose actions indicate otherwise. As a black comic, he didn’t use his comedy as an artless tool to lash out. I know his comedy wasn’t for everyone. Too bad.
I helped make somebody a Hollywood Star. And yet I live, ever so humbly. I wrote a play in college in’91 and handpicked three people from my class to star in it. They didn’t act on stage, just read the script in a workshop. I don’t even remember the name of it — but still! I only just remember that one of the characters was insane — of course.
After starring in my blockbuster play, Famke Janssen developed a very successful movie career for which I totally take credit. I had no idea then that she was getting into acting. I saw her on the big screen for the first time in the X-Men. “My protégé!” I cried, pointing at the screen.
Famke was nice. I liked Famke, but Famke never gave me credit for catapulting her to success. Famke hasn’t thanked me.
If her ship starts sinking and mine begins doing whatever it is that ships do when they sail very well, would I offer her a lifeboat? Of course I’d offer her a lifeboat – I molded her career for goodness sake – remember in the World of Suzie Wong, Suzie Wong she kept saying this – in that cute Chinese accent — “For goodness sake!” What a racist movie, but for the life of me I just love saying that. Nancy Kwan rules!
Really, I don’t think Famke Janssen’s ship would sink and would never wish for it to sink.
Kiss kiss on both cheeks to Famke Janssen – well hell, all four cheeks – this post is called “Celebrity butt kissing series” for goodness sake!
Long live the beauteous Famke Janssen!
What celebrity encounters have you had? Do you know Famke Janssen?