Hi, I'm Anthony.
I live in LA where I write things you may see on TV, stage or screen.
I also perform at the UCB Theatre.
I co-wrote an Off-Broadway musical.
SOME WEB VIDEOS I WROTE FOR
AND IN WHICH I MAY APPEAR
-Bored Cops: F*ck, Marry, Kill
-Bored Cops: Still Life
-Bored Cops: Christmas
-Songs In The Key of Craigslist
-Food Court Musical
-Grocery Store Musical
-I Love Lunch! The Musical
-Gotta Share! The Musical
-Mall Santa Musical
"Hey Will, if you’re still interested in mind palaces, there’s a book on them and “the art of memory” that I found very interesting and enjoyable called Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer. Love the show, please never stop!"
A helpful message from Griffin Rhyne after hearing us talk about MIND PALACES on episode 4 of Don’t Get Me Started! Thanks Griffin! I have heard of Moonlighting With Einstein and maybe even considered getting it and now I probably will.
Hooray for listener suggestions!
My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.
Sadly, the natural progression from stories about eternal man-boys rebelling against the expectations of adulthood is to stories about those same men being rewarded simply for deciding it’s time to stop.
The good news is, while the female characters in these stories are still getting short shrift, they have actually progressed…from joyless obstacles to joyless catalysts.
I can’t speak for other writers, but as for me, I somehow simultaneously believe I am more talented than most other people and also that I am a complete and total fraud who is unqualified to even spray aerosol cans into bowling shoes. And depending on the exact moment when you talk to me, I will either have the confident exuberance of a toddler climbing a bookshelf or the abject self-loathing of a dog pooping in public.
Because the real truth is there are so many people smarter than me and more talented than me and more driven than me and luckier than me. But another real truth is that I am also smarter than a lot of people and more talented than a lot of people and more driven than a lot of people and luckier than a lot of people.
And I believe that just as much as I doubt it’s true.
So yes. Doubt is always going to be there. But you can’t just forget about it (it makes you humble and hungry). And you can’t just embrace it (it makes you weak and boring).
You have to do both.
And also neither.
Thanks so much, Richard from Syracuse! I’m happy to say that Scott and I are currently hard at work on two new full-length musicals. Unfortunately I can’t say too much about them publicly yet, but they’re both movie adaptations being produced by the respective studios. We’re excited! Hopefully we’ll be able to share more info soon.
I hope you enjoy(ed) Gutenberg!
Thanks so much, Spambot! But I think I have enough fake friends.