Brody Stevens RIP – We Enjoyed It

Steven Brody Stevens RIP

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Brody Stevens performs at the last Josh and Josh Show at Bar Lubitsch

Steven Brody Stevens killed himself. He was only 48 years old.
This is horrible and VERY SAD but not unexpected. Mental Illness is not a joke.

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Brody Stevens’ Name on the Comedy Store Marquee….. RIP

We didn’t know Brody. We weren’t friends. We never hung out. We did meet Brody when he was a special guest at our comedy show “The 5 and Dime in Studio City”. We watched his reality show when it was broadcast on cable. We knew about “the incident” on Sunset Boulevard that got him arrested. We became a real fan one night when we found his Periscope channel. We saw him perform live at The Josh and Josh Show a few times, but we watched his live performances on Periscope many times, which he shared every night for a long time, before taping his comedy special. We watched his scopes from his apartment, and his “Steps with Steve” scopes, and in his car driving (while drumming) scopes. Most of the time it was just Brody being weird and real, and it was raw, and sometimes it was hard to watch because he was so f*cked up mentally. But mostly it was entertaining and sometimes pure comedy genius. He was a unique talent, brave to broadcast his comedy direct to his fans and haters (who were there with him every night too), and he knew nobody could steal his act, his off-center jokes, and his catch phrases. “Solo scene on a yoga mat”, “Leather exterior”, “Take my mom to lunch and pay half”, “She’s an UBER driver in Coachella”, just f*ckin’ great jokes and if you knew him, you knew all the punchlines and they were still funny everytime. He was also a big presence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using each platform creatively to promote himself. I’ve peppered this Blog Post with more of his comedy in tribute to a man who shouldn’t be dead.

“You’re never alone when you’re bipolar.”

EVERYONE KNEW HE WAS “SUICIDAL” and there was nothing they could do…. all of his FRIENDS loved him and his weirdness, but it wasn’t enough.

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Brody Stevens on the road at the Cabazon Dinosaurs

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Brody Stevens at the Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip

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Brody Stevens Backstage at the Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip

Everyone knew he had mental health issues, it was public knowledge. He did a TV reality show “Brody Stevens, Enjoy It” you can watch on ComedyCentral’s channel and addressed the problems he was experiencing, the drugs that he was prescribed, and his recovery after being “5150” hospitalized for a bipolar incident in 2011. He was very brave to talk about mental illness, his personal issues and his feelings. He was also very frustrated and angry, he was jealous of other people’s success, and he held a grudge hard and was not afraid to air his complaint and grievances publicly. He burned a lot of bridges. He had “run-ins” with the police and other authority figures, and it cost him jobs.

“I’m intense. I get B.O. in the shower.
I get road rage at the car wash” – Steven Brody Stevens

Brody had small speaking roles in films. He was in “The Hangover”, “The Hangover 2” and “Due Date”, but he got cut out of “Funny People”. He “created Chelsea Lately!” Brody was frequent guest on other people’s podcasts and had his own “The Festival of Friendship”.

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The Brody Stevens “Festival of Friendship” – You Got It!

He was incredibly funny, he wrote clever jokes, he loved baseball, the Chicago Cubs, and drumming. He loved his mom and her dog, Daisy. He could improvise on a dime and do weird bits that other comedians would never dream of trying, and he was a master of “crowd work” and warm up. “Arms crossed, negative” was a common line as he broke down the audiences’ defense, crashing through the fourth wall, and attacked them with his aggressive comedic persona. Angry Brody unleashing on an unresponsive audience was a sight to behold! It was “in your face” and mostly unapologetic, and designed to get a real reaction. His daily Periscope broadcasts were GENIUS! He made other comics laugh, and tried to make the world a more positive place. He will be missed.

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NOTE: This sequence below is from a truly creative Periscope video he shared. Using the delay in broadcast time, Brody engineered a conversation with himself using his iPhone, iPad and GoPro, while still talking to his viewers. It was BRILLIANT!

“You Got It!” – Steven Brody Stevens

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Brody Periscoping from his apartment in North Hollywood

NOTE: Brody often talked about his medication and the drugs he was taking. We read that he had recently changed medication and was taking Lexapro for his depression. He talked about adjusting to it in his last broadcasts and feeling “melancholy”. We looked it up after we heard the news and found reports online from 2005 and 2011 that stated Lexapro (and other drugs like it) can intensify suicidal thoughts and behavior in some cases. Brody was bipolar and the medication may have pushed him over the edge.

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Brody’s Name on The Comedy Store Wall of Fame

Rest in Peace now Prince of Periscope.
Thank you Brody for sharing your one-of-a-kind comedic talent with us!
May the Four Winds blow him safely home.

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Brody Stevens Backstage at the Improv

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A Sketch of Brody Steven, the Prince of Periscope

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“818 ’til I die!” – Steven Brody Stevens

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“POSITIVE PUSH!”

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away! Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.

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BrodyIsMeFriend – Steven Brody Stevens RIP

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There will be a Benefit on March 5, 2019 at The Comedy Store
for Brody’s Mom and Sister and Mental Health Awareness:

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Tickets are only $30 at thecomedystore.com!

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Brody Stevens RIP and Kevin Short (West Hollywood Jesus) RIP

 


UPDATE: Thursday, March 7, 2019
There was a big Festival of Friendship Benefit to celebrate Brody’s life (and death) at The Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood on Tuesday night March 5th.

Brody was so happy about getting his name on The Comedy Store wall, and was always concerned about getting his name on the marquee. Well, his name was on the marquee and his friends and the staff at the store had t-shirts made to honor his catch phrase “ENJOY IT!” (and if you knew him, you just read that in his voice with a special inflection)

His friends and fans gathered together, proceeds were donated to a Mental Health charity, there were flowers and photos, and many fine tributes to Brody. There were also other gatherings at other venues and most everyone had at least one Brody story to tell. There were also fan tributes, online tributes, and a lot of immediate media coverage. When the news broke, Brody was trending #1 on Twitter and Facebook. He would have loved that, too bad he was dead. Don’t try suicide. It just leaves a mess behind.

There is a lot of Brody Stevens available on Comedy Central, YouTube, and Social Media!
Brody was “The Prince of Periscope” and he also had accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. He appeared on television, the internet, numerous podcasts, and posted his own videos online. He was a tortured soul who left behind an enormous body of work for his fans to remember him by. #BrodyIsMeFriend

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Rest in Peace Brody.



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UPDATED March 10, 2019: There was a gathering at The Comedy Store to “celebrate” Brody Stevens, his friends and comedy friends assembled for this wonderful picture.
There will be another “CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC” gathering tomorrow night (Monday the 11th) at The Comedy Store for his friends.

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“Game of Thrones” Single Malt Scotch Whiskey!

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“Game of Thrones”, Diageo and HBO have released a limited-edition collection of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies in Scotland and across the United Kingdom.

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“The collection features eight scotch whiskies from across the country, each paired with one of the iconic Houses of Westeros, as well as the Night’s Watch, giving fans an authentic taste of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond.”

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Super Bowl Sunday 2019!

Super Bowl Sunday 2019!

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Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta, Georgia

February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

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CURRENT ODDS: The Patriots are favored by 2-1/2 points, with an Over-Under of 56.5

The Patriots have not scored a touchdown in the first quarter in 8 previous Super Bowl appearances! New England has only scored 3 first-quarter points in the 8 previous Super Bowl games! They have been shut out in the first-quarter every Super Bowl except for last year against the Philadelphia Eagles, when they kicked a field goal.

C.J. Anderson, the Rams star Runningback, has an old tendency to fumble under pressure. Jared Goff is the youngest Quarterback to play in the big game. Will “Super Bowl Nerves” be a major factor in the Rams’ game play?

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NOTE: This game is billed as a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, played in 2002.
First-year quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots upset the St. Louis Rams quarterbacked by Kurt Warner 20-17 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Colin Kaepernick Takes A Knee!

1) Take A Knee protest = Cops please stop killing unarmed African Americans,
2) Racist NFL owners won’t hire Colin Kaepernick as QB for starting the protest,
3) Racist propaganda targeting Colin Kaepernick hits the internet,
4) Nike hires Colin Kaepernick and angry racists burn Nike merchandise
Trump condemned Colin Kaepernick and other players joining the protest, incorrectly claiming they are protesting the national anthem and the American flag…
the discussion is over. The persecution is RACIST. The belittling of an African-American sports figure for political gain based in hatred is what this is about. Dividing the country is what this is about. Hate for a person of color is what this is about. That’s all.
FU LYIN’ DONNY!

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“THE FIX IS IN!” Rams-Saints Pass Interference “No-Call”
“whenever officiating is part of any kind of discussion post-game, it’s never a good outcome for us.” ~ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (10 days after the game)

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Rams – Saints Pass Interference “No-Call” on January 20, 2019

The NFL’s Senior VP of Officiating Al Riveron spoke to New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton after the game and said that pass interference should have been called against Rams’ defenseman Nickell Robey-Coleman for the early hit on Saints’ receiver Tommylee Lewis. Robey-Coleman was fined for an illegal hit, but Commissioner Roger Goodell did not overturn the result of the game or order all or part of the game to be replayed.

“Listen, we understand the frustration of the fans. I’ve talked to coach Payton. The team, the players, we understand the frustration they feel right now, and we certainly want to address that” ~ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (10 days after the game)

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Tom Brady is 41 years old. Jared Goff is 24 years old. If the Patriots win, Brady will become the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, a record currently held by Peyton Manning (he was 39 in 2016 when the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers).

 

“He became a man the day of the greatest game he ever played. Everything he ever knew about common decency and morality he learned that day in December from Alan “The Horse” Ameche; and today in the Superbowl he would earn his wings. The crowd had assembled; a crowd of America’s elite. Toyata salesmen from all around the country—orientals and even those suspected of being orientals—stacked on the thirty yard line watching him sweat and wipe caked blood from his face. The Gallow brothers—Ernest and Julio—party guys who had skinned a few Mexicans and forced them to carry them on their shoulders down to the pre-game tailgate parties at the colosseum. The Pepsi and Coca Cola bottlers of America—Coke adds life; It’s the real thing—bombarded by missiles; flying flaming matchbook covers. The waterheads from General Motors up in the top seats where they belong; getting the worst of the pollution. All sorts of weird motherf*ckers were at the game.”

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Gladys Knight performed the national anthem beautifully at Super Bowl 53. The seven-time Grammy Award winner and Atlanta native is best known for her hits “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends are For”. There were rumors that she might be joined by The Pips, but that didn’t happen.

2019 Halftime Show: Maroon 5 w/guests Travis Scott and Big Boi (TOTALLY SUCKED!) MORE CONTROVERSY! The Colin Kaepernick Scandal causes big name artists to say NO. Maroon 5 is targeted for saying yes. Just remember, it’s all about the MONEY.

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GO RAMS!

COIN TOSS: Heads or Tails?
The Patriots call “Heads”, the Rev. King flips the coin, and it lands “TAILS”.
The Rams win the coin toss. They choose to defer and kick off to the Patriots.

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The Super Bowl PARTY is the real thing!
The game may suck, and it did this year, but the party can still be reallyfun!

ON THE MENU: Chili w/cheese and chopped onions, Crudité: celery, carrots, and cucumber w/ranch dressing; Fruit: watermelon, strawberries, and raspberries w/whipped cream; Tortilla chips and fresh made guacamole, BBQ potato chips, lightly salted peanuts, M&Ms (peanut and pretzel), Cream Soda, and Iced Espresso.

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We made a pot of chili in the morning and had some for breakfast. Then we went to the market and bought our party supplies. We came home and prepped the food and then enjoyed the pre-game telecast and Super Bowl Sunday pre-party food and fun.

 

The game was really boring. The Patriots led 3-0 at halftime. The halftime show was terrible. The commercials were pretty bad, with only a couple of exceptions.
Not much to say about the commentary or pre-show. (F*ck Trump and his soft interview)
CBS’s visual coverage of the game was good. They had lots of cameras, effects, and no technical difficulties to speak of, but again the game was really boring.

The Rams were out-coached and out-played, but managed to stay in the game until the 4th quarter, when the Patriots finally scored a touchdown and then sealed the win with a an interception and field goal. FINAL SCORE: Patriots 13, Rams 3 (B-O-R-I-N-G)

Sad ending for a sad football season, marred by racial and political issues, and too many BAD F*CKING CALLS AND “NO CALLS” by the officials. The recent rule changes have hurt the game and the judgement calls by the referees have raised a lot of questions…..

Would it have been a better game if the Patriots beat the New Orleans Saints?

“Super Sunday. Dawn. My recollections of the last twelve hours are very dim. All that I know for certain is that shortly after I checked in, two third-world drug abusers disguised as hotel employees forced their way into my room; ransacked it, drank all my liquor, did all my drugs, stole my dinner. If the security precautions aren’t beefed up at this hotel; I’m looking for safer accommodations. It’s a sad state of affairs when this reporter has to go heavily armed to breakfast.”

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“We also know our officials are human, we also know that they’re officiating a game that moves very quickly and have to make snap decisions under difficult circumstances,” he said. “And they’re not going to get it every time. As I say, they’re human.”
~ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (10 days after the game)

THE FIX IS IN! (again)
Penalties called against the Rams: 12
Penalties called against the Patriots: 3
TOO MANY “NO CALLS!” Holding much? The Patriots 4th quarter Touchdown drive:

 

 

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FLASHBACK! The Denver Broncos Win Super Bowl 50! GO BRONCOS!

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Los Angeles Rams players Aqib Talib, C.J. Anderson, and Coach Wade Phillips are ex-Denver Broncos.

THIS JUST IN: In his first year of eligibility, cornerback Champ Bailey became the first Denver Broncos defensive player in history to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played the final 10 seasons of his 15-year career with the Broncos and was a four-time first-team All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowl selection. Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was also elected to the Hall’s Class of 2019. He is the majority owner of the Denver Broncos . The Bowlen Family, including his two brothers John Bowlen and Bill Bowlen, and sister Marybeth Bowlen, purchased the team from Edgar Kaiser in 1984.
CONGRATULATIONS CHAMP, PAT AND THE BOWLEN FAMILY!

 

Time to watch “Where The Buffalo Roam” again.

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Happy Year of the Pig!
Happy Lunar New Year!

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Happy Year of the Pig 2019!

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It’s Groundhog Day!

“It’s Groundhog Day!” (again)

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“BING!”

 

“Ned… Ryerson. “Needlenose Ned”? “Ned the Head”? C’mon, buddy. Case Western High. Ned Ryerson: I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing! Ned Ryerson: got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn’t graduate? Bing, again. Ned Ryerson: I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple times until you told me not to anymore? Well?”

 

“Ned?”
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February 2nd is always Groundhog Day!

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“Don’t drive angry!”

The Groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as  the woodchuck (aka chuck, wood-shock, groundpig, whistlepig, whistler, thickwood badger, Canada marmot, monax, moonack, weenusk, red monk and, among French Canadians, siffleux), is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots.

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“There is no way that this winter is *ever* going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be stopped.
….And I have to stop him.”

EXTREME COLD ACROSS THE UNITED STATES! Stay warm!

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“You want a prediction about the weather, you’re asking the wrong Phil. I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.”

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Punxsutawney is the largest incorporated municipal borough in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. The largest Groundhog Day celebration in the United States takes place every February 2nd at Gobbler’s Knob with Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog, who predicts the weather. According to tradition, if Phil sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter. If Phil doesn’t see his shadow, there will be an “early spring.”
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1886 was the first time that Groundhog Day appeared in the Punxsutawney newspaper and February 2, 1887, was the first official ceremony at Gobbler’s Knob.

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2019: Punxsutawney Phil predicts an “EARLY SPRING”!

“This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.”

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2019: EARLY SPRING!

“When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.”

Phil is kept in a special enclosure at the town library. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle takes care of Phil year-round and they script the Groundhog Day ceremonies in advance, with the decision on whether he’ll see his shadow made in advance.

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There is only one Punxsutawney Phil, and all other groundhogs are impostors!

Groundhog Day is rooted in a Celtic and Germanic tradition and the pagan holiday of Imbolc, also known as Candlemas. When German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania, they transferred the tradition to the local wildlife, replacing hedgehogs with groundhogs.

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.

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“Groundhog Day” is a 1993 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and stars Bill Murray as Phil Connors, a TV weatherman caught in a time loop during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event, repeatedly reliving the same day.
NOTE: The film was shot in Woodstock, Illinois, not Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
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“Groundhog Day, The Musical” is also musical comedy stage play with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and book by Danny Rubin. Based on the 1993 film of the same name.

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Groundhog Club HQ – 200 West Mahoning St, Ste 1, Punxsutawney, PA 15767
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Not-So-Nice Marmot!

February 1st, 2019 – Rabbit, Rabbit.

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“It’s A Small World After All”

“It’s A Small World After All”

Robert B. Sherman RIP December 19, 1925 – March 6, 2012
Richard M. Sherman Born June 12, 1928 –

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The Sherman Brothers were responsible for more motion picture musical song scores than any other songwriting team in film history!

The Sherman Brothers began writing songs together on a challenge from their songwriter father, Al Sherman. In 1958, Al Sherman founded the music publishing company, Music World Corporation, and later worked with Disney’s BMI publishing arm, Wonderland Music Company. Also in 1958, the Sherman Brothers had their first Top Ten hit with “Tall Paul”, sung by Annette Funicello. And then Walt Disney hired the Sherman Brothers as Staff Songwriters for Walt Disney Studios. They worked directly for Walt Disney until his death in 1966.

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Disneyland USA

In the 60’s, while working for Walt Disney, the Sherman Brothers wrote two songs for the Disney Pavilions at the 1964 New York World’s Fair: “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” for the GE’s “Carousel of Progress” and “It’s a Small World” for Bank of America.

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“It’s A Small World” at Disneyland USA

NOTE: The Sherman Brothers also wrote songs for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Slipper and the Rose, The Parent Trap, Snoopy Come Home, Charlotte’s Web, and many others. In 1965, they won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins – the Best Original Score, which included “Feed The Birds”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and the Best Original Song, “Chim Chim Cher-ee”

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“It’s A Small World” Original Concept Art by Mary Blair

Walt Disney’s Private Office in Burbank, California (thanks for the great pics Craig!):

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FROM A POST BY JEFFREY SHERMAN (Robert Sherman’s son):

As I’ve posted before, Dad and Dick wrote Small World while the Cuban Missile Crisis was going on. If you listen to the lyrics, it’s the Sherman Brothers reminding us all that…

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears,
It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears,
There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware
It’s a small world after all.
There is just one moon and one golden sun and a smile means friendship to everyone…
You know the rest.

Part of Dad’s great inspiration for this song was Martin Luther King. Dad thought he was magnificent and was surely influenced by MLK’s speeches and wisdom.
Because of his closeness with the Sherman Brothers and to thank them for writing these iconic songs, Walt flew my mom and dad and Dick and his wife out to New York on his private plane.
While they were there, Dad and Mom were driven on a golf cart through the yet-to-be opened fairgrounds. Dad spotted Martin Luther walking through the park and tapped his driver to abruptly stop.
To mom’s horror, Dad leapt out of the golf cart, limped with his cane (he was shot in the knee while a US GI in Germany WWII) as fast as he could to go over and shake the hand of the great man he so admired. Dad was like that.
As he approached Dr. King, out of nowhere, according to my mom, a team of huge bodyguards merged on this apparently crazy man with a stick who looked to be assaulting the great civil rights leader. Mom jumped off the golf cart and shouted, “It’s okay! He’s a songwriter!”
Dad was restrained a moment, till the truth came out. Shaking Dr. King’s hand was one of Dad’s most cherished memories.
At 19, my father, you see, had been the first US GI in to liberate Dachau prison camp. He was also the only Jew in this squad. Dad saw firsthand what prejudice and bigotry wielded and for the rest of his life devoted himself to righting that wrong, and other darkness through his uplifting creativity. “To bring happiness to people.”
This weekend, as we honor and remember the great Dr. Martin Luther King, I feel his message, and the Sherman Brothers words are more pertinent than ever before in this country.

“I have a dream…”

“There is just one moon and one golden sun
And a smile means friendship to everyone…”
We should build bridges, not walls. We should welcome not repel. We are all humans who can help each other and coexist on this planet. There’s no reason for hate.
Smile at a stranger this weekend. Lend a hand where you can. Be kind. Forgive.
And then we will heal. Then we find peace.
Have a lovely weekend.
Happy Birthday, Dr. King.

Jeffrey Sherman

 

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The “It’s A Small World” original vinyl LP album with cover art by Mary Blair, was recorded near the site of the Watts riots. The Disneyland Boys Choir was actually the St Charles Borromeo Church Boy’s Choir from North Hollywood, California, conducted by Grammy-nominated Paul Salamunovich KCSG (RIP June 7, 1927 – April 3, 2014). They also performed on television in the Dinah Shore Chevy Special, The Lucy Show, and in films and on the soundtrack of The Godfather.

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“It’s A Small World” Inside at Disneyland USA

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More Art by Mary Blair

The Sherman Brothers received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame (located at 6914 Hollywood Blvd) on November 17, 1976.

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They also wrote “You’re Sixteen” for Ringo Starr

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It’s the most performed song of all time!

And this too:
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It’s the 25th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake!

It’s the 25th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake!

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25 years ago, on January 17, 1994, we woke up in the dark at 4:30am to the 6.7 magnitude Northridge Earthquake shaking and the sound of things falling! As I opened my eyes, the TV fell off the stand in the bedroom with a crash and the sound of glass breaking could be heard as things fell out of cabinets in the kitchen of our 4th floor apartment in Glendale, California.

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Damage at home was pretty minimal and we had earthquake insurance that covered most of it! Our storage unit in Northridge was another story however (yellow tagged), and we had to rescue our trapped Grandmother (of blessed memory) from a destroyed condominium/apartment in Sherman Oaks.

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Our friends lived on Woodman near Burbank and they could see daylight through their apartment walls! The whole neighborhood to the south and west suffered “liquefaction” and there was more damage to most of the buildings in that area. They also had to wait in a line to get into their building to try to recover their stuff when the building was “yellow tagged”. Our Grandmother’s third floor apartment in Sherman Oaks was completely destroyed and she had to be rescued because she was trapped inside.

And the aftershocks in Sherman Oaks and the mid-Valley were just plain scary and went on for days! A pic of the Northridge Fashion Center after the quake:

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The Northridge Fashion Center After the Northridge Earthquake

We remember the 57 people who died (and the thousands who were injured) in the Northridge earthquake, a smaller number than might have been killed, because the event happened at 4:30am when most people were in bed……….

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57 People Died! Thousands Were Injured!

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BE PREPARED FOR THE NEXT BIG EARTHQUAKE!

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HO HO HO! Our December Holiday Music Playlist 2018!

HO HO HO!
Here is our December Holiday Music Playlist for 2018!

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“…some burgers, some beers, a few laughs.
Our f*cking troubles are over, Dude.”
– Walter Sobchak, “The Big Lebowski”

Jimmy Buffett “Mele Kalikimaka”

From the classic “Year Without A Santa Claus”, it’s Snow Miser!

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I’m Mister White Christmas
I’m Mister Snow
I’m Mister Icicle
I’m Mister Ten Below
Friends call me Snow Miser
What ever I touch
Turns to snow in my clutch
I’m too much!

 

Welcome to our December Holiday Music Playlist! We hope you enjoy this year’s selections of festive curated tunes for your listening pleasure.
So, let’s get this Winter Party started and everyone have a real good time!

The Drifters “White Christmas”

We wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah,
a Glorious Kwanzaa, a Celebratory December Holiday,
Joyous Winter Solstice, a Raucous Saturnalia,
a Pleasant Festivus for the Rest of Us and a Healthy New Year!

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Old School Cool! Have a Koo Koo Kristmas December Holiday!

Dean Martin “Walking In A Winter Wonderland”

Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra Christmas Duet “A Marshmallow World” (12-21-1967)

Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town” & “White Christmas” 1957

And just to briefly address the controversy of this year’s Holiday Season:

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Worry about something else. Like Starbuck’s cups.
Or whether “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie (Yes It Is.).

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“Now I have a machine gun. Ho, Ho, Ho!”

Christmas With Vince Gill in Tulsa 12-22-1993
Amy Grant, Chet Atkins, Vince Gill and Michael McDonald
“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”, “East Tennessee Christmas”, Vince and Chet pick “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and everyone sings “Christmastime Is Near”.

Grand Ol’ Opry: Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, Doyle Dykes, Mike Snyder “I Saw The Light”

United States Navy Band “Dueling Jingle Bells” (your tax dollars paid for this)

 

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Greg Lake with Ian Anderson on flute, David Arch on keyboards, Florian Opahle on acoustic guitar and the St. Bride’s Church choir perform “I Believe in Father Christmas” Live in London.

 

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“How about a football kid?”

Grateful Dead 1971 “Run Rudolph Run” (Pigpen on lead vocals)

Hey Now! If you’ve come this far, perhaps you’ll go a little FURTHUR. Aiko Aiko All Day!

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“Wishing You a Jerry Christmas and Happy Bob Weir!”

Grateful Dawg “G-d Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (Garcia/Grisman arrangement)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas December Holiday Tree!
It’s the Christmas December Holiday party hop!

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You Need MORE COWBELL!

Everyone loves a December Holiday Flashmob!
Adrián De la Garza, the Mayor of Monterrey, Mexico, shares a Flashmob:
Los Mariachis! “Feliz Navidad” & “White Christmas” 

And Another AMAZING Flashmob! (just wait for the guitar solo!)
popCHORn Choir’s “Stairway to Heaven” in the Kirschgarten in Mainz, Germany

Just Enjoy the Music. Just Enjoy the Music. Shut Up. Just Enjoy the Music.
(just one of the cool things you can find on YouTube after midnight)

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Elf Yourself!

Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” for Mandolin Orchestra
Live at der Schlossgartenhalle Ettlingen in Germany
“Remember when we young, we shone like the sun”

I am not your Santa Clause! “Call me Elf one more time!” 

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“You’re Not Santa. You Smell Like Beef And Cheese.”

NOTE: We did not make a Christmas/December Holiday music playlist last year,
so if you need to hear some more seasonal tunes (and these are very cool tunes),
click and open the links to our 2015 and 2016 Holiday Music Blog Posts:
2015 Holiday Music Playlist>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/christmas-countdown-playlist-2015/
2016 Holiday Music Playlist>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/12/25/holiday-music-playlist-2016/

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Oh Burning Christmas December Holiday Tree!

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Oh, Christmas December Holiday Tree!

And finally, that time
The Band opened for The Grateful Dead on New Year’s Eve ’83-’84

Pax et Justitia (Peace and Justice)
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM JOSHWILLTRAVEL!

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CarrotTop in the Remake of “Home Alone!”



Sharing this vid from the Retro Relief for Fire Victims (see our previous Blog Post).
If you need someone to get the party started here’s Doña Oxford doing the Boogie Woogie on electric piano! I’d definitely invite her to play my next party!

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UPDATE: OMG Shatner Claus! “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”
with Coyote Shivers (vocals) and Billy Gibbons (guitar)

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Rockabilly Retro Relief for Fire Victims!

FRIDAY NIGHT WAS ROCKIN’ FOR A GREAT CAUSE!

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Rockabilly Retro Relief for Fire Victims LIVE at Joe’s in Burbank on 11-16-18!
Maureen & the Mercury 5, Doña Oxford, the Brian Hogan Band, the Crown City Bombers, James Intveld, and Lil Mo and the Dynaflos!

BIG THANKS TO MAUREEN & LIL MO!
BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PLAYED, PARTICIPATED IN PUTTIN’ ON THE SHOW OR WHO ATTENDED AND GAVE MONEY TO AID THE FIRE VICTIMS!
BIG THANKS TO JOE’S GREAT AMERICAN BAR & GRILL FOR THE VENUE!

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The 101 Ventura Freeway East – Going to Burbank!

LIVE at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank!  

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Joe’s American Bar & Grill in Burbank

 

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Joe’s American Bar & Grill in Burbank

 

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Stiff Drinks at Joe’s American Bar & Grill in Burbank

Raffle, Silent Auction (with very cool stuff)
and Merchandise Sales to benefit the victims!

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Great Music All Night Long!

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Maureen making announcement! Let the show begin!

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Maureen & the Mercury 5, Doña Oxford (on the electric piano), the Brian Hogan Band with Spanish Mike, a Guy from Hungary, the Crown City Bombers, James Intveld, and then Lil Mo and the Dynaflos! Great music all evening until after 1am.

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Brian Hogan and Spanish Mike Rockin’ The House!

All Night Long!

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Special Guest Swingin’ James Intveld!

All the bands donated their performances and a portion of the proceeds from their “merch” sales to Fire Victims Relief! Rockin’ music all night long! Joe’s donated the venue! There was a raffle and silent auction too, and a lot of money (over $7000) was raised from a Great Party for a great cause!

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The Dance Floor was Crowded All Night Long!

 

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Takin’ a Break Out Back at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill

Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill – 4311 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

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The 101 Ventura Freeway West = Going Home!

Sharing this vid from the Retro Relief for Fire Victims. If you need someone to get the party started here’s Doña Oxford doing the Boogie Woogie on electric piano! I’d definitely invite her to play my next party! www.youtube.com/watch?v=E21XFEiB99A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stan Lee RIP

Stan Lee (Stanley Martin Lieber) 1922-2018 RIP
Comic book writer, editor, and publisher.
Editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later the publisher and chairman.

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EXCELSIOR!
Stan Lee (the Man) has died at age 95.
Thanks for the imagination and entertainment!
May the Four Winds blow him safely home.
“Nuff said.”

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Sold my entire collection in the late 1990s. Mostly Marvel runs of X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Fantastic Four, The Avengers, The Defenders, Daredevil, Conan, Amazing Spiderman, and many more titles. Stan Lee was a childhood hero, long before there were any big budget movies. Still have a couple boxes here at the home office, some random books, a few collectors issues and 3 “Giant-Size” issues.

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Still have a few books in the office….

Stan Lee attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx (New York) in the 1930s.
3rd row from bottom, 3rd from the left:

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1930s: DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx

He began his comic book career as an office assistant and inkwell filler, at Timely Comics in New York in 1939 before it was renamed Marvel Comics. He served in World War II and returned to his job after the war.

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1940s: Stan Lee in World War II – Assignment: “Playwright”

Beginning in the 1960s, Stan “The Man” Lee wrote a monthly column “Stan’s Soapbox” in Marvel’s Bullpen Bulletins. He ended each column with the catchphrase “Excelsior!” and it became his trademark motto. Written in 1968:

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Money To Burn at Marvel Comics!

“He’s a comics legend, with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. When Marvel sold to Disney in 2010 for $4 billion, he personally pocketed a cool $10 million, and tours the world as its ambassador emeritus.” – Mark Ebner, Daily Beast

It was well known that Stan Lee has made a cameo appearance in every Marvel production (film, television, animation, etc.):

Stan Lee’s favorite appearance was as himself in Kevin Smith’s film “Mallrats”:

[Upon meeting Stan Lee]
Brodie : The Thing! Is his dork made out of orange rock like the rest of his body?
Stan Lee : I don’t know. It’s a superhero secret.

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“Mallrats” starring Stan Lee!

Stan Lee’s final published essay appeared as the introduction to the book We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust, by Neal Adams, Rafael Medoff, and Craig Yoe (IDW / Yoe Books, 2018). We Spoke Out features Holocaust-related comic book stories, with superheroes from Marvel: Captain America, the X-Men and Captain Marvel.

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Introduction and Afterword by Stan Lee

Stan Lee died with an estimated worth (in dollars) of $50 – $70 million!
He is survived by his daughter JC Lee and a “questions of elder abuse” and mismanagement of his finances and other business affairs…..

November 16th – Statement from Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment:
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“With great power there must also come — great responsibility!”

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“The Grateful Dead enjoyed a relationship with Marvel over the years thanks in part to Jerry Garcia’s love of comic books.” – Mickey Hart
In 1995 they used the characters for some of their backstage passes:

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“EXCELSIOR!”



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