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The Professional Blur Update #theprofessionalblur

It’s crazy to me that after 20 years “officially” (read: first check) in the entertainment business, that extra work has any place among the things I regularly bust my ass to create.   When I was 19, getting paid to produce a video on grant writing, I didn’t even think I’d ever be an extra, let alone imagine there would be online outlets in the future that would be built so much on celebrating the infinitesimally important and engagingly ephemeral that I could tell people about these little nonsense “roles” I’d had on popular TV shows and some of the people reading my posts would tell me this is their favorite thing I do.

What I’m saying is: thank god those things exist.  Sure, they also help us stay in touch with the vacuous and the useless, but I regularly find gems on Instagram or Twitter, like friends who are trying to get their home businesses launched, or seeing people’s pets (I don’t care how much I like you, I want to talk your ear off in person, but all I want to see on Instagram is your cat), or stuff like I’ve been doing myself.  Tiny celebrations of things people enjoy doing.  Because I love extra work.  It’s a pain in the ass, but the payoff of seeing myself, mid-shot, in Good Trouble (above), is an absolute joy, because it both means nothing for the plot of the show, but solidly represents a sliver of my love for entertainment.  The best place for expressing this and enjoying it is social media.  With a single exception, maybe.

That exception being my next book.  I just hit the 70,000-word mark on The Professional Blur and it’s remarkable how little anger I’ve generated internally by writing about my own life.  There’s a lot about my own struggles in there, as well as the joys of living as an extra, but my favorite parts to write are, frankly, the ones where I realize I have a lot of apologizing to do.  There are a lot of those.  It’s cathartic and will also lead to some very real apologies to people who deserve it and, if experience serves, have moved on and forgotten my bullshit.

The book’s central theme surrounds me doing extra work, of course, and the little pieces of very good entertainment I’ve been associated with, over the years.  One critical piece is something you’ll see – I fucking hope – on July 16.  After years of wanting to be a VP expert on Drunk History, last October I got the chance to be, as you might have guessed, not that, but still, on Drunk History.  Being an extra on something that funny was remarkably exciting.  Of course, I’m now doing with anyone within reading distance of this post what I’ve done so many times with my family: “Hey, keep an eye out on BLANK this week, you just might see someone you recognize,” a tactic which usually falls flat, ESPECIALLY for extras.  We’re called that because we are the fat that can be trimmed from a scene and not missed.

Which I guess is the magic of it.  When you’re not trimmed, and the scene still doesn’t depend on you, but there you are, doing something you love.  On July 16th, I’ll find out how much of me you can see.  In the meantime, I absolutely love how little of me is in the first promo for the second half of season 2 (below).

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The Professional Blur Update #theprofessionalblur was originally published on StolenDress Entertainment

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Announcing Episode 100 of Dispatches from Fort Awesome

Dispatches from Fort Awesome: A NewsRadio Podcast has been discussing the classic 90s sitcom NewsRadio since 2016 with the likes of Vicki Lewis, James Burrows, Khandi Alexander, NewsRadio creator Paul Simms and dozens more.  On Tuesday, July 2 they’re releasing their 100th episode, a special staged reading of a NewsRadio script that never completely made it to air – only one of the storylines survived.  Episode 100 features the show’s hosts and new actors cast as modern versions of the characters originated by the likes of Dave Foley, Maura Tierney and Stephen Root.  Chris Marcil, co-writer of the episode in question, acts as the narrator.

Dispatches from Fort Awesome episode 100 features Haley Sims as Beth, Alex Salem as Jimmy James, Eric Feltes as Matthew, Milan Carter as Joe, Natasha Younge as Catherine, Co-Host Allen Rueckert as Dave, Co-Host Jen as Lisa and Co-Host Jason Klamm as Bill McNeal, with a special guest appearance by producer Todd Spider Chambers after the reading.  Allen, Jen and Jason have been fans of the show since its original run from 1995 to 1999, and now count the cast and crew of NewsRadio among their listeners.  They wanted episode 100 to be a fitting tribute to their favorite sitcom, and something special for fans of both the sitcom and the podcast.  Episode 100 of Dispatches from Fort Awesome will be found at WNYXNewsRadio.com, as well as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

The Cast:

Chris Marcil: https://twitter.com/ChrisMarcil
Haley Sims:  https://twitter.com/thehaleysims
Alex Salem:  https://twitter.com/thealexsalem
Eric Feltes:  https://twitter.com/ericfeltes
Milan Carter:  https://twitter.com/MilanKCarter
Natasha Younge:  https://twitter.com/natashayounge
Allen Rueckert:  https://twitter.com/AllenRueckert
Jen as Lisa
Jason Klamm: https://twitter.com/jklamm

Co-hosts Jason Klamm and Allen Rueckert are both co-stars of the Los Angeles hit stage show A Drinking Game.  Allen can be seen on the final season of Veep and in the upcoming Eddie Murphy film Dolemite is My Name.  Jason also hosts the Comedy on Vinyl and Dan and Jay’s Comedy Hour podcasts, and runs the StolenDress Podcast Network.

You can read the official press release here: bit.ly/newsradio100

Announcing Episode 100 of Dispatches from Fort Awesome was originally published on StolenDress Entertainment

StolenDress.com Turns 16 Today

Today marks the 16th anniversary of StolenDress.com, which started out as an entertainment-resume-sharing site, and quickly became the place that hosted my work and the work of my friends, before we could put it all on YouTube.  It’s grown to become the production company of my films, my other shorts, the producer of plays and charity benefits, and a podcast network.  I’ll always be proud of the people who have been associated with what we like to make over the years, and grateful for the occasional few in the audience who are willing to pay for their entertainment.  To those who have supported me and the site over the years, thank you.

– Jason Klamm

StolenDress.com Turns 16 Today was originally published on StolenDress Entertainment

What’s With You? Scooby-Doo! Ep. 121 – Quebec/Bagdhad

If the horses aren’t held then all hell has already broken loose as nic is joined by Regan Sweeney (@rasweeneycomedy) to chat about a particularly fun episode of Laff-A-Lympics!

Episode: HERE

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What’s With You? Scooby-Doo! Ep. 121 – Quebec/Bagdhad was originally published on StolenDress Entertainment

The Professional Blur: Three Weeks In

A fake morgue from a show I’m not supposed to say the name of yet.

In 2009, my last extra gig that I did for actual money I needed to live was on Mad Men. I’d just signed up to be a “regular extra,” which meant they’d tailored three suits for me and, like those suits, my fedora, shoes, ties, period glasses – everything – were to be dedicated to me. When I got a call and showed up, I wouldn’t just be another extra in a new suit combination. I’d have a look. My look. But I had to weigh the possibility of some minimum-wage extra work with a full-time job, something that would make me less homeless and considerably more financially stable. I did maybe two jobs in my own suits.

Cut to 10 years later. Due to circumstances I’m not comfortable getting into, I had to leave this industry that took a chance on me but that, frankly, I hated. It was very difficult quitting, mostly because in those ten years I’d managed to triple my original salary and start to save a little. Even then, due to some other circumstances, I was kind of just starting to break even.

Three weeks in to my return to the blurry part of the screen, and I’m headed to my fourth job. I’ve probably submitted to a hundred or so. Today is my second pilot. When I stopped doing extra work a decade ago, finding out the information i wanted about the shows I was working was not exactly impossible, but I’m fortunate that now the names of the actors starring in the show I’m about to work on are just moments away, when I need them. It’s one of those things that helps me get excited to do these shoots.

It actually doesn’t take a great deal to get me excited to do extra work, even in the face of 12-plus-hour workdays, but these little things do help. Today I’m working on a show with someone I’ve “worked with,” which is to say “sidled nearby,” in my past, on a big show. That’s my only point of reference. This is the second court show I’ve worked on this year, so I already need something to keep my interest going. There’s not much to learn on set while you’re doing background work unless you’re new, so it’s very helpful in that circumstance, but for me I’m stuck trying to figure out who I’m on set with and what the hell this show might become.

Pilots are fun like that. Especially when someone you admire is on it. In my last go-round, I was on yet another court show, but since this one starred Alfred Molina, I, as a massive fan of The Impostors, kept the energy up while waiting to see him. When I finally did, it was a jolt, but of course the rest of the day is either a letdown because you’ve hit the peak, or, you know, actual work, so you almost forget one of your heroes is nearby.

That’s not true, but you do want to get the job done without being distracted. There are times I’ve been distracted. There are times I’ve caused the production to halt. I’m not proud of them, but they are hilarious in hindsight. More on those later.

– Jason Klamm

The Professional Blur

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The Professional Blur: Three Weeks In was originally published on StolenDress Entertainment

What’s With You? Scooby-Doo! Ep. 91 – The Spirit of Rock’n Roll

Call up your pediatrician and let him know that you just found what will be a for sure collabo as Brockford Lee (@ears2youvlog) joins nic to chat about a for sure BONKERS (Yeah? Totally nuts!) episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo! as well as music, upbringing, and the very nature of the creative process itself!

In case you missed it when we were talking, an album that i damn well love: Apocalove

Episode link: HERE

Web: whatswithyouscoobydoo.com

Facebook: facebook.com/whatswithyouscoobydoo

Twitter + IG: @wwyscoobydoo

Music: wwysd.bandcamp.com

What’s With You? Scooby-Doo! Ep. 91 – The Spirit of Rock’n Roll was originally published on StolenDress Entertainment