August 2, 2010

I followed Erin to DC to watch her speak on a panel for Campus Progress, and while we were there we went ahead and made a segment out of it.  We don’t get the chance to work together often, but it’s always super fun.  I’m proud of her.

July 30, 2010

Just a few words on this version of the soda buying scene from this week’s 7th Floor West on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Amy Ozols’ original script allowed for a long scene that involved Quest putting nickels into the soda machine. As scripted the scene was already longer than it needed to be, but that is how she writes these episodes, knowing that we will pare down the footage and choose what works best from the shoot. When Quest, Jimmy and Tariq began performing this scene, adding their own flourishes as they went, it grew to be as long, then longer than our allotted time for the entire episode. There is one take of this scene that ran for 15 minutes, and having been there I can tell you it was brilliant. All of this is my way of saying that at over 5 minutes, this was not my attempt to cut together an “extended” version of the scene, but rather still an abridged version.

July 19, 2010

This is a short behind the scenes piece I shot last Wednesday.  It shows a little bit of the process a comedy bit goes through, and some of the staff involved in the mechanics of getting it ready for air.

July 16, 2010
Follow Up Post On “Super Freak” As A Negative Sexual Paradigm

I’ve been thinking about the female character depicted in Rick James’ “Super Freak” these past few days, and I have to admit I feel a deep empathy for her.  The opening lines of the song lay out some basic conditions for how to have a relationship with the Super Freak. “She will never let your spirits down, once you get her off the streets.”  Essentially then Super Freak is a homeless woman, and if you take her in then she will repay you with intercourse.   The intercourse is implied of course, but a valid reading nonetheless based on innuendo within the song, as well as the cultural history of R&B in general (see photo).

Having sex with the Super Freak could hardly be labeled an act of love if her physical well being depends upon her performance in bed, or rather how she insures that your “spirits” are never “down”.   This is not to say that every act of sexual congress must come from love, as love is not a prerequisite to lust.  The implied contract of housing for sex in Rick James’ “Super Freak”, however, can either be viewed as prostitution or as sexual slavery.

It must also be addressed that while there are healthy variations in sexual behavior, the Super Freak epitomizes the behavioral paradigm of the highly sexualized woman, and therefore encompasses negative, or self-destructive variations of sexual behavior as well.  It is documented that women who are sexualized at a young age have a difficult time achieving emotional intimacy without attaching a sexual quotient, and so there is a fair chance that the Super Freak was a victim of abuse at some point in her past.

July 16, 2010
Hopefully you caught the folk group Tungsten & Morg Financial Adivsers and Estate Planning on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this week.

Hopefully you caught the folk group Tungsten & Morg Financial Adivsers and Estate Planning on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this week.

July 10, 2010
Copy The Lyrics to “Super Freak” by Rick James Into A Word Doc, Then Find/Replace Every Instance Of “Girl” With “Chair” And This Is What You Get

She’s a very kinky chair

The kind you don’t take home to mother

She will never let your spirits down

Once you get her off the street, ow chair

She likes the boys in the band

She says that I’m her all-time favorite

When I make my move to her room it’s the right time

She’s never hard to please

{Refrain}

That chair is pretty wild now

The chair’s a super freak

The kind of chair you read about

In new-wave magazine

That chair is pretty kinky

The chair’s a super freak

I really love to taste her

Every time we meet

She’s all right, she’s all right

That chair’s all right with me, yeah

She’s a super freak, super freak

She’s super-freaky, yow

Super freak, super freak

She’s a very special chair

The kind of chair you want to know

From her head down to her toenails

Down to her feet, yeah

And she’ll wait for me at backstage with her chairfriends

In a limousine

Going back in Chinatown

Three’s not a crowd to her, she says

"Room 714, I’ll be waiting"

When I get there she’s got incense, wine and candles

It’s such a freaky scene

{Refrain}

{Bridge}

Ohhhhh

Super freak, super freak

That chair’s a super freak

Ohhhhh

She’s a very kinky chair

The kind you don’t take home to mother

She will never let your spirits down

Once you get her off the street, ow chair

Blow, Danny!

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