WHERE YOU’VE SEEN HIM: As an alum of The Groundlings Sunday Company and recent cast member of the CBS Diversity Showcase. On his comedy web-series “Go-Go Boy Interrupted” starring as Danny, a go-go boy in Los Angeles who finds himself phased out of his profession when he turns 30 years old. The first season proved such a hit, it lead to a successful Kickstarter campaign that funded the second season and attracted a cast of notables such as Brittany Morris from tv’s “Glee” and RuPaul’s Drag Race star William Belli.
WHERE YOU NEED TO WATCH HIM NOW: Starring in his one-man show “So Long, Boulder City” at the Celebration Theater in Hollywood. We know you’ve all seen the Oscar-winning hit film “La La Land”. Fowlie’s show spoofs the one-woman show of the same name that Emma Stone’s character ‘Mia’ wanted to put on (but which nobody came to). Fowlie gives the audience some hilarious back-story about Mia’s rather privileged life growing up, as well as what might have been in her show. In one particularly hilarious segment, Mia describes the humiliation of being passed over for the college musical (“I wasn’t even in the ensemble, which is the place they put the untalented people with good bodies”). “The show is beyond stupid,” Fowlie says with a laugh. “It’s really silly and fun and I get to scare people with my comedy.”
WHY YOU NEED TO CATCH HIM: Fowlie’s show has proved such a hit with critics and fans alike that the show’s run has been extended TWICE and is selling out fast. “The intention was to do it once as a joke with friends, cause I didnt’ think anyone would care,” says Fowlie. The show got such amazing buzz that Variety, People, Extra, Huffington Post and more all ran stories on it.
EMMA STONE’S MOM GIVES HER THUMBS UP: Emma Stone’s MOM even showed up for a performance! “Emma’s managers reached out to me and said her mother wanted to come,” he says, clearly delighted. “I was weirded out cause my own parents don’t even like my comedy, it upsets them”, he says deadpan. “Here I am playing this woman, and it’s her daughter and its so wacky and so beyond anything my parents would want to see. But she was the coolest.”
EVEN JIMMY IS SURPRISED BY ALL THE LOVE: “When I’m playing the character Mia, she’s this kinda desperate actress and she’s so delusional,” Fowlie says with a laugh. “People (in the audience) are so grossed out by me. I say these annoying things and sometimes people are groaning at me because I’m obnoxious.”
“Even though my show is kinda like poking fun at the movie and poking fun at the character….the dirty little secret is I LOVED La La Land”
TAKE IT EASY LA LA LAND FANS: Though Fowlie’s performance pokes fun at “La La Land” and it’s rather large plot holes, it’s all done with love. “Even though my show is kinda like poking fun at the movie and poking fun at the character….the dirty little secret is I LOVED La La Land” Die-hard fans of the flick will be glad to know that Emma Stone walks away without a scratch as well. “I’m not doing an Emma Stone impression,” Fowlie insists. “ It’s more my take on the character. And also I didn’t want to shave my chest hair. It was an artistic decision.”
MOVING ON UP: In a turn of events that would make Mia jump for joy, “So Long, Boulder City” is moving to New York City! “It’s so funny because, I want to say this show to NYC is a ‘dream come true’ but in all seriousness that was SO far away from a reality for me,” says a genuinely humbled Fowlie. “This whole experience has been incredible and I am in shock.” New Yorkers will be able to see the show starting December 7 at SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10012). Tickets can be purchased using this link.
You can follow Fowlie on his YouTube Channel, or on Twitter and Instagram @JimmyFowlie
Sofia Vergara, star of “Modern Family” attended the 2017 Emmy’s with her son, Manolo, who is a model. Manolo is Sofia’s son from her brief marriage to her high school sweetheart. The handsome 26 year-old is the only child of the gorgeous 45 year-old actress/producer. The internet was in a frenzy when people realized Manolo was not a friend, but actually her son.
Laura Dern is an immensely talented actress, but where the hell has she been hiding her son?? Beauty runs in the family. Dern and son Ellery attend the 2017 Emmy Awards. She nabbed the “Best Supporting Actress” Emmy for her role on HBO’s water cooler mega-hit “Big Little Lies”.
Really she hasn’t been hiding her son (I just like to tease!). Below is a another photo of Ellery from earlier this month when he walked the red carpet with his Mom at the 2017 Deauville American Film Festival. His Dad is Dern’s ex-husband, musician Ben Harper. Not sure yet if he has creative aspirations like his parents. Clearly, beauty runs in the family.
An independent movie about poor, gay, black boys has won Best Picture. Let that sink in for a minute. Don’t let the whole mix up of envelopes and La La Land kefuffle take away from the shine surrounding this victory. “Moonlight” isn’t the first gay-themed film to ever be nominated. Critically-acclaimed movies like “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Philadelphia,” “Brokeback Mountain,” and “Milk” all told stories of LGBTQ characters — some based on real individuals, others entirely fictional — as they encounter discrimination and fight against it. But its the first time an LGBTQ film has taken home the top prize.
It is a largely autobiographical story adapted from the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” written by Tarell Alvin McCraney. The film chronicles the life of a black child, from his boyhood in a rough Miami neighborhood, through adulthood.
The film comes at a pivotal time for both the black and LGBTQ communities. The last few years have been ones in which Americans were inundated with images of violence and police brutality against the black community. So much furor from these incidents arose that it sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.
Blacks within the LGBTQ community have not fared much better. Incidents of violence against trans women of color have risen at an alarming rate. The newly elected President of the United States has made it one of his first priorities to rescind the rights of transgender students to use gender neutral bathrooms in schools. There is a palpable dread that further efforts to rescind the rights of LGBTQ Americans is next.
Perhaps the film’s success proves that it is not merely a film about blacks or gays. It encompasses a number of themes including poverty, family, drug addiction, identity, love, isolation and acceptance.
But now that “Moonlight” has that claimed the distinction of being “Best Picture”, what next?
Winning the Best Picture Oscar has given “Moonlight” a distinction which will enable it to be included in college curriculum. It now occupies a foot place in history.
As gut-wrenching as the events in the film itself are, the story still ends on an uplifting note. Perhaps that is what we need to focus on most in these trying times . As much as certain people try to silence our voices from telling our stories, they have only been proven to be all the more worth hearing.
I saw Britney Spears in Vegas last weekend. Britney has been doing a residency in Vegas the past couple years, so when friends asked if I wanted to see her in concert, I eagerly said I would go. Britney became a superstar about the same time I moved to Los Angeles. I still remember hearing the guys in the youth hostel I was living in debate whether her parents were contemptuous for letting her get breast implants at the tender age of 17. Her ROLLING STONE cover that month showed a much “fuller” Britney than we had seen in previous months. Her new tata’s seemed to scream “I’ve arrived” and I was dying to scream “I’ve arrived” also now that I was finally in the City of Angels destined to fulfill my own dreams for a career in the entertainment biz. Not as a pop singer of course, but as a writer.
I should start by saying I’m not a mega-fan of Britney or anything. I like her music, but have never bought her cds nor paid to download her songs. There has always been a soft spot in my heart for her though. Despite her mega success, I have always thought of her as something of an underdog. The stereotypical small town child shoved into showbiz by a stage mom dying to live vicariously in the reflected glory of her child’s stardom. Anyone who has owned a television over the last 17 years is pretty well versed in what a train wreck her life has been. Cutesy romance with fellow teen pop star Justin Timberlake comes to an end. Quickie Vegas marriage to a former high school beau (quickly annulled), then another marriage to an unemployed “dancer” whose girlfriend was already pregnant. Quickly pops out two kids amid rumors of drug use. Resulting fiasco divorce leads to parting of ways with the longtime manager who discovered her. Reckless partying with various “celebrity” (Paris Hilton anyone?) pals before falling into the inevitable clutches of a shady “manager” who (depending on whom you believe) plies her with more drugs before she full on melts down (via head shaving!) and ends up 5150’d (involuntary psych visit) so she can be returned to the (safe?) control of her father as her conservator. And now, having been stabilized, performing a residency in Las Vegas five nights a week. Brit Brit has had her fair share of highs and lows, that’s for sure.
Our “seats” (actually standing room only) were in the “Pit”, which is smack dab in front of the stage Britney performs at in the Axis Theater in Planet Hollywood. I had fantasized about beads of Brit Brit’s sweat hitting me as she danced rapturously to her lip synched hits. Britney made a dramatic entrance and proceeded to dance and (pretend) to sing her way through an amazingly well choreographed and elaborately staged series of her hits with an equally mesmerizing number of changes in costume and set pieces. High kicks and pelvic thrusts as impressive as those early in her career. Britney spoke to audience at several intervals, “hello Vegas” and “You guys are awesome” just to prove all of her voice (and enthusiasm) was not pre-recorded. She seemed even more fit and recharged than she had in her early 20s. Standing beside me were a couple of her hardcore superfans in their early thirties, whom I feared were going to spontaneously combust each time Britney strode near us onstage. Her Brit-ness was greeted with a “BRITNEY I LOOOOOOOVE YOU!” or “YASSSSSS GIRL” at an eardrum shattering pitch like trained seals. Stardom can be such a fickle beast, I actually thought it was great to see there really is loyalty these days, even if several cocktails have to be consumed to bring it out. Whether they were diehard fans, or merely attending her show because they happened to be in Vegas and had time for another show, the crowd in attendance ranged in age from teens all the way to their 70s. Purple-haired millenials swayed alongside grey haired Midwesterners, all seemingly under Brit’s spell.
“Are you having a good time?” Britney yelled out to the crowd, with a hint of the Louisiana girl she once was still detectable in her voice. I wanted to ask Britney the same thing. But “snow” flakes had started to trickle down from the ceiling. Hundreds of hands reached up to catch them, while simultaneously holding their camera phones to stream the show for their respective social media feeds. It was snowing in Vegas and Britney had done it once again.