July at last! Summertime, and the living is easy!
Yeah. I wish.
As the temperature rises and normal folk start thinking vacations, I'm in the throes of my busiest month of the year.
In addition to my day-to-day duties at Airborne, I also take on the additional task of directing the grandiose Gala shows of the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. This year, I have the pleasure of working with such luminaries as William Shatner, Howie Mandel (with whom I got my live showbiz start back in 1983), John Pinette and George Lopez, amongst others.
So what does that mean to loyal FOPs?
Well, for one, it means that I'm on a July sked that will see my relentlessly-prolific posting schedule reduced somewhat (then again, that's what I said when I went to Vail last December and remember what happened there?).
On the other hand, given the fact that the theater in which I am ensconced from July 17-23 has Wi-Fi, and that I can post from my trusty Blackberry, it does allow me to bring you live, behind-the-scenes coverage from a major showbiz event, with the type of access that goes way deeper than just "inside."
Purists may argue that this takes the subject matter of this blog slightly askew, but if this indeed about the art of Surprise, a rapid change of direction fits the bill just perfectly, n'est-ce pas?
But one thing that hasn't changed, much to the chagrin of my family, is that here we are, in the midst of national holidays in both Canada and the USA...and I'm working.