DAILY MONSTER 61
Good morning. Yesterday’s monster brought out another great batch of stories from all your favorite writers, and from some new voices, too. Please take a look:
Monster 61 appears to be another upset office dweller. He also seems to be balding. Maybe it’s all that stress? Or are environmental factors to blame? Too much Monstesterone? Why do you think 61 is so upset? Who’s got him shouting? I hope you’ll let us know. (If you haven’t posted a story before, please don’t be shy and join in the fun.)
In other news, I attended a star-studded fundraising event benefiting Dave Eggers’ writing and tutoring center 826LA earlier tonight. The event was titled “An Evening of Best Intentions” and we were there to honor actor Seth Rogen “for the charity work he may one day do.”
The 826 guys were nice enough to invite me and my girlfriend, because I’m doing the graphics for their new Time Travel Store. I’m glad they did, because I don’t think I’d have paid for two $1000 tickets. Not that the kids aren’t worth every penny, but my charity money went towards boring things like food and shelter again this month. Food and shelter for me, that is. At any rate, it was a fabulous and unusual evening and I would be remiss if I didn’t give you a brief report from the Hollywood frontlines.
You know you’re in for a star-spottin’ good time if you’re standing out in the cold, waiting in line for your wristband right behind Demetri Martin, Will Arnett, Andy Richter, and Christian Slater. Needless to say, we were good Angelenos and kept our cool, though my inner comedy geek was getting quite excited. How strangely exciting to see four comedy classics come together right before your eyes—the Daily Show, Arrested Development, Classic Conan, and The Name of the Rose. I should say right now that we kept to ourselves all night and didn’t have any actual star contact, but it was fun to look around once we got to our table.
Ben Stiller dropped by our table, looking for his table. Clearly he didn’t recognize that he had wandered into the freeloader section. Oddly enough, Christian Slater was right across the way from us. One hopes that he hasn’t fallen on hard times. He looked good, either way. Very glamorous, if a bit shorter than you’d think.
Lots of celebs showed up in person (Ed Norton, Gary Shandling, Ted Danson, J.J. Abrams, Ron Meyer) and many more by video salute, including but not limited to Owen Wilson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Paul Rudd, and a surprisingly funny Brad Pitt. The evening was hosted by 40-Year-Old Virgin director Judd Apatow, who also produced the various video segments, all of which were pretty damn brilliant. YouTube as done by trained professionals.
We got some excellent live music courtesy of Aimee Mann and Loudon Wainwright III, as well as a finale by Ambrosia, but the musical highpoint was a buttery soft acoustic rendition of “Leather and Lace” as performed by Will Ferrell and Dave Grohl. I’ve always liked Grohl, but I was never big on Will Ferrell. Just not that into him on film. But in person he brought down the house and me with it. The excellent Michael Cera also did a funny bit, after already doing well with this funny YouTube moment. MC Apatow came through with flying colors, as did honoree Rogan.
Overall, the event raised some $200,000 for the 826LA tutoring program, which is fantastic. they’ll be able to run the program for a year on that. If you’re in a position to donate some time or money, this would be a good place for it.
The funniest moment may have been when they brought one of the actual kids on stage to read one of the pieces he had written with the help of an 826 tutor. “My Summer Vacation” turned out to be about his great new summer discovery: hand jobs. Based on the well-timed delivery, I’d say the kid was a ringer, but no matter. We had an excellent laugh and a great time. I never get to go to industry events, so this was a hoot. I hope you don’t mind that I debriefed right here in front of you.
A shout out to you from way back here in the cheap seats: 344 LOVES YOU