Thoughts from backstage

For what I believe is the first time, I’m writing this post from backstage at Second City. Tonight’s running order (it’s changing every night) leaves me with a few scenes off at the end of the first act, and that’s where we are right now. The writing process continues to go really well; tonight I have a new improv scene in with Joe in the second act. We’ve done it in the set several times but we’re trying some new things tonight. It’s called Walk-a-thon. We’ll see if it’s still in when we open in about a month. Watch for it.

Yesterday (Monday) was my day off. I flew to Dallas first thing in the morning for my grandfather’s memorial service, followed by the interment of his and my grandmother’s ashes. This was done at a national cemetery, since my grandfather worked for the military his whole life. I’ve never been at a full military honors funeral, and it was truly amazing. The ritual and choreography of it all was really moving: the marching of the honor guard, the folding of the flag, the 21-gun salute, and a bugler playing Taps. It was a sad occasion, and I don’t think “enjoy” is the right word, but I was really glad I was able to be there for it.

Oh! When I was sick last weekend I watched a documentary on the History Channel about rogue waves, and the Norwegian Dawn was mentioned. They showed a computer-generated graphic that was fairly terrifying, and they basically said that we were lucky we hit the wave head-on as opposed to from one side…like what happens in the newly-released movie “Poseidon,” which just so happened to be about to open when this documentary aired. They even mentioned the movie. Kind of like those Parade Magazine questions like “Hey, I don’t hear about Lisa Kudrow anymore. What has she been doing lately?” And the answer is something like “It just so happens Ms. Kudrow is starring in a made-for-TV-movie airing this week on The Farming Channel…”

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