Kids, seriously,

I had such lovely intentions to write to you more when I got to the USA… but it has been such a mind-blowing experience that there has simply not been time.

March kicked off with me sitting for my Californian Driver’s license test. I had no idea that Californian law states that the driver must know how to apply lip gloss while reverse parking. It was all in the handbook, which included a superb pic and letter of encouragement from the Governator (“You can do it!”).

Locking down the license, I then became victim of a stabbing. Yes, Sophie my 1yr old, stabbed me in the eye with a rather gnarly looking, post-chewed finger nail, which was so effective in its precision that said nail managed to gauge out a scoop of cornea, narrowly missing my pupil. Nice.

It was all better when I hit the NBC chat show “The Bonnie Hunt Show”. She was just the most delicious and generous host and we had quite a giggle. (You can not believe how hot I thought I looked that day in the studio and then, when I saw it on the television, I looked like I might need to be moved in and out of my house by a crane).

Yay April… well, I turned 42 kids… yes… in this lighting it is hard to believe but it is true. My buddies found me a cake that was both shaped and coloured like a burger. It was so wrong and yet it tasted so wrong.

I also started my little appearances on Aussie brekky show Sunrise from LA. The 7 Network ‘bureau’ is next to the huge Westfield shopping centre in Century City so I just whipped myself upstairs, gave it a bit of showbiz, then it was back to the shops.

In April I got to have dinner with one of my all time idols, Phyllis Diller. An Aussie friend of mine knows her very well so he took me to see her. She is 92 not out and one of the greatest comedians ever. Phyllis was a pioneer for women in stand-up and I had the wonderful chance to let her know what an inspiration she continues to be. A true legend.

May has just departed already and I know each year we keep saying “where has that time gone” but in the words of young people… WTF?

LA is basically a big industry town and it is quite cyclical. January through till late March is ‘pilot season’… when comedy and drama pilots get made. April and May is decision time when the pilots get picked up to go to series or dumped.

I used this time to take a “Comedy Intensive” acting class with world renowned guru Lesly Kahn. It was 3 weeks of solid rehearsal based around sitcom and American joke rhythms and it really was one of the most exciting things I have ever done.

By the time the course was over, I found myself in late May, which is when the big guns from TV networks all over the world descend on LA to decide which shows they want to buy.

So as we enter June, we kick off the (in my opinion) best season of all…. the TV development season.

This is the time when little old comics (like me), come together with writers and producers and build a show. Kind of like build a bear… actually very like it. You just have to be braced for the stuffing part of the process. The shows that are picked up in Development season, go on to be the pilots for next pilot season… so each day really feels like we are on the road to something big… but who can tell?

Loads of love jmo x

p.s. are you impressed how much I have been on Facebook and Twitter? Seriously, it’s killing me.

One Comment

  1. Cam
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Australia misses you, but keep your updates coming!

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