The entertainment portion of the holidays started out on Christmas Eve day at Michael McDonald‘s and me using my iphone for photos. This is a no-no if you’re expecting recognizable lifeforms when you flip the setting so you can see what you’re shooting. The shots come out like those portraits made out of of macaroni and rice. Not the best look for the holidays but here I am with the excessively pixelated Michael and Prudence Fenton:
Jai Rodriguez was also there (and also grainy):
Then we shot across town for a Christmas Eve barbeque at Luenell‘s, pictured here with me, Prudence and Constance Tillotson. At that point my Canon Elf took over so all’s clear from here on:
The next day, Christmas, it was off to Liz Heller and John Manulis’, who I forgot to take a photo with. Their place is THE food fest spot of the holidays. Here I am after sampling four different varieties of mac ‘n cheese with Prudence and Ed Begley Jr.:
Lynne Scott was also there,…
…as was Nancy Moonves:
Bob Garrett and Storm Lee weren’t there but were at Julie McDonald‘s, who I also forgot to shoot a photo with, the next day for her Boxing Day party. Our outfits worked so great for Christmas we dragged them into the next day with the boys:
For most of the two following days I locked myself inside and worked on my new live show. I emerged on the 29th to have dinner at Street with Tony Selznick, Storm and Prudence:
Another day of intense writing the next day and then this meeting with Richard Dorton, Rita Maye Bland, and Storm, all of whom are working on the live show.
And then it was New Years Eve. Every year for the last eight years I’ve gone to Nancye Ferguson and Jim Burn’s party, a reliably fantastic gathering of folks in one of the greatest modern houses in the city. High up on stilts with one of those mindblowing arial views of LA like you’re looking at it out of an airplane. Here I am with Nancye, Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin, comedy legends I died with joy meeting for the first time:
I was as excited about my Jeremy Scott Adidas’ as I was about meeting Paula and Dick:
The shoes were way too big for me but I will never sacrifice style for practicality. So I stuffed the toes with fuzzy balls and let the wings do the talking.
I also had never met comedy superstar artist/producer Sid Krofft before. Here we are with Beverly D’Angelo and Prudence:
Diva Zappa and her tutu provided lots of New Year’s cheer. At one point she wore it as a hat.
Ian Buchanan is a fellow regular partier at Nancye and Jim’s,…
…as is Antonio Hendricks,…:
…and Richard and Candy Clark:
And then it was 2012. I started out the new year where you can usually find me if I’m not at home, Susan Feniger‘s Street:
…where Storm and I had a hangover fix of champagne and donuts:
And then it was off to Gail Zappa‘s, whose birthday it is on New Years Day, and who has had a party ever since I insisted she do so five years ago after never having a birthday party before:
This is another one of those parties that now happens like clockwork in a fantastically crazy house with great friends, food and a bagpipe player:
Michael DesBarres and Storm were there,…:
as was Jeff Stein,…:
…Nancye and Michael Patrick King,…:
…Jared Lee Gosselin, who I intend to do a lot of musical damage with this year,…:
Dweezil Zappa, one of Bubbles the artist‘s earliest patrons,…:
…Pamela DesBarres and Jimmy Intveld,…:
…Sally Kellerman and Beverly,…:
…Ian and Buck Henry,…:
…Gail, who was of course at her own party, and Eric Idle.:
Eric’s feet were looking mighty sharp:
As were mine, Charles Phoenix‘s and a token one of Prudence’s:
Here’s our top portions. Notice how much New Year’s food is stuck to my teeth:
In addition to the spotted teeth, I should call attention to the fact that I know that most of my poses and camera angles are identical. At festivities such as these, the last thing you wanna do is to continually ask someone to take a photo for you. So I’ve just learned to stretch my arm as long as possible and hit the button myself. I’m happy to do this as long as I have good friends to aim at. Which is what I hope 2012 is filled with. And clean teeth, of course.
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Clean teeth and good friends? Sounds like a plan! One of the things I have on my huge resolution list for 2012 is to add more items to the AWMOK, so stay tuned!
That’s an EXCELLENT resolution!! Happy New Year, Mod Betty!
ya are blessed allee! xoxo from the mitten