More from Tuesday night’s Season 3 premiere of Pamela Adlon’s FX show Better Things. First photo’s with Prudence Fenton and our great friends, Monica and Phil Rosenthal. Phil was the creator, writer, and executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond and Monica played Amy, Robert Barone a.k.a. Brad Garrett’s on again-off again girlfriend on Raymond. Phil’s also been instrumental in Pamela’s TV career, including coaching her on making this season of Better Things. which is BRILLIANT. And if you haven’t caught Phil’s PBS show I’ll have what Phil’s having, it’s one of the warmest, funniest and most charming food-themed shows ever. Second photo is me and Diva Zappa holding our name cards for photographers as we are about to alight the red carpet.
Last night at the premiere of Season 3 of Better Things, Pamela Adlon’s BRILLIANT show on FX that she writes, directs and stars in and has been Emmy-nominated twice for as Best Actress In A Comedy. We’ve been incredible friends for 35 years, even before she started schlepping paint cans behind me as my art assistant in the late 80’s. Also here Alysia Reiner, who was one of the only cast members of Orange Is the New Black who wasn’t at the opening of my musical, The Color Purple Musical, when it reopened on Broadway in 2015, featuring my fave Danielle Brooks a.k.a. Tastee on OITNB starring as Sofia. I really wanted to meet Alysia as her portrayal of Assistant Warden Natalie “Fig” Figueroa was insanity inspired. So I was thrilled when I got on the plane back to LA a few days later and there she was seated directly in front of me. We became friends and I’m so happy I have an in with the warden now! Alysia also plays Sunny on Better Things. Me and the lovely Prudence Fenton fill out the photo. I can’t even tell you how UNBELIEVABLE season 3 of Better Things is. Reviews have been staggering. It starts tomorrow night, Thursday, so set your devices now!
Tonight, on AXS TV‘s show #TheTopTenRevealed, I’m amongst several music notables ranking the songs that remind you of the movie. For example, I would choose The Pointer Sisters – Official ‘“Neutron Dance” and Patti LaBelle’s “Stir It Up” because they remind me of Beverly Hills Cop. Of course the fact that I wrote them and they got me a Grammy for Best Soundtrack back in the day does influence my opinion somewhat! Find out which jams make the list Sunday at 8:30/7:30c.
Had a fantastic time last night being interviewed by the ever-fabulous Mistress of UnCabaret, Beth Lapides, at the WeHo Chamber in the seriously beautiful WeHo Library. Thanks Corey Roskin for getting this together! As the supreme Kitsch lover, I was the perfect interviewee for a blackout to hit West Hollywood. I always enjoy being lit by flashlight. Great audience. Great time. Great photo with my #soulsistah Beth
Looking forward to this coming Wednesday night 2/20 at 7 PM when I’m being interviewed by the Supreme Mistress of #Uncabaret, the ever-wonderful Beth Lapides, in the very chic West Hollywood City Council Chambers in the West Hollywood Library. I will be grilled – in the most loving way possible of course – by Beth about my career, my friends, my records, my everything. And it’s FREE thanks to Visit West Hollywood. So come on down or across or from wherever you’re nesting and we’ll see you there!
Tonight on AXS TV The Top Ten Revealed me and a whole bunch of other music notables weigh in on the Best 70’s Break Up Songs ever. An incredible decade for that sad but soothing genre! Will your favorite heartbreak record make the list? Tune in to the new episode of The Top Ten Revealed to find out! Set your DVR for Sunday starting at 8:30/7:30c.
Just spent 3 fabulous days with these 20 brilliant female songwriters, producers and engineers who participated in Universal Music Publishing Group‘s She Is The Music songwriting camp held here at Willis Wonderland. We broke off into 3 different groups each day, all writing for the incredible Lauren Jauregui, who was also in attendance and writing away with us. She has a killer voice, is way wise beyond her 22 years, and was amazingly fun to work with. Her exceptional talent was exceeded only by the blue of her teeth from a Ring Pop that lived on the whole way through. This was creativity in its greatest and rawest form for me. An incredible mix of talent, intensity, camaraderie, and a whole lot of laughing and fun. The ladies have arrived! #SheIsTheMusic
LOVED being in New Orleans with Preservation Hall Jazz Band writing and recording as many songs as we possibly could stuff into four days. If you’re not familiar with this historic band, and it seems most people ARE, google them as fast as you can. Truly loved everyone in the band. Ben Jaffe is a seriously gracious leader and host, the guys are funny and friendly, they are all brilliant musicians, and there’s thankfully much more writing, recording and trips to come. Also, although I have lonnnng cited New Orleans as one of my Top 3 favorite cities (Detroit and LA holding down the other 2 spots) this was my first time in New Orleans ever. I went as insane over the city as I always suspected I would! I’ll be posting a bunch more shots over the next few weeks but just to get it going here you go:
One of my favorite people on the planet is Pamela Adlon. Not only is she a brilliant actress, writer, director, producer as evidenced by her hit FX show, Better Things, for which she’s been Emmy nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy the last two years, and not only is she my favorite animated voice of all time, Bobby Hill on King of the Hill, she practically grew up in my house. She was my art assistant when she was 18, schlepping cans of paint behind me while I did tons of music videos. We’ve palled around throughout the years and she’s one of my favorite friends ever, to the point where when I get tired while hosting my parties – my favorite thing that I do – she takes over on mic and runs them for me. Anyway, there’s a great piece on her in this week‘s New Yorker, with a couple quotes by me, so check it out: