Posts Tagged ‘Randy Harrison’

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Most Viewed of 2012: Randy Harrison; Lewis Black; Jim Norton

January 1, 2013

So before we venture one more day into this new year of 2013, let me say that several interviews that we aired in  “ON THE SCENE” in 2012 got people watching and talking above all others.

My interview Randy Harrison, the actor who starred as “Justin Taylor” on the Showtime series “Queer As Folk”  is the most viewed of my Youtube videos of the past year.  I interviewed Harrison at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey last February when he was appearing in the play, “Red.” He has an international fan base, particularly in Europe. I discovered this when I noticed  the inordinately high number of views to my blog from foreign countries. I heard from a number of fans eager to know how they could see the interview. Two interviews, in fact, about his performance in “Red” and another about his work on “Queer As Folk” are on Youtube.

My interview with comedian Jim Norton was perhaps my favorite of the year. He’s funny in the interview but what I look for most in an interview with a comedian is whether they reveal something of themselves not for laughs. We cover a lot of territory in the interview including career struggles, dating, life disappointments and triumphs.

And Lewis Black. I interviewed him at George Street Playhouse, also, and he was more than generous with his time and thoughts. A play written by Black, “One Slight Hitch” was getting a run there. He took it out of the drawer after many years, it’s about his breakup with a girlfriend nearly 30 years ago. Viewers weren’t used to seeing Black talk about the playwright side of his career and it was an interesting departure. It, too, can be viewed on Youtube.

MUCH more to come in 2013!

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ON THE SCENE Encore: “Red” With Randy Harrison; Peter Max

February 25, 2012

This is late notice to you, apologies, been an extremely busy week. But the ON THE SCENE episode with the cast of “Red” at George Street Playhouse (Bob Ari, Randy Harrison) and my interview with artist Peter Max, will be on again this weekend.

Tune in to News 12 New Jersey at 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM or 4:30 PM on February 24th or 25th.

This show got a big response so we decided to air it get soon, and also before “Red” closed to move on to its run in Cleveland.

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Video Of The Cast Of “Red” With Randy Harrison, Bob Ari

February 20, 2012

As promised, we’ve posted my ON THE SCENE segment about the production of “Red” at George Street Playhouse, featuring interviews with actors Bob Ari and Randy Harrison.

What do you think?

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ON THE SCENE: The Feedback, The Future

February 16, 2012

Thanks for the emails, unprecedented number of blog views, kind words and inquiries about last weekend’s ON THE SCENE featuring Peter Max and the cast of “Red-” Bob Ari and Randy Harrison.

This episode was spectacular in high definition…the vibrant paintings of Peter Max and that splattering crimson paint flinging across the set in “Red” lit up the screen. (No wonder Randy Harrison thought his famously blond hair would turn red by the end of the play’s run). Oh yeah, the host didn’t look bad, either, but I am hopelessly biased!

More interviews with fascinating artists are coming your way so check back for announcements here on the blog and for details about encore presentations of  ON THE SCENE episodes. And to watch the bonus feature with Randy Harrison and me discussing his role on the series “Queer As Folk” check the post “ON THE SCENE Schedule Reminder, Randy Harrison.”

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Watch More With Randy Harrison

February 11, 2012

Check my previous blog post “ON THE SCENE Schedule Reminder”  for the Randy Harrison ON THE SCENE bonus feature about his years on the series, “Queer As Folk.”

There’s one more scheduled presentation of ON THE SCENE today at 4:30 (“Red”, “The Art of Peter Max”) and then again Sunday at 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 4:30 PM.

I know you’re watching, and I’m grateful. You can always email me comments through the blog or the site.

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ON THE SCENE: Schedule Reminder, Randy Harrison Video Posted

February 11, 2012

ON THE SCENE has started it’s weekend romp through the airwaves. Dozens of you are already checking in here at the blog for more information I see. So first, a reminder of when the show airs: 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 4:30 PM both Saturday and Sunday.

Cablevision subscribers: if you want to watch the Bonus Feature with Randy Harrison and me talking about his role on “Queer As Folk” go to IO Channel 612. Or News 12 New Jersey viewers can also see it on news12.com under “Top Stories.”  Also, I just posted it here in the blog…this is an updated version of the blog to reflect the video.

I also see some of you are interested in my Peter Max interview. Did you like it? Mr. Max doesn’t do as many interviews as he once did so it was a great honor to meet him and ask him about his art. If you see the piece again notice what he and I are wearing: when you’re about to interview Peter Max standing in front of his artwork, you don’t wear color! He and I both showed up wearing black or dark blue to avoid the clash.

“Red” starring Randy Harrison and Bob Ari runs through the end of February at George Street Playhouse in case you’ve become interested in seeing it.

More to come soon…

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One Last Taping And ON THE SCENE Comes Your Way

February 7, 2012

There’s one more bit of business before we get down to editing this weekend’s ON THE SCENE.  We have to tape my host segments, or introductions to the pieces in the show.

As regular viewers know, I host every show from an arts venue. How could I do a show called “ON THE SCENE”  from a tv studio??

So Tuesday morning I’m off to George Street Playhouse where last week I interviewed Bob Ari and Randy Harrison who are appearing there in “Red.” (Check my blog archive for more on those interviews.) It felt like a natural fit to host the show from this theatre because an important piece in the show was shot there.  Because we’re taping early in the day, the theatre is available and the set of “Red” will be our backdrop.

I think viewers will enjoy each of the interviews in this episode, which besides Ari and Harrison includes pop art icon, Peter Max, who’s as colorful as his paintings. And I think everyone will see the unbending dedication it takes to put on a demanding production like “Red” when they watch the interviews with Ari and Harrison.

I have a lot of writing to do tonight for tomorrow’s taping so I’ve got to finish that, now. But I want to remind you that ON THE SCENE is scheduled to run at 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 4;30 pm this Saturday and Sunday on News 12 New Jersey.