Slapsticon "pre-glow" weds 7/18

Steve Massa and I arrived in DC bright and early, completely missing the big storm in NYC that delayed a number of peoples' flight etc. Here I am outside the LOC building, right near the Capitol bldg, where Steve and I spent the day screening comedy shorts. At left you see the interior of the DC metro. This is not the "F" train in NYC by any means. Steve and I saw a lot of great stuff, including the Arbuckle short Zip, the Dodger, a Billy West short directed by Charles Parrott ("Chase"), a Snub Pollard short that co-starred Sunshine Sammy (his father was in the film as well), a Mr. & Mrs. Sydney Drew comedy called Number One, and several others.

Steve saw way more film than I did, as I had to hop the train to meet Rob Farr and Richard Roberts for a radio interview at WAMU-FM. Seen at left are Mr. Roberts and Mr. Farr, and on right is me and the show's host, Kojo Nnamdi. One of the fun things we did was Richard narrated a fictional silent film while I improvised moods and transitions. I'll post a link to the segment shortly.

Today everything starts, and it's all very exciting. There are a lot more people coming than there have ever been in prior years, plus the radio piece and publicity in the Washington Post will hopefully add to the number of "walk-ins" we usually have.


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