Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Holiday Inn

So I haven't seen HOLIDAY INN for years. When I was a little kid we always watched it and WHITE CHRISTMAS on TV - of course those were the days before DVRs, DVDs, even VCRs.

I remember thinking the two little black children and the Mammy-type character were cute in the song "Abraham"
But I kinda forgot how far they went with the blackface number. This year I got the DVD for Christmas.

Holy crap. No wonder this one doesn't play on TV much anymore.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Daily Purge for The Listening Zoo

Tonight on The Daily Purge, J. Michael and Rob welcome Julie and Renee Boesch of the music sensation The Listening Zoo! They discuss their new double EP, "Best Christmas Songs Ever" and "More Christmas Songs Ever". The show features two songs off the CD, Tom Hanks and Drinking & Dialing. There is also some special Want Ads and much much more. Enjoy the show!!!

Check out The Listening Zoo!
Buy the CD!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Jon Stewart schools Mike Huckabee

Menorah Shopping

I sent Doug to a Jew Super Store (he felt right at home) to buy us an electric menorah. We have a super kitchy silver Christmas Tree with vintage ornaments and those large colored lights - so I thought we should have an equally kitch-y menorah. Our real one is fancy and sleek (from Crate & Barrel, I think).

So he sends this from the iPhone. Oy.

So many to choose from! I gave him strict instructions that I wanted it to look like it came from A Christmas Story. Like a Leg Lamp. For eight nights. So a Spider Leg Lamp.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The crooked straight...

I don't know how many "Messiah" fans are out there, but good god...

Friday, December 05, 2008

HMDWL episode 100!

Check out 100th episode of How Much Do We Love. . . .

It's a video cast of our first episode! With PUPPETS!!!

Its really great check it out.

Monday, December 01, 2008

It's time to get the tree...

Gravy... hell yes

I hope all of you Thanksgivings were delightful. I just have to say that this year's gravy was SO DAMN GOOD!!! It is now time for me to join a gym. :(

Any good Thanksgiving stories? Favorite dishes?

New Purge will be coming this week!

Friday, November 21, 2008

iPhone 2.2 let's you get The Purge on the go!

Exciting news iPhone Podcast listeners! The iPhone 2.2 software is available for download and it includes (among many other cool things) the ability to download podcasts directly to your phone from the mobile iTunes Music Store! This is great for when you forget to update the new episode and you have already left for work. YAY!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"Lil' O'Reilly"

This kid is crackin' me up! I'm sure you are like, "Oh JMH, you are SO 5 minutes ago, we've seen this already... why don't you just show us that reporter stomping the grapes???"... fine, I will.

and Family Guy's take on it...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Holiday Shows - Mark Yo Calendar

Foiled Again Wish List

This year there are 2 exciting dates and venues to catch Foiled Again at.

Monday December 15th
Holiday Musical Revue to benefit Wilmette Theatre Education Project
7:30 PM - Doors Open at 7:00 PM
Evanston SPACE
(Enter Through Union Pizzeria)
1245 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60202
Tickets are $30.00 for information and reservations call 847.251.1197

Monday December 22
Wish List
8:00 PM
1383 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL
$15 cover + 2 drinks
Foiled Again's annual holiday show returns to Davenport's for the 8th year!

"If there is a group performing tighter, more intricate harmonies, I haven't heard them" - Chicago Sun-Times

"Just wait until you hear this vocal trio harmonize – you won't be disappointed. . . .Give this trio a piano, three microphones and a good songbook and there isn't any tune it can't conquer. DON'T MISS" – TimeOut Chicago

"As solo artists these young vocalists are entertaining, yet remarkably different. It is, however in the trio numbers where this group especially shines . . . the clean close harmonies recall the Andrews Sisters, but sexier" – Cabaret Hotline

"sometimes raucously funny, sometimes warmly tender, and sometimes sizzling" – "One of the finest vocal collaborations in this city" - Gay Chicago

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It's My Damn Birthday!

I didn't do an amazon wishlist this year, but thanks for all the requests for one :)
This year for my birthday, I would like you to go out of your way to tell someone how good they look today... maybe it's their hot new shoes or new hair cut... maybe they are trying a new look that you're diggin' or maybe they just need someone to say something nice to them... well, as a gift to me on my birthday... do it. Because we are all beautiful people and it's always nice to hear it from someone else.

Have fun on my birthday! xoxo

P.S.- this pic is my 2nd birthday... (27 years ago) note the brown carpet and the print couch... ouch.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This is a very beautiful sentiment...

I watch Keith Olbermann a lot, I'm not going to lie. I realize that he preaches to a choir, but I love his passion. Some of his rants are a little extreme, even to me. This one however, is really amazing. To hear these words coming from a "guy's guy" who at one time hosted Sports Center is just... well... awesome.

For those of you still out on the streets of California protesting Prop 8... keep going.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Halloween Vidjo

Once again - as the vidjo progresses I get a lil more tipsy. We were giggling watching this tonight watching how hard my jaw was working to over-annuciate. Train wreck.

Celeb sightings: Annie, Adam Ant, Mr. T, Clay Aiken, TheOtherO, Miss Foozie, Richard Simmons, Beetlejuice, and George Michael.

"Oh, Honey..."

<3 AC

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Can't Wait. . .

For Oprah tomorrow.

And Change.

It was an exciting night in Chicago! Tune into The Daily Purge for Chicago election stories - including Wanda Wisdom's Frock The Vote! And Anniversary night for the Lindleys - and maybe Grant Park stories from JMH and other Chicago friends.

Raise a glass for change

And California listeners we're still sending prayers and good vibes to you for Prop 8.

DO IT!!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Guess Who I Met Today?

So for those of you who don't speak literary fag - it rhymes with Rony Smushner.

That's right ladies and homos - I met Tony DAMN Kushner. He came to Caroline, Or Change today. With the beautiful and glam Jeanine Tesori. It was one of the thrills of my lifetime. It would be like being in Streetcar Named Desire and Tennessee Williams walks in.

Tony F'ing Kushner. And this show especially - because it is so close to his real life. So I felt like was playing his dad - for him - in front of him. Holy Jew-us.

So - I nailed it - he approved and loved it and one of his least favorite moments we did well and he loved it and loved us.

So hopefully this was not REALLY the last you'll hear of this Chicago cast of Caroline.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Daily Purge turns 3 Years Old!

3 years ago today, Oct. 25th, The Daily Purge was born... and by born, I mean, the first episode was put on a feed that I didn't know how to work very well and took countless hours of painstaking trial and error to get to work. The first 5 episodes had 24 listeners, was recorded with a $15 USB mic, and was missing a very important person, who to this day still makes me laugh out loud and is my very very dear friend. After 3 years, it is a joy for us to get to talk to each other and make you all laugh in embarrassing places :)

For those of you that have just started and for the people that have been with us from the beginning... Thanks for listening!

Here is the cover art to the first episode, before Rob joined full time:(barf, how many different fonts could I use... seriously... there is like 12)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"gotta give them HOPE"

A graphic message based on a famous quote by Harvey Milk.

(via towleroad)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"for the BIBLE tells me so" = Holy Crap, it's amazing.

So I took a sick day yesterday and spent some quality time on the couch trying to get the rest I need to finally get over this damn cold and be able to speak. I heard about this documentary about the church and homosexuality a while back called, "for the BIBLE tells me so" and it is now available on DVD. I have had it for a few days and decided to give it a try... I haven't been so moved by a movie in so long. This movie is AMAZING! This is a wonderful resource for families, friends, and those struggling reconciling their homosexuality with their faith. This movie is a wonderful example of family values... and of course, made me cry me eyes out.

Watch the Trailer... and buy it here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Leslie Kritzer on the Election

Leslie Kritzer - from Broadway's Legally Blonde and A Catered Affair.
Delish - her Liza makes me pee

Friday, October 10, 2008

I love teenagers...

So, my cousin Mike is one of the very few teenage youths supporting McCain. So he posted this status update on his facebook page and the response from one of his other teenage friends is f-ing brilliant. (click to see a larger image)Alex P. you got moxie... and I love that a teenage says "get with the program" it's just a Dad/Gym Teacher/Old Man phrase... love it.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Separated At Birth

Leslie Jordan

And Dr. Ruth

For real...

Holy Hottie

Lots of talk shows have been doing special tributes to the late Paul Newman this week.
Martha showed this picture of him this week and I about fell off the couch.

Yummers. I'll take some Newman's Own on that please.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Match Made in Douchebag Heaven

So today on Bonnie Hunt (yes I'm still watching it) Josh Kelly was on singing some horrible song about being proud of someone.
Gross. He and La Heigl deserve each other. Its hard to see who spends more time plucking their eyebrows.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Daily Purge for Catching Up

(going to start posting show information on the blog so show discussion can ensue)Tonight on The Daily Purge: J. Michael and Rob catch up on the past weeks events. The topics range from relationship issues to the Emmys. Total gabby cast. Enjoy the Show!

Music Segments:

First Song:
No MissionSamuel Markus
"Life Is" (mp3)
from "No Mission"
Buy at Amazon
More On This Album

Second Song:
Long Time Traveller (mp3)
Buy at iTunes Music Store

UPDATE: I could not find any "Up With People" music ANYWHERE! if you have some, let me know.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Call me crazy...

... but I thought this little Josh Groban thing last night on the Emmy's was cute.

you can make fun of me now... :)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

New Mario Spinetti

Hey Y'all,

Check out Mario Spinetti's new song "New Orleans" that he performed live at The Kennedy Center.

Mario has been a friend of The Purge for a while and I got a chance to interview him last September. Listen to our interview here. It's a hoot! (also, it's no longer on the feed :()

Also, Mario has a 2nd EP coming out soon, so check him out at

Can it be true?

read why my cup runneth over, right here


Monday, September 15, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

One Class Act!

The new musical 9 to 5 opened (correction: LA opening) this week and during the opening night performance, the set malfunctioned and they had to stop the show. Well, Dolly Parton, who was in the audience, popped right up and sang some songs... and I couldn't love her more!.

Here is the footage that was caught:

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Upcoming Shows

Caroline Picture

Hey all - there's a couple great shows coming up for you to check out.

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE opens on 9/20 and only runs until 10/19 - so get your tickets NOW
CAROLINE is playing at Chicago's Court Theatre in Hyde Park.

And on Monday, 22 & 29th Anne Sheridan Smith and I will be performing an evening of John Bucchino's music at Davenport's Piano Bar + Cabaret in Chicago's Wicker Park area. Click any of the links for more info.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

The Slanket

So a while back I posted about The Slanket, which is a blanket with sleeves. Well, all you can see by this advertisement, it seems like a hip thing to have. As if to say, "Hey, everyone, grab you're Slankets and get over here!"

Well, that might be nice. then there is reality...
It's so hot on the inside I thought I was going to die... not to mention, I look like morbidly obese wizard.


Friday, September 05, 2008

How Much Do We Love HEART

I Fucking LOVE this

"On Thursday night Heart’s “Barracuda” was blasting through the Republican National Convention hall in tribute to vice presidential candidate Sarah “Barracuda” Palin, who was up on stage with presidential nominee John McCain following his speech.

Earlier on Thursday, Heart had e-mailed out a statement in response to an earlier usage of the song, saying:

"The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission. We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored."

After “Barracuda” was played Thursday night, Heart guitarist/songwriter Nancy Wilson called Entertainment Weekly to complain: “I feel completely [expletive-d] over.” She and sister/singer Ann Wilson then e-mailed the Web site a new statement:

“Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image. The song 'Barracuda' was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The 'barracuda' represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there's irony in Republican strategists' choice to make use of it there.”

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Vikings for Palin

Look front and center.

Unfortunately, this is not a joke... though, she kinda is...

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Its a Gay Sophie's Choice

What are the Chicago gays to do on such a summer's night?

Donna Summer is appearing tonight at Ravinia - to the north

And Liza is appearing at the Casino in Hammond - to the south

Where to go? Which diva to see? Who will we run into?

Doug and I tried as hard as we could to get all of our packing done and are siding with Liza.
Because - frankly - each time she takes the stage could be her last. Maybe This Time indeed.

Who would you go see?

Friday, August 29, 2008


This makes me feel weird inside...

(via OMG Blog)


I know this didn't make the primetime, but it was a perfect start to an amazing night.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Moving Sucks

Oy. I'm so fucking sick of packing.

Thanks for being patient this week everyone. I"m taking a week off of La Purge so I can wrap everything in newsprint and move.

Good times. Anytime you meet a payment. Good Times. Anytime you meet a friend.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I just figured it out...

Ever since this ad from McCain came out the other day, I have been trying to place what it reminded me of and I just figured it out!

Here's the ad:

Now, start at 1:53 in this clip:

F-ing Drop Dead Gorgeous! I love that movie!

Stupid Ad McCain...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Where the stories went to...

As we talked about on the last show, The Daily Purge's feed will no longer hold the entire history, so, starting today, you will only be able to access shows that were produced in 2008, (right at our format change). With that, all of the stories I used to read on the show are now gone as well. So, as we talked about on the last episode, I started a new podcast called I Know How It Is... that will feature those stories, some new ones, and hopefully some guest story tellers will be contributing.
I will be reading new stories on The Purge as well, but rather than play the same stories again, I thought this would open up a new avenue for this work.

So, if you would like to subscribe, head over to or subscribe on iTunes!

Thanks, as always, for all of your support!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Make Me Cry Fridays...

This one got me today...

I love this one too...

there is something about the message of hope that really hits home with me.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Brand New Look, Same Great Taste!

Just in case this startles you, we have new podcast artwork! Don't worry, we're still the same. Now our artwork doesn't look like a death metal radio station.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Nerdy... but awesome!

Go ahead, make fun, but I totally had all the Star Wars action figures, so this kinda thrilled me.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Jennifer Holliday @ Market Days

Here's a lil video I shot on Sunday at Market Days. I have more where this came from. . .
Please rate the video and comment on youtube.

Monday, August 11, 2008

I'm a Headline!

So for the last 10 years or so I've been checking out everyday for my theatre and Broadway gossip and news.
Imagine my surprise when our listener James e-mailed to tell me he read about me in Playbill today.

I had a lil thrill seeing my name in a headline.

Silly, I know - but kinda cool