Amy Poehler helps us predict the future. We use fortune cookies, tarot cards, magic eight balls, and our own intuition to determine what will happen to our callers. We get a visit from Connor Ratliff. Phil Jackson performs poetry. The Human Wishing Well spins slowly. We also get crazy with the music of Zs and learn that we are genuinely good at predicting the future.
This is the sixth episode of his web series Mister Glasses which he made for Channel 101 in NYC. It is am amazingly great episode. Reasons why:
1. It is a mystery, which is smartly and surprisingly solved. 2. Every shot is beautiful. 3. It is is only five minutes, but every character is clearly defined. 4. Megan Neuringer is sexy as all get-out in this (Pardon me, Megan). That seduction sequence is less than a minute but it’s as good as what you’ll see in MadMen. 5. Mitch (and his brilliant DP Paul Rondeau) made it in less than a month on zero budget, as he had done each previous episode for six months. 6. IT IS AN EPISODIC DRAMA ABOUT THE PERILS OF A GODDAMN ARCHITECT
This is five minutes, which I know is an eternity in our terrible age, but check this out, then back Mitch’s kickstarter.
When I first moved to NYC I spent hours watching and rewatching Mr. Glasses, Welcome to my Study and Sexual Intercourse American Style. They got me through some of that hazy ‘what am I even doing here?’ time, and I am eternally grateful.
You should back Mitch’s kickstarter. I just did, and I feel awesome about it. I also just rewatched the above episode and giggled for 3 minutes after the last line: “Squares.”
This set by Joe Pera is one of my favorite comedy sets ever. At the first round of this year’s March Madness tournament at Carolines, sixty-four comics (myself among them) each did one minute of comedy. Most of us were loud and fast, doing our best jokes machine gun style. Joe Pera went up dead last. He spent the first ten seconds of his set calmly and quietly adjusted the position of the mic without speaking a word. He used the next ten seconds to do one joke. The rest of the set was one long applause break.