Monday
Dec162002

Best through the holidays and into the New Year

Hello Friends and Fans, it’s time for another installment of Kevin’s Diary. First of all, let me wish everyone a tremendous holiday season! I hope everyone stays healthy through out the rough weather that usually slams most of the country around this time. I also hope all of you get the perfect gift that seems to elude each and every damn one of us, year after year after year after year….. Well, you get the idea.

So, the weather outside is frightful, but here in Hollywood, where I’ve begun work on the sequel to “The Whole Nine Yards,” brilliantly entitled, “The Whole Ten Yards,” it certainly is delightful. Yes, I’m taking the next few months off from my Stand-up comedy touring to do another movie. I’m thrilled to report that my role in this film is possibly the best one I’ve had in many years. I guess it seems that way to me because I rarely get to do anything as funny as I do in this one.

Those of you who enjoyed the first film in this series may remember that my character, Yanni Gogolak was trying to kill Bruce Willis’ character, Jimmy Tudeski, for ratting out my father, and sending him to prison. Ultimately, in the first movie, Jimmy kills Yanni. Well, the story in the sequel opens with Yanni’s father, Lazlo, getting out of prison. His first order of business is to avenge his son’s death. If you thought Yanni’s voice sounded funny, wait until you hear what I’ve cooked up for Lazlo.

I’ve never played a seventy-five year old, angry, Hungarian mob boss before, and I will tell you this………….. it ain’t easy. It literally takes almost four hours to apply the prosthetic make-up and hair. The end result, however, is amazing.

Those of you who saw the second Hannibal Lector movie, “Hannibal,” may remember the insanely great prosthetic work that was done on Gary Oldman to achieve his horrifying make-up. I’m thrilled to have the same incredible team of experts doing mine in this movie.

As for my co-stars, Bruce Willis is back and funnier than ever. His character is, of course, menacing as hell, as he was in the first film, but this time there’s a little twist that allows Bruce his muscle as a comedic actor. He’s also a great guy to work with, and believe me, if you’ve seen my stand-up act, you know I don’t say someone is a pleasure to work with if they’re not. He’s as cool as a fella can be, and very generous with his time and energy.

Matthew Perry was completely hysterical in the first film, and somehow in the sequel he tops himself. He too is a joy to be around. It’s not that he’s “on” all the time, he’s just naturally funny and it never ends when we’re hanging out on the set. I’ve been very fortunate to work with the best, and Matthew is easily in the top five of the funniest comedy minds I’ve worked with.

Amanda Peet, who played the wanna-be hit woman Jill, is back in the sequel, and hilarious once again. She’s also incredibly sexy, as always, on and off camera. She too is a very funny person, and a great laugher. The truth is, she’s so sexy that you somehow don’t expect her to be so funny, but she has an easy, natural gift and a top-notch sense of humor.

Speaking of sexy, Natasha Henstridge fans will be happy to know that she’s back for the sequel as well. Unfortunately for me, I haven’t worked with her yet in our first two weeks of production, but will in the coming week. Definitely looking forward to that!

The director of the first movie, Jonathan Lynn was busy working on another movie, so we had to look elsewhere for our Captain. We got lucky when a very talented guy, Howie Deutch, joined the party. I worked with him on “Grumpier Old Men” and was very excited to learn he would be at the helm on this one.

Well, it’s going great and there’s every reason to believe that it’s only gonna get better. So, here’s wishing all of you, and your families, the very best through the holidays and into the New Year. Be kind to each other, and if you think of it, say a prayer for those less fortunate. 

Monday
Nov182002

You can never go home again? Horse@%#$.

Fine friends of this site,

I have just returned from the most amazing homecoming anyone could hope for. I've often thought of the famous line, "You can never go home again," but I've never felt so strongly that it was
horse@%#$. I went, I saw, I had a GREAT time.

Although I take pride in the fact that I was born in the truly great city of San Francisco, I was raised an hour south of there in San Jose. From age two through twenty-two, I grew up dreaming of being a successful comedian and possibly an actor in movies. There were no comedy clubs in San Jose, and I paid my dues performing during the breaks of local rock bands, at loud, funky bars. In fact, the reason I moved back to San Francisco was to pursue a stand-up comedy career full time, because that's where the nearest comedy clubs were. It was incredible to have that world open up to me, but I would have killed to have had a local club on my home turf.

Some time after the new year, when I got word that The Improv comedy club organization was going to open a new club in San Jose, and that they wanted me to perform at the grand opening, I was pretty damn thrilled. Here's the best part: The Improv folks were working with the city to refurbish an old theater down town. A THEATER!! And not just any theater...

"The Jose" opened in 1904 and became such a successful vaudeville stop that Al Jolsen and Houdini performed there. Friggin' HOUDINI! When I was growing up, the entire downtown area was totally run down and NOBODY I knew ever went down there for entertainment. EVER. To have a historical landmark theater returned to its original luster, and be occupied by the biggest, and best comedy club company made this a rather monumental weekend for me and my hometown. Hell, the Mayor, Ron Gonzales, even presented me with a plague, which was an official commendation of sorts. Hey, not bad, huh? For me, it was pretty damn cool.

Of course friends and relatives came out to see me. Even a few that I had never met before. Go figure. I loved seeing my dearest, bestest buddies at an impromtu poker game on Sunday. Big laughs all around. In fact, all in all, it was one of the best damn weekends, in every way possible.

Next weekend I'm off to Denver to perform at The Comedy Works, then I'll be starting work on the sequel to "The Whole Nine Yards" with most of the original cast, including Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peete and Natasha Henstridge. So, more to come in this diary. Stay tuned.

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