Local Boy Makes Good - Over the years we've followed the career of local stand up comedian Bobby Delerious, from his gigs at the Brickwall Comedy Club to the time he opened for MAD-TV's Debra Wilson at WSU. Still we weren't expecting the call we received here in the Bin Monday morning. Delerious, who has reverted back to his given name of B.B. Freeman, has just signed up for his first sitcom, Quarter Life Crisis.
"From years of doing standup, if somebody gives me something and says to me, 'This is really funny, you're going to love this,' I'm almost always disappointed," says Freeman. "But when I read the script for Quarter Life Crisis, I laughed all the way through it. I really did."
The show follows a group of people in their 20s and 30s, trying to make their way through the maze of jobs, friendships and relationships. Freeman's character, Randolph Quivers, is an insurance fraud agent with some humor-provoking anger issues. Quarter Life Crisis hasn't yet found a network, but filming begins in Seattle on June 15. It helps that Andy Ackerman, who directed Seinfeld and is currently directing Andy Richter Controls the Universe, is connected to the show and, as Freeman says, "is helping to get it out there." But even though his show might become the next big thing, Freeman wants to maintain his ties to Spokane.
Local audiences can even catch him in action this weekend when Interplayers' production of The Final Twist opens. With the help of a flexible shooting schedule, he plans to continue working with Interplayers through the next season. Best of luck!
Out of the Woods - We tried all last week to get an interview with former Spokane author Derrick Jensen (who visits Auntie's Bookstore on Tuesday) in support of his riveting new book, The Culture of Make Believe. We finally gave up, only to get a call from Jensen right as we were putting the paper to bed. It turns out he'd been on book tour, driving all night from city to city and he'd just returned -- all tuckered out -- to his home in the redwoods of northern California.
Jensen had good reason to be tired, we learned; his speaking engagements at bookstores have been attracting up to 300 people at a time, and his university gigs have lasted more than three hours. People are eager to hear his admittedly troubling message, that hate in modern civilization is hidden, but deadly. Jensen is a remarkably insightful intellectual, and we're glad he's returning to town, even if it means hitting the bookstore early to save a space.