Smart Pick of the Day: Ellen DeGeneres and Kristen Wiig Singing “Let It Go”

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE COMEDY EVENT OF THE DECADE:

As we all know, women are funnier than men. And these two made the list a year ago (in fact, that needs a part 2 doesn’t it?) because they are both geniuses. Seeing them be effortlessly funny together almost made my brain explode. They can do no wrong.

I don’t know what’s going on, but there is an influx of eerily Jack-specific culture coming in at the moment. Things are really lookin good for people with my particular taste in music, comedy, movies – did I mention seeing Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy meant I can officially die happy?

What’s next, amiright? Next you’re going to tell me, I don’t know, like, Elisabeth Moss is coming to Broadway.

….

WHAT??

Smart Reads: Jack Smart Edition

As you may have noticed, JackSmartReview updates have been few and far between and laaaame. But fear not, readers! My life has been very happily taken over by a full-time job at Backstage, which I highly recommend frequenting even if you’re not a struggling actor type. Here are some highlights from the last month, and if you’re not hearing from this blog as frequently, dear readers, just head over to Backstage.com. There’s something there for all both of you (thanks for reading, Mom and Dad!).

The Simpsons

Did you know I am an expert on famous actors who have guest starred on ‘The Simpsons’?? I am now!

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Fanmail: “If/Then” Star LaChanze As Theatre Gateway Drug

This is a big one, folks. It is straight-up miraculous I’ve never used this blog to broadcast my bizarrely intense obsession with The Color Purple. I recently got to write “Fanmail” over at TDF Stages about LaChanze, the actress who solidified that obsession into a crucial cornerstone of my teenage years. Check it out!

 

If/Then

LaChanze and Anthony Rapp in ‘If/Then’

As a small white boy from Honolulu, I always had difficulty explaining my obsession with The Color Purple. I suppose it started with Alice Walker’s graceful writing in the book, and intensified when I watched Whoopi Goldberg’s and Oprah Winfrey’s powerful performances in the movie. But my fervor truly ignited when, on a rare trip to New York City, I saw the Broadway musical The Color Purple with my father and grandfather. And it was LaChanze, lighting up the stage in her Tony Award-winning role as the downtrodden Celie, who captivated my 16-year-old soul completely.

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Smart Reads: What Are Critics For?

I highly recommend this piece by Suzy Evans, and not just because it delves into a program I attended this summer (and features a photo of me surrounded by some seriously talented fellow Critic Fellows!). It’s worth reading if you’ve ever wondered about the necessity of critics, or if you’re involved in the theater in any way and have heard of the O’Neill, which is of course the most recommendable thing of all. Check us out!

2014 National Critics Institute