Garrett Morris Interview
By Rick Brown
Night Alum Garrett Morris speaks his mind about Katrina, SNL,
race, the entertainment industry, religion, Shadowbox Cabaret…whatever
crosses his mind!!!
Sunfish – I hear you are from New
Morris – Yes I was born and raised in New Orleans…went
to Booker T. Washington High School and Dillard University.
Naked Sunfish – Do you still have family there?
Morris – Yes I do but since Katrina a lot of family
have moved to different parts of the country. One or two houses
were lost and one of my aunts might be moving back soon but most
of my family is in either Georgia or Texas or Oklahoma…something
Do they plan on going back?
– I haven’t polled everybody. Some plan to go back
– You’ve been there?
– Not since Katrina I haven’t been there. I plan to
go in a couple of months. I’ve been pretty busy out here.
But I’m in contact with my aunt every day. I know what’s
going on down there. FEMA has stopped paying. Looks like you can
get some money for an Iraqi War any time you want.
- UH OH what’s that! Was that somebody about to criticize
the government about that thing they started?
– It’s okay with me. Priorities are pretty screwed
up right now.
– It does seem…you know…I’m…nobody’d
be making fun if they were over there in Iraq…maybe they’d
be getting the money they need. With all due respect Louisiana
tradition I must say…we use the word “politics”
in regard to what goes on in the city of New Orleans…you
use the word loosely. And I don’t know if you heard that
lately there’s been a scandal about how much money has been
- Including a SEX CHANGE! Huh? Explain THAT to me man! I mean
wait a minute! Now HOW…do you…get the money from FEMA…what
do you write on the application? What do you write to FEMA to
get the money for a sex change? What do you SAY on it? How did
that guy…I mean it’s AMAZING!!!!! Anyway…that’s
Louisiana! THAT’S LOUISIANA!!!
– I read that you were trained at the Julliard School of
– Actually I studied with a teacher who was in fact one
of Julliard’s teachers. When I was at Dillard when I did
my undergraduate work…my degree is in voice and composition.
And when I studied at Dillard his book was the Bible. So when
I went to New York…I was then working as a singer for Harry
Belafonte. I also was keeping up with my vocal studies so I looked
for him. So I didn’t matriculate in Julliard…I studied
with this Julliard teacher while I planned to go to the Manhattan
School of Music and I got one semester in when I got the job with
Harry Belafonte and I haven’t looked back.
– So was music your first love?
– See I was born and raised the son of a Baptist minister
who was a man who preached. So basically that was acting. He also
sang during his sermons. He was also the choir director…and
he wrote. So basically I had a multi theater mentality most of
my life. I did want to do some great things in music but I always
thought I would be a writer. My career has included not only singing
but also composing and arranging. I’ve also written a couple
plays. So I took my grandfather as a sort of prototype. It was
kind of my renaissance. And once you’re in the business
you realize you can’t really rely on just one thing. You
need to know how to act if you’re a singer. I knew I couldn’t
dance so I learned to act. But I’ve always been into a multi-faceted
approach to the theater. Now I KNOW you didn’t want that
long drawn out answer!!
– Did you do stand up?
– No…you see my first ten years I was with Harry Belafonte
and meanwhile I also taught. P.S. #71. I was a schoolteacher too.
I taught in prisons for two years. At Comstock Maximum Security
Prison had a rehabilitation program that included a music teacher.
Ha. Ha. Ha! For those murderers!!!
- And I taught at a minimum security facility…meanwhile
I wrote couple plays that were produced off Broadway…me
and Bill Duke did it. And oh by the way the play had Obba Babatunde…do
you know who that is? He’s a very fine actor and is well
known right now but obviously he is not known in O-HI-O!
– So by the time Saturday Night Live came along I’d
been in the business 17 years. I had some kind of decent reputation
in the business but of course my NATIONAL reputation came from
being “discovered” after 17 years in the business
by Lorne Michaels. Even then I was originally hired as a writer.
But I was a playwright who knew how to write for a couple hours
but I had no idea how to write for two minutes and I don’t
think I ever mastered that. Then some negative stuff came up that
I don’t want to talk about and people involved…some
people said I couldn’t write. Actually I have to agree with
them because at this point I hadn’t produced a thing. It
wasn’t that I couldn’t write it was just that I had
trouble reigning in…Saturday Night Live was revolutionary
in that it was doing some thing for 15 seconds…30 seconds…a
minute…this man was having trouble getting my ideas into
that space. Then Lorne saw a movie I did called “Cooley
High” and that’s when he asked me to audition for
the Not Ready for Prime Time Players and basically that’s
how I became a member on the show.
– How would you compare the show now with the original version?
– You know…I get asked that question all the
time and I’m not one to want to render any opinion. I’m
sure some have never seen us who were born 15 years ago that will
probably give some lip service respect to the first 5 years of
the show…but maybe some people only know Eddie (Murphy)…some
people only know Billy Crystal…some people only know…um…um…what’s
his name? Will…uh…
– Will Farrell
– Will Farrell…who is a great talent.
– But the show was a lot less “promotion oriented”
in your day.
– Wait…I’m not through now!!! I’m
not through!! It reminds me of what’s generally happening
in politics in that it veers more towards being accepted by a
larger number of people. As opposed to the first 5 years we were
unknown and our whole thing was in fact we were radical. That’s
what brought the attention. And then SCTV and Mad TV have really
gone to where we were or should be. In that way…I’m
not talking about the actors in it…there seems to be a general
policy of being a little skittish about turning off what I call
the “WAM” phenomenon…the white adult male phenomenon.
G.M. - There’s also the BAM…black adult males
and LAM…Latin adult male phenomenons, etc, etc, etc. But
everyone’s in with the white phenomenon and don’t
realize this is really a multi-phenomenon nation and there’s
a lot of gold in them unexplored or undiscovered demographic hills.
There’s a lot to be said by the multi racial assortment
of people who come together because of mutual interests that transcends
their racial or cultural differences. I maintain that sex
can be that…comedy can be that…and topical
news can be that. And the major networks don’t even
know. There is nothing like that…. nothing for blacks…nothing
for Latinos…nothing for Middle easterners…nothing
for Asians. There are all kinds of possibilities. There was a
time when there were inventive producers like Norman Lear. If
he were 25 today I could see him cooking up a show with some kind
of an Israeli racist or an Iraqi racist and figure out how to
make that work in comedy…how to make that funny. That’s
what he did with Archie Bunker. You don’t see anybody with
ideas like that on NBC or ABC or CBS. They’ve got the market
cornered. They can do whatever they want, really. Maybe it is
like you have a lot of people who are very talented but who do
not have a lot of history. Ninety day wonders out of Harvard or
Yale, who have what I would call a kind of pseudo European background,
very smart in administration not history. For instance now…I’ve
got you! The movies that they do, cater to the concept that if
you present something besides the accepted myth, there is going
to be a problem but that may not be solved. Let me say for instance,
Mel Gibson and Jesus, I never saw it but I would say it was really
Epiphonegistic…that’s my word. That his thing with
the Epiphonegistic…in terms of the violence that now we
know that was attended to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. But
as a black man, who has dealt with again and again a racism towards
non- whites from a Christian thing that actually, that the Bible
said that Jesus had brown skin and hair like lambs wool, if in
fact the past few hundred years, the Europeans and Christians
have been worshiping a brown skinned God, it is quite possible
that a whole lot of things that came out of racism might not have
happened. If you do a movie nowadays and don’t do it with
a blonde white Swede doing Jesus, nobody is going to go see it.
Everybody knows the guy was born in North Africa, come on you
know. Unless this guy…Mary is a fly in the ointment, because
Joseph was his father, so Jesus came out of a brown skin women.
So in entertainment, if you want to do a movie with say a Blair
Underwood doing Jesus, you can’t do it and expect our Western
Christians to support it. They will not do it, even though they
know Mary was a dark skinned woman! If you don’t do movies
with Mary as a white lady they will not support it. So what I
am saying is that there has to be something at the production
level, I don’t think it is impossible and I am not saying
people should not go on making Blond Swede Jesus for a million
years, but it should also be possible to do him in other ways
in a democracy.
by Donna Maria Distel
by John Bennett
Laura R Joseph
The Giant from Where Its Heart Beats
Electronics: Think Big, Act Small, Price Low
have wanted to write about this since the first month I arrived
in Beijing. But I postponed it, and postponed it. It’s
not because I’m lazy. But living in a foreign culture,
I should be really, really slow to pass judgement. Well, now
I can’t keep my mouth from complaining. I think it’s
natural, but writing is something different. Writing is immortalizing
an event that people in any time of history can retrieve, look
back on, and reflect. Yet today, I believe I have to write about
I translated a news story from Xinhua News Agency (the Chinese
counterpart of the Associated Press) about the Chinese Association
of Scientific and Technology Conference. The association vowed
to support the Chinese government to reach its goal to build
an “innovation-based society” by 2020. I read this
kind of news almost everyday. If it’s not boasting how
well China is advancing in science and technology, it’s
saying that all Western countries are dying to set up scientific
research cooperation with Chinese institutes.
never underestimate the level of Chinese scientific achievements.
This country and its people had made all kinds of advanced technologies
before the West had even begun emerging as a civilization. I
also know that bright Chinese students have filled honorable
seats in prestigious universities in the West, especially in
the field of science and technology. I never doubt the Chinese
ability to be a leading high-tech country in the near future.
there is only one question that keeps haunting my head. If China
is so advanced in science and technology, why are Chinese electronics
not so high in quality? The evidence of the unreliability and
undependability Chinese electronics is overwhelming. Yet it
seems that the government and the media just ignore it. As long
as they can fly humans to the moon, they don’t have to
care if most Chinese electronic products last less than one
people say Chinese electronic goods are so cheap that, if they
break, just buy another one. Well, I guess I’m just an
old fashioned girl because I like to have things that I can
trust and I can love for the rest of my life…or at least
for a long, long time. I hate to change, to repair, and to look
for new alternatives…especially when it comes to electronic
conveniences that I depend on in my daily life.
I first arrived in China I bought an iPod. It broke within 2
months! Fortunately, with my tumbling Chinese, I managed to
request that the store’s service center replace my broken
iPod with a new one. The service center agreed to do so as long
as I went back to the shop where I bought it and asked the shop
to write down the serial number of the iPod from the receipt.
I arrived at the shop, the shopkeeper refused to write it down,
unless I paid more money. I had to scream in English because
I was tired of being played for a fool. But the lady screamed
back at me! So, I screamed even louder in Chinese, with all
rudeness I could think of! I wanted all the customers within
a radius of 100 meters to hear what a lousy business they did!
Realizing that the shop could lose more customers, the woman
calmed me down, copied the serial number from the iPod box on
the handwritten receipt, and said, “Well, you could have
just written the number yourself. It would have saved you the
trouble of coming here.” Indeed.
the iPod incident, a webcam that I bought would not work on
my Apple Powerbook. I guessed this time it was my fault because
I did not look careful enough that it did not say that it was
compatible for Apple.
incidents began to happen however. First the hairdryer that
I bought for less than US$5 broke within 6 months! The cord
of the iron I bought was not long enough, so when I ironed my
trousers I had to fold them to reach to bottom of the pant legs!
The same deal applied for long sleeve blouses and suits. Also,
my aluminum teapot broke after only 8 months! So did my washing
machine! It would no longer squeeze my clothes so everything
was still wet when it came from the washing machine. I had to
hang them all in the bathroom before I moved them outside to
get some sun. Very few people used drying machines in China.
I preferred it this way, because it saved a lot of energy. Anyway,
that’s what the sun is good for.
sun? I forgot about the sun in China. It’s also “broken”
very often. Sunny days are decreasing in Beijing. Like today…the
sun did not even appear! The pollution has reached a level where
it blocks out the sun! Only after a very windy day will sun
appear and the sky would turn blue. Otherwise, the sky is gray,
even in the peak heat of the summer.
was going to raise these questions since the time my iPod broke.
However, I waited and waited. May be in a couple of months I
will be granted an enlightment so that I won’t be so cynical
about Chinese sci-tech achievements. Maybe. Maybe. But since
my patience has been shortening as my age increases, I gave
up and wrote this little complaint. This giant must have been
thinking too big about himself. Or, he must have been too busy
making towering achievements while forgetting to improve the
quality of the technological goods and appliances that people
are most depending upon. If not, the giant wants to make the
price so low so that the companies could not afford to have
quality check and inspection.
I have to worry about my extra cheap US$40 DVD Player that can
play MP3, JPEG pictures, VCD, and DVD? Chinese electronics are
thought to be very good by many. But actually, compared to other
more durable brands, quality is ignored just for a low price.
Where is the value of goods? So, why does the government…this
Giant…think big and act small? Chinese electronics have
a low price sure. But when things fail so quickly does it matter?
the Tanning Butter
(And Watch Out for That Dump Truck!!)
May 12, 2006 6:03 a.m. Cleveland Hopkins Airport
I would call this daybreak. But since I’ve been awake since
3:30 a.m. it’s not the same feeling. Driving up to drop
the dog off at my brother and sister in law’s last night
was the usual 2-hour tedium that is the drive from Columbus to
Cleveland. But hey ... we’re going to an island I cannot
even remember the name of! And that’s a good thing.
Usually there’s background music in an airport. Not today.
Herman’s Hermit’s “Something Good” ...
a song written by the great Carol King (I remember everything
vividly ... at least before 1977!) is swirling in my head ...
heard it in the car on the way here. A few years ago I saw a more
than reasonable facsimile of the Hermits ... with Peter Noone
(the original singer ( ... and I really pissed him off by getting
the band’s lineup wrong in my Naked Sunfish review.) Infighting
with his old drummer ... some such thing. It could be a worse
song chiming away in my fatigued brain ... like “Sugar,
Sugar”. Still ... I wish Yvonne would get here with a cup
of hot joe and a fatty muffin to take the edge off ... both sleep
wise and ... ”somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’
good ... oh yeah ... somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’..”
Springsteen & the Seeger Sessions Band
May 30, 2006
* * * * *
By Rick Brown
I often comment in conversations to people who “don’t
get” Bruce Springsteen that I myself “didn’t
get” the man until I saw his place in the lineage of American
music history and tradition. It’s not until the listener
sees Bruce’s connection to icons such as Woody Guthrie ...
or in this case with the release of “We Shall Overcome:
The Seeger Sessions” ... longtime traditionalist folk troubadour
Pete Seeger ... his rightful place in the American music tapestry.
Just as characters like Crazy Janie or Wendy struggle to find
their place in this world in Springsteen’s own songs, Bruce
takes centuries old working class heroes and makes them seem like
old friends ... neighbors ... people who work hard, do right and
love each other.
I have NEVER experienced a concert like this.
Firstly, if you had told me a major rock star could perform American
standards I sang as a boy in grade school music class in front
of more then 3000 adoring fans ... all standing and singing along
... I would have laughed out loud. But there we all were proudly
exalting lyrics such as “When John Henry was a little baby
... ” or “I got a mule and her name is Sal. Fifteen
miles on the Erie Canal.” Few have the charisma and insight
to pull this off.
Secondly, the experience goes much deeper than a sing a long.
Mr. Springsteen was almost innocuous at times, fronting a 17-member
band that included fiddlers, a sousaphone player, steel pedal
guitar, washboard and at nights end, an actual kitchen sink. His
acoustic guitar was not mixed out front and other musician at
times more than helped with vocals. The stars on this night were
the songs themselves. Like Wendy’s strapping her hands across
my engines in “Born to Run”, Bruce embraced these
American parables and offered them as a gift of our heritage in
the context of hope. And hope is something America hasn’t
had a dialogue about in way too long.
Drawing from a myriad of influences including folk, Texas swing,
Dixieland, boogie woogie, et al, The Sessions Band gave us a history
lesson of not just musical chronology, but of all that brings
us together as a people ... as Americans. And contrary to the
political discourse of the past half decade there was no mention
of Jesus. “O Mary Don’t You Weep”, “Pay
Me My Money Down”, “We Shall Overcome”, these
songs made the audience feel connected to our past, our hard working
American ethos, of genuine family love and most importantly a
humble aspiration of American pride. And believe me ... it has
been quite some time since this writer felt proud to be an American
and felt hopeful about the human condition. “Jacob’s
Ladder” ... a song I remember singing in Vacation Bible
School as a child ... was at once an unconditional, accepting,
joyous celebration of faith in something bigger than all of us
... a power that can bring us all together in a most personal
and private way. What a refreshing diversion from the religiously
ideological din of the 21st Century.
Springsteen’s tour began at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage
Festival before embarking nationally. And Bruce made more than
one pointed reference to how this city represented America as
a whole. He did not shy away from casting dispersions on President
Bush for not having the insight, fortitude and compassion to have
this same epiphany. A somber, respectful “When The Saints
Go Marching In” made us all see the tragic metaphor ...
and how America has let itself down ... failed ourselves in the
caring values we talk incessantly about.
I realize this doesn’t read much like a review of a rock
concert. I certainly do not apologize for that. This was an experience
like none I have ever witnessed. For an evening I felt hope again
... as an American who grew up working class and believed we could
make this land great for the greatest numbers of people. I believed
that again. Professor Springsteen let the songs tell the stories
themselves. And these stories are all about ... us together ...
us collectively. Us ... as America
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why did I have so much fun at “Best of Shadowbox 2006”?
Was it because there was a “virgin” in my party and
it gave me “new eyes”? Maybe. Or was it Tom Cardinal’s
exuberant tour of the newly refurbished balcony (which was all
the buzz). Yeah ... that’s part of it. Was it because the
audience was arguably the best I’ve been a part of in this
performance space? Most definitely ... that certainly helped enormously.
But the biggest reason is this:
The Shadowbox performers genuinely seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Really. I’ve seen all these sketches ... some of them twice
before. But the pace ... the enthusiasm ... the timing ... the
sum was of all this results in the material having a vibrancy
that may not have been there in previous shows
Take the opening skit, “Le Blind Date”. Jimmy Mak
and Amy Lay play a couple meeting at a restaurant for a blind
date. They are served by French waiter Adam Fouth. I didn’t
care for this much the first time I saw it what with its “booger
joke” and the old “spinach in the teeth” routine.
But this time around the actors made the characters funny.
And time worn sight gags can be hilarious when the characters
performing them are inherently humorous in and of themselves.
It’s the old adage “it’s not what she
said per se ... but the way she said it.” Anyone
who has ever tried explaining why they thought something was funny
knows this. I still chuckle visualizing Fouth’s goofy walk
and outlandish attempt at a French accent.
Amy Lay takes the enthusiasm in several directions in “Best
of ... 06”. Anyone who has seen her “not so innocent”
little girl in Shannon’s Movie Reviews knows the one woman
sketch is a multi-leveled gut buster ... albeit brief. This time
around she gives an interesting and hilarious perspective to both
“Titanic” and”Spiderman”. Ms. Lay’s
delightful Shannon could charm the pants off of Governor Bob Taft!
(Not that she ... or anyone else for that matter ... would want
Ms. Lay shifts gears in “Bustin’ a Move” playing
a demure, modest girl with a hidden desire to be an exotic dancer.
Shadowbox veteran Julie Klein ... who returning from a stint at
Shadowbox Cabaret in Covington, Kentucky recently ... told me
she felt “glad to be home” ... portrays an ex-stripper
turned teacher named Busty who has suffered a broken hip. Add
effeminate Stephan (a nimble Jimmy Mak) to Lay’s shy Donna,
a “volunteer” from the audience and giggly sex kitten
Misty (Katy Psenicka) and you have a delightfully bawdy burlesque!
Ms. Psenicka, a fine actress and choreographer in her own right,
possess a real talent for shimmying her northern assets ... if
you get my drift. This woman could make a Hooters Girl blush.
The volunteer from the audience however ... did not.
Psenicka and Ms. Klein combine their talents as snotty, upper
crust, inebriated society women in “Maureen and Buffy”.
This sketch also benefits from better timing, a swifter dialogue
and a “let’s have fun with it” approach. The
catty comments and faux friendliness of these two skilled actors
is fall down funny.
And this is what David Whitehouse does a lot ... fall down ...
and be funny. Teaming up with Jimmy Mak in “Jason’s
Scary Stories” Whitehouse acts out Jason’s “flashlight
in the face” telling of a preposterous yet simple tale of
a misunderstanding between neighbors involving a can of red paint,
a hockey mask, and a chainsaw in need of fuel. Once again the
playfulness of the actors made this seem like I was watching it
for the very first time.
All the other sketches flow well too. And the show seamlessly
glides from skit to song to video. Shadowbox has certainly learned
how to use all the tools available them to keep the visuals, sounds,
dances, et al to give “Best of ... 06” a cohesiveness
that keeps the audience enthralled. One possible exception might
be “Snow What?” ... a sketch with a cast of thousands.
Maybe it only appears that way to me because almost everyone onstage
is playing a child. A spoof on Disney’s “Snow White”
I found this perhaps a hair too anarchistic. Then again ... I
find most children’s plays to be such so I’m probably
Musically the show is quite strong. With a house band like BillWho?
how could it not be? Jennifer Hahn’s haunting rendition
of “Strange Face of Love” climaxes when joined onstage
by guitarist (and husband) Matthew Hahn. The pairs’ performance
together is nothing short of poignantly dynamic. Riveting as well
is Steve Guyer singing U2’s “End of the World”
accompanied by a splendidly accentuating dance choreographed by
Ms. Psenicka. And Mary Randle belts out “Limelight”
as no one but her can do. Julie Klein’s version of Paul
McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” is ...
well ... simply amazing.
Rivaling Katy Psenicka’s “shimmying” northern
pleasantries is Storm Woods’ down south booty shakin’
during “Baby Got Back”. David Whitehouse may be “fronting”
this musical number but it is Ms. Storm’s gyrating backside
that holds most everyone’s attention. I’m surprised
Whitehouse didn’t fall down ... or maybe he did and I was
looking at ... uh ... something else.
The grand finale comes with Julie Klein reclaiming the stage and
commanding our attention as Ringmaster during Emerson, Lake and
Palmer’s “Karn Evil”. Soon the entire cabaret
is filled with jugglers (Jimmy Mak and Jim Andes), a contortionist
(Amy Lay ... is there anything this woman can’t do?),
Monkey Boy (J T Walker), Gymnasts (Scott Candler and Storm Woods),
Stilt Lady (Christina Connor), Trapeze (Katy Psenicka) and much,
much more. This is quite a delirious finish to a wonderfully entertaining
show. Both visually stimulating and musically grand, this is a
perfect crowd pleasing finale and it brought the house down. If
you have never been to Shadowbox Cabaret this is the performance
to begin with. What I know is I had a lot of fun. The people who
came with me had a lot of fun. The audience had fun. And I do
believe ... despite how much work is involved ... the troupe known
as Shadowbox Cabaret had some fun themselves. And it showed.
“Best of Shadowbox 2006” runs until August 26th. For
more information go to www.shadowboxcabaret.com
- It shouldn’t be the myth we respect and that is it. People
don’t know that Beethoven was a Spaniard, dark skinned Spaniard.
He had hair that needed Afro- sheen in a day when there was not
Afro –sheen. At a certain point they re-drew his pictures
to make him look like a white guy that just didn’t comb his
hair. The thing is, as a standard if you did a movie with Beethoven
as a Spaniard, it would be an entirely different kind of a movie.
You can do a movie with him as a white man, but you should be able
to, in this country, to deal with myths in another way. In a democracy
ideas should bounce against another. When one way of saying it becomes
so official, if you don’t do it exactly like this, you get
an almost official reprimand. Am I making any sense whatsoever?
- Absolutely…yes. I wanted to ask you about the Fox network.
Have you worked with them?
- Oh yeah I have. It is possible I may be doing some stuff with
Fox. There is a new show they are doing, I’m not sure I should
say any more about that – how did you know about that?
- I did not know about anything in the future
– What is your name again?
- Rick Brown
- Rick, that is scary
- I used to like the show Roc, I used to see you on that.
- Oh yes, that was a nice show. I was there about a year and a half
but then I had to leave.
- Then they went live, and then Fox moves everything around all
- I can’t really say why that didn’t work, because I
thought it should,
but that is the way the business is. I did work on “Cleghorne”
which nobody remembers. You know Ellen Cleghorne?
– Very talented lady. And people did not know it but I had
two years on “The Jeffersons”. I did “Hunter”
for four years, and I actually was like a co-star on my own show
and I don’t remember the name of it, so I don’t blame
anyone else if they don’t remember it.
- Do you prefer TV over movies or live performances? Do you
have a preference?
– I don’t want to sound cold blooded, I would prefer
anything that has a nice paycheck. Having said that I was weaned
on the stage, I have a nice feeling about work well done on stage,
but I preferred to be really well prepared.
- Tell me about your Shadowbox gig.
- Shadowbox gig will have probably a lot of stuff that you are used
to with Shadowbox. Of course you know that they are classy. But
also they are going to do a couple of things I wrote. I’m
a composer. I wrote a couple of songs that they are going to be
doing. One of them is “ Walking Down Bourbon Street”,
a song dedicated my home town of New Orleans.
– So you are going to sing there too?
- Yeah I’m going to sing too.
- You know they have a wonderful house band.
- I heard that. I heard that they are hot, hot, HOT!!!
- It would be great to hear you sing again.
- Now don’t set the standard too high.
- I’m glad you will come and earn whatever, I have some good
feelings about them but this is the first time I heard of them.
I heard nothing but good things since.
- I think you will enjoy your time with them. They do a good
job…really good sketch comedy.
- Alright, because I’m doing my own comedy show come August,
I’ll be doing the first of several, “ Blues and Comedy
with Garret Morris and the Gumbo Trio Players”.
- That sounds great, is that on Fox too?
- Well, that is something that at this point is being produced by
me and somebody else. Which we hope one of the networks will take,
and hook us up with enough money to do it as a series. The Queen
Mary docked outside of LA…we are going to use that as one
of the venues for it.
– Have you been to Columbus, Ohio before?
– No. I take that back, yes, when I was with the Belafonte
singers, not necessarily with Harry himself, because we would sing
with him at like large cities Los Angeles and Philadelphia, but
otherwise he sent his slaves to the smaller venues.
– So, yes I have been to Columbus, Ohio…and I will tell
them that when I heard the name Columbus, I actually got nervous…because
you know that I am from down south and I have a few warrants in
Columbus, Georgia. So I had to be sure which Columbus. I did not
want the sheriff looking for me, because I have child support warrants.
My ex-wife trying to hook a thing on me. So I was glad to hear it
was Columbus, Ohio.
- It was really great talking to you and I am looking forward to
the show. I am going to do a review of it and hopefully get to meet
– I hope so too and thanks for the call Rick.
Morris will be performing with Shadowbox Cabaret on June 28th. For
more information go to www.shadowboxcabaret.com