After FINALLY completing the Game of Thrones audiobook series, my morning drive became quite dull until I remembered I had the This American Life app and, duh, This American Life (TAL) is basically MY
american life. (I’m not sure what that means exactly but any chance to bring the focus back to me is really what I strive for on a daily basis.) (Joking.) (Am I?)
Last week’s episode featured stories from longtime contributor and prizewinning humorist, David Rakoff. Unfortunately, David passed away last week at the way-too-young age of 47 after his cancer reappeared in his shoulder. To celebrate his life, the TAL team put together a show completely dedicated to David and there was one piece in particular that really struck a nerve with me.
I hope you all enjoyz it!
The whole segment is great but you can skip to 3:13 for the “Rent” story (although I don’t recommend it).
Now Kotaku and Newsarama have tipped us to a 1979 interview of Tom Waits which is eerily similar to The Joker’s voice, inflections, and mannerisms. Thinking Heath Ledger’s inspiration for The Joker may have been Tom Waits isn’t as far-fetched as it seems. The two worked together in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, a movie which took so long to develop that it’s conceivable the two could have met at some point before The Dark Knight filmed.
A then 29-years-old Tom Waits can be seen shambling, smirking, and being captivatingly weird in a 1979 Australian talk show hosted by Don Lane in the video below. Skip to 1:30 to see the start of the interview.
I’m just so FREAKIN’ EXCITED!!!