Hollywood on the Potomac
Some things are irresistible, just ask Eddie Murphy. After 28 years off of stand-up comedy and after refusing to imitate Bill Cosby on Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary (SNL) earlier this year, Murphy did just that – stand-up and a Cosby imitation at the 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at The Kennedy Center.
Murphy himself was gracious when he took the stage and said that when you get this type of award, “you’re very very old,” but he hoped that meant he was ahead of the game. Murphy then proceeded to show he is still at the top of his game by skewering former Twain Prize winner Bill Cosby and the national scandal surrounding him. “You know you fucked up when they try to make you give your trophies back,” he said of the Cosby scandal and public outcry to rescind some of Cosby’s awards. “Maybe we should call this the Mark Twain surprise,” Murphy quipped, “because there is no money in it.” He went on to say that was opposed to an award, and he wanted an award, not a prize. “I love you. This is a wonderful night.” It was colorful comedy and colorful language throughout the evening; tough editing job ahead for the PBS WETA release on November 23rd at 9/8c. (Check local listings)
“Beyond the historical facts with all it’s slights and it’s shadows, we celebrate a deed that marked the connection with Spain to what was to become the Americas, a deed that forever changed the way our nation is and the way we look at the world,” Ramón Gil-Casares, The Ambassador of Spain, told guests at his residence on the duel occasions of both Columbus Day and Spanish National Day.
The deed was a reference to Bernarado de Gálvez, a Spanish military leader and colonial administrator whose name is not as familiar in American history as it is in Spain. According to history buffs, Gálvez aided the American Thirteen Colonies in their quest for independence and led Spanish forces against Britain in the Revolutionary War, defeating the British at the Siege of Pensacola (1781) and reconquering Florida for Spain. He spent the last two years of his life as Viceroy of New Spain. The city of Galveston, Texas, was named for him although most of us recognize the town through the musical lens of Glen Campbell’s 1969 country western hit song “Galveston,” the lyrics of which have nothing to do with Gálvez that we know of, but a memorable song.
Written by Brendan Kownacki
They’re in love with each other, it’s that simple.” This quote, as expressed by Vice President Joe Biden at the Human Rights Campaign’s National Dinner was more than an anecdote in a story, it became a rallying theme for the energy of the whole evening and the rights of gay, lesbian, transgender people that were being celebrated.
Biden’s story was about an encounter from when he was 17-years-old and saw two men embrace and kiss each other while his father drove him into town, and his fathered summed it up frankly; “They’re in love with each other, it’s that simple.” Biden said that since that moment, it has always been that simple of notion for him that love is love and that it doesn’t matter what size or shape or packaging it comes in. He humbly declined a label of being a political maverick or even being brave for his vocal support for marriage equality during a landmark year and said it was just who he thinks most people are and so he gave his voice to the cause.