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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween

Last month I introduced all of you to actor Ben Pace (C'00) and his fun "Elevator" series in which he stars as "Harold the Janitor".

This web series which was developed in the HBO Lab and has recently been bought by Break Media, launched a fun, campy, "Halloween" mini-series this week.    In the 4 episodes, "Harold" (Ben) figures out a new way to get the girl.

Watch these 4 very short videos through and I think you'll agree with me that Ben is indeed a great, slick comedic actor.
Part 1
Harold reveals a bloodthirsty secret when he gets his 25 years of service award.

Part 2
Vampire Harold has a passionate exchange with his beloved and Chris is caught in the middle.

Part 3
Robert shares his own monstrous secret to Vampire Harold. Harold is not amused.

Part 4

Something is killing employees all over the building. Vampire Harold has to come clean to stop the murders.


Happy Halloween everyone!

Other DT Halloween Posts:
  • Find out Liz Banks' (C'96) favorite Halloween costume as she reported to Jay Leno HERE (VIDEO)
  • Watch "The Office Vampire" starring Vanessa Mizzone (C'97) HERE
  • This male model is on the packages of almost every Halloween costume you've been trying on!  See the photos HERE
  • Their Halloween Costumes Would Make Ralph Macchio Quiver HERE

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Friday, October 30, 2009



HalloweenFrom their original thought of dressing up as "Men in Tights", find out in the documentary above which menacing characters these undergrads eventually chose to become for Halloween! (this class project video was filmed last year)



Other DT Halloween Posts:
  • Find out Liz Banks' (C'96) favorite Halloween costume as she reported to Jay Leno HERE (VIDEO)
  • Watch "The Office Vampire" starring Vanessa Mizzone (C'97) HERE
  • This male model is on the packages of almost every Halloween costume you've been trying on!  See the photos HERE
DT coverage of more creative class project videos HERE

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John Legend
Did you catch Penn alum John Legend (C'99, Counterparts) singing the national anthem during game 2 of the World Series last night? Check it out above! (my favorite moment is at 1:28)

Let's not forget about the other musical "World Series"-related Penn act I covered yesterday!

This performance is surely up there with some other great memorable John Legend ("Penn") performances we've covered HERE and HERE

All DT coverage on John Legend HERE

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Thursday, October 29, 2009



Phillies
While I'm not a huge sports fan, as a Penn alum I can't help but get excited for the Phillies being in the World Series (and winning last night).

So on that note, in this whole Phillies frenzy, check out the video above of Penn's Glee Club singing a revised version of Bruce Montgomery's "Ain't-Cha Never Heard Of?" (originally released in 1989). The lyrics have been adapted to highlight the Phillies' coaching staff, top executives and names the complete roster from the 2009 National League Championship Series.

Recently, Mike Missanelli of ESPN Radio (950 AM / 97.5 FM) played the song and gave a big on-air plug to the Glee Club.   Let's all rally together to get more airtime by sending an email to "MikeMiss@950ESPN.com" or call the "Air Studio" (if you want to wait and try to get on the air on Mike's show) at 610-632-0950 -- or both!

And watch out for the audio track to go on sale on the Penn Glee Club's website soon!

This isn't the first time the Glee Club got involved with Philadelphia's sports teams...
  • Watch the Penn Glee club bring their harmony to a 76ers game HERE 

More ways Penn express their Phillies love HERE

Speaking of the World Series, check out DJ Gregory's (W'03, Off the Beat) vlog below as he analyzes "starting pitching, offense, the bullpens and the managers to find that the difference maker may be the experience factor."



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Wednesday, October 28, 2009



Here's a fun new way Penn and its programs continue to advance...

This Thursday, October 29, (8 pm eastern time), Penn's Kelly Writers House goes virtual ...inside "Second Life"!

For this week's seminar, KWH director Al Filreis will be discussing three poems, one each by Cid Corman, Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams.

Check out the texts and (for two of the three) audio recordings of the poets reading their poems HERE +/-

When you arrive at the Second Life KWH, and come into the Arts Cafe (their main reading room) you'll see chairs set up for us, and wall displays on which you'll find the text of the poems.
  • For those who will want to actively participate, to gain access to this event please contact Deke Kassabian (vdeke at isc.upenn.edu) no later than noon today.

The Kelly Writers House always seemed ahead of the curve thanks to Al Filreis.  Check out this news segment with Al from back in 1999.



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Tuesday, October 27, 2009




Last week, Jesse Tendler (W'02, Eng'03, Mask and Wig) and his liberal activist group Billionaires for Wealthcare interrupted *AHIP pollster Bill McInturff during his closing speech of the insurance lobby’s conference.

No stranger to musical spoofs from his Mask and Wig days, Jesse and company did their own rendition of “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie.

The video you see above has already gotten the attention of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, the Huffington Post, and was even tweeted by Ashton Kutcher (and let's not forget about how his wife Demi tweeted about THIS video sensation from other Mask and Wig alum!)

*FYI, per the Billionaires for Wealthcare, here's the skinny on "AHIP":
*AHIP is the powerful insurance lobby that spends 5 million dollars a week trying to kill health care reform. Billionaires for Wealthcare is a grassroots network looking to stop them - with song.

• AHIP and other insurance and HMO interests spend nearly $5 million per week undermining real health care reform, including a public option.

• AHIP has resorted to out-right lying and scare tactics to block health care reform. They sent letters that lie to seniors about what health care reform means for Medicare, and they issued a report on the costs of health care reform legislation that is so misleading even the reports embarrassed authors distanced themselves from the way AHIP used their work.

• Every year, 45,000 people die because they cant get access to the health care they need. Yet AHIP continues to stand in the way of health care reform that would provide coverage to millions of Americans because the industry is more concerned with protecting profits than saving lives.

Check out the Lyrics to "Public Option Annie" HERE +/-
(to the tune of "Tomorrow" from Annie)

SINGER #1
No, thank you!
FOR KILLING THE PUBLIC OPTION
AND BLOCKING ANY HOPES OF ITS ADOPTION
THANK YOU, SIR!

SINGER #2
Sure,
BUT WHAT ABOUT COMPETITION?
IT'S AN OLD AMERICAN TRADITION
OR SO I'VE HEARD?

SINGER #1
Meh.

SINGER #3
WHEN OLYMPIA SNOWE
SAID NO,
IT CROAKED
Right?

SINGER #2
NO, THE OPTION'S NOT DEAD

SINGER #3
OR RED!

SINGER #1
EXPLAIN!
Who let these hippies in here?

SINGERS #2 AND #3, and CHORUS MEMBERS
IF WE GET A PUB-
LIC OPTION
WE CAN SNIFF OUT WASTE
JUST LIKE A DACHSUND
COSTS COME DOWN!

SINGER #1
Hey, those "costs" are my profits!

SINGERS #2 AND #3, and CHORUS MEMBERS
THE OPTION
THE OPTION
THE PUBLIC WANTS OPTIONS
WITHOUT IT,
IT'S A GIVEAWAY

SINGER #1
Exactly. To us. Am I in the right room?
THE OPTION
THE OPTION
THE PUBLIC WANTS AN OPTION

SINGERS #2 AND #3, and CHORUS MEMBERS
OR REFORM IS A CORP'RATE GIVE-A-WAY!

SINGER #1
Well, I've heard enough - my helicopter is parked in a handicap space.


...And check out this other hysterical "Annie" take-off video from yet another Mask and Wig alum HERE!

More of my DT "Politics" posts HERE

More Penn viral video hits HERE

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Monday, October 26, 2009

The EggLast week, while I was hanging out with Kevin Bacon, I was chatting with his entourage and was turned on to a great UK Techno band called "The Egg" who will be playing in Philly later this week.

The Egg can best be compared to a mix of Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, Primal Scream and Air.  ...When I listened to them (below- my favorite is "Wall"), it suddenly brought me back to my undergrad days of seeing the Pink Floyd laser light show at the Franklin Institute planetarium. Definitely some good times! (Anyone else with me on this?)



The Egg will be playing this Friday, October 30, 2009 at 941 Theatre in Philly.

Undergrads and alumni in Philly, I've got 2 free tickets to give away to see The Egg this Friday to the first person/people who email me at:



UPenn Musicians
More about the Egg HERE

Any Penn undergrad/alumni Techno bands out there?

Penn Musicians HERE



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