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Writing on the wall…

Kodo Drummers signaturesJohn Prine SignatureLily Tomlin SignatureKathy Griffin Signaturejimmy-buffett-signature.gif

Lots of entertainers have left messages for us backstage.  International stars like the Kodo Drummers appear next to Entertainment Icons like JimmyBuffett.  Sometimes it is simply a signature on the wall, but often it is a message relating to the show.  Jimmy Buffett repeated his remark from stage where he told the audience that he loved playing the Paramount because he could actually hear himself sing. [Buffett normally plays large, impersonal venues.]

Not pictured is a comment from George Carlin about a couple of shows that had played the Paramount in the past.  To some the comment is funny.. to others not so much… to me it’s just one of a million stories to tell about this amazing place.

My favorite (still makes me laugh out loud) message was Kathy Griffin’s response to a message left a couple of weeks earlier from Dan Rather.   Mr. Rather wrote “Courage” and then signed his name.  A word like “courage” followed by Dan Rather’s signature makes you pause and ponder… courage followed by Kathy Griffin’s signature makes you snort and giggle.  She is just so damn funny I can’t stand it.

Lily Tomlin thinks the Paramount is one of the most beautiful theatres she has ever played and (unlike Griffin) when Judith Ivey echoed the sentiment a few months later , she was serious.  Often times a “thank you” like the one from John Prine is actually a message to our amazing backstage crew headed up by Mary Nelson and Denise Brouillette.  Those two women really know how to make our celebrities feel special.

Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin at the Paramount with the Kens
I can’t believe it’s been over a year since Kathy was last here (Jan. 06).  Her July 20 show is selling very well and having watched the first two episodes of the current season of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List I cannot wait.  After her show in Jan. ’06 she made the comment to me “What a great audience. I wish I would have filmed my Bravo special here.” So do we Kathy.

We’ve had lots of great shows filmed here including Bill Engvall: 15° Off Cool – his last Comedy Central special-  as well as Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show.

There are five shows that people still like to talk about: Kathy Griffin,  Cyndi Lauper,  Ira Glass w/ Julia SweeneyJimmy Buffett  and Marvin Hamlisch. (Really people, that kid Marvin had me pull up on stage wasn’t staged. )

Kathy is coming back.  Get Tickets

Cyndi isn’t bringing her current tour to Austin…Houston and Dallas are as close as she gets. I’m catching her in Dallas.

I hear Julia Sweeney is making her play “Letting Go of God” into a film. Maybe we can screen it when it is released.

Based on the nice comment Jimmy Buffett wrote on the Green Room wall, I hope he’ll come back some day.

I’d love to have Marvin back but his show didn’t sell as well as we had hoped. It might have had something to do with his appearing at the Seton Gala only a few months earlier. Who knows. 

More on Kathy as we get closer.