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Being Tim Conway

 photo: marcbrownmedia.com

Sometimes I get to meet an artist/entertainer backstage and am surprised at how very different they are from the “celebrity” on stage.   Sometimes I am disappointed and other times I am not.  Carol Burnett is very kind.  kd lang is so shy.  Cyndi Lauper is hilarious.  Lily Tomlin is so genuine.  Roberta Flack is kind of mean.

Tim Conway is Tim Conway.

Somehow he has managed to become famous just being himself.   He is the class clown… the proverbial jokester.  He just likes making people laugh and laughs at himself when he is successful in his attempts. 

Example:  He called us a few days before his show with a question about the microphone that was going to be used.  We told him that our technical director would call him back to discuss. 

“I’ll tell you what,” said Tim.  “Why don’t you give me her number and I will call her.  That way I can make sure I am available to talk to her.”   And so we did.  Later that day, Tim called our Technical Director, Mary Nelson.  

Mary.  This is Tim Conway.  How are you doing?”

“I’m doing well Mr. Conway,” Mary replied.

“Well good.  I just called because I couldn’t go another moment without knowing how you were doing.  Goodbye.”  [click]

I have no idea if he was happy with his microphone.  I imagine he was.

They eat cedar trees…

lawrence of arabia marguee ken with camels

I just love that picture of me with the camel.  It’s hilarious.  So were the silly animal rights protestors who paid the Roaring Fork valet to park their “Animal Cruelty” van out front… and then they went and had dinner.  Come on.  You call that protesting?  I used to work for Planned Parenthood.  You, my friends, have no idea how to protest.

Honestly, the camels seemed quite happy.  The Belly Dancers, on the other hand, seemed a little perturbed by the whole ordeal.  I guess they thought they would be the main attraction and weren’t expecting the camels.  By the way, they eat cedar trees – the camels I mean.  They eat the bark and branches of cedar trees.   We need more camels in Central Texas.  (Oh and totally kidding about the Belly Dancers.  They were great.  Really.)

Well the Summer Classic Film Series at the Paramount is coming to a close with the traditional screening of Lawrence of Arabia.  Thanks to all our Film Fans who made this series the most successful in the theatre’s history.  And thanks to staffers, Jett and Brooklyn, for all the clever ideas along the way including the “cell phones for soldiers” during the screening of ETand the “mani-pedi treatments” during the screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

And I am not exactly sure what it means, but we got a special “Best Ever” award from the Austin Chronicle.  Wow.

I look forward to seeing everyone during the new season of shows featuring Dianne Keaton, Don Rickles, Tim Conway, Wynton Marsalis, Wynonna, John Waters, Rufus Wainwright, Woody Allen…