November 4, 2014

Insanity, Thy Name Is... Well, Insanity Is A Pretty Good Name


My goodness, peoples, have I not updated this since September? Well, submit that fact as Exhibit A in regards to how busy things are. Please, while I have you, enjoy a possible new feature that I'd like to call 'The News Via Kim Kardashian's Ass'.









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I think I'm going to have to let my short lived eMag go, only because I'm running around too much and it's not fair to the subscribers.
We have, for inspection, the latest (and maybe the last) welcome video for the eMagazine:


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But, put on your Earth Base Hazard seat belts! To make up for lost time, I am going to share with you a LOT of stuff that was recently dug up and digitized here at the Archives of Hazardium.


We are also super excited that Sanatorium was picked up by Lionsgate and will be released December 23rd on DVD, VOD and HD. Here's the first clip. I can't believe the makeup dept made me look even younger and prettier than I already am!






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In 1984, when I was still DJ Hanard, I created, directed and co-performed in a ‘sitcom’ on Somerville Community Access Television. 
Somerville Kitchenette (SK) was the adventures of a shipwrecked crew of extraterrestrials hiding out in Somerville, Massachusetts (a suburb of Boston). Tony V., Mike Moto, Dan Spencer and Dennis Downey and I comprised the core group of stranded aliens using a community service public access show as a distress beacon to their home planet. I 'hosted' the program under the guise of a lovable lounge lizard named Mickey Bisco.



click here to watch: https://vimeo.com/56442331


In each episode, members of the Boston comedy scene were recruited as guest characters and special guest crew members.
Several running gags were never explained and left to the imagination of the viewer. The show was inundated with strange ‘black boxes’ that performed a myriad of tasks defying time and space. The show was also plagued by small robots that sometimes spoke many different languages. These were supposedly the ship’s ‘rats and roaches’ that survived the crash.
The name ‘Somerville Kitchenette’ was derived from not only being on Somerville Community Access TV (SCAT), but was taken from the insignia that closely resembled an S and a K on all alien artifacts. 

Each episode of SK was shot on primitive equipment (even by 1984 standards) over a non-stop 24 hour schedule, entirely on location- actually many, many locations. After getting a feel for how that day’s shooting went, I would then shoot the anchor segments. Then I would view, log and select which takes of the day’s shooting would be used, get a couple of hours sleep and edit everything in the 6 hour slot that was all the time allotted at SCAT.

Wayne V.Martin served as videographer. Somerville Kitchenette was made possible by Susan Warzel, who served as Community Access producer and who was, in fact, the only resident of Somerville.


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Some six years after Somerville Kitchenette, Tony V and I once again found ourselves slaves to the Indie Video lens as we were asked to co-host some kind of local Boston late night show that presented Boston comedy clips or monster movies or wet hot pants contests or something. It all seemed a little sketchy from the gitgo. 
About a month later, we were left with a box of raw footage and no show. This was about all I could edit into something reasonably intelligible. 




click here to watch: https://vimeo.com/56442331

According to how we look, I think this is when Tony and I were, respectively, shooting reboots of Sixteen Candles and Zardoz. 

This clip also features cameos by the wonderful Barry Scott (Lost 45s), Boston legend Tom Bailey and a thousand Bostonians as all-too-willing extras.


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