Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Did they steal our cover idea...

...and travel back in time and print this The Harvard Lampoon (1972) parody?

Apparently, you can buy the real deal via eBay: the current price is $14.95 plus $5.00 S&H. Which is about what we're going to charge for The Single Guy posters ... if our lazy PR person [ahem] ever gets his act together.

The centerfold in this "issue" of the Lampoon/Cosmopolitan: Henry Kissinger.

The Boston Globe has the story:

What kicked off the magazine's emergence into a more flamboyant sense of humor was the 1960 parody of the literary magazine the Saturday Review. Editors at Mademoiselle liked it so much that they asked the Lampoon staff if they wanted to do a parody of the fashion magazine's notoriously slow-selling July issue.

The idea was to take the essence of Mademoiselle - demure, fashion-conscious - and spin it. So the Lampoon editors stuck a fly on the nose of the cover model's Audrey Hepburn-like face. An ad for a svelte woman with gargantuan feet asks: "Why does she look so trim? It's her new Merrimold. It redistributes fat discreetly."

The success of that first fake issue led to requests from Mademoiselle for two more summer parody issues. Emboldened, the Lampoon guys (the magazine had an all-male staff until 1972) romped through the whole world of publishing, parodying Playboy, Time, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, and The New York Times over the next decade. The most memorable was the fake Cosmopolitan magazine in 1972, which featured a "centerfold" of Henry Kissinger (his head, someone else's naked body).

(Hat tip to Gawker)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Ali Larter ...

... hasn't seen the show yet, but if her people call our people we can hook her up with tickets.

Did you know?:

*Ali Larter is a Jersey girl.

*In November 1996, Larter portrayed the hoax model Allegra Coleman in Esquire magazine which told of the fictional model's relationship with David Schwimmer, how Quentin Tarantino broke up with Mira Sorvino to date her, and Woody Allen's overhaul of a film to have her star. Even after the hoax had been revealed, its effects lingered, and various talent agencies sought to represent the nonexistent Coleman.

*Larter was featured as #6 in Maxim's Hot 100 for 2007.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

next year in Jerusalem

Here at Darkbloomz HQ we've been thinking about taking the show abroad next year.

(How well does American humor travel? We have no idea.)

One possible destination if we swing through the Middle East on the world tour: Israel.

Since The Single Guy is not Jewish, we'll probably re-title the show: The Single Goy.

(Note to PR department: we'll need a new poster, so order a yarmulke for the photo shoot.)

And we might want to schedule it for around this time of year. Apparently, according to Lenore Skenazy in the New York Sun:
For Jews, tonight marks the beginning of the High Holidays — Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur — a time of year filled with joy, penitence, introspection, holiness, and … looking around.
Who knew? Nu?

Thursday, September 6, 2007

please call back

Message on our voicemail at Darkbloomz HQ:
"Hi Guy ... just calling to see how you were doing ... haven't heard from you lately and was checking in. I'm doing fine. You said you'd let me know when you were coming back to Chicago. I had a great time with you when you were here in June, and I'd love to see you again. Give me a call sometime. OK ... bye ... Guy."
If you're the woman who left this message for TSG, please call back and leave your name and phone number this time.

[note from Vivian: I strongly advised TSG to not have me post this message but he insisted it was no big deal. Lady in Chicago, please don't shoot the messenger.]

Saturday, September 1, 2007

we get feedback

"My wife thanks her lucky stars EVERY DAY that The Single Guy wasn't around when I was actually single!"
--A. Grant-Thomas, Columbus OH