|Comedic Readings of Unlikely Material | Celebrity Autobiography & Yelp Reviews
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Posted: July 30, 2012
by Ted Greenberg
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Over the weekend, I stumbled upon a new entry into the world of reading unexpected material. Flavorwire turned me onto the first entry into what I hope will become a much longer series of professional actors reading Yelp reviews. The inaugural reading in which actor Chris Kipiniak, who has been a guest star on The Good Wife and The Black Donnellys, musters all of his Method acting skill in service of a one-star review of a New Jersey diner is comic gold.
Kipiniak’s dramatic reading is intentionally hilarious. But, what’s even more interesting is that he’s reading a Yelp review, which are serious business for restaurants, shows and just about everything else. Millions of people turn to Yelp members’ recommendations every day to figure out how to spend their dollars. And, a one-star review can be very detrimental to a business. I wonder if this reading series will also unveil actors reading over-the-top 5-star reviews too. Only time will tell, but I promise to watch.
The Yelp reading isn’t the only ‘series’ that reads unpredictable material. The 2009 Drama Desk winner Celebrity Autobiography continues its winning ways with an upcoming reading in the Hamptons in August. And, Celebrity Autobiography is just what it sounds like. Celebrities and comedians read from celebrity autobiographies, particularly narcissistic, overblown, sexy and/or funny passages. The phenomenon has taken place all over the country from Clearwater, Florida to Mesa, Arizona.
The upcoming gig at Guild Hall in the Hamptons will feature readers such as Celebrity Autobiography founders Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel as well as Emmy-winning actor Alec Baldwin, Ralph Macchio and Scott Adsit. And, these actors and comics will mine the storied writings of Vanna White (about how challenging turning the panels on “Wheel of Fortune” is), the Jonas Brothers (about how their relationship works), Tommy Lee (giving his, yes, romance tips) and Suzanne Somers (as she tries to be a modern Emily Dickinson). And the brilliance of Celebrity Autobiography is that the text is not altered in any way. It is straight from the horse’s, er, celebrity’s mouth. And, there’s nothing funnier than celebrities in their own words.
Tags: Celebrity Autobiography, Yelp reviews