I laughed so much my wife thought I was going to have a stroke.
Booked into the Auditorium Theater in Chicago in the 1930s, Orson Welles was confronted by a snowstorm of historic proportions. Most of his audience couldn't make it to the theater.
"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen," he said. "My name is Orson Welles. I am an actor. I am a writer. I am a producer. I am a director. I am a magician. I appear onstage and on the radio. Why are there so many of me and so few of you?"
Welles explains how psychics tell fortunes
Transcript of his famous radio broadcast about Martians landing in New Jersey. It was structured to sound like real news bulletins, and many listeners believed it lock, stock and barrel.
A drunken Welles does a Paul Masson wine commercial
Here is the famous audio recording of Welles working with a British advertising agency to record a commercial for Frozen Peas. The animation isn't needed. All you need to do is listen.
The pea comercial became so famous, it was parodied on "Pinky and the Brain." Thanks for the link to Robin Landseadel.)
Click here for Orson Welles.org. a magnificently well-presented site on Welles' life and career. That's where I found the image at top, of a 16-year-old Welles having talked his way into a theatrical career in Dublin. On his opening night, he recalled, "I received all the applause I needed for a life."
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An excerpt from the February 2016 issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room about Keanu Reeves.
A piece on the American experience reflected through four films at the Sundance Film Festival by an Ebert Fellow.
A peculiar film, poised somewhere between satire and dream logic.