Andy Borowitz and the Hollywood Machine
I won’t mention the interviewer’s name, since he was just so lame. You would think that a guy who has his own daily radio program would be able to ad lib, especially when introducing the star of the evening. Not this guy. He very dryly recited the Borowitz “official” bio right off the page. Harvard, Editor of Harvard Lampoon… yada yada.
And I admit I was surprised that in front of a pseudo liberal intellectual San Francisco audience this interviewer seemed to only want to talk about Andy’s Hollywood years.
Hollywood. You can run but you cannot hide. If you’ve done time in Hollywood, people want to know about it.
And here is the question most often asked:
“Wasn’t it hard for you to just walk away from Hollywood success?”
I have been asked this question too many times to count. So when the moderator asked Borowitz that question, I was curious to hear his reply. Mid way through his answer I nudged my companion.
“Where have you heard this before?” I asked her.
Borowitz echoed what I have always said.
Hollywood is a factory town; It functions like a well-oiled machine. Everyone assigned to a project works incredibly hard to achieve the collective goal: To make their project a success. Make money. Be successful. Be famous.
The thing is, the collective Hollywood goal is not in sync with most people’s life goals.
Borowitz went on to explain that he really didn’t like the “Hollywood machine.” So what if he created a television series that garnered 20-million viewers? What would come next? A series that 30-million viewers would tune in to see? Another cast of hundreds working towards a common goal?
And not mine, either.
As Andy Borowitz does his daily Twittering to his followers, he has a twenty-two month old baby playing on the floor beside him. He loves talking to people. He loves the interaction. He is a master of the Twitter. He is free to say what others are thinking. He loves to snipe back. And, not unlike his Hollywood days he still invents characters.
But damn, these characters are really really smart. For instance the Professor from Minnesota. He is such a learned guy! What a source.
Read Andy Borowitz. You’ll thank me.