If you REALLY must know...
Baby boomer. Youngest of four. Miki, Charli, Paul and me. Two girls two boys. Mom was a librarian. Dad's a golf nut, 86 and going strong. Good suburban school. Underachiever. Scolded regularly for "talking out". Comic influences: my Aunt Jean, Howdy Doody, Red Skelton, Captain Kangaroo, Bill Cosby, Steve Allen, Sherry Lewis, Senor Wences. Music: Beethoven, Harry Belafonte, Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary, Beach Boys, Beatles.
"To Kill A Mockingbird" blew me away.
|Scarred for life by this encounter, smuj's insanity begins.|
Moved to Atlanta in 1975. Joined the stupid Navy to earn money for College. Communications major, switched to computers...dropped out after a couple of years.
Spent next six years wallowing in $4-$6 per hr. Roachy apts. Rough time...no direction. Go to work...watch TV...sleep...go to work...watch TV...sleep...gotowrkwtchtvslp - SIX YEARS! Influences: SNL, SNL, SNL, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, All in the Family, Barney Miller. Music: Steely Dan, Dire Straits, Rickie Lee Jones, John Lee Hooker, Belafonte (again), Chryssie Hynde (Pretenders)...too many to mention...Beatles, still.
|Early Bob and smuj (when he still had all his hair).|
1986: Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Jeff Watkins [director of ASC] Huge influence. Georgia Renaissance Festival. Shakespeare Parodies. 'Tragical Death of Hamlet & His Entire Family' Played Ophelia with coconut tits. Ded Bob first appears as prop in "Shakespeare's Shorts" Next year 'How Macbeth Murdered All His Friends' Played Lady MacBeth and Interpreter for 'Malcolm', son of Duncan. John & Kathy Struchen [Ga. ren fest & Maryland ren fest], "Come play the village idiot in Maryland". Took Bob along and improvised. Big hit. Did Bob at Georgia Renaissance Festival, Big Hit. Did Bob in TX. Big Hit. Colorado...Michigan...Arizona...Big Hit. T-shirts, tips, travel.
It all kind of fell in my lap.