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Posts Tagged ‘Michael Walker’

As Half-Century Mark Approaches, Sunset Marquis Hotel Still Rocking

For their Grammy weekend oral history of West Hollywood’s Sunset Marquis hotel, an establishment that turns 50 in April, Hollywood Reporter journos Gary Baum and Michael Walker “interviewed more than two dozen big-name performers, behind-the-scenes players and longtime employees.” The result is a collection of anecdotes that reads like outtakes from This Is Spinal Tap.

Take for example this nugget from producer Martin Lewis. Note, above all, his priceless pre-Yelp era reaction:

“The first night I stayed there, in 1982, my TV wasn’t working. I tried phoning the front desk, but no one answered. So I stormed down to the lobby to remonstrate. The guy behind the desk was stoned out of his head. “My TV isn’t working!” I snapped. “Well, throw it in the pool, dude,” was his reply. I was sold. This was my hotel.”

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LAT Op-Ed Chooses a Bad Comparison

We know it’s April 1st and this could be a joke – but we’re buying it anyway. Michael Walker compares the Huffington Post blogger pay dispute with the Comedy Store strike of 1979.

Like Huffington, Shore insisted that the Comedy Store was a showcase where comedians could get exposure that would lead to paying gigs elsewhere — talent agents and bookers for “The Tonight Show” were in regular attendance, she pointed out. The comedians were unmoved; without them, they argued, there would be no customers. But Shore was adamant. “The Comedy Store is a workshop,” she said, “and in that environment the comics don’t deserve to get paid.”

First off – Huffington Post’s main bloggers get paid by the organizations they work for. That’s a big chunk of the now free bloggers. Can’t say that for the Comedy Store.

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