Sunday, December 28, 2008
Festivus 2008 Pics!!
Jeff Hobbs, myself, Eric Brown and Sam Malcolm at 123 Pleasant St. (Christmas 2008).
Check out my Christmas '08 pics... hanging out with friends
Posted by Brice Richard Kennedy at 2:44 AM
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
My site's new. Hip, hip...
Yes, I just made a bunch o' changes to BK.com including the banner you see above. My family went to Ireland a few years back and my mom took this picture of the Irish Sea.
I also added DVD and VHS covers of my movies in the sidebar. They're linked to Amazon and other sites to buy/rent the movies. Prove that you love me by buying and renting these fine feature films!
And finally, I added my acting demo reel in the sidebar. It's currently the #4 most viewed clip on YouTube. Or something.
On a personal note, to say I'm THRILLED that the Democrats have once again taken the White House would be an understatement so grave, words cannot describe! So my website isn't the only thing changing. I absolutely cannot wait to finally see President-elect Barack Obama and his new administration begin to undo the damage done by Bush and the neocons over the last eight years. Happy days will indeed soon be here again!
Posted by Brice Richard Kennedy at 1:56 PM
Friday, August 29, 2008
Mr. Phil Giroux of The Tom Green Show
The Works of Phil Giroux, Part 37: "MTV Is Number One!" (August 2003).
Well, this is another one of my famous "post something months or years after it happens" posts. As anyone who knows me (or of me) is aware, I'm a huge Tom Green fan. Now for true Tom Green fans, this means being a fan of his shows' co-hosts, too. Glenn Humplik, Phil Giroux and Derek Harvie are all hilarious cats with Phil probably being the funniest (see THE TOM GREEN SHOW's "Bear vs. Cougar" argument or the segment where Tom exploits Phil's fear of copper by dumping hundreds of pennies in his lap... sorry, I found no YouTube links).
So anyway, back in August of '03, I was cruising Phil's website, ingeniously dubbed his "computer internet site", and what do I see? Another one of his wonderfully primitive paintings on eBay. You see, Mr. Giroux is a world famous acclaimed painter and had been painting these childish looking, hilarious paintings for a while and selling them via eBay. His latest masterpiece, aptly titled "MTV is Number One!", was now ripe for the bidding. So I threw my hat into the ring and a few days later claimed it. Mr. Guy-Rocks and I exchanged a few e-mails, he wrote on THE BRICE KENNEDY SHOW's guestbook and these days, "MTV Is Number One!" hangs proudly in my office next to my edit station. I keep saying that if I ever do another episode of THE BRICE KENNEDY SHOW, "MTV Is Number One!" will be the focus and who knows? Maybe Phil Giroux himself could even be a part of it.
Posted by Brice Richard Kennedy at 1:22 PM
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Brice Meets Bill Clinton, Lands New Job
Brice Kennedy and President Bill Clinton at Woodburn Circle (May 2008).
Okay, the new job has nothing to do with the president. Sue me for sensationalizing. Nonetheless, the 42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton III, fulfilled a life long wish by meeting his favourite actor, Brice Kennedy, on the campus of West Virginia University where he was otherwise actively stumping on behalf of the presidential campaign of his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton.
So yeah, I got to see and meet President Clinton! He came to WVU's Woodburn Circle in May and along with mom, Cara and friend Matt (who was in from Illinois and slept in his car in the Mountainlair parking garage just to see him), I was front row to watch the nation's first black president wow the crowd with his memorable and inspiring speech... oh wait, wrong "first black president".
Nevertheless, and all jokes aside, it really was something special. After an hour long speech, he began to make his way through the crowd. Mom and sis reached out and touched his hand, Matt got a brief hug from him (damn parking garage slumber story exploiter!) and I got my chance to shake his hand and exchange a few words. I was five feet from the former most powerful man on the planet and just couldn't settle for touching his cufflinks. So, after he retracted his hand for a split second, I jutted out mine at full arm's length to meet him in "how do you do"-like fashion and he obliged. While exchanging a hearty handshake, I told President Clinton that this country needs to get back to the prosperity we enjoyed in the 90's. He thanked me and continued to schmooze his way through the thousand-plus crowd, dazzling as many folks as he could before making his exit.
It was a memorable day, despite standing for two hours in the rain waiting for the event to start and despite some pudgy, cigarette smoking loudmouth who insisted on spouting his political views in the most obnoxious way possible to an audience of a thousand (yet also, zero). Nonetheless, the day ruled. Bill Danoff, co-writer of the West Virginia anthem "Take Me Home, Country Roads", was on hand to lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of said classic and to sing a few politically-charged protest songs. And then there was the nice girl who held my umbrella over me whilst I scarfed down a McDonald's Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit. Now, that's Americana. A couple of weeks later, my family and I went to Fairmont State University for Hillary's rally but the crowd was a little bigger, we were a little later and she was little farther away our seats. While taking nothing away from Senator Clinton, it was far more memorable to have an up close and personal with President Clinton on a day I won't soon forget.
In other news... I got a new job! No longer am I one of the countless minions of the evil empire of the University of West Virginia. Now, instead of "helping" college students interpret their confusing itemized account statements on behalf of the worthless diploma-granting, money-making racket passing itself off as an educational institution, I'm helping people who really need it. These days, I'm putting smiles on the faces of patients at Mon General Hospital by using my superior comedic skills and intellect to wow them in their time of sick. Oh, and I also help them fill out a few forms on occasion. Of course, technically, I wasn't a WVU henchman since it was a temporary position (thank god) but still, I'm grateful to be in a position to actually make some kind of a positive impact. In short, and in case you haven't guessed, I hate WVU. Of course, as these stories tend to go, I'll soon hate Mon General too, but at least I'll have some fulfillment rather than guilt in a day job. I mean, I'm not helping out capitalism by producing TV commercials for local businesses anymore. I'm also not helping a university collect even more money to squander on erecting ugly buildings and overpaying their jackasses in suits but hey, putting a smile on a patient's face to help make their journey as painless as possible... I can live with that.
Posted by Brice Richard Kennedy at 7:45 AM
Monday, March 24, 2008
Updates, Recaps and Links
Kristina Driskill, Jason Goeres and myself at SkyDive PA (May 2007).
Hola. Slowly but surely I've started to become active again here in my own little space. I almost said "my space". Almost. I'll be revamping the whole blog here shortly but in the meantime, my Images link is finally live. Click on it in the header and you'll be whisked away to my Facebook photo album. Yes, Facebook. Almost as bad as MySpace. I also changed the Filmography link to route to my IMDb page instead of the crappy, oddly-formatted "Microsoft Word-in-a-browser" one I had at Tripod.
I added a few new links, too. I replaced the Clinton '08 link with a link to Barack Obama's site. I added links to my Facebook and YouTube pages, the latter I will be utilizing for devious purposes very soon... and I also added Joe Barlow's Cinemaslave and Tim Shrum's Lost in Schlock blogs. Check 'em out.
Also, a quick update on Erika Smith of SPLATTER BEACH fame. She's staying busy in the NYC as she's appearing opposite Marisa Tomei in the new Mickey Rourke feature THE WRESTLER, directed by Darren Aronofsky (THE FOUNTAIN, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM). She's also involved in a couple of features alongside both Billy Dee Williams and Gilbert Gottfried. Lando Calrissian AND the USA UP ALL NIGHT guy. Does it get any cooler? I am openly jealous. You can check her out here. Good luck, Erika!
So it's March and I'm still getting over 2007. I left WDTV, had a phenomenal New Year's Eve (2006 that is, don't ask about 2007), got a $1 state tax refund, started working in radio, stopped working in radio, founded my own video production business, folded my own video production business, jumped out of an airplane, moved back to Morgantown, bought The Smashing Pumpkins comeback (sort of) album Zeitgeist, met a new cousin and welcomed my friend Sam back from self-imposed exile in Germany. I should've used the DVX100 to shoot my own reality show. Money.
Posted by Brice Richard Kennedy at 3:05 PM
Saturday, March 15, 2008
John Joseph Polonia (1968-2008)
John Polonia and I at the NYC Subway (June 2002).
I still really don't know what to say about my good friend John's passing. I'm 32 years old and have never said goodbye to a friend before. It’s always been the older ones, the grandmothers and distant uncles you hadn’t seen in twenty years. So when my friend Jon McBride called me to let me know the news, I was just floored.
John Polonia was the most caring, courteous guy with one of THE most twisted senses of humor, I'd ever had the privilege of knowing. Always the first to say "be careful" when you've got a long road ahead, John was such a warm guy that when you saw him smile or heard his addictive laughter, you were almost helpless in doing the same. From being my director back in 2000 to becoming a dear friend of mine with whom I'd shared many late night conversations about movies, the challenges of life or anything else under the sun... John Polonia was truly one of the most original, wonderful people I’ve known.
It's a bit daunting to try and summarize a person's life in a few paragraphs. I suppose the last thing I want to say about John is how incredibly inspiring he was, is and will continue to be. This is the thing everyone seems to be saying about him and there's a reason. It's not just about film making. It's about pursuing your dreams and John knew that better than most. I said this at his funeral a couple of weeks back. Those who grow up knowing what they want to do and end up doing it... those are often considered the lucky ones. Well, those who grow up DOING what they want to do and never stopping... those are the really lucky ones. John Polonia was one of those. He did things on his terms and lived his dream. Very few people can actually say that. Here's to you, Johnny John, my friend...
Just a few of the tributes to John:
Joe Barlow's Cinemascape tribute
A very moving fan tribute
The Don and Murph Show's Video tribute
The Cult of Polonia
Buckheit Funeral Home's Obituary Page
John Dalton's blog
Tim Shrum's Lost in Schlock tribute
Brett Kelly's collaborative tribute
Dr. Squid's page
Divine Exploitation's page
Camp Motion Pictures
John’s IMDb Filmography
Posted by Brice Richard Kennedy at 10:16 PM