My role on the show was Otto the Head. I was originally supposed to be a robot, but that died really early on. I wrapped myself in a blue sheet, and was a disembodied (round) head for 50 minutes every week, cracking wise and trying to keep up with Jim and Brain. I loved it. I was young, stupid, and ready for anything (OK, I wasn’t ready for anything, but I was willing to try almost anything).
I keep thinking of ways to get that back… the feeling of doing something completely unscripted and silly. I’d love to do another public access show, but there’s no one here I feel like doing a show with. Plus, public access is non-existant in Loudoun country (as far as I know). I was talking to a coworker today about the show, and I realized that I don’t have any crazy friends (they know what I mean, it’s good crazy). In Tucson, I was the straight man. All of my friends were crazier than me, did crazier things, lived a lot freer than I did. Now, I’m the crazy one. I don’t have crazy friends. I’m not sure I have many friends here at all… and the people I do consider my friends are all normal… really, really normal.
Just as proof that, once upon a time, I was involved in something crazy, unexpected, spontaneous and alive, I give you: Hed’s Favorite (Real Player – sorry). It’s a clip from a reunion show we did, I think in 2000 at Christmas time. I was already sane… so it’s not as crazy as the shows I mentioned as my favorites: the Halloween show, and the show where some drunk chick thought I was hot. Those were the days…
The clip is courtesy of Jim, who promises more. If he gets around to the Halloween show, I’ll definitely share it.