I got home yesterday and noticed a poster tube and package in my mail box. That’s funny. I thought, I don’t remember ordering anything that should look that that. I opened the package first and right there was my very own autographed copy of Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party on DVD—a movie I’ve been dying to see since it was at SXSW last year. Stephen. Tobolowsky. You know, Stephen Tobolowsky?
Ned, Ned Ryerson,
Anyway, I entered a contest to fly out to L.A. to be at Stephen’s next birthday party a couple months ago. Turns out I didn’t win the trip, but I did win the autographed DVD and a signed (TO ME) movie poster.
It looks just like this, only signed (to me) :
Mr. Tobolowsky has a reputation as a fabulous storyteller, which is essentially the plot of the movie: a gathering at one of his legendary birthday parties where he entertains the crowd with tales of dragons, magic, and mysticism (or show business and gossip depending on your point of view.)
The thing is, I really like Tobolowsky—one of those great character actors with whom you want to meet just to chew the fat (knowing Stephen, he would probably spring for real fat, too.) I think I just have a thing for working character actors, all the fun with none of the drawbacks.
Just look at a handful of his more than 150 movies:
Groundhog Day (natch)
Great Balls of Fire!
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
Memento, for crying out loud.
The guy has done the best TV shows:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Mad About You
A zillion other shows
Can you imagine the stories he has to tell? What do you think he has to say? I bet I'll find out soon!
I think I can start name dropping Steve's name now, "Oh yeah, Steve, great guy, throws a great party. You gotta go some time."