Happy Birthday Robin! Who Are We Missing?

Happy Birthday Robin!

Normally I’d post this over at my old school long form (remember newspapers – made of paper?) blog A Marked Spectator, but this felt worthwhile to share with fans of Mark Roman the Entertainer (not merely the writer).

Remembering Robin reminds me of artists still alive today who struggle with demons both inner and American.

Unlike many heterosexual white guys in positions of power and influence today, Robin demonstrated some empathy with those who were not.  (If the word “empathy” confounds you, please refer to any “boring and preachy part” of the Smartest Man in the World Podcast given to us by the singular Greg Proops.) Two of Robin’s best known roles involve him playing a woman (“Mrs. Doubtfire”) and a gay man (“The Birdcage”).

Just last night NBC news asked: Why Haven’t 70,000 Rape Kits Been Tested for DNA?  As an apparent heterosexual white guy (when I’m not in the short shorts and tactical leg warmers), this bothers me.  And those who are not a heterosexual white guy?  How safe do they feel, say honing their comedy act at numerous clubs in cities across America?  Late at night?  Perhaps alone?  What comedy acts are we missing because those who are not heterosexual white guys … don’t feel as safe?

For that matter, what unique live performance acts, comedic or otherwise, are we missing?  When buskers fail to experience equal rights (if not equal respect) from law enforcement and “job-creating” business across the fruited plain, I find that a fair question to ask.  Consider the case of a busker friend of mine in Las Vegas recently.

Entertainers or not, what human beings are we missing?  Maybe if depression were better treated in our “Members Only” society of “winners” and “achievers”, less people would commit suicide.  Or attempt, like I once did.

Or if one has to wrap this in a flag, what veterans are we missing?  Or their families?  A high school classmate of mine posted today she only got results from the VA for her father (disabled by his military service) after appealing directly to President Obama.  This is how we continue to treat veterans and their families.  In 2015.

Do we deserve the joy Robin gave us alive (and forever in TV, film and recorded audio)?  Before we answer that, can we consider how we STILL treat those who in some small way identify with elements of Robin’s life?  Are we helping to create an America or a world worthy of the gift of a Robin Williams?  If we enjoyed “Good Morning Vietnam,” “Good Will Hunting” or Robin’s live acts like on Set List (or at Comedy Day, my one Robin-in-the-flesh experience), perhaps we should ask that question more often.  If only we can manage to put down whatever flag we happen to be desperately waving for a moment – and reflect.

[My original post about Robin just after he passed.]


The News Follows Me, Just Not Huey Lewis (on the Twitter)

The News follows me on the Twitter.

No, not the band “The News” of Huey Lewis and the News …

… the NEWS … like E! Online.  Yeah, I know.  They only have 7.74 million followers …

Relax J. Jonah Jameson.  There’s legitimate old school print following me such as the LA Times and Las Vegas Sun.

Speaking of Las Vegas, not only the Sun but also reporter Conor Shine at the Sun and Dayna Roselli of Carlos and Dayna, Mornings on 100.5 FM KXNT are all up in my tweets.

San Francisco misses me, so ABC7 News on the TV and California Beat continue to track me.

Not to be left out, the East Coast represents with Brooks Silva-Braga hot on my scene.

Did I mention the niche and/or industry trades like Zagat, Flight.org, Information Week and FishBowl LA curious about me?

Why do they all follow me on the Twitter?  Discover for yourself at @themarkroman.

(Learn more about Mark Roman here.)

Listen to Smartest Man @gregproops, Let Others Rubberneck The Donald

What did The Donald say now?

Omigod, are you also gonna like totally tell me what Bieber or Miley or some Kardashian entity … just soberly drew with a blunt crayon … only with the assistance of “A” list emotional support servants?


I’d rather hear of the latest sighting of Wild Boars!

Sorry about that.  I meant to say “Wild Boars” … followed by The Punctuation Formerly Known as Exclamation Point.  For best results, I recommend doing so via comedian Greg Proops’ The Smartest Man in the World Podcast.

There is so much in which to frolic within the high sanctuary of Mr. Proops’ Vodkast … gems one won’t find under that golden squirrel clutching the Trump gourd for dear life.

One such prolific gem: what’s imminent in the life of Karl Lagerfeld’s Fashion Tycoon Support Animal.

No, not a muntjac


Or anything kittens related.  Even Kittens McTavish.

Or how The Gwenyth endured more than Joan of Arc could ever imagine at that wine tasting with Jon Favreau at Martha’s Vineyard.

… as narrated by Jeremy Irons …

… as voiced by Greg Proops.  Greg Proops?  Greg Proops.  Yeah, that guy from that show.  No, not The Price Is Right.  Not the black guy, either.  The guy who looks like Buddy Holly?

Why do I even try.

And you wonder why His Most Eminently Holy Smoking Irons Clad Kittens McTavish Berrated Pope of Improv, Pontificate of the Boring and Preachy and Feminist Warlord of Mutjacs and Other Familiars – Greg Proops – is frequently in dire need of a vodka-flavored vodka drink.

Just enjoy Greg Proops’ The Smartest Man in the World Podcast.

You’ll have more fun.

I do.
#podcast #improv #comedy #kittens #JeremyIrons #GregProops

WATCH Mark IMPROV with News Items & Set Props for Mahalo

Blast from the past, recorded for Mahalo, the studio where the Kevin Pollak Chat Show happens (Kevin’s site seems to have issues, but past eps on Hulu and YouTube):

#comic #improv #actor #host #snark #gonzo #comedy #LasVegas

Podcast Teaser Is UP on the Soundcloud!

It’s not quite a 25 minute tease, but my podcast is up!

I argue with my announcer and some cast members of The Dick and Marilyn Show.

The Twitter, the Donald, Vegas, me in short shorts for Vegas 90210 and so much more!

Give it a listen!  Thanks!