ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Seth Is On Demand as Andrea Martin Opens a New Window
02 Jul 2012
A week in the life of actor, radio and TV host, music director and writer Seth Rudetsky.
Can you believe it's July? And what beautiful weather! I love walking two blocks from my apartment to the subway and having my skin age ten years. Wonderful.
Anyhoo, this was a big week for www.SethTV.com (my new television network on the internet). The news that almost made me pass out is I made the "Things We Love Must List" in Entertainment Weekly! There's a pic of me they somehow lifted from my reality show and a delicious plug for the network. Of course, I'm mortified that my mug is on the same page as Matt LeBlanc, who's stunning, but I decided to think of myself as his wacky neighbor he sometimes dates.
On a side note, I know that a lot of people don't understand what the H SethTV is. My Dad called me and said, "So, first I go to YouTube…" No. Then my trainer at the gym said, "So…the shows just play all day long?" No. Oddly, my therapist is the one who actually understands the concept and told me to tell people, "It's like On Demand." Exactly! You can watch what you want, when you want. I thanked her and, not surprisingly, she looked at the clock and said, "We have to stop now." Typical.
Anyhoo, it's a website with tons of free stuff (like all my deconstruction videos), and if you pay $5 a month, you get the first season of my new reality show and fabulous specialty programming. The first special we have is a full "MirandaSings" concert. If you don't know who that is, it's a character played by Colleen Ballinger based on young girls who post videos of themselves singing and think they're amazing. She's become a true "YouTube sensation" which, by the way, is a term that's completely overused, like "Diva." When did Shania Twain become a "Diva"? When VH-1 needed another singer for "Divas Live." Anyhoo, MirandaSings' online videos have hundreds of thousands of views and recently she did a hilarious concert at Birdland. I was the pianist, and Adam Pascal was the guest star. Here is the part of the concert where she and Adam did the "Light My Candle" duet from Rent, and there are so many moments I'm obsessed with. First of all, her version of shivering ("You're shivering!") is akin to a seizure. Secondly, watch the moment when Miranda asks Adam who she reminds him of. He made up that joke on the spot, and it totally shocked both Miranda and me. So funny! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Xy7fjmhj1I.
A new Chatterbox is uploaded every week on SethTV as well. So far we have full hour interviews with Judy Kaye, Laura Osnes and Leslie Uggams. Here's a preview of the Leslie Uggams episode with her explanation of what really happened when she famously sang wrong lyrics for 98% of "June Is Bustin' Out All Over."
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