ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Hurrying Home for the Hurricane; Marin Mazzie Talks!

By Seth Rudetsky
30 Oct 2012

Rosie Perez
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

I taped a special Halloween version of "Seth Speaks" called "Seth Shrieks," and it was super-fun. My first guest was Rosie Perez, who was promoting The 24 Hour Plays (go here for deets), and I asked her about her childhood Halloween memories. Turns out, she never went trick-or-treating because she grew up Catholic and it was considered pagan/evil. She told me that every time she ate a piece of someone's Halloween candy, she would cross herself. I loved hearing that, and thought, "Finally! A fun holiday Jews enjoy that Catholics are jealous of!" And don't tell me that Jews have plenty of fun holidays. Name me one Catholic School girl pining to celebrate Simchas Torah.

I also had Jim Faro on the show. He is one of the creators of "Blood Manor," one of those scary houses that's filled with actors who jump out and terrify you. I went to one of those when I was a teenager and I screamed like a crazy person the whole time. He said that often there'll be a macho guy forcing his girlfriend to come with him into the house. She'll be begging to not have to do it, but the guy will laugh and insist. Then Jim will watch them both on the video monitor and within minutes he'll see the guy hiding in back of the girl. I'm dying to see the video feed and deconstruct it! He also told me that he has a deal telling customers that if they lose control of their bladder, they get a free t-shirt. Seriously. And every day he gives out at least three free "I P*ssed Myself at Blood Manor" shirts. Wonderful? You can see video footage here

During "Sandy," James and I watched many episodes of "Homeland" because we had only watched half the first season. So, now we're finally about to start Season Two. It's so good! Hopefully the airports will re-open soon because I'm looking forward to taking a break in Orange County at the end of next week and doing my show at the Rose Center on Friday, Nov. 9 (for tix go here). Before I go, though, I'm doing a big benefit on Broadway for Only Make Believe. That's on Nov. 5, hosted by Sir Ian McKellen. Find info at onlymakebelieve.org.

While you're waiting for the subway to start up again, watch my recent "Playbill Obsessed!" video with Benjamin Schrader from The Book of Mormon below. Meanwhile, I'll spend my time frantically trying to find out whether my mother's neighborhood is flooded, and if it has power. I'm not saying I want her out of my apartment as soon as possible, I'm just saying… Hm. Don't have the energy to make something up. Peace out and stay dry!

(Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon Broadway host on SiriusXM. He has played piano for over 15 Broadway shows, was Grammy-nominated for his concert CD of Hair and Emmy-nominated for being a comedy writer on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." He has written two novels, "Broadway Nights" and "My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan," which are also available at Audible.com. He recently launched SethTV.com, where you can contact him and view all of his videos and his sassy new reality show.)