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Happy Holidays Everyone!




As soon as you’re born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
‘Til the pain is so big you feel nothing at all

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool
‘Til you’re so fucking crazy you can’t follow their rules

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

When they’ve tortured and scared you for 20 odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can’t really function, you’re so full of fear

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion, and sex, and T.V.
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

There’s room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

If you want to be a hero well just follow me
If you want to be a hero well just follow me





That’s how I’ll remember 2014.  Maybe I was just due for a good year, but truth be told, 90 percent of my stress over the past 12 months could really be called sympathy/empathy at things going on in the world around me.

On a personal level, it feels like I’ve taken a huge step forward in claiming the part of my destiny where I’m this ‘Muslim Zen Master’ (for lack of a better term.)  Have I had 365 peaceful days in a row?  Of course not.  But taking a moment to look back, most of my memories are of cracking jokes, admiring (spiritually and physically) beautiful women, watching and talking and making movies and plays with people who share the same passions.  That’s really what it boils down to; this feels like a year where a majority of my time was spent doing things I was passionate about in one way or another.  The House of Aziz is definitely in order.

‘America’ continues to force my hand though.  It’s interesting (to put it mildly) to watch what’s going on in the world.  We all talk about ‘what we would have done’ if we lived in a different era, but there’s a genuine thing that’s happening right now.  And where do you (or I) fit into it?  I know people who are in the streets, potentially risking their lives for the Cause.  I know people who are a little more subtle in their public stances, but do a lot behind closed doors.  I’ve seen people who are so entrenched in their place in the status quo that it seems like they’re fighting against their own self-interests.   Like I said, it’s all interesting…

Alright, the Zen Master is ‘reflected’ out.  In this moment, I’m grateful and thankful.  To my family who hold me down through everything.  To my friends and colleagues with whom I’ve locked myself into this ‘Make Me Laugh’ deathmatch that really feels like it will go on until we keel over.  To my actor and writer and director friends who do good work and stroke my ego in a friendly competition, ‘I can do that!’ kind of way.  To the kids coming up behind me who seem desperate for answers, and all I can really say is, ‘I’m doing the best I can to make things easier for you than I had it.’

(Hm.  I really didn’t mean to end on a somber note…)

(I know!  Let’s go backwards one more time to what I FINALLY knocked off my bucket list on my last birthday!)


(chuckling as I put on my 3D glasses, jump into my Interstellar space craft, and leave this hemisphere for the next 2 weeks…)



An oft forgotten classic carol from the Godfather of Soul…




Let’s wrap 2014 up on a high note!

I’m going to assume those of you who know me at all will forgive me if I just had that moment of ‘oh, Christmas is next week.  Hm.’

On that note, the only Christmas song I can’t help but sing along too every time I hear it.




I have distinct memories of my older cousins talking about Vanity and just nodding along.

Then when I um, ‘caught up’, I was like ‘OK, OK!’

Tis the weekend.  Enjoy!


My 2nd Favorite Simpsons Gag



My favorite gag will always be poor Milhouse getting pummeled by Nelson.

But this is my 2nd favorite.





For the newer visitors, this is one of my theme songs.  One reason is I just think it’s a great ‘storytelling’ song…

But to amplify that point, as it’s evolved over the years, it’s almost become the singer’s version of ‘the Aristocrats’.  In other words, the only way to ‘mess up’ the song (besides being a bad singer) is to not put your own signature on it.

The Sinatra version is usually considered ‘the standard’.  But Billie Holliday sings it in a way that makes it a Billie Holliday song.  Sammy Davis Jr. did it in a way that made it a Sammy Davis Jr. song.  I sing it (for those of you who’ve heard it) in the Rat Pack vein, but amping up the actor/storyteller element (cause that’s who I am).

Speaking of storytellers, when Cab Calloway sang it…well…

(and on a side note, THAT. IS. A. CONK!!!!)





We’ve gone hip hop heavy lately, who’s up for an out of left field 80s rock and roll music video?





Part of the weekend was spent listening to Stone Cold talk about learning how to play the guitar, so it put me into an ‘acoustic’ mood to start this week.




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