Friday, March 06, 2009

Hey! How's Your News?

Reporter Jeremy Vest in front of the Hollywood Theater.

Mine's good. Thanks for asking.

Spent last night at the fantastic "How's Your News?" screening with director Arthur Bradford and the unbelievably charming and hilarious "How's Your News?" reporter (and drummer) Jeremy Vest.

If you're not familiar with the show, it follows five developmentally disabled reporters around the country on a tour bus as they chat with people like Arnold Schwartzenegger, Amy Sedaris and Elijah Wood. It airs on MTV, but please don't hold that against it. Before it was an MTV show, it was a great documentary by the same name.

Arthur showed us some very early clips of members of the HYN team, and he and Jeremy had a lively Q&A session with the audience. Afterwards, I got a chance to talk with Jeremy about his favorite band (Dave Matthews), whether he met girls on the road (he did) and things he doesn't like (screaming kids on planes).

Then Amber Geiger and Ted Morgan, who had organized the night's shindig, decided a trip to Voodoo Doughnuts was in order.

Jeremy takes in the sweet, sweet gloriousness
that is Voodoo Doughnuts.

Everything was going fine until Jeremy asked about the big chocolate twisty doughnut with the smaller doughnuts attached at the bottom.

"That's the cock 'n' balls doughnut," the pretty counter lady replied. "It's got creme inside."

Jeremy wasn't having any of it.

"Well, that doesn't sound good at all! I mean, who is that supposed to find that appealing? I don't know if I'm even really hungry anymore."

It would've been inappropriate to say that, actually, I found it incredibly appealing, so I kept my mouth shut and ordered a Portland Creme.

After that we went to our second stop of the night, a benefit for the great independent zine store Reading Frenzy. Arthur was reading from his book of short stories, Dogwalker while accompanying himself on the guitar. (Hello? Multi-talented!)

Arthur will be on Live Wire next Saturday night, March 14. I highly recommend you come check him out. And don't forget to check out clips of Jeremy in action at the How's Your News website.

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