Maverick Spirit Event: Kevin Pollack

I went to this event since none of the movies playing at Cinequest at the same time seemed interesting. I was actually kind of surprised how few of Kevin Pollack’s films I have seen (maybe four, plus some episodes of “Project Greenlight” when he was in the movie being made), and at the same time how familiar he seemed.

After a montage of some of his film work, he came out for a personal history/standup routine. I particularly enjoyed the fact that his first experience creating comedy was lip syncing to a Bill Cosby album. The album in question must have been Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow Right! (1963), but the particular segment that Kevin mentioned was also on The Best of Bill Cosby (1969). And that is the very first record I bought as a kid. But I digress.

Kevin’s stories about the impersonations he has done (a high school coach, Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, William Shatner, etc.) and the trouble he has caused doing them were definitely worth hearing. He’s a very good story teller, and he especially likes talking about himself.

Later there was a Q&A, and finally the presentation of the Maverick Spirit Award itself.

All in all it was a very fun couple of hours. He’s playing at the San Jose Improv during the last weekend of the month, if you missed him and you’re local. My wife and I will be out of town, or I would consider taking her to see him.

Seen on 3/4/2009 at Cinequest.

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