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Sad, sad conversation

You’ve probably watched Inside the Actors Studio with host James Lipton.

He interviews your favorite actors who talk about their past, their craft, and all their successes.  They’re polished up all bright and shiny under the lights at Pace University in New York.

But how about actors via webcam looking scruffy and unkempt, talking about how hard the acting biz really is…and how they fear their careers are in the toilet?

Now, that’s a show.

It’s called sadsadconversation, and it’s played out on Youtube by actor Josh Malina (Sports Night, The West Wing), Michael Ian Black (Ed, Michael & Michael), Steven Weber (Wings, Studio 60), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope) and most recently, a Go-Go or two.

They wear their sweats and pj’s, little or no makeup — Steven had on a Breathe-Right strip in one notable entry — and share their appropriately named ‘sad sad’ thoughts on the entertainment industry.

Now, I’ve heard wanna-be actors complain about the injustice of show biz on TV and movie sets before, but it’s a whole new level of sad to listen to actors have seemingly “made it” share those same insecurities.

‘Cause some of that sad…is actually pretty hilarious.

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Chosen family

Yet another perk of living in New York City…

You get to hang out with the cast of Modern Family on a rainy Monday night.

I wasn’t quite as close as the photo implies.  This pic was taken backstage at Inside the Actors Studio.  Sofia Vergara posted it on Twitter soon after the taping was complete.

It shows Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Vergara, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, and Julie Bowen — everyone but Ed O’Neill, who also appeared on the show.  (Perhaps he took the photo.)

In the Actors Studio tradition, host James Lipton spoke to each person individually to start the program.  While they come from varied backgrounds, as a group they are extremely well-educated, and a few came to acting a bit later in life.

But the room really started rockin’ when they spoke of their time together on the show.  There were pats on the back, hugs, and loving looks. They seemed embarrassed by praise.  They made fun of each other.  They showed lots of clips.  Heck, someone even did a dance.

Family get-togethers are like that sometimes.

And it was a family on that stage.  Even from my seat in the balcony, that was abundantly clear.

Inside the Actors Studio featuring the cast of Modern Family airs on Bravo June 6th.  I highly recommend it.