KEVIN SMITH LIVE!

Published October 30, 2008

WORDSLINGER’S NOTE: Here’s another post that kind of defies categorization. This could literally go under Pop Culture, ROFLMAO – funny videos, The Auteurs, hell, considering the subject, even This Site is 420 Friendly. While I hesitate to lump Kevin Smith in with Hitchcock, Scorcese or Spielberg, if an auteur is an artist with a distinctive style, I think the man qualifies … even if some would say he put the stink in distinctive.

Say what you will about writer/director/actor Kevin Smith and his lewd, crude and hilarious oeuvre (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), the man has his followers and they are legion. His latest, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, is getting good reviews despite the fact that the title of this erstwhile slacker love story is causing certain theaters to ban the flick, which, like most of Smith’s work is an odd mix of dick jokes, scatological humor and sentimentality. The man’s heart is definitely in the right place, even if his mind is in the gutter. And yet, give the man a microphone, a spotlight and an audience, and he is arguably more entertaining than his films.
Kevin Smith
Between An Evening With Kevin Smith (2002) and An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder (2006), two concert films where Smith talks to various college audiences, there are literally HOURS of material. Nearly 8 hours between the two DVDs. (A third, Sold Out: A Threevening With Kevin Smith, has just been released.) Featuring some of the funniest Hollywood anecdotes I have ever heard, Smith is a natural-born storyteller.

After watching Smith’s first two ‘concerts’ on You Tube, I knew I had to blog about this. And yet, I have been scratching my brain trying to figure out what to include. There is WAY too much material to put up (unless, of course, you guys ask me to post them in their entirety, and I will do so). Until then, I have picked some of the juiciest bits, including Smith relating the story of how in the mid-1990s ├╝ber-producer Jon Peters hired him to write Superman Lives (the unproduced script can be found here), his ensuing feud with Tim Burton (who was to direct the film with Nicholas Cage starring), and a later battle with his Royal Badness, Prince. Nobody dishes dirt like Smith and these are some of the funniest insider stories I have ever heard.

Smith’s language can be quite blue, but you knew that.

Prepare to be entertained.

(Oh, a couple of these videos are slow loaders — pausing and waiting helps.)


KEVIN SMITH ON SUPERMAN, JON PETERS AND TIM BURTON
part one




KEVIN SMITH ON SUPERMAN, JON PETERS AND TIM BURTON
part two




KEVIN SMITH ON SUPERMAN, JON PETERS AND TIM BURTON
part three




KEVIN SMITH DISHES ON PRINCE
part one




KEVIN SMITH DISHES ON PRINCE
part two




KEVIN SMITH DISHES ON PRINCE
part three




KEVIN SMITH DISHES ON PRINCE
part four




KEVIN SMITH ON REACTIONS FROM PETERS, BURTON AND PRINCE