Friday, November 03, 2006

Case Pendin'

Before axolotls, before cassowaries and before anteaters, there was Maya Rudolph.

She was a small obsession for me when she first began on “SNL” seven years ago. When I realized this biracial package of musical comedy and funny facial expressions was the daughter of the late Minnie Ripperton — and, thus, the meaning behind the part of “Loving You” in which Ripperton repeated says “Maya” — it struck an emotional chord with me. Then I realized that I had already been acquainted with Rudolph through her work with the Rentals. And that’s not even accounting for her actual work on the show. I know not everybody digs her, but for me Rudolph ranks up there with Cheri Oteri. And the first Glenda Goodwin sketch — the one in which her law firm defends clients in cases involving werewolves, witches, paintings with moving eyeballs, Sleestaks, and Tyrannosaurus Rexes — makes me laugh every time I think about it. (And I can only think about it, since I’ve never been able to find a video of it online.) But now something has finally happened to make Rudolph even dearer to my heart: She has bedbugs.

As stated in various news stories, Rudolph and her boyfriend Paul Thomas Anderson — the Paul Thomas Anderson, as in the guy who directed “Magnolia” and “Boogie Nights” — are suing their landlord for allowing their $13,500-a-month Manhattan apartment to become infested with bedbugs. First off, I’d hate to be the landlord who pissed off such a hipster power couple. Second, Maya, I understand your pain. I went to Australia. I got bedbugs. It sucked. Granted, I was staying in a bargain hostel at the time and not stylish urban digs that cost more per month than I current make in a year. But still — as I see it, this makes us just like family.

The best part of the Rudolph-Anderson insectoid blood feast, however, has to be how E! Online chose to write about it. Ever the cheeky fuckers, the E! writers ran the story with the headline “Maya Rudolph Bugged Out.” It also described Rudolph as being “bugged out” and “suing mad,” neither of which are terms I’m used to hearing. The again, I’m apparently not qualified to work at the E! network. I have to hand it to the writer, however, for finding the humor in Anderson’s next film project. “Anderson is in post-production on the suddenly ironically named drama 'There Will Be Blood,' starring Daniel Day-Lewis,” the article notes.
[ source: T-face ]

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