Eric Bogosian: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
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Eric Bogosian shines in his freshly-brewed Wake Up and Smell the Coffee. A profoundly insightful and wickedly provocative performer, Obie Award winner Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio) has never shied away from the disturbing truths in life. Frequently compared to comedic social commentators Lenny Bruce and Spalding Gray, Bogosian keeps his finger on the pulse of our collective fears while satirizing contemporary American values. Based upon his critically acclaimed stage show, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee is Bogosian at his funniest, smartest, and angriest. Taking us for a ferocious ride through a cavalcade of colorful characters in his mind, Bogosian skewers pop culture, conformity, religious hypocrisy and human nature itself with a razor-sharp wit. Whether hes playing Satan as a modern-day salesman, a Hollywood producer capitalizing on an airplane disaster, a spiritual guru with questionable motives, or mocking himself as an obsequious actor auditioning for a part, Bogosian tackles todays relevant, post-9/11 themes with uncompromising honesty.
- Exclusive interview with Eric Bogosian
- Eric Bogosian biography
- Filmmaker biographies
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Personally, I found "Wake Up and Smell The Coffee" an excellent, entertaining and challenging show. It has been recorded maintaining a sense of the live performance atmosphere and the interview extra adds another interesting perspective to the whole performance making process. I particularly love how Bogosian manages to link each set piece into a collective thematic whole that not only entertains but also provokes us. He doesn't seem to hold back on any taboo subjects and attacks pertinent topics. The show seems so relevant to our contermporary world that there is a starting notice informing us that the performance was written and performed prior to September 11th 2001. I would happily recommend the DVD to anyone interested in performance, social commentary and/or comedy.
In regards to my second purpose as a teaching tool, I would feel less comfort offering this DVD to a room of senior students to watch as a whole but there are certainly plenty of sections within that would lend themselves to a student viewing and will help budding actors to appreciate how one actor can use elements of theatre to create a engaging performance.
Finally, as a theatre lover, I would like to thank Mr. Bogosian for making this performance available
Wake up and Smell the Coffee is the best show yet. For one thing, it's funnier. Even the really dark stuff is absolutely hilarious. While the tone is more seasoned, none of the excruciating candor is compromised. In fact, my favorite two monologues are autobiographic - Bogosian as Bogosian.
Nothing is easy. No assumptions are made. Nothing is taken for granted. Everything is open for analysis. Perhaps I am biased because I share his paradigm of ultimate absurdity but, I think Eric Bogosian is a frickin genius.