From the place I have been, I warn you not to go. I have seen purgatory, and now when I meet people I can tell them what it's like. Holly had been to HELL for a day or two. I just had to sit through an hour of it (in purgatory, time has no meaning). I don't know what Orphic hero pulled her from the gurgle-pit of the damned last week, but I can only imagine he had a very shiny dome.
Last week, as many of you may have heard, Holly had to assist the editing of the new W eird Al show. Now, I must tell you without reservation, that like the rest of you, and like Holly, I grew up on Eat It and everything else. So, when she told me she wanted to gouge her eyes out with a spoon (dull, hurt more) I couldn't possibly imagine it was as bad as she was saying. Perhaps it was just the repetition? Either way, I had no choice but to trust her, because, well, it didn't sound like hyperbole, even in her case.
Last night, as I put down my book and curled into bed, I turned on the teevee, and stumbled onto VH1 (something that never JUST happens). There it was. I was confused. This was a W eird Al show, but I thought the new one didn't air until the New Year.
Two minutes later I was smack in the middle of the Jessica Simpson interview she'd described to me. Folks, his show is a disgusting, juvenile nightmare. I don't get the impression that it could get much better from there.
I was taking it up until the 15 minute K-Fed interview. It goes on. And on. By the end of it, my life was a dark hallway of pain, for real this time, and I was play-crying. The play part of that could be wishful thinking.
The hurting hasn't stopped. If you get a chance, catch the program long enough to confirm that we're not exaggerating, and take a look at Holly's font on the music videos, because she did them all. It was a really cool thing to see the first thing she's worked on for broadcast TV, and something about the horror of the show itself makes for a poignant, if terrifying, innauguration for her into the world of Crazy-Ass Hollywood. And dont' forget, as you're watching his show, she watched all of this for two straight days. It can only get better from there.