Starting Monday, October 29, 2007 HJ Live will go on line. This live call in internet radio program will feature guests, movie reviews and more. We have a special kick off program on Monday, at 4:30 PM EST, 3:30 PM CST, 2:30 PM MST, and 1:30 PM PST. Our first guest during the program will be Comedian, Victoria Jackson, formerly of Saturday Night Live.
The url for HJ Live is www.blogtalkradio.com/hollywoodjesus The call in number to speak to the guests or hosts for the program is: (646) 716-8853. HJ Live will initially start with a Friday program airing at the listed times above, but plans are in place to schedule other programs in the future at additional days and times. These will include programs to interview guests where HJ readers have the opportunity to call in and ask questions, as well as feature programs through the week. Feature programs will include the Friday Show which will ultimately focus on current and new releases, a Monday Review program, and a Tuesday DVD feature to focus on current and new DVD releases.
On Friday, November 3, special guest will be David Bruce, founder of Hollywood Jesus. In this program, we will talk about the origins of Hollywood Jesus, its purpose and more. We also hope to feature reviewers at Hollywood Jesus on a frequent basis. While Mike Furches, will host the show, it is hoped that HJ Live will become an extension of the work at Hollywood Jesus. Individuals will not only be able to listen to HJ Live, they can call in, access archived programs, and subscribe to RSS feeds which will allow for regular downloads via, ITunes, My Yahoo, Newsgator, Bloglines, Google, and My AOL.
Don’t forget the first broadcast on Monday, October 29, with Victoria Jackson.
The following is information provided by Ms. Jackson’s publicist.
Victoria Jackson is an outgoing, gregarious, intelligent young woman whose high-pitched voice and comedy appearances with Johnny Carson and on Saturday Night Live have convinced many people she is something of a ditzy blonde. The fact is, she is married, raising two daughters, Scarlet and Aubrey, attended Furman University and Auburn University in pursuit of a career as a dramatic actress and spent a year studying at Florida Bible College.
Born in Miami, Florida on August 2, 1959, she and her brother were raised in an atmosphere of gymnastics and 1930’s music (their father is a gymnastics coach, ex-vaudevillian and pianist), uncluttered by the pervasive influence of television. There was no TV set, by parental edict, in the Jackson home.
Victoria became a high school cheerleader and homecoming queen, an extrovert who enjoyed being funny and getting attention. The cause was helped considerably by her “baby” voice, which had always seemed normal both to her and her family until a doctor pointed out that it was a result of a congenital defect of the palate and could conceivably cause problems for her out in the real world. Several doctors, in fact, urged her to undergo a surgical correction of the defect. By a unanimous family vote, the idea was vetoed at the dinner table.
Given her voice and youthfully exuberant face that simply did not lend itself to serious drama, the drama departments at both Furman and Auburn didn’t quite what to do with her. Eventually, the combination of schoolgirl innocence, gymnastics and rollicking sense of humor led her away from Portia and Ophelia and into the world of comedy.
Not that it was all that easy. With stints at three colleges behind her, she supported herself as a typist, a waitress in a retirement home, and a nightclub cigarette girl, did “Summerstock” and finally wound up in Los Angeles doing a stand-up comedy routine that consisted largely of standing upside down while reciting poetry. But the act led to her first booking with Carson (she’s made 22 Tonight Show appearances since), 6 seasons of Saturday Night Live, roles in films such as Baby Boom with Diane Keaton, Family Business with Dustin Hoffman, I Love You to Death with Kevin Kline, The Pick-up Artist, Couch Trip, and UHF with Weird Al Yankovich She also has had many guest roles on numerous TV shows including In the Heat of the Night with Carroll O’Conner, The Jeffersons, General Hospital, The Smothers Brothers, Half Nelson with Joe Pesci, Diagnosis Murder, the FOX movie of the week, Based on an Untrue Story, Perry Mason, Touched by an Angel, The X-Files, and much more proving that her talent and expansive range defy skeptic’s type-casting limitations.
Victoria still does her trademark “handstand poetry,” discusses her career and marriage, and plays her original ukulele songs. She has completed three CD’s: Use Me, produced by VJ and Blackmarket Productions is for adults; and her award-winning Ukulele Lady and Ukulele Ditties for Itty Bitty Kitties, were produced by Choo Choo Records.
Victoria met her husband, Metro Dade Police Helicopter pilot, Paul Wessel, in seventh grade at Dade Christian School. They were engaged in 1976 but didn’t marry until 1992 after a 12 year separation. “His strict father said we were too young to get married, so he finished the college I couldn’t afford and I went off to Hollywood,” Victoria explains. Victoria splits her time between her home in the Hollywood Hills of California and her home in Miami where she spends her time between acting jobs raising her daughters, working on her poetry book, writing songs with her Ukulele and enjoying her high school sweetheart, Paul.
Victoria appears in the new DVD release of Thou Shalt Laugh the Deuce along with various other comedians and hosted by Tim Conway.