Thursday, November 11, 2010

Martin Mull’s “Split Infinitives” on Display

Photo by dgans David Gans

When we were little, and our oldest sister would come home for college vacations, we would sneak down into the living room after our parents went to bed. There, we would find our ultra-hip sib watching TV like we’d never seen it before—irreverent shows like Saturday Night Live and Mary Hartman, Mary Harman.

But our personal favorite was Fernwood Tonight. Even as kids we could tell that Martin Mull as Barth Gimble, the bumbling local cable access talk show host, was brilliant. And, that his even more bafoonish sidekick, Jerry Hubbard played by Fred Willard was a stroke of comic genius.

Mull has been a fixture on television ever since on shows like Roseanne and Two and a Half Men. But we’ve never seen even a spark of that lighting in a bottle that he had captured on Fernwood.

Still when we hear he’s got something new going on, it always catches our attention. We were especially surprised when we learned that the funnyman is an accomplished artist. His latest exhibit,
Split Infinitives, is on display at the Samuel Freeman Gallery through December 18.

You can visit their website for more information or stop by the gallery at 2525 Michigan Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033.

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