Pour yourself a cup of coffee
My fellow Dellaventuras of
the Internet, if you have found this page before December, 1997 (when Danny's
show was cancelled), you've already done too much.
This leitmotif which Danny Aiello often pronounced to keynote the series is
an essential definition of character:
"You see, everything we are is everything we were,
and everything we were
is everything we will be.
That's the Dellaventura philosophy."
I know that you are
all eager to learn more about the Jim Richardson philosophy.
But for now . . .. And I say this with all due respect. Do yourself a favor.
Win a fight, fall in love, . . .. But whatever you do, always go home justified.
Before he became a great character actor, Danny Aiello was the bouncer
at New York City's premiere comedy club, The Improv.
Despite his tough guy image, in his movie work he clearly had mastered the lost art of "making love to the audience," often
coming off better than the film's slick but shallow Hollywood stars.
seemed for real.
We could almost read his mind as he considered, then acted. We didn't always have a clue what he was thinking, but sensed something was going on.
And we were ready to see his decision realized in action. It often came, swift and hard.
Aiello brings all his imaginative acting style from the movies, now expanded and improved for TV. The effect is at first low-key, then electrifying. Repeatedly.
And what does this have to do with stand-up comedy and keynote speaking?