Archive for May, 2007

“I Wanna Get Psyched Tonight” Video

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Check out the new music video I did with Adira Amram entitled “I Wanna Get Psyched Tonight”. It also features Matt McCarthy as our assistant of sorts. And Bill Buckendorf did an amazing job shooting and editing it.

(Of note: We filmed the video on a Sunday afternoon at Strive Gym right next door to my apartment. Niki was a member at Strive and asked the manager if we could film there. So thanks to her for that. The manager said we could film there as long as I joined the gym. So I joined. I think it was worth it. At the very least we got funny stares from the people working out around us.)

Gothamist Interview / NY Magazine Blurb

Monday, May 28th, 2007

It’s been a busy Memorial Day weekend for our good friend, Dr. Lanny Latham. On Friday, Lanny started things off with a bang by giving a highly inspirational interview with Gothamist.com. Check it out by clicking below:

Gothamist Interview with Dr. Lanny Latham

So far, the Gothamist interview with Lanny is the number one “favorited” story so far. So if you know how to “favorite” it, keep it comin’.

Next, Lanny was showcased in New York Magazine in the Arts & Entertainment section. (Well at least in nymag.com - stay tuned to see if Lanny actually makes the print version - and hey, nymag.com is still pretty cool!)  The editors at New York Magazine compare Lanny’s level of psychedness with rocker, Andrew WK’s. In the end, Lanny’s level is measured as: “!!??!!” compared to Andrew WK’s: “!!!!!…!” So it’s really too close to call. Check that out by clicking below:

New York Magazine: Andrew WK vs. Dr. Lanny Latham

What’s next for Lanny on the press circuit? Who knows? Any ideas?

My Crazy Days on CNN Talk Back Live

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

I finally uploaded the footage from my CNN Talk Back Live appearances on YouTube. The footage is from 1997 – when I was crazy. Now I’m completely sane. (Yeah right.) The first vid is from my very first appearance – which also happened to be my TV debut. At the time I was working as a cake deliverer in Atlanta for a company called Piece of Cake. After dropping off a cake at a CNN conference, a producer asked if I wanted to be an audience member for a show they were taping called Talk Back Live. The producer explained that audience members could ask questions to a panel of experts about a certain topic and that day’s topic was the OJ Simpson Civil Trial. I said yes. Before I went on the set I called my college buddies and told them to tape it. The footage is a little choppy now and the sound goes out at one point, but you should still get the idea. Let’s see if I ask an intelligent question.

At the next commercial break two security guards tapped me on the shoulder and informed me that I was being kicked off the set. And so I went back on my route delivering cakes. But that was not the end of it for me. I went back to CNN Talk Back Live a few days later – this time in disguise. Of course one of the producers recognized me and said under no circumstances was I allowed back on the set again. But after pleading with her for several minutes, she finally relented but said I was strictly forbidden to ask any questions. And so I sat through the entire show without asking anything. But at least I got to express myself with my awesome costume. Let’s see if you can spot me in the audience.

I kept going back to CNN Talk Back Live every single day – each day in a new crazy costume and each day while I was supposed to be out on my route delivering cakes. But I think after a while I just wore everybody out who was involved with the show. On my final visit, I was told that I was officially banned from ever setting foot there again. If I stayed any longer they would call the cops and have me arrested. After a long back and forth of this, I finally agreed to leave and we parted way forever. I went back to delivering cakes without visiting any political talk shows. And CNN Talk Back Live went back to airing programs with mostly normal people in the audience. Eventually CNN Talk Back Live was canceled. And eventually I stopped delivering cakes. But I’ll always look back on those days with fondness. Of the few TV appearances I’ve had since, nothing has been quite as sweet as the time when somebody finally put “The Juice” in his place.

Human Giant 24 Hour Marathon

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

The Human Giant 24 Hour Marathon on MTV was amazing. In my humble opinion, it was the best damn 24 hours of programming ever. Hats off to the Human Giant guys for not only staying up for 24 hours straight but also for keeping the show rollin’ and being funny mofos throughout. There were several highlights – many from fellow UCB performers. View them all by clicking below:

Human Giant Clips

And here’s my speed eating clip. Let’s see if I finally eat everything in one minute:

Quick Lips Lathan

You can’t really see it, but I accidentally sprayed Capri Sun and pineapple juice (when I tried to mash the pineapple with a coconut) all over the studio audience behind me. I also doused the laptop that Human Giant was using for their webcams. Oh well. Sorry I let America down. If I had just had a little more time…

Watch MTV Tonight at 11 pm

Friday, May 18th, 2007

As part of the 24 hour live marathon for Human Giant on MTV, I’ll be performing my patented Speed Eating routine. That’s the one where I eat an insane amount of food in 1 minute. I’ve tried it a few times in the past, and everytime I seem to come up just a little bit short.

The first time I ever did the Speed Eating routine was in a dingy theatre in the lower east side as part of the Mr. Lower East Side contest.


I continued the routine a few more times and even had the opportunity to try it out in Times Square on Best Week Ever.

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And like I said before, I was never able to eat all of the food. It is a lot of food after all, not to mention all in one minute. But this time, all of that will change! This time, I promise I really will eat everything in sight! Just you watch! It all goes down tonight! Live! 11 pm! Ish! Set your DVRs now!

NY Press Article on Get Psyched!

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

NY Press wrote up a nice little blurb for Get Psyched!

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THE DOCTOR IS IN

By Ben Kharakh

“Do you sometimes feel sad or down? Do you feel stressed? Do you find it difficult to get excited about certain things—like taxes for instance?” According to Dr. Lanny Latham, certified life coach, if you answered yes to any of these questions then you need to “Get Psyched.”“It means a lot of things, but mainly it means being in a constant state of psychedness,” says Dr. Latham, whose Get Psyched method is explained in detail on his website (www.getpsyched.biz) and at weekly seminars held at Rififi. Co-hosted by musician and performer, Adira Amram, Get Psyched has been entertaining crowds and motivating individuals for weeks. “I figured the East Village of New York City was the perfect place to get started because there is a very high correlation between laughter and getting psyched, I also decided to bring in some professional comedians to delight and entertain the audience.”

Onstage, Dr. Latham’s energy is contagious. He hops around, jumps rope, does a one-handed push-up, all in the name of getting psyched. But how does one get psyched exactly? Simply follow Dr. Latham’s “Seven Steps to Living a Better Life”:

1. Get Psyched 2. Have Fun 3.Pump It Up 4. Go For It 5. Enjoy 6. Drink Plenty of Fluids and 7.Get Psyched. After only a single session, the feeling in the audience is palpable: Everyone in attendance is psyched!

Thursdays, Rififi 332 E. 11th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 212-677-1027; 8, $5.

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Tonight’s Lineup:

Craig Baldo

Matt DeCoster

Julie Klausner

Seth Herzog

Shane Mauss

Come on down tonight and see for yourself what the power of Lanny can do for you!

The Juice

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Tonight I will be a guest on The Spotlight with Sean Taylor. Sean will air some juicy footage (no pun intended – all right fine, intended)  from when I made my TV debut on CNN’s Talk Back Live way back in the day in 1997. For Talk Back Live, audience members could ask any question to a panel of experts about the day’s topic which happened to be The OJ Simpson Civil Trial. I was the second audience member to ask a question. I was then immediately asked to leave the show. Come to The Spotlight to see why. Also, come to see how I kept coming back to the show as an audience member even after they kicked me out.

The Spotlight with Sean Taylor
*Appearing with Louie Pearlman
Tuesday, May 15th at 8:30
Gotham City Improv
48 West 21st Street, 8th Floor

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Dr. Lanny Goes Live Tonight at the UCB

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Dr. Lanny Latham’s legendary 30 minute seminar known as, “Get Psyched!”, will premiere tonight at UCBT. Appearing on hand to help Lanny out will be his wife, Shammy (Adira Amram), and his number one pupil, Nathan (Nate Shelkey). Dr. Latham also received directional advice for this seminar from one Jackie Clarke.

Get Psyched!
Tonight at 9:30 (After “Emoticon”)
UCB Theatre
307 West 26th Street (& 8th Ave.)
$5
Get Your Reservations Now

Spread the word to all of your friends and family about Get Psyched! It will soon over take The Secret. It’s only a matter of time….
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Bag Fulla’ Lincolns

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Today I carried a huge bag of coins that I had been collecting for over a year to one of those Penny Arcade machines inside of a Commerce Bank. After dumping all of my Lincolns, Jeffersons, Roosevelts, and Washingtons into the coin dispenser I had tallied up $82.43 worth of cold hard cash. It was the happiest I’ve been in quite a while. I’m sad.

Rabbit, Rabbit

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

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Chug.

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Chug.

No we aren’t raging alcoholics. Well…at least Niki isn’t. The pics were taken this weekend. It was Niki’s birthday and a group of six of us (including Niki’s bro - Damian, Damian’s wife - Clare, and Niki’s two friends – Jill and Elizabeth) went to a Spanish tapas place in NoHo called Mercat. At the end of our meal a waitress passed around a jug full of wine (that’s oddly shaped like a glass bong) for everybody to chug.  You can’t see it in the picture, but I ended up accidentally pouring the entire jug of wine all over my face. Nice, Lathan.

The title of the thread refers to how my Dad used to say, “Rabbit, Rabbit” at the beginning of every month. To this day I have no idea why.  But since it is May 1st, I might as well keep the tradition alive.  Nice, Lathan.