best news anchor: Stephen Colbert
Two categories. Best Local Actor Who Is Bill Murray and Best Local Actor Who Is Not Bill Murray. Done. A vote for me is a vote for common sense. God bless you, and God bless America.
Oh dear. People. This is not the Academy Awards. I don't think we need to involve Price Waterhouse.
But I hear your complaints. We tweak our categories constantly in an effort to get people to vote for the people who (we think) deserve it. We stopped giving Pat Conroy best local author years ago, even though he still gets the most votes, because he hasn't lived here since he went to the Citadel. Dorothea Benton Frank is a part-time resident too, but a resident she is, and she's deserving, even if she is a famous best-selling author.
I think Best Local Stage Actor is a great idea, since that's how the category is intended. Sharon Graci has won multiple times. Best local celebrity is a good idea too, since we've got a good many of them wandering the streets.
We still do "local runners up," we just changed it this year to be "Best Local Blank" instead of "Best Blank, Local Runner Up." We felt like that was a better, more fitting designation.
In related news, it took nearly ten years for McDonald's not to win best fries.
This year, we had more than 6,000 votes, which means it usually goes to the most popular place in town or the places with the most locations or the guy who stars in blockbuster movies.
By the way, Bill Murray received more than 20 times the votes as the second place guy, without any CP votes. And, really, is it so wrong to want him to come to our party?
I vote to have a vote about hiring an independent auditing firm.
I completely agree with John Marcus. It's not about denying people their vote; it's about reestablishing this poll's legitimacy with an eye to getting people to take it a little more seriously. It used to be something of an honor. Now it mostly seems to be a rather glib, self-serving affair. Why is it so beneath City Paper to acknowledge artists, actors and musicians who actually work in this town? You could possibly make a case for Catherine Bell; technically, she plies her trade here. Bill Murray, not so much. Maybe a category for "most popular celebrity who happens to occasionally reside in Charleston and is part-owner of the local minor-league baseball team," but to anoint him best local actor, well, it diminishes the efforts of local artists. Perhaps the categories should be narrowed to best local stage actor/actress, best local theater, best improv theater, best Piccolo show, etc. (I loved "Wicked" but it's not local; nor for that matter is Spoleto.) As City Paper likes to think of itself as the preeminent arbiter of Charleston's arts and entertainment scene, I think it's time they reevaluate this thing and get back to the concept of dancin' with the one what brung you, instead of toadying to Bill Murray. (I note that there are no pics of Bill at the Best Of after-party, so I would gather that he declined CP's invitation.)
While we're on the subject of how things used to be, previous Best Of's listed runners up, or at least, honorable mentions. Maybe the "staff picks" are meant to supplant such data, but it's not the same thing. Coming in second, or even third, in a particularly competitive category (say, restaurants, bars, and yes, theater companies) isn't a badge of shame.
I also think it would be enlightening to know the vote tallies for the winners, regardless of category. For example, if a piercing studio -- I'm not picking on piercing studios; I simply see that someone posted something with regard to the winner of that category -- is deemed by popular vote to be "the best," and let's say fewer than five people voted, then I think there should be no conclusive winner listed, as such a minuscule universe hardly indicates overwhelming approbation.
Finally, ansempaul intimates above that Bill Murray was not actually the top vote-getter either of the times he won previously. Is this true? All the more reason that an independent auditing firm should tabulate the results to ensure that this poll is on the level. Beyond that, I would hope that City Paper's staff and their families are barred from voting.
Agree FCB. The review should be a best review if it is for a Best of Charleston. I have to defend our singers (more than a handful, with no more -maybe fewer- drunks than any other club). This is a real outlet for the talented and the pent-up singer. Karaoke Chris is top-billing all by himself. So, for a place that has been with it for over ten years, bring the heat, but bring yourself and your friends to have fun.
Best in area has to be Jack's in Ladson..
Do you think just once you could give a Karaoke review that mentions all of the people who can actually sing, instead of the handful of drunks who probably shouldn't?
There are plenty of very good singers in this town who do Karaoke because unlike musicians, they have "real jobs", and Karaoke is their only singing outlet.
Mike Daisey, you are a liar, who pawned off your lies on an exceptional journalist. You are not a story teller, you are a liar. Liar liar. Pants on fire.
Yet they can't afford a keyboard with a key that separates paragraphs.
"City Paper really needs to do an overhaul of the 'Best Of' categories so that it isn't a sham like it is every single year."
Because this whole "letting people vote" thing is so passe.
I'm sorry, was the award they created specifically for you not good enough?
Want to know who the real Best of Charleston are when it comes to LOCAL live theatre? Join us at the Woolfe Street Playhouse Sunday, August 25th for the first THEATRE CHARLESTON AWARDS. We can't wait to celebrate Charleston's incredibly talented theatre community!
Want to know who the real Best of Charleston are when it comes to Charleston area theatre??? Join us at the Woolfe Street Playhouse Sunday, August 25th for the first THEATRE CHARLESTON AWARDS. We can't wait to celebrate Charleston's incredibly talented theatre community!
Bill Murray in drag.
Me. You'll see.
Agreed. Bill Murray.
The Terrace is better.
City Paper needs to make new categories that celebrate local live theatre and actors that work on those stages. People vote for name recognition because most of Charleston doesn't go to the local theatres. And they vote for Bill Murray and Catherine Bell because they are famous film and tv actors who have a connection to Charleston but don't do a thing for the local theatre scene.
The same thing is true about the best non-Spoleto play. You allow a Broadway touring company musical to win this category when it isn't any more "local" than a Spoleto play. Actually it's less local because some Spoleto productions actually have their sets built here. It isn't fair to include a Broadway touring production in a local contest. It's ridiculous - who can possibly compete with that on the budgets that local theatre companies have to survive on?
Our local theatre community works their collective derrieres off doing shows for free or practically nothing and rarely, if ever, get recognition for the fantastic job they do entertaining.
The same thing is true for the best musician category. Darius Rucker isn't really part of the local music scene anymore. But there are bands that work day in and day out entertaining in local venues who don't get recognized.
City Paper really needs to do an overhaul of the "Best Of" categories so that it isn't a sham like it is every single year.
I think there is actually a really good reason their album "didn't cause a pandemic of bootie shaking and love making"... they just aren't that good! While both gentlemen have some talent, they don't really produce anything very new or creative.
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