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.
I hope Richard Todd comes back in someway. He was just a common sense guy.
Is there a ladies night, or a night where women get in free?
I would say Mellow Mushroom is the best mainstream gourmet pizza, but Evo and Monza Are really the best
I think shes great. I remember her when she did weekends on chan. 5. She's come along way
this is bullshit!!! this place is awful!
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.
there is also some recent activity on Monday nights at Upper Deck Tavern
I would go with Pitassi.....He is not good natured, but the best...
We know because he's the reason social wine bar is so successful. Go there and experience some of the wine he has hand selected. Stop being a hater. If becoming a sommelier is so easy he wouldn't be one of few in the country. You're a dumb ass for not appreciating this category.
Best in area has to be Jack's in Ladson..
Not cheap, but the best ever - really honest return on the dollar.
MM, really? Has anyone been to Monza??? That's a slice of heaven!
They are missing key ingredients...Jalapeno, Hatch green chile's, cumin, and much more..Green it is, but not in the true sense....a little roux would help...Come on...Get the Green going....If you need help just call..
It is a Pub...
Lickety Split. it is.
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