Another lovely submission from barkruffalo!
There are only ten days left in the contest,
Yay!!! Our first contest entry!
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Hey everyone! I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to do the contest again this year, but I couldn’t resist seeing what your lovely brains came up with for entries.
Here are the rules:
- The contest starts today (June 1st) and runs until June 27th.
- Winners will be announced on the 28th (Gilda’s birthday!)
- There will be two winners: one will be the entry with the most notes, and one will be my personal favorite.
- Any medium is acceptable. You can do something with traditional art, photoshop, video, write a song/poem/story/etc. collage a bunch of mediums or whatever tickles your fancy; as long as it’s been inspired by Gilda.
- I’m not sure what I’m going to do for prizes yet this year, so stay tuned for that. No doubt they will be amazeballs (I hope…?) Ashlee and Abbey will be getting ones as well, because they won last year’s contest and I flubbed majorly.
I will be sure to leave a link back to your blog with your entry, so everyone knows who’s done what.
Happy arting Radnerds!
…I don’t know why I just said y’all. I live in Oregon.
Art contest details to come later today~*~*~*~*~*~
So, I’m thinking about doing another art contest this year, but I’m not sure what to do for prizes. I gaffed last years shirts pretty bad, so Abbey and Ashlee never received proper prizes for winning. If we decide on something fun for this year, they’ll definitely get year-late winners gifts.
As a child, I would always hear the echoes of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players throughout my house from my televisions. I distinctly remember Jane doing Update, Laraine playing Connie Conehead, and Danny being Beldar. I remember seeing someone else, too - a woman who lit up the screen with her smile, and was clearly loved by audiences and cast members alike: Gilda Radner. I remember the first time I ever saw her, I was probably eight, and she was opening the show with a wide smile on her face.
A couple years ago when my interest in comedy began taking over my life, my mom would always talk about how great this mysterious enigma named Gilda Radner was. That name sparked an interest in me: was this the same bright light from my youth? When I finally got on to watching the 1975 - 1980 seasons of SNL, I cried a lot. I cried namely, because of Gilda. Everything she accomplished in such a short amount of time was just amazing to me; I tend to obsess and idolize a lot of celebrities and comedians, but Gilda is just simply different. She’s anything and everything I could wish to be in a person, all that’s beautiful in the world.
I’m in the middle of reading It’s Always Something, and let me tell you, this woman’s bravery, heart, and love for everyone is something to be admired. Today is hard for us Gilda fans, but I count myself lucky that I even took an interest in her in the first place. It’s unreal that we live in a world where Gilda isn’t with us anymore, but the world was downright lucky to have forty two years of her. If I’m being completely honest, I sort of hate today, and although I haven’t cried as much as I thought I would today, I’m still angry that Gilda isn’t around anymore. In spite of this anger, resentment, and just downright unfairness, us Gilda fans have to remember that she wouldn’t want us resenting or mourning an entire day because of this: she would’ve wanted us to brave about it, just like she was.
My only wish is that Gilda could have seen the younger generation of people who idolize her and love her just as if they were seeing Saturday Night Live back in the 70’s. Let’s just try to keep our spirits up, because we all know that Gilda meant a hell of a lot to all of us, and the world.
I love you, Gilda. Thank you for everything. There truly were no brighter lights.
Even though this won’t get to her, I thought I’d submit what I think a lot of us Gilda fans will be thinking today.
I was five years old when I first watched Gilda’s Broadway special on vhs at my aunt’s house (she skipped over a few of the more inappropriate parts at the time ha) and it took about one sketch for me to instantly fall in love. I stayed at her house really often, at least once or twice a month, and every time I’d always ask to watch Gilda.
I think we as Gilda Radner fans are incredibly lucky to idolize such an incredible woman. She’s helped me through so much in life and not just in times where I was in the mood to laugh (although she’s done that plenty as well!) I have anxiety disorder and fairly severe emetophobia and in times of particular anxiety or distress I always think of her. In particular, I think of how she described her cancer fight in It’s Always Something as this war going on in her body and I tell myself that if Gilda can fight cancer and have that strength, I can conquer anything.
I always feel resentful on this day in addition to sadness and heartache because it’s just not fair that someone like Gilda was taken from so many of us who never got the chance to see her perform live or appear on talk shows or anything of the sort. But what is incredible is this lasting legacy that she’s left behind. Even on Tumblr alone…I can go on here and find others who are so affected by the wonderful comedian and person that Gilda was and that is, for lack of a better term, freaking awesome. She paved the way not only for women in comedy, but for comedy in general and for women in general. She took something that was regarded as a man’s field and kicked its ass.
This is always a sad day because it’s a reminder that she is no longer with us, but at the same time, it’s also a reminder that she existed…that we as Gilda fans have this incredible hero to look up to in each aspect of our lives.
Thanks for everything, Gilda.
This may be kind of a strange thing to post, but the DJ of my favorite radio show is obsessed with this woman Betty Hutton. Lately I’ve been watching a lot of her performances on youtube, and I feel like her style of physical comedy is really similar to Gilda’s. I’m tempted to write Alan and ask if she was a fan of Bettys, actually o (◡‿◡✿)
I hope you all have a lovely May~
Cheers to a delightful March & happy spring~