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Tim Daly Is On A Mission To Defend The Arts


>>Stephen: PLEASE WELCOME TIM
DALY. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪>>THEY’RE VERY KIND. THEY’RE VERY NICE.>>Stephen: THE AUDIENCE IS
VERY NICE. NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.>>GREAT TO BE SEEN.>>Stephen: HOW WERE YOUR
HOLIDAYS SO FAR? HOW WAS THANKSGIVING?>>YOU KNOW, THANKSGIVING IS
GREAT. I LIKE THE ACTUAL HOLIDAY OF
THANKSGIVING, BECAUSE IT INVOLVES, YOU KNOW, FOOD AND
DRINK AND STUFF LIKE THAT. BUT I HAVE TO SAY, YOU KNOW, YOU
NEVER THOUGHT IN MY LIFETIME THEY WOULD WATCH THE NEWS AND
HAVE BLACK FRIDAY BE A STORY. LIKE, WHY DO I HAVE TO KNOW? WHY DO I HAVE TO TURN ON THE
NEWS AND HAVE A NEWSCASTER SAY, “AMERICANS SPENT MORE THIS BLACK
FRIDAY THAN IN ANY TIME IN HISTORY.”>>Stephen: WELL, EVERYONE
LOVES A GOOD TRAMPLING.>>I GUESS THAT’S RIGHT.>>Stephen: IT’S AMERICA’S
RUNNING OF THE BULLS. ( LAUGHTER ).>>SERIOUSLY– GR YOU DON’T
ENGAGE IN THE BLACK FRIDAY? YOU GO OUT THERE AND FIGHT WITH
FOR THE WIDE-SCREEN TV?>>I DON’T, BUT I AM SUSCEPTIBLE
TO– I NO LONGER SAY, “MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH OR
HAPPY HOLIDAYS.” I SAY, “MERRY RETAIL SHOPPING
SEASON.” THAT’S WHAT IT IS. BUT I AM SUSCEPTIBLE GOING TO
BUY SOMETHING AND SEE SOMETHING TO BUY FOR MYSELF.>>Stephen: YOU ARE
SUSCEPTIB– YOU THINK YOU’RE BUYING FOR SOMEONE ELSE, BUT YOU
GET IT FOR YOURSELF?>>YES.>>Stephen: THAT’S JUST
SELFISH. THAT’S NOT SUSCEPTIBLE. DON’T DRESS THAT UP AS SOMETHING
WHERE YOU’RE A VICTIM.>>I AM SUSCEPTIBLE TO
SELFISHNESS. I SUFFER FROM SELFISHNESS. I HAVE THE HEARTBREAK OF
SELFISHNESS.>>Stephen: THERE’S NO CURE.>>IT’S SWEEPING THE COUNTRY
RIGHT NOW, AS A MATTER OF FACT. BUT, YEAH, YOU KNOW, I MEAN YOU
WOULD THINK AT MY AGE I WOULD NO LONGER BE ON THE PURSUIT FOR THE
PERFECT PAIR OF JEANS, BUT APPARENTLY I AM. I STILL HAVE THIS IDEA —
>>YOU HAVEN’T FOUND THE PERFECT PAIR OF JEANS?>>I HAVE MANY, MANY TIMES. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: HOW DO YOU WEAR–
JEANS LAST FOR YEARS? WHY ARE YOU WEARING OUT YOUR
JEANS SO FAST, TIM DALY?>>I DON’T KNOW. I’M BRAIN WASHED, I THINK. I HAVE A PROBLEM.>>Stephen: DO YOU LIKE THE
SEASON ITSELF? DO YOU GET SWEPT UP IN THE
PUMPKIN SPACE GINGERBREAD LATTENESS OF IT. I LOVE THE MUSIC AND I LOVE
BEING MANIPULATED BY MERCHANDISING EVERY YEAR. I DO. I KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS WHEN I’M
CRYING OVER SONGS I HAVEN’T HEARD IN A YEAR.>>NO, I DO. AND, YOU KNOW, I HAVE A FARM IN
VERMONT, SO I TEND TO DO THINGS LIKE GO —
>>HOLD ON, HOLD ON, HOLD ON. “I HAVE A FARM IN VERMONT.” SO… YOU’RE JUST FARM DROPPING
OVER HERE. “I HAVE A FARM IN VERMONT UPON
OF.”>>OH, OH,.>>Stephen: IS IT, LIKE, A
WORKING FARM? SORT OF, YEAH.>>Stephen: COULD YOU HAVE
COWS AND STUFF. STUFF.>>I HAVE HEIFERS– OKAY, I HAVE
A FARMER FRIEND WHO GRAZES HEIFERS ON MY PASTURES SO I GET
THE DECORATIVE QUALITIES OF THE COWS BUT NONE OF THE WORK.>>Stephen: YOU’RE NOT A
FARMER. YOU’RE AN EXTERIOR DESIGNER. ( LAUGHTER ).>>NO, AND I HAVE A BIG ORGANIC
GARDEN THEY GROW AND I HAVE CHICKENS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. ANYWAY, BUT GIUP THERE AND CUT
DOWN SOMETIMES MY OWN CHRISTMAS TREE AND DRAG IT THROUGH THE
WOODS AND THE KIDS HAVE A SNOW BALL FIGHT UNTIL SOMEONE CRIES. IT’S GREAT, I LOVE IT.>>Stephen: MEMORIES FOR A
LIFETIME. YOU ARE POLITICALLY INVOLVED. YOU WERE SUPPORTING THE HILLS. AND– YOU SAID LAST SUMMER, YOU
WERE LIKE, “I COULD TOTALLY SEE TRUMP WINNING.” YOU SAID THAT.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: YOU SAID, “IT’S
POSSIBLE FOR THIS GUY TO WIN.”>>YEAH.>>Stephen: NOW THAT HE HAS DO
YOU– HOW ARE YOU? ( LAUGHTER )
I’M JUST ASKING A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT, HOW ARE YOU?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, I’M NOT WELL. LOOK, IT WAS– IT WAS VERY
DIFFICULT FOR ME TO TAKE BECAUSE I WORKED FOR HILLARY, AND I
BELIEVED IN HER A LOT. BUT THAT SAID, I FEEL SOMEWHAT
MORE ENERGIZED NOW TO KIND OF GET OFF MY BEHIND AND GET TO
WORK ON SOME OF THE STUFF THAT I THINK IS REALLY IMPORTANT. I’M THE PRESIDENT OF AN ARTS
ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION CALLED THE CREATIVE COALITION.>>Stephen: I HEARD ABOUT
THIS, BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS. WHAT IS THE CREATIVE COALITION?>>WELL, OUR MISSION IS TO
PROTECT, DEFEND, AND PROMOTE THE ARTS IN THE UNITED STATES,
PARTICULARLY PUBLIC ARTS EDUCATION BECAUSE IT’S. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THANK YOU. IT’S OUR BELIEF THAT EVERY CHILD
SHOULD BE EXPOSED TO AND PARTICIPATE IN THE ARTS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, BECAUSE OF
THIS ELECTION, I HAVE– I’M NOW PROPOSING A 28th AMENDMENT
TO THE CONSTITUTION. AND I WANT TO BESTOW THIS UPON
YOU, WHICH PRETTY MUCH SAYS IT ALL.>>Stephen: “THE RIGHT TO BEAR
ARTS.” THAT’S NICE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
I LIKE THAT. THAT’S LOVELY. “AN IMAGINATIVE AND EXPRESSIVE
POPULATION BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE,
THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARTS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” THAT’S NICE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>Stephen: NOW, I AGREE, I
AGREE. IT’S DIFFICULT, THOUGH, IT’S
DIFFICULT SOMETIMES TO QUANTIFY WHAT– LIKE WHAT THE VALUE OF
ARTS IS TO– TO– TO THE COUNTRY OR TO KIDS.>>IT’S REALLY HARD, YOU KNOW. AND I HAD THIS SORT OF EPIPHANY
ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. I WAS INVITED TO DO THIS PODCAST
CALLED “THE INFINITE MONKEY CAGE.”>>Stephen: I KNOW THAT. IT’S A BRITISH PODCAST.>>AND THIS GUY NAMED BRYAN COX
A FORMER ROCK STAR AND ASTROPHYSICIST, JENNA LAVIN,
BILL NYE, THE SCIENCE GUY, AND HE WERE GUESTS ON THIS PANEL.>>Stephen: WOW.>>AND THESE PEOPLE WERE TALKING
ABOUT STRING THEORY AND TIME TRAVEL AND BLACK HOLES AND ALL
THIS STUFF. AND I’M SITTING THERE THINKING,
“WHAT AM I DOING HERE ON THIS PANEL WITH THESE PEOPLE, THIS
ARTIST,” RIGHT. AND I NOTICED SOMETHING WAS
PROJECTED OVER US ON THE STAGE. IT WAS HERE IN NEW YORK AND IT
WAS A HUGE THEATER, PACK FILLED. AND BY THE WAY, PROJECTING ON
THE STAGE IN A RADIO PODCAST IS NOT A GOOD PLAN, BY THE WAY. BUT IT SAID– IT WAS A QUOTE
FROM CARL SAGAN AND IT SAID, “FOR SMALL CREATURES SUCH AS US,
THE VASTNESS IS ONLY BEARABLE THROUGH LOVE.” AND I THOUGHT, NOW I KNOW WHY
I’M HERE. BECAUSE WHAT CARL SAGAN
UNDERSTOOD WAS ALL THE SCIENCE AND ENGINEER AND MATH AND THE
QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE ISN’T WORTH ANYTHING TO HUMAN BEINGS UNLESS
IT’S IN EMOTIONAL CONTEXT, AND THAT’S WHERE ARTISTS COME IN. BECAUSE WE MAKE IT SOMETHING
THAT COMMUNICATES TO PEOPLE THAT THEY CAN IDENTIFY WITH, BECAUSE
ARTS ARE THE COMMON ELECT OF OUR HUMANITY. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: I LIKE THAT.>>JUST SAYING.>>Stephen: LOVE ALONE
ENDURES, TOO. YEAH, YEAH. OKAY, LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING
ABOUT “MADAM SECRETARY” HERE. OKAY. PEOPLE USED TO SAY, “HEY, MADAM
SECRETARY, LOOSE THIEK IMITATING REALITY. YOU GOT A SECRETARY OF STATE AS
A WOMAN. AND SHE MIGHT BECOME PRESIDENT.” WELL, NOW THAT THAT DIDN’T
HAPPEN, HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE ON THE SHOW? BECAUSE FOR A WHILE THERE, IT
REALLY SEEMED LIKE YOU WERE PARALLELLING THE REAL WORLD.>>IT TURNS OUT I’M ON A SCIENCE
FICTION SHOW. ( LAUGHTER )
I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW. I THOUGHT IT WAS KIND OF BASED
IN REALITY. YOU KNOW, IT’S ODD. I MEAN, THE THING IS THAT IF
NOTHING ELSE, THE– WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR CURRENT
POLITICAL SITUATION HAS BEEN RIVETTIRIVETTING AND ENTERTAININ
YOU WORRY THAT, YOU KNOW, THE POLITICAL SITUATION ON THE SHOW
IS GOING TO PALE IN COMPARISON. BUT I THINK THAT IT’S ACTUALLY
REALLY A GREAT SHOW FOR PEOPLE BECAUSE IT GIVES THIS– THIS
WORLD WHERE IT’S ACTUALLY WORKING, WHICH IS SORT OF
SCIENCE FICTION.>>Stephen: YEAH. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO POLITICS
THAT ARE LESENTERTAINING THAN OUR TV DRAMAS.>>THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. IT’S LIKE BANKING. REMEMBER WHEN BANKING USINGED TO
BE BORING? NOT ANYMORE.>>Stephen: NO. NOW IT’S A HORROR SHOW. ( LAUGHTER )
WELL, TIM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. NICE TO SEE YOU. “MADAME SECRETARY” AIRS SUNDAYS
AT 9:00 P.M. ON CBS. TIM DALY, EVERYBODY!

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