Discussing family biz with brother Mark Jaster and sister-in-law Sabrina Mandell. My older brother, the actor Mark Jaster, has specialized in physical comedy since his senior year in high school, when he first went to Paris to study with Etienne Decroux, Marcel Marceau’s teacher. For a while, I too seemed headed in the direction of a life in theater like him. After all, I was Toad of Toad Hall in a third grade production of The Wind in the Willows at my school in London (best
Stadtgarten, Köln. Kyle Crane, a drummer I once worked with, is on tour with Neko Case and kindly got us comps for tonight’s concert. We walk up the stairs and I give the ticket taker my name. He barely glances at his list. “That’s downstairs,” he says. Okay. Back down and around the corner to the cellar entrance. There’s a line. We shuffle forward. I give ticket taker number two my name. He goes through his list. Shrug. "Sorry." I explain myself: the comps, Kyle, Neko Case.