director Jeff Garlin
I’ve never been a particular nut for celebrities. There really aren’t many famous people, even ones that I might really like or admire or enjoy, that I would bother to meet. I’m not an autograph hound, a seeker of pictures with me and someone well-known. I’m just not that kind of person.
That said, I would love to sit and watch movies with John Waters.
Of all the directors whose films I’ve been poring over the past decade or so, only John Waters and David Cronenberg are the two that I’ve actually made it a goal of being completist about their oeuvres. And as much as I imagine it would be fun to sit and watch movies with Mr. Cronenberg, John Waters is the more entertaining choice of film guest.
It’s a real crazy story, his growth from uber-ultra cult film fringe being to pretty mainstream-friendly celeb. But he’s best when he’s speaking his mind, and that is exactly what John Waters: This Filthy World is, John Waters being himself, chatting about his life, his movies, his opinions, his everything.
This is a set tour that Waters did in 2006 or so, hitting a number of cities and venues, universities and whatnot, delivering his one-man show. It’s ridiculously entertaining and funny. Since it’s now at least seven years old, I’ve heard a number of the jokes since, quoted or restated, relayed one way or another, but the stories are never better than when coming from the proverbial horse’s mouth.
It’s lots of fun. Vive le John Waters!