On Friday I forwarded a chain email in this blog that claimed I would receive some money within four days for doing so. The check below came on Saturday, well within the four day window. I hope it worked out better for those of you who also forwarded the message on.
It is a check for a penny. That's the residual I earned for an episode of "Dave's World" where I played a city clerk and overdubbed the voice of a duck for Shadoe Stevens. It is my participation in the DVD/Video sale. That's not per unit, it is my total payment for allowing them to sell my starring guest performance on DVD/Video. My agent has waved his commission.
Here is the deal. It cost 44 cents to mail me this penny, and next year they will spend 44 cents to mail me a W-2 accounting for that salary. So the producers will spend 88 cents to pay me a penny. That is why movies cost so much per ticket, and why Show Business is based on Voodoo economics.
AFTRA and SAG have officially merged. I am glad about that. It means I will continue to get these incredible residuals for some time to come. I am sure this is the smallest check I have ever received, the former record holder was a 3 cent check I got from the settlement of Orion Pictures bankruptcy.
I would like to thank the Academy, SAG/AFTRA and the Feng Shui chain email for this honor.
As you were,