Convention Circuit - Least Favorite Person Associated With Trek?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Jeff Tube, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Sagart

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    Kate Mulgrew has a tendency to get on her political/moral/philosophical soapbox during her talks. I once heard Dominic Keating saying, while Kate was on stage and he was to the side of it, signing autographs, "For fucks sake, Kate, tell a joke!"
     
  2. Kathy Kringle

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    She is very....classical? She is the kind of person who loves Shakespeare and reading and talking about her life...her kids...etc. She's pretty open and opinionated. I don't know how else to explain her personality. You are right though..."funny" is not the first thing I think of when I see her or think of her, but she can be...it's just more subtle.

    I think she is capable of being very funny when she wants to be. It was not showcased much on Voyager to its full potential. Even still...I just love her voice...it's so distinct and not many people have voices like that anymore. I feel the same way about Jessica Lange...I think both ladies have great voices.

    I thought Kate was pretty funny here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5Ur1E6YDz0
     
  3. Fruitcake

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    When I saw Kate it was a comedy act, VERY FUNNY, people were dying laughing. Maybe she's ramped up the comedy as she's gotten older? She still made political and religious comments but they were very funny. She tells dramatic, often self deprecating stories.
     
  4. Karl Shoottheglass

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    Of all the actors I've heard speak at horror, sci-fi and nostalgia conventions, Kate Mulgrew was by far the wittiest and plenty funny. Those who attended Hunt Valley's last Shore Leave can attest to her hilarious back-and-forth with a teenage Borg Queen as proof. :borg:
     
  5. 1001001

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    I will add that my experience with Kate Mulgrew was great as well. She is a very commanding presence. Very funny and energetic. I did a photo op with her years ago, and she was really nice.
     
  6. CoveTom

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    Okay, I'm respecting your wishes that we not debate the politics of what Dirk Benedict said. However, since this is a thread about bad con experiences, I do want to ask... was it the fact that he used his platform to speak about politics and religion that irritated you? Or was it the fact that he advocated positions you disagree with quite vehemently and personally? If, for example, he had gone on a tear about why we should be permitting gay marriage and how not doing so is denying people their fundamental human rights, would you have found his use of the platform as a soapbox so off-putting?

    Sincerely curious.
     
  7. Delta Vega

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    I would feel much much better meeting my favourite "airhead"

    Thanks ;)
     
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  10. Kathy Kringle

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    Yeah, I have only gotten to experience her on YouTube so far haha. But I am going to the Las Vegas convention which she will be speaking at. From what I've seen on YouTube, she is very funny especially when she is doing a show on her own. I love her voice... too bad I am from New Jersey... I will never sound like her haha. :scream:
     
  11. Opus

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    ^I'm bummed. Ms. Mulgrew was scheduled to be at the creation con in Boston this June, but she's no longer on the website's line-up. I wouldn't mind meeting her either.
     
  12. Fruitcake

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    Kate Mulgrew seems to LOVE speaking and interacting with fans at cons. There were a few actors I've seen who were having a great time and for whom conventions were seemingly a lot of fun.
     
  13. Kathy Kringle

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    I agree she seems to be one the good ones, who is very appreciative and respectful towards fans from what I've heard her say and fans say.

    OphaClyde, So far for cons, she's only so far scheduled for Las Vegas right now. But if you like her and live in the NYC vicinity, she's doing a play in May/June at the Vineyard Theater.
     
  14. JWD75

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    I would have to say Brent Spiner. He tried really hard to be a smart ass, but all he ever manages to be is just an ass.
     
  15. Delta Vega

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    I've met quite a few Trek actors at cos over the years, and not had a bad experience.

    While my ex-wife and two eldest kids were watching Jon Pertwee give a talk in Bristol, my daughter nudged me and whispered "It's Q!" I went to correct her, only to realise she was indicating John DeLancie who was sat just behind us, drinking coffee and watching Pertwee's talk. He winked at her when he noticed her looking.

    Walter Koenig toyed with me at Cardiff. I was running late, had no breakfast, and hurriedly grabbed a pie before entering one of the halls. Just as I grabbed a huge bite, I realised he was on stage, and they were announcing competition winners, and it was me! I had to go up on the stage, pie in hand, trying to chew, and the grin on his face was priceless, as he started asking me questions!

    Nana Visitor, Ethan Phillips and Robert Picardo were all great.

    Best non-Trek experience was London MCM Expo last year, got a pic from CCH Pounder, and when I asked her to sign it to "Gaz", she wanted to know what it was short for, and where I got the name.
     
  17. Brian

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    No, as I said in the original post,

    It's the fact that he used the platform of a sci-fi convention to continually make a political point, forgetting why he's actually there.
     
  18. 1001001

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    As has been pointed out by others, sometimes the actors have to put up with fans that have no boundaries, or ask really dumb questions. Your post made me think of an example.

    When we saw Spiner in San Francisco, he was great. We got to spend some personal time with him, and was just a normal guy.

    When he got up on stage, he was funny, and engaged. All was going well.

    Then, Q&A time (which always makes me cringe at these things). A guy walks up to the microphone and asks Spiner "Are you gay?" The audience immediately began booing. Spiner said "that's none of your business." The guy at the mic made some saracstic remark about the audience, and Spiner replied "yeah, you're really winning them over now."

    They engaged in a little more back and forth before Spiner moved on. I just thought "what kind of jerk would ask a question like that?" I thought Spiner handled it fairly well, and it didn't seem to affect him afterward, but still...
     
  19. Kathy Kringle

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    Yeah...that was not very nice of the audience member.

    I would crack up if someone asked George Takei if he was gay haha. He would say "Why yes I am and proud of it!" XD
     
  20. Newspaper Taxi

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    I've got to see meet Koening twice, and Takei and Uhuru once. I saw them at all different TrekFests in Iowa, which is a pretty low-key event.

    I was really impressed by Koening. He seemed the most grounded in reality of the celebrities that I've met, and the least like fame had changed him. Very warm and friendly; quite laidback. This was before his recent personal loss, though. The first time I saw him I told him I thought it was cool that he was willing to do fan-films, like the Continuing Voyages, and he seemed pleased.

    George Takei seems to be the kind of person who loves meeting new people above all else. He would get excited talking to people signing autographs, and his handler would have to remind him that the line was long. You could see the disappointment in his eyes -- he really would've kept talking with all of the random fans if he could've.

    I don't know if Uhuru was having a bad day when I saw her, but she seemed more interested in herself than Star Trek or the fans. At the speaking event she went on a ten/fifteen minute spree talking about herself, and Koening eventually interrupted her, saying this isn't what the fans came here to see and hear. Which left things kind of awkward -- who wants to see their favorite stars argue with each others? She also wasn't in the autograph mood that day; didn't say a word to me.