Eyes: Hazel Green
Body Type: Slender, whippet thin.
Career: Actor, writer, advertising, Marketing and Public Relations, comedian, filmmaker, performer, stand-up comic, singer, dancer and artist.
Hobbies: Bicycling, Dance, Music (listening), Video Games, Writing a Book
Author of numerous celebrity biographies, reviews for film and television, as well as posts on YouTube under the name "Dane Youssef."
Was an advertising cartoonist for the School Store of the Children's Learning Center of Alameda, Intern for TCI Cablevision of Alameda (now Comcast) Danced with the Alameda School of Dance (as soloist, performed in four ballets and the College of Alameda, performed numerous ballet recitals. Is now working as a freelance writer, performer, artist, cartoonist, spokesman and consultant, etc.
Honors: President's Education Award, 2001, for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Voted Junior Prince of the Graduating Class of at his school (2001) and the offical represenitive to City Hall of the Alameda High English class, numerous certificates and honors from the Children's Learning Center. Graduate of the Children's Learning Center and Alameda High School, both class of 2001, numerous commendations from religious affiliates.
Hello, fellow wiki-ans. Citizens of the hallowed Wikipedia, the democratic public domain internet-encyclopedia. Yeah, this is the page where I give you all the rundown on myself. I'm a man of the world. This world. The world of Wiki. I'm Dane Youssef. Dane R. Youssef.
Who are you? Me, I'm an artist at heart. A self-expressionist. I write, create, conceive. I express myself. In pretty much any possible artistic medium I can find. A filmmaker first and foremost. I also have the kind of critical eye, a mind for commentary on this world.
I've written a high volume of reviews for movies and television, not to mention biographies for celebrities and other likewise artists. The likes of Amazon, IMDb, Epinions, MySpace, Facebook, Borders, moviereviews.com, Living Social, Yahoo, TV.COM and MovieTome. Why Wiki, too? I wanted to spread myself out even further.
I was voted Junior Prince of my graduating class. Class of 2001, m----rf----r! And hard proud of it! So far, my most personal project that contains a home movie that I made when our dear kitten departed in 2002. Because of my health problems, my stress and bad condition (and altogether boredom), I also get into working out. I practice the likes of yoga, Pilates, ballet, cardio, bodybuilding. I was a mess for the longest time. I abused unsafe substances. Let's just leave it at that.
I've gotten to perform classical ballet with the Alameda School of Dance and the College of Alameda. Performing has always been a big part of me. I used to drink. Pretty hard, actually. I started small. Some basic Heineken beers, half of one every evening. Then I moved on up to one flavored beer a night. Hard Lemon and Limeades. Then I moved on up to pounding the wine coolers by the four-pack in one evening. My peak was Jaggerbombers. Like a liquid speedball. I kicked in clean in 2009. And I remain as sober as if it was for lent. I know some good people. I've gotten honors, kudos for my art, my creative writing. I've painted, even.
A life-long fan of movies, I've been a film-o-phile for as long as I have been. The likes of my faves like "American Beauty," "Sideways," "The War of the Roses" among others. A big fan of the band KISS, I've got a whole shelf of overpriced glam-band merchandise.
I've been developing something of a competitive edge. Trying to. People say to me constant: "You have the talent. You just need to make the effort. Prove yourself. Strike that hot iron." The works of cartoonists like Bill Watterson, Aaron McGrundler, Bill Amend, R. Crumb, Stan Lee, Filmmakers like David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Christopher Nolan, Larry Clark.
Writers like R.L. Stine, Roald Dahl, Rod Serling, James Ellroy bedazzled me. I fell in love with the likes of them. The just had that way, that magic on paper. Like angel dust. Anyone who saw them at their best (or even their worst) knew they were something special.
Self-help motivational guru Tony Robbins was the one who convinced me there was hope for after all. After that, I made a lot of progress.
Convinced me to turn it all around and try and make life something special. Believe it, it was harder than usual. I've got a phone book of health problems.
I'm now as pure as virgin bottled water. Except in the more popular traditional sense. As I write this... (three times, the way! Two intercourse, two oral). I'm looking forward to
My mother has told me many times, many ways... "you're such a special, special child" and "there's just something wrong with you."
I'm a big believer in ballet. The ballet. No, it's not just exercise. It's not just an art form. It's not just a practice, or hobby. And no, it aint' just dance class. It's a way of life. Like a faith, a religion.
So, here I am, Wiki. Here to stay. This is my home now.
- Was an avid drinker of "flavored beers" (wine coolers), but had to quit due to a history of alcoholism in his family.
- Although despises the TV show "Friends," is an avid fan of the short-lived spin-off "Joey."
- Has done stand-up and MC'ing at local Karaoke competitions.
- Favorite shows are "South Park," "Married... With Children," "Beavis & Butt-Head," "Duckman," "American Dad," "Will & Grace" and "Malcolm in the Middle."
- Has an extensive vintage toy collection.
- Believes marajuana should be legalized in certain parts of the US.
- Favorite movies are "American Beauty," "Mystery Science Theatre 3000," "Crumb," "The Blair Witch Project" and "Blue Velvet."
- Main Vice: Jägerbombers and '80's rock.
- Believes that John Leguizamo is the most underrated Hispanic working talent. Believes Jennifer Lopez is the most overrated.
- Favorite actor is Jim Carrey. Favorite actress is Neve Campbell. Favorite performer is Andy Kaufman.
- Favorite ballet dancers are Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Martins, Natasha Makarova, Alexander Godunov and Gelsey Kirkland.
- Has no favorite filmmaker due to his eclectic taste.
- Has very eclectic tastes and enjoys great music of all kinds: Classical, alternative rock, heavy metal, jazz and old school rap.
- Is a fan of the band KISS, particularly Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Even has an entire shelf consisting of KISS-based mechandise.
- Went off his "no pork" diet after losing his Muslim faith due to along stream of misfortune (a long losing streak) and crippling depression.
- Enjoys the art of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
- Is militantly opposed to smoking. Is allergic to smoke and will not permit anyone to smoke near him and will actually hold his breath and run away from anyone who smokes in his vicinity. * Believes they should outlaw smoking and get smokers to chew instead.
- Hosted karaoke competitions at the Pop-Inn, The 400 Club, The 23 Club, The Rainbow Room and The Caribbean City.
- Favorite children's book author is Roald Dahl and compares him to Dickens.
- Loves the work of David Bowie
- Was considering being a professional criminal.
- To get in shape, takes classical and modern ballet, Pilates, biking and walking.
- Has a large red raised scar on his calf from a bike accident.
- Is diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
- Has Tourette syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder and is dyslexic. Also suffers from colitis.
- Credits self-help legend Tony Robbins as his savior.
- Is of Scottish-Muslim decent.
- Attempted suicide on numerous occasions.
- Has never smoked or done illegal drugs.
- Loves the work of cartoonists Bill Watterson, Aaron McGrundler and R. Crumb.
- Is an outspoken fan of Mike's Hard Berry Lemonade, J&B Coolers and Smirnoff Ice.
- His birth was announced in the paper.
- Has the form letter from Bill Clinton he recieved after writing to protest the slaughter of National Redwood Forests laminated and framed.
- Framed many of the honors he got from his schools.
- He has written celebrity bios and movie reviews, most of which have been posted already on the internet.
- Was a class clown in high school, as well as the effete best friend of the popular girls.
DANE'S FORTUNE-COOKIE QUOTES OF WISDOM:
"Ballet is everything. It is an art, a sport, an exercise, a form of therapy. It is even a lifestyle if you love it.
"There's just something about Two In A Half Men. It's so boring. So calculated. So generic. So safe. So of course, it's immensely popular. It's not the kind of show anyone can grow to love. It's the type the whole world watches." "The worst thing you can do to something real, original, honest and edgy is to make it mainstream." "The Nazi party... that was some party!"
"What is ballet, really? It's everything, really. It's a form of exercise, a body sculpting. It's as an athletic sport as football. Only the players all work together to create something together instead of trying to stop the others efforts. It's an out-of-body, ESP spiritual experience. It's an art form. It's a happening. It's an event. It's everything and anything at once. Ballet is even therapeutic because it gets a lot of excess energy, thought and worry off your mind and body and replaces it with a pleasantly released serene feeling. Like climaxing or releasing stress. Many misconstrue that you need to be rich, posh, snobby, female, intellectual, upper-crust and thin as a wafer to get it. That's just narrow-minded stereotyping idiocy. All ballet really requires is that while you're doing it (every minute you're doing it), you to give everything about yourself every moment."
"There are cultures that believe that the camera can steal your soul. In a way, that's true. When you act in the theatre, on-stage in front of a live audience, the script, the scene, the dialouge, your image, your performance... it all melts together... it all intertwines... all it all floats into the air. Everyone breathes it in. It's all one contained moment. But when you act on film, be it TV, movie or otherwise... anyway captured on film... The camera steals your performance. Your voice, your image, your emoting... it entraps it on film and takes it away. Like trapping a bug in a glass bottle. Your performance doesn't belong to you anymore. It's theirs now. They can do whatever they want with it."
"I have the ideal legs for ballet. I have 'dancer's legs'! As for flexibility, I'm more rubbery than Gumby and his bastard cousin Stretch Armstrong… Everything else, yeeesh. Well...You do the math"
"If it wasn't for sex, men and women wouldn't have any use for one another. Except for friendly conversation. Sex is the one thing that forces people to come together. That and loneliness. We need each other to keep society connected and running. Would it not for sex, we all would have disconnected from on another (especially the different sexes), the system would have broken apart eons ago."
"The sight of the empty dance studio early in the morning... no one is around... it's a little drafty, but a little warm at the same time... a pair of worn, battered, beaten ballet slippers on the hardwood floor... the old, weathered, but still hard and durable barre' on the wall... the dust floating through the air by the sunlight at the window.... it's all so d***ed beautiful, you know. It makes it all worth it." (on ballet)
"Always carry a loaded weapon. To school, to church, to your wedding, your honeymoon. Even to family reunions."'