We’re thrilled to be talking to Scrooje Ebonyzer from David Lamb’s On Top Of The World. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!
Thank you for your interview, Scrooje. How old are you and what do you do for a living?
I’m thirty-two years old. What do I do for a living? I do me. I’m a music star, fashion mogul, talent agent, music producer. I’m getting into making films and doing theater.
Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?
What would I love the most about you?
Underneath my egotistical, materialistic, uncaring persona I’m a hopeless romantic who cares deeply about people and longs for a chance to win back, Belle, the woman I drove away with my greed and stupidity.
What is the trait you most not like about yourself?
My disbelief that I’m worthy of love because I believe that no matter how successful I am that I’m doomed to end up back where I started, broke and alone. And my unwillingness to admit to the people who matter most to me that I regret some of the things I’ve done.
If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?
Look at me—I’m handsome, suave, rich. You can’t be serious.(Well, actually, I do wish that as a kid I hadn’t had a pip-squeak voice, needed coke-bottle glasses and been the smallest boy in school, but that’s it.)
Who is your best friend?
My best friend was Marley. He dies at his birthday party in Brazil when he fell into his pool and drowned (he was a little tipsy at the time). When I was in elementary school I was the most picked on kid all the way through freshman year of college. But Marley was an athlete that everyone looked up to and he always protected me. His family even adopted me and rescued me from foster care.
What’s your idea of a perfect meal?
A private dinner with Belle on a yatch sailing around Manhattan.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Not poor! I grew up in foster care, my sister Fan and I were forcibly separate when I was 12 and more than anything I wanted to have money so I wouldn’t be subject to people’s whims.
What is your most treasured possession?
My Janjaap Ruijssenaars million dollar Floating Bed. (Trust me—it’s the best sleep you’ll ever have.) Well, actually, if was completely honest. My real most treasured possession my ring. Even though Belle and I haven’t spoken in three years, I wear it under my shirt every day, and even take it out and polish it every now and then.
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
If the angels are winning – find Belle and apologize. And then apologize to Cratchit for being a prick instead of a good friend.
If the demons are winning – put on a free concert in Central Park entitled Me. Myself and I. Copyright the phrase and sell a million t-shirts at $40 a pop. Then have the money buried in a mausoleum with me and have engraved on the Mauseleum – You Can Take It With You!
About the Author
David Lamb is a native New Yorker, born and raised, bitten with the writing bug since he was in elementary school and had handwriting nobody could decipher. Like Charles Dickens, David grew up a poor boy in the big city who found that the pen really is mightier than the sword. In middle school Lamb's hero was David Lampel whose velvet voice could be heard reporting the news over David's grandmother's radio. Whenever he heard him on the radio, David would substitute Lamb for Lampel and pretend he was delivering the news. Sure that he was destined to be a famous reporter David was happy to go to a high school with a journalism program. Like most kids, by the time he finished high school he had a whole new career in mind. After high school he went to Hunter College and majored in Economics because he wanted to be cool like that college kid who came to speak at his last year of high school. He was an Economics major, he was dressed sharp and above-all the girls thought he was the man! So like any unreasonable high school boy fueled by overactive hormones David figured if he majored in Economics they'd think he was cool. After finishing college David went on to law school at NYU, but all the time writing was still his heart. While working as a lawyer by day, at night he transformed into a writer and eventually wrote and produced the award-winning hit off-Broadway romantic comedy Platanos Y Collard Greens. Being a writer and having the chance make people laugh out loud while challenging them to think about the world around them, and inspire each of us to believe in the power of love and our own ability to overcome life's challenges is a great gift that David truly enjoys and thanks you for allowing him to share with you in On Top Of The World (Until The Bell Chimes).
About the Book:
2016 BEST FICTION-Pacific Book Awards. FROM THE FUNNY AND NATURALLY BRILLIANT DAVID LAMB, award-winning playwright of the New York Times celebrated play, Platanos Y Collard Greens, comes a modern spin on Dickens' classic tale that perfectly combines humor and romance in a story re-imagined for our digital, consumerist age. This version of Scrooge and Belle is familiar, yet unlike any you've come across before. Scrooge, or rather Scrooje, is music'sManhattan stylishly adorned and taking no prisoners. They never imagined being music's most powerful couple, but that's exactly what happened when Belle fell head over heels and gave the Coke-bottle glasses wearing, plaid and stripe attired, scrawny, biggest nerd on her college campus the ultimate makeover, turning him into a fashion impresario whose style sets trends from Milan to NY Fashion Week and who can be seen courtside at the NBA Finals sporting a perfectly-fitted cashmere suit. Then it happens. Belle realizes too late that she's created a chart-topping monster as Scrooje's ego explodes and he starts acting a fool. Now, it's been three years since they ve spoken. But tonight at Hollywood s biggest red carpet event, with the whole world watching, they'll be given a second chance. Will Scrooje listen to the ghostly-advice of Marley, his best friend since the fourth grade, who at the time of his untimely drowning at his Brazilian poolside birthday bash was as big a star as Scrooje? Will Scrooje finally do right by his number one artist, Cratchit, a genius comedian, who Scrooje invariably rip offs every chance he gets? And with twenty-five million viewers tuned in will Scrooje finally shed his ego, jeopardize his image and declare his love for Belle, the one he betrayed and let slip away? Second chances don't often come around. Will Belle even give him a chance? Mixing heart, soul, bling and romance in a fresh, original satire about race, class and celebrity worship Lamb establishes himself as one of the most talented and amazing writers today. And leaves no doubt that the Pacific Book Awards chose wisely when they selected On Top Of The World as the year's Best Fiction.