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A Paws-Up To My PAs…

A brand new video from Team Nora. What’s Team Nora? Well, as you know, I am a musical diva and an internet phenomenon. But no one who gets to where I’ve gotten gets there alone. My team is made up of my two purrsonal assistants, the mixed media artist Burnell Yow! and the composer, teacher and musician Betsy Alexander. And this newest video is kind of a shout out to them – as well as a platform for revealing even more of what makes me the diva I am. Hope you enjoy and will share and comment.

Who’s Cuter, Puppies and Kittens or Babies?

“Puppies Vs. Babies” is a brand new three-part series from Animal Planet that will pit videos of cute pups and kittens against the smallest and cutest of humans in a contest to decide who’s cuter. And I am featured in the very first episode, which will air on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 10 pm. If you ask me, the program should be called “Kittens and Puppies Vs. Babies,” but they [Animal Planet execs] didn’t ask for my input.

Animal Planet Comes to Film…

Natalia, Matt, Alex & Jan came to visit me recently from Sharp Entertainment. They are filming a few exceptional animals for a segment on Animal Planet called Outrageous Animals. I just happened to be on their list. The first day we spent in home I share with my human’s Betsy and Burnell. They filmed me at the piano a lot and they also filmed my siblings interacting with me. Oh, and they also interviewed Betsy and Burnell. Then they moved all their equipment upstairs to the bedroom. They even set up this huge backdrop and big lights and then filmed me walking around, lying down, and generally looking fantastic.

The next day we tried a bold experiment. We all went to a local hot spot in Philly called the World Cafe Live. They wanted to see if I would play the piano there, and maybe sit in with the owner, who is a jazz musician. Well, as soon as we got to the green room and they opened the door on my carrier, I crawled underneath the big red sofa. Betsy did take me out to the piano once and we sat on the bench together, but I had absolutely no interest in playing the piano – although I did enjoy the applause of the people who had gathered when they heard that the famous Nora The Piano Cat was in the building. Let’s face it, I like my own Yamaha Grand and my own space. Burnell told everyone I was like Enya, a studio musician who didn’t go on tour. So we all went home, and later that night I played a little duet with Betsy. There’s no place like home, and there’s no piano like my piano.

"Extraordinary Animals" episode all about me airs on the BBC…

I’ve just been told by Burnell & Betsy that the "Extraordinary Animals" episode I filmed with the BBC film crew back in March is all set to be aired in the UK tomorrow night. I’m so excited! My many fans in the UK will, of course, get the first glimpse of the 30 minute episode focusing on moi, including their interview with cat behaviorist Beth Adelman. As you may recall from my previous post on the subject, Beth caught the train down from New York City to spend the day with me and those three adorable British fellows – Mike, Simon, and Neil.

But my loyal US fans shouldn’t despair. All 17 episodes of "Extraordinary Animals" will be shown in the US on Animal Planet starting on June 13th. As of right now, I don’t know exactly what date my episode will air, but you can check your TV guide. And I’ll let everyone know as soon as I find out. (Click image to view larger version.)