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Visitation for ‘Six Feet Under’

'It's an existential but absurd comedy,' Ball sez

Considering how much those ancient mummifying pagans loved death, it was appropriate that HBO’s Monday’s preem of the funeral home-set “Six Feet Under” was at the Egyptian theater.

“It’s the show for anyone who has ever died,” was the droll comment of producer Alan Poul.

At the lively Les Deux Cafe after-party, creator Alan Ball tried to describe the show (“It’s an existential but absurd comedy”); winning an Oscar for “American Beauty” (“I never expected to win one. When I did, it was: ‘All right, I don’t have to worry about doing that now’ “); and living about as well as a writer can.

“I’m getting to do work I really love and am challenged by,” Ball said. “People leave me alone, which is so rare. I keep looking over my shoulder waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

Among the living at the party were HBO’s Chris Albrecht, Carolyn Strauss, Miranda Heller and Michael Hill; stars Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez and Matthew St. Patrick; plus guests Dan Jinks, Taylor Negron, Donna Langley, Tracey Seretean, Lea Thompson, Bob Weide and Betty Thomas.