Archive for May, 2010
Caveman art! Sleeping cat! Francis has a call from the boss! Dental hijinks! Jeffy carries the weight of the world on his wee shoulders!
Arlo and Janis talk about a cat! Brad and Toni get busy! Nancy makes a series of concerned faces! Golf with the boss! Cathy tries on swimsuits….for the 40th time this year! Curtis brings a rooster to school! Rude people! DoGgy Comix! Babysitting Hell!
Matty O’Shea and Joey Hack from Wiseguys Improv join us to discuss improv and stand-up, and how sometimes, the twain do meet.
And now its time to say goodbye, for at least a week or two.
Blood jokes! That dress is too short! Bears watch tv! Beetle is a homicidal maniac! Billy thinks bugs have jobs!
Arlo’s laptop! Nancy and fish! Pickles irritates everyone! The Born Loser reads! Bears don’t understand prison names! Vikings who aren’t Hagar! Vikings who are Hagar! Punching mom! Dogs sleep a lot!
Vagrants plan their schedule! The King is tricky! Ferd’nand has rug problems! Camp Swampy gets a delivery! Billy spills juice!
This week we’re joined by the unofficial historian of Memphis comedy (and one half of Big Funny Productions), Sammy Marten!
Katrina and I have a great deal of shows coming up, and unfortunately for Katrina (who is cursed to a career in my shadow), many of them involve us BOTH! Here’s a short list of four upcoming gigs where you can catch us:
..Saturday, May 22nd – It’s Wiseguys Improv’s Storytellers Unplugged show! The rest of the Wiseguys (their names escape me) and I will be doing improv based on impromptu monologues done by special guests.. and it just so happens, Katrina is one of our special guest monologists this month! So don’t miss us acting out stories from her no-doubt depressing life. More info and tickets available at wiseguysimprov.com
..Thursday, May 27 – It’s MOSTLY COMEDY PRESENTS! Don’t miss our second live show, which promises to be a mix of stand-up, games, and, of course, Katrina and me fucking around. Stand-up performances by Richard Jones, the elusive Sting Mattress, and Michael Danziger. More info at Brown Paper Tickets.
..Tuesday, June 1 – Funniest Person in Memphis FINALS! As reigning champion, I get to emcee a night of the twenty funniest people in town doing their best five minutes.. and, you guessed it, Katrina is one of those vying for my crown. As last year’s second runner-up, she’s a real contender, so come out to support her bid for the title; coming to this show is the best way to support your local comedy scene. More info at bigfunnyproductions.com
..Thursday, June 3 – I’ll be emceeing a night of comedy and music, featuring one of my heroes, Spero of notorious rap trio Northern State. Spero will be debuting her new project, and she’s asked me to emcee the evening! I’ll be bringing along guests to do some stand-up, such as, you guessed it, Katrina, as well as Josh McLane, whose incredible band Oracle & The Mountain will be headlining the evening! (We’ll also be recording a podcast eppy with Spero!) More info available at HiToneMemphis.com
So there you have it, folks. No excuse for Memphians not to come see us in the next couple weeks.. unless you hate us.
If you’re not in Memphis and wanna see us live.. let us know!
Today I read an excellent article in Salon about society’s obsession with “spoilers”.
It made me want to issue my own rules on this subject (some of which the Salon people touched on). Here goes:
1. You can not enter into an online or in personam discussion of a film, book, or tv show and then demand said discussion be spoiler free. If you go to the Lost forums, you can’t get mad if someone discusses what happened on Lost.
2. The phrase “Spoiler Alert” shall only be required when divulging information about a work of art not yet released. It is banned in all other contexts.
3. All television shows may be discussed online with impunity they moment they air. Live tweeting, for example, shall be allowed, without any warning. Movies and books may be discussed with impunity online 30 days after their release. Any spoiler like material prior to the expiration of that time (but after release) shall be in a context where it is obvious that spoilerish material may be discussed, and should not be sprung on people. (Example, it’s ok to say “Last night’s Lost was awesome when Jack was attacked by the ghost of Crispus Attucks!” It would not be ok to say “I can’t believe Jack is actually the smoke monster!” as there is no contextual warning. Anything said in an online forum dedicated to the art form will be deemed to be in the appropriate context to give warning following the release of the art.
4. If you are in public, you have no right to be indignant about a stranger’s conversation. It’s the price of freedom, you commie bastards.
5. Anytime more than 48 hours following the release of a television show or 2 weeks following the release of a movie, or 30 days following the release of a book, if at least three people want to discuss it, the other one/ones in the group have no standing to demand they stop for “spoiler” reasons. Part of the enjoyment of a work of art is the ability to discuss the experience. Consideration may be afforded the one requesting the conversation not take place, but is not required.
America, you are welcome. Also, Jack and Hurley die in the finale.