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(no subject) [Feb. 7th, 2010|02:53 am]
OK, I'll bite:

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(no subject) [Sep. 5th, 2009|06:07 pm]
Ah. That's why I don't have parties. Lesson learned. Won't make that mistake again.

People are dicks.
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(no subject) [Aug. 22nd, 2009|02:40 am]
This Week Tonight show was...weird tonight. It was mostly alright, but there was a drunk dude in the audience who was totally sucking the energy out of the room. At several points, he was screaming "You're a bunch of neeeerds!" at us. I felt very conflicted, standing on stage as a both a performer who was annoyed, and as a theater owner who wanted to take full advantage of his ability--nay, right--to throw this drunk asshole out of his space.

Other than the drunken silliness, it was an almost full house, and a pretty fun show. I was not particularly satisfied with my own performance, though I had some fun being pimped to use various and sundry accents to adequate affect.

I have been in a strange headspace about improv lately. Almost like I don't really enjoy it. Either that or I'm in a slump. Or I'm just in a seriously life-funk.

Micetro should be interesting tomorrow.
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Is it safe? [Jun. 29th, 2009|11:15 am]
The 40 Hour Improv Marathon was definitely a success.

Brief list of highlights and observations:
- The fact that it happened at all. We had talked about doing it, and I wasn't too keen on the idea of holding out our hands for a business we just bought. But then we basically decided to make it happen, set the date, organized and promoted the thing in a month or maybe 5 weeks. Crouch is largely responsible for it happening.
- I only lost my shit once. It consisted of telling Michael Thomas to fuck off after he found me with his video camera on the catwalk after a Shakespeare show I was particularly angry about.
- I never slept. I only laid down once, for about 10 seconds during Shakespeare, and that was because I was frustrated with myself for not finding a way to be in the show. Not lying down may have been the secret to my success.
- The Bat! Oh man, this show was so fun. Took me 15 minutes to contribute, but once I did, we all fell into a great group mind. Group of 12 all taking the same path through crazy town.
- Starting to blow my voice after Start Trekkin'
- More English at the end of Maestro #2. Fun! I think I went a little crazy in that maestro.
- Dubbed Indemnity. We dubbed over famous movie clips. Thanks to my blown voice, I was in perfect vocal health to provide the gravely voice of Quint during the famous lower-deck scene from Jaws. This was seriously one of my favorite moments of the marathon.
- There were *packed* houses for the second to last and last shows of the marathon. 7am and 8am on a Sunday. That is pure madness.
- My theory that staying up for 40 hours would force me to do some serious work and not be funny was...completely wrong. Turned out that lack of sleep just made me stop censoring myself. I was definitely in the moment, but my exhaustion made me spew anything that came to mind, even if it was a gag.
- We were all going pretty meta by the end. I found myself sometimes commenting on improv, or the marathon experience, but just for a brief moment. I was pretty determined to not let it go off the rails, and I felt an incredible responsibility to keep whatever the scene was about on task.
- Troy, Jeremy and Curtis all had incredible moments of verbal flubs as the time wore on. I think Troy gets the award for the line "He's waid laste to the city" during KaBaam.
- Curtis in the wings, burying his head in my shoulder and pleading "Oh God, not again" after Erika May said "Looks like that baby's got a penis and a vajayjay" on stage during the second to last show. For us, this was a callback to the Look Cookie Slumber Party show from hour 15.
- Running bit of someone walking on stage as a waiter. It was just a repition of an exchanse Beeler had with Jeremy in the first show. Beeler as waitress: "Gin and Tonic, Amstel Light." Jeremy:"Thanks...for telling me what I ordered." It came up again in hour 39.
- Looking over at Curtis during...some show (the soap opera?) and seeing his eyes glazed, mouth agape, and the thousand-mile stare of Private Pile from Full Metal Jacket on his face.
- By the end, I was very meta. And mugging to the audience terribly. I felt like I was cohesive (I was probably totally out of it) and knew what was going on and couldn't help but look at the audience whenever anyone on stage would say something that made absolutely no sense.
- I am proud of myself for biting my tongue and not telling off a completely rude and obnoxious audience member who pounded on the bathroom door before the second maestro. When I opened the door to see if someone had tripped and fallen into it, she was standing there and said "I've been *waiting* for you to finish." I had been performing for 30 hours and was using the 5 minutes before the show to brush my teeth and attempt to make myself remotely presentable. I hope she felt like an ass when the show started and she saw me walk on stage.
- The marathon is a blur of delirious joy.
- I think maybe part of the reason the audience laughed and applauded at so much questionable-at-best improv is that we never let the weirdness of any show bother us. Since we looked completely fine with it, the audience went along with it.
- As it wore on, we all started to do more scenes that were little more than quibbling, involving twisted delirious logic.

Stuff that really worked:
- using large cards/programs as tickets for the shows. Brilliant.
- bringing in guest troupes with their own shows really kept me on my toes and stopped me from fatiguing mentally. I think 40 hours of montage shows would have turned my brain into mush.

Things to improve:
- set the date and schedule, and promote earlier. Promotions materials (posters and postcards) were seriously completey *just* in time for the marathon.
- Clearer list of who is volunteering to do what and when.
- Clearer instructions for volunteers
- Double/triple check ticket sales so we don't oversell.
- Schedule a show that uses the projector (no theater lights) for 1 in 4 shows? After the dubbing and Bat shows, the theater was noticeably cooler.

Overall, the experience was really interesting. I never quite lost it like I thought I would. Apart from being pretty giggly at times, I was mostly coherent, and I did a good job of not getting angry of frustrated. I think if I hadn't had a different show/format to mentally prepare for and focus on every hour, I wouldn't have lasted nearly as long. Having to figure out and focus on a new format made my brain wake up every hour. There were only two times I felt myself glazing over and almost nodding off, and they were during shows that I wasn't actively part of very much.

I don't know what else to say, except that this incredibly supportive improv community made that remarkably stupid idea possible. We're all insane.

Last but not least, a letter I wrote the Archduke Franz Ferdinand during the brilliantly surreal Your Terrific Neighbors sketch/improv set:

Dear Mr. Ferdinand,
Don't go to Croatia. they really don't like you there. If you do go, you will get shot in the head and cause The Great War. That's Great as in very big, not as in really good. Many millions of innocent people will die.
If you do have to go to Croatia, please get pope mobile before you go. Do they have Popes where you are from? Do you know what a pope mobile is? It's a car, with a bubble on it, that will protect you from the relatively primitive bullets of your time.


P.S. Tell Mrs. Ferdinand I say hi.
P.P.S. Crap, you don't speak English.

I'm told my delivery of this letter made it funny. Guess I had to be there.
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PGraph's Summer 2009 East Coast Tour [Jun. 23rd, 2009|04:07 pm]
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[music |Steve Earle - The Revolution Starts Now]

PGraph's hitting the road in less than 3 weeks!
7 cities! 9 days! 4 original PGraph formats!

What can you do to help?
Spread the word to all of your East cost brethren.

Here's the tour schedule:
July 9th, 8pm - Boston (Improv Boston) - Some Like it Improvised
July 10th, 8pm - Providence (Perishable Theater) - Villainy
July 11th, 8pm - NYC (The PIT) - Improvised French Farce
July 12th, 11am - NYC (workshop at The PIT) - Theatricality in Improv
July 13th, 6:30pm - Philadelphia (workshop at The Shubin Theater) - Theatricality in Improv
July 14th, 8pm - Philadelphia (The Shubin Theater) - Improvised French Farce
July 16th, 8pm - Baltimore (Hamilton Arts Collective) - GRIMM
July 17th, 8pm - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (The Rehoboth Beach Library!) - GRIMM
July 18th, 9:30pm - Carrboro, NC (DSi Comedy Theater) - Some Like it Improvised

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(no subject) [Jun. 23rd, 2009|12:24 pm]
Moving yesterday made me realize that there will probably be a time where moving all of my music, books, and movies will consist of picking up a harddrive, or at worst, a handful of feather-light devices. This is cool, but part of me likes having bookshelves full of books.

How are we going to pass judgement on, or learn interesting tidbits about, people when we visit their homes if we can't see all of their music, books, and movies proudly displayed on a shelf? Facebook statuses and info, I guess?
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Soon... [Jun. 16th, 2009|12:05 pm]

Seeing a montage of our formats in such a condensed form makes me happy.
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(no subject) [Jun. 14th, 2009|02:47 pm]
The owner of the duplex that Kacey and I put in an application for wants to meet us before approving our application. This is after she was given a cashier's check for the deposit, photocopies of pay stubs, and verbal and written confirmation of our employment status from our respective managers. She also wants photocopies of our license, for whatever reason. The realtor informed me in the same email that the place doesn't have a fridge. I'm not buying a damn fridge for a rental property.

I am concerned that they won't give us back our deposit, but I remember that they can't keep the deposit if they don't approve our application. Since they want to meet us in person before approving the application, the part of my brain honed by studying French Farce has gifted me a wonderful plan whereby, if they refuse to give us our deposit back, Kacey and I meet the owner in person and proceed to be the worst, most obnoxious individuals the woman has ever met. Possibly with an odor...and a bottle of scotch in hand.

So, I think I'm still in search of a home...unless this jackass property owner gets their act together and buys all of the appliances that normal people expect to be present in a rental home.
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(no subject) [Jun. 8th, 2009|12:06 pm]
The weekend is a blur. I feel less stressed without the time-crunch of the grand re-opening, but there's still a hell of a lot to do.

Next time crunch coming up is the tour...or moving, though I think that's under control.
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Little blurb in The Chronicle [May. 21st, 2009|02:08 pm]
Under new – but very familiar – management
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