Sunday, November 06, 2005

Official Iowa City Big Butt Order 11.4

1. A Is For Elephant by The Michael Tabors (song)

2. How to Make a Milkshake Machine Run by Jonathen Shelton (Shelton, the drunk and angry owner of a milkshake shop, finally gives in and buys a milkshake machine.)

3. I am an Educator and a Role Model for Young People by Adam "Feet" Hahn (Adam responds to apology letters (read out loud by D.K.) written to him by the students he subsitute taught. Things get a little out of hand.)

4. The Institue of Jugglology presents: "A Guy, Two Girls, And Their Cucumber" (Juggling act whihc included a big knife and a cucumber)

5. Who's home? ...is it a ninja? by Sadie loves it when a ninja come home (Monsters attack a guy. Another guy speculates that it was perhaps an elephant that gored him)

5.5 Must Have Beards by Not Michael Tabor (Not a piece about Michael Tabor telling how he would rule the post apocolyptic world, but rather a piece where a guy without a beard can't stand by some dudes that do have beards and are holding up signs saying you have to have one)

6. We Are Anarchists by Eli Wilkinson (Eli and Shelton hate all rules! Big Butt rules, laws of nature, everything!)

7. Pac Man Fever by Evan Shenck (Some guys drive in a car and pretend they are pac man by driving on top of the line...a cop pulls them over...they eat a power pill and the cop gets scared!)

8. Not another Juggling Act ...Oh, wait, it is another Juggling Act - Nevermind by Jason Kollum (another juggling act...this is the one where the guy made the neat stack of block and balanced them on his forehead and juggled five rings)

9. Family Skies by Patrick Ashcraft & Swepany Dell (a family is disfunctional, but all love it when Hector shows up)

10. Daisy Pt. 26 by King Toad (song)

11. Turn Your Frown Upside Down by Danielle Santangelo (D.K. won't stop smiling...a couple guys try to get her to stop, but then one of the guys starts smiling too)

12. Happy Birthday, Mr. Man!! by Stephen Hiro (song)

13. Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Songs by Eric Lundyt (Eric gives a presentation on how you shouldn't have sex)

12 Comments:

Blogger Leslie said...

I thought last night was a really excellent night of No Shame, and I am going to thus review it!

1. A Is For Elephant by The Michael Tabors
I think these songs are a good way to kick off No Shame, and I was especially happy with this one, because not only was it catchy and cheerful, but it was also long enough to be enjoyed. :)

2. How to Make a Milkshake Machine Run by Jonathan Shelton
OHMYGOODNESS. When was the last time there was a standing ovation at No Shame? I have no idea, but Shelton definitely deserved his. I loved that there were non-regular No Shame performers included in integral roles, that Shelton menaced Eli's character through the phone, and that the jokes were brilliantly played without anticipation. GOOD SHOW.

3. I am an Educator and a Role Model for Young People by Adam Hahn
Adam Hahn gets my Better-Than-Brecht vote for making me laugh that hard at sheer violence. I'm serious. This was a clever skit with excellent use of the actual kids' letters. I wondered if he had put specific ones on top or not, however, and if so, why these particular ones?

4. The Institute of Jugglology presents: "A Guy, Two Girls, and Their Cucumber"
Impressive juggling, although I hate it when performers have to point out when they mess up. IT'S OK. JUST MOVE ON and quit acknowledging your mistake, because it just makes the audience uncomfortable! Also: if you're going to pretend like this is a "real" show, don't PLANT a volunteer! UNFAIR!

5. Who's home?...is it a ninja? by Sadie loves it when a ninja comes home
This was funny in a "Sean Shatto just did the hand thing from Titanic" sort of way, and I loved the comedic timing of the ending.

5.5. Must Have Beards by Not Michael Tabor
I felt that Jamal's beard should have been more brunette and fluffy to match the other beards. Also, Eli should have been 6-years-old and much shorter.

6. We Are Anachists by Eli Wilkinson
YAY! I really liked this piece! It was similar to Michael Tabor's Monster piece in that you think the funny is going to end after the same jokes keep being made, but really, it's still dang hilarious. I loved being yelled at by Jon Shelton. HOWEVER, hey people who frequently No Shame -- observe the 5 minute rule!

7. Pac Man Fever by Evan Shenck
I liked the extended metaphor and it seemed to work well, but not being a Pac Man fan myself, I think I might have missed some of the funny.

8. Not another Juggling Act... oh, wait, it is another Juggling Act -- Nevermind by Jason Kollum
Again, the pseudo-performance aspect was a little eeehh but another spectacular juggling act nonetheless. And I gotta say, that last chin thing that knocked all the rings off at the end was pretty cool.

9. Family Skies by Patrick Ashcraft and Swephany Dell
I read this piece ahead of time and thought it was HILARIOUS, but the rest of the audience didn't respond as well. I think some of the humor was lost if you didn't get the references to the theatre dept (Nickel and Dimed, In the Blood), but a lot of these jokes were simply the victims of lack of performer enthusiasm. You really have to go all out to produce the full effect.

10. Daisy pt. 26 by King Toad
This song inspired me to buy King Toad's CD, which I am enjoying as we speak.

11. Turn Your Frown Upside-Down by Danielle Santangelo
I will admit that I really loved this piece because I think Danielle and Bobby Evers have some of the best smiles on the planet. Adam Hahn needed to work on his frown, however. It wasn't nearly as developed as Bobby's.

12. Happy Birthday, Mr. Man!! by Stephen Hiro
I wasn't a huge fan of this song because I thought if I were the guy on the other end, I wouldn't be very excited about being yelled at. It was a little long for me, too. HOWEVER: many points to Stephen for the cool paper towel tube contraption!

13. Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Songs by Eric Landyt
Eric's No Shame/acting veneer is wearing a little thin for me. I don't know if these skits are how he truly feels about anything, but I can't get too excited about something I don't think is sincere. I'm also a little upset that he keeps hitting the "Christians hate gays" idea, because it's overused, hurtful, and NOT TRUE.

11/06/2005 5:40 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

1. A Is For Elephant by The Michael Tabors

I love the Michael Tabors because usually their songs are hilarious but I liked this one because it showed that Michael can actually play the accordian which fills me full of joy.

2. How to Make a Milkshake Machine Run by Jonathen Shelton

Shelton, which H.S. improv will you revive next? It's strange that the two of us were never in the same group saying on how we are always on the same page. I loved this one bud. I just wish there wasn't a set on stage so it could've been even better.

3. I am an Educator and a Role Model for Young People by Adam "Feet" Hahn

So this is why I reconsidered becoming a high school history teacher. I would probably do what Adam did to poor Danielle... which made it even better for me.

4. The Institue of Jugglology presents: "A Guy, Two Girls, And Their Cucumber"

Juggling is fun I guess but they remind me of Clowns and I am affraid of clowns.

5. Who's home? ...is it a ninja? by Sadie loves it when a ninja come home

Weird... cool... blanket creatures... reminded me of my last party. I liked the ending.

5.5 Must Have Beards by Not Michael Tabor

I do have a small beard Eric! You just can't see it because it's blonde! So your kicking me out of the line was unjust! And it hurt my feelings.

6. We Are Anarchists by Eli Wilkinson

Too much swearing. My virgin ears got abused in this piece.

You see Jon?! Adding the No Shame section put us over 5 minutes! But you just made me put it back in! Whore. Just kidding. I like how we look totally opposite without our shirts on.

7. Pac Man Fever by Evan Shenck

So i actually play PacMan with a car. There is no power pill! You LIE! Other than that I loved it. Was I supposed to follow you when you chased Michael away?

8. Not another Juggling Act ...Oh, wait, it is another Juggling Act - Nevermind by Jason Kollum

I liked this juggling act more. Because this guy had spunk. I hate spunk! Kidding... that was from the Mary Tyler Moore show. The balancing act with 5 rings was quite impressive.

9. Family Skies by Patrick Ashcraft & Swepany Dell

I didn't really get a chance to laugh at this one because I was making sure the cd player worked. Sorry PA.

10. Daisy Pt. 26 by King Toad (song)

So I totally don't remember the song but Jamal almost taking me completely out before hand: hilarious.

11. Turn Your Frown Upside Down by Danielle Santangelo

He he... Yay. This was SOOOO cute. Bobby's (my nephew) frown and smile are so distinct and Adam is always frowning so he was perfectly casted.

12. Happy Birthday, Mr. Man!! by Stephen Hiro (song)

Nice thing to do for a friend. No body ever does that for me... tears...

13. Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Songs by Eric Lundyt

Okay... I'm sorry Eric but it's getting old. Move beyond sex. The alliteration piece was great but your pieces always revolve around sex, rape, masturbation, premature ejaculation, etc... After watching your tv show I know you can come up with other stuff. Just because it's No Shame / Big Butt doesn't mean you have to do material that you couldn't put on tv. I know it's weird that I'm saying that. But try it. Remember: Who Dares, Wins.

11/06/2005 9:16 PM  
Anonymous evan schenck said...

This is me reviewing every last piece because Eli wants me to.

1. A Is For Elephant by The Michael Tabors (song)

This song was wicked awesome, in part because it was long enough for everybody to get into it and because the lyrics were whimsical and fun. I must buy this album.


2. How to Make a Milkshake Machine Run by Jonathen Shelton

My favorite piece of the night. On Friday I saw Shelton with his pants off, then with his shirt off, then with his pants off again. I think what made this so good was the way that the audience anticipated some of the gags (how to make it run, how to make it stop) but still liked them, while the jokes they didn't anticipate hit them in the blind spot and knocked their socks off. Shelton pressing that poor, poor man's face into his bosom was the highlight.


3. I am an Educator and a Role Model for Young People by Adam "Feet" Hahn

This was a good piece, primarily because of the transition between Adam Hahn feeling sorry and Adam Hahn going insane and murdering Danielle Santangelo. He slid very smoothly into a homicidal rage and then maintained it very convincingly until he regained his cool.

4. The Institue of Jugglology presents: "A Guy, Two Girls, And Their Cucumber"

It was scary at the end when the lights went off before he was done. I was impressed by the juggling but I was sad that the volunteer was planted.

5. Who's home? ...is it a ninja? by Sadie loves it when a ninja come home

Very fun. Katy Baggs and Bobby Evers made for very cute ninjas or whatever, and the supposition that the guy had been gored to death by an elephant was a nice cap.

6. We Are Anarchists by Eli Wilkinson

Good jokes about anarchism. My favorite parts was the line that went "

7. Pac Man Fever by Evan Shenck [sic]

That is not my name, damnit!

8. Not another Juggling Act ...Oh, wait, it is another Juggling Act - Nevermind by Jason Kollum

An impressive feat indeed.

9. Family Skies by Patrick Ashcraft & Swepany Dell

Patrick Ashcraft asked me to be Hector but I didn't feel comfortable with that idea so I declined and now he hates me even more than he did before Friday.

10. Daisy Pt. 26 by King Toad

This was very good, like all songs by Jamal Rivers. I also bought the album after the show and enjoyed it a lot (4 of 5 stars!). If I have any complaint about the album, it's that sometimes it sometimes it distracts from the core vocal line. Jamal has a very pleasant and distinctive voice and I wanted to hear more of it. I like the way Jamal's songs sound in performance most of all.

11. Turn Your Frown Upside Down by Danielle Santangelo

The actors carried their parts off very well, but the highlight was certainly the inimitable Bobby Evers. A good no-dialogue piece.

12. Happy Birthday, Mr. Man!! by Stephen Hiro

I hope he had a nice birthday.

13. Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Songs by Eric Lundyt

I don't think the audience at large appreciated this as much as I did, because perhaps they didn't know if he was joking. He might have played it a little too straight, because all of the things he sang plausibly could have been heard in a sex-ed classroom. The songs also would have been better if they had been more polished and practiced.

11/06/2005 9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"My favorite piece of the night. On Friday I saw Shelton with his pants off, then with his shirt off, then with his pants off again"

I meant to say "with his shirt off again" but mistyped. I vehemently deny any suggestion that I saw Shelton pantsless more than one.

11/06/2005 9:37 PM  
Anonymous Katy Baggs said...

Eli - Actually, I wasn't in Sadie's piece, it was her and Bobby. Although I am flattered that you would think so because that piece was funny and I like to be part of funny things. I was Hector, though. It was hard to breathe for very long inside the Frankenstein mask.

11/07/2005 12:36 AM  
Anonymous Katy Baggs said...

And by "Eli," I mean "Evan."

11/07/2005 12:37 AM  
Blogger Shelton said...

1. A Is For Elephant by The Michael Tabors - I love the Michael Tabors and want their new album NOW!

2. How to Make a Milkshake Machine Run by Jonathen Shelton - I feel that I need to clear something up. The description of my piece says that I play the "drunk and angry owner of a Milkshake Shop". I must object to this. Just because my character throws empty liquor bottles at people's heads doesn't make him a drunk. The Milkshake Manager does not drink the liquor. He never drinks. He just mysteriously has a huge stockpile of liquor bottles to throw at people. Other than that, I'm pleased at how the piece was received.

3. I am an Educator and a Role Model for Young People by Adam "Feet" Hahn - I must agree with Eli on this. This is exactly what would happen if I was a teacher. Except there would be less "choking" and more "burning" or "shooting" and possibly more "gouging out eyes with rusty hooks".

4. The Institue of Jugglology presents: "A Guy, Two Girls, And Their Cucumber" - The title gave me such hope. I think No Shame needs more acts involving girls and cucumbers. Nevertheless, that was some goood jugglin' there. Mighty fine jugglin'.

5. Who's home? ...is it a ninja? by Sadie loves it when a ninja come home - were those monsters ninjas? They looked like monkeys. Monkeys that were raping. How could you confuse monkey rape with elephant goring?

5.5 Must Have Beards by Not Michael Tabor - Eli! Face it! You don't have a beard! Do you know why? Because God doesn't love you. And by "God doesn't love you" I mean "You are not a man".

6. We Are Anarchists by Eli Wilkinson - Eli! Never apologize for swearing! Neither should you apologize for going over the 5 minutes! We're anarchists!

7. Pac Man Fever by Evan Shenck - The ending was great. That cop was totally a ghost. Heee-larious.

8. Not another Juggling Act ...Oh, wait, it is another Juggling Act - Nevermind by Jason Kollum - More mighty fine jugglin'.

9. Family Skies by Patrick Ashcraft & Swepany Dell - I'm confused. Who's Hector? I must know!

10. Daisy Pt. 26 by King Toad - You know, Maybe I should by a King Toad CD.

11. Turn Your Frown Upside Down by Danielle Santangelo - I've never actually seen someone turn a smile upside down before. It was neat. My favorite part was when Adam was happy, though. I love i when Adam's happy.

12. Happy Birthday, Mr. Man!! by Stephen Hiro - Cool alternative birthday song.

13. Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Songs by Eric Lundyt - I really like d the clever rhymes in this piece. The last song was really awesome (I was the guy who cheered awkwardly.)

11/07/2005 11:20 AM  
Anonymous J.mall said...

"I felt that Jamal's beard should have been more brunette and fluffy to match the other beards."

Yeah, no doubt. I'm still not convinced that those little scraps of hair even qualify as a beard.

P.S. I liked that show a lot. It was my favoritest one of the season.

11/07/2005 12:00 PM  
Anonymous evan schenck said...

Katy B.--
Whoops, since everybody was wearing masks and you so regularly feature with Bobby Evers, I just got confused.

11/07/2005 12:16 PM  
Anonymous sadiesadiesadiesadie said...

"5. Who's home? ...is it a ninja? by Sadie loves it when a ninja come home"

"Very fun. Katy Baggs and Bobby Evers made for very cute ninjas or whatever..."

"were those monsters ninjas? They looked like monkeys."

I don't know where you kids got the idea that those nondescript creatures were ninjas. I mean, well, the title of the piece did have to do with things coming into a house that were ninjas, but that's just a thing I like to say when I'm home and the ninja comes home. I don't know where you kids got the idea that the title of a piece I write has to do with the content of the piece.

Peace!
Sadie.

P.S. - my review of the night: MILKSHAKE MACHINE RUN equals = best! of! and also juggling was a little too real (where "real" means "scary") for me.

11/07/2005 9:14 PM  
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11/07/2005 9:21 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

hey shelton, I never apologized! look at my post and see if I ever said the word sorry. I didn't! The anarchist in me just wants to tell you thatL: you can't yell at me because you are not in a superior position to yell at me. Because I'm an anarchist. Ho.

11/07/2005 10:16 PM  

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