Saturday, March 04, 2006

Funny Farts No Shame order, 3/3/06

Funny Farts No Shame Theatre, 3/3/06

Regular announcements, PLUS we decided to have a show next week even though it's the week before spring break. Why not? It might be fun.

1. "Great Person in History When They Were in School," by Bobby Evers (2:06). We observe a young Martin Luther King, Jr. during his college years, including a cameo by the fetching Coretta Scott.

2. "Self Destruction," by Eric Landuyt (2:35). A slam-style poetry performance.

3. "'Fuck You, Michael Tabor,' and 11 Other Things I Detest," by Dick Roberts (4:50). Dick talks about things that really burn him up, e.g. political correctness.

4. "I Don't Understand," by Toby (3:53). Toby monologues about things he doesn't understand, e.g. how blind people are supposed to figure out where the Braille is on hotel walls.

5. "Aprille's Humiliating No Shame Archives: 2001" (1:23). Aprille re-performs a piece from the old days about a lady who can only have butt sex due to past trauma.

6. "The President Song," by John Abramowitz (4:38). John sings a song to the tune of "I'm a Lumberjack" about the President's foibles, except his computer didn't work so he couldn't remember all of it.

7. "The Power I Almost Exercised Over My Daughter's Future," by Dick Roberts (2:36). A photocopy mix-up almost makes Dick's daughter not get in the honors program.

8. "Fruit Bowl," by Mirri (5:23). Travis puts so many fruits on his face, and Mirri thinks he's weird.

9. "My Disappointing Fortune Cookie," by Eric Landuyt (0:10). Eric adds "in bed" to his fortune, only it's sad because he doesn't have a bed.

10. "Paperback Writer," by Evan Schenck (4:56). Evan talks about his plans to write a top-hit genre-bending novel.

11. "Mecial's Birthday in Space," by Aprille Clarke (5:25). Mecial and Michael Tabor find love in outer space.

12. "Rome," by Flabbergasted Jakers (2:47). Jakers explains the different phrases inspired by Rome, such as the accuracy of the "built in a day" thing, and "lazy Romes."

Mine was the longest piece. I apologize for being a bad influence. It was a short show but a jolly one.

24 Comments:

Anonymous Eric said...

I once again have the honor of being the first person to cposton the blog. However, this time I will do my instigating by actually commenting on the show.

1. "Great Person in History When They Were in School," by Bobby Evers
This was hilarious. I couldn’t look at Jon without starting to laugh, which I hope didn’t detract from the piece. It was just way too funny.

2. "Self Destruction," by Eric Landuyt
This didn’t work so well, which is a pity because I think it’s some of the best writing I’ve ever done. But the performance suffered because I got really nervous and rushed the whole thing. Having to follow a really funny piece by Bobby with this kind of piece didn’t help much either.

3. "'Fuck You, Michael Tabor,' and 11 Other Things I Detest," by Dick Roberts
This was one of Dick’s better pieces. It was amazing timing when Eli walked in right as Dick started to slam him. I hope Eli didn’t take it too personally, though. Think of it this way, Eli: either Dick is either showing affection for you in a passive-aggressive sort of way, or you are important enough to be worth making fun of.

4. "I Don't Understand," by Toby
Decent for a first timer; not spectacular but pretty good. I’ve laughed at Braille instructions myself, especially the ones on drive-thru ATMs.

5. "Aprille's Humiliating No Shame Archives: 2001"
Ever since Aprille opened her archives, it’s really struck me how similar in nature her earlier work is to my own. It’s amusing yet disconcerting at the same time.

6. "The President Song," by John Abramowitz
I felt really bad for John when his laptop didn’t work. The song could’ve been fun if it had. Some of us tried to help by singing along anyway, but alas.

7. "The Power I Almost Exercised Over My Daughter's Future," by Dick Roberts
This was sort of funny, but it didn’t really hook me.

8. "Fruit Bowl," by Mirri
The gag went on a little too long, but I like grapes a lot, so it was okay.

9. "My Disappointing Fortune Cookie," by Eric Landuyt
I thought this went quite well.

10. "Paperback Writer," by Evan Schenck
THIS WAS FRICKIN’ HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m laughing just thinking about it right now! Absolutely awesome!!!!
P.S. Leviticus is quite possibly the funniest book in the whole Bible. I recommend it.

11. "Mecial's Birthday in Space," by Aprille Clarke
The idea was good, but it could’ve been a little tighter. I did enjoy the Huey Lewis & the News at the end.

12. "Rome," by Flabbergasted Jakers
This was really good. Just imagine what the Romans could have done if they’d cut down on the naps and snacks.

Overall, a good show made even better by Jamal's return.

3/05/2006 12:00 AM  
Blogger Evan Schenck said...

1. "Great Person in History When They Were in School," by Bobby Evers (2:06).

This piece was cute and funny, but I think more could have been made of the premise. Shelton was a good MLK.

2. "Self Destruction," by Eric Landuyt (2:35).

This was some good poetry. I thought the varied, slant rhyming scheme was particularly creative, and the whole thing managed to evoke the self-destructive urge well.

3. "'Fuck You, Michael Tabor,' and 11 Other Things I Detest," by Dick Roberts (4:50).

Dick Roberts hates things. The best part about this piece was the rage. I thought the idea of a piece about how much the author hates different stuff was a little tired.

4. "I Don't Understand," by Toby (3:53).

This was okay.

5. "Aprille's Humiliating No Shame Archives: 2001" (1:23).

The highlight of the piece was the way that Aprille and Michael acted out the narrator's descriptions. These pieces are okay but I much prefer Aprille's altogether new stuff.

6. "The President Song," by John Abramowitz (4:38).

I thought John did a good job despite the technical problems, and I think he had a good stage presence and held it together well. Come back and try again, it gets easier and more fun.

7. "The Power I Almost Exercised Over My Daughter's Future," by Dick Roberts (2:36).

Interesting. For some reasons Dick Roberts rambling is more entertaining that Dick Roberts when he is on-message.

8. "Fruit Bowl," by Mirri (5:23).

Whee. Jamal carried his performance off with trademark awesomeness, and I thought this was a very cute piece.

9. "My Disappointing Fortune Cookie," by Eric Landuyt (0:10).

Brief and to the point. It was a pretty good joke.

10. "Paperback Writer," by Evan Schenck (4:56).

I am disappointed with myself for breaking down and laughing at my own writing twice.

11. "Mecial's Birthday in Space," by Aprille Clarke (5:25).

Funny. Sexy. Remember what I said earlier in the review about liking Aprille's altogether new material? This is it. Michael Tabor x Mecial + Gay Marriage is Yes-legal = fun for all.

12. "Rome," by Flabbergasted Jakers (2:47).

This was awesome, and I think the rapid pacing and deadpan delivery added a lot to the humor. I'm glad that I finally know the story behind the old saying about Lazy Romes.

3/06/2006 12:00 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

It's just not as much fun on here when the shows are good, huh?

3/06/2006 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To my Enemy: I hate you. I wont tell you who you are or who I am, just know this... I loath you. Is this a preview for Friday? Maybe. Just know this... I will act.

3/06/2006 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

It is a pity that very few people comment on the good shows. But on the bad shows, it's usually the same people commenting, only they post a lot more since they're having arguments back and forth. Why can't we all talk about the good things? Why must we fight? Why?


(tear)

3/06/2006 5:46 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

To my Enemy (Patrick Ashcraft): I hate you. I wont tell you who you are (you already know, Patrick) or who I am, just know this... I loath you. Is this a preview for Friday? No. Just know this... I will act ...poorly.

3/07/2006 8:54 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

What did everybody think about the timing the pieces, but not cutting the piece off when it goes over?

3/07/2006 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Eric said...

If you're not going to enforce the five minute rule, why bother timing people?

3/07/2006 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Hahn said...

>If you're not going to enforce the five minute rule,
>why bother timing people?

1. Writers will take this as a warning. We aren't enforcing the rule, but no one said we wouldn't enforce it in the future.
2. To make us ask ourselves which pieces actually need to be as long as they are. Could everything important in "Fruit Bowl" or "Mecial's Birthday" have been conveyed in thirty fewer seconds? How many other pieces could have been performed in half the time we took to stage them? The lessons here are useful beyond No Shame.

3/07/2006 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

Adam, you're always so quick to respond to my questions, even the rhetorical or sarcastic ones.

3/07/2006 9:34 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

But really, if we say there are rules to No Shame but then do nothing to enforce said rules, it's more like "there are three suggested guidelines that we recommend you follow but if you don't it's not a big deal."

3/07/2006 9:36 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

Eric, timing pieces will also help people become cautious of going over. That way they can make thier pieces shorter so we are not in the TB until 1 am. And also so that we don't bore the audience with freakishly long pieces that maybe don't go so well.

3/07/2006 10:56 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

I view it more as a way of making writers more aware that they should follow the rule. Also, if somebody is told after the show that their piece went over, I think it's more effective and nicer than just cutting off their piece.

Besides, isn't it annoying to the audience for a piece to get cut off?

3/08/2006 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Eric said...

ATTENTION ALL NO SHAME PERFORMERS!!!!
As you probably know, I'm the producer of a comedy/talk show called "Iowa Desk & Couch." We just had two comedians cancel on us for the show we're shooting TOMORROW. So if any of you are available from 2:30-5 pm tomorrow and have a funny monologue or series of jokes you can do, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP!!! You'll be coming to my rescue, and you'll get to be on TV! ACT NOW! PLEASE!

3/08/2006 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

Jon Shelton and Toby have graciously agreed to appear on "Iowa Desk & Couch", so if anyone else was interested, the spots for this show have been filled, but I will keep you in mind for the future. Thanks very much.

3/08/2006 7:43 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

btw Eric, thanks for inviting me to be in the audience although I was interested in performing before you called.

3/09/2006 12:31 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

People, I have some thing you should tell everyone else. Ok...here it is (and spread it around): Megan is wrinkled!

For those of you that don't know who Megan is, you know Jakers and Lumo? Those are the guys that me and Jamal and Alyssa are in a posse with. Well! Megan is a girl that hangs around them sometimes. I heard she's wrinkled. Like...she has wrinkles on her skin.

Here's how it threw down: it seems that Megan went to the store and bought some wrinkle cream and she put it on her skin and it wrinkled her up!

Tell everybody.

3/09/2006 2:06 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Not until you buy us some booze old man Tabor!

3/09/2006 3:13 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

DEAL!!

3/09/2006 3:30 PM  
Blogger Evan Schenck said...

"Those are the guys that me and Jamal and Alyssa are in a posse with."

That sounds like a pretty weak-ass posse, Michael. It is my belief that I could quickly assemble a posse that would get the better of yours: Eli has already pledged his support (which would bring his girl along), I believe that Hahn could be convinced, and if Travis isn't too big of a pussy he and Mirri would join as well.

My coalition posse would thus match your posse in terms of uncommonly tall men and girls named Alyssa, and we would have you substantially out-bearded.

I will knock Michael Tabor's posse out IN THREE ROUNDS!

3/09/2006 3:34 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

Evan- one thing that you have over looked: all the people that you just named to be in your posse are very, very lame. All the people in MY posse? Very, very cool.

3/09/2006 3:47 PM  
Blogger Evan Schenck said...

"Evan- one thing that you have over looked: all the people that you just named to be in your posse are very, very lame. All the people in MY posse? Very, very cool."

Michael, you are not and never will be the arbiter of what is and what is not cool. You are really tall and you smell like acorns and you have big doofus-y feet. The coolness powerhouse that is Jamal simply can't compensate for the leaden weight of you, Michael Tabor, king of the squares. You are such a square that you can't be rendered in two dimensions like most squares can. No, you are so lame that you shoot right past the three-dimensional square (cube) right into the fourth-dimension. Michael Tabor is a tesseract of lamitude, so square that he transcends perceivable three-dimensional geometry.

I am now prepared to take questions from the audience as to how badly I will defeat Michael Tabor's posse.

3/09/2006 4:08 PM  
Anonymous The E of the Li said...

It'll be West Side Story all over again! With singing and dance fighting optional. Choose now people! Who's side will YOU be on?!

3/09/2006 5:16 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

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3/10/2006 7:29 AM  

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