Saturday, November 11, 2006

No Shame Iowa City, 11/10/06

There was a show. Click COMMENTS to read all about it.

Next week is LIP SYNCH NIGHT.
IF YOU HAVE A LIP SYNCH PIECE: please bring 2 light booth copies of your script

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Blogger AdamEggHahn said...

The Order:
1. "Journey to the Center of the Earth" by the Michael Tabors
2. "Negative Taste" by Tim Busse
3. "Disgruntled Voters Flock to the Polls in Record Numbers" by Emily Meyer
4. "Smoke" by Adam Hahn
5. I'll Have Something Better Next Time!" by Nick Beatty
6. "Nine True Things About Russia and One Half-Lie That You Will Find Hard to Forget" by Mirri
6.5 "I Am Indeed, A Ninja!" by Eric Jesteadt
7. "The Revenge of Andrew" by Andrew Daniels
8. "I Will End You" by Eli Wilkinson
9. "What It Is, Motherfucker! or Moth Perfume" by Sean Shatto
10. "Happy Halloween" by Evan Schenck
11. "Dear Dad" by Stephanie Nicole Sedivec
12. "The Attic" by Janani
13. "Stand Up Comedy" by Joel Frey
14. "Invisible Girl" by Mystery Norris, ChlamydiaQueen66, and Icy, Spicy Leoncie
15. "Clever" by Eric Landuyt
16. "Gender Issues: Featuring 2 Guys with Tobacco Pipes" by 2 guys with Tobacco Pipes
17. "I Want a Life" by Arlen Lawson

11/11/2006 2:24 PM  
Blogger Evan Schenck said...

1. "Journey to the Center of the Earth" by the Michael Tabors

This was a lot of white noise that I don't think I really appreciated, but I can see why some people would enjoy it. I'm not a snob, by gawd.

2. "Negative Taste" by Tim Busse

This was a good piece, if a little brief. I don't know if more could have been squeezed from this premise, but if it had been possible, it probably would have been good as well.

3. "Disgruntled Voters Flock to the Polls in Record Numbers" by Emily Meyer

Politics! The thing about not voting in mid-term elections was funny.

4. "Smoke" by Adam Hahn

Personal politics! Adam Hahn shouldn't take that shit off of nobody, he doesn't need to drink to have fun. He just needs to drink to be interesting.

5. I'll Have Something Better Next Time!" by Nick Beatty

I only half-remember this piece, sorry. I half-remember that it was good, though.

6. "Nine True Things About Russia and One Half-Lie That You Will Find Hard to Forget" by Mirri

I have heard these stories before and I have to say, yes, they really are hard to forget. I thought this was well presented.

6.5 "I Am Indeed, A Ninja!" by Eric Jesteadt

This was an okay piece. Remember that parody of me that Eric L. did a while ago wherein it was all about ninjas and shit? Well, I went into my archives, by the way, and looked at all my pieces that I've ever done, and only one of them featured ninjas as a central motif, and only one other even mentioned them at all. I accuse you of libel, Eric.

And yes, the review process is all about me. Me, me, me.

7. "The Revenge of Andrew" by Andrew Daniels

I feel different about giraffes, I've always found them to be horribly smug assholes. Always talking like, "What's the weather like down there?" and "I can see down your girlfriend's blouse." I always want to punch them in their ugly fucking horse-faces but I can never find a ladder.

8. "I Will End You" by Eli Wilkinson

Did I ruin this piece by turning to Travis and asking what the fuck Mark's problem was? Maybe. I liked this piece a lot because of how confrontational it was. He was all up in Mark's face about the teddy bear and then killed him over it.

9. "What It Is, Motherfucker! or Moth Perfume" by Sean Shatto

I enjoyed this music more than the other music.

11. "Dear Dad" by Stephanie Nicole Sedivec

I thought this was okay.

12. "The Attic" by Janani

Very good piece about the possible afterlife. I can't remember what I told Janani about it last night so I hesitate to say anything substantive here for fear of contradiction. The use of lights was good and atypical, most pieces I've seen conducted in darkness were much simpler affairs. The idea of afterlife as being locked in a dark attic was kind of chilling.

13. "Stand Up Comedy" by Joel Frey

As has been observed before, Stand Up doesn't play that well at No-Shame. This was an okay effort but some of the jokes fell flat.

14. "Invisible Girl" by Mystery Norris, ChlamydiaQueen66, and Icy, Spicy Leoncie

Excellent interpretive dance and a funny ending.

15. "Clever" by Eric Landuyt

I don't know what to make of this piece, it seemed very personal.

16. "Gender Issues: Featuring 2 Guys with Tobacco Pipes" by 2 guys with Tobacco Pipes

This was my favorite piece of the night.

17. "I Want a Life" by Arlen Lawson

This was my other favorite piece of the night. I liked the casual reference to dragons invading the Earth and so on.

11/11/2006 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

1. "Journey to the Center of the Earth" by the Michael Tabors
When I heard the Michael Tabors were performing, I thought, "Hey, maybe this will be a fun song." But this was immensely annoying. This was like a combination of "Rigga the Fart Machine" and Sean Shatto's make-random-noises-on-a-synthesizer pieces.
2. "Negative Taste" by Tim Busse
Kind of funny.
3. "Disgruntled Voters Flock to the Polls in Record Numbers" by Emily Meyer
Well-written with great delivery by Emily and Adam. I liked it.
4. "Smoke" by Adam Hahn
Okay. It didn't have the undercurrent of humor that Adam usually manages to put into his serious pieces.
5. I'll Have Something Better Next Time!" by Nick Beatty
Nick's standup is getting better. He still needs to work on engaging the audience though.
6. "Nine True Things About Russia and One Half-Lie That You Will Find Hard to Forget" by Mirri
Funny at first, then haunting. Good job, Mirri.
6.5 "I Am Indeed, A Ninja!" by Eric Jesteadt
Not the best. I could barely see the forks, so I think most of the audience probably couldn't at all.
7. "The Revenge of Andrew" by Andrew Daniels
Very funny and creative. Great first-time piece.
8. "I Will End You" by Eli Wilkinson
The twist with someone having taken his teddy bear was nice, but I didn't like how it devolved into just yelling at Mark Norris. Addressing it to an anonymous teddy thief would have been more effective, I think.
9. "What It Is, Motherfucker! or Moth Perfume" by Sean Shatto
I like Sean's songs when they are songs and not just white noise.
10. "Happy Halloween" by Evan Schenck
Metatheatrics! Pretty well-executed. Evan is a sexist, and I'm glad he finally admitted it.
11. "Dear Dad" by Stephanie Nicole Sedivec
I didn't think this was that great. Too similar to the "Letter to Mom" from last week, and the arguing with Dad to go to the college of her choice didn't seem that relatable to me. I found it kind of boring.
12. "The Attic" by Janani
Most creative use of the space I've seen in a long time. Nice concept too.
13. "Stand Up Comedy" by Joel Frey
Doing standup at No Shame is a challenge, and telling mediocre gross-out jokes isn't going to help you any. Keep trying, Joel.
14. "Invisible Girl" by Mystery Norris, ChlamydiaQueen66, and Icy, Spicy Leoncie
Cute, but my reaction to it was so-so.
15. "Clever" by Eric Landuyt
The delivery might have been better if I hadn't just paced back and forth with my head down half the time.
16. "Gender Issues: Featuring 2 Guys with Tobacco Pipes" by 2 guys with Tobacco Pipes
Funny.
17. "I Want a Life" by Arlen Lawson
Great poem and great delivery.

11/11/2006 8:04 PM  
Anonymous janani said...

1. "Journey to the Center of the Earth" - I was bored at first, but then I started liking some of the textures in the noise, esp. whatever Jamal was doing with the clarinet. It was too long but there were some interesting noiselets.
2. "Negative Taste" - all right. At first I wondered if it was another Tabor parody.
3. "Disgruntled Voters" - this could have been edited down - it felt more writerly than theatrical - but I liked the interplay btw actors.
4. "Smoke" - a little limp. I prefer it when Adam is up and moving around.
5. "I'll Have Something Better" - started a little slow, but by the time he got voted in as Secretary of Agriculture I was howling. I agree Nick's standup is rapidly improving.
He's warm and likeable onstage. I think he needs to fine-tune the rapport with the audience - sometimes it still seems like he's delivering his jokes to himself rather than to and FOR us. Make eye contact more, trust us more, give us more time to laugh before charging into the next joke. Give yourself room for more accidents.
6. "Nine True Things" - I liked how this shifted from funny to serious midway. Apart from thing #1 this would make a good nonfiction piece as well.
6.5. "Ninja" - cute, but I agree the forks were too hard to see.
7. "The Revenge of Andrew" - when I heard the sadness/madness rhyme I quaked in my seat - oh NO! - but then it became awesome.
8. "I Will End You" - whenever Eli acts angry there's a tinge of humor to it, but I'd be interested to see him act out pure rage. I liked Evan's addition and Mark's bobble-head moves.
9. "What It Is, Motherfucker!" - I like Sean's craziness onstage. In terms of yelling I preferred the Antarctica song though.
10. "Happy Halloween" - how'd we do?
11. "Dear Dad" - it felt sincere but generic. When describing an experience so many people have had or will have (explaining a weird career choice to a parent), I think it can't be told straight. There has to be some additional ingredient of sarcasm or parody or absurdity - something to confound our expectations. This was told too straight for me.
12. "The Attic" - I loved performing this piece and I hope we get a chance to do it again.
13. "Stand Up Comedy" - the sex jokes about men and women made me tired and angry - same old recycled crap. However, the sex story about the mom and dad was hilarious. I don't mind jokes about sex, but can't we think of some new ones with some new characters and situations?
14. "Invisible Girl" - I wanted to get up there and dance with them.
15. "Clever" - my favorite Eric monologue thus far. Skimmed the edge of self-pity but never went over. I don't know if this was a personal manifesto or the thoughts of a fictional character, but either way it was powerful.
16. "Gender Issues" - loose, unstructured, relaxed. I liked.
17. "I want a Life" - my favorite piece of the night. So rich and well -thought-out. Arlen wins. Arlen, if you wait about twenty years, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams's daughter Matilda will grow up and then you can woo her. I don't know any other Matildae.

11/12/2006 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3. "Disgruntled Voters Flock to the Polls in Record Numbers" by Emily Meyer

I really liked this one.

4. "Smoke" by Adam Hahn
Also good

5. I'll Have Something Better Next Time!" by Nick Beatty

I don't remember this one, so it was probably average

6. "Nine True Things About Russia and One Half-Lie That You Will Find Hard to Forget" by Mirri

This was great.

6.5 "I Am Indeed, A Ninja!" by Eric Jesteadt

What the hell was this? Kind of dumb buddy.


8. "I Will End You" by Eli Wilkinson

This was good but akwardly presented


12. "The Attic" by Janani

it was alright.
13. "Stand Up Comedy" by Joel Frey
As good as it could get, for stand up comedy at elast.

14. "Invisible Girl" by Mystery Norris, ChlamydiaQueen66, and Icy, Spicy Leoncie

This was awesome


16. "Gender Issues: Featuring 2 Guys with Tobacco Pipes" by 2 guys with Tobacco Pipes

This was the best skit I've seen in a while.
Best of. I really want to see it again.,

11/12/2006 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh and number 17.
that was wonderful.
also best of quality

11/12/2006 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evan you made it better if anything

11/12/2006 2:47 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

My piece was by far NOT good. I fucked up so early and then lost my place in the monologue that I had to try to save it some how so I made it funnier than it was supposed to be. It was BY FAR the worst piece I've done since I was a freshman.

11/12/2006 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mmm actually, eli, you've done worse.

11/12/2006 4:28 PM  
Anonymous NickBeatty said...

1. "Journey to the Center of the Earth" by the Michael Tabors

amusing, but sitting so close to the front hurt my ears..

2. "Negative Taste" by Tim Busse

don't remeber it, sorry.

3. "Disgruntled Voters Flock to the Polls in Record Numbers" by Emily Meyer

Very very very good. and the delivery was fantastic

4. "Smoke" by Adam Hahn

I also liked this one, and how she was in the audience saying her lines. well done

5. I'll Have Something Better Next Time!" by Nick Beatty

I felt better about this one. I didn't like how long it took to get to the first punch line though. Its always suprising to see what jokes the audience likes the best. I'll have something better next time. but not next time because it's lip synch nite!

6. "Nine True Things About Russia and One Half-Lie That You Will Find Hard to Forget" by Mirri

I really liked this one and the images it made in my head.

6.5 "I Am Indeed, A Ninja!" by Eric Jesteadt
I was close enough to see the forks so I was highly amused

7. "The Revenge of Andrew" by Andrew Daniels

Funny

8. "I Will End You" by Eli Wilkinson

I liked the visual about the body off the top of the sears tower. and how you shot him at the end.

9. "What It Is, Motherfucker! or Moth Perfume" by Sean Shatto

Also dont remember.. sorry

10. "Happy Halloween" by Evan Schenck

I loved this one. Nothing like it when characters world crumble down around them.

11. "Dear Dad" by Stephanie Nicole Sedivec

after the mom letter last week, it seemed a bit... i don't know. I wasn't really engaged. But it was read well.

12. "The Attic" by Janani

My favorite of the nite. total BOBONS right there. The Rodents Of Unusual Size line made me quite giggily.

13. "Stand Up Comedy" by Joel Frey

Now I love George Carlin and visual stand up... but this sort of made me a little uncomfortable. He should have more balance between the dirty sex jokes and the more clean jokes so its not so overwhelming.

14. "Invisible Girl" by Mystery Norris, ChlamydiaQueen66, and Icy, Spicy Leoncie

It was glorious and whimsical even. I felt that the whole audience should have got up and joined in a dance party... but then the song ended and I was sad..

15. "Clever" by Eric Landuyt

I like these type of insightful monlogue pieces. you had my undivided attention the entire time. the last line stuck in my head.

16. "Gender Issues: Featuring 2 Guys with Tobacco Pipes" by 2 guys with Tobacco Pipes

If you have a pipe, you should know how to smoke with it. and michael tabor should have blown smoke rings. that would have been awsome. I like the non-chalantness

17. "I Want a Life" by Arlen Lawson

This was great. I'd love to hear/read it again.


~Nick

11/12/2006 9:29 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

who are you mr. or mrs. anonymous? And what was worse? From my sophmore year to now, what was worse?

11/13/2006 1:28 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

>1. "Journey to the Center of the Earth" by the Michael Tabors

Awesome! Fun to do and neat sounding (to me). We realized when we did this that we might alienate some people who really like The Michael Tabors, but I hope some people liked this, because I think it was neat!

>2. "Negative Taste" by Tim Busse

This was pretty funny.

>3. "Disgruntled Voters Flock to the Polls in Record Numbers" by Emily Meyer

I'm not big on political humor. Not my cup of tea.

>4. "Smoke" by Adam Hahn

I don't remember this.

>5. I'll Have Something Better Next Time!" by Nick Beatty

I don't remember this.

>6. "Nine True Things About Russia and One Half-Lie That You Will Find Hard to Forget" by Mirri

I DO remember this, and I liked it fine.

>6.5 "I Am Indeed, A Ninja!" by Eric Jesteadt

I'm not big on jokes about ninjas. Also, somebody should give that guy the tip about not having your back to the audience. He had his back to the audience!

>7. "The Revenge of Andrew" by Andrew Daniels

Who the hell is Andrew?

>8. "I Will End You" by Eli Wilkinson

This I liked! I like it when a performer just yells at an audience member.

>9. "What It Is, Motherfucker! or Moth Perfume" by Sean Shatto

I f-ing love The Shat.

>10. "Happy Halloween" by Evan Schenck

Evan, it's not even Halloween anymore ...ever!

>11. "Dear Dad" by Stephanie Nicole Sedivec

This wasn't funny.

>12. "The Attic" by Janani

This was too long, but it was pretty good and pretty creepy.

>13. "Stand Up Comedy" by Joel Frey

Did you ever notice that how when guys do a stand up at No Shame, it's not very funny? Am I right?

>14. "Invisible Girl" by Mystery Norris, ChlamydiaQueen66, and Icy, Spicy Leoncie

It took four people to come up with the idea to dance to a song? I'm not even sure that that song was original. Not very Rock 'n' Roll, Rock 'n' Roll. But, I liked the dancing. This piece amused me!

>15. "Clever" by Eric Landuyt

This was fine.

>16. "Gender Issues: Featuring 2 Guys with Tobacco Pipes" by 2 guys with Tobacco Pipes

This was totally Jamal's idea. It went well, I thought. There's a funny story about those two pipes. Here is an excerpt from Tuesday, March 28, 2006 in my blog:

"Jamal and I decided to go to the tobacco bowl last night and buy and pipes and pipe tobacco. For some reason, we thought that this was a great idea. Imagine this: two stupid, stupid men waltz into the tobacco bowl and start sniffing the pipe tobacco, we finally picked out some that we liked, and each put a little sliver into our own plastic baggy. Then we walked up to the register and the girl said, "That's not that much. Did you measure it? We sell it buy the ounce and an ounce would be about this much." She indicated an amount of tobacco about 10 times of what we picked out. At this point, she could tell we were just bumbling dummies and decided to come help us. She seemed amused by how naive we were."

>17. "I Want a Life" by Arlen Lawson

It was really nice to get to see a Lawson monologue.

11/13/2006 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is lip synch night? Does everybody have to lip synch? or is it just a recommendation?

11/13/2006 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's just a theme night, nobody is required to lipsynch. you can do a regular piece if you want

11/13/2006 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

Anonymous is answering his own questions. Multiple personality disorder?

11/14/2006 1:45 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

Eric,

When you post on this board there is an option to post as "anonymous" and if you choose that option, then it just lists your name as such. I believe what is happening is that different people are choosing this option and so it is saying "anonymous" for multiple people. I can see where that is confusing, though. It does sort of look like the same person is posting. Just try to keep in mind that one person does not have the name "anonymous" it simply means that the person who posted picked that options before the posted...it doesn't have to be the same person each time.

11/14/2006 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous Jones said...

I beg to differ MR. MICHAEL TABOR!

11/14/2006 5:23 PM  
Blogger AdamEggHahn said...

It looks like we'll be able to use the Theatre B PA system for lip synch pieces. If you have such a piece, it would be great if you could:
-Burn a CD of your audio track, labeled with your name and piece title. (Please test all burned CDs on at least one other CD player.)
-Print at least two copies of your script: one for the light board, one for the sound board.
-Direct any further technical inquiries to Pashcraft, because I don't know.

11/15/2006 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Mirri said...

Some goodies

1. "Journey to the Center of the Earth" by the Michael Tabors

I'm glad they were serious when they performed this. I would never listen to it on my own time... kind of painful at times... but if the delivery had been different I would have been unhappy.

2. "Negative Taste" by Tim Busse

um... can't remember it. So clearly I didn't not like it. I remember things I don't like.

3. "Disgruntled Voters Flock to the Polls in Record Numbers" by Emily Meyer

Seemed to drag a titch. Funny though.

4. "Smoke" by Adam Hahn

Politics twice. I got politicked out but that has no reflection on how I felt about this piece.

5. I'll Have Something Better Next Time!" by Nick Beatty

I"m sure he will. I don't remember it either.

6. "Nine True Things About Russia and One Half-Lie That You Will Find Hard to Forget" by Mirri

I debated performing it. I think it was about what I expected it to be.

6.5 "I Am Indeed, A Ninja!" by Eric Jesteadt

these guys always seem so damn nervous. Its adorable. Would have been better if he broke the guy's neck. looking at a ninja isn't that scary.

7. "The Revenge of Andrew" by Andrew Daniels

I remember liking this and being surprised about it. He had a beard too I think.

8. "I Will End You" by Eli Wilkinson

I liked this a lot. It helped that I could see Mlark's reactions and dearest me! High five Eli!

9. "What It Is, Motherfucker! or Moth Perfume" by Sean Shatto

I have liked other songs better. But you just can't beat improv from the Shat.

10. "Happy Halloween" by Evan Schenck

Sean made the shit out of this piece. The premis was intersting. Evans doing the experimaentation thing. Next thign we know he'll be drinking white wine laced with acid.

11. "Dear Dad" by Stephanie Nicole Sedivec

I try to be supportive of serious pieces. The delivery did help with this one a lot and I liked it better than the one last week. It seemed honest-like, though I also think it was told too straight. I think we can all realte to some degree though. Who doesn't have parent issures. Besides Orphans.

12. "The Attic" by Janani

I loved the idea of people being in the attic way to much to pay attention too much after that. It was amazing. Broke up a little towards the end and lost that fluidity... but I really liked it overall.

13. "Stand Up Comedy" by Joel Frey

not my style.

14. "Invisible Girl" by Mystery Norris, ChlamydiaQueen66, and Icy, Spicy Leoncie

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

15. "Clever" by Eric Landuyt

This was the first time I ever go an "honest" vibe from one of Eric's monologues. That is not me ripping on Eric, that is me saying that this seemed very genuine and I really appreciated that. It was humble. How many people go on stage and are humble? Good job Eric.

16. "Gender Issues: Featuring 2 Guys with Tobacco Pipes" by 2 guys with Tobacco Pipes

I really really really really really liked this. Done.

17. "I Want a Life" by Arlen Lawson

I missed these kinds of things. the name Matilda (s/p???) totally threw me off though made me think of that movie with the little girl named such who did fun things and hid from the lady with the bowling ball things trying to kill her under the table and did the James bond thing where she somehow attached herself to the underside of the table itself when the lady looked under.
But I liked it. Arlen had good movement in his pieces.

11/15/2006 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Norris said...

Michael Tabor, how interesting that the piece I wrote that did not have the name "rock n roll norris" under the title is the only one that you actually commented anything of substance with (that i've read-- perhaps before i started reading them you used to) and yet still managed to mention my nickname. i really do appreciate your REAL commentary. it's much more helpful than "I gave this man his nickname."

11/15/2006 4:38 PM  

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