Saturday, January 27, 2007

Jan 26 2007

WE HAD A SHOW

You all thought it was both amazing and horrible, so let's talk.

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Blogger timm said...

1. The author engages in five minutes of emotional masturbation culminating in a psychic moneyshot across the collective metaphorical face of the audience
by Jonathon "I really hate mediacom" Shelton


1.5 Bullshit is for gods amongst men
by Eli Wilkinson


2. Out of luck
by Eric Landuyt

3. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa there are 13 a's in this title
by Mirri

4. A political Solution
by Adam Hahn

5. Homosexual Andy & Homosexual Miguel
by Jamal River and Michael Tabor

6. A Typical Practice Session, OR Why I am NOT a Music Major
by John Froehlig Jr.

7. From the advice column of Renoir St. Allegro, Inmate #3257
by Katy Baggs

8. Whole Entire by Arlen Lawson

8.5 If a genie suddenly came into my possession I would request but one wish and it would be that I be a black woman so that I could rightfully claim my place in the movie industry.
by Alyssa Russell

9. They Don't Even Exist
by Evan Schenk

10. The Captain
by Timm Sitzmann

11. "Crazy Talk" by Matt Benyo

11.5 A guy with a deep, grumbly voice reads The Far Side aloud
by Tah-Com

12. A P.S.A. Worth Listening To
by Nick Beatty

13. Cat Ball Episode 1: Booger does the retard tease
by Jamal, Jake, Michael, Alyssa, + Booger

14. An Explanation of Star Wars: Episode I THE PHANTOM MENACE
by Greg Machlin

15. Quote Boy
by Patrick Ashcraft

1/27/2007 9:36 AM  
Blogger nick beatty said...

1. The author engages in five minutes of emotional masturbation culminating in a psychic moneyshot across the collective metaphorical face of the audience
by Jonathon "I really hate mediacom" Shelton

I liked the portrayal of mediacom as evil baby killers. And patrick as a hard ass collection agent. And the smashing of the cable modem was a nice touch even though I feared sharpnel from being so close...

1.5 Bullshit is for gods amongst men
by Eli Wilkinson

The Broke back music was an excellent last min touch to this

2. Out of luck
by Eric Landuyt

Once again I never have any idea about what is real at no shame. Its funny cause i once had a substitue that had a speech problem like that. every time she said "sit" id crack up. I enjoyed this

3. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa there are 13 a's in this title
by Mirri

This was good. Music would have fit to it but was by no means required.

4. A political Solution
by Adam Hahn

I liked when you randomly brought back in the blue shirt and talked to the "female audience memebers"

5. Homosexual Andy & Homosexual Miguel
by Jamal River and Michael Tabor

This was incredibly catchy. Its been in my head all morning


6. A Typical Practice Session, OR Why I am NOT a Music Major
by John Froehlig Jr.

the mumbleing under his breath was amusing. long set up, but decent punch line. good first piece

7. From the advice column of Renoir St. Allegro, Inmate #3257
by Katy Baggs

The anecdotes were great. I wish i could write letters to crazy murders

8. Whole Entire by Arlen Lawson

Fantastic. I always like the images in Arlens pieces

8.5 If a genie suddenly came into my possession I would request but one wish and it would be that I be a black woman so that I could rightfully claim my place in the movie industry.
by Alyssa Russell

dont really know what to say. I laughed with a slightly confused look on my face.

9. They Don't Even Exist
by Evan Schenk

Histarical, my sides hurt. jannai's yelling about being on break, and that last line. Ive missed evans pieces over break.

10. The Captain
by Timm Sitzmann

Timm does a great job bringing out that angry kid in all of us. The cookies were delicious. Timm dancing around to La Bamba was great.

11. "Crazy Talk" by Matt Benyo

I can't even begin to explain how much I loved this song.

11.5 A guy with a deep, grumbly voice reads The Far Side aloud
by Tah-Com

Awsome. Its funny because ive read so many farside books that I knew which ones he was reading

12. A P.S.A. Worth Listening To
by Nick Beatty

I enjoyed doing this. I feel bad about cracking on stage when I called Evan Sexually inept.. But all my characters did exactly what I was hoping you would do. thanks guys

13. Cat Ball Episode 1: Booger does the retard tease
by Jamal, Jake, Michael, Alyssa, + Booger

I found my self laughing constantly, and michaels admitance of defeat was the cherry on top.
cant wait for part two

14. An Explanation of Star Wars: Episode I THE PHANTOM MENACE
by Greg Machlin

Finally someone defends the genius of episode one. I always knew it was the satayrs. good job Greg.

15. Quote Boy
by Patrick Ashcraft

very very funny, the characters and the voices, and the non stop stream of qoutes were great.



Over all I think we had a really really good opener. I had a great time and can't wait till next week.

1/27/2007 11:14 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

1. Shelton
Funny and violent. Everything we expect from Shelton.

1.5 Wilkinson
Okay.

2. Landuyt
Eric always straddles the line between serious and funny, which I appreciate. The part at the end that was supposed to sound unscripted didn't work, however. One needs to be pretty careful when trying to pull something like this, and it wasn't done very gracefully. Plus, Evan's a nice guy, as we know, and it would take a pretty mean bastard to editorialize your art by publicly smearing poop on you.

3. Mirri
The a capella was a good idea. The lyrics were good, and it was nice to be able to clearly hear them (without a guitar making extra noise).

4. Hahn
This was very good. I was thinking it had a certain musical sensibility, the way themes kept returning (blue shirt, attractive female audience member, president Bush) and were dwelled upon just the right amount, and compared in interesting ways.

5. River and Tabor
Good song.

6. Froehlig
It kinda reminded me of a silent film. The lines of script sounded kind of awkward; the stuff he was doing didn't require much explanation and could have been pantomimed pretty easily.

7. Baggs
I totally thought this was Evan's piece. There were some great lines. People should let others perform their monologues more often.

8. Lawson
I wasn't going to go to NST last night, but I ran into Arlen earlier and he told me he was doing a piece. That's kind of why I decided to go. He warned me that it wasn't going to be a very strong piece. He was wrong! I nominate Arlen Lawson for best monologuist ever.

8.5 Russell
I didn't get it.

9. Schenk
Hilarious. I had one problem with this piece, and we already discussed this, but the end wasn't very satisfying.

10. Sitzmann
This was a very good piece. I like how "La Bamba" was his anthem of rebellion.

11. Benyo
I was taking a powder, so I missed this one.

11.5 Tah-Com
Oh man. Jesse is the master of minimalist humor. It was just, "Thing 1" (reading JUST the text of a Far Side panel) plus "Thing 2" (funny voice) equals HILARIOUS.

12. A P.S.A. Worth Listening To
by Nick Beatty
I confess that I didn't pay attention to this one. I was concentrating on sending text messages to Michael Tabor, who was on the stage.

13. Jamal, Jake, Michael, Alyssa, + Booger
If I may review this as an indifferent audience member, and not as their friend - because I've never been sure which of these I am - I don't really like the whole "let's transcribe this funny conversation we just had and perform it at No Shame" thing. While it's usually pretty fresh, more so than lame standup and penis jokes anyway, it does seem kinda lazy. Sorry guys. Maybe you can win back my heart with Part 2?

14. Machlin
Why did it start off saying that Episode 1 was a work of genius, but then end up making the same conclusion that every other commentary on this film has: that it was nothing more than the insane ramblings of a drugged out George Lucas? Bleh, pop-culture pieces always ruffle me the wrong way, especially at next-to-last in the order.

15. Ashcraft
Incredibly good. Insatiable compulsions, especially weird ones like reading quotes for hours, are brilliant for creating interesting characters and situations.

1/27/2007 7:16 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

1) Very funny. Violence a bit worrisome at the end, if only b/c I was worried about the stage. You've got to watch that line between "very funny violence" and "violence that makes audience worried."

1.5) Don't know what to make of this one. I think maybe it could have used a bit more Eddie Izzard in dressed to kill: "He's dead… no he's not actually… yeah, he is… no!… Yeah…"

2) Out of Luck--This was actually shaping up to be a really good piece until it went all meta (loss of faith in one's material?). Meta's okay if it works, but I wanted to see the end of this piece.

*3) Not only can Mirri write excellent serious pieces, she sings very well. God damn.

*4) I'm a fan.

*5) Rock the fuck on. Really good song.

6) A strong, confident, and entertaining debut. Physical comedy is difficult to do decently and we don't see that much of it at NoShame. Needed a punchier punchline, but that's my only complaint. More, please.

7) Allegro: Very well-scripted. Could have used a bit more action.

8) Whole Entire: Arlen does serious/experimental/autobiographical pieces better than just about anyone else. This was no exception.

8.5) I enjoyed it.

**9) They Don't Even Exist: This is the best piece Evan Shenck has ever written. Pitch-perfect. I'm laughing just thinking about it.I think the enjoyment of the punchline is directly proportional to years spent working retail.

10) Captain: Liked it, but I'd still like to see Timm branch out a bit more--I already know he can do the "excited, rebellious little kid" thing.

*11.5) Welcome back, Jessie! This was very, very funny.

12) PSA Worth listening to: Funny. There was actually a line in here that made me crack up on stage, but I don't remember what it was. One of the locations--very cleverly chosen.

13) Cat Ball: I actually missed the funniest line in the piece because I was trying to run over my piece in my head.

14) Eh. Not one of my better efforts. The ending needed work. In fact, given how strong the night was, this was one of the weaker pieces of the night.

That being said, Brian--did you miss the part where I said it was a masterpiece that Lucas had to cut to shreds to stay alive? At no point did I refer to Lucas's writing as "insane ramblings."
And "drug-induced" doesn't mean bad--look at Philip K. Dick, or Samuel Taylor Coleridge, or William S. Burroughs. Or Hemingway or Fitzgerald (alcohol), for that matter. (There was a line that got inadvertently cut about how the whole reconsideration was prompted by how good Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was.)

15) Quote Boy: Enjoyable, but I can't remember how it ended.

1/28/2007 1:56 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Greg,

Yes, in fact, I did miss that part, and I'm sorry for the unfair review. In retrospect, it was a good piece; I just have this bias against Star Wars as comedy material, I guess. But that's my challenge.

1/28/2007 10:17 AM  
Blogger Mirri said...

1. The author engages in five minutes of emotional masturbation culminating in a psychic moneyshot across the collective metaphorical face of the audience
by Jonathon "I really hate mediacom" Shelton

It was funny. No ones denying it. Seemed a little long though. I would like to see Patrick threaten to cut people more often.


1.5 Bullshit is for gods amongst men
by Eli Wilkinson

I... don't... remember. Sorry Eli. I like your tital?

2. Out of luck
by Eric Landuyt

I actually think the skit was going okay. Yes the fake was pulled off very well but... I don't know. It comes down to this for me. Yes Eric, we know you've written some pieces that weren't that amazing. WE forgive you. Move on.

3. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa there are 13 a's in this title
by Mirri

There have been positve reviews of this so I feel positive as well.

4. A political Solution
by Adam Hahn

I'm rather unimpressed with Adam on the off days but this piece I was very into. The language and rythem was wonderful. Get your heart broken more often, it makes us like you more. (not intended to be mean, intended to be a rib nundge with a smile)

5. Homosexual Andy & Homosexual Miguel
by Jamal River and Michael Tabor

Yeah. I like I said on stage. Jamal's a real musician.

6. A Typical Practice Session, OR Why I am NOT a Music Major
by John Froehlig Jr.

Your name rocks. This guy is very awkward and nervous and this works very well for him. Maybe a little too much. Still, funny.

7. From the advice column of Renoir St. Allegro, Inmate #3257
by Katy Baggs

I kind of think katy's brilliant when it comes to language and uppercrust witty banter. And I don't mean that in a dry British comedy sense. This was hilarious.

8. Whole Entire by Arlen Lawson

We all know how much I admire Arlen, this is nothing new. To me it didn't have the usual impact of an Arlen monolgue at the end and at certain places in the transitions. It was still facinating with amazing imagry etc. we all know that arlen rocks at what he does, but I still feel that the last line could have done more than just sort of end.

8.5 If a genie suddenly came into my possession I would request but one wish and it would be that I be a black woman so that I could rightfully claim my place in the movie industry.
by Alyssa Russell

eh. It delivered what it promised well without being cheaply racially offensive. Thats worth noting.

9. They Don't Even Exist
by Evan Schenk

Evan knows I loved the shit out of this. Good casting, good script, good delivery. The only real thing was the sort of easy joke of them having had the things the whole time. This was however saved for me by the line "'cause fuck'em thats why."


10. The Captain
by Timm Sitzmann

Soy Captain! I laughed so hard I thought I'd cry at this. Timm plays this kind of character well and he can jump very high. I guess I think it might have been better to end it after "LA BAMBA" stopped playing. The little message was kinda cute but not as strong as a dance finale.

11. "Crazy Talk" by Matt Benyo

Never saw it coming. OH Matt Benyo, where have you been hiding all this time? This song was amazing and now I adore you.

11.5 A guy with a deep, grumbly voice reads The Far Side aloud
by Tah-Com

I think everyone knew we needed more of this. Thank you Jesse, no shame has missed you.

12. A P.S.A. Worth Listening To
by Nick Beatty

potential, a good idea, moderate exicution. I think Nick is coming along in the world. He always has some interesting premisis, this piece just seemed to be missing something.

13. Cat Ball Episode 1: Booger does the retard tease
by Jamal, Jake, Michael, Alyssa, + Booger

I wish I could have been apart of this original conversation. I also enjoyed knowing right away that Booger was Jamal's cat. I felt like I was in the "in" crowd.

14. An Explanation of Star Wars: Episode I THE PHANTOM MENACE
by Greg Machlin

Yes it was a little easy. Very fun and creative but its just that the movie came out five years ago and well... I feel kinda bad, greg, but you know, I don't care about it anymore. Maybe if this had been done closer to it's orginal release it would have been better recieved.

15. Quote Boy
by Patrick Ashcraft

I wish I had the kind of muscle control to make those faces Patrick makes. Prior to the show someone possibly missenformed for comedy's sake told me this piece was going to be about cheating and being cheated on. I doubted it very much at the time and was indeed correct.

1/28/2007 7:23 PM  
Blogger Mirri said...

I just read over my post. jesus god someone teach me how to spell.

1/28/2007 7:29 PM  
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1/29/2007 12:46 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

1) This was a good piece by Shelton, though I was behind the curtain so I missed the modem's annihilation. I enjoyed being in it, however briefly.

1.5) Um... can't remember.

2) Eric, stop making pieces about how much you suck, because you don't suck (anymore).

3) This was good and maybe when Mirri has the guitar part down we can hear it again?

4) Adam Hahn has women troubles, some of the time this results in my amusement at No-Shame. This would be one of those times. I wouldn't say it's his best work, but it's perfectly acceptable within the range of what we've come to expect. Good show.

5) This was such a great night for music but I have to say that this was the second best piece of the night. On any other night it would be the best.

6) O, Slapstick and pratfall! I don't know if Mr. Froehlig's nervous awkwardness was affected or real, but it worked for him.

7) I enjoyed doing this piece because it was very well written (if people think it was written by me, I have to say that I find that flattering--but it was written by Katy Baggs, damnit). There wasn't any action written into the script and I resent the suggestion that there should have been--not every piece has to be Eric Landuyt plummeting from the sky onto the side of his ankle. Skilled verbal execution of a good concept is all you need.

8) Arlen Lawson is King Monologue.

8.5) I don't think I understood what this was about.

9) I spoke with Brian and the Michael Tabor end of the table at Village Inn, first yelling across the room and flipping them off, then more sedately at a distance of a few feet about this, and I have to agree. The problem is that I invalidated the whole premise of the skit in the last lines of it, by making the gag suddenly be that I actually had a bunch of cylinders behind the curtain. This was a mistake, but I came up with the last line of the piece and it demanded to be worked in. I happen to believe it worked out kind of okay.

10) The highlight of this piece was definitely the part where "La Bamba" came on.

11) Wow, I barely even knew that Matt could play guitar and then he came out with this which was not only very awesome, but maybe the most awesome of any song I've heard at No-Shame Theatre. I don't say that lightly, considering the voluminous output of Jamal and the Michael Tabors.

11.5) Home run, Jesse.

12) This was pretty good, even if I was sexually inadequate.

13) I have to admit that I wasn't too great of a fan of this piece. My girlfriend enjoyed it because it was about a cat named Booger, and she likes cats or something, I don't know. But the concept of a horrific hairy cat-ball hanging off of the cat's anus actually sort of disgusted me, and I wasn't sure I liked the reference to retards. Still, Michael Tabor bowing before the (specious) logic of his friends was a highlight of the evening.

14) Satyrs. It all makes sense now.

15) Nobody loves you, quoteboy, except the audience. Great piece. The best part was probably the two or three utterly irrelevant quotes.

1/29/2007 1:03 AM  
Blogger Jake Gontero said...

1. The author engages in five minutes of emotional masturbation culminating in a psychic moneyshot across the collective metaphorical face of the audienceby Jonathon "I really hate mediacom" Shelton

Mediacom's not THAT bad! They were probably just mad at you because you wanted to cancel your cable internet service.

1.5 Bullshit is for gods amongst men by Eli Wilkinson

I don't remember what happened in this one! I'm very sorry!

2. Out of luck by Eric Landuyt

I liked this all right for awhile. You told him to SHIT! And he did. I've never been that into the "freak the audience out by making them think the audience and other participants are stopping the piece early" pieces, so maybe that's what I didn't like about the last bit that much. It was pretty mean of Patrick to actually rub real poop on you though.

3. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa there are 13 a's in this title by Mirri

I would have liked to hear this with the music even though people said it was better without.

4. A political Solution by Adam Hahn

I really wish there were descriptions with this order, because I don't remember what happened. I remember a lot of yelling. You yelled at Senator Tabor for a long time, I think.

5. Homosexual Andy & Homosexual Miguel by Jamal River and Michael Tabor

This song is great. It gets stuck in my head every time I hear it. If you liked this version, check out the version from the DVD!

6. A Typical Practice Session, OR Why I am NOT a Music Major by John Froehlig Jr.

The thing that wasn't working for me was the physical comedy. I liked how you changed your mind though and said, "I guess I only need this." and then put the small tiny little book on the music stand. I also liked the crack about "Why do people laugh at me when I tell them I play clarinet?" or whatever that line was. You know the one!

7. From the advice column of Renoir St. Allegro, Inmate #3257 by Katy Baggs

This was hilarious! I liked Evan's delivery of this piece a lot too. "I understand you can 'wiki' it." That was my favorite line. It found its way into most of my sentences since Friday night. Brian told me he'd wiki something for me, and I told him I'd wiki a link to him for something. This was funny.

8. Whole Entire by Arlen Lawson

I like these Arlen monologues a lot. Write more of these!

8.5 If a genie suddenly came into my possession I would request but one wish and it would be that I be a black woman so that I could rightfully claim my place in the movie industry. by Alyssa Russell

I don't remember this one either? Was this the one Katy Baggs performed?

9. They Don't Even Exist by Evan Schenk

Hilarious! The suggestion to go to Best Buy and purchase a CD player or an MP3 player to replace his grammophone had me laughing after the show. There was controversy about the ending of this piece. Okay, maybe I didn't like that there were millions of copies back there the whole time, but "Because FUCK HIM, THAT'S WHY" was well worth having there already be cylinders of that song.

10. The Captain by Timm Sitzmann

Again, I'm an idiot for not remembering the content of this, but I remember really liking it and thinking it was funny.

11. "Crazy Talk" by Matt Benyo

I liked the song. Good job.

11.5 A guy with a deep, grumbly voice reads The Far Side aloud by Tah-Com

This was WAY funnier than I imagined from hearing the title of the piece in the order.

12. A P.S.A. Worth Listening To by Nick Beatty

I don't remember much about this either. Except for a list of places to have sex. I laughed a few times during that list.

13. Cat Ball Episode 1: Booger does the retard tease by Jamal, Jake, Michael, Alyssa, + Booger

Okay, this definitely didn't go as well as I had hoped. As we were reading through it right before the show to make sure we could do it, we were saying, "You know, I don't think people are going to like this." In its defense though, it was not a transcribed conversation as Brian said. Michael wasn't even around for the "conversation" and Alyssa was asleep when Jamal and I were talking about it. Michael, Jamal, and I added Michael's character in to make it EXTRA hilarious. It was just a piece written around the idea that something strange and ridiculous causes the catball to move. Definitely not a conversation transcription. About the "retard" references, I did feel a bit bad about this. Trust me though, the logic of the argument of the whole thing does NOT stand up at all if the gentlemen have it all going on upstairs. We talked about it at length. Still, it seems that most of the jokes were apparently only funny to us.

14. An Explanation of Star Wars: Episode I THE PHANTOM MENACE by Greg Machlin

I must have been spacing out a lot that night. I remember Greg talking, and I remember his thick notebook he was holding, and I remember George Lucas meeting some weird creature that forced him to do SOMETHING? I'm sorry for having forgotten other things. I'm definitely going to pay more attention to everybody next week.

15. Quote Boy by Patrick Ashcraft

This was REALLY funny. I think I laughed more at this piece than any other piece of the night. Patrick's voice made this really funny, and the fact that he wouldn't stop quoting things was even better. Somehow throughout these pieces, the piece actually made the quotes he was saying funny, even though they weren't funny quotes. I don't know how to describe what I mean, but it was a weird experience to say the least!

It was a pretty fun night, and the crowd was HUGE! Where did they all come from? Will they come back???

1/29/2007 1:14 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

No worries, Brian--you & Mirri are right--Star Wars *is* too easy for humor in general, and I think that was one of the things weakening the piece. (And Jake, don't worry, you didn't miss much. Better piece the next time, I promise.)

Mirri, I've come to the conclusion, that even if I'd done this in 1999, it still would have been too easy. But maybe I can get my hands on a time machine…

1/29/2007 3:06 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

1. The author engages in five minutes of emotional masturbation culminating in a psychic moneyshot across the collective metaphorical face of the audience
by Jonathon "I really hate mediacom" Shelton

No, sir I do not like jokes about being mean to babies.


1.5 Bullshit is for gods amongst men
by Eli Wilkinson

I also do not remember it!

2. Out of luck
by Eric Landuyt

Who was fooled? Not me! I'm not a fan of fake out endings unless I'M the one doing it.

3. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa there are 13 a's in this title
by Mirri

I thought this was pretty good. I would've liked to hear it with music too.

4. A political Solution
by Adam Hahn

I've liked Adam pieces better. I thought this was "OK."

5. Homosexual Andy & Homosexual Miguel
by Jamal River and Michael Tabor

I think it was good. The "catchiness" is owed to Jamal...he wrote the melody and music...I just helped with the lyrics.

6. A Typical Practice Session, OR Why I am NOT a Music Major
by John Froehlig Jr.

Really funny! My favorite line was "You're drunk! I can hear your slurred speach!"

7. From the advice column of Renoir St. Allegro, Inmate #3257
by Katy Baggs

I also thought this was an Evan piece. But it was pretty good.

8. Whole Entire by Arlen Lawson

Did you use my pen to write this? I'd feel so honored!

8.5 If a genie suddenly came into my possession I would request but one wish and it would be that I be a black woman so that I could rightfully claim my place in the movie industry.
by Alyssa Russell

WHAT?

9. They Don't Even Exist
by Evan Schenk

BEST OF! BEST OF! BEST OF! BEST OF! BETTER ENDING! Also, I looked into it, and a grammophone did play wax cylinders AND records depending on the type of grammophone.

10. The Captain
by Timm Sitzmann

I didn't like it so much. I don't like "I'm a little kid!" pieces! Bleh. Also, I thought it was too long!

11. "Crazy Talk" by Matt Benyo

Ok, I do not know what everybody is talking about. This song was pretty good, but Homosexual Andy & Homosexual Migeul was VERY good. Hence, our song was better, fools.

11.5 A guy with a deep, grumbly voice reads The Far Side aloud
by Tah-Com

BEST OF! BEST OF! BEST OF!

12. A P.S.A. Worth Listening To
by Nick Beatty

I don't remember it!

13. Cat Ball Episode 1: Booger does the retard tease
by Jamal, Jake, Michael, Alyssa, + Booger

I think it was pretty funny.

14. An Explanation of Star Wars: Episode I THE PHANTOM MENACE
by Greg Machlin

I didn't like it!

15. Quote Boy
by Patrick Ashcraft

BEST OF! BEST OF! BEST OF! BEST OF!

1/29/2007 9:16 AM  
Blogger nick beatty said...

Michael Tabor... how can you not remember a piece that you were in?

In fact you seen to have difficulty remembering any of my pieces....

1/29/2007 10:04 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

Oh, right! I wasn't paying attention! I was text messaging Lumo while I was on stage.

1/29/2007 11:38 AM  
Blogger jasmnasll said...

"Still, it seems that most of the jokes were apparently only funny to us."

ONLY to us, Jake, ONLY? Perhaps you're forgetting a certain Janani saying it was like a SHAKESPEARE?!! A SHAKESPEARE, Jake! They MAKE you read him in school, JAKE, because he's THAT GOOD!!! (They only had a chance to make me read one and that was in 9th grade, but HEY! SDHUT UPPP!!) No really: I'm serious. Till I hear different, I'm assuming it was very very good! What "different", JAKE?! No, I DIDN'T read the other reviews, no I DON'T even know what you're responding to, OKAY!!! Stop waasting my time!
P.S. I liked your review of the show, it was fun!

1/29/2007 2:08 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

I once took an entire course on that guy and I read a play a week of his! I mention this, because apparently the three of us are being called the "new Shakespeare"? I'm cool with that, I suppose.

1/29/2007 2:56 PM  
Blogger can said...

My son Malc was supposed to come to your show and do a preformance! He was very excited, and thought it was going to be good! But at the last moment, I told him to stay home, and I went in his stead. He wanted me to tell you: I really did have a fun time, and there's some fun talent going on, to be sure! I might come back for more!

1. The author engages in five minutes of emotional masturbation culminating in a psychic moneyshot across the collective metaphorical face of the audience
by Jonathon "I really hate mediacom" Shelton

I don't currently have an internet station, so some of the humor in this piece was just a bit over my head. My son Malc works at Mediacom and seems to enjoy it, though, so I guess I don't like seeing my son's livelihood threatened.

1.5 Bullshit is for gods amongst men
by Eli Wilkinson

I would like to see this one again so I can tell you my specific thoughts on it.

2. Out of luck
by Eric Landuyt

It is very very unsanitary to put rectally excreted anus onto your shirt. You CAN and WILL get a disease from this.

3. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa there are 13 a's in this title
by Mirri

The Doors couldn't have said it better, "People have friends, and people are stangers. Stragners are people: people with friends."

4. A political Solution
by Adam Hahn

I don't keep up with the political situations that sometimes go on, so some of the jokes in this left me a little cold. My son Malc volunteers for Kerry/Edwards volunteer clinic, though, so I guess I just don't like to see something my son really cares about threatened.

5. Homosexual Andy & Homosexual Miguel
by Jamal River and Michael Tabor

This reminds me of a poem I read by Allen Ginsberg. He too had homosexuality in his life, and he found a way to share it with people, just as the song would suggest.

6. A Typical Practice Session, OR Why I am NOT a Music Major
by John Froehlig Jr.

I feel bad that I laughed so hard when he told me he played the clarinet. I didn't think he would take it personally.

7. From the advice column of Renoir St. Allegro, Inmate #3257
by Katy Baggs

An advice column like this would cause problems. Most newspapers would not even be willing to print it!

8. Whole Entire by Arlen Lawson

You have to ask yourself: did the piece listen to your concerns? Did it address these concerns? I find it pleasant to think so.

8.5 If a genie suddenly came into my possession I would request but one wish and it would be that I be a black woman so that I could rightfully claim my place in the movie industry.
by Alyssa Russell

I have no real knowledge of the movie industry or race relations, so this was kind of baffling for me. My son Malc does happen to be a black man, though, and sometimes he is in plays and would like to do movies. He says being black does NOT make it easier for him, so I don't know if I like seeing my son's message disregarded like that.

9. They Don't Even Exist
by Evan Schenk

I don't know why ANY store would have a wax tube recording of ANY band, real OR made up. I couldn't really get past that.

10. The Captain
by Timm Sitzmann

I thought he would never ever get that ship to float, but I think he did eventually! Am I wronbg?

11. "Crazy Talk" by Matt Benyo

"summer breeze, make me feel fine..." That's my all time favorite song in the world. "blowing through the Jasmine in my mind!"

11.5 A guy with a deep, grumbly voice reads The Far Side aloud
by Tah-Com

I admit, I have not read the Far Side before now, so I think this was more for the people who are familiar with it and with Jim Davis' particular brand of humor. Sometimes my son Malc will describe a particularly savory panel, but these ones I hadn't heard about.

12. A P.S.A. Worth Listening To
by Nick Beatty

I accidentally fell asleep for a few minutes before this piece started.

13. Cat Ball Episode 1: Booger does the retard tease
by Jamal, Jake, Michael, Alyssa, + Booger

I think I woke up just as the titular "Booger" was finishing up his "retard tease", which wasn't the sort of thing I'm into, but I guess it's more for the younger crowd.

14. An Explanation of Star Wars: Episode I THE PHANTOM MENACE
by Greg Machlin

I haven't yet seen the new Star Wars movie. My son Malc spent some time with Steve Spielberg last summer, though, and says that he really truly is the genius they all talk about!

15. Quote Boy
by Patrick Ashcraft

I too find quotes to be invigorating, but not all of these ones inspired me, some seemed not related to what I was thinking or feeling.

Nice work everybody! Unless I'm mistaken, you're a fine troupe, and I liked your show! See you next week! And keep up the goodwork!

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1/29/2007 3:39 PM  
Blogger Luke said...

I'm way late on asking this question, but has anybody else tried to get that dvd/cd to work that michael tabor was giving out?

I'm pretty sure mine doesn't do anything :(

1/30/2007 1:18 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

1/30/2007 1:29 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

Luke, after you put the DVD in, it'll look like nothing is happening, but don't let that faze you. Take the remote of your DVD player and hit "Play," anyway. It should start playing. Turn up the volume, because it's a little soft.

I hope that's what was going on. Let us know.

1/30/2007 3:27 PM  
Blogger jomol said...

If the DVD persists in not working, bring it to the show Friday for an exchange or refund (of $0!!!!!!!!!!!!D you get IT??!!!!!!!!!LAUGH

1/30/2007 5:47 PM  
Blogger Shelton! said...

1. The author engages in five minutes of emotional masturbation culminating in a psychic moneyshot across the collective metaphorical face of the audience
by Jonathon "I really hate mediacom" Shelton

First of all, I would like to address Jake Gontero's comment that Mediacom is "not that bad". FUCK YOU! You weren't there, man! You don't know the bullshit they put me through! Every day I was afraid to check my mail because I thought the collection agency would be there! They cost me $140 dollars. Mediacom is literally the child-raping devil worshippers I made them out to be. Literally!


1.5 Bullshit is for gods amongst men
by Eli Wilkinson
I too liked the Brokeback music we added. Good stuff.


2. Out of luck
by Eric Landuyt
Eric, I liked the first part of the skit a LOT! I really liked it until you started the self-deprecation after Patrick walked out. If you would have not been so hard on yourself, the skit would have been amazing! As it stands, I give it an 8.

3. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa there are 13 a's in this title
by Mirri
Pretty good song.

4. A political Solution
by Adam Hahn
GREAT!!! W00T SHIRT TALKING!

5. Homosexual Andy & Homosexual Miguel
by Jamal River and Michael Tabor
What the fuck, guys? First of all, I hate "Grey Gardens". Second of all, the opera had nothing to do with Adam and Eve, except you kept talking about Adam's Taint. What the fuck.

6. A Typical Practice Session, OR Why I am NOT a Music Major
by John Froehlig Jr.
I forget the punchline people are talking about. So I'll make one up. Man, that mayonnaise in the clarinet was HILARIOUS!

7. From the advice column of Renoir St. Allegro, Inmate #3257
by Katy Baggs
Katy, you and Evan need to write and perform a skit together. I think it might possibly be the best thing ever.

8. Whole Entire by Arlen Lawson
Sorry, I can't remember this one really.

8.5 If a genie suddenly came into my possession I would request but one wish and it would be that I be a black woman so that I could rightfully claim my place in the movie industry.
by Alyssa Russell
Don't worry Alyssa. You'll always be Afro-Centric enough for me. In my pants.

9. They Don't Even Exist
by Evan Schenk
I didn't like my blocking in this. I had my back to, like, half the audience. I don't know what else I could have done though! This skit was awesome, though! See Katy's comment above.

10. The Captain
by Timm Sitzmann
Yay skits about little kids!I didn't get any cookies :(

11. "Crazy Talk" by Matt Benyo
I don't like songs about the death of faith. They make me sad.

11.5 A guy with a deep, grumbly voice reads The Far Side aloud
by Tah-Com
I think I'd like "A guy with a high, musical voice reads 'Rex Morgan, M.D.'" would be better.

12. A P.S.A. Worth Listening To
by Nick Beatty
Better yet, the roommates having sex should just get their partnerless roommates some action. And by "partnerless roommates", I mean me. Get me some action. THAT'S a P.S.A.

13. Cat Ball Episode 1: Booger does the retard tease
by Jamal, Jake, Michael, Alyssa, + Booger
What will make the cat-ball thing swing next week? I can't wait!

14. An Explanation of Star Wars: Episode I THE PHANTOM MENACE
by Greg Machlin
You failed to explain a few things: Why was that kid in there?! He was terrible! Also, VADER built C-3PO? What the hell?

15. Quote Boy
by Patrick Ashcraft
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.
-Albert Camus

1/30/2007 8:16 PM  
Blogger Mumphrey said...

Hello. My name is Mumphrey Spilli. I have been going to No Shame in Iowa City for many many years, and I feel like I may be at a point where I am ready to perform for the 1st time! But before I do, I would very much like some feedback from you all 1st! I want you to read some of my writing, and to tell me if you like my style and think it will be good at No Shame. As you read, ask yourself: what needs to be changed? What "clicks" for you? Thanks! your input is invauable. I can't wait to hear what you have to say about me and my writing!

This is the monologue I was thinking of doing...

"To Love Somebody"
by Mumphrey Spilli

"...There's a light - a certain kind of light that's never shone on
me..."


"So... tell me about your young man."

"Well, there's not much to tell, Gran. He's a Federal Agent...
FBI. I don't know much about his job, yet. We've been dating about
a month, and it's been fun, so far. He's very sweet; I think you'd
like him."

"Hmmph. If you'd ever bring him over so I can meet him... maybe I
could see for myself. What's he look like? Handsome? You deserve
someone handsome, Lillian."

"Gran! Yes, he's very handsome. Tall and slender, with dark
brown hair and the loveliest hazel eyes. Very nice smile. He can be
shy sometimes... and he has this great sense of humor. He's the kind
of guy you're proud to be seen with, you know?"

"Hazel eyes, huh? Your grandfather had hazel eyes. They were so
clear they could make me melt at twenty paces... So. When's the
wedding? I'm not getting any younger, y'know."

"GRAN! We've only gone on maybe four dates! I haven't even met his
family yet!"

"Well, what's the hold-up, eh? You're not getting any younger
either, Lilly. I'd like to hold a few great-grandkids in my arms
once before I die. You're my only granddaughter, my love... don't
make me wait too long."

"For heaven's sake, Gran... you're only seventy! And you run rings
around all of us, even me! Look, I have to go. I've got a lunch
date. I promise we'll come over, maybe this weekend, okay? You'll
get to meet him, if he's agreeable. As I said, it's early days
still; I don't want to jinx this. He could end up being somebody
very important in my life. I'll let you know, okay? But right now
I'm running late. I don't want to keep Fox waiting..."

I remember that conversation as if it happened yesterday, instead of
over two years ago... we'd only just begun getting to know
one another and I was eager and needy and trying so hard to hide it.
Fox was the first man I had dated in a long time that made me feel as
if anything could be possible in my life. And don't get me wrong;
these last few years have been wonderful. Fox is wonderful. He's
romantic and loving and funny and just so sweet. Sometimes my
feelings for him make me ache. I fell in love with him on our third
date, and after two years I am no closer to knowing for sure if he
loves me in return.

Oh, I know he cares for me a great deal. I can feel it in the way
he touches me, makes love to me. A woman can tell when a man
cherishes her - and Fox cherishes me.

But, love? Oh, I just don't know... once, about six months ago, I
thought maybe he'd say it. Maybe, I'd finally hear the words.

He'd taken me to a little country inn outside of Boston, for the
weekend. It was my thirtieth birthday, and he'd devoted the entire
weekend to making me happy. We'd gone out to dinner and dancing; had
gone hiking in the hills and had made love out under the stars. I
had come so close to telling him, saying those words to him. I'd
held them inside for a very long time, wanting so much to tell him
but always not quite finding the right moment - not feeling the right
vibe from Fox. It was as if a piece of him was cooler than the rest;
as fiercely as he could give me physical love, that cool piece edged
out the vital words I'd been expecting to hear, after we'd both
collapsed against each other and our bodies cooled in the night.

This particular weekend was no different...

We'd gone dancing again, and we'd both had one too many. We'd
walked back to the inn and on the way there we'd found a little copse
of trees far away from the lights of the inn and the security lamps
dotting some of the lanes. A small circle of the night sky was
visible above the close-knit leafy tree-tops, and it was here that
Fox laid me on the cool grass and removed my clothes, kissing each
bared spot of skin tenderly. He'd used his hands and his beautiful
lips to stroke me and caress my skin until I was on fire with it,
with the need to scream aloud my love for him. He'd parted my thighs
and slipped between them with one long, smooth glide of hard silky
flesh, and had buried himself so deeply within me that I could feel
him touch my soul. To me, it had to be love; what else could it be?
With every thrust I felt he was calling to me, telling me of his
devotion. He wouldn't make such exquisite love to just any woman;
this I could not believe. All that passionate tenderness; the wealth
of reverence I could sense in each touch of his trembling fingertips,
as he drove harder, and deeper... The way his mouth clung to mine and
his tongue copied each delicious movement of his body...

He had to love me. He had to. And he'd tell me; this time Fox
would say the words...

"Lilly... God. It was wonderful... you are wonderful. Thank you
for coming with me... thank you."

I lay underneath his warm body in the cool summer night and wondered
why, after having given me so much of himself, Fox Mulder couldn't
bring himself to say those few simple words that would make my world
complete.

Six months later I am still wondering.

1/30/2007 8:31 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

I'd just like to say that Shelton's piece tickled me because I also hate Mediacom.

Also, at Village Inn I brought up the pigment Prussian Blue and mentioned that it was used to treat thallium poisoning, and SOMEBODY said that no it wasn't because Prussian Blue is cyanide. Well, according to wikipedia ("I understand you can 'wiki' it"), "The formation of Prussian blue can be used as a test for inorganic cyanide" (in the article "Chemical test for cyanide") but is not cyanide itself, and that "One of the main methods of removing thallium (both radioactive and normal) from humans is to use Prussian blue, which is a solid ion exchange material which absorbs thallium and releases potassium" (under the article for Thallium).

Thank you and goodnight.

Also, Benyo's song was very pretty. And Quote Boy made me laugh very hard.

1/31/2007 3:46 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

"What the fuck, guys? First of all, I hate "Grey Gardens". Second of all, the opera had nothing to do with Adam and Eve, except you kept talking about Adam's Taint. What the fuck."

Shelton, we'd be happy to explain/discuss with you the project and how our ideas to how it pertains to Adam & Eve, but remember the deal: you must have watched the DVD all the way through.

1/31/2007 6:59 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

Can, do you know when your song Malc is planning on finally doing PHONE SANDWICH? I can't wait to do it!

1/31/2007 10:41 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

It was me that was arguing about that, Katy. If you had really be HONEST about wiki'ing this information you would have found that Prussian Blue is also called iron(III) ferrocyanide (and in fact, Cyanide derives it's name from Prussian Blue, "cyan" coming from the Greek for blue).

I was incorrect in my statement because Prussian Blue is not usually very toxic--but when it is treated with acids it will release deadly poison gas. I had it backwards; atmospheric cyanide gas will tend to settle and stabilize by turning into Prussian Blue (thus the name of the White Supremacist Olsen Twin Band, Prussian Blue, is an overt reference to the Holocaust). It can revert and produce a lot of poison when treated with acids.

So, I was about half right and you are a LIAR by OMISSION, madame.

For completeness, I will note that I also wiki'd "Journey", "Dingo", and a bunch of stuff about "Hannibal Rising" which is being advertised now.

Dingos are awesome.

Also--
Even if gramophones could play records depending on the type of gramophone, the gramophone in the skit was referred to as an Edison Cylinder Phonograph circa 1890--which would certainly not be able to use records, sir.

Good day!

1/31/2007 12:28 PM  
Blogger can said...

"Can, do you know when your song Malc is planning on finally doing PHONE SANDWICH? I can't wait to do it!"

Dear Mr. Tabor:

Thanks for your enthusiasm, I'm sure my son Malc appreciates it. I was not aware that you were scheduled to appear in the piece? But I myself have yet to read it. I know Malc is proud of it. But I also know he is proud of his work and who he is, and part of who he is right now is a Mediacom employee, and honestly, I don't know if all the anti-Mediacom sentiment I'm picking up on here is going make him feel comfortable performing at all. Fuck you all for hurting Malc's feelings!
Also, I useed a search engine on a friend's internet station, and was unable to locate any mention of the "1890 gramaphone" that you mention in an earlier post, nor am I clear in your flippant implication that it was involved in the genocidal extermination of my people! (not my son Malc's people, his mother is Jamaican?, but that's not my point!).
As for your piece, Mumphrey, since no one else is giving you feedback?? I will tell you what I think: This must be the worst fantasy I've ever read. I wonder why so many people like it so much. The first few pages were fine, but then the story got really predictable, and remained so until the end.

The framework of the story and the world you created are at best simplistic. I mean, you could have put a little more thought into that. Another example is the highly basic outlining of the evil creatures. The Skull Bearers (lol) from the northern Skull Kingdom (lol even louder) controlled by a Warlock Lord in his lair at Skull Mountain (crying out loud).

Other sources of irritation:
* Up till page 270 there is basically only one storyline
* Similarities with LOTR
* No real character development
* Super dwarf Hendel (intelligent, strong, stealthy and agile) as an easy problem solver
* Only one woman in a book containing 726 pages (not good!!!)
Story framing: The Warlock Lord wants to conquer world. Of course our heroes cannot tolerate this. The Evil Lord can only be stopped and destroyed with the mystical Sword of Shannara. This Sword can only be used effectively by an heir of the house of Shannara, of which there is only one left: Shea Ohmsford. After a very, very long walk with all the necessary hindrances and an endless repetition of badly formulated doubts and thoughts, Shea finds the Sword and defeats the Warlock Lord.

This is the apex of no-brainer literature.

1/31/2007 1:03 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

Evan - you know who else is a liar by omission? Your mom, when she never told you that I totally made out with her.

Also, thanks for reading my thing, you were funny.

1/31/2007 1:48 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

"I was not aware that you were scheduled to appear in the piece?"

Can-

My apologies. I am not supposed to be in the piece. I just made a typo. I meant to type "I can't wait for him to do it."

1/31/2007 1:59 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

"Even if gramophones could play records depending on the type of gramophone, the gramophone in the skit was referred to as an Edison Cylinder Phonograph circa 1890--which would certainly not be able to use records, sir."

What? Why are you still arguing? If I looked and saw that a gramophone can do both things, then obviously your statement in your piece was indeed factually accurate. I brought it up in my review to clear the air. So, what? Are you just trying to drive the point home?

1/31/2007 2:07 PM  
Blogger Alyssa R. said...

Sorry if I offended anyone with my piece. It wasn't the intention to do so. There also wasn't really a supposed to be any point to it. I just don't want can to hate me and think I'm some sort of awful bigot of something.

1/31/2007 2:55 PM  
Blogger mortimer said...

i seldomly find these blogger aliases to be funny. the only thing that is funny about it is that it ISNT funny and someone is spending so much time doing it.

im sorry if ive insulted you (yous) and your craft (s) but i just dont get it. and i like bizarre things.

1/31/2007 3:19 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

Katy--
OMG you just burned me!

Michael Tabor--
Listen, Michael Tabor, if that is your real name, which I bet it isn't: I will drive a point home. And by point I mean the point of a big mining pick, and by home I mean home through the crown of your big blonde head. Grrr. Blog-fight.

2/01/2007 12:07 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

Evan-

I found your comments very threatening and I now fear for my own safety. Please expect, sometime today, to be served with a restraining order. When you come to No Shame, make sure you stay in the lounge. That outta be around 100 feet. I'll bring a tape measure to be sure.

2/01/2007 7:33 AM  
Blogger justin said...

Man, some screwed up crap is going on on this board. I don't know what, exactly, but somebody's totally messing with this thing. I posted yesterday as... Gleengleen or something... some made up bullshit -- it was just a parody of these fuckedd up "Can" and "Mumphrey" posts, which are weird but whatever, I do think it's cool that people can post whatever on here. Except I guess you can't because my post totally got deleted! Which is ironice considering it was about how this blog embraces open minded debate! (and yeah I pasted on stuff from wiki as a joke but that was just because "Can" and those "people" do it!) So what gives?! Why does MY post get deleted? And I remember there was anotheer post after mine, which is weird because now it's gone too! It was just a short offhand remark by Adam Hahn I think, something like, "These fake posts are making my butt chapped!" or something, I don't know, but I thought it was funny,and now somebody deleted HIS post too! So I don't know the story, but somebody is clearly editing this site as they see fit! Not cool!
Note: No, you probably don't know me. I've only been onstage once (I performed Kevin Swatek's "A Cup of Coffee", but that was a long time ago), but I still like to go to the shows occassionally. Or I DID! (Just playing, Friday's show was cool, I had a good time, that's why I'm disappointed to see this blog is being tampered with)

2/01/2007 12:58 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

There's two schools of thought on it, Justin. Those of us who think we should do what we want because it's funny and fun and who's it really hurting? (the fun ones). And those of us (the lame ones) who are all serious and "this blog is to talk about no shame and nothing else blah blah blah stay on topic and don't have fun you're taking away from the glory of no shame by drawing attention away from it! blah blah blah!"

Unfortunantly, some of us have a little more say in it than others.

2/01/2007 2:24 PM  
Blogger AdamEggHahn said...

This was a fun show, though it felt long. Many people finished their pieces in half light, and many others were close (myself included). Mentally append, "and this should have been about a minute shorter." to the following comments, and to the invisible comments for pieces I didn't review.

1. The piece was slowed down by having so many scene breaks.
Did you see that dude pistol-whip that other dude?
2. Performing in this, I don't think I expected anyone to actually be faked out by the ending.
Also, I'm sorry I didn't yell like I was supposed to at the first orgasm.
3. I felt like the lack of musical accompaniment made Mirri take all the space out of the singing. It would have been better if she'd paused, let her voice play with the silence a little.
5. Enjoyable.
6. This worked because John committed to it. I liked this, and I feel like John has room to grow as a performer.
John, consider:
-Slowing down a bit, giving us time to figure everything out instead of mumbling explanations.
-Could you have said nothing until the other character entered?
-How does it look from the audience? Are you performing to the house, or are you facing upstage, standing between us and your props? (Because of my weird angle from the end of the front row, it was hard for me to judge what most of the audience would have seen.)
7. Liked the premise, and Katy's usual sense of brutal wimsy, but I felt like this could have either covered more ground or wrapped up much earlier. Good use of Evan.
9. Man, Evan really beat himself up over the ending. I think it worked, despite invalidating the original premise, because the premise went as far as it would go without the piece ending. We had our fun, and we needed one more punchline before the lights went down.
10. Cute fun, too long. I wish it could have reached a resolution without breaking character. Also, Timm threw the condom at me.
11. Too musically good for me to say anything useful.
12. I'm really surprised that this piece sustained as well as it did, but I would have enjoyed it more if it had been less than a minute long. Real PSAs are short, and the familiar structure of PSA-turned-evil can be executed in relatively few lines.
13. Meh.
14. I always thought satyrs were half goat. Turns out, they were originally part horse.
There was some good stuff in here, but I don't think it's anyone's favorite Greg Machlin piece.
15. Lovely.
Enjoyable, but I can't remember how it ended.
With QUOTES!
Most of the cast facing away from us, then turning around for, "three hours later," was clever.

2/02/2007 1:19 AM  
Blogger jml said...

I-a was-a gonna do-a review a-too, Padam! But... having put it off to the very most lastest second... I fear I will only remember .23 of the show, instead of my usual .33. Boinks!!! Aye-aye-aye! AWWOOOGA!!!

1. The author engages in five minutes of emotional masturbation culminating in a psychic moneyshot across the collective metaphorical face of the audience
by Jonathon "I really hate mediacom" Shelton

You know, I haven't had a bad time with Mediacom, really. Their $5 late charges are kind of rude, BUT, they let me be PRETTY damn late without cutting me off. Which I like. Them and the phone.

My favoritest part was when the baby's head rolled or flew over at me, I can't remember exactly which. Anyway, I picked it up and set it on the bottom step so Shellman would see it when the piece was over. But then! When the lights went out, the baby head was eerily illuminated by one of the stair lights. Quite picturesque, actually! So then I secretly hoped Jonofan would NOT see the head, or would not want it. No and no he did and did.

1.5 Bullshit is for gods amongst men
by Eli Wilkinson


Had to wee

2. Out of luck
by Eric Landuyt

Still, with the wee

3. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa there are 13 a's in this title
by Mirri

I enjoyed this. I can't say if guitar would have helped or hurt... personally, in my imagination, I think I like it better a cappella. So... right on! Also, seems like it takes way guts to sing pretty in front of a crowd - A-CAPELLA STYLE! ...I'm trying to picture doing it myself... Mmm...

4. A political Solution
by Adam Hahn

You know, I remember liking this pretty well while I was watching it, and now... honestly don't remember much at all. Getting mad about politics is... useless? ...and Padam is ...angry and frustrated about life? That's the feeling I'm left with, OK?! Well I know it doesn't sound like much now, you had to BE there! Jerk

5. Homosexual Andy & Homosexual Miguel
by Jamal River and Michael Tabor

Seemed to go fine. I feel a little weird about this song because a)I'm not clear on why it exists b)I hope the song doesn't come off as homophobic, or even insestive or disrespectual, and I worry a litte that it might. (Also, Mirri, I must throw in a word here about my alleged musicalityness: I'm really not a perspecially good guitar guy for real-- I been playing like 10 years and I still use the same... 9 chords! Thanks for the kind words, though.)

6. A Typical Practice Session, OR Why I am NOT a Music Major
by John Froehlig Jr.

Fuckin AWESOME!

7. From the advice column of Renoir St. Allegro, Inmate #3257
by Katy Baggs

I never know if people want "honesty" reviews or "happy" reviews, and I know even less which would do them more better gooder! Do you even understand?! Do you LIKE me to lie to you?! I CANNOT SHOW YOU ALL MY SECRETS! O GOD...
-"I liked it! It was pretty funny"
-"I remember liking parts quite a bit, I would have liked to see some editing maybe -- pare it down some."
Oh Jesus, Guy #2, you sound like some asshole professor! Go to hell! Who cares what YOU think anyway?!

8. Whole Entire by Arlen Lawson

Aw, I forgot this one. I mean, till I saw the title: I remember it now. It's buried in my skull. Arlen found another image to terrify my pansy-ass psyche: fish-hook torn little-boy arm shooting a blood stream. I liked this monologue a lot, but did become relatively ill for part of it.

8.5 If a genie suddenly came into my possession I would request but one wish and it would be that I be a black woman so that I could rightfully claim my place in the movie industry.
by Alyssa Russell

Don't recall.

9. They Don't Even Exist
by Evan Schenk

Loved it. 1 of 3 that night that made me laugh till I HOITS! (And yeah, ideally, I'd drop the twist end, but yeah, "Because fuck him" is a really good line. So we're cool. But let's talk about it for like HUNDRED YEARS, DUDE!)

10. The Captain
by Timm Sitzmann

It seems like I was laughing a lot, but I don't know what exaclty was going on. I remember Michael got that cookie bag, and I ate like... 6 cookie motherfuckers, and I was stoked.

11. "Crazy Talk" by Matt Benyo

I said it to Matt, and I'll says it to the internet: Internet Matt, you got a pretty voice. Also, I liked the chord changes on the... chorus ...I think. Well something in there sounded neat to me ears. Don't try to teach it to me, though. You and your wack "Gnarls" chords. How bout "D" "C" "G"? Eh? How's THAT for some fun chords?

11.5 A guy with a deep, grumbly voice reads The Far Side aloud
by Tah-Com

Best of best of! Pieceno#.Deuce that made the ol belly hurt with goodness. I knew... most or all of the panels he was reading, which made me a little sad. Apparently the things I knew when I was 8 are buried in very shallow ground.

12. A P.S.A. Worth Listening To
by Nick Beatty

I don't really have a review! I'm tired of writing reviews. ...Then I proceeded to write one, sort of, and then I deleted it!

13. Cat Ball Episode 1: Booger does the retard tease
by Jamal, Jake, Michael, Alyssa, + Booger

Yeah, this was pretty good. My main problem with it is that the extremely convoluted premise is so ridiculous and complex, one is likely to write the whole thing off as nonense, when in fact, Jake and I examined this piece closely from different angles to make sure everything fit and made some sort of literal sense. You think I'm shatting upon you, but I'm not, we did (took like an hour... more). Turns out, the story (whether you like it or not) is too complicated to be clearly told in 5 minutes. As evidence: I totally fucked up one line, said, "Booger is an ugly retarded girl", instead of just "Booger is an ugly girl". If examined in context, this slip up completely destroys the logic of the piece. Booger in NOT retarded, s/he is UGLY, and s/he is SURROUNDED by retarded people who want to grope her/him. In the metaphor of the piece. But I guarentee you that NOBODY in the audience was able to the follow the piece to the point where they were like, "Wait! Booger's not RETARDED! That makes NO SENSE!" Actually, I don't think Jake or Michael noticed either. So I guess the piece failed in many ways, but I still like it a lot.

14. An Explanation of Star Wars: Episode I THE PHANTOM MENACE
by Greg Machlin

I got no love for the Star Wars, myself. Sorry. People are into it, and that's cool! Me, I gave it a go, tried to embrace some of my American culture, but it's not so much my thing! Different strokes for different bloke! Like how Peter Faulk IS... Columbo. Maybe YOU don't care about THAT, but it make ME squirt my shorts. Wet and brown.

15. Quote Boy
by Patrick Ashcraft

Yay!!! The other pain piece! Then I tip over and bust out my guts! I kind of really want to see Quote Boy come back again, but I'm also afraid that the initial magic might be lost if he did. Well either or which way: he truly was... "Quote Boy"!!!!Nyannaynayng!!!

I liked the show it was Goode!!!!!!!!!!!!

2/02/2007 1:33 PM  

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