Monday, April 23, 2007

NSIC April 20, 2007

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Blogger AdamEggHahn said...

Sorry for the delay. We have lost the order. I do have the pile of scripts at home, so hopefully I can reconstruct it without too many gaps.

We remembered this much off the top of our heads:
1. Jon Shelton
2. "Two Chicks in One" by Janet Bentley

4/23/2007 2:10 PM  
Blogger timm said...

#7 was No Bridge, No Problem by Timm Sitzmann

4/23/2007 3:36 PM  
Blogger timm said...

There was Janani's piece with the director and the picnic



Why I Hate Omaha, by a name I don't remember (guy using thigh master is confronted by shelton, a police officer)

Seepuku (or something) by Eli Wilkinson

17. I think was Adam's piece
17.5 was by Patrick and Benyo but they had a fake name, I believe

4/23/2007 3:39 PM  
Blogger timm said...

the first point 5 by patrick and benyo had helicopter sounds

it was i think 2.5 or 3.5

4/23/2007 3:39 PM  
Blogger timm said...

Michael Tabor's monologue was one of the later pieces, I think.

4/23/2007 3:40 PM  
Blogger timm said...

OH! and jesse's apology, Arlen's monologue/story, and I think Jake did something?

I have a bad memory.

4/23/2007 3:41 PM  
Blogger jml said...

Hey, who remembers the one skit where the dude was confused and pissed at that other man? It was funny, and near the beginning.
And then there was the piece where I TOTALLY thought they were talking about one thing, but then at the end it turned out they were talking about something ELSE and it was a surprise twist!
Oh, shit, how could I forget!: that one way over-the-top one where I was like, "Um... can I laugh at this?... It's so wrong!" But it was too funny, I couldn't keep the laughs inside! I think it was towards the middle of the show, 6 or 7 I bet.
I also liked the monologue about the feelings, where I DID think it did a good job balancing very serious things with a little bit of humor and fun! It was #12, I believe, I'm not sure?
That's all I can help with off the top of my head, thanks everyone!

4/23/2007 4:05 PM  
Blogger janani said...

point five: "dogbreath" by eargasm inc.

point five: "we're good with children" by eargasm inc.

"ducks" by machlin

evan's piece where travis fought back

adam's suzy piece part II

4/23/2007 5:36 PM  
Blogger janani said...

who wrote the smartest man in the world and the fattest man in the world?

4/23/2007 5:37 PM  
Blogger AdamEggHahn said...

Mostly complete:

1. "Isn't It Obvious?" by Jonathan Shelton
2. "Two Chicks in One" by Janet Bentley
2.5 "ROFLcopter" by Eargasm Incorporated (Benyo/Ashcraft)
3. "No Shame Theatre Presents: Michael Everglow and Sicily Sunshine in The Coziest Birthday Ever!!!" by Professor Grumples
4. "Ducks" by Greg Machlin
4.5 "I'm Pretty Sure This Actually Happened" by Evan Schenck
5. "Smarty & Fatty in: The Cake Judging Contest" by The Two National Treasures
6. "Galen Andrews Does Stand-Up" by Galen Andrews
7. "No Bridge, No Problem" by Timm Sitzmann and His Troupe
8. "We'd Only Be Ten Years Old (Crazy Old Mildred Wednesday)" by Michael Tabor
8.5 "Dogbreath" by Eargasm Incorporated
9. "The Great Apology" by The Return of the Son of Cool Jesse
10. "The True Story of Why I Hate Omaha" by Derek Siebert
11. "Quick" by Arlen"
12. "An Invitation to an Assassination" by The Driedel The Kittens
13. "The Velvet Apple Butter Scene" by Janani Sreenivasan
14. ????????????
15. "Kurt Vonnegut is a Famous Dead Person" by Flabbergasted Jakers
15.5 "We're Good with Children" by Eargasm Daycare
16. "S Is for Seppuku" by Chicken and Dumplings and Cold Apple Cider
17. "My Brief and Wild Affair with Suzy, Part Two: In Which Suzy Appears" by Adam Hahn
17.5 "The Problem with Pissing When You Are Schizophrenic" by Eargasm Incorporated

4/23/2007 5:38 PM  
Blogger timm said...

HEY.
I didn't do this at the show because I didn't want to sound desperate. But then I thought, maybe there are new writers who don't know this long standing tradition.

At the last week of a No Shame person's time everyone writes a piece which features them! It is a fun time for all and my feelings will be hurt if you don't put me in your piece. And you're not allowed to perform unless I'm in it.

I thought the show was very good last week. it was very pleasurable.

4/23/2007 5:46 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

who wrote the smartest man in the world and the fattest man in the world?

Jamal and I did.

4/23/2007 7:20 PM  
Blogger patrick said...

There is no piece 14. That was reserved for Chris LaVoie who backed down from the show due to a full order.

4/23/2007 9:26 PM  
Blogger galen-andrews said...

Hey, Friday was my first performance and I was nervous but enjoyed it. I was wondering if I could get some feedback or constructive criticism.

4/23/2007 9:31 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Damnit. Blogger just deleted my review. Suffice to say, this was a very entertaining evening; I nominated two pieces (Great Apology and S is for Seppuku) for BestOf. The Eargasms were great 0.5s (particularly the first one). Lots of other good stuff.

Okay, my computer's making weird noises, so I'm not going to be able to post a complete review now. Maybe later.

4/24/2007 1:16 AM  
Blogger janani said...

Partial review:

1. "Isn't It Obvious?" by Jonathan Shelton

Brilliant.

5. "Smarty & Fatty in: The Cake Judging Contest" by The Two National Treasures

Eric Jesteadt's stage persona is growing on me. This was too long but the concept was very lovable.

6. "Galen Andrews Does Stand-Up" by Galen Andrews

Weak punchline, but pretty good storytelling overall.

7. "No Bridge, No Problem" by Timm Sitzmann and His Troupe

What I remember the most about this piece is all the flailing arms. I especially liked watching Jamal galumph around the stage. Timm said (if I remember right) that this was pretty much all improvised. Yay.

8. "We'd Only Be Ten Years Old (Crazy Old Mildred Wednesday)" by Michael Tabor

This stood out from all other Tabor monologues. I don't know why. I really dug it. I didn't hear all of it properly because I was up in the sound booth, but something about it struck me as really serious, even though everyone was laughing laughing laughing.

10. "The True Story of Why I Hate Omaha" by Derek Siebert

This could have ended about two minutes in. The thighmaster alone was a great joke. I didn't think Timm's character was necessary.

11. "Quick" by Arlen

This is the first Arlen piece that haunted me all the way home and into the next week. The last line withered me up.

13. "The Velvet Apple Butter Scene" by Janani Sreenivasan

This was directed by Mr. Patrick Ashcraft. Ms. Brooke LeWarne played the Director and the camera op was played by this really cool guy named Mr. Brad.

16. "S Is for Seppuku" by Chicken and Dumplings and Cold Apple Cider

Once I was in a spelling bee and there were only five of us left and the word I misspelled was "bowline." It's tricky because it's pronounced "bolan" and it's a kind of knot that I would have known if I were a Boy Scout. The local paper printed all the words that people misspelled, and people made fun of me because my word looked so obvious. "How could you misspell BOW-LINE?" they asked. They didn't ask how this one girl misspelled "tuba" "tubu." But she did. The whole affair really got me down. I should have borrowed some Boy Scout's knife and ended my misery then and there.

Gold star to Matt Benyo for his excellent spelling.

The four Eargasm pieces:
The first word that came to my mind was "elegant." They weren't all equally engaging. "ROFLcopter" and "Dogbreath" were okay. "Problem with Pissing" was quite good. My favorite was "We're Good with Children," but I thought they should have kicked the baby more.

4/24/2007 5:28 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

1. "Isn't It Obvious?" by Jonathan Shelton--Good, but I did something along these lines last semester.
2. "Two Chicks in One" by Janet Bentley--A good serious piece.
2.5, 8.5, 15.5--The baby one & the copter were exceptional. The monster one was fun, but not quite as good. But yeah, kudos to some brilliant point fives.
3. "No Shame Theatre Presents: Michael Everglow and Sicily Sunshine in The Coziest Birthday Ever!!!" by Professor Grumples--This was entertaining, but has faded a bit.
4. "Ducks" by Greg Machlin--Kudos to the performers, particularly Emily, who was gung ho. I liked my idea for this piece, but I think it needed a bit more polishing, and I also apparently "buried the lede"--should've ended with Adam's prescriptions.
4.5 "I'm Pretty Sure This Actually Happened" by Evan Schenck--
5. "Smarty & Fatty in: The Cake Judging Contest" by The Two National Treasures--I was a partial inspiration for this piece, as Michael & I were considering last week walking across the stage naked, but I didn't want to do it as many times as he did. This piece was extremely entertaining.
6. "Galen Andrews Does Stand-Up" by Galen Andrews--Very good debut. Glad it was closer to a monologue than stand-up.
7. "No Bridge, No Problem" by Timm Sitzmann and His Troupe--Mostly memorized? Damn, that was good work. Jamal did an excellent job; he plays a great Hollywood exec.
8. "We'd Only Be Ten Years Old (Crazy Old Mildred Wednesday)" by Michael Tabor--this has faded in my mind, but I generally enjoy Michael's monologues.
9. "The Great Apology" by The Return of the Son of Cool Jesse--Best of. Loved the "forced-at-gunpoint" feel to it.
10. "The True Story of Why I Hate Omaha" by Derek Siebert--Good, but too long. Needed to lose 90 seconds.
11. "Quick" by Arlen--Very good.
12. "An Invitation to an Assassination" by The Driedel The Kittens--Improvising songs is difficult. Nonetheless, this was not quite up to par.
13. "The Velvet Apple Butter Scene" by Janani Sreenivasan--I almost nominated this for best of, but went with "Pine" instead. Absolutely brilliant.
15. "Kurt Vonnegut is a Famous Dead Person" by Flabbergasted Jakers--An appropriate tribute.
16. "S Is for Seppuku" by Chicken and Dumplings and Cold Apple Cider
17. "My Brief and Wild Affair with Suzy, Part Two: In Which Suzy Appears" by Adam Hahn--This was a lot of fun. The Venn diagram made the piece.
17.5 "The Problem with Pissing When You Are Schizophrenic" by Eargasm Incorporated--Well, the piece makes a lot more sense with that title.

4/24/2007 6:41 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

See, Adam's Venn diagram confused me, as Venn diagrams are supposed to show one thing, another thing, and a third thing that is both the first thing and the second thing. So was Adam saying that he was BOTH a white dude who had no bidness using the word "spic" AND a Mexican barber? Perhaps the barbershop population could have been better represented with a pie chart or a bar graph. But I forgive him: Venn diagrams are easier to draw and probably funnier anyway.

4/24/2007 8:17 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

Actually, I believe that the people in on circle were "white people who have no business using" that word, including Adam's character and the character who did say the word. And the other circle was just "people inside the barber shop that overheard that man say that word." Including Adam's character and the angry Mexican barbers. The diagram made perfect sense to me.

4/24/2007 8:50 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

Fine, then.

4/24/2007 9:15 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

Evan Schenck mega-review since he is bored:

1. "Isn't It Obvious?" by Jonathan Shelton

I agree completely with this piece. I have had nothing but problems with all the cans of mandarin oranges I have ever known. Something should be done about those dirty fuckers. Every time on there's a robbery on the news who do you see on the screen? A can of mandarin oranges. Who controls world wide banking? Cans of mandarin oranges. We should put those cans in a camp, and finish them.

2. "Two Chicks in One" by Janet Bentley

This was easier to understand than the last piece she did and I agreed with the sentiments expressed. Something more could have been done in the acting during the part where her confidence was rising.

2.5 "ROFLcopter" by Eargasm Incorporated (Benyo/Ashcraft)

Good. All good.

3. "No Shame Theatre Presents: Michael Everglow and Sicily Sunshine in The Coziest Birthday Ever!!!" by Professor Grumples

I should try sending a fish to somebody some time.

4. "Ducks" by Greg Machlin

It seemed a little self-indulgence and I'm not sure I got the point.

4.5 "I'm Pretty Sure This Actually Happened" by Evan Schenck

This actually happened, I think.

5. "Smarty & Fatty in: The Cake Judging Contest" by The Two National Treasures

Excellent work here, on the acting end and the writing end both. Rock on.

6. "Galen Andrews Does Stand-Up" by Galen Andrews

Pretty awesome story.

7. "No Bridge, No Problem" by Timm Sitzmann and His Troupe

Absolutely fantabulous. I liked Timm's fast-talking persona.

8. "We'd Only Be Ten Years Old (Crazy Old Mildred Wednesday)" by Michael Tabor

Excellent call-and-response for that night. I'd actually enjoy seeing more of this kind of stuff.

9. "The Great Apology" by The Return of the Son of Cool Jesse

I don't believe that Jesse is actually sorry about any of that. I think more beatings would fix that.

10. "The True Story of Why I Hate Omaha" by Derek Siebert

I also hate Omaha, but mainly because it is an ugly shitpile. Fuck Omaha, fuck Nebraska, and in fact and come to think, fuck all y'all.

11. "Quick" by Arlen"

Has there ever been a piece by Arlen that I did not enjoy? No. Not yet, anyway.

12. "An Invitation to an Assassination" by The Driedel The Kittens

Right.

13. "The Velvet Apple Butter Scene" by Janani Sreenivasan

Wow. Wow. Best of.

15.5 "We're Good with Children" by Eargasm Daycare

I liked the horror when they didn't know what to do about the crying.

16. "S Is for Seppuku" by Chicken and Dumplings and Cold Apple Cider

Again, excellent.

17. "My Brief and Wild Affair with Suzy, Part Two: In Which Suzy Appears" by Adam Hahn

When will this madness end?

17.5 "The Problem with Pissing When You Are Schizophrenic" by Eargasm Incorporated

Hahahaha, Patrick couldn't go.

Actually I have the same problem. Oh well.

4/24/2007 9:21 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

>1. "Isn't It Obvious?" by Jonathan Shelton

I thought that this was "Ok."

>2. "Two Chicks in One" by Janet Bentley

When this monologue started, I leaned over to Jamal and whispered: "Oh, man...look at the size of the type on those pages! And there's, like, two pages!"

>2.5 "ROFLcopter" by Eargasm Incorporated (Benyo/Ashcraft)

I thought this was great. It ended just how I wanted.

>3. "No Shame Theatre Presents: Michael Everglow and Sicily Sunshine in The Coziest Birthday Ever!!!" by Professor Grumples

This had some good lines in it!

>4. "Ducks" by Greg Machlin

After consulting with Lumo, what we remember about this piece is that the word "ducks" was in it.

>4.5 "I'm Pretty Sure This Actually Happened" by Evan Schenck

Even is not that tough. I think that if he had a sword and I had a sheath, that I could take him in a sword/sheath fight.

>5. "Smarty & Fatty in: The Cake Judging Contest" by The Two National Treasures

Both Shelton and Eric were very good sports when agreeing to be in this and poke a little fun at themselves. And their performances were so good! When they were strolling across the stage, I had tears rolling down my face.

>6. "Galen Andrews Does Stand-Up" by Galen Andrews

I had a conversation with someone about this piece. Basically what was said was that a LOT of people's first piece is a stand-up piece about high school. We also didn't think that Galen even know that him calling himself a "prick" was even a joke or funny, which was a shame, because that was the funniest line in the piece.

Personally, I just don't think the No Shame and stand-up are a good fit. I mean, I don't have any problem with a good stand-up comedy routine...I like that, but for some reason it never seems to work at No Shame. I think it has a lot to do with the audience expectations. The atmosphere is not really "stand upy."

>7. "No Bridge, No Problem" by Timm Sitzmann and His Troupe

I wasn't a huge fan of this. It seemed a little too "we're talking about a movie you know!" is the joke.

>8. "We'd Only Be Ten Years Old (Crazy Old Mildred Wednesday)" by Michael Tabor

Just like riding a bike, boys. Just like riding a bike.

This was a throwback to the olden days when I did monologues. I'm actually surprised by some reviews of this comparing it to other monologues of mine, because I haven't done a monologue in, like, a year? And it's been quite some time since I've done them consistently. AND if I would've done this three years ago, it would've just been run of the mill Tabor...nothing special from me. No Sleepy Time Burgers or Possibly Apple Juice.

>8.5 "Dogbreath" by Eargasm Incorporated

>9. "The Great Apology" by The Return of the Son of Cool Jesse

I don't think Jesse should have apologized.

>10. "The True Story of Why I Hate Omaha" by Derek Siebert

The middle part of it with Shelton was good, the rest could've been taken out or truncated.

>11. "Quick" by Arlen"

I liked it.

>12. "An Invitation to an Assassination" by The Driedel The Kittens

Written in 10 minutes before the show. Fun to do.

>13. "The Velvet Apple Butter Scene" by Janani Sreenivasan

This was good, I think, but I wasn't in to it as much as everyone.

>15. "Kurt Vonnegut is a Famous Dead Person" by Flabbergasted Jakers

Last week, Evan show me this script and I grabbed it up from him and edited it around and gave it back to him and he incorporated the changes and brought it back for Jake to do.

I'm still not sure how I feel about other people trying to write Flabbergasted Jakers pieces, but it was fun to take that script and edit it.

>15.5 "We're Good with Children" by Eargasm Daycare

>16. "S Is for Seppuku" by Chicken and Dumplings and Cold Apple Cider

I think I sort of reviewed this when I nominated it for Best Of.

>17. "My Brief and Wild Affair with Suzy, Part Two: In Which Suzy Appears" by Adam Hahn

I liked it all right.

17.5 "The Problem with Pissing When You Are Schizophrenic" by Eargasm Incorporated

4/24/2007 10:02 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

Fine, then.

Awww, Baggsy, don't be like that. I'm just telling it like it is. We're still cool, right?

4/24/2007 10:05 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

Oh, I didn't mean anything snippy. Of course we are still cool, it's like there's a Venn diagram of people who are cool and people who are supercool, and we're in the intersecting set of people who are both cool and supercool.

4/24/2007 10:14 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

Katy,

I've created a venn diagram that I believe fits your description of a veen diagram. Check it out here:

http://www.geocities.com/ignormant/ven.jpg

4/24/2007 10:31 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

YEAH! HIGH FIVE!

4/24/2007 11:40 PM  
Blogger Jake Gontero said...

It makes me feel a little sad inside.

4/25/2007 12:01 AM  
Blogger jml said...

Yeah, I felt a little sad for you when I saw it.

4/25/2007 12:34 AM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

It's okay, Jake, you have your own diagram.

http://img258.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ladieslovecooljakerz5.png

4/25/2007 12:37 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

Michael, I agree that you could take me in a fight. I think this because I am 5'10" and 145 lbs. and my estimate of your dimensions would be like 6'4" and 200 lbs. I would say that pound for pound and inch for inch I am tougher than you, but you are too much big for me to fights.

4/25/2007 1:25 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

First off, I'm assuming this is actually Evan, and not someone else spoofing him--his blogger profile is not available, and the blogger number is suspiciously high. So, Evan, if this is not actually you posting, please disregard.

4. "Ducks" by Greg Machlin

It seemed a little self-indulgence and I'm not sure I got the point.

Q: The self-indulgence charge is a fair one. Was it because I was playing the lead? If so, I should probably stop acting so much in my own pieces. If it was b/c you thought it might be about my own life… it wasn't, it was about a real thing that took place in Cook County, so that might have needed to be clarified.

But point? You need a *point*? The story *is* the point. Or maybe: consensual sex between adults isn't necessarily a bad thing.

3. The Orange Sketch by Greg Machlin

"This was a good piece and funny, but I wouldn't say I was impressed by it. What I mean is, Michael and Jamal are such ace performers that they can make anything watchable (viz. the Men with Pipes). The actual piece was meh and (predictably) Greg seemed to get left in the dust by the other performances."

Um, Evan? Did I *do* something to you? Your reviews of my work have been a little cranky as of late… in my mind, "Orange Sketch" is one of the two best things I've done all semester, and the audience loved it…
Is this payback for me saying some of your pieces earlier this year should have been 45 seconds shorter? 'Cause "Dr. Adventure and the Board of Inquiry" and "That Doesn't Even Exist" are brilliant, as I think I indicated… I may have to do a point 5 about this next week.

4/25/2007 1:26 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

I should add that I enjoyed 4.5 "I'm pretty sure this actually happened" a great deal, and did not mean to leave the review blank.

4/25/2007 1:30 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Apparently you liked Orange Sketch enough to nominate it for best of.

I am now officially an idiot.

On the plus side, I think I have a punchline for my point five.

4/25/2007 1:31 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

It makes me feel a little sad inside.

Sorry, Jake! If it makes you feel better: in real life, I think that you are SUPER cool. And I bet most other people do too, since all you do to anybody is be nice to them or make them laugh.

Michael, I agree that you could take me in a fight. I think this because I am 5'10" and 145 lbs. and my estimate of your dimensions would be like 6'4" and 200 lbs. I would say that pound for pound and inch for inch I am tougher than you, but you are too much big for me to fights.

Yeah, but I mean...even if you had a SWORD and I had the sword's SHEATH and we fought...I'd still win. There's some irony there, right? If you take the fighters out of the equation...it's ironic that the sheath beat the sword.

4/25/2007 7:23 AM  
Blogger timm said...

this was a good show. i put my stamp of approval on it.

1. "Isn't It Obvious?" by Jonathan Shelton

Shelton is funny when he yells. The punchline was pretty good. How could it be improved? I DON"T KNOW


2.5 "ROFLcopter" by Eargasm Incorporated (Benyo/Ashcraft)

This was good. it seemed to go on a little long for me. But the facial expressions and actions were top notch. really, top notch.

3. "No Shame Theatre Presents: Michael Everglow and Sicily Sunshine in The Coziest Birthday Ever!!!" by Professor Grumples

I remember laughing, but... i don't remember much at alll

4. "Ducks" by Greg Machlin

I remember liking it. it gave me good feelings. There was something about the ending... or the way "ducks" was tied into the piece that seemed unnecessary or too contrived. I remember thinking that the rest of the piece was great on its own.

4.5 "I'm Pretty Sure This Actually Happened" by Evan Schenck

Travis and Evan have great chemistry. they should make babies. like in junior.

5. "Smarty & Fatty in: The Cake Judging Contest" by The Two National Treasures

This was awesome!!1! i loved it. shelton and eric should act together more often. i hope this becomes a series! And then a broadway play!

6. "Galen Andrews Does Stand-Up" by Galen Andrews

See. I agree with Michael that stand up barely ever goes over well at no shame, but I think No Shame is the perfect forum for stand up. the problem is that stand up is really hard. It's really really hard. it doesn't matter how funny the jokes are if you're not comfortable with your delivery, your presence and if you're able to really connect with the audience. I think people just assume getting up and telling jokes would be easy so its often a choice by new performers - but AHA! trickery on you! its quite hard and then you feel like you're not good and you don't come back and that's sad because you are good! you write funny things! and you are a good person! so come back! and keep trying, but I suggest any person who wants to do stand up try it at an open mic comedy night first to get your feet wet because the crowd is smaller, less lights, and you can be drinking and everyone else is drinking so at least you'll be drinking.



7. "No Bridge, No Problem" by Timm Sitzmann and His Troupe

I really liked this piece, I credit my troupe for wonderful commitment. Although basic storyline and characters were scripted, there was little specific dialogue, so yay for improv!

8. "We'd Only Be Ten Years Old (Crazy Old Mildred Wednesday)" by Michael Tabor

This too was good. What wasn't good was the Twins losing last night. I mean, come on. You'd expect a 2 time Cy young award winner to break up the losing streak. But to be fair, he didn't have much for offense backing him up.

8.5 "Dogbreath" by Eargasm Incorporated

Was this the monster one? This one I liked least. it was staged off to one side, which i didn't like and also it felt.. i don't know, like there wasn't anything going on.

9. "The Great Apology" by The Return of the Son of Cool Jesse

i laughed!

10. "The True Story of Why I Hate Omaha" by Derek Siebert

Yeah, someone said my character was unnecessary. I 'twould agree - it didn't really add anything besides the joke about everyone in omaha being uptight, but that could have been said without me! But it was still good. Good sight gag, and also the confrontation between the fuzz (street lingo for "the police") and thigh-guy was written welland performed with good timing. nice and awkward.

11. "Quick" by Arlen"

why cant i talk about arlen's pieces, which are usually the pieces i like the most? I donnnt dknoww

12. "An Invitation to an Assassination" by The Driedel The Kittens

I DIDNT SEE IT IWA S OUTSIDE

13. "The Velvet Apple Butter Scene" by Janani Sreenivasan

Missed first minute, but i really lked it. it makes me wish more of no shame was somewhat rehearsed because we have a lot off good writers and performers and 20 minutes of rehearsal would make thinks amazing. Although, we would miss out on the great moments when things go wrong (i.e. the show with a lot of eric's pieces that somehow got messed up but were SOOOOOOO awesome because of it)


14. ????????????
15. "Kurt Vonnegut is a Famous Dead Person" by Flabbergasted Jakers

YES! JAKE, HE'S dead! made mi giggle in mi wiggle.

15.5 "We're Good with Children" by Eargasm Daycare

this was the baby one, and benyo and pat looked so nice holding the baby, and so nice smashing it too!

16. "S Is for Seppuku" by Chicken and Dumplings and Cold Apple Cider

Yay!

17. "My Brief and Wild Affair with Suzy, Part Two: In Which Suzy Appears" by Adam Hahn

I enjoyed it!

17.5 "The Problem with Pissing When You Are Schizophrenic" by Eargasm Incorporated


good!

4/25/2007 10:36 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

Greg, if you feel I've been mean to you in reviews then it's only because I'm being more honest with yours. Most people have a repertoire and a specific style, so mostly I feel like criticism would have a minimal effect. Since you do a wide variety of things I feel input is more worthwhile.

What I meant by self-indulgent is, that's the way I would feel about any piece where the writer is a character who has a makeout scene and has favorable references to his sexual performance in the script. Nothing personal against you.

My comments about the first orange sketch only meant that Jamal + Michael = great work. In any piece with both of them on the stage at the same time, they will own the piece. I was talking about how their stage chemistry obscures anything else going on.

4/25/2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger Jake Gontero said...

WELL HELLO! I have been thinking about it (in fact it kept me up until 8 o'clock in this morning!) and I have decided you guys were right in saying I am just like a Venn Diagram! I thought maybe I would show you how I think it is!

http://jake.dnsalias.net/venndiagram.png

4/25/2007 1:23 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Evan--Thanks. I appreciate your feedback; it is in fact quite useful. I think I must have just been in a neurotic phase last night.

Yeah, the self-indulgent thing makes a lot of sense. Clear note to self: avoid casting self as romantic lead.

And yeah, M & J are great onstage. (Can we start calling them that? M&J? MJ&J when Jake is involved?)

4/25/2007 1:40 PM  
Blogger Jake Gontero said...

I just realized that my venn diagram should have all 3 circles intersecting, but apparently that's just not how mine works.

4/25/2007 7:11 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

One of my favorite things about it was that the circles were not intersecting. I thought you were doing it for humorous effect.

4/25/2007 7:39 PM  
Blogger Jake Gontero said...

Yeah, after I realized it was improper, I realized that it was probably even more funny because of it. I just didn't want people to get the wrong idea!

4/25/2007 7:56 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Well, Jake, your Venn diagram isn't *technically* incorrect, if one assumes that "Jake" refers to all the people out there named Jake, "Cool," refers to all the people who are cool, "Hello" is everyone who says "Hello," and "Yeah"--everyone who says "yeah." What this *does* mean is that there are a lot of people named Jake who say "Hello!" who *never* use the words "Cool!" or "Yeah!"… et cetera, et cetera.

4/25/2007 10:51 PM  
Blogger Jake Gontero said...

I'm not sure you're understanding what the diagram is showing. "Hello!" is a character trait. I don't think it has anything to do with saying hello. And the center "JAKE" circle is definitely only me.

4/26/2007 12:05 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

..."Cool," refers to all the people who are cool, "Hello" is everyone who says "Hello," and "Yeah"--everyone who says "yeah."

Maybe the "cool" circle is refering to eveyone who says "Cool."

4/26/2007 7:03 AM  
Blogger janani said...

More Venn diagrams.

http://www.villagevoice.com/music/0711,harvilla,76021,22.html

4/26/2007 1:40 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

That doesn't have anything to do with Jake!

4/26/2007 2:07 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Maybe the "cool" circle is refering to eveyone who says "Cool."

Entirely possible. I can only speculate.

"Hello!" is a character trait. I don't think it has anything to do with saying hello. And the center "JAKE" circle is definitely only me.

Hmmm… I was trying to help your Venn diagram make sense, so you could submit it to, say, the journal Science as original research and get published & get lots of female science groupies. I don't know if this Venn diagram will be published by Science--doesn't make it bad--it just won't lead to groupies.

4/26/2007 11:24 PM  
Blogger Jake Gontero said...

Oh snap! I'm all about the Venn Diagram Accuracy Groupies!

4/26/2007 11:51 PM  

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