Saturday, September 22, 2007

No Shame IC Sept 21st

A good show for a third straight week. We laughed, we cried, we saw vaseline rubbed on Stangl and Jamal's asses. It was fun! The order is coming soon in the replies. I have to eat my breakfast first. Then I'll post it.

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Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

The Order!

1) Watch as I ruin French Fries for Everyone- by Nick Beatty

2)Fist Battalion! A man Adventure Tale- by Chris Stangl

3)Part Two of a two part high hold day jewstravaganza (All I can do is write about how jewish I am): Yom Kippur Fast-a-Polooza- by Ajewsa Jewsenjew

4) You know you like it you dirty girl. Don't deny it. Just do it. -by Eli Wilkes Booth

5) The Stove Top Boys- by Neil Campbell and Paul Rust

6) Belief- by Arlen Lawson

7) Dr. Adventure and the Consequences of his actions - Evan Schenck

8) How to Write a Spec Script for Lost - by Insert Clever Pseudonym Here!

9) Neil Armstrong's Monologue - by Neil Armstrong - by Brian Lenth

10) Duluth International Airport- by Anthony Nelson and Cara Clonch

11) Ice Cream- by Silver Dollar Tabor

12) Leave this Thermostat at Seventy-Two degrees - By Adam Hahn

13) Vaselex - by Jamal Chris Michael Arlen River Stangl Tabor Lawson

14) Esoterrorism: Part 3 The First Week or The Dinosaur in the next room - by Cool Jesse be Rape Slaves with Special guest McRallavvy

15) Fart- 1 Guy by Jake Gonterro and another guy by Jamal River

16) My Life as a Patron of the Arts- by Mrs. Farzqua Amarantt

17) American Black Box Presents the Great American Love Letter by Patrick Ashcraft

18) The Break Up - by Christina Gulick

I Apologize for any thing that may be spelled wrong. Adam and I don't have what you would call "good" handwriting. Though mine is better and more readable.

9/22/2007 1:30 PM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

1) Watch as I ruin French Fries for Everyone- by Nick Beatty

2)Fist Battalion! A man Adventure Tale- by Chris Stangl

3)Part Two of a two part high hold day jewstravaganza (All I can do is write about how jewish I am): Yom Kippur Fast-a-Polooza- by Ajewsa Jewsenjew

4) You know you like it you dirty girl. Don't deny it. Just do it. -by Eli Wilkes Booth

5) The Stove Top Boys- by Neil Campbell and Paul Rust

6) Belief- by Arlen Lawson

7) Dr. Adventure and the Consequences of his actions - Evan Schenck

8) How to Write a Spec Script for Lost - by Insert Clever Pseudonym Here!

9) Neil Armstrong's Monologue - by Neil Armstrong - by Brian Lenth

10) Duluth International Airport- by Anthony Nelson and Cara Clonch

11) Ice Cream- by Silver Dollar Tabor

12) Leave this Thermostat at Seventy-Two degrees - By Adam Hahn

13) Vaselex - by Jamal Chris Michael Arlen River Stangl Tabor Lawson

14) Esoterrorism: Part 3 The First Week or The Dinosaur in the next room - by Cool Jesse be Rape Slaves with Special guest McRallavvy

15) Fart- 1 Guy by Jake Gonterro and another guy by Jamal River

16) My Life as a Patron of the Arts- by Mrs. Farzqua Amarantt

17) American Black Box Presents the Great American Love Letter by Patrick Ashcraft

18) The Break Up - by Christina Gulick

9/22/2007 2:32 PM  
Blogger brian said...

"I Apologize for any thing that may be spelled wrong."

'Anything' is not two words.

>1) Watch as I ruin French Fries for Everyone- by Nick Beatty

I don't know, there're really only so many jokes you can make about penises. And there are only so many reviews you can write about penis jokes.

>2)Fist Battalion! A man Adventure Tale- by Chris Stangl

Just the first part of this piece was amazing enough, but the added dimension as the grandson reflects on the story at the end was something only Stangl would do.

>3)Part Two of a two part high hold day jewstravaganza (All I can do is write about how jewish I am): Yom Kippur Fast-a-Polooza- by Ajewsa Jewsenjew

I like that this one took the form of a piece of drama, rather than directly addressing the audience, which I think works much better with this sort of thing. Very sad.

>5) The Stove Top Boys- by Neil Campbell and Paul Rust

Katy was all, "how does this even get written?" and that's what I would like to know too. I wish I had access to this weird place where people like Neil and Paul and Stangl get ideas for things like this. But I don't have access to that place, else I'd be a Hollywood movie star like Neil and Paul and Stangl!

>6) Belief- by Arlen Lawson

I would like to see Arlen become a well-known writer, because I think he could do it. As much as I like Arlen's reading style (I like it more than just about any writer I've heard read their own works), I think I would get more out of his pieces if I were reading them myself. But that's just me and the way I enjoy literature.

>7) Dr. Adventure and the Consequences of his actions - Evan Schenck

I'm liking the Dr. Adventure series more and more as the writing gets more sophisticated and character-driven. We're starting to see the weakness of the character.

>9) Neil Armstrong's Monologue - by Neil Armstrong - by Brian Lenth

The correct title of this piece is "Neil Armstrong's MoonBlog! by Neil Armstrong" and the correct pronunciation of my last name is "LENT".

>10) Duluth International Airport- by Anthony Nelson and Cara Clonch

This is a pretty common scenario for sketch comedy, and it has been since long before 9/11. Also, I don't think you have to go through security again if you're making a connecting flight. But the acting was confident and I think a lot of people liked it.

>11) Ice Cream- by Silver Dollar Tabor

I considered writing a piece where Mad Scientist Michael yells about his science experiments in Des Moines, and I'm glad I didn't write that piece because Michael wrote that piece.

>12) Leave this Thermostat at Seventy-Two degrees - By Adam Hahn

Hmm. I couldn't find myself caring much about either of the characters here. Maybe it's just that this serious piece was squeezed between two of the silliest pieces of the night. I'll just say it was good.

>15) Fart- 1 Guy by Jake Gonterro and another guy by Jamal River

I like moments of confusion like when the lights didn't go down (as per the written light cues) and nobody was sure what was going on. Also, I found this hilarious to watch.

>16) My Life as a Patron of the Arts- by Mrs. Farzqua Amarantt

Loved it.

>17) American Black Box Presents the Great American Love Letter by Patrick Ashcraft

Hilarious.

>18) The Break Up - by Christina Gulick

I'm not sure I got it.

9/22/2007 3:04 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

Evan. All you did was copy and paste the order. Good job.

9/22/2007 4:13 PM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

Yeah, I'm not sure how I did that, but I stand by my results.

9/22/2007 7:52 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

1) This played well with the audience, so one has to give that a lot of credit. I could have used a twist or two.

2) Fist Battalion!--I loved this; the added dimension of Part II.

3) I liked the descent into disturbing territory.

4) I must learn not to underestimate Wilkinson. His pieces always play far better onstage than they do on the page.

5) The Stove Top Boys--went on a bit too long, but was still very entertaining.

6) I too would like to see Arlen become famous. I hope he'll consider submitting his stories places & trying to get them published. Somewhere out there, there's a literary agent who would kill to represent him.

7) Dr. Adventure--I loved being in this piece; it was very tightly written.

8) This was mine--Benyo came up with a much better ending than I had. The audience didn't seem that into it. The experience of slowly writing a spec script must just not be that exciting.

9) Very enjoyable, and true. Nicely done, Brian.

10) The writing was just ok, but it was very well rehearsed, which gave the piece a nice polish.

12) I liked this piece, but that may be because it seemed to be inspired by a play of mine (Adam, I apologize if it's not.)

13) Vasilex--I'm glad the nudity was part of the plot. I liked Arlen leaving, I liked the dogs leaving, and the last line was brilliant. I do think it might have benefited from a little tightening.

14) Esoterrorism--the whole back row got up to watch, which was great. I wish the dinosaur hadn't run out of batteries.

15) Fart--this reminded me of a claymation movie, which I liked.

16) Two great things about this: 1) Janani showing up in character before the show and 2) the improvised line "Filth." The piece itself--I always like Janani doing something different, but I missed the anarchic comic energy of, say, "Pine" (Matt Benyo as a Christmas tree, in case you've forgotten) which I still submit is one of the funniest things ever created by anyone, anywhere.

17) Fun. The added dimension of American Black Box having a love life (with Canadian White Circle, no less--I think I may have been one of the only people to catch that) is great.

18) Come on, Christina, if *I* can get totally naked, *you* can get totally naked. Partial nudity's gutsy, sure, but the piece would have felt more complete if you'd taken everything off.

If I do do a piece next week, it'll be considerably shorter… I was pushing the five-minute mark with "How to," as, I think, were a lot of people.

9/22/2007 10:18 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Sorry, I skipped 11) Ice Cream: Good to see Michael back in town, and back in action.

9/22/2007 10:19 PM  
Blogger AdamEggHahn said...

I liked this piece, but that may be because it seemed to be inspired by a play of mine

?!

Which one?

9/22/2007 11:19 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

1) Watch as I ruin French Fries for Everyone- by Nick Beatty

I don't know about this one. French Fries are penises? No, sir!

9/23/2007 12:45 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

2)Fist Battalion! A man Adventure Tale- by Chris Stangl

Hilarious and good. I'm glad I watched it.

9/23/2007 12:46 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

3)Part Two of a two part high hold day jewstravaganza (All I can do is write about how jewish I am): Yom Kippur Fast-a-Polooza- by Ajewsa Jewsenjew

I talked to Alisa about her piece after the show, so I don't really feel like I need to comment on it now.

9/23/2007 12:47 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

4) You know you like it you dirty girl. Don't deny it. Just do it. -by Eli Wilkes Booth

I don't remember this one.

9/23/2007 12:48 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

5) The Stove Top Boys- by Neil Campbell and Paul Rust

This was really funny and NOT too long. I found that much of the humor was from the repetition and length.

9/23/2007 12:49 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

6) Belief- by Arlen Lawson

This was good.

9/23/2007 12:49 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

7) Dr. Adventure and the Consequences of his actions - Evan Schenck

I'm going to admit...I'm not a fan of Dr. Adventure.

9/23/2007 12:50 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

8) How to Write a Spec Script for Lost - by Insert Clever Pseudonym Here!

I think that this may have been too much of an inside joke? I mean...people that don't watch Lost might not have liked it!

9/23/2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

9) Neil Armstrong's Monologue - by Neil Armstrong - by Brian Lenth

I liked it!

9/23/2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

10) Duluth International Airport- by Anthony Nelson and Cara Clonch

Good performing

9/23/2007 12:52 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

11) Ice Cream- by Silver Dollar Tabor

This was my piece, so I am not going to review it.

9/23/2007 12:53 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

12) Leave this Thermostat at Seventy-Two degrees - By Adam Hahn

I liked it.

9/23/2007 12:54 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

13) Vaselex - by Jamal Chris Michael Arlen River Stangl Tabor Lawson

Gross and funny!

9/23/2007 12:54 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

14) Esoterrorism: Part 3 The First Week or The Dinosaur in the next room - by Cool Jesse be Rape Slaves with Special guest McRallavvy

Boring

9/23/2007 12:55 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

15) Fart- 1 Guy by Jake Gonterro and another guy by Jamal River

Fun!

9/23/2007 12:55 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

16) My Life as a Patron of the Arts- by Mrs. Farzqua Amarantt

Weird

9/23/2007 12:56 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

17) American Black Box Presents the Great American Love Letter by Patrick Ashcraft

I was confused?

9/23/2007 12:56 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

18) The Break Up - by Christina Gulick

Naked!

9/23/2007 12:57 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

Michael... did you really have to review and post each one individualy? Like if you don't remember a piece (like you usually do with mine) then why waste our time posting that? It isn't even funny.

9/23/2007 4:29 PM  
Blogger Todd Ristau said...

Thanks for pointing out that Michael Tabor did that, Eli! I wasn't sure what was going on or if I thought it was funny or not or WHAT!

No Shame Iowa City board: What is the proper punishment to dole out to a No Shamer who behaves like this, and violates the protocol of the blog comments? How many weeks/ seasons is it proper to suspend Michael Tabor for doing pointless posts to the blog comments?

Please let us all know what you think!

9/23/2007 4:49 PM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

i thinks the punishment for people who do crazy stuff on the blog, like creating accounts that say they are ted risto but they aren't, or if they do dumb stuff like michael tabor done, should be death,.

Also I am glad that Michael Tabor actually came out and said that he dislikes these pieces that I do, because I think honesty is really rare on this blog. I've gotten sick of trying to be nice to everybody in my reviews. People aren't going to like every piece you do, and I think if people don't like a piece, they should be able to say so.

More concretely, I think "I can't even remember this piece" is a valid thing to say about that piece. Because if they can't remember what happened in the piece, that does say something pretty clearly about the said piece.

9/23/2007 5:42 PM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

What I mean is, I've done a bunch of these Doctor Adventure pieces. I kept doing them because I liked writing that character and people seemed to like the pieces he was in.

But imagine how badly you all would have been fucking me, if you actually hated them and you were just being nice! That's the kind of polite dishonesty that actually does hurt.

9/23/2007 5:47 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I liked this piece, but that may be because it seemed to be inspired by a play of mine

?!

Which one?


Ok, I was mistaken. I thought it was inspired by "A History of Bad Ideas," which began with two people moving in together while in a relationship that was clearly doomed.
Anyway, I liked it.

Michael: Agree with you about the "Lost" inside joke aspect.

Re: The blog (wordy) Eli's objection to the "one-post-per- piece" method of reviewing is legit, I think--if everyone were to do it, the blog could become unreadable, and pretending that Eli was seeking some sort of punishment is kind of a straw-man argument. The problem is probably one of different views of how the blog operates--some people want to use it to review shows & talk about NoShame, but some see it as an extension of NoShame itself, an anarchic zone where anything goes and there's nothing wrong with pushing people's boundaries, even if it annoys them. While that can work wonders onstage, there's a safety zone for the audience--the lights will be brought down after five minutes. Here there's no way to bring down the lights, nor is there a way to separate out the posts so that the discussion-of-pieces group gets annoyed with the extension-of-NoShame crowd, and meanwhile, the extension-of-NoShame crowd may be going out of their minds with boredom at the reviews.

The solution may be for the extension-of-NoShamers to start their own website/blog, since this site does have a tradition of being used to review the show.

9/23/2007 6:18 PM  
Blogger luketheweeds said...

punishment for people who violate blog rules?

make them move to des moines!

As far as my review. I felt like the whole night was lacking. I thought most of the skits where merely "cute" and not hilarious, or sad, or any kind of extreme adjective.

In Ajewsa's skit i think i got the anorexia joke before anybody else. I was laughing really loudly at the awkward tension while everybody else was waiting for a punchline. This happens to me a lot. Does anybody know what the proper etiquette is here?

9/23/2007 7:24 PM  
Blogger Alisa said...

Y'all are crazy. Here's my review:

1) Watch as I ruin French Fries for Everyone- by Nick Beatty

I think had this scene been a .5 I would have really liked it. Because I mean, give an audience a penis innuendo and they'll get it pretty fast. But still, Nick's proving to be pretty clever, so maybe the next step would be to take a silly concept like this and add another level to it. Clearly this means it has to take place in a gyno office.

2)Fist Battalion! A man Adventure Tale- by Chris Stangl

One of my favorite pieces of the night. I've apparently missed the years of Mr. Stangl performing, but it was nice to see what I understand to be a very "No Shame" monologue. This piece was a bit long -could have benefitted from being shortened in the middle- but I agree that the ending made it a much more unique piece.

4) You know you like it you dirty girl. Don't deny it. Just do it. -by Eli Wilkes Booth

Phantastic physical comedy from Gulick and Adam. Short and sweet. Here's what I mean about taking something dirty and potentially obvious and making it TOTALLY ZANY.

5) The Stove Top Boys- by Neil Campbell and Paul Rust

I really liked the first five minutes of it. The rest however... har har. It was a bit long, and I could see how a lot of the humor came from the actual repetition, but I was more on board with the piece when it... well... wasn't using repetition.

6) Belief- by Arlen Lawson

Great imagery. I always have trouble grasping the meanings of Arlen's pieces, and maybe won't remember exactly what it's about, but I always like them.

7) Dr. Adventure and the Consequences of his actions - Evan Schenck

That prop gun is getting a lot of use! Well, to be honest, I can't really remember this too well.

8) How to Write a Spec Script for Lost - by Insert Clever Pseudonym Here!

Ok. I am a Lost fan. There, I said it. I liked the premise but think it also could have been accomplished in two minutes. Benyo's improvised ending was the cherry.

9) Neil Armstrong's Monologue - by Neil Armstrong - by Brian Lenth

One of my other favorites of the night. I genuinely LOLed (I went there) numerous times... the use of the hit counter, the meme, very clever. And topical!

10) Duluth International Airport- by Anthony Nelson and Cara Clonch

Ok, I feel bad that I'm saying everything was too long (like I should be one to talk) but if the middle were tightened a bit it would have worked a little better. Needless to say, it was very entertaining and well-written. Anthony's security guard was incredibly endearing and Cara's accent/one liners were great.

11) Ice Cream- by Silver Dollar Tabor

The return of Mr. Tabor! Sadly, I don't remember this.

12) Leave this Thermostat at Seventy-Two degrees - By Adam Hahn

It took me a while to get into this, but it was a nice change of pace for the show. The exchange surrounding the peaches was one of the most dramatically interesting things I've seen on stage in a while.

13) Vaselex - by Jamal Chris Michael Arlen River Stangl Tabor Lawson

Arlen playing a different character was pretty cool. Otherwise... ow....

14) Esoterrorism: Part 3 The First Week or The Dinosaur in the next room - by Cool Jesse be Rape Slaves with Special guest McRallavvy

Cute.

15) Fart- 1 Guy by Jake Gonterro and another guy by Jamal River

It was weird, it was cool, I got the jist of the scene pretty quickly.

16) My Life as a Patron of the Arts- by Mrs. Farzqua Amarantt

Mrs. Amarantt is quite a lovely lady, if any of you have gotten a chance to meet her in person. Her razor-sharp wit and ability to morph from character to character from week to week is all too entrancing.

17) American Black Box Presents the Great American Love Letter by Patrick Ashcraft

I was glad to see that this scene took these pre-established characters and put them in a new context. American Black Box has a heart!

18) The Break Up - by Christina Gulick

Lots of guts! Way to go! I'm not sure if I exactly got the point of the scene, but Christina did a great job in a scene of reaction.


A fun night. It's great that so many people are coming! And supporting local theatre on a Friday night. Pretty hot. Also, isn't it awesome that you have to click that thing about nonsecured items all because of my little pic? Yup. Awesome.

9/23/2007 7:41 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

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9/23/2007 7:42 PM  
Blogger Todd said...

Dear Greg,
I do believe you've missed the point of the so-called "extension-of-No-Shame" crowd.

Love,
The Extension-of-No-Shame Leader
Todd Ristau

9/23/2007 7:44 PM  
Blogger Poopmonster said...

hi this was my first time at no shame theater and I thought it was great. there were a lot of really long pieces, and I got bored sometimes.

9/23/2007 7:48 PM  
Blogger Poopmonster said...

also, it was fun and I think that I will come back next week to no shame theater. How do I get into no shame theater? i have an idea for some pieces tha I think that is want to do some of them at no shame. thank syou.

9/23/2007 7:50 PM  
Blogger bailey said...

Listen No Shame members and enthusiasts! I understand that there is a lot of creative people here and a lot of ideas brewing, burt I seriously believe all this fooling around to screw up the blog room is enough already!

So me of us come here in the hopes of gainign some real insight or good thoughts and feelings about the shows and you are just wasting a lot of the world's time and space, including that of me and many others! Eli's objection to the "one-post-per- piece" method of reviewing is legit, I think--if everyone were to do it, the blog could become unreadable, and pretending that Eli was seeking some sort of punishment is kind of a straw-man argument. The problem is probably one of different views of how the blog operates--some people want to use it to review shows & talk about NoShame, but some see it as an extension of NoShame itself, an anarchic zone where anything goes and there's nothing wrong with pushing people's boundaries, even if it annoys them. While that can work wonders onstage, there's a safety zone for the audience--the lights will be brought down after five minutes. Here there's no way to bring down the lights, nor is there a way to separate out the posts so that the discussion-of-pieces group gets annoyed with the extension-of-NoShame crowd, and meanwhile, the extension-of-NoShame crowd may be going out of their minds with boredom at the reviews.

The solution may be for the extension-of-NoShamers to start their own website/blog, since this site does have a tradition of being used to review the show.

9/23/2007 8:28 PM  
Blogger alyssa bowman said...

Pictures of the show. Check it!

flickr.com/photos/8137238@N05/sets/72157602137000015/

9/23/2007 8:52 PM  
Blogger alyssa bowman said...

Well that didn't work at all.

Try this

9/23/2007 8:54 PM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

Do I really look like that? MY GOD.

9/23/2007 9:32 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

Look at how handsome we all are!


And Alyssa, thank you for letting me see that Tabor was wearing Simpsons boxers that night.


On the first piece, I can't say that French fries have been ruined for me as I very rarely eat them anyway. In fact, likening them to the human penis would probably make me more likely to put one in my mouth...anyway, the point of Christina's piece was not that she be completely naked, because she said the pants were still hers (though this had to be explained to me later, as I thought she was pointing to her buttcheeks).

9/23/2007 11:21 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

" Todd said...

Dear Greg,
I do believe you've missed the point of the so-called "extension-of-No-Shame" crowd.

Love,
The Extension-of-No-Shame Leader
Todd Ristau"

Ok, then what exactly is the point? All that the blog spam seems to be doing is annoying lots of people. I was trying to be both sincere & polite; you could A) post under your own name, and B) respond thoughtfully. Try again.

9/24/2007 12:06 AM  
Blogger janani said...

Most satisfying writing of the night:

Fist Battalion

Made me the smiliest of the night:
Stove Top Boys
Neil Armstrong's Moonblog
Fart 1 Guy

Best assorted things of the night:
Matt lying down with dead Greg
Cara's acting in the airport sketch
Michael's chin drool-a-like
Christina eating the peach

9/24/2007 12:41 AM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

Okay... so everyone ran rampant with what I wrote. Good job. One may call you all Othello for the smallest hints of foulness would lead you to murder your loved ones. I was merely slightly annoyed that Michael's review was in 18 pieces. I could care less about a punishment or what they say. And my jest about Michael never remembering my pieces was just that. He doesn't remember mine, I'm usually indiferent or contrasting to his. Big whoop.

9/24/2007 1:17 AM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

Eli's review. (In one piece) Hurray.

1) Watch as I ruin French Fries for Everyone- by Nick Beatty

-Some of those jokes were pretty stale... Get it. Stale french fries. Oh! ... Fuck you all. It was great seeing Nick back on stage though. Keep em coming kid.

2)Fist Battalion! A man Adventure Tale- by Chris Stangl

I loved the first half. The second half on the other hand just seemed like a way to do 2 pieces in one slot.

3)Part Two of a two part high hold day jewstravaganza (All I can do is write about how jewish I am): Yom Kippur Fast-a-Polooza- by Ajewsa Jewsenjew

-So much Jewishness! I did like that Alisa (Ajewsa) made it more serious. I really didn't see that coming.

4) You know you like it you dirty girl. Don't deny it. Just do it. -by Eli Wilkes Booth

-I had nothing. It was 9 pm. I was gone. This seemed like a crazy concept I normally wouldn't do. SO I did it.

5) The Stove Top Boys- by Neil Campbell and Paul Rust

-Hilarious to begin with then got to be a bit much. Shave off the last minute and you have a great piece.

6) Belief- by Arlen Lawson

-Arlen. I apologize. I remember it fucked my brain again. But that's it.

7) Dr. Adventure and the Consequences of his actions - Evan Schenck

-Why the fuck did you cast me, Evan? I can't fucking act unless I'm playing someone like me. Also great twist by not shooting Greg. Which you usually do.

8) How to Write a Spec Script for Lost - by Insert Clever Pseudonym Here!

-I haven't watched Lost since the first season. So yeah... I don't remember who 'Locke' is... Now if you're talking Locke from Final Fantasy VI... I'm totally there.

9) Neil Armstrong's Monologue - by Neil Armstrong - by Brian Lenth

-Eh. Didn't really trip my trigger. Nothing too exciting.

10) Duluth International Airport- by Anthony Nelson and Cara Clonch

-Well acted. A bit predictable. But it was great to see more departmental people getting involved.

11) Ice Cream- by Silver Dollar Tabor

-The build up was good but the ending just fell flat. The lights didn't go out right away but that can't be the only reason. It just seemed abrupt and had nothing to do with filling the oceans with Ice Cream.

12) Leave this Thermostat at Seventy-Two degrees - By Adam Hahn

-Huh. Adam doesn't usually do non-monologues. But this was pretty goodish. Almost made me think it was semi autobiographical.

13) Vaselex - by Jamal Chris Michael Arlen River Stangl Tabor Lawson

-Hehe. Nudity is fun. Vasoline on butts is fun too.

14) Esoterrorism: Part 3 The First Week or The Dinosaur in the next room - by Cool Jesse be Rape Slaves with Special guest McRallavvy

-Too bad the dinosaur ran out of batteries. I wanted to see the shit it could stir up!

15) Fart- 1 Guy by Jake Gonterro and another guy by Jamal River

-This was like watching two mentally challenged people fight. Which is always fun. Not that I pit them in rings and take bets on which one would kill the other one... I'm NOT Michael Vick.

16) My Life as a Patron of the Arts- by Mrs. Farzqua Amarantt

-I didn't get as 'into' this piece as everyone else seems to. Parts of it were funny and her character was good but it lulled at times and didn't constantly keep me gripped to the stage. Nice improv though with the 'rubbish' to Jesse's Dinosaur.

17) American Black Box Presents the Great American Love Letter by Patrick Ashcraft

-The weakest of the ABB skits yet. But it was nice to see Quote boy back again. Maybe we all could do a series of sketches in one night that's like Clue and each one of us writes a chapter. We could have Quote Boy, ABB, Dr. Adventure, and more to be the suspects!

18) The Break Up - by Christina Gulick

-Oh female nudity. How it's not done very often. This was serious though and I liked it mainly because I knew what was going on because I read the script. I don't know what others would've thought though.

9/24/2007 2:11 PM  
Blogger plinal said...

"In Ajewsa's skit i think i got the anorexia joke before anybody else. I was laughing really loudly at the awkward tension while everybody else was waiting for a punchline. This happens to me a lot. Does anybody know what the proper etiquette is here?"

This is an excellent question, Luke. In my travels and research presentations, I have found that the best way to make it clear that you are very much smarter and "more getting it" than regular audience members is to let fly a couple firm, confident chuckles, right from the get go. If people don't naturally follow your lead, try working in some exclamations of, "Oh-ho!" or "Yes!" or even just simple, enthusiastic repetitions of some of the funniest jokes being delivered. (e.g., "An EYEBALL umbrella?! That's rich! An EYEBALL umbrella!")

Generally, the more people see you enjoying the piece, the more they too will decide to enjoy it! Once you've got the chuckling, exclaiming, and repeating dialog going, take it up a notch on the "look at me getting this piece!"-o-meter. Rocking back in forth in your chair, or even wildly gesticulating with your hands, will convey an absolute sense of enjoyment and understanding. As you begin to rock farther and faster, you may find that the insertion of the thumb into the anus comes quite naturally, almost as if on reflex. Most people probably won't even notice your hand down the back of your pants, or the way your pelvis rocks back and forth against it. You will likely need some form of gel or paste to achieve proper thumb/asshole lubrication, but as long as you are careful (make sure your hands are clean and your nails trimmed), there is little risk of injuring yourself. With some hard work and practice, you may even be able to time it all just right in order to reach anal climax just as the lights go down and the applause begins. (Anal orgasm is an orgasm brought on by anal stimulation, such as from an inserted finger, your thumb. Some men and women are able to achieve an anal orgasm, as most humans are biologically able to, resulting in a complete or incomplete sexual climax.)

9/24/2007 2:23 PM  
Blogger brian said...

I nominate the previous comment for Best Of The No Shame Blog.

9/24/2007 5:17 PM  
Blogger luketheweeds said...

wow, I was just saying i felt like an ass sometimes laughing in people's ears when they're trying to listen. Looking back my post does seem like i'm full of myself. touche plinal

9/24/2007 6:41 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

I also give plinal's comment a Santorumy thumbs up.

9/24/2007 9:21 PM  
Blogger Gregory Thomas said...

Hello. I'd first like to clear the air about something. My name is not Gregory Thomas, in fact it is Thomas Gregory. I was a little confused about the process for creating a “blogger” account for this page. I tried to do my post as “anonymous” but it seems this feature has been disabled. I wanted it to display as my real name, “Thomas Gregory” and I thought maybe it was one of those deals where it would display my last name first, so I typed my first name in the last name blank, and my last name in the first name blank! Does anybody know how I can fix this? I don't want people to think my name is Gregory Thomas.

Now that that's out of the way, I would like to say that I have been going to No Shame Theater now for several years but have never gotten into the whole writing process. How exactly does it work? I understand I have to arrive at 10:30 to be in the order? So do we all get together in that room and write the pieces then, because I think I have a great idea for a piece. Here is my idea:

There is a guy who goes into the store to buy a banana, because he's really really hungry for just a banana to eat. He gets all the way home with it (it could be like a really long distance or something to make it even funnier, we'll talk about that when we all write it friday night) and opens it up and takes a bite out of it. Here's the funny funny part: there is a WORM in his BANANA. Who ever heard of a banana worm??! I mean, there are worms in apples... but BANANAS?? Okay, so either the joke of the piece is that there was a worm in a banana and not an apple like you'd expect it to be (again, we'll figure it out on friday when we write it) or maybe the joke could be his adventure back to the store to return the banana.

I'm thinking that maybe the car he drove to the store in to buy the banana might have been a rental car. Here's the kicker: He RETURNS THE CAR ON THE WAY BACK HOME. So he has a banana, and the rental shuttle place drove him home, and now he has no way to get back to the store! So he has to put on his boots and walk ALL the way back to the store. The problem is, the laces for one of his boots are missing, so he has to deal with the boot falling off the whole way there!

So now he has to go to the shoe store to buy a lace for his boot (which is in the OPPOSITE direction of the store where he first bought the banana. Okay, so he gets to the boot store, but he forgot his wallet at home! He can't buy the lace now? See, it's funny because of the banana, and because all of these things are happening to him.

So after like THREE HOURS, he finally gets to the store and goes inside, and he's out of breath, and he's really tired, and it turns out the store won't return a partially eaten banana (because the worm ate like, most of the banana while he was on his way to the store). He figured he'd just buy a new banana, but they were out of bananas this time. So he's sad, and all he has is a worm and a half eaten banana. I think maybe the lights will go out after it is revealed that the store is out of bananas. Here's the really great part: It's a fake lights out! After the applause, the lights come back up, and the story continues. He walks out into the street to walk home, and then a car hits him and kills him, and he dies. Then the lights go out for real.

I think it's good because the audience has so much invested in this character at that point, like they are rooting for him and they really feel bad for him that he's having so much trouble, and then he dies. It's a really really shocking thing to have happen. I don't know what the dialog will be like, but again we'll work that out on Friday. Does someone have a printer there to print it out, or will we read it off of the laptop, I think I saw a guy do that once. I had one other idea though. If the guy doesn't die at the end, maybe the piece goes on and on, but the actors all have the rest of the script memorized, so even if the lights go out at 5 minutes, the actors can do the rest of the script in the dark. It's sort of pushing the limits of what is possible at No Shame Theater. I'm into sort of edgy stuff like that. Yeah, so anyway, what do you think of my idea, and what time do we write it on Friday?

9/25/2007 3:01 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

"Thomas Gregory"--
That actually sounds like a really entertaining skit. If you can pull it off in under five minutes, my hat's off to you.

I don't think anyone has access to a printer, unfortunately (I can get you into a theatre basement office with a computer, but no printer) and given that printer malfunctions are notorious (one once made me nearly miss getting into the order), I'd print it out in advance.

It sounds like you've pretty much gotten the idea down, so you may as well just write it yourself beforehand and show up Friday.

9/25/2007 11:54 PM  
Blogger fakehouseplant said...

fuck. did i miss the day when we had a time machine back to 03? only more like 01or2 if neil was there.

shit.

somebody seriously needs to warn me the next time that sort of thing happens..

9/26/2007 1:31 AM  
Blogger brian said...

Neil wasn't there. Unless you mean Neil Armstrong, because Neil Armstrong was there.

Paul also wasn't there. They just wrote a piece.

9/26/2007 5:32 PM  
Blogger Snotnosed said...

YEAH! Ike Eisenhower was there too! He pooped on my face and I rubbed it so far in my skin that I still smell! It's fun. Try it. Then you could be poop boy like me. Whee. Ps. Last weeks show was okay. I thought many of the newer writers were better though. But yet again I was still trying to get poop out of my hair for part of the show.

9/26/2007 5:51 PM  

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