Saturday, December 08, 2007

No Shame 12/7/2007

Hey we had a show! It was full of dead-week goodness and creaminess. Wheee. The order, ladies and gentlemen, is in the replies.

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Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

12/7/2007

1) Faith in Everything- by Arlen Lawson (pop song)

2) Interview with a veteran – By John Bates (Black Friday monologue)

3) The Dinner Party Part II – By the John Hammond Player et al. (More Jurassic Park unoriginality goodness)

3.2) Failed Sketches Part 1: The Hole – Chicken’n’Dumplings (His hole itches)

4) My Favorite Zings – by Anya Nimfadora (Talking with Santa head)

5) Gremlins 3: Gizmo’s Choice – by Katy Baggs (Gizmo makes a choice! Food after midnight)

5.2) Failed Sketches Part 2: My Head – Chicken’n’Dumplings (His head wont fit in his mom’s vagina)

6) Wall Climbing – by Evan Schenck (Endorsement deal in trouble due to not being able to climb a wall)

7) Dr. Batman and the Pee-V Scene- By Jamaker the Quaker who Drives a Studebaker (Eric Landuyt) (Arlen has a pee-v. Hilarity ensues.)

7.2) Failed Sketches Part 3: A Good Question – Chicken’n’Dumplings (Can a virgin get pregnant and give birth to Jesus 2: The Sequel)

8) The Dinner Party: Part IV by Benyo Brothers (Benyo’s character is the dumbest kid in school)

9) The Inevitable Downfall of the Honor System – by Clay Howard and Sam Sucks (Clay thinks he’s a sexual predator because he saw a kiddy porn pic)

9.2) Failed Sketches Part 4: The Audition – Chicken’n’Dumplings (Man acts like Karen Carpenter)

10) This is a sexy poem – By Anne Sullivan (It’s a sexy poem)

11) American Black Box Meets Director Scott – by Greg Machlin (ABB meets Dir. Scott who wants to have sex with him in tear holes in ABB’s flesh)

11.2) Failed Sketches Part 5: The Worst Joke I know – Chicken’n’Dumplings (Jesse tells long terrible Joke. Evan shoots him. Yells at Eli)

12) A Fart in the Wind is Worth a Shit in the Pants – by Nick Beatty (Can you see a fart in the cold? Evan poops himself)

13) And Now for Something So Stupid, Even you Love it! Story time with Ol’ Grandpappy Cough Syrup Presents: Beastiality Amidst the White Creamy Fields of the Part as recalled by Ol’ Grandpappy Cough Syrup – by Ol’ Grandpappy Cough Syrup (Adam Hahn and Gorilla have beat off contest. Gorilla wins. Covers America in Jizz)

12/08/2007 6:33 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

Great night, I loved it.

Favorite pieces and things: Pee-V, Director Scott, uh my own piece, Honor System, Patrick as John Hammond, John Bates' stage voice, Jesteadt in Evan's piece, Jesse's hole itching, Janani's chimney, lots of other things.


I was going to write more in my piece, I was going to have Billy Peltzer come back and discover Gremlin Gizmo and be shocked and saddened, and some introspection from him about how the melody Gizmo used to hum was like "the sweetest little songbird alighting on his heart," and Gizmo's aggressive Gremlin brain makes him turn on Billy, and Billy suffers mortal wounds, and Gizmo's guilt pierces the fog of his Gremlin madness and he's compelled to kill himself, and Billy and Gizmo die together. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. But I think I ended it at the right place, to not make it too long.

12/08/2007 10:32 PM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

1) Faith in Everything- by Arlen Lawson (pop song)

I was trying to think about how it would sound with a full band.

2) Interview with a veteran – By John Bates (Black Friday monologue)

I really really enjoyed this piece. His voice is enegmatic and captivating. Write more!

3) The Dinner Party Part II – By the John Hammond Player et al. (More Jurassic Park unoriginality goodness)

I really don't know what to say... seems like i've seen some thing like it before.

3.2) Failed Sketches Part 1: The Hole – Chicken’n’Dumplings (His hole itches)

Im going to comment on all of these at the end.

4) My Favorite Zings – by Anya Nimfadora (Talking with Santa head)

Fun to watch. I thought the set up before hand was part of the piece. I was a little distrubed by the santa head...

5) Gremlins 3: Gizmo’s Choice – by Katy Baggs (Gizmo makes a choice! Food after midnight)

I never saw the second one. But I don't think that it was necessary to enjoy this one.

5.2) Failed Sketches Part 2: My Head – Chicken’n’Dumplings (His head wont fit in his mom’s vagina)

6) Wall Climbing – by Evan Schenck (Endorsement deal in trouble due to not being able to climb a wall)

seeing Eric J. run into a wall and Evan almost crack up on stage is always a plus.

7) Dr. Batman and the Pee-V Scene- By Jamaker the Quaker who Drives a Studebaker (Eric Landuyt) (Arlen has a pee-v. Hilarity ensues.)

I almost peed. I've worte this down in like 11 places to make sure it's nominated for best of next semester.

7.2) Failed Sketches Part 3: A Good Question – Chicken’n’Dumplings (Can a virgin get pregnant and give birth to Jesus 2: The Sequel)

8) The Dinner Party: Part IV by Benyo Brothers (Benyo’s character is the dumbest kid in school)

i think the light mix up threw me off on this one.

9) The Inevitable Downfall of the Honor System – by Clay Howard and Sam Sucks (Clay thinks he’s a sexual predator because he saw a kiddy porn pic)

This was great and another favorite for the night. I think it should have ended right when he hung up the phone though. No need to milk it. But still, really good premise.

9.2) Failed Sketches Part 4: The Audition – Chicken’n’Dumplings (Man acts like Karen Carpenter)

10) This is a sexy poem – By Anne Sullivan (It’s a sexy poem)

I remeber likeing how it was laid out. and the back and forth of the phrases with constant refrences to the sexiness of the poem.

11) American Black Box Meets Director Scott – by Greg Machlin (ABB meets Dir. Scott who wants to have sex with him in tear holes in ABB’s flesh)

disturbing...but in a fun way

11.2) Failed Sketches Part 5: The Worst Joke I know – Chicken’n’Dumplings (Jesse tells long terrible Joke. Evan shoots him. Yells at Eli)

It's always good when Evan gets angry and starts killing folks.

12) A Fart in the Wind is Worth a Shit in the Pants – by Nick Beatty (Can you see a fart in the cold? Evan poops himself)

This was terrible. I'm not joking just because i wrote it. And I'm not blameing the actors (Evan or Greg)for the quality. it was just bad completely on my part. An over inflated fart joke that should have been boiled into a point five. I'm not sure were I was coming from thinking it would go over better than it did. The only thing relatively creative was the title. I just...blah

Bad form Mr. Smee...

13) And Now for Something So Stupid, Even you Love it! Story time with Ol’ Grandpappy Cough Syrup Presents: Beastiality Amidst the White Creamy Fields of the Part as recalled by Ol’ Grandpappy Cough Syrup – by Ol’ Grandpappy Cough Syrup (Adam Hahn and Gorilla have beat off contest. Gorilla wins. Covers America in Jizz)

another favorite, and the imagery was fascinating in a horrifying way. I pretty much loved it.


It was a great Dead Week. And also these little summary blurbs after the titles are brillant.

12/09/2007 1:03 AM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

Nick you never went back to the .2's at the end like you promised...

12/09/2007 1:59 AM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

You're right Eli, my apologies.

3.2) Failed Sketches Part 1: The Hole – Chicken’n’Dumplings (His hole itches)

I think the way he said it was what made me giggle. I could have done without the satisfied look on his face though.

5.2) Failed Sketches Part 2: My Head – Chicken’n’Dumplings (His head wont fit in his mom’s vagina)

No thoughts, I just laughed.

7.2) Failed Sketches Part 3: A Good Question – Chicken’n’Dumplings (Can a virgin get pregnant and give birth to Jesus 2: The Sequel)

I've actaully bothered some of my Catholic friends with a question similar to this.

9.2) Failed Sketches Part 4: The Audition – Chicken’n’Dumplings (Man acts like Karen Carpenter)

Don't quite recall. sry

11.2) Failed Sketches Part 5: The Worst Joke I know – Chicken’n’Dumplings (Jesse tells long terrible Joke. Evan shoots him. Yells at Eli)

By far the best out of all of them.
It's always good when Evan gets angry and starts killing folks.

12/09/2007 12:07 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

"It's always good when Evan gets angry and starts killing folks."

This was another excellent moment, and I liked that he namedropped the "zygomatic process," that made me happy.

Also, I want to say that when Jesteadt approached the wall a second time in "Wall Climbing," with a running jump and smashing himself into it, that wasn't in the script. That was all Jesteadt.

12/09/2007 1:52 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

If I were a critic, I'd say something witty like "Well, it looks like the NoShame regulars saved their best work for the one week in the semester when their pieces *can't* get into Best Of…"

I loved, in order:
1) Faith In Everything, 2) Interview with a Veteran, 5) Gizmo's Choice, 7) Dr. Batman, 9) The Inevitable Downfall of the Honor System, 13) And now for something stupid… and 3.2, 5.2, 9.2 & 11.2. (Somewhere, Adam Hahn is screaming.)

And thoroughly enjoyed 4) My Favorite Zings. The only reason it didn't make the above list is because I wasn't paying close enough attention and so missed part of the punchline.

Arlen's song is better than most contemporary music currently playing on the radio. John Bates--where did you come from? Come back! (Yes, I know you are coming back, just wanted to re-emphasize that). Having Arlen read the piece about pee is quite possibly one of the funniest things I have ever seen. Clay & Sam astonish with their best piece yet. Katy's take on Gizmo was brilliant, as was Jesse's piece. And it sounded like ABB got a good response. Evan's ability to improvise disturbing insults to Eli is astounding.

3) Hmm… I enjoyed being in this piece, but the audience didn't seem as into it as they were the first time. I think it needed a twist of some sort beyond just changing the names.

6) The beginning of the piece seemed flabby, but once Jamal showed up, things got cooking.

7.2) I didn't respond to this one quite as much as the other four. Maybe it's like the Beatles "White Album," where everyone has their favorite songs on the album, and no two people like the same songs.

8) The Dinner Party Part IV: Light mixup or sabotage? You decide!

10) Sexy Poem: I tuned out. Don't know why.

12) Ah, Nick, I've done far worse. I didn't think it was that bad.

12/10/2007 2:13 AM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

Guys this was a really good show. I laughed my ass off and out of my chair a couple of times. Good work all around. This is a great show to lead into Best Of next week. Now for my review.

1) Faith in Everything- by Arlen Lawson (pop song)

-Very enjoyable in a feel good kind of way. As with most songs at no shame I wish we could mic the singing. But oh well.

2) Interview with a veteran – By John Bates (Black Friday monologue)

-Wow. Great first piece. It really made black friday feel like Vietnam.

3) The Dinner Party Part II – By the John Hammond Player et al. (More Jurassic Park unoriginality goodness)

-I didn't care much for this piece. I've seen it before and seen it better. I feel like Patrick is trying to get the board to react to him clearly breaking one of the three rules.

3.2) Failed Sketches Part 1: The Hole – Chicken’n’Dumplings (His hole itches)

-Originally gonna be an a capella song using the phrases "My Hole Itches" "My Head is too big" and "Down the hatch!"

4) My Favorite Zings – by Anya Nimfadora (Talking with Santa head)

-Cute. Ruined by lights I felt.

5) Gremlins 3: Gizmo’s Choice – by Katy Baggs (Gizmo makes a choice! Food after midnight)

-I've never seen the Gremlins movies all the way through but am quite familiar with Gizmo (via nerd/dork talk) and I thought this piece was something else. By far Katy's best piece of the semester.


5.2) Failed Sketches Part 2: My Head – Chicken’n’Dumplings (His head wont fit in his mom’s vagina)

-Originally from a piece I was gonna do when my parents were at No Shame. but they cancelled.

6) Wall Climbing – by Evan Schenck (Endorsement deal in trouble due to not being able to climb a wall)

-Kinda dragged until Jamal came in then it came to life. I'd like to see that character again.

7) Dr. Batman and the Pee-V Scene- By Jamaker the Quaker who Drives a Studebaker (Eric Landuyt) (Arlen has a pee-v. Hilarity ensues.)

-O.M.G. Soooo funny if you know Arlen. I know Eric had wanted to do this piece for a couple of weeks now but to write it to be presented like an Arlen monologue: Genius. Though I do not know if people who were new to the show got the joke that Arlen normally would NEVER do a piece like this.

7.2) Failed Sketches Part 3: A Good Question – Chicken’n’Dumplings (Can a virgin get pregnant and give birth to Jesus 2: The Sequel)

-I actually ask people this question. Originally from a piece my sophmore year when I was just trying to be blatently offensive.

8) The Dinner Party: Part IV by Benyo Brothers (Benyo’s character is the dumbest kid in school)

-I think thye just added the last part and that on the script it said lights out. p.s. I will run lights for Best Of so no one worry.

9) The Inevitable Downfall of the Honor System – by Clay Howard and Sam Sucks (Clay thinks he’s a sexual predator because he saw a kiddy porn pic)

-I like these guys. I really do. Right now they are thinking of easy things that the rest of us are missing. It really helps round out the show.

9.2) Failed Sketches Part 4: The Audition – Chicken’n’Dumplings (Man acts like Karen Carpenter)

-Inspired by a play "Schoolgirl Figure" where girls starve themselves to death to get the jock boy. Not a failed skit but an ongoing joke behind the set.

10) This is a sexy poem – By Anne Sullivan (It’s a sexy poem)

-I don't remember much of this one. Sorry.

11) American Black Box Meets Director Scott – by Greg Machlin (ABB meets Dir. Scott who wants to have sex with him in tear holes in ABB’s flesh)

-Great. Though I do worry about people writing pieces for other peoples characters. Because they always run the risk of having that person not show up.

11.2) Failed Sketches Part 5: The Worst Joke I know – Chicken’n’Dumplings (Jesse tells long terrible Joke. Evan shoots him. Yells at Eli)

-I will tell the whole joke on here after I finish my review.

12) A Fart in the Wind is Worth a Shit in the Pants – by Nick Beatty (Can you see a fart in the cold? Evan poops himself)

-Have wondered this myself. Though i think the pooping should've come sooner and everyone should've tried and pooped themselves.

13) And Now for Something So Stupid, Even you Love it! Story time with Ol’ Grandpappy Cough Syrup Presents: Beastiality Amidst the White Creamy Fields of the Part as recalled by Ol’ Grandpappy Cough Syrup – by Ol’ Grandpappy Cough Syrup (Adam Hahn and Gorilla have beat off contest. Gorilla wins. Covers America in Jizz)

-Where to begin... wow... Um by far the most disturbing thing of the night and hilarious at the same time. I found it quite funny that Jesse stood on two towels. Keeping the towels handy like any good masturbator would.(We know who we are) I wonder what Adam Hahn would think about this piece? But alas he is in Cali being a hot shot having beat off contests with movie stars.

12/10/2007 11:05 AM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

So here’s the joke for you. The full version:

So one time these parents left their kids, a boy and a girl, home alone for the weekend while they went to fuck some strangers in a swinger bar and they said “Now kids, no parties you two”. So the kids inspired by their parents warning decide to throw a wild gang bang orgy party. They get hammered, smashed, stoned, and gang raped by each other. When they wake up the next morning they realize they didn’t use any condoms so they immediately went to the doctor to make sure she wasn’t pregnant, which she was. And the doctor was like “Dudes, you should have an abortion because since you’re brother and sister then the child might be horribly deformed like those Ripley clones in Alien Resurrection and when it gets older it is going to ask you to kill it. So what do you say?” And they were like “We’re catholic so we don’t have a choice. We’re keeping it.” So the day came for the birth and the two waited there while the doctor readied his equipment. And the boy leans over to his sister and tells her everything is going to be alright. The doctor begins and everything is going normally and the girl is screaming and the boy is woozy from all the juices and finally the doctor pulls the baby from the girl. He looks at it one moment. Ten fingers, ten toes, 2 eyes, one nose. Then he is shocked. He turns to the couple and tells them he needs to get the baby to the other room asap. So he cuts the cord and sprints into the next room. Minutes pass as the couple begin to freak out more and more. Finally after a half hour the doctor returns and holds the baby by its two feet as if he was going to spank its bottom as is customary. Then he begins to smash the babie into the counter, into the SHELVES, On his WoRk table, he is really going at it he is really smashing this babie all around and the parents are freaking the fuck out yelling “What the fuck are you doing!!!” “STOP!!!!!” And the doctor stops, looks at them a moment and says, “Just kidding! IT WAS ALREADY DEAD!!!!!”

12/10/2007 11:13 AM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

I credit that joke to "Chicken'n'Dumplings" rather than myself.

12/10/2007 11:14 AM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

1) Faith in Everything- by Arlen Lawson
I'm glad I was close enough to hear the words, but it's definitely hard for singers at No Shame to be heard past the third row. My only advice is sing louder and play softer.

2) Interview with a veteran – By John Bates
I really liked the dry humor of this piece, and the delivery was excellent. Come back, John.

3) The Dinner Party Part II – By the John Hammond Player et al.
The first version of this sketch was amusing because of the funny voices Patrick and Matt did, but the novelty of that only worked the first time. Having everyone play it straight also called attention to the fact we were just reading the "Jurassic Park" script.

3.2) Failed Sketches Part 1: The Hole – Chicken’n’Dumplings
I liked Jesse's expressions

4) My Favorite Zings – by Anya Nimfadora
Janani had incredible stage presence just setting the stage; I can't recall a more interesting setup. Maybe that's what made the punchline underwhelming. I was left wanting more.

5) Gremlins 3: Gizmo’s Choice – by Katy Baggs
The title alone was great. Katy's straightforward serious delivery added to the humor, and the story was actually kind of moving. Good work.

5.2) Failed Sketches Part 2: My Head – Chicken’n’Dumplings
This was funny.

6) Wall Climbing – by Evan Schenck
Eric, PLEASE STOP TURNING YOUR BACK TO THE AUDIENCE. It may seem natural to face someone who's standing behind you onstage, but the audience needs to see and hear you. You spent a good deal of this scene showing us your back, and from where I was sitting, you also blocked my view of the other actors at times. Everyone needs to be aware of their physical placement onstage. Things like this can be very distracting and make a well-written sketch bomb due to poor presentation.
That said, I liked Jamal's character and his ridiculous boasts.

7) Dr. Batman and the Pee-V Scene- By Jamaker the Quaker who Drives a Studebaker
I enjoyed how after the piece I heard people saying, "Who wrote that? I think Jamal wrote it. No, I thought Michael wrote it!"

7.2) Failed Sketches Part 3: A Good Question – Chicken’n’Dumplings
I've wondered about this myself.

8) The Dinner Party: Part IV by Benyo Brothers
This could have been better, and not just because of the lights. It felt underdeveloped to me.

9) The Inevitable Downfall of the Honor System – by Clay Howard and Sam Sucks
This was very funny. I don't think my character needed to be there, though.

9.2) Failed Sketches Part 4: The Audition – Chicken’n’Dumplings
I laughed, and then I felt kind of guilty for laughing.
For others who enjoy laughing at Karen Carpenter's bulimia, I recommend the movie "Superstar" by Todd Haynes.

10) This is a sexy poem – By Anne Sullivan
I think Anne brings a different voice and perspective to No Shame. I liked this piece, and I hope she keeps writing and performing.

11) American Black Box Meets Director Scott – by Greg Machlin
I liked how this was not just another book by ABB because I think that would have been draining the humor from that concept. Matt and Greg both gave good performances.

11.2) Failed Sketches Part 5: The Worst Joke I know – Chicken’n’Dumplings
Evan's outburst was something else. We knew that Jesse wasn't really dead, but I think we could all believe that Evan was really angry. That gave this piece a totally different spin, and I liked it.

12) A Fart in the Wind is Worth a Shit in the Pants – by Nick Beatty I think this was a funny concept. It may have gone on a bit too long, but it gave us a few laughs. One always walks a fine line with fart/pee/poop jokes; just one too many can ruin the effect.

13) And Now for Something So Stupid, Even you Love it! Story time with Ol’ Grandpappy Cough Syrup Presents: Beastiality Amidst the White Creamy Fields of the Past as recalled by Ol’ Grandpappy Cough Syrup – by Ol’ Grandpappy Cough Syrup
I wish Adam Hahn had been here to see this so I could have seen his reaction. I'm sure he would have smiled at the comical image of him and a great ape masturbating while the world looked on with awe and anticipation.
But this piece raises a valid question: How often do you think about other people thinking about you masturbating? What is their opinion of you masturbating? Do they enjoy the thought of it? Do they think it's funny or pitiable, or do they use it as justification for their own masturbation?

I think about odd things.

12/11/2007 1:05 PM  

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