Saturday, March 08, 2008

IC Show March 7

We had a show. I liked it. If you didn't like it, you are objectively wrong!

Order in the comments, with descriptions!

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Blogger evan schenck said...

1. Apology for a Memoir
by Greg Machlin

John Bates, as Greg Machlin, apologizes for all of the completely spurious stories he put in his big-time published memoir.

1.5 You Start Conversations you Can't Even Finish
by The Return of the on of the Ghost of Unnatural Love of the Penis of Cool Jesse

Jess Blaine poetry.

2. I Miss U Kate a Lipynch
by Mirri and an Unknown Band from a Mix CD

Clown stalks woman to music and is threatened with gun, but flowers make it all better.

2.5 Love Love Love
by KC and the Funshine Band

Crap I can't remember

3. Egg Sandwich
by Grumps and Tiny

Personal soundtrack not as cool as it sounds.

4. Kyle Ford performing Return of the Jedi

Dancer in the dark.

4.5 Fawfufawfaw fawfufawfaw RunRunRunRun Run Away
by Actually Yeah! Where the HELL has he been?

Jesse Blaine poetry.

5. Evan Schenck Presents the Total Class Survival Guide Part 1

I told you how to be.

5.5 Star #1
by Eric Landuyt

Pornographically tilted conversation with oblivious father.

6. The Most EMO Monologue of All Time
by Anonymous and Eli Wilkinson

Eli wrote some damn shitty poetry a few years ago, and Mirri read it.

6.5 A supernatural seies of Effects that Will Only Lead you to that Guy no one Really Likes's house

Jesse Blaine poetry.

7. The Voice of a Generation
by Katy Baggs

A look inside the creative process of Diablo Cody, and a preview of her next film.

7.5 Star #2
by Eric Landuyt

Gay bondage porn actor wishes to work for John McCain.

8. The Beacon
by Nick Beatty

Mythological-type story about a lighthouse beacon and its caretaker.

8.5 Jesse Blaine

I lost the sheet that had the actual title of this piece on it. Whoops. In this one Jesse read some poetry, and also some crazy damn love letter he found, from a weirdo to another weirdo.

8.6 A Finer Movie was Never Made
by Reverend Randy Stiffwood

Completely horrible idea for a porno that would probably breach copyright.

9. Bomb Squad
by John Bates

Bomb squaddies learn the importance of a clear order of operations.

3/08/2008 2:16 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

2.5 Love Love Love
by KC and the Funshine Band

Crap I can't remember


"I love you."
"I love you too."
"I love you more!"
"...Yeah..."

3/08/2008 3:09 PM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

1. Apology for a Memoir
by Greg Machlin

A wise choice to have John read this. I love over the top claims and such. Good way to start the show.

1.5 You Start Conversations you Can't Even Finish
by The Return of the on of the Ghost of Unnatural Love of the Penis of Cool Jesse

I remeber Jesses poems, and I remeber enjoying them. But I don't remember which was which and I'm afraid if I give specific details I'll be wrong. But I think this one had the line "Don't Laugh" in it. That peom was my favorite

2. I Miss U Kate a Lipynch
by Mirri and an Unknown Band from a Mix CD

Katy fending off Mirri with a chair and a gun. Fantastic

2.5 Love Love Love
by KC and the Funshine Band

I Grined

3. Egg Sandwich
by Grumps and Tiny

I think I peed a little watching this one. the "oh yeah!" when he pulled out the bread was my favorite. Remind me to nominate this for best of.

4. Kyle Ford performing Return of the Jedi

My favorite piece of the night. I like when the cracked the other two by hitting them on the floor. But what really amazed me was the way he made the green and blue blurs move like they were alive.

4.5 Fawfufawfaw fawfufawfaw RunRunRunRun Run Away
by Actually Yeah! Where the HELL has he been?

see above

5. Evan Schenck Presents the Total Class Survival Guide Part 1

I liked it, and I am creating a list of questions to ask next time.


5.5 Star #1
by Eric Landuyt

I liked the delivery

6. The Most EMO Monologue of All Time
by Anonymous and Eli Wilkinson

I really wanted to here more of the poem so I could mentally scorn it. I think Jesse could have picked better lines for "thats what she said" insted of every other one....

6.5 A supernatural seies of Effects that Will Only Lead you to that Guy no one Really Likes's house

Jesse Blaine poetry.

7. The Voice of a Generation
by Katy Baggs

It was funny, but it might have been a little less over my head if I knew who that guy was. But it reminded me of how generic some movies are becoming. it was pleasntly spiteful

7.5 Star #2
by Eric Landuyt

This is what a point five should be

8. The Beacon
by Nick Beatty

I tried to focus mainly on reading the piece this time.

8.5 Jesse Blaine

I'm going to comment on his reading of the letter. Which I found to be histarical.

the end

8.6 A Finer Movie was Never Made
by Reverend Randy Stiffwood

donkeys are always funny

9. Bomb Squad
by John Bates

first off, thats the coolest speaker ever. Second John and Greg make a good team. Third fine attention to detail is crucial.
good piece

3/08/2008 4:46 PM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

I should explain that I wasn't calling 2.5 "crap" I was saying, "Oh crap, I forgot".

3/08/2008 4:58 PM  
Blogger luke said...

your ambiguity made you into a jerk Evan. Way to go.

3/10/2008 11:02 AM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

Beatty, Diablo Cody is a lady (and a hipster, which was why I was dressed in mismatched clothes). I didn't know either until an anonymous commenter corrected me on my own blog.

3/10/2008 6:05 PM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

1. Apology for a Memoir
by Greg Machlin

Nice writing by Greg and great delivery by John. I love watching someone deadpan outrageous and ridiculous things like this.

1.5,4.5,6.5,8.5 Jesse Blaine poetry
I'm reviewing all of Jesse's poems at once because they all illicited similar reactions from me. I liked the rhythm of his delivery and the way his words explained just enough while still letting the poems retain some mystery. I wonder at how someone who comes off so sarcastic and loutish can write stuff like this. People are complex.

2. I Miss U Kate a Lipynch
by Mirri and an Unknown Band from a Mix CD
Cute. Katie and Mirri both brought energy and commitment to their roles.

2.5 Love Love Love
by KC and the Funshine Band
This was actually an unproduced skit from the comedy show I used to produce and plug relentlessly in every week's announcements. I suddenly remembered it and thought I could put it to good use.

3. Egg Sandwich
by Grumps and Tiny
Fun and funny. I know we were all laughing at Jake making noises, but I think Brian did an admirable job as the straight man.

4. Kyle Ford performing Return of the Jedi
Trippy. Kyle has really good stage presence.

5. Evan Schenck Presents the Total Class Survival Guide Part 1
This is the best thing I have ever seen Evan perform. His delivery was dead-on, even when he was improvising. First-class.

5.5 Star #1
by Eric Landuyt
When my mind wanders, I think of things like porn titles. Nice delivery by the actors.

6. The Most EMO Monologue of All Time
by Anonymous and Eli Wilkinson
Yeah, this piece would have been really mopey and melodramatic had it been performed straight. I do think Jesse's heckling got a little old, even though I knew it was coming. Mirri's delivery made it silly enough, and Jesse laid it on a little too thick.

7. The Voice of a Generation
by Katy Baggs
I believed all the critics who said "Juno" was a great movie, but I'm glad I heard Katy's opinion before I finally watch it. I think she saved me from a major letdown.

7.5 Star #2
by Eric Landuyt
Another silly thing I thought of. I'm proud of my groan-inducing punchline.

8. The Beacon
by Nick Beatty
Interesting. I tried to figure out exactly what the imagery meant but didn't come to any conclusions that satisfied me. So I guess I was left wanting more, but it may have been intended that way.

8.6 A Finer Movie was Never Made
by Reverend Randy Stiffwood
Despite the thematic similarities, I did not write this one. Just thought I'd clear that up. Another groan-inducing punchline.

9. Bomb Squad
by John Bates
Nicely performed by John and Greg. That speaker confused me though. I thought for a bit that it was some kind of dehumidifier or humidifier or device like that and initially expected the piece to go in that kind of direction. But the piece was still enjoyable overall.

3/10/2008 7:47 PM  
Blogger luke said...

1. Apology for a Memoir
by Greg Machlin

I liked this a bunch. John Bates tossed in some adlibs that were great also (benefit of being in the light booth ;) )

1.5 Jesse Blaine poetry.
I love Jesse Blaine's poetry. There's always one line per piece that really sticks with me.

2. I Miss U Kate a Lipynch
by Mirri and an Unknown Band from a Mix CD
This was a bunch of fun. I enjoy the use of the clown nose, but i was really REALLY hoping the flower would shoot water.
2.5 Love Love Love
by KC and the Funshine Band
Next time i see "KC" I'll tell her i liked this
3. Egg Sandwich
by Grumps and Tiny
I liked these sound effects a lot. I wanted some more variety in them, but they were still great. I have been doing this every time i make a pb&J

4. Kyle Ford performing Return of the Jedi
This guy is a good performer. I didn't care much for how repetitive the song was, and it seemed a bit long, but it was still good fun. Lighting up the glowsticks by smacking them on the floor was a great thing.
5. Evan Schenck Presents the Total Class Survival Guide Part 1
I would have liked some more structure here. I was also wondering if Evan kept his "gin" (alcohol at no shame?) a flask or if he just kept it in the bottle.
5.5 Star #1
by Eric Landuyt
I liked this one a bit BUT i liked the next one a lot
6. The Most EMO Monologue of All Time
by Anonymous and Eli Wilkinson
I'm pretty sure that the last few stanzas (stanzas?) were straight from final fantasy 6's opera scene (I am the darkness, you are the stars). I was ok with JEsse's "that's what she said" and how he varied it up a bit

7. The Voice of a Generation
by Katy Baggs
I haven't seen this movie, so i didn't get the jokes much. kind of like how jokes about Shakespeare, Star Wars, or the Bible are way funny because there's a right of passage before enjoying them.

7.5 Star #2
by Eric Landuyt
This is the one i like a lot

8. The Beacon
by Nick Beatty
It was a nice story, but as with most of these stories i wonder what I should take from it.

8.6 A Finer Movie was Never Made
by Reverend Randy Stiffwood
This was fun

9. Bomb Squad
by John Bates
I thought the pacing of this could have been sped up overall, but I liked it.

3/11/2008 12:07 AM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

It was water, Luke, don't worry. I'm not that irresponsible.

Also I'm going to say that if people want to see another piece along those lines, they can give me suggestions for desired topics here on the blog.

3/11/2008 10:31 AM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

Luke, just the fact that you know Final Fantasy VI's opera makes me want to marry and love you forever. I dunno if I got that stuff from that though, saying how I wrote it four years ago and just stumbled on it.

3/11/2008 11:00 AM  
Blogger noshametheater said...

Evan,

I would love to see another piece along those lines. I have a framing device in mind you may find fun. It features you as an expert-on-everything answering any and all questions from the audience. I act as your assistant, much as a magician's assistant would, since there's a twist or two in the presentation that gives the audience another layer of entertainment.

John Bates
jates9424@aol.com

3/11/2008 1:44 PM  
Blogger luke said...

So would you be a silent character like penn and teller?
or would you be scantily clad with lotsa sequens?

either way i'm interested


PS. Our love fades away, like night into day, it's just a fading dream

3/11/2008 10:38 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

So gently, you touched my heart.
I will be forever yours.
Come what may, I won't age a day,
I'll wait for you, always...

3/12/2008 1:27 AM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

1. Apology for a Memoir
by Greg Machlin


I liked this. I think the content of the piece worked better with John Bates's delivery (a confident baritone can do a lot) than it might have with just Greg doing it. As I've always said, and occasionally practice myself, it can often be a good idea to give your piece to somebody else altogether to read.

2. I Miss U Kate a Lipynch
by Mirri and an Unknown Band from a Mix CD


This was cute. I liked how the flower fixed everything, and the creepy clown stalker and the insane gun-toting girl went off happily.

2.5 Love Love Love
by KC and the Funshine Band


Aw man this was a discussion I have had.

3. Egg Sandwich
by Grumps and Tiny


This may have been my favorite piece of the night. The very best moment, as Nick said, was when Jake said "OH YEAH!" to the bread coming out of the bag. It was so unexpected because they were the only human words he formed the whole time he was on stage.

4. Kyle Ford performing Return of the Jedi

This looked wicked cool.

5. Evan Schenck Presents the Total Class Survival Guide Part 1

I want to thank Jamal, Jake, and Brian for their help, and also the audience members who asked questions.

6. The Most EMO Monologue of All Time
by Anonymous and Eli Wilkinson


ROFFLECOPTOR @
"you are the fast moving glacier"

7. The Voice of a Generation
by Katy Baggs


I appreciated this piece because I despise lazy writing, and I also enjoyed playing the bullshit characters.

8. The Beacon
by Nick Beatty


I found this piece very good.

8.5 Jesse Blaine

I lost the sheet that had the actual title of this piece on it. Whoops. In this one Jesse read some poetry, and also some crazy damn love letter he found, from a weirdo to another weirdo.

8.6 A Finer Movie was Never Made
by Reverend Randy Stiffwood


hey at the end of your movie would the girl drink the donkey's milkshake, huh, would she?

9. Bomb Squad
by John Bates


I liked this piece. Greg and John were actually pretty good on stage together.

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Block review of Star .5s-
the concept for these was simple and not precisely my cup of tea, but I think they worked.

Block review of Jesse Blaine .5s-
As always, I'm not sure what I can say about them. You just got to accept them for what they are. I loved that insane letter with the E-LLIP-SES.

3/12/2008 3:03 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

**3. Egg Sandwich--Best of. My personal favorite of the evening.

1. Apology for a Memoir--John did this very well.

1.5 et. al. Jesse's poetry adds a nice texture to the evening, particularly now that Arlen Lawson is M.I.A.--come back, little Arlen, come back!

2. I Miss U Kate
Fun and goofy.

2.5 Love Love Love
Possible best of.

4. Kyle Ford performing--Whoo! As cool as the first one. I love the fact that we have our own glow-in-the-dark performer.

5. Evan Shenck presents: Very entertaining, another possible best of. Evan is far better at improv than any of us realized. I wish I could be there this Friday...

5.5 Star #1--Very good point five.

6.The Most EMO monologue--this actually stood on its own w/out Jesse's (scripted) heckling.

7. Voice of a Generation--Quite the smackdown. Entertaining! (I knew who Diablo Cody was.)

8. The Beacon--my mind is fuzzy on this, but I'm glad someone is carrying the flame for the serious pieces.

9. Bomb Squad--I had a good time performing in this. My personal favorite Bates piece is the defense lawyer.

3/13/2008 3:10 AM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

No thoughts on Star 2, Greg?

3/13/2008 9:28 AM  
Blogger national pal said...

is it true that there is a technique whereby one can actually suck air up into their rectal cavity while simultaneously pushing a faux-fart out their mouth, followed immediately by pushing the real fart back out the butt, and then out the mouth, and so on and so on? Circular farting, I read this was called. i guess if you get really good at it no one will even be able to hear a pause, it just sound like one long continuous fart sound. Has this been explored much at No Shame or at the UI in general?

3/14/2008 5:22 PM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

National Pal, that doesn't even make sense because it isn't circular at all, and farts categorically cannot come out a person's mouth. It would be a BURP, not a "faux-fart", not matter how foul smelling it was. In the course of my life I have smelled some pretty terrible farts and some pretty foul burps, but never the twain shall meet!

I think what you're trying to ask is:
"Is it possible for someone to continuously swallow air and pass it through their intestines so that it is expelled as a fart, then breathing that fart in, continuing to pass this air through their body so that they are constantly farting?"

For an answer, I'm not sure. But I bet it could be done. We landed on the moon, goddamn it. We can do anything.

3/14/2008 6:48 PM  
Blogger national pals said...

No, you've misunderstood we all together. The point isn't that the "mouth farts" don't count as farts; the goal is simply to keep a continuous "fart-like" noise going indefinitely. This would be done in basically the same fashion on both ends: by opening the hole, bringing in air, and pushing it back out with the hole squeezed shut. The only difficulty I think, other than learning to suck air up your butt on command, would be learning to time it so the "far exhalation" from one hole properly overlapped with the "fart inhalation" of the other hole and veece a veeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thomas Nederson

3/15/2008 5:24 PM  
Blogger national pals said...

Sorry, I meant "FART exhalation", not "FAR exhalation"! A-DUH!!!

Thanus Edisom

3/15/2008 5:27 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Star 2 was also funny, Eric, but I couldn't remember it as clearly as Star 1.

3/21/2008 1:44 AM  

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