Sunday, September 28, 2008

No Shame Iowa City 9/26

We had a show, it was pretty good. If you missed it you missed a good show. Yeah. Order after the bump. Review it. Or don't.

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Blogger evan schenck said...

1. Choose your Own Adventure: A Romance Novel - The Play
by Karl Gronwall
(Guy chooses other man's own adventure, man, woman, and audience powerless)

2. I got this Coat from my Brother
by Evan Schenck
(Self explanatory)

3. Everything You Love: A Poem
by Eric Landuyt
(Poem about everything you love being taken away)

4. Organic Chemistry Laboratory
by Eric Jesteadt
(Pheromone experiment results in heavy petting)

5. Bluesy Song about Sex
by Leigh
(It is already spellt out for yous)

6. Sarah Palin (part 1): Potential Future Jobs when the VP Thing doesn't quite Work Out
by Dick Roberts
(humourous list)

7. An Address from the President of the United States
by John Bates
(as indicated above)

8. Eric and Luke do an Improv Game Where You Pull Random Lines out of your Pocket and Say Them
by Eric and Luke
(My keyboard sticks a bit since I put it in the dishwasher)

9. Song
by Karl Gronwall
(Song)

10. Comedy by Nick Lickner
(Comedy. One joke kinda fell flat, the other I thought was brilliant)

11. Things which Make Eric Jesteadt Cry
by James S. Roty
(list)

12. Step-Father or Stepping-Stone?
by Eli Wilkinson
(Story about horny stepdad seduction. Also Eli doesn't know what a son-in-law is I guess?)

13. Song
by Mirri
(Song. Damn, learn to read!)

14. Buckshot Sandy
by Katy Baggs
(Monologue by hapless 19th century miner)

9/28/2008 3:05 AM  
Blogger Loony Leigh said...

1. Choose your Own Adventure
I was in stitches

2.I got this Coat from my Brother
I love it when Evan manages to make the whole audience squirm with discomfort and embarrassed laughter- ie. "This is probably the only nice thing my brother has done for me and you all are putting it down."

3. Everything You Love
Very high energy- great performance

4. Organic Chemistry-
I thought the script was very good. I seems like scripts with several actors and complicated stage directions are often very good, but the acting is usually sub-par. Maybe rehearsals before the show would help?

5.Bluesy Song about Sex
Fucking stage fright.

6. Sarah Palin
A lot of these were hilarious, but some of them rubbed me the wrong way. I'm getting fed up derogatory remarks about Ms. Palin in regard to her femininity (and her family). I'd prefer it if people attacked her because she's a space-case and incompetent. Not because she has a vagina and a pregnant teenager. Just my opinion, though.

7. An Address from the President of the United States
John Bates is my favorite.

8. Eric and Luke do an Improv Game
The whole thing went over really well. Some great moments here!

9. Song
Bravo!

10. Comedy
Another one of those moments where the whole audience was flooded with discomfort... don't know if it was intentional or not... or how to feel about it...

11. Things which Make Eric Jesteadt Cry
Oh, this was good. "Micheal Tabor." Ohhhh...

12. Step-Father or Stepping Stone?
Creepy. ::shudders:: I liked it.

13. Song.
Centipedes! Bravo!

14. Buckshot Sandy
Katy... I LOVE your monologues. Very imaginative and great delivery.

9/28/2008 10:03 AM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

1. Choose your Own Adventure: A Romance Novel - The Play
by Karl Gronwall
Audience interaction pieces like this can be lots of fun, and Luke's performance was awesome.

2. I got this Coat from my Brother
by Evan Schenck
This piece was rather touching. I kind of wish Evan had scripted it so it would have been a little more polished, but it was a good piece.

3. Everything You Love: A Poem
by Eric Landuyt
I apologize for flipping out over the lights. This poem was hard for me to write and I was nervous about performing it, but I could have handled it better. Let this be a reminder to everyone why you should turn in typewritten scripts.
That aside, my delivery was lacking. This piece needed more expression and it came out rushed and monotonous.

4. Organic Chemistry Laboratory
by Eric Jesteadt
I was amused, especially by the awkwardness of everyone's heavy petting. Maybe some violent dry humping would have been good.

5. Bluesy Song about Sex
by Leigh
I like Leigh's songs, I like blues songs, and I like songs about sex when they're done right, so I was pretty pleased with this one.

6. Sarah Palin (part 1): Potential Future Jobs when the VP Thing doesn't quite Work Out
by Dick Roberts
Overall, pretty good. I think the list could have been trimmed a bit because some of the jokes were hit-or-miss, but there were plenty of good laughs in here.

7. An Address from the President of the United States
by John Bates
John's delivery was strong and I liked the flying monkey jokes, but there came a point a couple years ago when I thought jokes about Bush's stupidity stopped being funny because his incompetence has been so overwhelming and flat-out dangerous that calling attention to it just makes me think about how terrible a president he has really been.

8. Eric and Luke do an Improv Game Where You Pull Random Lines out of your Pocket and Say Them
by Eric and Luke
The only thing I really know about Yom Kippur is that Sandy Koufax, the great Dodgers pitcher, once refused to play in a World Series game because it fell on Yom Kippur and he felt honoring the Day of Atonement was more important than playing baseball. I don't know what he or any other Jewish people actually do on Yom Kippur, but I think Luke and I clearly showed that baseball is not allowed.

9. Song
by Karl Gronwall
I liked this song. Catchy melody with good lyrics.

10. Comedy by Nick Lickner
This was lame.

11. Things which Make Eric Jesteadt Cry
by James S. Roth
Reminiscent of the Penny piece from last year. The randomness of the things was fun. I loved Katy's "light from a dead star" joke. I wish I could be that witty.

12. Step-Father or Stepping-Stone?
by Eli Wilkinson
Yeah, the son-in-law/stepdad thing got a little mixed up, but I thought this one went pretty well. Luke played the straight man very well.

13. Song
by Mirri
I wasn't overwhelmed by this one, but it was okay.

14. Buckshot Sandy
by Katy Baggs
I envy Katy's storytelling abilities. She creates very funny characters who have wacky adventures and make witty comments along the way. I have fun listening to stories like this one.

9/28/2008 11:08 PM  
Blogger luke said...

This all happened a while ago, but I'm gonna comment on it now!

I liked Evan's story. At first I was afraid, but then it all worked out just fine.

I felt Eric's poem needed some more variety in its delivery. more fast/slow intense/soft variations

I remember some heavy petting and not knowing why it was happening

When Leigh plays music she takes on this persona that says "I'm singing a bluesy song" and she isn't Leigh any more. One time she was Leigh for a second and it was cool.

I get enough about Sarah Palin from any news source, thanks. Not that it was bad material, but easy targets are what they are.

Same with the president, although I have to admit. I loved the flying monkeys.

Katy really has a way with stories. Even the most non-sensicle (sp?) seems to work in her worlds.

If I didn't comment, I guess I'm okay with it!

9/30/2008 9:14 PM  
Blogger Arlen said...

Dear No Shame,

Hi.

This is relatively off-topic, but No Shame related.

This Friday, before No Shame, at 8:00p, there will be an evening of music, poetry, and monologue. Involved are three No Shamers from years past: me, Jesse Blaine, and Chris Stangl. Mike Anichini will also perform. It will be worth your time and your $3 suggested donation.

You can check out the poster and hear some scheduled musics at www.myspace.com/oldmancharliemusic

Love,
Arlen

P.S. I hear that Mirri announced this event at last Friday's show. Thank you, Mirri.

10/01/2008 2:51 AM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

Just pooping in to say...

"I'm getting fed up derogatory remarks about Ms. Palin in regard to her femininity (and her family). I'd prefer it if people attacked her because she's a space-case and incompetent. Not because she has a vagina and a pregnant teenager. Just my opinion, though."

But a valid opinion, one that I agree with. And Leigh, you'll find plenty of people who feel the same by searching for "Palin" on blogs such as Feministe or Feministing. Here's a good rule for lampooning politicians or other figures, female or otherwise (not talking to you, Dick Roberts, I just mean in general): if their gender/sexuality isn't relevant to why they should be mocked, and it never is unless they're hypocrites in a "secretly gay but publicly anti-gay" way for example, then it has no place in a good joke about them.

Lame: the "Drill, Baby, Drill!" shirt with Sarah Palin getting doggyfucked, the point of the cheap joke being that drilling is fucking and Palin is a fuckable chick 'cause dude, she's hott, brah.

Funny: Zina Saunders' illustrations of Sarah Palin are good, I like the one of her in a Flintstones outfit riding a T. Rex. and giving the thumbs up, because she's a creationist and thinks that humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time, which is weird and provably false.

yes i meant to type "pooping"

Now that I went on a thing, I suppose I should review the show now:

I liked this show. Thank you for the kind words about my piece, I liked your piece too. I liked that the overall quality of the show was good and that we had a full order. I let a couple of people do two pieces which was okay, but if enough people write pieces so that we can pull together a full order without double-dipping then people should save their extra pieces for future weeks.

"13. Song
by Mirri
(Song. Damn, learn to read!)"

Evan, I think Mirri knows how to read.

Okay, that wasn't much of a review, but...eh, it's almost five in the morning.

10/03/2008 4:43 AM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

Also,

GO SEE OLD MAN CHARLIE.

10/03/2008 4:44 AM  

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