Saturday, April 24, 2010

Best of No Shame SPRING '10 NOMINATIONS

Hey all you peoples! The time has come for YOU to tell us what pieces you liked and would like to see again in this semester's Best of No Shame! Just go through the Orders from this semester and Dead week of last semester and vote for your favorites!

*Note. Please try to nominate a full order (over ten pieces). This helps us whittle down the fan faves and doesn't put the load on the Board to come up with the order with only a handful of pieces nominated.

39 Comments:

Blogger LSK said...

1) Asher, James, and Eric J:
Song Name And Lyrics Changed... - Your Favorite Band

1.5) Noah:
That Damned Alphabet Part A

2) Various board members:
Basement Cookin'

3) James:
97 Year Old Virgin

3.5) David:
Nahgruk nishglebbin tuoaouoblock (performed under the pseudonym Boolraush Ytt'ckashit)

4) Eric J:
Sky Patrol Episode I

5) Spencer:
Another Tall Tale

6) Triple Bs:
Freeze Frame

7) Asher:
Three Levels of Abstraction

8) Mirri and Katy:
Vladimir Putin's Movie Spoilers

8.5) Calvin:
Beef Jerky

9) Morgan:
Take Note

10) Evan and Katy:
Alternate Character Interpretation: Data

11) Taylor Cook:
Cookies

12) Various board members:
These Events are True and Occur in Real Time

13) Dick Roberts:
Generation X-Pendable

14) Mirri:
Danny pt. 2

15) Kyle Ford:
This Is My Brain on Drugs


Backup choices:

Asher:
A Play Written By My Uncle, Performed Backwards with Four Out of Every Five Lines Removed

Jordi:
This Is How I Always Meet People

Calvin:
Momma's Boys

4/24/2010 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Leigh said...

Having only been to two shows this semester, I can only nominate a couple of pieces...

Your Productive Future by Luke and Alaynna

Danny Part II by Mirri

4/25/2010 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Dear Iowa City City Council - by Evan Skank
2) Paulie Crestfallen the Clown with Major Depressive Disorder Makes a Friend -by Luke Christensen
3) Rock and Roll Pizza - by Katy Baggs
4) David and Gregory are Best Friends by David and Gregory
5) Conversations with Delroy Banvooggernut by Resident of Wyoming
6) 97 Year Old Virgin by James S. Roth
7) This is how I always meet people -by Jordi
8) That Damned Alphabet Part A -by Noah S. Brown
8) Your Productive Future by Luke and Alaynna
10) Would Squirrels Blow Dad? by Dr. Mondo Buttplug, Esq.

4/25/2010 12:03 PM  
Anonymous James S. Roth said...

1) Steve by the Anonymous Cliche
2) A Physics Exam by Eric Jesteadt
3) Shit I Dunno by Brett and Devon
4) No Mercy by Calvin
5) David and Gregory are Best Friends by David and Gregory
6) Alternate Character Interpretation: Data By Evan and Katy
7) Basement Cookin' by Mr. Happy Bunny and his Sidekick
8) William Blake for Our Times by Comedian Lewis Black
9) Conversations with Delroy Banvooggernut by Resident of Wyoming
10) Three Levels of Abstraction by Asher Stuhlman
11) Reginald Cassidy on Inside the No Shame Studio by Luke Christensen
12) Recollections of Loves Past by Dr. Mondo Buttplug, esq.
13) The Fifth Dimension by Spencer Abbe
14) Man and Woman by Penny
15) Ginger People Do Have Souls: A Response by Triple Seamus McShawn Swoggle

4/25/2010 1:22 PM  
Blogger Morgan Miller said...

(in no particular order)

1. This Play Can Only be Performed Once and Then Can Never be Performed Again
by Asher Stuhlman

2. Vladimir's Putin's Movie Spoils pt. 2
by Katy and Mirri

2.5 Pop Culture Moment Part 1
by James S. Roth

3. David and Gregory are best friends
by David and Gregory

4. Man and Woman
by Penny

5. Danny pt. II
by Mirri

6. Ginger People Do Have Souls: A Response
by Triple Seamus McShawn Swoggle

6.5 That damned Alphabet Part A
by Noah S. Brown

7.Ca-tho-lic The Prayer Game
by The Pseudo Saint

8. Gwoomtiggle's New Home
by Gwoomtiggle, the Harsh Reality of Nature and You

9. Here Comes Success
by evn skenk

10. The Fifth Dimension
by Spencer Abbe

10.5 Cuddle Monster
by Captain Falcon and the Gang

11. "A Love Like No Other"
by Dr. Mondo Buttplug

12. Rock and Roll Pizza
by Katy Baggs

12.5 Jelly Belly
by Calvin

4/25/2010 3:11 PM  
Blogger LSK said...

I would like to also request that Recollections of Loves Past by Dr. Mondo Buttplug, esq. NOT be included in Best Of. It's a well-written piece, but it's not the kind of piece that should be exhibited as representative of NST for people who could well be coming for the first time.

4/25/2010 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.)Conversations with Delroy Banvoogernut Resident of Wyoming
2.)The Fifth Dimension: Spencer Abbe
3.)Take Note: Morgan Miller
4.)Ginger's do have souls:A Response by Triple Seamus McShawn Swoggle
.5)That Damned Alphabet:Noah S. Brown
5.)Ca-Tho-Lic the Prayer Game: the Pseuo Saint
6.)Talor Cook: cookies
7.)A Love Like No other: Dr. Mondo Buttplug
8.)Man and Woman: Penny
.5.)Jelly Bean:Calvin
.5.) Pop Culture Moment 1: James S. Roth
9.)William Blake for our times by comedian Lewis Black
10.)David and Gregory are Best friends by David and Gregory
11. This Play can only be performed once Aesher
12. Dear Iowa City Council Evan Schneck

4/25/2010 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that most of these nominations are comedies. Might I also nominate:

Adventures of Batman 1 by Arlen Lawson

and

Taken For a Fool by Eli Wilkinson.

They are two serious pieces that I feel were really strong and would give the show some balance.

4/25/2010 6:56 PM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

A collection of pieces I either saw myself or that other people have told me were really good:

Walking Shadow - by Andrew Clancey
I'm Not Wearing Pants Right Now! -by Morgan Miller
Dear Iowa City City Council - by Evan Skank
A Love Like No Other by Dr. Mondo Buttplug
American Black Box Presents : An American Block Box Christmas Special - by American Black Box
This is My Brain on Drugs by Kyle Ford
Imagination Vacation -by Luke Christensen
The Fifth Dimension -by Spence Abbe
Gamera in Gomorrah by James S. Roth
Sky Patrol Episode II: The Moon Vandal by Sky Patrol
Man and Woman -by Penny
Your Productive Future by Luke and Alaynna
Loneliness by Kristin Wirtz
The One in Green by Maddie, Marek, Spencer, and Morgan
PUT ME IN YOUR SHOW by Katy Baggs
Corey Julian's Workout by Corey Julian
The Great Tale of Cumshot McGee Part 2: Cum Hard With a Vengeance by Chicken and Biscuits
David and Gregory are Best Friends-by David and Gregory
The Adventures of Batman I by Arlen Lawson

.5s
No Mercy - by Calvin
Buried Treasure by Leigh Mather
Fuckin' Hilarious Part 2 - by Calvin Pennybacker

4/26/2010 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Creation Story by Spencer Abbe
Your Productive Future by Luke and Alaynna
Gamera in Gomorrah by James S. Roth
Things I Overheard about Gay People by Penny
Loneliness by Kristin Wirtz
The Modern Day Mary Poppins by Asher Stuhlman
PUT ME IN YOUR SHOW by Katy Baggs
Never Trust a Horse by evan skenk and Katy Baggs
The Adventures of Batman I by Arlen Lawson
Davids Wet Butt: Another True Tall from my Workplace -by Landuyt
No Mercy - by Calvin
I'm Not Wearing Pants Right Now! -by Morgan Miller
Buried Treasure by Leigh Mather

4/26/2010 11:44 AM  
Blogger luke said...

I'm not posting a full order yet, but at a glance these are things I really want to see in the show in no particular order.

Jelly Belly -- Calvin
David and Gregory are Best Friends -- David and Gregory
Freeze Frame -- Triple Bees
That one song I can't remember the name of. Not Emo Kids, but the other one. -- Taylor Cook
Recollections of Loves Past -- Dr. Mondo Buttplug (the British Nasal one)
The Fifth Dimension -- Spencer Abbe
That Damned Alphabet Part A -- Noah S. Brown
Fuck Your Mother in the Ass Volume 9 -- Lord Sir Chips Simon, Esquire
Gamera in Gamorrah -- James S. Roth
Never Trust a Horse - Evn & Kty
Corey Julian's Workout -- Corey Julian
Buried Treasure -- Leigh Mather
ROCK N ROLL PIZZA! --Katy Baggs. ? for some reason I thought this was last semester
The One in Green -- Maddie, Marek, Spencer, and Morgan (Pride and Prejudice)
Modern Day Mary Poppins -- Asher Stuhlman


As for Recollections of Loves Past. I think it should absolutely be in the show. It was incredibly well written and I think it was one of Mondo's best works. To say that it shouldn't be considered for not being representative of the content at NS would just be untrue, since it WAS at NST and Mondo is a regular contributor. It might come as a shock for people attending No Shame for the first time, and I believe that the shock of NST is what makes it so exciting.

Besides, 5 minutes of gay erotica never did anybody any harm.

4/26/2010 3:03 PM  
Blogger luke said...

Oh also

Was Andrew Clancey's thing good? I was getting dressed as a clown so I missed it.
I also Like James Roth's Pop Culture Moments
Can Spencer Abbe wear the waffle hat again? I just think it's a funny image?

4/26/2010 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Besides, 5 minutes of gay erotica never did anybody any harm."

That piece turned me gay and now I am in the middle of a divorce that will leave me crippled financially. So yeah it did some harm. Really. But not really.

4/26/2010 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Jjaro said...

My nominations, in no particular order:

Cookies, by Taylor Cook
Random Line Improv, by Eric and Luke
This Play Can Only Be Performed Once And Never Performed Again, by Asher Stuhlman
A Critique of Your Story, by James S. Roth
Anything by Dick Roberts
Loneliness by Kristin Wirtz
PUT ME IN YOUR SHOW, by Katy Baggs
The Most Average Song, by Your Favorite Band
David And Gregory Are Best Friends, by David and Gregory
Four Terrible Poems I Wrote in Middle School Read in a Dramatic Manner, by Mirri
Dear Iowa City City Council, by Even Schneck
Zoorette's Syndrome, by Eric Landuyt
The Roommate Rap, by Joe Jerkovich
Paulie Crestfallen the Clown with Major Depressive Disorder Makes a Friend, by Luke Christensen

4/26/2010 4:10 PM  
Blogger LSK said...

@Luke: I think including it would not be setting our best foot forward, so to speak. While it is distinctly a No Shame piece, it shouldn't be performed as a "best" piece to people who don't know who Dr. Mondo Buttplug is. A first-timer was next to me when it was first performed and she was nonplussed.

4/27/2010 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Snot Nosed said...

That Dr. Mondo piece gave me a boner...

But I would argue that it definitely belongs in best of. First it was perhaps the best written story of the semester. Second it's delivery by Eric could not have been better. This helps showcase that performance makes a piece just as much as the writing. (I kind of wish Eric had a costume that he could wear to make it even better.) Third, its subject matter fits the show well and if people are as perplexed as your first timer, oh well there are 15 other pieces. And lastly, I would say that the shock level of the piece adequately demonstrates what it means to have no shame in your writing. The piece pulled no punches. It wasn't afraid to go where a younger writer would shy away from.

4/27/2010 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Jerry Seinfeld's Left Testicle said...

People claim to be "nonplussed", but can anyone be "plussed"? Or "gruntled"? Or "bunct"?

4/27/2010 1:19 PM  
Anonymous No Shame Regular said...

LSK said: "While it is distinctly a No Shame piece, it shouldn't be performed as a "best" piece to people who don't know who Dr. Mondo Buttplug is."
Why does it matter if people know who Dr Mondo is? Does anyone really? The debate seems to go on week after week. Or are you claiming that you know the true identity of Dr Mondo Buttplug?

4/27/2010 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Jeri Sinefelb's Right Smesticle said said...

And can you "refurbish" a thing without it being "furbished" a first time?

4/27/2010 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Flaming Queen said...

Anyone who tries to blackball "Recollections of Loves Past" is a homophobe!

4/29/2010 1:07 PM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

On the whole Dr. Mondo thing:
I find it suprising that the "Recollections" piece disturbed/offended someone so much that they nominated it to NOT be in Best Of. I admit the graphic descriptions of homosexual sex were a little off-putting (I felt uneasy reading some of them out loud), but I think the piece worked as a satire of erotica and agree with Eli that the author clearly has no shame and went far beyond where most writers do.
(Aside: Eli, you said Dr. Mondo went where a "younger writer" would be afraid to go. Do you think Mondo is an older person who's been doing No Shame for a while?)
I think it's a hasty generalization to say that people who don't want to see it again are homophobic. Several people have nominated "A Love Like No Other"; that doesn't mean they didn't like "Recollections", just that they liked "Love" more. I thought Evan and Mirri did a great job performing it. Plus, I'm guessing that people who don't like explicit descriptions of gay sex probably don't like explicit descriptions of straight sex either.
If people want to see "Recollections" again, I'll gladly step up and perform it. It's definitely a balls-out No Shame piece.
(Just don't ask me to take my balls out. I don't think that would be good for anyone.)

4/29/2010 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Flaming Queen said...

"Several people have nominated "A Love Like No Other"; that doesn't mean they didn't like "Recollections", just that they liked "Love" more."
So anal sex and bestiality are fine as long as straight people are doing it, huh? Look inside yourselves people and recognize the hate.

4/29/2010 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So not madly loving gay erotica makes you a homophobe? LET PEOPLE CHOOSE WHAT THEY LIKE!!!!!

4/29/2010 4:01 PM  
Blogger Eli said...

How about we get to nominating some more pieces! Doesn't that sound like fun? Come on guys. Let's go!

(Runs out of the room)

4/29/2010 5:05 PM  
Blogger LSK said...

@Eric L: I thought it was a fine piece - but at the same time, it's not a piece I want to have to see more than once. Also, a non-regular that came with me and James to the show was audibly disturbed by it and she hasn't been back since.

4/29/2010 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conversations with Delroy Banvooggernut by Resident of Wyoming

A Creation Story by Spencer Abbe

Dear Iowa City City Council by Evan Skank

This is how I always meet people by Jordi

97 Year Old Virgin James Roth

Recollections of Loves Past by Dr. Mondo

I think simply by merit of the fact we have a gutless, spineless censor among our ranks we are now required to put "Recollections" in the order.

4/29/2010 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Butts said...

"I thought it was a fine piece - but at the same time, it's not a piece I want to have to see more than once."

So step out of the theater for about five minutes and come back when it's done.

"Also, a non-regular that came with me and James to the show was audibly disturbed by it and she hasn't been back since."

By all means let's select the best-of order according to what pleases your easily-offended friend rather than the large number of people who saw the piece and enjoyed it.

4/29/2010 7:26 PM  
Blogger luke said...

remember that calvin pennybacker piece where Evan presented his vagina to Katy and she masturbated her penis to the sight of it? I kinda liked that one. I really liked Evan and Katy's performances. But I don't know if I like it enough to see it in best of.

Does anybody else have any opinions on that one?

4/29/2010 8:00 PM  
Blogger luke said...

Oh also! There's a really good chance that Kjai won't be able to come to best of NST because he is striking a show that night. Or maybe he'll come for a few minutes and leave or something.

That put's calvin's jelly belly in jeopardy

4/29/2010 8:02 PM  
Blogger LSK said...

@luke: That piece would be good for Best Of.

(Oh, and in the spirit of making this dialogue more open, and so you all know who you're talking to, I'm Asher. My opinion's worth just as much as anybody else's when it comes to a Dr. Mondo Buttplug piece, but you ARE talking to the guy who wrote a piece parodying his style.)

4/29/2010 8:16 PM  
Blogger luke said...

OH man! I've been at it all day. My ability to type is a mess. Incoherent. so bad!

4/30/2010 1:16 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

1)
Song Name and Lyrics Changed for Copyright Reasons OR: Because it's dead week and we think we can get away with it
by Your Favorite band
(I loved how well this worked for the start of the show.)

2)
Three Levels of Abstraction
or
This Play Can Only be Performed Once and Then Can Never be Performed Again
by Asher Stuhlman
(These two pieces had a similar feel to them. Either one would work.)

3)
The Gettysburg Address
or
The Fifth Dimension
by Spencer Abbe
(I would actually like to see both of these, even though they both featured Spencer. His spoonerism delivery of The Gettysburg Address was flawless but I think one of his stories should make it into the order as well.)

4)
Dear Iowa City City Council
by Evan Skank
(This was just plain entertaining. I also liked the piece Evan did about being addicted to Anime, but I can't remember what that was called or if it was even this semester.)

5)
Paulie Crestfallen the Clown with Major Depressive Disorder Makes a Friend
by Luke Christensen
(Best of No Shame wouldn't be complete without Paulie. This one was my favorite this semester.)

6)
Alternate Character Interpretation: Data
by Evan and? Katy
(I just put this one in here because I shamelessly love Star Trek. I also remember some girl doing a short piece about loving science fiction that I would like to see again if anyone knows who she is.)

7)
I'm Not Wearing Pants Right Now!
by Morgan Miller
(Classy but sassy. This would be a great segue into some of the dirtier pieces.)

8)
"that calvin pennybacker piece where Evan presented his vagina to Katy and she masturbated her penis to the sight of it"
(I also kinda liked this one and I also really liked Evan and Katy's performances.)

9)
Recollections of Loves Past
or
A Love Like No Other
by Dr. Mondo Buttplug
(I don't feel like the semester could be properly represented without a piece by Dr. Buttplug. It probably isn't a good idea to end the show on this though.)

9.maybe)
This Play Can Only be Performed Once and Then Can Never be Performed Again
by Asher Stuhlman
(this has to go somewhere in the order if the first part gets replayed. I think it could have an interesting effect if used to bring the whole show full circle near the end.)

10)
Guy with stripey socks spinning flashy things around in the dark
by Kyle Ford
(If this guy can be found, it would be fun to watch him do his stuff once more. It's not something I'd want to watch every week, but it's definitely a noteworthy part of this semester, in my opinion.)

4/30/2010 2:20 AM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

More on the Dr. Mondo debacle:
I think Asher is more concerned with improving future No Shame attendance than being a homophobe. It's typical for people who don't turn out for regular shows to come to Best Of assuming it is "the best." If the show delivers, some of those people might come back the next semester on a more regular basis. If Asher knows someone actually made a point to never come back to No Shame because of Dr. Mondo's piece, then I can understand his concern that other people might do the same. It's not gutless or spineless to worry about these things. On the other hand, the notoriety of the piece might work out favorably and make people want to see what all the fuss is about. "Rigga the Fart Machine" made it into Best Of more on sheer infamy than quality (in my opinion), but that was the decision of the board at that time. Ultimately, it's up to the current board to put together the best show possible, and if enough people do want to see "Recollections", they would be remiss in excluding it. Right now, "Love Like No Other" and "Recollections" seem to be neck and neck nominations-wise, so we will probably get our sodomy and bestiality in one form or another.

4/30/2010 10:07 AM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

Kevin - Evan's anime piece was "I Am So Strung Out," and while it wasn't this semester, it was performed at last semester's Dead Week. And whatever's on that night is nommable.

4/30/2010 12:35 PM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

The problem with doing the monologue about Anime was that it was entirely ad-libbed and it happened months ago, so I doubt I could do the same piece again.

4/30/2010 1:23 PM  
Blogger Eli said...

Alright everyone. Nominations are now closed so I can tally them. Thank you for nominating. We will be announcing the order Tonight at our last regular No Shame of the spring, also known as "DEAD (Christmas) WEEK"

4/30/2010 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my nominations:

Song name and Lyrics Changed...-Your favorite band.

That Damned Alphabet part A. -Noah

97 Year Old Virgin -James S. Roth

Sky Patrol (Episode I II or III)

or

Dead Baby Physics Exam (the one with the physics questions related to dead babies.)

That one piece with the Moose and the game warden. (I know that piece was sensitive in the end, but I loved how the monologue was portrayed. I loved the Wyoming voice used.)

4/30/2010 3:56 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Well Evan, it wouldn't have to be the exact same piece. The concept was brilliant and I could tell it hit home for quite a few people in the audience that night. The experience of being both naive and fascinated by Anime is not uncommon with it becoming such a huge part of pop culture over the past 15 years. Your particular flavor of humor really turned it into something fun to watch. My nomination for the piece is also an attempt to show No Shame's softer, fuzzier side to counter-balance the heavier Dr. Buttplug and the like. I think I'll go watch some Dragonball now. Power-pole, EXTEND! ;P

4/30/2010 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Maria said...

How about we get to nominating some more pieces! Doesn't that sound like fun? Come on guys. Let's go! (Runs out of the room)

10/26/2012 12:58 AM  

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