Thursday, January 30, 2003

Hey Miles, I'm realy sorry to have to tell you this but...You're not Jewish. The troupe is a bit lacking when it comes to opressed minorities, don't get me wrong homos, women and vegans certainly count but Jews, Blacks, Hispanics that's where the glamours realy at. With that in mind I was realy hoping for something more than a Jewish looking Sicilian, but that my friend is what you are. So...cope.
AND IN OTHER NEWS, XENOPHILIA NOMINATED FOR A THIRD SAMMY. VOTE HERE

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Keith--So, why did you equate me with Woody Allen? It's because I'm Jewish isn't it? Isn't it? Huh?! Why don't you just blog it to my face, man?!!
Miles (the Jew)

Saturday, January 25, 2003

Click here for a sneak peak at our new photos!
As long as we're back on Documentaries, Wilco-I'm Trying To Break Your Heart and Sex With Strangers are both very nice. I thought Sorrow and the Pity was something Woody Allen made up. So it's a real thing eh?
I Can't wait for the ICBINC documentary! Behind the scenes with America's geekiest comedy troupe.

Friday, January 24, 2003

Keith--thanks for tha rec on Hell House--I visited the website and am all kinds of stoked to check this one out. And so, in no particular order, my all-time list of documentary greats...
Sorrow and the Pity--Max Ophuls (four hous of the French occupation, so bring a comfy pillow)
American Pimp--Hughes Bros. ('nuff said)
Anything by Michael Moore
Anything by Frederick Wiseman (I've only seen Titicut Follies and High School, but he's got dozens)
The 7 Up Series by Michael Apted (every 7 years he produces a new documentary on the lives of the same group of elementary classmates...he's now up to, I believe, 42 Up)
Saturn's Daughter--??? (weird bio of a Central Park transient and one-time game show contestant)
The Farm--??? (effective expose of southern prison with nation's largest death-row population)
My Brother's Keeper--??? (murder trial of three half-witted hermit brothers...kind of a date flick)
Gimme Shelter--Maysles Bros. (Best moment: Bill Graham calling Mick a...wait? can I say that?)
Say Amen, Somebody--??? (a little hot buttered gospel, y'all)
Cheers!
Miles

Thursday, January 23, 2003

SID! I love you! Thanks so much for posting your kick ass chili recipie! It's so good! The only bad thing about it is Keith ate too much of it at rehearsals, and well let's just say next time Sid should put some Bean-o in it....sigh...Amber
I haven't posted a blog in a long time (sorry Keith!) okay, so my birthday skate party was a total blast! Had about 50 people total come!!! Man, it was fun seeing everyone skating, falling on their asses..etc..and the grub at Chevy's afterwards was a blast! My birthday cake was one of those photo cakes with the comedy troupes photo scanned on it and it said "Have a Herky Jerky Birthday" and you know damn well the troupe made me do the herky jerky dance in front of everyone! HA! Keith gave me a super cool comedy book which I have been meaning to buy but now I have for free! Amy Anne gave me a Barbie doll and outfits to add to my collection, and Ben and Shelley gave me a awesome big bands swing cd, and well I got lotsa other cool gifts but I thought I would share what I got from the people that you (the reader) would know! Once I get my pics online I will share them with all! Good times had by all! I'm hoping either the last Friday night of February to go back to the sam erink for their 'Adult skate night' they hold every last Friday of the month from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am skating to all your favorite 80's jams, hopefully the troupe will all be there and some of our fans and stalkers!!!
I must agree. The below recipe is a favorite, and the gas my poor long suffering girlfriend deals with after I eat it is also quite amusing, well, to me anyway. Sid is currently translating a 1950s Meat Lovers cookbook into vegan. Even though I'm the Vegan of the group I recognize this as sick and wrong.
SID'S VEGAN TRAILER TRASH CHILLI CASSEROLE

Nothing feeds a but of hungry "not comedians" like this little dish. One vegan, one vegetarian and a bunch of carnivores can be a fussy bunch but this dish dellights em all. The cast was oh so dellighted to learn that Frito Lay Corn Chips, while chock full of heart cloggin grease, are completely vegan.

Enjoy!

2 large cans Hunt's Chilli Beans
2 medium cans kidney beans
2 cans cut corn
2 cans whole black olives
1 medium yellow onion
2 bell peppers
garlic
1 big old bag of Frito Lay Corn Chips

Chop onion and bell pepper and fry in 2 tablespoons oil with garlic. When onions are transparent, remove from heat and let cool.

In a large casserole dish (or crock pot if your feeling extra trashy) layer chilli beans, kidney beans, onion and bell pepper, olives, corn and corn chips. Top with one more layer of corn chips. Bake at 350 for one hour or cook in crock pot on high for 4 hours.

Next week: I Can't Believe It's Not Tuna Casserole!

Monday, January 20, 2003

Just watched the most AMAZING movie. It's a documentary called Hell House about this christian church that stages a HUGE haunted house type deal to scare kids away from the evils of techno music, homosexuality, the internet and the dreaded morning after pill. You must see it. It's hillarious and scary as hell.

Sunday, January 19, 2003

Hey, this is Amy Anne from Xenophilia, and this is my virgin post. Oooh. Ahh. Is it good for you? Well, I just got home from Amber's amazing birthday/rollerskating party, and the exclusive VIP afterparty at Chevy's in Elk Grove. Besides almost dying about ten times when these crazy kids would cut me off in the rink, skating was fun. At Chevy's I had a chicken taco and cheese enchilada, and I was sure to keep my mouth open wide while chewing so that KLJ could see what he was missing out on as a vegan. Just kidding, Keith. Anyhoo, I'm going to bed now. I'm a tired panda. G'night world....
~AA
I went to the big ol' San Francisco peace march with Xeno. 40,000 people in the streets. Amazing. There was very little police presence. I think I saw one cop car the whole time. The march was a creative, fun event. Obviously there's some anger at the insane administration that we've ended up with but for the most part I saw a lot of positive responses to the anger. The most amazing part for me was getting home and watching the news. They actualy did some accurate reporting. They said how many people were at the event without playing it down, they portrayed the crowd as including many families and everyday folks instead of just focusing in on the freaks (no offense, I love the freaks), they reported that peace protests were staged in over thirty other countries as well as in Washington DC today. This is the first time in my life that I've been at an event that was covered by the news where they didn't totally misrepresent it. It feels like we're going to war either way. I'm allowing some optimism that we may be able to sway the war pigs but It's difficult to hope.
If you're reading this and you haven't seen us, No, we're not realy a political comedy troupe. Some politics creep in but it's rare. Mostly we just make fun of everybody and everything. This journal is my forum to mouth off.
AMBER'S BIRTHDAY PARTY WAS TODAY TOO. Lot's of fun at the roller rink. Amber has soooo many friends. This is why we must destroy her. We've got her cursing, next we'll get her drinking, then doping, then petting the cat THE WRONG DIRECTION, MWA HA HA HA HA!

SO any way, check www.xenophilia.com every day. Xeno's putting up pictures from the peace demonstration soon.

Thursday, January 16, 2003

Okay, this is a strange and interesting thing. I've been living for the past month with, in addition to my normal roommate, a very nice girl whose apartment burned down. She's not around much since she stays with her new BF a lot, but anyway ... I just found out last night that she is Amanda from MTV's Sorority Life. How strange is THAT?

http://www.mtv.com/onair/sorority_life/pledges/amanda.jhtml

My life is so impossibly interesting that it can't all be a coincidence. I mean that.
Keith and I are worried about Amber. She used to be such a good girl and now she's fallen in with the "wrong" crowd and only wants to spend time with those people they call "not comedians". As her parents, we wonder where we went wrong? Was it my insistance that she wear that little santa elf outfit for the cast photo? Was it the "hot dog on a stick"
costume or was it those roles as Barry that turned her. I don't know, I just don't know.

Monday, January 13, 2003

HEY, WE NEED YOU! Link www.notcomedy.com from your website. We're happy to trade links too. Do you own a store where you could hang a poster for our Best of show. Got friends in the media who might be willing to do a story on the shows or the impending tour. Do you have a mailing list, even a personal one'll do? Can you send an invite to everyone on the list to get on our mailing list and to go to our show and to help us promote it.
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING! REMEMBER THAT SCENE IN THE BLUES BROTHERS, WHERE THEY ALL WORK TOGETHER TO SELL OUT THE VENUE? THIS IS IT. LET'S SELL OUT THE VENUE! THEN WHEN WE'RE RICH AND FAMOUS AND WE'VE FORGOTTEN YOU, YOU CAN BITCH ABOUT WHAT SELL OUT JERKS WE ARE AND HOW WE SCREWED EVERYONE OVER ON OUR WAY TO THE TOP. THANKS!
Get in touch at KLJ@notcomedy.com

Thursday, January 09, 2003

Fun night. It was Xeno's birthday so first off was Lazer Tag, which I couldn't make unfortunately, but I caught up with the revelers for some sushi. The manager brought a Saki Bomb to Becca, Xeno's amore. IT's a shot of Saki in a beer. The manager drank one along with her. Then he found an excuse to bring Xeno one, even though Xeno told him he couldn't drink one. The manager of course drank one himself regardless. This guy was TANKED! He kept telling us he loved us, and he was PETTING us. Very weird. Our friend Bob practicaly drank this stuff called Dave's Insanity Sauce. This stuff was so hot I put some on my finger, then wiped my finger on a napkin then touched my finger to my toungue and Bob just licked up a puddle of it. The evening ended at Becca's place with Xeno playing a song between each present he recieved and lots of yummy food. My favorite present was Becca giving him a gift certificate for a birthday massage, which he had to collect wearing a birthday suit! Ahhhhhh, such a cute couple. No one got drunk, no fights, no puking and yet I had a great time. Sheez I'm to much of a goody two shoes old man to be a comedian.
Oh, also, Far From Heaven is a great flick. From the previews it looked way too sincere, but it's a gorgeous film and Dennis Quaid turns in a phenomenol performance.
And one last note, San Francisco is Booked. The first two weekends in May we're at Spangangas in San Francisco. We're muey excited. Alright, good night.

Monday, January 06, 2003

Well we've chosen our new cast member. We had some great auditions and got to meet some very funny people, but Miles (his last names to much for me) just had the right combination we were looking for. He'll be taking a lot of the roles vacated by Tom Cox so he had to be a good straight man and we've become like a little family over the last year, so we wanted to make sure we found someone everybody could get along with. I'm surprised we didn't scare him away by our audition methods. He had to meet every member of the cast so that everyone could give their 2 cents. He got put on the spot over and over again. He dealt with it well, and we cast him for the Best of Run, so he'll be going to LA and SF with us also. I know our audience will dig him. Miles is very funny and has a lot of theatre experience as well as comedy experience. He was in a comedy troupe in LA before moving to Sac.
Speaking of the cast, be sure to check out the cast page which I just updated, and the Shows page as well.
Well rehearsals officialy start tommorow for the best of. I should go to bed so I don't have to drag myself through work and then fall asleep at rehearsals. Quit drivin' like an idiot. Good night.
My first Blog. I'd just like to say that 12 to 14 billion years ago, everything in the universe occupied the same space, a space smaller than a single atom. No wonder I get a headache once in a while.

Friday, January 03, 2003

The X-Mas SF shows are behind us at last. It was cool playing some different venues, and the last show was a group show so we got to perform with some SF comedians and comedy troupes. The venue, Spanganga was realy cool and may end up being the home for our Best of Show when we take it to SF. So now we're working our booties off on getting the Best Of show ready to go. This is realy exciting but intimidating too. We've upped the stakes as far as how many tickets we need to sell, what with theatre rent and travel expenses and all. But hey, WE'RE GOING TO LA! I've got a lot of friends doing comedy and other odd things down there and all my brothers (I've got 4) live down there. It'll be great to have them all see what we're doing. The line up for the best of show is just amazing, and in Sac we'll be changing it every weekend so hopefully we'll get some repeat business.
New Photos and another web page redesign coming soon....