Saturday, March 27, 2004

The damn near sold out crowd at The Twilight Zone show last night really enjoyed us. Lots o' laffs, some in places where I expected only a giggle. And we got a number for a feller who may be our next SF PR guy, cuz being a Sacramento entity we will definately need some help if we gonna get any SF press. And I sure am ready for some SF press.
I'm glad we took this gig even if we are insanely busy trying to get our april shows and our CD ready simultaneously.

Friday, March 26, 2004

Hey everyone check out the Dallas Observer here: http://www.dallasobserver.com/issues/2004-03-25/music.html/1/index.html

Two of my friends from Texas called me yesterday and told me the journalist was referring to me in the article, yup....that was me, I even remember standing next to the writer of the article during the show, I waiting through 5 bands just to get in the front row for the Riverboat Gamblers show! I left covered in Lone Star beer and potato chips (the band threw out hundreds of bags of potato chips in the audience!) The Riverboat Gamblers are one of my fav. bands, too bad they live in Texas.....but I felt honored to be written about/ referred to in this article!

I'm going to be throwing a secret underground house party for them next month when they tour through! Stay tuned, maybe I'll tell you where the party is at! I'm also going to be talking to them about the comedy troupe possibly doing a 'rock n' comedy' tour with them in Texas, an idea they had last time we talked as they are all really into sketch comedy! That would be boss. This weekend will be super busy, I have two back to back Short Bus shows I'm hosting and I'm having a pre show party at my place tonight. Come on by!

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

MESS WITH TEXAS!!!!

I’m finally back from a week of sin and debauchery in Austin Texas for the big South By South West music festival, 400 bands in 4 days, I lost count of how many Lone Star beers I had after the first day, I don’t ever, ever, ever, ever wanna drink again in my life, well until my Short Bus show this Friday, but until then, I'm still sobering up. I had the time of my life and stayed with my friends in Austin , and got to see a bunch of other friends out there, and friends bands who played out there, I caught Quitter, Cake and Frank Jordan (from Sac) I was all proud of them. I got invited to some rad industry parties and got to meet with the head dudes from Warner Bros. And Capitol records which was great, super nice people! It’s great to be back home now though, thanks to Austin band the River Boat Gamblers for the show and time of my life! FUCK YEAH! Those boys know rock n’ roll! Also thanks to Becca for letting me crash in her apt. for a night! :) Tonight I’m headed to SF to see Blonde Redhead...but no drinking tonight, no no no!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

We're supplying the commercial breaks fro a live presentation of The Twilight Zone this Friday and Saturday. We've chosen Unwanted William and a new skit that's a PSA for, well for nothing really. It's just a pointless little monologue about NOT having genital herpers set to the rythm of a PSA. That'll be on Friday. Then on Saturday it's Unborn Billy and Unwanted William.
We're gonna stay the night in the theatre where we're performing, or if we're too wierded out by the strange sex parties that happen there and the possible resulting carpet stains, we'll stay at a new theatre that's opening around the corner. Either way I'm really excited about getting out of town for the weekend. Usually we drive into SF (a 2 to 3 hour drive depending on traffic) and we drive back out. It'll be so great to wake up in one of my favorite cities, have a cup of Joe with my troupe mates, go do some record shopping, eat some falafal, have a good time. It'll be Miles, Becca and Myself. Maybe we can find a way to get arrested! Woo Hoo!

Sunday, March 21, 2004

The incredible weather continues. I surprised the girl with a picnic yesterday. Some olives, a loaf of rosemary bread, stinky cheeze, some hummus for me, green apples, and some cheeze cake for desert. We went and sat by the river somewhere around Hood. Just gorgeous.

I'm still feeling excited about the CD. I think this project will expand our fan base way beyond california and allow us to do some travellng. Got I love going to other cities and performing. It's such a great feeling sitting in some other town sipping your coffee and knowing your art put you there.

We are of course having our disagreements about what to put on the CD. Miles and Ben really want D'Harlen on there, but I don't know if it will work in this format. I feel it's more visual than anyone realised, Miles and Ben being very physical actors. We're working on a re-write so we'll see what happens. Disagreements in this troupe tend to be pretty mellow. Unlike the early days when there was some vicious fighting the troupe gets along pretty well for the most part. Not to say feelings don't get hurt or that emotions don't run high, but there's no sarcasm and name calling and all that BS. It gives me a nice feeling of stability.
Of all the CD re-writes I am most excited about Yuppie Birth. It's the most re-written of all the skits but I think it's a good solid piece of story telling and it moves really well despite being pretty long. We're taking a big chance doing long skits. Naked Man is almost 15 minutes!!! I have to believe that there is an audience out there with an attention span. I also feel the keep it short rule is less applicable when you're telling a story and developing characters and doing more than just going for every cheap gag that you can squeeze in.

The News and Review was supposed to be doing a big story on us and Carry Rodda had already started writing it but it got scrapped. Someone at the N&R head quarters decided that Becca, who works there, being in the troupe presents a conflict. We had booked our April show based on news that this article would run. Hopefully The Bee will give us some press. We do pretty well at building an audience either way and our last few shows have done fine so I'm not sweating it too hard.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

All is right with the world. The weather here in California is INCREDIBLE. It's feels like a nice mild summer AND IT'S ONLY MARCH! The CD is coming together GREAT! Ben and I presented the Radio re-writes to The St. Simon 3, so they could start on the music and they realy like the material. We had 'em giggling and they are uber enthusiastic about doing the CD and working with us more after as well. I've been writing like crazy, I'm reading a GREAT book on the rebel comedians of the 50s and 60s and I'm feeling all right.

It's gonna be a scramble to get our "commercials" ready for the onstage Twilight Zone at Spanganga next week but scramblin is what we do. Woo hoo.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

CLICK HERE everyone, so you can all do the Kenya Lion and Tiger dance! Yay!

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Amber, those are some crazy red eyes in that photo! "All the better to see you with, my dear." Unfortunately, I drank all the vodka before the party and had a headache throughout. I only had two drinks at the monkey bar with Miles, but I think they were stronger than your average cocktail. That'll teach me to go to the Monkey Bar. They probably put headache pills in the drinks of all the unhip people, so we'll feel sick and go away before the cool people show up. Anyway, Keith, I'm sorry I didn't do the Kenya lion dance with you. I'll make it up to you tonight at rehearsal. I even have your present! I had it shipped "UPS three day select" six days before your party. I guess "select" means UPS selects which day they feel like delivering it to you.
And, in case anyone cares, I'm still working out at the Y damn near every day. On the machines! I'm even thinking of braving the weight room, but I'm scared. Anyone want to spot me?

Monday, March 08, 2004

Here’s a picture from Keith’s uber rad birthday party from this weekend ‘KEITHS BIRTHDAY GIRLS GONE WILD!!!!!’ Thanks for the killer party Keith, sorry I think I drank all the vodka.

Friday, March 05, 2004

It's my birthday. I'm going out with my girlfriend tonight and then tomorrow I'll be hanging out with some funny friends who will be treating me to some presents and snackies. Yes, I just said snackies. On Sunday I'm heading to San Francisco to see Killing My Lobster's new show. The writer and Director Andy Miara did a skit with us at the Sketchfest and wrote to invite us to the KML show. He said he found us to be quite funny, and coming from him that is oh so flattering. He's rather brilliant you see.
I'm excited putting together the CD, and the DVD is looking better. At first I was sure the footage we shot was useless and we weren't going to be able to sinc the sound we got either so I figured oh well, we learned a lesson. But Bob has shown me the footage from the other camera and we've listened to the sound off of the camera mics, and we'll be able to get a decent package out of it. At least, it will capture what it is we do, and what we do, I believe, speaks well for itself.
Exciting times though it feels weird to not have a buttload of shows booked like usual. As soon as we're done recording we'll put together some release party shows. Yay.
Now I must quit typing and go on a super date with my super fiance.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

I would like to announce that today, for possibly the first time in my life, I did what can be called, "WORKING OUT." I don't mean my usual bare-footed yoga postures, I mean putting on my dorky crosstrainers and walk/jogging to the Y for a cardio workout on actual gym machines. I reckon about two more months of this habit oughta have me looking trim just in time for bikini season. Yeow! Anyway, I'm feeling excessively proud, so I thought I'd post.
I'm also proud of Amber for scoring the kickass Grandaddy interview at the Crest last night and proud of Keith for writing some cool shit for our upcoming audio CD and proud of everyone else for just making it to spring with their happiness intact. The birds are singing! The trees have buds on them! We made it! Yahoo! (Jeez. I oughta do cardio more often.)

Monday, March 01, 2004

Ahhh, the academy awards. I watched them with Robert (retrocrush.com) and Linda Berry. The performance of the tune from Triplets of Belleville was great. And Peter Jackson referencing his earlier films Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles, two films you don't expect to hear mentioned in polite company, was nice. Billy Crystal was pretty boring, though his impersonation of Robin Williams was smack on. Jim Carrey was on a nice high. He was as bad as I've ever seen him. Blake Edwards was hillarious, pulling off a stunt wherein he crashed his wheelchair into a wall and then came wandering out to tell strange pointless stories. The Berry's have TIVO so we started late, watching on a delay and were then able to fast foward through much of the show. The only way to watch TV.