Eric Jacobson bid a tidy sum of money at the Fearless launch party for the right to join us this week. He wanted to talk about atheists in politics so that’s exactly what we discussed. Of course we talked about the upcoming votes in the Minnesota House and Senate and perhaps you will enjoy reaching back into history to hear our thoughts about the legislation and the chances for success.
The central question for anyone who is living a godless life is how do we have more impact on the political process as atheists? We didn’t answer that question in the podcast but we hope that by talking about politics, we can convince other godless folk to get involved in politics.
Eric also provides a stunning level of detail about his sandwich. Click here and enjoy!!
Sometimes you come up with an idea for a show and it seems to fit perfectly with your vision as a company. You think you have a great idea how to approach it. The audience laughs and you feel you had a success.
And in one way, you did. Most of the audience left the theatre thinking your show was hilarious. You can’t please everyone so it is foolish to try. However, it is the way in which you displease those audience members that says a lot about the success or failure of your show.
Friday’s Vilification Tennis show was, by most measures, a success. We only had one structure that didn’t work and we got a lot of laughs. Most of the people who left the theatre thought it was a very funny show and they told us so.
Not so the people who left the theatre early. Clearly we crossed a line that made them uncomfortable. Too uncomfortable to stay in the theatre.
Yesterday, I posted a satirical post about the Pope. I was happy with it. I thought it was pretty silly. I was especially pleased when I called him “Benedict the Cumberbatch.” Comedy genius, I tell ya!
I knew that it might upset a few Catholics if they read it and that was totally OK. That’s what happens when you write a blog post that is critical of the Papacy – even if it is primarily written as a joke. If someone doesn’t like the joke, the intent is not relevant.
Well, a friend of mine shared the post and then a friend of hers got pretty upset about it and we had a conversation. He kept saying he didn’t want to have a conversation but he actions suggested otherwise. I guess he was obsessed with someone being wrong on the internet. I get that. I’ve been there.
Well, it happened. An event that hasn’t taken place for over five hundred years happened and it has had an immediate impact on millions of people. Most of them journalists.
Pope Benedict the somethingth (I don’t know – it’s more than ten) has abdicated his position. He’s stepping down. For almost every pope that preceded him, the papacy was a death sentence. They literally worked themselves to death. Not this pope, though. He’d like some time to enjoy his final years in a way that is just a little less infallible.
Lots of pressure goes with infallibility, I would imagine. Many popes before Benedict the VIIVXth have felt that pressure and they never had the guts to just give it up. They were probably too attached to the colorful robes that were definitely NOT GAY and the golden jewelry that was also NOT GAY and living in the one country in the world almost entirely populated by men, who are all NOT GAY.
Apparently use of profanity is “unladylike” but it is totally “manlike.”
I can actually support the idea of using more civil language in school but not because a civil tongue is a function of gender identity. I’m (obviously) not opposed to swearing but keeping foul language out of discourse in school can, I think, make it easier to learn.
In this case, though, what the young ladies are learning is that they are expected to be proper young ladies while the boys can be vulgar and nasty and, basically, act like assholes. That’s OK, you see, because they are boys.
Well I cry bullshit (I can say that because I’m a guy). If you want civil discourse in school, you can’t exclude the boys from the conversation. When you do, you are making it very clear that the young men at that school are simultaneously better than the young women because they can say whatever they want and worse because they can’t be counted on to control themselves.
In other words, swear up a fucking storm, guys! God says it’s OK!!!!
About a week ago, I debuted my newest comedy show, Big Fun Radio Funtime. The idea behind the show is to have a quarterly show that features work by several different writers. That’s where this post comes in.
I know a good number of writers in the cities and I’ve contacted some of them. Mostly the ones I was pretty sure would enjoy writing something in this particular comedy sandbox. Actually, to be honest, they were the people who I could think of off the top of my head shortly after I had the idea for the show.
I missed a whole bunch of other people. Some pretty obvious. Some not so obvious. Maybe you were one of those folks.
So if anyone out there is waiting for an invitation, here it is. Do you want to write for the show? Tell me so. I need four original 10-12 minute scripts per show so I’m going to run out of people on my first contact list in a hurry.
You don’t have to be local, either. I can direct the script and I’ll make sure you get an audio copy of the show so you can impress all of your friends.
Drop me a line. Comment on this blog entry or on Facebook. Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’d love to feature your script at one of these shows. I just didn’t know you wanted to write one!
And on a separate but equally important note – I want to feature solo songwriters and voice actors at each show as well. Do you do one of those things? If so, you could be doing it for me!
Last week, we launched a theatre company.
Interesting how I say that so casually. We launched a theatre company. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Any yahoo can launch a theatre company.
That is quite possibly true. Fortunately, when I tossed the idea at a bunch of other yahoos I knew, their initial response was not to laugh at me and tell me that I was a crazy person. Instead, they told me they liked the idea and that they wanted to help. Still sounds pretty casual, doesn’t it?
I’ve not been showing off art for shows the last couple of months because the last two Vilification show posters are good but got thrown together at the last minute. For the March shows, we got a little ahead of the game for the first time in a while.
The March Vilification Tennis show is one of my favorites – the Game Show. I love putting this show together and I love performing it. We all do. It’s one of the reasons we have it on our schedule every year.
My biggest problem is balancing the number of performers who want to appear in the show with the number of performers I can reasonably cast.
Well, it’s coming up and again and to celebrate, here’s the art by John Newstrom! Also, here is a link to show information!
I’ve been talking about Fearless Comedy for a while because it’s a big deal and I’m really excited about it. This Saturday’s launch party is the “official” start for the company. I think we have a great lineup of entertainment for the evening.
So if you’ve been reading/hearing about Fearless and the launch party and you are thinking “man, that sounds awesome but I really want to know more,” this is the post for you!
The event takes place at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown St. Paul. It starts at 6:00 and runs until midnight. The event is a fundraiser and the suggested donation at the door is $20. If you can’t pay $20, pay what you can and come anyway. The best way to kick off this company is with a room full of smiling, laughing people.
So what the hell will we be doing for six hours? A lot! We’ll have a silent auction. We’ll have Fearless T-shirts and stickers for sale. The Apropos of Nothing podcasting crew has cooked up drink specials for you to try! We’ll be hanging out and talking and laughing. And there will be comedy. Oh yes, there will be comedy.
To ensure there is time to both laugh and talk, we’ll be doing 30 minutes of entertainment every hour. The whole event is hosted by Fearless Partner Bill Young, who is funny. So there’s that. The rest of the night lines up like this:
6:30 PM – Live recording of Geeks Without God with special guest Aric McKeown. Also featuring a live performance of the Geeks Without God theme song by me and Geoffrey Brown!
7:30 PM – Fearless Partners Courtney McClean and the Durty Curls will serve up some naughtybilly musical musicness.
8:30 PM – Live Recording of the Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw podcast. Joseph will be interviewing a random audience volunteer about their obsession.
9:30 PM – A Fearless Comedy Showcase featuring Stand-up Comedy by Bill Young, original music from Big Fun Radio Funtime by myself and Geoffrey Brown! We’ll also be introducing the winner of the Fearless Fringe Sponsorship.
10:30 PM – Fearless partner Ian Rans presents the $50 pyramid! You’ll have a chance to compete for fabulous prizes including actual cash money! We’ll also play two rounds of PowerPoint Karaoke featuring presenters Joseph Scrimshaw and Aric McKeown! They will not have the opportunity to win cash money.
So it’s a big night with a lot of exciting entertainment. Can’t come for the whole thing? Come for a couple of hours! Can’t afford $20? Spend less!
The show is 18+ so if you are younger than that, you still have time to acquire a convincing fake ID. Ask your mom! It’s for a good cause!
Tell your friends to come and make a date night out of it. Our goal is to raise a lot of money and shoot some comedy in your face.
I know – that last part sounded pretty dirty.
Actually, it was up last Monday but the site was down for the majority of the week so you didn’t have the pleasure of reading my witty observations on last year’s most popular movies. Now you can do so!
I know you are sick of 2012 “best of” lists and that is really what the article is all about. So please read and have a chuckle or two.