Apparently some enterprising producer of religious tracts has created one that looks just enough like a ten-dollar bill, you can leave it as a tip!
It looks like this if you leave it sticking out just right:
But it’s a lie! A lie meant to prey on the server’s greedy desire to make a living so they can pay their rent and maybe catch a godless movie once in a while.
Pull it out and you get this:
Flip it over and you get a sermon about how eternal salvation is better than money!
You can jam god down your server’s throat and save a few bucks! Thanks Jesus!
As you may (or may not) know, I’m involved in three productions at this year’s fringe Festival. Somehow, not a single one of them had a performance on opening night so I got to spend the entire evening enjoying shows put on by other people! It was strange! And exciting!
Here’s what I saw:
Co-Produced by the frighteningly talented Dawn Krosnowski, I’m a big fan of the basic concept behind the show. The history of theatre in 60 minutes? I’m in. Every member of the cast was a terrific and versatile actor and the overall conceit is executed very well. I found myself frustrated from time to time because a particular segment of the show would run on a bit longer than I felt was needed. Perhaps that was just because I really wanted more parodies of theatrical conventions rather than longer ones. So that’s probably on me.
What is absolutely true is that I really enjoyed the show and I while I think it appeals to audiences of every stripe, there are certainly a great many jokes that are there just for theatre insiders. I’m totally OK with that. Find a Fringe Producer and we’ll be happy to explain the stuff you didn’t get.
Mike Fotis and Joe Bozic are two of the funniest people in the history of people. This allows them to gather other funny people around them, resulting in a perfect storm of funny. Let’s see if I can use the word “funny” a few more times.
Look, the point is this: these guys consistently create some of the best and most intelligent comedy at the Fringe. I’m fairly certain that if they had written The Happening, it would have been a good movie. I could possibly be giving them too much credit but until they produce a show about “The Happening” that sucks, I’m going to stand by my prediction.
Please note, you don’t need to know anything about Hoosiers to enjoy this show. It might help if you knew something about Rudy, though…
Phillip Low can write.
I mean, I can write, too. I’m writing right now. My point is that he can write very well. It isn’t that he’s a good storyteller (he is), it is that his stories are engaging. I’m genuinely sorry when he reaches the end of one of his stories. Not because I don’t like the ending but because I really liked the story itself.
Phillip is joined by Elizabeth Byrd, who manages to match his intensity, which is no mean trick.
This is only one of something like ten shows that Phillip will be doing at the Fringe this year. I’m not in a position to say it will be his best but I’m going to say it anyway.
I’ve been producing at the Fringe for a little while now and that leads to the problem of knowing too many people who produce good work. Inevitably, I spend my entire Fringe trying to figure out how to see one or two shows by companies I haven’t seen before.
And then I like those people and I need to see their shows as well.
I bring all of this up because before this year, I’d not seen one of Laura Bidgood’s shows. I was, therefore, unaware that I needed to add her to my “must see a show by this person” list. Until now.
Laura’s storytelling style just appeals to me. She is sassy and talks so fast, you want to tell her to stop for just a second so you can catch up. Thing is, you also want her to keep going. Unless she’s curling. Then she should stop.
I give this show a resounding slow clap.
Seriously, that’s a compliment.
So yeah, it was a very good night of Fringing. Everything was at least as good as I expected it to be. Tonight, I’m opening a show and I expect I’ll be unable to see anything else. If you are doing the Fringe, I hope all of your choices are good ones. Or at least interesting.
I’ve got to apologize to myself for failing to do a good job of promoting my Fringe shows this year. With the Fringe just one week away, it is probably time for me to go into full “see my show” mode.
I’ve got two shows in the Fringe this year and I’m really looking forward to both of them.
Back in February, I didn’t have the slightest idea what I was going to do for the Fringe. Not a big deal, I thought, the lottery hasn’t happened yet!
Well then it did happen. And one of the numbers to which I was attached was drawn. Suddenly, I had to come up with an idea.
My idea was “Schrödinger’s Apocalypse.”
I don’t write about performing or presenting all that often. I’m a performer and presenter and I like to think I’m pretty good at it. I’ve learned a lot of things in my years and recent experiences suggest that others might benefit from my expertise.
The advice I’m about to give will help you out if you are presenting a panel at a convention, making an announcement at a meeting or even performing on stage. This rule is absolute. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Here it is:
When someone puts a microphone in front of you, use it.
Kennedy has long been an Anti-Vaccine crusader and I dislike the anti-vaxx movement with only slightly less zeal than the creationist movement.
I have two children on the autism spectrum. They were both vaccinated and I know two things:
1) Vaccinating my kids did not make them autistic
2) Even if it did (and it didn’t), I would rather have autistic children than children with Smallpox or Polio
Kennedy and others like him have been pushing misinformation and, as this article proves, they are willing to name names. They people they name, however, never actually said what they are claimed to have said. Nor do the studies they cite actually say what they claim those studies say.
So all he is doing is engaging in character of assassination.
I get that big pharma is theoretically evil but here’s the thing – vaccines are not. Yes, pharmaceutical companies make money off vaccines. I guess that’s a price I’m willing to pay to ensure that my kids don’t get the measles.
Claiming vaccines cause autism is to make the claim that you understand a shitload more about autism than all the folks out there researching the condition.
And in the meantime, making people afraid of vaccines is contributing to the rise of diseases we thought had been eradicated. That’s what I call a lose-lose.
This week’s episode features emergency fill-in guest Joseph Scrimshaw. Joseph is in the midst of a big Kickstarter campaign so it seemed like a great time to feature him on the podcast. We got him to tell us all about the Kickstarter (of course) and then we talked about Joseph’s favorite obsession, comic theory.
Speaking of Joseph’s Kickstarter, my band, The Dregs, will be contributing a song to his Flaw Fest album assuming it gets funded so now I’m not just excited because I like the idea, I’m also excited because I want to write a song about guilt for Joseph’s album.
He also decided that Bugs Bunny is an atheist and I’m all for putting Bugs in our court.
So hey, listen to the podcast and support the Kickstarter! It’s what friends do!
The Boy Scouts expected that they would get some pushback from members of the faith community when they chose to accept openly gay scouts. Good thing, too. Because they are getting it.
Baptist ministers are saying that they have no choice. It is not a hate thing. It’s a morality thing. They just can’t support the Boy Scouts now that the organization has embraced a morally improper lifestyle by accepting openly gay scouts.
That isn’t hate. They feel really badly about the whole thing. It isn’t their fault. It’s god’s fault!
I mean, sure, Jesus preached forgiveness and all that bullshit but not if you aren’t willing to deny your own sexuality because god doesn’t love you just the way you are.
Yeah. Fuck those guys.
I missed this one last week, sorry.
So here’s what happened. Arizona State Representative (and secular humanist) Juan Mendez gave an invocation that did not include God. They take turns giving the invocation, it was his turn and he gave an invocation based on his beliefs. Which is totally his fucking right.
Representative Steve Smith was so upset about it, he offered up a special prayer the next day for “repentance of the previous day.” In addition to a prayer he’d already given. Because he had to make up for Mendez, I guess.
Now let’s step back for a moment and ask what the appropriate response would be had Mendez given a Hindu prayer. Or a Jewish one. Or an Islamic one. Would that have been OK because he’d mentioned a god or gods (even if they weren’t the right one)?
Assuming Smith’s response had been the same (two prayers to make up for the lack of a Christian one), would he have taken flak for choosing to disrespect any belief system other than humanism?
I’ll bet people would have been pissed as hell. Not just Muslims or Jews or whatever other religion he’d chosen to disrespect but Christians as well.
As it is, Smith will be applauded by the religious right for standing up to the godless left even though the godless left has had to tolerate Christian prayer in the Arizona state house for every day except one.
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.