Over the last few months, I’ve made some vague posts on Facebook about a big life change. I hate vaguebooking as a rule because you should either say enough for people to know what you are talking about or you should keep your mouth shut.
Anything else always seems like little more than fishing for attention.
I needed to keep my posts vague, though, because until I was ready to be completely public, I didn’t feel like I could say what was going on. I was happy to discuss what was going on in private. Just not on Facebook.
Well now the deed is done, I want to talk about it to anyone who will listen because I’m excited. And scared. And a whole lot of other things.
On January 2nd, I put in notice at my job. I didn’t have another job lined up. Right now, I don’t plan on looking for another job. I just realized that it was time to make a dramatic shift in what I wanted to do with my life.
So what happened? Why did I make the decision? What kind of shift am I talking about?
First, there were some changes in my job that were particularly difficult. I was told I could no longer use work time to answer and send personal e-mails. This had been permitted up until a few months ago and with all of the shows and other work I do outside of the standard work week, the use of personal e-mail was very important to me.
Boy do I have a lot going on at the convention this weekend. While I have no idea why anyone would be interested in tracking me around the con, just in case you have an interest in stalking (or avoiding) me, here’s what I’ll be up to at the convention.
Thursday, July 4th
6:00 PM – The Mark Time Radio Show. I’ve been a voice actor on this show for um…about ten years? This year’s show is an expanded version of “The Sword in the Couch,” which was featured at the first Big Fun Radio Funtime show.
7:00 PM – Opening Ceremonies. I wrote and directed the Opening sketch and I’m pretty happy with it. All I can say about the sketch is that it is going to be awesome. It s also filled to overflowing with amazing talent. I also contributed a little bit of writing to the rest of Opening Ceremonies and rumor has it I might be helping out with at least one bit.
9:00 PM – Super Spy Smackdown. I will be the Master of Ceremonies for an epic battle between the greatest super spies ever assembled. Comedy commentary will be provided by a team of experts including Tim Uren, Joseph Scrimshaw, Dawn Krosnowski, Kelvin Hatle, Caroline Symcox and Christopher Jones. As always, Melissa Kaercher will be running the tech.
11:00 PM – Vilification Tennis takes over the Fearless Comedy Room Party in room 224!
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 email@example.com.
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?
This weekend we recorded Geeks Without God in front of a live audience with guest Aric McKeown. I won’t deny I was pretty nervous about it since you never know how that sort of thing is going to go. I shouldn’t have worried.
We were first up and since we figured people would be coming in at various points throughout the evening, we assumed that the audience at 6:30 would be relatively small. Wow were we wrong. In fact, there were at least fifty people there when we started recording. Most of them seemed to be enjoying the show.
I was also trying out my portable audio recorder. We had it plugged directly into the sound board and having listened to the podcast, I have to say that it turned out amazingly well. I really look forward to the next time we can do a live recording using the same technology.
Oh yeah, and Aric is a funny funny guy.
So here’s the link to this week’s show. Click on through if you want!
It’s been over a month since we recorded a Vilification Tennis podcast and even though we were tired as hell, we decided we should record it after the Fearless launch party on Saturday. This could have been a horrible decision had the event been a disastrous failure.
The event was instead a huge success. Thanks to a great many people, we raised better than half of our operating budget for the year and it is rumored that the wacky comedy to which we subjected our audience was both wacky and comedic.
All things considered, we were blown away by the success of the event. That meant we were pretty euphoric when we recorded the podcast. Which beats the alternative. Eric had also prepared humus and salsa. That goes a long way to creating a positive podcasting environment.
So if you are a fan of the podcast, you should listen to this week’s episode. I think we were somewhat amusing.
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.
In preparation for the Fearless Launch Party this Saturday, we scheduled an epic podcasting EVENT with our pals over at Apropos of Nothing. Last week, the three of us were guests on their podcast. There was a lot of drinking and rambling conversations about all sorts of stuff. It was fun but none of us had enough. The only solution? Another podcast! Only this time the podcast would be on our terms!
So the three of them joined us and we recorded an episode of Geeks Without God featuring our first theist (Jena) and our “first” returning guest (Matt is actually our second but the episode with our first hasn’t aired yet). By virtue of being a returning guest, Matt was tasked with asking us five questions. And with Jena and Salsa being new guests, they had to answer our five questions. That was four people answering five questions apiece. So what you get is an episode nearly that is nearly an hour-long and involves nothing more than answering a bunch of questions.
I swear it is a lot more interesting than I just made it sound. Listen for yourself!
This week, my Geeks Without God colleagues and I sat down with the good folks at Apropos of Nothing to talk about Fearless comedy and whatever else came to mind. Actually, we spent almost no time talking about Fearless but it was a good excuse to sit down and record a podcast.
You can listen to me drink good scotch, some chatter about what we all did for New Year’s Eve and near the end, Salsa and I have words about pasta. Frequently we prove that six people talking at once is exactly why most people don’t podcast with six people. Ever.
I don’t want to overstate it, but Apropos of Nothing has never been a better name for a podcast.
This is part one of a massive podcasting crossover EVENT! Listen to part two on Geeks Without God next Tuesday!
This week is the second of two episodes we recorded at Omegacon. If you listened to the first one, you will know that Nick and Molly had been drinking before and during the first podcast. By the time we recorded the second one, Molly was pretty drunk. Drunk Molly is, quite honestly, really god damned funny.
We did manage to spend some time talking about Fearless comedy, which was theoretically the goal behind the podcast. We also spent a while talking about sex education, which was not at all what we had in mind. All in all, it was quite the recording session. Enjoy!