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Geeks Without God Spins Yarn at Die Laughing

Geeks Without GodDie Laughing was an amazing experience for a lot of reasons but one of them was the opportunity to record a couple of live episodes.  Audience feedback really makes the podcast so much more fun.

This week’s episode features local comedian Elizabeth Ess.  She wanted to talk about the Hobby Lobby case now before the Supreme court and we were happy to oblige.  We spent a long time talking about the details of that case and making jokes.

There were also a lot of interruptions as we tried to reach our fundraising goal.  I thought I was going to cut the interjections out but in listening to the raw file, it actually was kind of fun.  Hopefully listeners will agree.

I edited a few things – mostly conversations with people in the back of the room – but for the most part, the episode is as originally recorded.

So hey, if you want to hear us talk about religious liberty and head shaving, this is the episode for you!

Geeks Without God Get Into a Mexican Standoff

Geeks Without GodThis weekend, we recorded two podcasts at Die Laughing.  On Friday night, we talked to local comedian Patrick Bauer about his favorite filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino.

I, of course, felt the need to discuss how Bill is completely wrong about Batman at the end of  Kill Bill, Vol 2.  Because if you are going to talk about the awesomeness of Tarantino, you need to spend a little while talking about his most egregious mistake.

We traverse the whole of his filmography, spending strangely small amounts of time on Django Unchained.  As one might expect, I enjoy a nerdy film conversation so this one was a treat to record.  It was also a treat to record in front of a live audience.  Thanks to everyone who came out!

 

 

I Don’t Know If I Can Make Anyone Die Laughing But I May Just Die Trying!

This weekend, Fearless Comedy will be putting on Die Laughing, a fifty hour comedy marathon.  Right now, it looks like we might get hammered with a massive snow storm as the event starts but that doesn’t matter.  We’re going to make this show happen.

The good news is that the entire event will be streaming so you can watch it even if you decide to cower in your home.  And I’ll be doing a lot of performing that weekend.  Here’s a schedule if you are just going nuts wondering when I’ll be on stage again.

Friday, April 4th, 7:00 PM – Big Fun Radio Funtime

We’ll be doing encore presentations of two of our favorite scripts and then Geoffrey Brown and I will perform 30 minutes of original Citizens’ Band tunes!  We’ll also introduce our weekend long songwriting challenge.

Friday, April 4th – 10:00 PM – Vilification Tennis

There will be insults a-plenty and Duck Washington will debut as our newest cast member!  Also, Kelvin Hatle will present his brilliant “News from Lake Vilbegone.”

Friday, April 4th – 11:00 PM – Geeks Without God

We’ll be recording a live podcast featuring comedian Patrick Bauer.  The topic will be Tarantino movies.  Pop culture reference!

Saturday, April 5th – 4:00 PM – PowerPoint Karaoke

I’ll be sitting in judgement on comedians who are making up a presentation from scratch!  Is it far that I judge them?  Yes it is fair!  For I am ME and I SHALL wield petty power!

Saturday, April 5th – 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Hosting

I won’t be the star of the show but I’ll be introducing them!

Sunday, April 6th – 1:00 AM - Geeks Without God

Our second live podcast will feature Elizabeth Ess!  We are going to talk about Hobby Lobby and birth control.  Should be totally filled with comedy about knitting.  There is also a decent chance I’ll be bald at this point.

Sunday, April 6th – 2:00 PM – Judging a Book By It’s Cover

I’ll be hosting this silly game in which contestants must describe the plot of a book based only on the cover illustration.

Sunday, April 6th – 6:00 PM – The Dregs

The Dregs will be doing our music and comedy thing with a special challenge to help raise money.  Song choices go to the highest bidder!

Sunday, April 6th – 8:00 PM – Fearless Lab

A completely random hour of Fearless Comedy!  And I’m the host!  If Geoffrey and I get paid to write any songs, we’ll be performing them during this final hour of the marathon!  It’ll be awesome!  I’m using all exclamation points because I’ll probably be hopped up on Five Hour Energy Drink at this point in the weekend!

Geeks Without God Talks About Puppets

Geeks Without GodThis week’s guest on Geeks Without God is Gordon Smuder.  I’ve known Gordon for years as we were both teenagers at the Renaissance Festival together.  More recently, he has gained notoriety as a puppeteer as well as a puppet maker.  Many local friends will know Gordon from Transylvania Television but he has a lot of new projects going on right now and we got to talk about them all.

Not only did Gordon talk to us about puppets, he gave us puppets! That makes him only the second guest who has bribed us with individual swag!

I’m head writer on a new project Gordon is working on and we talked about it a lot on the podcast.  There isn’t a website or anything for it but there will be something fairly soon.  At least I hope so because the whole project is pretty cool.

Listen to the episode to hear more about it!

Putting it Together – Podcasting

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Putting it Together is my Monday “artist talking about art stuff blog”.  The title comes from “Sunday in the Park with George,” the best (and possibly only) musical that is entirely dedicated to an artist talking about his art.  Is that pretentious enough?

Two years ago, I knew of Podcasting as a thing other people did.  I didn’t see the value.  Well, I’ve come a long way to understanding why it is a benefit to me as a performer and as a creator.

A global energy crisis of epic proportions notwithstanding, the internet is here to stay.  As a creator, I have to remember that when I produce a play, my audience may be local.  However, there are a great many other things I do that can have a global reach.  The Internet is the tool I use to reach those people.

Podcasting is a way to get yourself into other people’s lives in a way that no social media outlet can.  It reaches back to days when people spent hours of their lives listening to the radio.

Writing is great but you lose so much nuance when you write a blog post.  Sure, your grammar is (hopefully) better and there aren’t all sorts of awkward pauses while you figure out what to write next but you also lose inflection, tone, cadence, and so many other qualities that make speech a far more effective way to connect emotionally with an audience.

Podcasting allows you to talk to your audience.  It allows them to get to know you in a far more personal way than a bunch of 140 character tweets or thousand word blogs.

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Geeks Without God Tries to Decide if We are Arrogant

Geeks Without GodA few weeks ago, we had our friend Mark Lazarchic on Geeks Without God to talk about why he doesn’t like to say he’s an atheist.  His argument was primarily focused on the fact that atheists sound arrogant when they say they don’t believe in god.

We come back to that assertion in this episode because I genuinely wondered if it was more arrogant to say that there is no god than it was to say that you were positive god existed and further, you knew exactly what god was thinking.

To me, the reason it is considered arrogance is because a lot of people believe in god.  If you stand up and say you don’t, you can either be perceived as courageous or arrogant.  I think it depends, in a large part on the beliefs of the person to whom you are stating your opinion.

So are atheists any more arrogant than anyone else?  I know what I think but you could always listen to this week’s episode and decide for yourself!

Geeks Without God and Comics

Geeks Without GodThis week’s episode of Geeks Without God is with friend and CONvergence co-founder Christopher Jones.  I don’t know how it came to pass that so many of the co-founders of the convention are not religious but it is entirely possible we were able to do what we did because we had Sunday mornings free.

I can’t take credit for that.  Molly said that.

Anyway, Chris has been a professional comic book artist for his entire adult life and so we spent most of the episode talking about his career in the comic industry and he even told us about a very cool project that he’s got coming up.

I haven’t gotten to see enough of Chris since he and I left the CONvergence board.  It was nice to have him in the house again.  Enjoy the episode!

Geeks Without God Talks About Sports

Geeks Without GodThis week, our Geeks Without God podcast tackles geeks and sports.  The big question is whether or not geeks who are sports fans are marginalized within the wider geek society.  As the only member of the podcast who is a sports fan, I thought it was a really interesting topic to cover.

I tend to keep my opinions about sports to myself but that is mostly because I know that most of the time I’m hanging around people who aren’t interested.  When we have so many other things that interest all of us, why spend time on something that isn’t a mutual interest?

We talk about lots of things including what sports seem to interest geeks more than others, what it is that interests me about sports and, of course, the problems inherent in professional sports.

It is, as always, an interesting conversation.  I hope you listen!

Also, watch this video with our fundraising challenge for Die Laughing!

Geeks Without God Has Another Boner Episode

Geeks Without GodThis week’s Geeks Without God returns to our geeky roots with another geeky boner episode!  I love recording these episodes just because the three of us just get to sit and talk about the stuff that has us excited.  I hope that they are as fun to listen to as they are to record.

We recorded this one a few weeks back.  I talked about my current obsession with “Community.”  At the time, I was only about halfway through season number two.  I’ve made it a bit further since then.  Molly talked about a video game that I would totally play if I had the time.

And Nick got me all excited for the next batch of Marvel movies all over again.

Here’s hoping you get as excited as we did.

Geeks Without God Talks Mixed Marriage

Geeks Without GodThis week’s Geeks Without God has our friend Windy Bowlsby hanging out and talking about her marriage to a theist.  That was the idea anyway.  It turns out that they have everything worked out pretty well.  Instead, things ended up talking about all sorts of crazy stuff including the definition of “accepted fan moniker.”

I’ve brought it up several times in the last few months so it seems fair to finally explain what the hell I mean and why I keep bringing it up.

Windy is actually the third member of the CONvergence “founding board” who has been on the podcast.  I’m not sure how it happened that most of us are atheist/agnostics as that wasn’t something any of us ever talked about in the early days.

Nor is it something that we talked about with Windy.  Maybe I’ll have to bring that up when we have Christopher Jones on next month!

Anyway, enjoy our conversation with Windy!

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