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Stories from a Fearless week of Fearlessness

On AirThis entry is going to be pretty long because the last week was a pretty massively amazing week and even though I’m just trying to sum all of it up, there is a lot to sum up.

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?

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Art for January’s Vilification Tennis Show

So for January, our theme is gambling.  I’m actually looking forward to some of the crazy structures we’ll come up with for that show. As a f’rinstance, all of the participants will be determined by drawing ping pong balls.  Theoretically, someone could show up for the show and never perfrom.

I’d laugh my ass off if that happened.

I’ve managed to toss artwork to a few extra people this year and Geoffrey Brown came up with the logo for this show.  Check it!

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I am Fearless

So if you look at the right hand side of the page, you will see a new button that says I’m a proud supporter of Fearless. You probably don’t care what that means but I’m going to tell you anyway.

Fearless Comedy Productions is a new theatre company conceived to bring together several different comedy companies under a single umbrella that will, we hope, help increase the visibility of all of the.  It is also a company that will be producing and supporting new work.

The idea for this company was mine but I was lucky enough to be working with a bunch of other comedians who thought the idea was a good one. We’ve been talking about the idea for about six months now and we’ve finally reached a point where we can tell everyone about it.

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A podcast all about The Shat!

On Friday, the hosts of the “Look at His Butt” podcast came to see The Complete Works of William Shatner (abridged).  After the show, they sat down to interview the cast, writers and director.

Fortunately, they loved the show.  If they hadn’t, it would have been really awkward.

If you’d like to listen to their review of the show and the interview that features me, Bill Stiteler, Windy Bowlsby, Brandon Ewald, Tim Uren, Duck Washington and John Newstrom, you can do that by clicking here!

I am a podcasting MACHINE!!!!

My First Author Reading!

Hey everyone! I’ll actually be taking part in a public reading of something I wrote this October.

Specifically, I will be joined by five other contributors to “Atheist Voices of Minnesota” at the Roseville Barnes & Noble at 7:00 PM on the 10th of October.  We will all read from our work and answer questions and once you have been dazzled by our writing, you will have the chance to buy the book (conveniently pictured in this very post)!

If you can’t make the reading, you can still buy the book from Amazon or Barnes & in paperback form or for your eReader.

But you really should come out and see this.  It’s probably the first and last time you’ll have a chance to see me doing a public presentation where I’m completely out of my element!

If you’d like to know about my other creative endeavors, you can always check out my Upcoming Performances page.

Hey Guys! Want to watch me perform way out of my weight class this week?

Thursday night at 10:00 PM, I’ll be a “Celebrity” guest judge for Theatre Arlo’s PowerPoint Karaoke.

As an improv structure/show, PPK is one of my absolute favorites.  Bill and Melissa do a great job coming up with hilarious slides and they are always able to get a great lineup of comedians to assist.  This week’s presenters are Jill Bernard & Eric Heiberg, Joseph Scrimshaw, Sharon Stiteler and Tim Uren.

I will be judging their comedic skills along with my other (actual) celebrity judge, Trace Beaulieu (he was part of a show you might have heard of and also currently works with Cinematic Titanic).

There is no false humility at work when I publicly wonder what I did right to appear on the same stage as these other wonderfully talented comedians.  Frankly, I agreed to judge because I figured it was a great way to get myself into the show for free.

I know it’s a little late on a school night but I can’t recommend the show highly enough.  The premise is funny.  The slides are funny.  The people are funny.  They sell beer there.  What’s not to like?

For information on other performing I do around the Twin Cities and on the web, you can always check out my upcoming performances page on this site.

ANOTHER Fringe Show?

My producing partner, John Newstrom, was drawn dead last in the Fringe lottery this year.  As a result, I agreed to produce his show idea, The Complete Works of William Shatner.  I was already committed to writing the show and my idea was a pretty simple little improvisational structure I’ve wanted to do at the Fringe for a couple years.

It’s easy to produce and I figured that I could wait and produce it next year.

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Powerpoint Conspiracy Karaoke

Having complely killed at Power Point Karaoke today, I’m sharing my performance from last year’s panel.  It was the first time it had been done at CONvergence and I had to go first.  I think I did OK.

This year I killed it.  I know I keep saying that.  But I totally killed it.

Vilification Tennis Geek Show Art!

So I’m going to come right out and admit that the art for the July Vilification Tennis show looks like really bad photoshopping.

The good news:  That was the point!  Bad photoshopping is a geek thing.  About the only thing missing from the image is a cat.    John is so good at photoshop, he can make his photoshopping look bad on purpose.

I’m sure this one is going to be a portfolio piece for him.

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All the Shatners are together!

And now an image from “The Complete Works of William Shatner (abridged)” that puts all of our Shatners on the same page!

That’s Brandon Ewald as Young Shatner, Duck Washington as TJ Hooker, Windy Bowlsby as Captain James T. Kirk, Tim Uren as the Priceline Negotiator and Me as a large lizard like alien that is NOT the Gorn.

No Gorn here.  Nope.  Definitely not the Gorn.