Hey, folks. As folks who entertain you in bars, we know you hate things that interrupt your non-stop happy-fun time. But, we also know some of you give a damn about your state, so I’m going to be political-ish for a minute.
The NC Film incentive is in danger of going away. I know a ton of people who benefit from the film industry and a ton of those folks will have to, like carnival workers follow to where there is work. These aren’t folks who are buying their fancy pants off of Amazon or from Hollywood. No, these people buy locally-made fancy pants using fabric from recycled NASCAR tires and old Wachovia golf shirts.
If you have time, I’d ask you to email your representative something like the below. I wouldn’t suggest emailing 10 or more at a time since you might get caught in a spam filter for the legislature.
And people hate spam filters like they hate imported fancy pants.
I’d like to ask your assistance on a matter moderately important to me, and extremely important to my closest friends.
The NC Film Incentives are a fantastic growth opportunity for economic development here in North Carolina. They have brought many film industry productions to us and were slated to continue that path.
I have several friends who rely on the business that these incentives bring. My friends are directly involved in set design, graphic art, marketing, scripting, local talent recruiting, and much more.
If the incentives are changed into the proposed plan, they would virtually eliminate the low- and medium-budget filming and film production in North Carolina. It may not seem like much, but this business provides steady, year-round work for many citizens of the state. The blockbuster big name shows and movies are great, but they can’t happen year round and won’t given that there will be hard caps on the incentive fund.
Quite frankly, Georgia will continue to steal away business that currently resides in North Carolina and that’s bad for us economically, and worse for my friends who will have to live in Atlanta.
So I ask you, please do what you can to keep the NC Film Incentives strong. For our state’s economy, for our jobs, and for my friends.
The full email list is below. (If you’d just like to look up yours, you can go here
Tags: Charlotte · North Carolina
May 2nd, 2014 by OddBot · 2 Comments
G’day folks. A lot of long time friends of the show know that while the majority of our cast lives entirely healthy, organic lives as fitness models completely untraumatized by our bodies or our pasts, a few of us are sickly. Normally we just kind of let that sickness sit there at a party in the background like a fat, lonely friend, ignoring them and hoping that they don’t go on a moping rampage, ruining the night for the friend that brought them when they announce that they have to GO NOW.
One of the folks in our group has what is generally described as “Christ? Is anything right with you?”, a lot of which stems from their Crohn’s disease. It’s a terrible illness that, as you may have guessed from the name, is a disease. I’ve known a few people who suffer from it and its rough watching them go through it as it comes on sometimes at random and derails their ability to get on with their life. Missing days at work, keeping them from coming out to the titty bar with you, making them miss group hang out events and even causing them horrible, terrible pain that makes it feel like the universe hates them. (NOTE: The universe is on record as having official policy of hate against them… or so it says)
At any rate, there are people out there who are combatting this illness. Most of them are scientist, but some of them are specially trained, rag-tag groups of ex-military commandos. If you have Chron’s disease, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire them.
But as with all sorts of science, it takes money. And money comes from fund-raisers (and hustling, if songs are to be believed). One of our friends is doing just that right now. If you’ve got some time, please consider donating to this cause. The literally (Editor’s Note: INSERT NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM THIS BEFORE PUTTING UP THIS POST SO YOU DON’T LOOK STUDPI) who suffer from Crohn’s disease will thank you.
Getting old sucks.
Actually, I’m lying. Getting old is pretty fantastic except for the whole container for your soul falling apart thing. Other than that, it’s pretty fantastic. One of the downsides is that both with age and marriage, I’ve gathered up a number of accessories that I hadn’t intended… And no, my wife is not an accessory, contrary to what I will tell you over beers and nachos that I punctuate with my secretly held anti-feminist views. I do a great impersonation of Betty Friedan as a phone sex operator that only works if I have sour cream and salsa.
The accessories that I mention are attire. 5 years ago, life was simple. I had one pair of shoes and one pair of flip-flops, all my pants were jeans – excepting my one suit that I presume I had in case I had an ‘event’ (job interview, court, etc) and all of my shirts were either for painting or reinforced the bohemian world view that came with owning shoes and flip flops. Sure, most of that clothing probably had some sort of food-based stain on it (wing sauce and mustard being very hard to get out), but it was simple.
Sex, Lies & Videotapes’ Graham explains the complexity of multiple keys.
Here I am, five years later with 2 pairs of dress shoes, a pair of running shoes, walking shoes, boots, work boots, flip flops and miscellaneous foot-beshodment. I have multiple hues of khakis, dress pants, casual pants and … fuck, I don’t even know. All I know is I have a fucking closet, which is not to say a closet for fucking, because you can’t fuck in there. There’s too many clothes.
I mean, sure, I’m happy, but what consolation is that?
At any rate, we were putting together our show for this month and all the sketches we ended up picking were inadvertently some of our ancient stuff from 6 years ago. If I were a marketing person, I’d call these ‘deep cuts’. We’re really excited about it since we’ve gotten much more talented over the last half-decade and we’d like to show it to you.
Also, if you have a minute before 2/9, you could vote for us for the Charlotte Magazine Best of the Best award for best “Improv/Sketch Comedy Group” (under Arts – Best Local) and “Twitter Personality:Humor” (under Media – Best Local). Not that you’re not all attractive to look at, but we have vague dreams of getting new fans eventually… perhaps better, more attractive ones.
(who feels vaguely terrible at being slow to update the blog sometimes)
Tags: Marketing Antics · Show notes
Every once in a while, we have a prop that outshines the sketch. This is one such prop.
*LAW & ORDER NOISE*
Sometimes, being hidden is difficult. I mean, we live in Charlotte, so hiding is not really something we place a lot of emphasis on. I mean, we have a giant light up penis in the middle of our city and radiant pink towers. We left subtle behind years ago. But sometimes, being hidden is to be desired. A few examples of how not to hide.
I only noticed the kid hiding underneath because he is not paisley-colored. And yes, I realize paisley is not a color. It’s a colour. There is a difference.
I realize sometimes a call center has to stay hidden for security reasons. I mean, if I ever find out where Time Warner hides their employees… Or those fuckers at the Butterball Turkey Hotline who think they’re better than me… But seriously… Putting ‘Call Center’ up on the doors doesn’t help. Your employees know where you are. Other people don’t. Put up something like Premier Worldwide Advantage, Inc LLC. No one knows what that shit means.
And ye shall know the Anti-Chhrist by the mark of the beast. And ye shall know where he doth park by the mark of the beast and the reasonable rates and affordable long-term options (call for details).
Tags: Wisdom of OddBot