Entries Tagged as 'Press'

RoJo’s Tania Kelly voted Best Local Actress

October 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

Our very own Tania Kelly has been voted Best Local Actress by Creative Loafing and we’re infinitely proud since she is more talented than we deserve (most of us can’t even get a callback at the auditions for our local church productions of Our Town*).

Robot Johnson is proud to sully Tania’s chances for future acting success by making sure this page and her association with a dodgy group of drinking bastards shows up in Google searches FOREVER.


*’Our’ church productions is a bit of an exaggeration. Comedians generally have a sketchy relationship with churches. Three of the people in our group have been excommunicated by the Catholic Church, two of us have been excommunicated by presbyterian or southern baptist churchs, which is impressive since they generally can’t agree on anything and one of us was excommunicated by a very angry looking cat.

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Robot Johnson Teams with Blumenthal on Monty Python

January 17th, 2012 · No Comments

I’m very excited about this. If you could see me right now, you would literally notice the “Definition of Excited” caption that I have hanging around my neck on a sign. It normally says “Thug Life”.

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center will be hosting Spamalot, the musical based on Monty Python’s Holy Grail and they want us to do one of their ‘Get to Know the Show’ event to help educate folks on Monty Python’s work, their legacy and to cover the fundamentals of sketch comedy writing. 


Now, for those of you who are not familiar, this is awesome. Like any number of other comics or even just geeks of the last few decades grew up on a diet of Monty Python humor. I remember watching it on TV one random day with my mom who was kind enough to clue me into how awesome it was or catching it on random channels at odd hours on PBS or some random arts channel.

I remember watching Holy Grail on VHS as a kid and watching it on a loop so often I can still recite it. People at parties (a term I use generously. There was no beer, no make out room and no feeling of joy) would ask me for some random line and I would start reciting the entire film from that point like an irish Teddy Ruxpin. I’m surprised that I don’t occasionally wake up in cold sweats screaming

“O Lord, bless this thy Hand Grenade that with it thou mayest blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy”.

Somewhere in the recitation of the works of Monty Python I gained my love for comedy that didn’t involve animated characters or shows about small black children being adorable (the 1980’s were a rough time comedy-wise) and to eventually to hate other people. Comedy is one of those tragic things that affects your world view. Like martial arts and being a stripper. Knowing that you can 1) Laugh at anything, 2) Beat up anything, 3) Gyrate against anything and make money fall out really affects how you see the world.

So I have Monty Python to thank for priming the pump. The rest I can blame on the social experiment that is public schools.


So anyways, we’ve got this event coming up and we are very excited. It’s an hour and a half on me and Brandon doing Monty Python and Sketch Comedy Writing. It’s going to be on Monday, February 6th from 6pm-7:30pm at Pease Auditorium on CPCC’s campus in uptown. If you’re interested in going, it is free but you need to RSVP.


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The umphant return of Robot Johnson

October 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Press Release for Public Consumption (the noun for ‘to take in’, not the disease):

Robot Johnson, fresh off their one month tour of not doing anything of significance is back at the Mill. The Mill is a place with food and drinks and drinks and drinks. Many people (citation needed) have looked at The Mill and said “Hey, The Mill, that sounds like a place where industrial manufacturing with employees being paid sub-standard wages occurs.” and many of those people’s friends will say to them “No, that is a place where people drink and have delicious food. Also, this first paragraph really hasn’t expressed much actual content. Are you sure you’ve written a press release before?”

Robot Johnson, when reached for comment said “First off, I’m a group, not an individual.” Then, being a group and incapable of speaking, he stopped speaking. When Robot Johnson’s representative, Graham Odom was reached, he said “Yeah, we’re back at the Mill. We do comedy. Hey, have you watched Misfits on Hulu? That show is pretty awesome. That foul-mouthed irish kid is totally going to be a star. Anyways, comedy. We do that. It’s on Saturdays at 9pm and it’s the best thing going in Charlotte. Except for Leather and Lace strip clubs. Those girls sure aren’t that pretty, but the less attractive strippers will do anything for 15 dollars. Hey, do you like strippers? Well then you’d probably like Misfits. It’s not a show about strippers, but I think I saw half a boob in it. We’ve got new people starting in the show this week as well. Not so many that we’re just throwing quality to the wind, but enough so that people are going to say ‘Hey, I don’t know them! Stranger danger!’ Hey, are you lonely? Do you need a friend?”

We requested further clarification on Robot Johnson’s show and their performance date from a representative who was used to speaking with people outside of their family, Taco Bell drive throughs and comic book salespeople, but no one was available at press-time. We also requested followup from the police to have them stop Graham Odom from contacting us asking us if we had watched Misfits yet and were told that they would be here shortly and to keep our doors locked until then.


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Destroying democracy with Charlotte Magazine’s BoB 2010

February 11th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Alright, so last year we won an award, got to be in actual theaters and started touring. Fantastic. But you know what we don’t get? Fucking respect from the rest of Charlotte. Sure, the Comedy Zone is well known, perhaps because they have whimsically named drinks there. We just have the “Beer” and the “Wine” and (the ever popular) the “Water”. That’s probably our issue. In the mean time, we’ll just have to do this the lazy way and promote ourselves like maniacs.

To that end, we want to see if we can get your help and maybe that of anyone you know who loves us or loved The Perch (us but fatter, greasier, louder, angrier and drunkerer). Charlotte Magazine is having their annual Best of the Best (BOB) Awards. You can read 2009’s reader’s choices and see their selections, but you have to notice the distinct lack of Robot Johnson. Sure, there are other important things going on and awesome choices made, but really? The best performance of the year was Rent? Fucking A, people. It’s a show that’s been around for almost 20 years. It’s had a movie. It’s a touring show. It’s not even Charlotte. You don’t hear me saying that the best cuisine in town is a god-damned Chili’s do you?

And Best Performing Arts company? Children’s Theater of Charlotte. Children’s Theater of Charlotte is a fantastic organization, but do they give you the best dick jokes in town? Well, I’m not sure. But I hope not. Because that would be creepy. Slow-moving van with tinted-windows creepy.

*Sigh* I’ll contain my anger.

Anyways. We need votes. So, please, vote for us. Some suggestions:

  • Best Performing Arts Company: Robot Johnson
  • Best Performance in last 12 months: Robot Johnson debuts at CAST
  • Best Boys Night Out: Robot Johnson
  • Best Girls Night Out: Robot Johnson
  • Best Blogger: Robot Johnson’s OddBot/Graham Odom

    NOTE: You have to fill out at least 25% of the survey for it to be counted.

Yes, I did just promote myself and my group. Do you know why? Because fuck you. That’s why. Sure, the Charlotte Observer has more local government coverage. CLTBlog has a great inward and outward-facing hipster eye towards the city, but I provide you with joy. Think of all we went through last year. The highs. The lows. The lies. It’s fantastic when you read my blog. You’ll notice I didn’t put best Twitterer. Partially because I’m still not sure what the hell I’m doing with that. But I do know what I’m asking here. I’m being awesome.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to go back to reading comic books and catching up on some DVR’d episodes of The View.


NOTE: If you’re interested, you can also read an old CM article from when Robot Johnson was just getting started.

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The Best of All Possible Awards

September 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments

German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz spoke of the Best of all possible worlds. The best of all possible worlds is one that while not perfect, is the one with the most of the things you like and the least of the things you hate. Or something. There was some stuff about god and good and evil and ponies and lasers, but I kind of space out and didn’t understand it. What I do understand is that the best of all possible awards is the one you win.

So, I’ve spoken before about how awesome we are and by extension how awesome I am. Last night we got some proof by way of winning a Metrolina Theater Association Award for Awesomeness, aka Other Exemplary Performance/Element in the Comedy Category for the work of Robot Johnson last year in Sitcoms Live! which we were invited to do by the fine people at Collaborative Arts Theatre, a group you may know as the presenters of many fine Shakespearian works in town.

One of the directors for Sitcoms Live! was Robot Johnson’s very own Meghan Lowther. Meghan was at the MTA’s last night to accept the award on our behalf and steal as much silverware and dinner mints as it is possible to do. The three actors involved – Brandon Ballard, Jason “Bear” Blackman and Graham Odom – were not in attendance. In truth we were told that our job as comedians was to make people laugh and that we should just sit there and look pretty. Then they closed the door to our comedy-shed and we all went back to crying.

Now, while we may cry at night, at least we can rest our heads on a trophy. Meghan has informed us that it is made of gold, rainbows, kisses and fairy dust. We don’t actually care what it looks like. We’re just happy to get an award for something. Its not often that people in our group get appropriate awards (aside from Meghan who wins awards for her actual acting in real productions and not her very impressive collection of dick jokes, which is a god-damned travesty).

The last three awards won by Brandon, Jason and Graham?

  • Brandon won an award in high school for being voted “Most Hairless Wrestler (male)” on his high school wrestling squad.
  • Jason’s last award was for “Most non-Night Train alcohol sales” from one of his old jobs
  • Graham’s last award was given to him by his parents was when he was 25 for finally going more than a year without getting his head stuck in a honey jar.

In a crueler world, that would be the best awards that these people could hope for. Thanks everyone and especially to Sean and Candice for helping to focus out fury towards the world into a cuttingly ironic homage to the most memorable commercials of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. We may know funny, but a lot of it we learned by watching you.

FYI: We’ve got a show with a new line up of sketches starting at Actor’s Theatre this Thursday (9/24/09). If you go to see their production of Big Boys on one of the nights we’re performing there, you can go out to the box office at intermission and buy a ticket to our show for $8 instead of $10.


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