We started doing some filmed-exclusively-for-the-web content recently. We had some stuff up on YouTube, but it mostly falls into the category of ‘Hey, how do cameras work?’ ‘Fuck if I know’ ‘Lets give it a whirl and figure it out on the way’, which is to say its shot in a bar by people who had clearly been in that bar a while.
Anyways, we started doing some new content and we’re pretty proud of it. I present to you: Dallas
Thanks to Tania and Tiffany for being awesome with this.
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.
SO BEGINS A DEVIATION INTO MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AND STUFF
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 ENDS A DEVIATION INTO MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AND STUFF
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.
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.
We’ve got a special show coming up this Friday at Petra’s Piano Bar in Plaza-Midwood this Friday. You should come out and see it. It has things as well as stuff. Mostly it has us, and at the end of the day, that is what is important.
Hello there, weblog reader. I thought you would find this amusing. I know I did. I LOL’d, out loud.
Since we’re going to be at the Mill for a while, they have nicely decided to put up a custom drink menu for our shows, the names of which have all been taken from past sketches. Bonus points* for guessing their sketch of origin.
NOTE: Bonus points not redeemable for anything. Ever.