Because I love you all (as friends) and I love Game of Thrones, I combined them both into some sweet valentine’s day cards for you to give to your sweetheart or favorite prostitute. Enjoy! Click for big version or get the bigger printable version…
This felt the loosest while recording which I think is good. I haven’t listened to this yet, so hopefully Erik cut any lame jokes I made out of this episode.
I probably shouldn’t plug this by being self deprecating but this podcast is new territory for me. I’ve done lots of improv, and written a decent amount of sketch, but I’ve written very few jokes. So I’m excited by doing this podcast but also terrified that I’m terrible.
I really don’t know! Like most people I’m my harshest critic, so I just do my best and hope I’m either good at this or getting better quickly.
I used to be unable to nap properly. If I laid down to sleep, I wouldn’t wake up for hours, and then when I did wake up I’d be sleepy, sluggish and out of it. I wasn’t a napping, I was sleeping.
But at some point in the last 5 years I mastered falling asleep for 10-20 minutes. I’ll be doing something (reading, at my computer, watching TV) and I’ll feel it coming. Like a wave of sleepiness spreading over me. So no matter what I am doing I lay down and close my eyes and surrender to the nap.
Sometimes I take my glasses off, but I have fallen asleep with my glasses on and a book on my chest with the TV or music playing. It doesn’t matter, when I sense a nap nothing can stop it.
I’ll half-sleep most of the nap, with a slight awareness of what’s going on. I’ll slighty hear the noises from the street outside or if Cat is home I’ll hear her doing something. But at some point the nap will end and I’ll feel my self starting to wake up. When this happens I have a choice. I can ignore it and just keep my eyes closed and go to sleep. But if I’m smart I just get up.
If I do that I am 100% awake. I am never more energized than after a nap. I’ll stand up and I’ll clean my apartment, or do dishes, or run out to do some errands. A good nap is a natural, organic amphetamine.
I don’t know how I gained the ability to sense the end of the nap, I guess it came with being older. I suppose it’s the first step to falling asleep on the couch while my kids are watching a movie. But right now where that nap is a choice, it’s amazing.
Over the last few weeks I watched a bunch of movies.
This is not in order of preference, or in order of when I watched them. This is an unordered list.
Stir Crazy - Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in jail. I wanted to love this movie a lot, but I only liked it a bit. I bet it was insane when it came out, because it’s very silly to an almost Marx Brothers like level. But I found myself wanting more of them in jail and less of them dealing with lawyers and competing in the jail rodeo. Oh, there is a jail rodeo.
TrollHunter - I am sick of found footage movies. It feels like they use that concept to keep the story slight. They spend more time with teasing the reveals then developing the characters. And I can’t get past moments where they are driving and the camera is on the road in front of them. You’d either drop that camera, or face it towards the back at the GIANT TROLL facing you. Hell in Jurassic Park, everyone was facing the T Rex other then then guy driving. So why is the camera man facing forward?
That being said, I loved the effects of the Trolls. They felt almost claymation-y. Very old school Harryhausen. I just would have enjoyed a more straight forward delivery of these people discovering a troll hunter.
Hausu - batshit crazy. I tweeted about this a lot while watching it and when it was over because I had to talk about it. This is a movie to watch with friends so you can all talk about it while it’s happening. It’s about some girls who go to a haunted house and get killed. But every scene has weird stylistic choices, the characters are unapologetically just arch types (with names like Prof, Kung Fu, and Gorgeous), and the moments don’t generally make much sense.
Here is one of those moments. Kung Fu (who is great at Kung Fu) is fighting off all the inanimate objects that are being tossed at the girls. They realize a picture of a cat needs to be destroyed to stop the madness, but before Kung Fu can do that a ceiling lamp lands on her and eats the top part of her body. So her legs leap around until they kick the picture of the cat, unleashing a torrent of acidic blood.
This movie is not gross despite that description. The effects are bad. Also hilarious.
2012 - I didn’t mean to watch this, but I got caught up in it. I wanted to see how John Cusack and his family would survive the world blowing up around them. And then I got enraptured by the design of the destruction. Buildings collapsing, fire balls of earth, cars flying around. And in one moment, while the family is piloting their plane through this madness a train hurtles over them, and the characters stop being scared for a moment and watch it and say “whoa.” - as if they don’t believe it anymore either.
Taken - This movie is a blast. The scene where Liam’s daughter gets abducted is amazing. My only quibble is the 30 minutes leading up to it felt unimportant. Whatever information we learned in that time could have been delivered in 5-10 minutes. The sooner you get to the awesome abduction scene the better. “…what I do have are a very particular set of skills…”
Last Man on Earth - based on the same book as Will Smith’s ‘I am Legend’ and Charlton Heston’s “The Omega Man”, this one stars Vincent Price. Who is very good in this. The movie drags when it flashs back to before the virus had taken out everyone on the planet. The ending of this movie is cool. A nice reveal, and a nice final moment. It’s not great. It makes me wish the Will Smith version was better.
Soylent Green - Really cheezy set designs and some horrible green screening in this movie. And the reveal was already spoiled to me by tons of different things (most notably a Phil Hartman sketch from SNL that I can’t find a link to) but I still liked this movie a lot. I enjoyed the dystopian over-populated New York. 40 Million! That is more then 4 times what we have now. People covering stairwells and streets. Church’s over run by people with no place to go. And Charlton Heston unabashedly robbing the murdered victim’s apartment to get some rare real food, and using it’s shower.
Rocky - good. Rocky realizing he can’t win, but that he could go the distance is a great moment. Also great, the moment when Rocky floors Apollo in the first round. “He doesn’t know it’s a damn show! He thinks it’s a damn fight!”
Hey everyone, a good replacement for Wikipedia today is this new topical comedy podcast, Things Are Happening. Each week I assemble some of my favorite writers to make fun of things that are happening in the news.
The first episode features Eddie Brawley, Ramsey Ess, and Kevin Hines, and it’s not even a day old — if you had a bagel for breakfast this morning, the content is fresher than that bagel. If you didn’t eat a bagel, I’m sorry for wasting your time with this paragraph. I hope you still enjoyed your breakfast, whatever it was.
My younger brother’s cat Walter had to be put to sleep today.
Brian was the first Hines brother to adopt a cat (I was the last) and he got a pretty amazing guy. Walter (named after UCONN’s Ray Allen) was friendly, relaxed, and ridiculous.
I believe Brian was told about Walter by a friend of his. He was a neighborhood stray that people wanted to find a good home for. Brian decided to adopt him.
Walter purred louder then ANY cat I have ever met. You could hear him across the room letting everyone know how happy he was. He also didn’t meow. He would try once in a while, but it came out more like a quiet click.
When Walter was particularly happy his fur would puff way out. Most cat’s do this when they are scared, or trying to convince a threat they are too big to mess with. Not Walter, if he puffed up he was happy. Every hair from the top of his head to the end of his tail would stand on end.
The few times I stayed over at Brian’s place, Walter would sleep on top of me, and drool all over me, another sign he was happy. He was happy a lot.
Brian took incredibly good care of his cat. After noticing that Walter enjoyed drinking water coming out of his sink’s tap he bought Walter a water bowl that constantly poured water down in a stream into his bowl.
Walter didn’t wake Brian up in the morning. He was not a morning cat. When Brian got up to go to work, Walter stayed in bed choosing to sleep in.
As Brian recently said, 7 years ago he was eating garbage… and now he drinks out of a fountain.
I get in trouble for saying that because I deliberately say it in a jerk manner. KNOW EVERYTHING. When someone says “I didn’t know the movie my partner was mentioning” I’ll sometimes say “Well, you don’t HAVE to know it but it would be easier if you knew it.”
And then people are like “Why do I have to like Star Wars?”
And I say “Who said anything about Star Wars?”
“All these improv nerd boys love Star Wars and can’t stop mentioning it. I hate that HAVE to know it.”
If you really hate any references to pop culture you only true recourse is to only work with people who either don’t know that stuff or will never use that stuff. I think that is limiting. I hate the idea of limiting the types of players that I can work with.
And as Will says, you don’t need to see Star Wars* to be able to do a Star Wars scene. Just know the basic idea of those movies.
And if you are doing a scene with someone who doesn’t know Star Wars, and they say “I’ve got my laser sword” don’t make fun of them for not calling it a “lightsaber”. Either make it part of the scene or part of your world.
*remove Star Wars and insert whatever knowledge you don’t have and this is still true.
I think Josh reblogged this and mentioned Inception. I did 2 seperate shows that revolved (to different degrees) around Inception. But since it was a huge hit, and I had seen the trailer, no one knew I didn’t know anything about the movie.
I have now seen Inception, and have not done a scene about it since seeing it.
This is a wonderful write-up of the first Macroscene show (2 weeks ago). One thing I love about this is that it mentions “…there seemed to be a natural/organic flow to it. ” which is exactly what we try to achieve with the Macroscene, and I can’t think of a more exciting compliment than this "Connections were made that i’d never have seen coming, ever."
Thanks for the wonderful review!
Go see the Macroscene tonight (Dec.13th) at 11! (next show is on Dec. 27th)
Oh boy. Where to begin? I’ve never seen the Macroscene before but after an extremely animated discussion with Shaun Diston (distinguished macroscene alum), he piqued my interest. I went. I was highly impressed. Hard to believe these guys have only had three class sessions and put on a pretty funny…
A guy pushes a Priority Mail envelope through the window and demands “I need this to get there TOMORROW.”
The postal worker responds and he looks furious "Why Not?"
He gets a answer to his question and then says "Well, I don’t want to go put this in a different envelope."
He listens again. "Well when would this envelope arrive?"
After getting this question answered he calmly says "Oh, that’s fine."
Reinforcing a point I always believed, when most people claim something is an emergency, or needs to be done immediately, or as in this case, needs to arrive by tomorrow, they are full of shit and can wait.
In this guy’s case, this envelope needs to arrive tomorrow unless it takes him a minute to move it from this envelop to a different envelope, in which case it can take a couple of days.
I woke up at 5am this morning, with to do lists running through my head. Finally at 5:45 I just got up, since it was clear I was just going to toss and turn and worry if I stayed in bed. But once I got up, the anxiety subsided. Parker started playing with a couple of toys; hopping and running and…
I’m thankful for the same things. In addition I’m thankful to make the cut in Cat’s post. There are times when she and Parker sit with each other and I start feeling like a third wheel.
Half the Cops on Halloween are a-holes (based on my experience)
On Halloween I was trying to get across the city via 17th street. I then realized that all the cross streets between 6th and 7th avenue were blocked off for the parade. So I stopped to ask a cop a question.
I should point out that I wasn’t yelling, or in mind asking in a rude tone at any point in this conversation. Uh… until the last line.
Me: “Do you know if 16th street is blocked off too?”
Cop: “I don’t know”
Me: “Well do you know what the next street that is open in either direction?”
Cop: “I DON’T KNOW!”
Me: “Hey, I’m just asking.”
Cop: “And I’m just telling you I DON’T KNOW!”
Me: “I wanted to figure out if I should go uptown or downtown to find an open street.”
Cop: “It’s a fucking free country!”
Cop: “It’s a FUCKING free country!”
I point at his partner
Me: “Does he know?”
Me: “Well thanks for being so fucking polite about it asshole.”
At which point his face got even redder. I walked away and he guarded his police barricade. At 16th street a different cop politely told me which streets were still open.
If that cop was in THAT bad a mood before the parade began I can’t imagine how he ever works his job.
Will you put any of your sketches from September up on stage or video? Or was it strictly for the practice/discipline?
I just noticed I had this question.
I don’t know! This is my third year doing Sketch Month… and the first year I wrote a number of sketches I ended up getting made into videos for UCBComedy.com via Diamonds Wow!
But I don’t think I produced any I wrote last year.
I am not against it… I think I need to reread them all and decide if there is anything viable/workable first. And I generally am scared to reread my sketch month sketches for at least 6 months after writing them.
It sounds like Anthony was just a guest on Erik’s podcast, but I think I would love it if ever episode was just these two guys talking for ten minutes. That would be favorite ten minutes on the internet.
Anthony Atamanuik was kind enough to join me for the inaugural episode of my podcast. We talk about death, crazy videos, Qaddafi, the Knights Templar, and my attempt to learn to play the mandolin. (I don’t own a mandolin.)
All in less than 10 minutes!
I am like two years late to the podcast game, right?
Such quick response! I still can’t import into my Final Cut program, but I was able to import into iMovie and after a quick test it looks like I can move that footage into Final Cut. Or maybe I should just edit in iMovie because it likes me more?
I can worry about that after all this damn importing, right?