Tonight, for the late show, we performed the first of two shows of the Weakly Whirled News (swirled? I can never remember) - a thing that Wes put together from two of his true loves, the badass Whirled News Tonight show, and the completely insane Weekly World News. The idea is that Wes has a bunch of headlines from the WWN cut out in a box, and the audience pulls them out and we do scenes based on them, and teh funnay happens. We didn't really get much rehearsal time, but that was okay, because only one person showed up for the show. And it was a friend of one of the cast members. Gah! Well, we performed anyway, and it was a riot. I look forward to the next show - hopefully we can get the word out a little better next time.
Before WWN, we caught a Girls Girls Girls show, and I jumped into Maestro (and got knocked out in the first round, primarily due to my lackluster presentation of a slideshow game, which I suck at), and afterwards we all headed over to Drake for Jay's going away party. (He's moving to Taiwan, and giving away a bunch of stuff! Boo! Yay!) Other highlights of the day were Bob and Erica's improv class in the morning, which ruled, and a solid caveman nap in the afternoon, which drooled. A lot. Ew.
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Tonight was Improv For Evil's night in the week of ColdTowne's Test Pattern at The Space, followed by The Leading Brands. Lots of folks showed up to support (including Kyra and Tenorune! yay!), and it was a blast. (As a bonus, de Roos performed with us, which was awesome. She did a whole scene standing on her head.) We did about 45 minutes of shortformey-sceney type stuff, easy-peasy, and ended on a high note with a game of good/bad/worst advice. I think we actually ran over time a litle bit - we were running hot, and could have easily kept going for another 45. That feels like a good place to be - we've been working really hard, and I think that IFE has really come together as a troupe with the groupe mind over the last few months. I look forward to seeing what we pull out next...
Other highlights of the evening: Free beer! Mango cocktails! Cake and pizza for Jill's birthday! Improvised professional wrestling commentary! Setting Improv For Evil up on a date with Girls Girls Girls! Lots of other stuff I don't remember! Woo!
Also, I think I'm finally over the shitty bug that's been making me completely miserable for the last couple of weeks! Thanks, amoxicillin!
Man, I've been sick, sick, sick. It started with a little tickle at the back of my throat last Friday (coincidentally, maybe, after getting some ground pork over rice at a slightly suspect Thai place over by campus), and it's just gotten progressively worse since then. Mostly really bad sore throat, achey, stuffed up sinuses, with an occasional headache and stomach ick. Now my right eye is all puffy and red - I took Thursday off, but I had to go in to work to knock some stuff out, and I was basically only able to see out of my left eye, just sitting there, swaying back and forth and spitting out actionscript, doped out on theraflu and cough drops. No fun at all.
This being sick especially sucks when you've got shit to do, besides work. Last weekend, I had to skip out on the big MojoKickball game and the hoppin' annual Total Foxes boat party out on the lake. Both events were heavily attended by improv folks, who reported awesomeness on both counts. Bah! I did manage to get myself in enough of an ambulatory state to make it out to the Carousel Lounge to perform some bar-prov with IFE and P-graph, which was also heavily attended by the super-supportive folks here. We went out to Starseeds diner afterwards, which was probably a really bad idea for me, but it was a lot of fun, so, yah. I did skip out on the ArtSpark final presentations on Wednesday, though, which is a shame, because there were some pretty cool looking things gonig on there. And no party at the Futures Lab last night for me, either.
On the schedule today, a highly recommended three-hour workshop at the Hideout with a guy who's leaving town afterwards, and going to see the Prairie Home Companion live performance later on. I'm guessing that I'm not going to make the workshop, but I might be able to sit still and not cough too much during PHC. Then a couple hours of rehearsal tomorrow, for our performance at The Space on Monday night. And then, I think I'll just die. Graaah.
Spent a good chunk of the day working on my board game (currently "Hive", but I'll need to come up with a different name, as that one's taken by another perfectly fine game). It's just about ready to go now - next step is to tighten up the written rules and figure out how I want to go about publishing and distributing, which is a whole 'nother game.
Met my buddy David Marcum (from AGD days) this afternoon up at our old meeting place, Texpresso, for a coffee and catch-up chat. He's been in DC with his wife for the last six months or so, and he returns with some interesting stories. They were staying in a pretty nice neighborhood, so they got to see a few sights - did you know that Dick Cheney takes a helicopter to work every day? And he can just shoot whoever he wants! I want that job!
But now, the hour is late, so, no time to remember all that. I just got back from performing in a Blue Maestro show at the Hideout. We are all going to Hell. A much, much worst part than we were going to before, even.
First day at the new gig. I think this is going to work out just fine. Got in, got myself situated and set up my machine, got the rundown on a few projects, started building my unnecessarily complex class structure to make some simple actionscripty goodness work, all that fun stuff. They also brought me a big box of fresh, warm cookies, and sent an email out to everyone telling them to stop by and say hi. I think I ate too many cookies. Erp.
After work, I moseyed over to the Hideout for our first shot at trying to do long form on the stage - the Puppy Apocalypse. (The agricultural misuse of genetically mutated puppies whose bites turned humans into infectious puppy-corn precipitated an act of nuclear terrorism on a nearby Amish community. Hilarity ensued. Yay, improv.) Overall, it came off pretty well - there were a few snag-ups here and there, and the ending was a little soft, but everyone in the audience that I talked to afterwards really liked it a lot, and I suppose that's what matters. We taped the show again, so we'll be able to work out the bits that need polishing, but I feel pretty good about it for the most part. And we'll have plenty of stage time coming up to work out the kinks - we're opening for ColdTowne again on the 12th at The Space, and we'll be doing some bar-prov at the Carousel Lounge on the evilest day of the century, 6/6/6. A couple of us will also be performing the filthiest acts humanly possible at a special Blue Maestro at the Hideout this Saturday, in the new late late show slot. Whee!