Mullaney: Second City BoatCo Auditions in NYC →
mullaney: Hey NYC, please reblog to get the word out Second City Theatricals is seeking actors for ensembles on Norwegian Cruise Line ships. A ship-specific audition will be held at the Magnet Training Center in New York City on Thursday, May 16th, 2013. Audition will be completely improvised….
Nerd Session With Improv Nerd’s Jimmy Carrane →
I interview an improv icon, the Improv Nerd himself.
Get Over It! →
A great improv article about processing fear and commitment featuring some of the greatest working in Chicago today.
Don’t go bigger; go deeper. All of these people have met, so you have that out...– Joss Whedon on writing Avengers 2. (via chrisreblogs) HEIGHTENING. (via improv-is-easy)
A Chat with Peter Gwinn
I’d like to share a conversation I recently had with Peter Gwinn (Founder of Baby Wants Candy, Emmy Winner from Colbert, no one special). He is now back in Chi and plays in only 1 improv show, with 3033 a team he used to coach before he left Chicago and I asked why? His response (paraphrased): “I’ve learned that it takes about 4 years for an ensemble to become GREAT. I got to...
Meet Wong Simpleton: 1% & Depressed
Introducing: Wong Simpleton. A software engineer @ Google. Makes $212,000 a year and is clinically depressed. His therapist urged him to write jokes about anything and everything that make him sad. Here they are, through his voice, enjoy! Sad Things Oat meal? No, I eat meals. The best part of waking up, is not having died in your sleep. Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t...
Headlines Jokes 11/26-11/27
Real News, real jokes, real silly. Nude AIDS activists invade the office John Boehner, and met by John’s boner. Bank of America CEO claims he doesn’t recall details of Countrywide acquisition and he wasn’t aware he had to answer “hard” questions. Hackers target keycard locks in hotels, hoping to leave their mom’s basements. Federal judge orders Tobacco...
Headline Jokes: 11/25- 11/26
Two days of news punchlines and other silly shit: Ladies, it’s 2012! The only reason to belong to a “gym”, is if you are married to one. Storm kills 1 in southern England, breaking the X-Man code. Gangnam Style’ reaches 805 million views, making Psy the most famous celebrity you wouldn’t fuck. My sister knows my type, so she hooked me up with someone who’s...
Twisty News - 11/24/12
Real headlines, twisted punchlines. Some aren’t even news items; just good ol’ silliness to break up your day. Enjoy! A hysterical woman in Boca Ratone pulls out a kitchen knife on a first date, cutting it short. A gas explosion blows up a strip club in Springfield, IL, injuring 21 people and killing 9 girls’ dreams of nursing school. Oat meal? No, I eat meals. A Swedish...
Shush Your Kids!
Splitting my time all week between Old Town, Wriggleyville and Uptown, I find myself on the CTA Red Line quite often. Mix incenessant construction with Cubs traffic and a rush hour exodus from the Loop and you get a consistently overcrowded, smelly and loud (if not violent and criminal) train ride. Today, amidst the special concentration of Thanksgiving weekend, I was in a more agitated state...
Post Thanksgiving BLARGH!
Thanksgiving was quiet and intimate this year, per usual. Not sure if it was weight of all the starchy sides, but I felt extremely heavy and unproductive. But did manage eek out 20 jokes - Thanksgiving and headline based over the holiday lull. I’m trying to be OK with not strictly writing headline jokes, but because I’m not a natural news junkie, I feel like I have to train myself to...
Wake and Make Jokes
As you may know, been waking up at 8AM to write with my friend/accountability buddy, Brian. BAD NEWS: Waking up and writing sucks! I curse Brian’s name every morning when my alarm rings. I hate him and the world as soon as my eyes part, and for 15 minutes, I think of ways to somehow drown in the shower so I won’t have to meet up at a cafe and write jokes. GOOD NEWS: After 7+ days, it...
Headline Jokes: 11/18/12
Twisted News! In LA, EMTs rushed to a collision between two helicopters after receiving an anonymous call saying “GET TO DA CHOPPERS!” In response to Gaza Strip tensions, President Obama said Israel has every right to defend itself, at 3PM, by the Old Oak Tree. A runaway freight train in Midland, Texas hit a parade float carrying wounded veterans, spoiling the plot for Final...
Headline Jokes: 11/17/12
More twists on real news: When weapons-grade Uranium is produced by Iran, you run. A gun shop in Pinetop, Arizona refuses to serve Obama voters, alienating zero people. Suffering a minor stroke while playing cards, 72 year old Mike Ditka realized he needs a better poker face. NY District Attorney, Mark Suben, admits to acting in adult films including ‘Raw School’, ‘A Torn...
Headline Jokes: 11/16/12
More twists on real news: No more Twinkies? Boystown just got beefier. NASA’s feed of the Leonids meteor shower will be over Huntsville, Alabama, where hundreds will wish for Abe Lincoln to have never existed. Two different women claim Petraeus invited them to the White House but swear they kept the door open. Hamas fires a rocket into Jerusalem canceling a highly anticipated concert by...
Headline Jokes: 11/15/12
Petraeus claims nothing classified was ever leaked on to his mistress. Mistress also claims to have never been leaked upon. An LA judge ruled today the First Amendment gives us the right to chase Justin Bieber with a giant butterfly net, with a camera function. In preparation for President Obama’s first visit, the under-developed nation of Burma freed 452 prisoners, because they needed...
A New Kind of Work Schedule
Ever since I arrived in Chicago, I’ve been blessed/cursed with the one thing every one wants more of: TIME. Time is all I have these days because I don’t have a job and I’m developing myself as a writer/comedian, whatever the fuck that means… After a few false starts over the summer and moving my life here, today, I finally started back up with a writing regimen with by...
Complicity vs Agreement
Been watching a bunch of and learning about physical comedy and clowning lately and it’s fascinating to realize how much physical comedy is broken down into tightly packaged games two clowns agree to play, which led me to reevaluate improv comedy. “Yes, And” - is universally known as the foundation of improvisation. Agree with the world your partner established and add more...
Been spending my Saturday afternoons taking an improv class with Mick Napier and it’s really inspiring to experience this man teach. He is so quick and sharp and notices and remembers everything. He’s also infuses play in the way he teaches as well, crafting together exercises to bend and stretch our brains in ways he’s never experimented before. Last week we did a bunch of...
Speak up, speak clearly, open yourself out, relax your body, find a simple...– David Mamet
Invent nothing. Deny nothing– David Mamet
Improv Comedy Comes to the Mission, SF Improv... →
Starting this Thursday, the kids over at Endgames Improv are moving to the Mission.Every week, we’ve got six opportunities to spend zero to ten dollars and laugh our little heads off. The shows are at Stage Werx Theatre, between 15th and 16th on Valencia. If you’ve got an itch, they…