Archive for February, 2010


Last night I went to see Fall of the House Theater Theater. So so good. It’s improvisational sketch theater in a serial format. This season is already super hilarious.

Tonight I’m headed (I think) up to Seattle again to see Mark Siano and the Freedom Dancers holy shit this looks like it’s going to be funny. SO MUCH GOOD HUMOR. Has anyone seen the Freedom Dancers? I’m excited to find out what that’s like.



Last night I did the first of my two days here at 12 Minutes Max in Seattle. It was AWESOME. Though a bit nerve wracking since I was last and was basically in that pre-show super hyped extra jazzed state of mind for like 6 hours after driving up here. The show was great. There is an awesome projectionist/noise artist and a lady doing a fictional story theatre piece that is hilarious, and there is a dance troupe that was mind blowing. I went on after them.

We had a tech rehearsal during which I asked Rich, the house tech, if the lights could just make it look like I was floating in space and he said “sure.” Then he turned out all the lights and put the spotlight right on me and I said, “Does it look like i’m floating in space?” and he said, “Yes.” Perfect.

I told my story and got some lots of good laughs and afterwords got some interesting looks from the people in the audience. A few minutes later while hanging out on, I think it was Mercer Street, talking to my friends about how being open to Noise artists and dance and just art in general is more fun that just saying Art is Dumb or whatever most people do, most of the time, this guy starts looking sideways at us. Sort of looking over top of us and inching closer and closer. He was holding a safeway bag with some food in it or something and as I braced myself for him to ask us for money or cigarettes he said, “I would like to say something to you. I heard you guys talking about and, have you ever heard of 12 minutes max? It’s at on the boards right around the corner.” And we all looked at each other and my friend Branden said, Yeah he was just in it. Which was really confusing for him.

When he finally realized that he had just watched me tell story like 14 minutes ago he was very happy and said that he liked my story, and that people should celebrate each other and not just pooh on everything.

I agree total stranger. I agree.
Butch Cassidy was my dad.

Internet discussions

DUDE. I got to talk with Robert and Sabrina from PDX SUX DOT COM this morning. It was fun and you can download the whole thing at their website, i’m on episode 232 part 1.

Entertaining People

My friend Frayn Masters and her cohort Melissa Lion frequently VOLTRON into the humor juggernaut that is BackfencePDX. This month they have decided to entertain us with a variety show of sorts. They are calling it Entertainment for People. I am going to be presenting ten minutes or so of my one man show ‘This Is Not A Date’. It’s at the woods and it should be fantastic!
Last time it sold out really quick so I’d buy the early tix if you are coming.
See below for details.


A night of really fun stuff, music included
Thursday, February 25th
7 p.m. doors, drinks/8 p.m. show
6637 Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, OR 97202
$10/12 online/$14 at the door


Cold Beer and Naughty Wine will be served
ARTHUR BRADFORD, presenting video and stories from his time as writer, producer
and director of MTV’s How’s Your News
NATHANIEL BOGGESS, from the band Jetfighter, currently selling out his one-man show This is Not a Date, telling true and revealing stories
EASTLAND ACADEMY (Shelley McLendon & Frayn Masters), a funny, smart sketch comedy duo
FOUREVER YOUNG, aka Ritchie Young from Loch Lomond and his three younger brothers playing pop-tacular tunes
Destination DIY’s JULIE SABATIER and SCRAP digging dirt with a live DIY demo

E4P Poster


12 Minutes Max 2/20 and 2/21

A couple sundays ago I went up to Seattle to audition for this thing called 12 Minutes Max. It’s an art thing where you get 12 minutes to do whatever you want in front of an audience. I’d heard good things from my friend Matt Smith and asked to audition and was granted a slot. When I got there I was a little intimidated. There was a wild looking, but very sweet, man immediately before me. I could here him doing Tom Waits kind of operatic songs inside while I waited to tell my story. After he went in an older gentleman wearing a denim jacket with “ANTI FASCIST MARCHING BAND” written in puffy paint on the back.
“Hm… this may not be my venue.” I thought as I waited. Finally it was my turn and I went into a very well lit room with 3 people, 2 women and 1 man, sitting in the seats. They were very sweet and couldn’t have been more interested or accommodating, but in the story that I was about to tell I was a TERRIBLE person and I usually there are bright lights in my eyes or I’ve had a beer or 3 and here I was… lonely with no microphone and no audience and nothing to hide behind. And I had to just tell this story wherein I’m an awful person. And thankfully they laughed a little and were very very kind. They told me they would let me know later if I got in. So I got in my car and drove to Tacoma and went record shopping.

On the way home they called and invited me to appear in their show. I couldn’t be more excited. Seattle here I come! on the 21st and 22nd in Seattle I’ll be telling a different story both nights so come and have some fun with me if you can. It’s going to be awesome!

Here’s the they send with all the info if you want to come:

on the boards

this is where I'll be

12 Minutes Max: A Performance Exhibition
Sun – Mon | Feb 21 – 22, 2010 | 7pm | $8

Seattle – On the Boards (OtB) presents the fifth 12 Minutes Max (12MM) of the 09/10 season. OtB’s longest running program has benefited artists in the Pacific Northwest for the last 30 years by allowing them to try out new material and works-in-progress. The latest installment of this experimental performance showcase runs in OtB’s Studio Theater, Sunday and Monday, February 21 – 22, 2010 at 7pm. The cost is $8 at the door (no advanced reservations taken).

This 12MM was curated by Jeppa Hall (Queen Shmooquan, Goatgirl) & Keri Healey (playwright, director & company member of Printer’s Devil Theater).

Lineup for the fifth 12MM of the 09/10 Season:

* Two 16MM projectors run direct-animation of stars producing both a visual and aural landscape for Eric Ostrowski’s megaphone-amplified violin. (Media | Music)
* Growing up in Hollywood has its advantages. Listen and watch as Erin Shafkind explains the wonders, the trials and tribulations of almost being a child star. (Theater)
* Victoria Jacobs bridges modern dance and flamenco by using a quizzical eye on rhythm, meaning, character and gesture. (Dance)
* The A-hole Barishnikovs return to 12MM! Richard Lefebvre, Otis P. Otis & Erin Jorgensen bring us 2 new works of amplified words and music entitled Why I Like Drugs. (Music)
* AFMB (Honk West Division) perform a street-style musical blowout of well-known tunes delivered by 6 wildly uniformed band members. (Music)
* VAM | Veronica Mendonca use water as inspiration in this excerpt of A Parenthesis in Time, a new evening length dance work that is all at once athletic, calm and reckless. (Dance)
* Making his 12MM debut, Nathaniel Boggess (Portland, OR) tells the hilarious and tragic experience that is his life, with particular attention to a series of ill-fated dates and the comedy of errors that ensued. (Theater)
About the Curators

Jeppa Hall is a performance artist, musician and vocalist interested in creating new innovative performance in Seattle. She has created Goatgirl (music of Jeppa Hall), the amazing Queen Shmooquan, and Finger, a music and performance duo with Julie Baldridge.
Keri Healey is a playwright, director and company member of Printer’s Devil Theater. She is currently working on a new play called Torso about a murder in the Midwest. Her past work includes Cherry Cherry Lemon, Don’t You Dare Love Me and The IKEA Cycle.


Clearly this should be at the top of our collective “to do” list.