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Trying to Not Suck as a Human for a Decade

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Zeke Thomas and Christine is Lovely cruisin'.

This is what happens on cruises when you don’t drink.

Today is a day that will live in infamy. Not just historically, but also personally.  Today marks ten years that I have been sober.

10 years ago today I was at the absolute lowest point in my life. No putzing around and soft-shoeing around it. I was in rough shape. Today things are much different and that is a direct result of being continuously sober.

When the opportunity to get sober came about (read: a trip to the UCLA ER because of yet another grand mal seizure due to withdrawal from drugs and alcohol) I had a real choice in front of me: a) try a spiritual way of life that has worked for a number of people who had been in my exact position; or b) continue to face the personal hell that would probably end in death, jail, or if I was lucky, some form of institution.  To an addict/alcoholic like myself, this was a VERY tough choice. Through no small miracle I elected to choose the former rather than the latter.

The last decade has been filled with tremendous growth but sobriety does not guarantee happiness.  I’ve had incredible experiences that have shaped who I am. I’ve also had to endure some rather rough times as well, but regardless of the circumstances I had a chance to be present rather than retreating back to Drug-a-chussettes.

Early sobriety was almost as terrible as my last days drinking and using. It wasn’t until I took an active part in my sobriety was I able to enjoy the fact that I wasn’t fighting hangovers, trying to keep the plates spinning via lying, cheating, and stealing, and being a general fuckhead who was always looking out for myself. Just writing this I feel like I’m talking about another person.

Today my life is so full.  At times I want to burst  with the ridiculousness amount of gratitude I feel for everyone in my life.

Zeke Thomas and family (by choice).

It’s just a co-incidence that all my good friends happen to dress up like idiots

To my lover-face – Christine is Lovely – You’ve chosen to attach your covered wagon to this ridiculous little horse. I don’t know what’s wrong with you, but your patience and love are unmatched. I love you.

My friends – Some of you don’t know  the person described above. I sincerely hope you never do.  He was a dick. Charming and charismatic,  but a people-pleasing dick.  I want to thank you for your support over the years. The “atta boy’s” and “keep it up’s” go a long way whether I want to admit it or not. The same goes for those with the tacit support of not inviting me to slippery places. Even ten years removed from my last drink, I can still romanticize the times when booze and drugs worked for me.

To my (current and past) fellow actors, writers, producers, business  associates, training partners, representatives, fans, and haters (Youtube and twitter trolls I see you . . .) – I thank you all. All your support has helped create this handsome (and humble!) creative spark plug who lives on the fringes of internet celebrity. Caralho!

If you’re struggling with substance abuse I encourage you to surrender. More than likely that house of cards is going to collapse.  Give up and join the winning side. For me, I’ve come to learn that it is much easier to stay sober than to get sober.

Via con dios,

– Zeke

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December 7, 2012 at 5:00 am

How to Pick Up a Girl at the Gym and Find Internet Fame Overnight

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Sunday October 21st was just another day in the life a couple of guys who were looking to get a piece of the showbiz pie. We had an idea of what we wanted to shoot, but like any other shoot we ended up throwing the script out the window when we got there. An hour later we produced a clip that made us laugh. We uploaded the clip, hoped for the best, but forgot about it.

Monday morning at 73oam my phone would not stop ringing.  A friend mentioned we had made the front page of Reddit and were rising quickly.  So quickly that we hit viral status in 22 hours. Two days in we hit 2.5 million views. Three days in we hit 10 million and our view counter broke.

Wow.

There is so much to share about this experience, but Jarrett and I and trying to prep for a number of shoots this week. We are also having to dot our I’s and cross our T’s in regards to  everything that comes along with sudden and unexpected internet fame.

Updates soon.

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October 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm

New Video – Shit Improv Actors Say

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Here’s a little video I put together with the crew from The Stranger than Fiction Show.  We saw an already over-crowded marketplace and said,  “Me, Too!”

I really can’t get enough of these Shit X Says video despite the over-saturation of the market.

I’ve been performing improv comedy for over a decade starting at Boston College and ImprovBoston before coming to Hollywood and setting up shop with the LA Connection.

Share it with all your comic friends and have a laugh at niche comedy.

Blue Skies,

– Zeke

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January 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Ghost Adventures – STF Public Access 1.32

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Title: Ghost Adventures – STF Public Access 1.32

Description: Zeke and Tyler from the Stranger than Fiction Show use this week’s video to give you highlights from this week’s show, but also address reports of paranormal activity at a haunted LA theater. Will they encounter a spirit? Will their heroic camera operator Courtney pick up supernatural artifacts? Will they overplay a one note joke?

Something tells me the answer is fairly obvious. And bearded. And freed the slaves.

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Links: http://www.stfworld.com
The Kardashian’s Home videos: http://youtu.be/8_iKjd6_JXQ
TMZ: http://youtu.be/ZzT6k1ajk6c
Abe Lincoln: http://youtu.be/MHdeSuEB_TU

The Cast:
Director – Zeke Thomas (Self)
Producer – Tyler Jolley (Self)
Producer – Dallas James
Producer – Chad Winkles
Actor – Karen Brundage
Actor – Dorian Lipman
Actor -Sara Berger
Actor – Courtney Renee Fridley (Camera Op)

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Live Show Update

This week I’ll be doing two shows with The Stranger than Fiction Show – Wednesday (that’s tomorrow) night we will rock the Comedy Store Main Room as part of the LA Connection Showcase.  The improv comedy rock band Phoenyx will be there playing 20-25 minutes of improv hair metal goodness. Tix are $10 at the door, $5 if you get on my list.  As always in Hollywood there is a 2 drink minimum. Friday night brings me back to my regular show with The Stranger than Fiction Show at the LA Connection. 9pm start time and a full 90 minute set. The band will be back together in full force with my main man Digger back on bass guitar. Also there might be a super secret show in the works for early September. Details as they emerge.

Mahalo and try to stay off the ice, brah.

Stranger than Fiction Public Access: The Actor’s Studio

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This week The Stranger than Fiction Show’s own Dallas James   the game film on this past week’s show.  He reminds us how to propose with a box of viagra, what to do when Mickey loses his head at Disneyland, and we take a look at a day in the life of Brett the Pornographer.

I think the Pixies had it right when they said, “It’s educational!” Just like UMass . . .

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Live Show Update:

After taking last week off due to the media hype that was Carmageddon I’ll be back with The Stranger than Fiction Show this week on Friday night at the LA Connection.  Check out http://www.stfworld.com for ticket info -For those of you who aren’t attending Comic Con this year it should be a welcome return to shitty LA traffic.

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July 20, 2011 at 8:23 am

Stranger than Fiction Public Access: Weird Al

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Weird Al Yankovic stops by on a break from filming his new music video to catch this week’s Stranger than Fiction Show that featured a roommate selling your VCR (probably for crack). The show also showed us what happens when an ice cream cone, a toaster, and an elephant try to save a beached whale. And who could forget Charlie the Trashman trying his hand at dentistry.

It all sounds pretty painful.

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Live Show Update

This week’s show is shaping up to be quite a barn burner with plenty of divorces and acquittals in the news.  Plus who could forget that wedding season is upon us.  I’m sure drunk chicks everywhere are getting their livers ready in anticipation of finding that man who can give them a MRS degree.  See you turkey-basters  this week since I won’t be in next week’s “Carpocalypse” Show.  It’s getting real on the west side of Los Angeles . . .

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July 7, 2011 at 8:29 am

Red Bull Soap Box 2011 – Los Angeles Re-cap

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Talk about an amazing experience. The Red Bull Soap Box Race was perhaps one of the most exciting events I’ve even had the honor of participating in.  When Paul Pearson (builder/driver) asked me to be a part of his team, I didn’t know what I was getting into.  I was familiar with the event but I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the concept of 110,000 people, thousands of pictures, and countless interviews.  That day I had my picture taken more in 12 hours than I had in the first 32 years of my life combined. I can’t say enough good things about the event, but I can tell you that Red Bull knows how to throw an event. From beginning to end these guys knew what to do.

There were some truly amazing teams out there. Hellado on wheels was great, the Luchadores were incredible, but my favorite had to be Jurassic Park. These guys had it all.  Best opening sketch, great race, ridiculous crash, and an incredible post-crash finish.  The Hamster Rampage had a similar philosophy to our teams. No testing, no suspension – just crash and go.

Pit row was an interesting experience when it came down to judging. Psycho Mike Catherwood stopped by and was clearly a fan of our LA political inside joke, but I had a feeling his collective man crush on the Baked Muscles would demolish us.

One of my favorite comedians Adam Carolla also had a car in the race. I didn’t get a chance to meet the Aceman, but he had a pretty spectacular crash as well.

We’re already making plans for next years Flugtag and the following year’s soap box race. I’m thinking a battleship and some seamen. Read into it all you’d like.

City of Bell Pick Pockets

Paul Pearson rounding the turn after his amazing crash

Before the race, Paul mentioned that he was a little nervous since the safety co-coordinator had him remove his 6 point racing harness.  You know . . . for safety. Well, after he passed the first chicane and made it over the first jump, we all understood his concern. After his digger into the hay bails and a quick standing 8 count (Race Official: “Who are you and why are you here?” Paul: “I’m Paul and I’m here to race.”), he was back in it. Check the video at the end of the post for the spectacular crash.  We’re thinking he’s gonna make the video this year.

My girlfriend making fun of little Mexican girls. “You’ll never be tall, red, and rich! Hahahaha!” So messed up . . .

Christine and Dallas following Paul down the course

Dallas James: “I hear they have pudding at the bottom of the course.”

Christine: “Yeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! Puddddddddddiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnggg! Wooooooooooo!!!”

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