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MyMusic Live! with Phoenyx

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MyMusic Live with Joe Hanson, Adam Acuragi, and Phoenyx

Check out Phoenyx doing their improv hair metal (acoustically) on MyMusic Live from last week.  The action gets going at about 11 minutes in but you can click on the annotations at the top of the clip to go straight to the two performance pieces. We took a web-based audience suggestion for both performances and even had their host Metal perform with us during the second one.

We asked the audience for both their second favorite day of the week and their favorite spicy food.  We chose “Wednesday Jalepenos” and Gunner and Chopper hit it out of the park.  Next we rolled the dice more than ever by having Metal improvise a song with us “5th Grade-Style”.  It had been years since Metal had been a part of our lives, but he clearly hadn’t missed a beat.

10 minutes and 11,000 comments later we were done and pleased to show a new audience our improv hair metal style.

Big ups to the Fine Brothers and the entire crew for putting up with the sequins and spandex that is Phoenyx.  You’re never sure how your ridiculousness will play with people who don’t know about improv (acoustic) hair metal, but they certainly embraced it.

Give us a thumbs up on Youtube, comment, and/repost!  Also a photo gallery is listed below that captured some the backstage shinanigans.

Written by ZekeIsAwesome

July 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Oral Traditions: True Stories from Funny People

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If you majored in embarrassment in college and/or life this night is for you.

One night only! The LA Connection (13442 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423) will throw its hat into the storytelling ring with a unique one hour show where top level improv comics get to show another side of themselves.

“Oral Traditions: Storytellers at the LA Connection” is a show where comics tell true stories that they normally wouldn’t dare to tell in public. There is a good chance even their close friends don’t know the whole story. It will be honest, brutal, and probably funny.

The show’s theme will be . . . Embarrassing Moments.

I will tackle hosting duties for the inaugural show and feature Dallas James (“Halls” commercials), Tyler Jolley (“Thanks for Dying”), Sara Luka (“Tammi’s Tool Shed”), Chad Winkles (“Speeders”), and Danny Gonzalez (“Best Buy” commercials).

Tickets will be $5 door – red tickets will be accepted for this special event. *** Due to the selected theme, there is a good chance the material may skew a little blue, so keep the kids at home and be prepared for some jaw-dropping stories.

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June 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

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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.

Subscribe, like, and share our videos. Check out http://www.stfworld.com for live show info and merch.

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)

Tags: supernatural, paranormal activity, paranormal, EVP, EMF, ghost, nightvision, abe lincoln, apparition, ghost hunter, ghost adventures, travel channel, zak bagans, Dallas James, Sara Berger, Zeke Thomas, Tyler Jolley, Courtney renee Fridley, LA Connection, UCB, IO, Second City, Groundlings, the groundlings, improv, sketch, re-cap, sketch comedy, public access shows, The Stranger than Fiction Show, Stranger than Fiction, stfshow, the stf show, live show re-caps, low fi video, the state, whitest kids u know

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.

The Bridesmaid – STF Public Access 1.31

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Title: The Bridesmaid – STF Public Access 1.31

Description: The STF Public Access cameras were hanging outside the theater when a drunk bridesmaid wanders into the shot and takes over the video. London Bridge? Eiffel Tower? Leaning Tower of Pisa? Which one will she choose?

Something tells me she picks option #2.

Subscribe, like, and share our videos. Check out http://www.stfworld.com for live show info and merch.

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
Producer – Tyler Jolley (tag team #1)
Producer – Dallas James
Producer – Chad Winkles (tag team #2)
Actor – Karen Brundage
Actor – Dorian Lipman
Actor -Sara Berger (Bridesmaid)
Actor – Courtney Renee Fridley

Tags: bridesmaids, bridesmaid, drunk bridesmaids, wedding, wedding reception, frisbee, ultimate frisbee, bong collection, Dallas James, Sara Berger, Zeke Thomas, Tyler Jolley, Chad Winkles, LA Connection, UCB, IO, Second City, Groundlings, the groundlings, improv, sketch, re-cap, sketch comedy, public access shows, The Stranger than Fiction Show, Stranger than Fiction, stfshow, the stf show, live show re-caps, low fi video, the state, whitest kids u know

Video Commentary

Sara’s parents must be so proud.  They send their daughter to go be an actress in the big city and she plays a “character” who gets drunk, shits on the sidewalk, and then gets double teamed by two dudes.  Sara’s is a delicate flower and I think we captured that in this video.

– Zeke

Hitler and Eva Can’t Sleep – STF Public Access 1.30

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Sometimes I don’t know how our cameras get positioned where they do. And sometimes I only know how to end sentences in prepositions. But I do know a good Hitler joke when I see one.

The STF Public Access camera’s made their way into Hitler and Eva’s bedroom only to catch them fighting a bout of insomnia.  Hitler tells Eva a bedtime story that consists of Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring, the nature of the NASCAR economy, and a tale of what happens when Starbucks runs out of coffee.

Did you know that Hitler sleeps with a German flag? I didn’t.

Subscribe, like, and share our videos. Check out http://www.stfworld.com for live show info and merch.

Every week STF Public Access Creates instant sketch comedy. 5 minutes pre-production, 5 minutes of shooting – 1 new 60-90 second sketch.

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
Producer – Tyler Jolley
Producer – Dallas James (Hitler)
Producer – Chad Winkles
Actor – Karen Brundage
Actor – Dorian Lipman (Eva)
Actor -Sara Berger
Actor – Courtney Renee Fridley

Live Show update

I’ll be at my resident gig with The Stranger than Fiction Show tonight at the LA Connection at 9pm.  Word has it that Dallas James is back from his break and has been stockpiling comedy from across this great land. Me, I’m trying to get it out of me before I go camping next weekend. Tickets are still available for tonight’s show and I promise to incorporate more mid 90’s basketball stars into my opening.  Who doesn’t love a good Horace Grant reference, right?

Archived: Better Living through Piracy

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This past month or so has been filled with celebrations.  3 year sober anniversary, 27th birthday, and 2 years with Christine.  However, none of it really compares to my odd obsession with pirate culture and the party that will take place on Sunday.

I believe my obsession all started based off of an improv scene with Joaquin Garay III about 4 years ago.  I’m not sure how it took off, but the idea has been a constant theme in my life.  A couple years later we did a long form show piece called “Comedia del Pirate School” (based off of the long form game “Comedia del High School” where all the action takes place with the realm of a high school) that was a stroke of improv genius that somehow tied a star football quarterback with peg arms to an illicit affair between a parrot and vice-principle.  Somewhere along the line we tied in the prom there of “these are the days”. But I digress . . . the point is, is that pirate’s continuously seem to re-appear in my life.

Christine has been kind enough to indulge my mild pirate obsession by facilitating a trip to Pirate’s dinner adventure.  Rarely am I this excited about an event.  That’s right.  I called it an event.  Some may pooh pooh it dinner theatre, but I believe this is one of the great ideas I wish I had got around to doing.  I swear my friends and I had the idea for a pirate themed medieval times when we sitting about partying coming up with the next big idea.  I guess there is something to be said about the debilitating effects of the ganj and initiating gross motor skill.

Pirate’s dinner adventure sound like the greatest idea I’ve heard in a while, but my only fear is that they don’t fully commit to the absurdity of it.  I’ll report back when after Sunday. My lunch is waiting me I better eat it soon.  Everyone knows that roast beef from “AAAAArrrrrghby’s” isn’t any good after it cools down.

ex-grog slogger,

-Zeke

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