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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

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?

Stop! New Logo time!

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The outer limits of comedy

New Stranger than Fiction Show Logo - Made from 223% post-consumer waste

The Champ is here! The Champ is here!

We’ve been long overdue for a redesign of The Stranger than Fiction Show’s promo materials and we’re proud to show off the new look.  The new design comes from the mind of comedian/producer extraordinaire Glenn Takakjian and in corporates an homage to the classic tv show The Outer Limits.  Glenn is a dear, dear friend of the show and a frequent guest star of the Stranger than Fiction Show.

Live Shows:

I’ve got a couple of shows this week starting off with my regular gig on tonight March 18th with The Stranger than Fiction Show at the LA Connection in Sherman Oaks, CA Not sure who’s stopping by the show but I’m sure we’re got some magic tucked away somewhere.  But if we run out, I got Charlie Sheen on speed dial and we might be able to tap into his finger supply.

Monday the 21st I’ll be performing with Phoenyx (you know . . . the band that tells you you’re never gonna die . . .) at “Laughs on Tap” at The White Harte Pub 22456 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA – “Laughs on Tap” is a night of stand-up and improv comedy at your local Woodland Hills watering hole with NO COVER! I know.  My mind was blown as well when I heard that. It will be my maiden voyage at Laughs on Tap (organized by Kaleena Massaker and it should provide you will some violent torpedoes of truth.

Or a death spell. A cocaine fueled death spell.

Enjoy your hang over, bitches.

Written by ZekeIsAwesome

March 18, 2011 at 3:00 am

Annoying Neighbors

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We’ve all had them.  They come in all shapes and sizes and bring a wealth of diversity and idiosyncrasies to the community.  Since moving to Venice I’ve had a few choice neighbors already. Here are my top three starting from the bottom working my way up:

Number 3) The meth-head who plays guitar for hours on end, playing the same pentatonic scales in between fits of yelling at the television. This guy is not only annoying, but he also brings an element of danger to the table.  Don’t get me wrong, I love blues inspired pentatonics and they are every guitar player’s bread and butter.  However, After hour four of the 12 bar blues in the key of A, I’m about ready to take my own life.  Save the fact that baseball season is ramping up and my only reprieve will be his random screams of agony as Manny goes down swinging with the bases juiced.  As a side note this neighbor may have allegedly accidentally discharged his shotgun in to the skull of a neighbor he was having an argument with.  I could devote an entire blog to this incident.

Number 2) The coked out sex fiend who nails skanks through out all hours of the day and night. Whoa! Hold on there Zeke! Why are you hating on a guy who’s getting his grove on?  You should be happy for him, right?  Wrong.  At some point I need to sleep, write, and masturbate and I sure as hell can’t do that while I have Ron Jeremy banging it out at all hours of the night.  Wait, I guess I could masturbate . . .

Number 1) The guy who sub-lets a sub-let from a friend of the guy who’s sub-let the sub-let and enjoys house music. This guys is perhaps the worst offender of all since he doesn’t belong there in the first place.  Forget about his crappy choice in music for a second.  He hasn’t been pre-screened and more importantly sub-lets usually attract the dregs of society.  I can’t remember the last time Thurston Howell the 3rd (much less his half-brother Graham Wellington) was looking for a sub-let for the summer, but I can tell you its not on his bucket list.

However, none of these compare to the neighbor that the Stranger than Fiction Show deals with in the embedded clip.  Check it out and share it with your friends.

This week’s shows

I will be performing twice this week with The Stranger Than Fiction Show.  Wednesday night March 31st, I’ll be at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, CA.    It will be a night of improv comedy with some of the top improvisers from The LA Connection Comedy Theater.  I go on a 945pm with the STF crew.

Friday night April 2nd The Stranger than Fiction Show heads over the hill to our home theater, the LA Connection in Sherman Oaks, CA.  As usual, we will be doing 90 minutes of our own brand of improv comedy starting at 9pm.  This show will feature our newest addition to the show, STF Bingo!  E-mail me at zekeisawesome1@gmail.com for details on either show.

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