I’m very excited to say that I’ve made it to the final round in another stand-up comedy competition! The winner of this one gets a fat $300 and the winner is voted for by the audience. If you’ve ever wanted to see me do stand-up, NOW’S THE TIME!!! It’s happening at The Ha Ha Cafe: 5010 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. 8:30pm.
The short I wrote and produced, “Fast Times at Sugar High”, will be shown as a part of the Flux Screening Series at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 15 @ 8:00 pm. 10899 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90024 Phone: 310.443.7000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The director, Suzi Yoonessi, and I will also be giving a “unique filmmaker presentation” after the screening. We hope to see you there!
So, last month I won a couple of stand-up gigs and when I did that I secured a few more! Sun. Aug. 7th & Tues. Aug. 9th First on Sunday, August 7th I’ll be performing at: The Belly Room @ The Comedy Store 8:00 pm 8433 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90069-1993 (323) 650-6268 www.thecomedystore.com Then on Tuesday, August 9th The Yoo Hoo Room @ Flappers Comedy Club 7:30 pm in the Yoo Hoo Room 102 East Magnolia Boulevard Burbank, CA 91502 Flappers Comedy Club $2 Cover *Two item minimum Free Parking $2 Drink Specials Hope to see you there!
I’ve won two stand-up competitions in two weeks! I hate to toot my own horn, but “TOOT!” This time, though, I did have to share first place with Haley Boyle. But sharing first place with another funny lady is no hardship. Not only is Haley very, very funny but she can also lift me which made me feel like a dainty flower (for one of the first times in my life). If she’s my company, then I’m in good shape. We won a little cash, we get to do a set somewhere else and honestly, it’s just nice to know that I’m not the only won (pun intended) who thinks my jokes are funny. I want to thank everyone who came out to the show. Super fun!
I’m doing 2.. count ’em, 2! stand up shows this month. And, both are (wait for it)…. competitions! I feel like I’m ready to compete for big prizes! The first is at The Ha Ha Cafe on Monday, June 20th @ 8:00pm. The second is at the Hollywood Studio and Bar on Tuesday, June 28 @ 9:00pm. You can get more info here.
I got interviewed by my old improv team, USS Rock ‘N Roll for a “where are they now” kind of piece. Enjoy. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Molly Hale is an actor, writer and comedian who did improv in Chicago for eight years before moving to LA to pursue her dreams. You can read more about her at www.MollyHale.net. Molly also works as the content manager for her husband’s web design company. Their elegant design and beautiful websites, along with email contact and rates can be seen at www.MaterialDsign.com. ————————- I checked in with former USS’er Molly “The Plague” Hale recently and asked her a few questions about her life and what she has been up to since her retirement from improv. Enjoy all that she has to say. What are you doing with all your extra time? 1. Educating myself on this human evolution we are all working through. 2. Figuring out what practical things I can do to help turn my town from one that is dependent on oil into one that is sustainable. Mini projects include building a washing machine that you power with a bicycle, starting my own vegetable garden, and finding the good in people. 3. Practicing my arts What is artistically inspiring to you right now? What’s really inspiring me is this evolution. I think it’s clear that we are at a point in history where the machine is breaking down. It is so inspiring to be alive during THE time when people WILL come together to figure out the survival of the human race. Period. It is a challenge we have never faced before and it is eminent. Not only are we going to have to evolve to survive, (which I have no doubt we will) but we will be the first species on Earth, (that we know of) to be fully aware of and witnesses to our own evolution! It’s becoming clearer and clearer all the time that the way we’re all gonna make it through the jump is with compassion, love and laughter. I see people working against the doom and gloom with terrific grace, vulnerability and open hearts. It’s more than inspirational, it’s downright hopeful. I went to Mindshare here in LA last month and heard Don O’Shannon (a writer and producer for shows like Cheers and Modern Family) speak about comedy. One thing he said was that laughter is a knee jerk response that caveman types had as a stress release to almost dying or to near-misses of harmful situations. We, as humanoids, then adapted and transformed that knee jerk response as a way to communicate with each other that we like something. Comedians use a primal form of communication and are connected to the very first peoples. I truly believe that good comedians not only have something really powerful to say, but that they are geniuses. In the face of our own evolution I believe that comedians will help the masses to move forward through what can potentially be a very scary…
This weekend my production crew shot a short I wrote as a sidebar to the film I am producing, Olive and Mocha. In the short “Olive and Mocha: Fast Times at Sugar High”, we see our heroines as young girls in the 80’s. I’m so excited about how everything turned out. As you can see by the pictures, the production design on set was amazing. A big thank you to the cast and crew who worked like champions and made something great! Stay tuned for the finished short.
Last week I was in NYC to produce Mary Birdsong’s one woman show: “3 Days in the Tub.” We got some props from Timeout NYC: time out ny – critics’ pick And a few bloggers: www.ControlGeek.net – At Joe’s Pub last night, I saw the remarkable Mary Birdsong‘s new piece 3 Days in the Tub. It’s rough (I think this was only the second time the piece was in front of an audience) but there’s a lot of rich material there, and Birdsong is a prolifically creative, remarkably multi-talented tour de force, singing, acting, and impersonating everyone from her own mother to Judy Garland. Joe McGinty, who I’ve seen about 1000 times in the Losers Lounge (lots of my Losers photos here) was in the band, which was excellent. Birdsong is a great singer, and I hope she will add more music to the show, and I hope that this piece (with a bit of shaping) will find a future life. www.beaconpass.com – I have a feeling that if your mother sat in a bathtub, fully clothed, for three days, you too would have a lot of material. You’ve probably seen Mary Birdsong before — as a correspondent on the Daily Show, or as Deputy Kimball on RENO 911. Named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of “Hollywood’s Top 10 Talents on the Rise” and having just been presented with a Theatre World Award, it’s only a matter of time before Birdsong becomes a household name. If you weren’t lucky enough to catch Birdsong’s recent New York romps — including Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, & What I Wore and Tales of the City – then do yourself a favor and see her newest treasure, which combines comedy and live music with unbelievable family dysfunction. Don’t miss it, fool!
Mary Birdsong’s one woman show: 3 Days in a Tub: A MAMA DRAMA performed by Mary Birdsong Is coming to NYC for one night only!!!! Tuesday, January 18th @ 7:30 pm For tickets call 212.967.7555 or go to www.joespub.com I have helped Mary put this show together and I am running tech the night of. I would love to see any and all of you who live in NYC! Come out, laugh and buy me a drink after the show! Show Description Mary Birdsong tells true stories about her crazy southern mama who, while reclining in the bathtub with no water in it, fully dressed, for 3 days, used her super-human manipulative powers to hold her daughter hostage. Will Mary come up with enough reasons why she shouldn’t just leave poor mama there? Will Mary still make it to that award ceremony in time to collect her coveted award? Through the art of storytelling, and a bunch of really great rock songs performed live with a kick-ass band, Mary will forever change your idea of what a “nice long bath” can be. 3 DAYS IN THE TUB: A MAMA DRAMA Why is Mary’s mom still in that tub? What’s Agatha Christie doing in there with her? And what’s that smell? If you have a southern belle matriarch in your tub, this is the show for you. Starring (& written by) Mary Birdsong Directed by Eric Gilliland Created by Mary Birdsong & Eric Gilliland MARY BIRDSONG was voted one of “Hollywood’s Top 10 Talents On The Rise” by the Hollywood Reporter, and in her latest solo show (“3 Days In The Tub: A Mama Drama”) her high precision, lightning-fast, multicharacter transformations will make it clear she’s earned that honor and then some.
USS Rock N Roll worked on a TV show based on the improv sets we were doing at The iO West Theater. The premise of the show was that we would record the sets we were doing and then transcribe them, punch them up and turn them into a half hour show. We rented out a green screen studio and shot on a budget we raised ourselves. (not much) But we did all the work ourselves and learned how to key out green screen, manipulate images and edit for comedy. Unfortunately, we only made it through 2 episodes before the project was retired. At one point we did pitch the show to Comedy Central, but they weren’t looking for ensemble based comedy troupes. Below is a snippit of the pilot episode. Enjoy! USS Rock N Roll -Episode 0 -“Control Tower” from Leo Canneto on Vimeo.
I’m currently working on Mary Birdsong’s (Reno 911, The Descendants, Adventureland) new one woman show “3 Days in a Tub.” This is the second time she’s mounting the show in Los Angeles and I can tell you this show is excellent. She’s got a live band on stage with her and for 5 bucks you can’t beat this hilarious trip down memory lane about this one time when Mary’s mom spent 3 days in the tub. I’d love to see you at the show!
Enjoy this series of interviews I concocted and produced for Rich Fulcher’s alter ego Eleanor the Tour Whore. Eleanor’s Happy Place – Jon LaJoie Eleanor’s Happy Place – Har Mar Superstar Eleanor’s Happy Place – Taintstick Eleanor’s Happy Place – Fitz and the Tantrums Eleanor’s Happy Place – Sklar Brothers
This winter I played Patty in the production of Kimberly Akimbo by the Schoolhouse Theater. Enjoy these photos taken on preview night. There were lots others I’m not posting here, but I wasn’t in any of them… so why bother. Am I right people?! Is this thing on? Patty talks into her tape recorder as an “oral history for the baby.” Kim tries to feed her mom but mom’s wrapped up in her own jokes. I’m always sitting in this play and someone’s always mad. ha! “You wanna name the baby?” The family is playing Trouble without Patty at 3 in the morning. Buddy turns on his present for the baby. I want this light effect for my dinner parties. Debra has no idea how to play this game. The family plays D and D with Jeff as Dungeon Master. “Hell no! That manticore has wings and claws and the body of a lion!” Jeff gets riled when the game goes out of control. Momma fell off a loading dock. Those god damned cabbages. Buddy in his chef hat and I in my robe. Patty has a baby on stage.
My long running iO Harold team, Rattlesnake High School, will reunite for one day only at the Playground Theater in Chicago on Saturday, April 24th @ 7:30 pm. The upcoming show was called “especially intriguing” by the Chicago Sun-Times. I was on this team for four glorious years before I moved to Los Angeles. Our style was uniquely physical and many Rattlesnake shows ended in sex, fights or a mash-up of the two. I’m excited to see what this wonderful night of play will bring. Half the original players on RHS now live in Los Angeles and play on USS Rock N Roll but several of them are flying back to play. Whether you’ve never seen this group before or if you’ve just been jonesing for some physical snake pits… you won’t want to miss this show! Tickets for the festival will go on sale April 1 at www.chicagoimprovfestival.org. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chicago Improv Festival announces lineup March 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Cook County Social Club will be one of many local acts at this year’s fest. The beauty of improv is its unpredictability — but sometimes, you want to have at least a little information before jumping in. This week’s announcement about the lineup for the 13th Annual Chicago Improv Festival (April 19-25) offers just that. Some key numbers: 65. The number of acts performing at this year’s fest. Our favorite at first glance is Dusk: Improvised Tween Erotica (from Austin, TX). See the full schedule here. 38. That’s how many Chicago ensembles are included in that number. Especially intriguing: the Rattlesnake High School reunion show. 24 and 8. The number of different cities and countries, respectively, that the rest of the acts hail from. Boom Chicago All-Stars! 12. The number of locations for this year’s events, including Apollo Theatre, Annoyance Theater, the Athenaeum, Chemically Imbalanced Theater, ComedySportz, Gorilla Tango, IO Comedy Theater, Laugh Out Loud, Martyrs, The Playground and The Second City. 3. The number of recipients of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. Harold Ramis, Dick Schaal and Severn Darden will be honored at 7 p.m. on April 21 at the Second City ETC theater. Susan Messing (Improviser of the Year) and Improvised Shakespeare Co. (Ensemble of the Year) will also be getting awards.
From the New York Times! From the CT Post! From the North County News! Even this lady liked us! Read the full articles below. Playing a Game of ‘Who’s the Adult Here?’ By ANITA GATES Published: March 11, 2010 One question has to be going through audience’s minds during “Kimberly Akimbo” at the Schoolhouse Theater: How old is Ruth Reid? Ron Marotta (IM)MATURITY The cast of “Kimberly Akimbo” includes Ruth Reid, Israel Gutierrez and Brian Hotaling. For once, this is a question an actress would want you to ask — or at least wonder about. Ms. Reid plays Kimberly, a typical teenager in many ways. She pouts when her father is late to pick her up. She kind of likes Jeff (Israel Gutierrez), the shy classmate who works at Zippy Burger. Playing Dungeons and Dragons, she adores the gore. (“They tore out my throat. Cool!”) Kimberly’s problem is that she has the body of a 60- or 70-year-old woman. The cause is not a wacky brain transfer like the one in “Freaky Friday” or in “Prelude to a Kiss.” It’s not a child’s wish granted too soon like the one in “Big.” It’s an honest-to-goodness disease similar to progeria, one that causes children to age at four and a half times the normal rate. Average life expectancy is 16, and Kimberly has just reached that birthday. Would that the shadow of death were her only problem. David Lindsay-Abaire, who wrote “Kimberly Akimbo,” which was presented by the Manhattan Theater Club in New York in 2003, knows that no one’s life is simple and that human beings aren’t always that nice. (Consider his other work, like the Pulitzer Prize-winner “Rabbit Hole,” which focused on parental grief over a little boy’s death.) This simultaneously sweet and biting production, ably directed by Raymond Munro, keeps the comedy coming, but it never lets us forget that Kimberly’s parents are seriously deranged. Or maybe they’re just painfully immature. Pattie (Molly Hale) and Buddy (Brian Hotaling), with their cutest-senior-class-couple names, are probably about half their daughter’s apparent age. Buddy drinks too much and spends a lot of time reflecting on how much excitement he has missed, like seeing the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, by becoming a husband and father. But at least he tries to grasp the nobility of adult life: “Most guys are just guys who work, right?” he says, speaking into a tape recorder to his second, unborn child. “There’s no shame in that.” Yes, Pattie is pregnant, and she callously predicts, “This one is going to be perfect.” Pattie also has bandaged hands because of carpal-tunnel surgery, Thorazine in the medicine cabinet and, by Act II, a broken leg in a huge cast. She carelessly announces that she’s sure she has cancer and is going to drop dead at any moment, when it’s really Kimberly who isn’t long for this world. By comparison, Pattie’s sister, Debra (Mollie O’Mara), a black-sheep type who has been secretly living in the local library,…