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.
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…
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.
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.
The Peapod Squad, the improv troupe I started in college, is still going strong. So strong in fact that there’s now a second troupe on campus. This year the Peapod Squad won it’s third Beanpod title, a coveted college improv title. I’m so proud of these guys. I’ve been back to teach improv there many times over the years and I am always impressed with how smart, funny and ready to learn they are. It does not surprise me that they won again. See the official Clark bulletin below or read here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peapod Squad wins 3rd Beanpot improv title Thursday, March 4, 2010 he Clark University Peapod Squad took first place at the 2010 College Beanpot Improv Tournament, held Feb. 24-27 at ImprovBoston. Peapod competed against eight other area college improv teams to win first place, the third Beanpot title for the squad. Members of the Peapod Squad are Andrew Ninnemann ‘10, Kaylie Curran ‘10, Sarah Jette ‘10, Milo MacPhail ‘11, John Nolan ‘11, Danny Zeliger ‘11, Ian Michaels ‘11, Julian Kronick ‘12 (of Leominster), Laura Flynn ‘12, and Vicki Grogan ‘10. Individually, MacPhail won the Breakout Player award. The tournament is conducted in a Theater Sports-style competition, with teams going head-to-head, being scored individually according to Story, Skill, and Entertainment. This year’s tournament featured a “Goon” judge, who was allotted 15 points per round to give out as they saw fit, according to things they liked about the scenes. Peapod won the competition in the final round against Fairfield by playing a long-form version of a game (with the working title of “The Morality Game”) created by the Squad, in which the team went through the scenario of the way a character’s life would pan out if they made one moral decision over another. The team received a perfect score for this final game, bringing in the win. Peapod was coached at this year’s tournament by Impro Boston cast member Jenna O’Brien of Flaming Awesome, an IB house team. This year’s other contestants included Fairfield University; Northeastern University; MIT; WPI; Brandeis University; Boston University; Boston College; and Gordon College.
In August, USS Rock N Roll walked away with the award for “Best Harold Team of 2009” at the Del Awards Ceremony at iO West. Not bad! I would personally like to thank everyone who voted for us, came to a USS show in the past year, or bought me a beer. You’re great!
USS Rock N Roll wins iO West’s annual Harold competition. It took half a dozen brackets and some very tough competition, but USS walks away with the trophy and bragging rights to… something. I’m sure. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us!