Yes, Part 3! It’s becoming an epic! Don’t worry, no prior viewing is needed to understand this video of Gabby and her ongoing efforts to actually pull off a successful TV show. You’d think her station would stop broadcasting her live.
This sketch comedy video was written and directed by Nikki Turner. It stars Kathie Bostian as Gabby, Shane Boroomand and me as the studio crew (my character survived last episode‘s hostage situation, it turns out), Lara Sterling as the American Idol winner, and Jim Maloy and his daughter Audrey Maloy as the balloon-carrying relatives. (Kevin Callahan, Eric Ho and Matt Lundin appear in flashback. How’s that for a day’s work?)
This was such fun to shoot. There’s a longer take of me fumbling around with the water for what seemed like 5 minutes. If they used it, they would’ve had to change the title of the show. Check out the rest of the season, the show is hilarious. Make sure to post lots of comments about how amazing I am but don’t make it too obvious. Just play it cool. And definitely don’t mention that I told you to do that. Then it would be really awkward.
Wrapping up what turned into sketch comedy week here at CoreyBlake.com central, we’ve now got the latest original video from the Magic Meathands! Nikki Turner wrote and directed a sequel to her first Gabby’s Good Luck Minute (although I think you’ll be able to manage without seeing the original). I play the main guest for the show and also do the announcer voice. Kathie Bostian returns as Gabby, and there’s also Shane Boroomand, Eric Ho, new Meathand Seth Rotkin, and a guest appearance by non-Meathand Matt Lundin. Kevin Callahan is present too, thanks to a flashback to Gabby part 1.
I don’t want to jump to conclusions but I think Gabby might be cursed.
Reminder: We’ve got a live show Saturday night at the The Spot Café in Culver City! 8 PM, $7 for 2 improv comedy groups including us!
After posting an old Foe Pa video on Monday, now the internet has been hit with classic audio sketches from The 3rd Floor: LA on Vimeo.
I was in this group before Foe Pa. I have a terrible memory unless it has to do with comic books or James Taylor, but I think this would’ve been around 2002-2003. One of the members Mari Levitan saw me perform in the Theater That Shall Not Be Named and asked that I audition, since the group was looking for new members. I did and in a lapse of judgment, they welcomed me to The 3rd Floor: LA. The group was the Los Angeles branch of the Portland-based sketch group The 3rd Floor, which seems to still be going strong. I had great fun with the group, even if I usually felt out-classed and overwhelmed. We performed at sketch comedy festivals in Chicago and San Francisco, and had several successful shows here in Los Angeles. It’s actually where this sketch originated. (It started as a monologue I wrote to audition for the group. There was no speedo used then; our Foe Pa guest director at the time suggested we add it.) While we all contributed material, the primary writer was Joe Douglass, who was part of the original Third Floor. I still love his writing – some weird mix of brash and coy, smart and blunt. He’s since moved on to TV news, which seems like some kind of crime against humanity, but no surprise he’s good at that too. Fortunately Mari is still doing comedy. She recently did a show with Hit and Run: Musical Improv at the Westside Comedy Theater. I think the only other member of the group that I’ve managed to semi-keep in touch with (thanks to Facebook) is Shannon O’Connor, who I think still works in animation (and drew this awesome cartoon of me during one of our rehearsals).
Anyway, The 3rd Floor: LA used audio sketches in our live shows (partly to buy us time to do costume and set changes). The first five that have been posted were created before I joined the group, so I’m not in any of them but you should listen to them anyway. Hopefully some stuff with me will pop up sooner or later (although I honestly don’t know if there’s all that much recorded stuff with me in it).
About 5 years ago, back when we were all still using MySpace, I was a member of the sketch comedy group Foe Pa. This weekend, some of us had a mini-reunion when we attended the surprise birthday party for fellow Foe Pa’er Yuri Lowenthal, who has gone on to much-deserved success as a voice-over artist (Sasuke Uchiha in Naruto, Ben Tennyson in Ben 10, Superman in Legion of Super-Heroes, the Prince in the Prince of Persia video game, Iceman in Wolverine and the X-Men and tons of others). We got to reminiscing about the Foe Pa days, and Yuri pointed out how we were doing Abraham Lincoln action mash-ups years before he was turned into a Vampire Slayer or whatever else those up and coming whipper snappers are doing nowadays.
And then in yesterday’s sketch meeting with the Magic Meathands, me playing Abraham Lincoln randomly came up again. That’s just too much coincidence, so here it is again. Vintage 2006 sketch comedy:
Foe Pa was probably best remembered for our live sketch comedy shows. We would do a completely brand new show every month or two, with completely new sketches top to bottom. Eventually we started shooting some of the sketches that we thought could transition to the interwebs, and then started writing some exclusively for video. Some we played during our shows. This one was written by me, and I played the part of Abraham Lincoln. Yuri did the trailer guy voice-over, and I think he might’ve directed this as well, if I remember right. He also played one of the henchmen. Zena Leigh and Aaron Lyons played the other two. I originally imagined this animated, but we didn’t know any animators that we thought we could convince to do this for free.
There are a few really funny sketches that I think still hold up from those days that remain unfilmed. Kind of a shame. Maybe one day…
For more Foe Pa sketches and other videos from the archives, check out the Video Vault.
Our first sketch comedy video written and directed by our newest Magic Meathand, Kathie Bostian. And this one features cat acting by Pickles the Cat! You’re supposed to never work with kids or animals but I have no integrity. I play Kathie’s husband in this one. We were very method about the whole thing so I got a divorce in order to play the part with more authenticity. Shane Boroomand and Nikki Turner play the medical professionals that make house calls. Or maybe they’re our medically savvy friends we called over to help us deliver the baby. It’s best not to over-think these things too much. (Too late.)
Reminder: We’ve got a live show Friday night at the Westside Comedy Theater! 8 PM, $10 for 3 improv comedy groups including us!
Written and directed by Mary Benedict. Me as one of the spokespersons for a new amazing pharmaceutical product with… some side effects. Also starring Mary, Kathie Bostian, Kevin Callahan, Shane Boroomand, Nikki Turner, and Seth Rotkin as Choking Guy.
I don’t know about you, but I feel better already. In fact, I’m having a hard time remembering a time when I ever felt bad. Wow, this stuff really works! I’m headed to my local pharmacy to get more!
Written and starring myself, directed and edited by Shane Boroomand and myself. Camera-osity by Randy Turner. Those last couple shots were so difficult to do. So gross. My nemesis in this video is truly disgusting to me. No acting necessary. In fact, I’m doing Oscar-worthy acting every time I see my nemesis in normal day-to-day life. So this was very cathartic for me. Despite the ending. I hope it brings you some amusement. Meanwhile, I will be rocking myself in the corner from the emotional trauma.
Happy New Year, everyone! More tomfoolery and shenanigans coming in 2011!
Congratulations to my old sketch comedy cohort Yuri Lowenthal and Los Angeles manga publisher TokyoPop‘s Stu Levy and his co-director Steven Calcote on the success of their mockumentary Van Von Hunter!
The feature-length film screened at Hollywood’s MockFest film festival in Hollywood last month, and ended up winning Best Director and a special “audience award” for Best Film. Yuri Lowenthal, an accomplished voice-over actor, played the title character and was nominated for the What A Character themed award. The film was also an official selection at this past summer’s Fantasia International Film Festival in France.
Inspired by and based upon the manga series created by Mike Schwark and Ron Kaulfersch, Van Von Hunter is a live-action comedy that follows its title character on a journey deep into the heart of manga and anime fandom. From the mythical world of Dikay, to the cold, hard streets of Hollywood, then across the ocean to Tokyo, this Van-tastic voyage is also filled with cameos of top manga and anime personalities as it embraces otaku culture around the globe.
Written, directed and edited by Nikki Turner, this video features our newest Meathand, Kathie Bostian. Kevin Callahan plays a sports guru that… well, I don’t want to ruin the ending. There’s also a little bit of me, Shane Boroomand, Mary Benedict, and Lily Gatica. Randy Turner handled the camera with some assist from non-Meathand Scott Hrebek (who also happens to be an ace guitar player).
My character is thinking, “Yup, this white thing is still on the wall. Looks like my job here is done.”