The production company Tool of North America is putting the show on, streaming live so that we’ll be able to take your suggestions over the intertubes as if we were performing in person right in front of you. Truly, we are in the future!
The show starts at 11:00 AM Pacific. See you then!
Fellow Magic Meathand Kathie Bostian has been on a long journey competing with other comedic improvisers in an elimination-style show called The X-Ecution, a joint production by The Improv Space and iO West. It all started on March 31st with 24 improvisers. Each week, a contestant has been voted off based on their performance, feedback from a panel of judges, and votes from a live audience. After last Friday’s show, we’re down to the Final 3 and one more show. And the great news is that Kathie is still in the running! The big winner gets $500 and meetings with heads of casting from Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS.
For last week’s show, the Top 4 were each asked to write and produce a 4-minute video starring themselves in a hero’s journey. Kathie not only asked me to be in her video, she asked me to play every male role in the whole dang thing. That ended up being 3 different characters. Other Meathands helped out too. Mary Benedict played the other women characters that weren’t Kathie, and the whole thing was edited by Shane Boroomand. The video played during last week’s show, and I’m told it was a big hit.
Watch it for yourself and let me know what you think:
The final show is this Thursday night, 8 PM, at The Improv Space.
The popular Gamer characters are back for the expanded version of that world-famous board game Calcatron! If you’ve ever played a game with someone that takes it a tad too seriously, you’ll probably relate. But to be fair, the red tokens are a pretty intuitive add-on once you’ve used prime numbers to determine who goes first.
Also, I friggin’ love the screen capture YouTube selected for this one.
Mary Benedict wrote and directed this one, and also played the part of Mary. I play Corey, Nikki Turner played Nikki and Kathie Bostian played Kathie. Pretty tricky character names, huh? Shane Boroomand was the cameraman and editor. Nick DeBenedetto handled sound.
To see Mary’s first attempt at playing a board game with us, check out this video.
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).