Travis McElroy

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Magic Meathands sketch comedy video #4!

Written, directed and edited by Nikki Turner, and starring Shane Boroomand and Travis McElroy, with Mary Benedict and Liz Gill. There’s also a quick appearance by me in the crucial role of the Ticket Taker.

This was the most production heavy of the initial batch of videos we made, complete with green screen and CGI velociraptor with missile launching arms. We had to cut the velociraptor because he kept blowing his lines.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy! We’re having a blast making these for you, and more are in the works. Stay tuned! (Or… stay internetted. Or whatever.)

Archives:
Magic Meathands Original video #3: Pants – A Nightmare
Magic Meathands Original video #2: Fun and Games
Magic Meathands Original video #1: Eddie the Enforcer

Pants: A Nightmare

Magic Meathands sketch comedy video #3!

This one has a whole lot of me in it. I wrote it, I co-directed it (with fellow Meathand Kevin Callahan who was a great help in breaking this sucker down so we had a super-efficient shoot), I starred in it, I wrote the music (or as I like to call it, sonic enhancement), I edited it. So there’s me all over. But it would simply not exist at all without the Magic Meathands. The fantastic camera work is by Wendy J.N. Lee (she also provided invaluable technical consulting). I absolutely love the freaky taunting by Shane Boroomand, Lara Sterling, Travis McElroy, Kevin Callahan and Mary Benedict. And of course Nikki Turner as Mom. Getting her costuming to work was way harder than I expected but it came out way better than I expected so it was way worth it. Way.

I hope you enjoy it. If so, please comment, give it thumbs up at YouTube, favorite it, forward it on, and all those other things people do on the Interwebs.

Check back next week for the fourth and final video from our first batch of videos.

And there’s more to come! Yesterday, we shot another batch, and again one of them is written by me. So it’s off to the land of editing with me once again. You’ll probably start seeing the second wave in December or January.

Archives:
Magic Meathands Video #2: Fun and Games
Magic Meathands Video #1: Eddie the Enforcer

Fun and Games

Magic Meathands video #2!

I acted in this and I also edited it. Wendy Lee did the fancy hand-held camera work.

Also featuring Mary Benedict (writer/director), Nikki Turner and Travis McElroy, also of the Magic Meathands.

This was a lot of fun to be in. My mission: yell and be angry. Bonus points if you can name all of the real games Mary used to create the fictional Calcatron. (I love that name. Sounds like Megatron’s forgotten step-brother.)

Oh and if I ever invite you to game night, I promise it’s not like this. No, really, it’s not!

Archives:
Magic Meathands Video #1: Eddie the Enforcer

Yes We Cannes

(Stupid joke. Sorry.)

I still owe you a post-WalkMS bloggy-thingie. It’s coming, I promise.

In the meantime, I have some exciting news! I will be in Cannes for not one, not two, but THREE screenings! Well, I won’t physically be there, but 2-dimensional representations of me and my work will be there.

The Short Film Corner at the Festival de Cannes has selected both Tough Love and Dig Comics for screenings! (Links below take you to the Short Film Corner pages for each.)

Tough Love is a comedy short where I did actorly stuff of a comedic fashion. The short film was produced by my Magic Meathands buddy Travis McElroy (who also acted in it) and directed by Mike Thomas. This will be the world premiere of Tough Love. I play one half of one of the 3 couples:

A couple of escaping mental patients intent on robbing a bank accidentally bust into a group couples counseling session and inadvertently help a bumbling therapist solve all the couples’ problems.

Dig Comics is a documentary short that I helped produce. I’ve babbled on about this one quite a bit already. You can even follow the progress of the film and our efforts to get a feature length version made right here. It was co-directed, written and hosted by Miguel Cima and produced and edited by Dirk Van Fleet. Dig Comics has been having a great run since it won Best Doc at last year’s Comic-Con Independent Film Festival, where it made its world debut. It has since screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival, New Filmmakers LA, Royal Flush Film Festival (NY) and Tucson Film and Music Festival, and received Merit Awards at both the LA Reel Film Festival and LA Cinema Festival of Film. Dig Comics has gotten positive reviews and write-ups from the LA Times, Ain’t It Cool News and Comic Book Resources, among others. It has also won the attention of actor Edward James Olmos, whose production company has signed on to help us in production once we obtain funding for a feature. I don’t act in this (’cause it’s a documentary, silly!) but I do have a couple of quick cameos.

Is the American art form of comic books dying? Dig Comics hits the streets to convert everyday people into new fans. Comics professionals, experts and celebrities weigh in on what went wrong and how to bring back the comics audience. The battle is on to get America to Dig Comics!

As if all of that isn’t enough, Dig Comics will also be screening at the Cannes Independent Film Festival! This festival runs independent of yet concurrently with Festival de Cannes. Both Festivals take place May 12-23 this year.

My Ooka Weekend

So there’s been a mysterious character roaming our offices recently. His name is Ooka Chaka. He’s been friending us on Facebook. And without warning, he will show up on your desk with a note instructing you to take him home for the weekend, take pictures, upload them to Facebook, and return him to a specific spot in the office on Monday morning. This past weekend, I was hit. So, what else could I do but comply?

So, I thought I’d post it here too, as I posted it to Facebook.

I found this on my desk at the end of the day last Wednesday. I think it speaks for itself.

Driving home from work. I insisted we drive safely.

It didn’t take long to lose control of the situation. A battle over the radio soon broke out. I won’t tell you which one of us preferred Ringo.

(More shocking is that anyone actually uses the radio anymore, much less has a preference about it.)

Thursday night was the weekly Magic Meathands show at The Spot in Culver City. (plug –www.magicmeathands.com – plug)

Of course Ooka had to go.

Before the show started, he decided to do an impromptu set to open for us.

Ooka then hung out with some more Meathands. Heather showed him some improv games that we use to warm up before the show. This one is called “hang loose telephone”.

Ooka really got into this improv thing. Here he is showing off his suggestion for our show. I don’t know why he’s showing it off like that. It’s supposed to be hidden until we’re on stage. That Ooka! Such a rule breaker!

Ooka jumped onstage during our show, nearly tackling Shane! Fortunately Shane’s sexy lips calmed Ooka down.

Friday night, we took a walk around our neighborhood. Ooka took an immediate interest in local print journalism.

We then stopped at a classy upscale restaurant known as Burger King. Ooka was thirsty!

And hungry!

(And lazy.)

He got so hopped up on fake food, he ran out to the Burger King playpen.

Ooka insisted that I take his picture in front of this. I couldn’t tell if he really liked the Jonas Brothers or if he was being ironic.

And Saturday night, it was another Magic Meathands show! Travis had to hold him down to keep him from jumping onstage again.

Soon after this picture, he exploded into a burst of rage and broke the camera on my phone. Needless to say the rest of the weekend was pretty awkward.