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A Slight Change of Plan

So this happened...


The lights were all moved around, the sound was all off, the sound engineer was out taking a smoke break or something, and it's not that I wasn't prepared because my performance is generally fine, but if you bother to watch to the end you can see that the temporary host of the open mic yanked me off stage before my time was even up.

I got stuck in a cockroach-infested Uber on the way home and the driver was playing Christmas music on the radio and I couldn't decide which of the two was worse.

I don't really think that I need to workshop this every week in this way, it kind of serves no purpose. I had to do it long enough to come up with an idea for a show and to refresh my knowledge of what I've done already and how it all works. Luckily there's video of everything for reference.

This blog will continue and the show will go on, but there's no need to keep punching myself in the face with this stupid open mic.

Also I decided that after th…

Week 3 : Making The Show - Returning To The Stage

You will immediately notice that after spending so much time figuring out where to stand, I proceeded to walk on stage last night and stand in the completely wrong place. Now that we've researched the lighting it's almost comical.

I didn't know it until I watched the video this morning and realized that the only reason I had stood in this spot is that it was where the microphone stand had been located when I walked up on stage. Who placed it there? The sound engineer who was concerned with sound and nothing else.


One thing I'm really looking forward to at the Fringe is playing in a proper theater and not worrying about people coming and going with drinks and doing stuff like sitting in my seat and moving all my stuff. Open mic regulars are OK but it's the people who just show up without taking two seconds to read about appropriate behavior who are the worst.

Some notes here: I lost a piece of my music stand, if we're going to do this I should just go out and bu…

Research Gathering Phase for #HFF19

I spent the last several days in Las Vegas doing research on the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival, walking around shopping malls listening to the town hall recordings, and sort of floating through the alternate universe of Vegas hoping to come up with some ideas.

Last week I was struggling to think of a single one-man show that I'd ever enjoyed. I kept asking people the wrong question, I was asking "what was the most successful one man show of all time?" and all I could come up with was "Mark Twain Tonight".

Anyway I was in the shower and remembered this one:


I was about 10 years old when this ran on Broadway and it was a big hit, I believe it won a Tony award. My grandfather had the cassette tape of it and I listened to it endlessly, I knew every word. For whatever reason, I asked to see the show over and over again and my grandfather obliged, I think he took me to see it three times (possibly more). I was the only ten year old in the theater. I was mesmerized. …

The Five Stages of Creating a Fringe Festival Show

Last night I finally sat down to try and work my way through the Hollywood Fringe Festival production videos on YouTube.

Let's look at where I'm at with the show at the moment:

It could either be a one-man show that expands on all the work I've done at open mic

or

It could be an ensemble jukebox musical based on my songs

or

I could finally direct a production of "Moose Murders"

I priced out Samuel French for "Moose Murders" and assuming Arthur Bicknell gave the go-ahead it would be around $600 in licensing fees.

In terms of getting cast, crew, etc for a musical I was referred to a production company that I haven't called yet for an estimate.

One-man show of course has the lowest barrier of entry and in my mind the worst stigma attached to it.

I don't like to see one person shows (the pitches usually sound like "It's about a boy who (suffered some kind of abuse)" or "It's about a girl who (got some kind of disease)". T…