The Barnyard Belly Laughs are a huge hit! Get your new t-shirt right here.
Screens for Good, a new company from Dirty Coast, is dedicated solely to working with non-profits and causes to us raise the necessary funds and awareness we all need. We are beyond thrilled to be included in the first round of participating non-profits!
The Barnyard Belly Laugh series will be for sale for 4 weeks only and Screens for Good will share all profits 50/50.
The photo’s are from our T-Shirt reveal party on May 26th at Cooter Brown’s. Thanks to Cooter Brown’s and to everyone that came out to help us raise our glasses and some money to kick-off this campaign! We had a blast.
NEW ORLEANS – We are so excited for the next You Don’t Know the Half of it that we asked to be there with them and they said, “Yes”! So buy your tickets now – it sold out last time real fast. And come say hi to us – we’ll be there at a table sharing our stories and stickers and magnets.
You Don’t Know the Half of It has been serving up belly laughs since January of 2012. Here’s how it works: Four brand new scripts are commissioned and then split into halves. One half goes to one actor and the other half to another. The actors never see the whole scene. Then on the night of the show, each actor is paired with an improviser. The only rules of the game are: 1) the actor always has the first line, and 2) the actor must remain loyal to the script no matter what the improviser conjures up. Every show features all local writers, actors and improvisers, from organizations all over the city.
Throughout the course of this eight-scene evening, all four original scenes play out one side at a time. The outcomes are always outrageous. For example, a scene with two people arguing about their goat herd, turns into one scene about a goat sacrifice and another about a goat outbreak suppressed by overzealous cops. Or, a scene about an apocalyptic alien attack, morphs into one about someone who only communicates by singing in rhyming couplets and another about two brothers battling alien scum via rock opera.
What’s more, each interlude is filled with music from You Don’t Know the Band comprising members of Sweet Crude, Alexis & the Samurai, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes and The Plus One show.
Over the course of its four-year history, this show has showcased more than 165 local artists: playwrites, actors, improvisers and musicians. This comedic theatrical romp offers a one-of-a-kind experience every time and is not to be missed.
WHO: The Writers: Erica Goostrey, Megan Eileen Kosmoski, Kenny Lass & Brian Sands The Actors: Tracey Collins, Martin Covert, Ashley Ricord Santos, & Philip Yiannopoulus The Improvisers: Grace Blakeman, Ian Hoch, Chris Kaminstein, & Emily Slazer
You Don’t Know the Band: It’s always a surprise….
WHEN: Sunday June 5th Doors at 7PM, Show starts at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter Street, New Orleans, LA
HOW: Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Le Petit’s Website, http://www.lepetittheatre.com
CHICAGO – Here’s a unique experience one of our players had at work. Thanks so much for sharing Chrissy!
“I try fairly hard to keep my comedy life and work life separate. The two have blended together at times, like when co-workers attend one of my performances or a fellow improviser is hired as talent for a video shoot. But in my mind, comedy and my day job at Leo Burnett are two separate entities. They are different kinds of people to me.
When my director at Funny Bones Improv, Jill Olson, told me Funny Bones would perform at Leo Burnett’s Take Your Kids to Work Day I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Quickly after, I realized that, yes, this would take place at my work; the very thing I try to keep away from comedy would coincide with it for four hours. For the record, this is no ordinary Kids Day where you sit next to your parent’s desk and make a chain out of paperclips for three hours. This is a 500+ kid and parent afternoon with a different activity on each floor. Also, juice and popcorn everywhere and a real life Ronald McDonald wandering the halls.
I immediately started crafting scenarios where my co-workers saw me improvise and thought I was unfunny then swiftly fired me for not delivering. I also thought about how my co-workers would see me running around as Elsa from Frozen or pretending I’m a statue that can only move if someone else helps me. I rarely get nervous to perform and this was one of those times where I was not sure what would happen. And, just like improv teaches us, I threw myself into the ethereal air that is the improv net and was lovingly caught by my teammates and an audience of children. We ran around in circles, we jumped up and down, we sang, we had kids play games with us, and we saw so many smiles.
That’s the thing, it’s never about me, and it never was about me. It’s about the kids who want laughter and want to be included. It’s about the kid who sat right in front of us as we performed and who started crying when his parents said it was time to leave. He wanted so badly to imagine and play with us. It’s about the skeptical teenagers who once we started playing with them, completely opened up to us, giving us suggestions for scenes and wanting to get in on the action. That’s what actually matters, not what my colleagues will think of me growling like a cheetah during Barnyard Symphony because that is straight up fun.
We are a vehicle for making people happy and I will perform the plot of Frozen in thirty seconds to a crowd of smiles any day.”
— Chrissy Bruzek