Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Real Exposure

I'm not a big fan of reality shows, in part because generally when one of them is on in place of a drama or sitcom, fewer actors get work. But when I received an invitation to audition for a reality show about acting, I decided to go for it. Sure, there was the risk of ending up an episode featuring embarrassing clips from the losers' auditions, a la American Idol. Even worse, it might have turned out be like that horrible WB series where contestants thought they were competing to be chosen as the best singer but they were really competing to be named the worst for the amusement of the television audience. But then I reminded myself that I'm pretty much maxed out on humiliation at this point. There's not much more they can do to me. And it could even turn out to be legitimate. In any case, there's the promise of some pay and exposure and the possibility of it leading to bigger things. So I put together a mini stand-up routine and polished up a brand-new dramatic monologue that I thought would really set me apart. (There would also be a solo improv component to the on-camera audition). I got to the audition location in plenty of time, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to run through the monologue one more time, out loud, but I didn't want to disturb the other auditioners, and I was too self-conscious to rant outside on the sidewalk, so I walked down the hall and into the restroom. Well, as long as I was in the restroom, I figured I might as well empty my bladder. So there I was engaged in passionate soliloquoy and bodily discharge when the session runner opened the door, interrupting the verbal stream if not the liquid one. It was a small room and the urinal was situated so that he had a comprehensive view from the doorway. His eyes got wide and he stammered a little, but I guess I really don't embarrass as easily as I used to because I just smiled pleasantly and said I thought I had locked the door but obviously it didn't latch properly. A few minutes later I was standing before the camera as if nothing unusual had happened. I got laughs during my stand-up and improv and a wow after my monologue. When I was done he said I was definitely in the top 5 percent he had seen.

A couple of weeks ago, one of the members of the crew of a short film I acted in asked me to be in his short film. In the previous project, I played a father who was eager for his son to come out of the closet. This time, I play someone who isn't ready to accept it at all. The moment where my character finds his home filled with half-naked young men dancing to techno music made me want to laugh during rehearsal, but I think I pulled off being suitably disturbed on camera.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Nov. 22 Final Improv Show of the Age!

That's right, Improvisation Inundation's next show will be the last one we do in the G.W. Bush years before the dawn of the Obama era, and that's an absolute guarantee (unless we have another show scheduled that no one has bothered to tell me about)!

The Office Sports Bar & Grill
2106 North Tustin Avenue
Santa Ana , CA 92705
Cost: $10


Come join us for an evening of improvisational comedy fueled by audience suggestions! Arrive early and have dinner and drinks. Food and beverage service will continue through the show. Reservations suggested. Call (714) 834-0943

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Come Again?

Lordy, here's a blast from my past:

You never know what's going to show up on YouTube.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Anne Opportunity to Save Some Green

Tickets for Anne of Green Gables - The Musical are on sale now. Readers of this blog have two ways to save up to $25 on the best seats in the house.

Ticket prices are:

Section A: $45 ($35 group rate, $20 early purchase)
Section B: $35 ($25 group rate, $20 early purchase)
Section C: $25 ($20 group rate, $20 early purchase)

Groups (10 or more) get 2 free tickets for every 8 purchased at the group rate.

The early purchase price is only valid until November 14 and is only available online. Visit

Monday, November 03, 2008

I'm Going to Avonlea!

Regular readers of this blog (if such fabulous creatures were to actually exist outside of my imagination) may recall my account of an audition gone awry during which I performed an inappropriate monologue. This was actually my third audition at this particular theater, and I more or less decided I was going to be permanent persona non grata. To my surprise, I got a callback, but not to my surprise, I didn't get the part. Within days, however, I did get a part (multiple roles, actually) in another show at another theater, so I was happy. Just a few days before the sold-out final performance of that show, I got an unsolicited call from a director at the first theater inviting me to come to an audition. Who am I to pass up another chance for rejection, I thought. So I went in not really expecting much, came out about five minutes later expecting less, and within a couple of hours I found myself cast in Anne of Green Gables - The Musical! I play the title character. No, I don't really. I may only have a couple of lines. I haven't seen the script yet. I'm just excited to be part of it. More news as the story develops.


Dec. 18 and 19 at 8 p.m.
Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.
The Heritage Forum
201 E. Broadway Ave.
Anaheim, California

Tickets available online.

For more information, go to or call (714) 777-3033.