Day: August 19, 2014
You’re right. If you believe what you say, then you are right. “I could never do that” or “I don’t know how you get up on stage” or “I’m just not funny” are all your truth. You are 100% right. Say it again. Say it so many times that this is who you are. You are the watcher, the lurker and the observer. That’s who you believe you are. This is fine. I live with a person that has absolutely no interest in being on stage. Ever. She enjoys people watching. However, she has never said any of those things either. She knows what she wants and the stage isn’t one of them.
People say “I can’t” or “I never” not because they don’t want to, but because they are afraid. What they really want to say is “I wish I could do that, but I am afraid I will fail.” Is this fair? I know it’s true because it used to be my truth. I used to tell myself that I wasn’t talented. I believed that comedy was a hobby. I was a banker for 10 years. I was a closet comedian. I had to come out! I had no choice. For years I’d watch these comedians, actors and improvisers and think “Wow. I wish I could do that, but my calling is negative option arm mortgages in this unfailing and safe real estate market.” And then my net was taken from me. My safety job, my security of life, my easy way out was gone. I had ruined the economy. The universe didn’t give a shit about my plans. It said “What you are doing is wrong for you. You know that. Do something else.”
Life wasn’t cooperating with my truth. I’m so happy that happened because I stopped caring about failing. When you fail as miserably as I did (and still do), your cards are already on the table. Everyone knows you are washed up, broke and burnt. This was my chance to fail and fail and fail and fail because I was already a failure. So I thought.
I entered into the Florida’s Funniest Comedian competition in 2010 fully expecting to be denied since I hadn’t really done much stand up during my banking days. I got in. I did okay. It was fun. I was invited back to the Hard Rock to do another set. I’ve been back a handful of times since then to perform. I’m now an instructor there and in the West Palm Beach location.
I thought it might be a hoot to audition for Laughing Gas in 2010. I had taken a few improv classes off and on and figured “Who cares. It’ll be fun.” I got in, I played, I excelled. I created Sick Puppies and we just keep growing.
I stopped telling myself what I could and couldn’t do. My next venture is TV/FILM. I got an agent a few months ago to get back out to auditions. When I was in the mix 13 years ago, I didn’t book anything. I wasn’t sent on auditions. My narrative preceded me without having to say a word. Who knows what will happen, but my first 5 auditions have been a lot of fun.
There is no narrative. I don’t tell myself anything anymore. I just look at the opportunities available and see if any of them excite me. If they do, I jump. If they don’t, I don’t. I’m trying too many things to fail at all of them at once.
If you find improv to be interesting, but you’re telling yourself “I could never do that”, you’re wrong. You’re interested. Come join us. Have fun. That’s what this is all about. Figure out your real truth.
Time for Good News/ Bad News.
Bad News: Construction at the Improv means the SPC show can’t happen this Wednesday.
Good News: We’ve rescheduled to perform for you on Wednesday, June 25. The extra time means you can gather even more friends to take part in the first time Improv comes to the Improv.
Don’t miss this opportunity. Get your tickets now.
Never seen our show? Neither have we! Nothing is scripted in this non stop creation of comedy. Sick Puppies Comedy performs short form and long form improv for live audiences all over south Florida. The SPC cast is made up of movie and TV actors, improv pros, and theater veterans. Watch the stage come alive with just a single suggestion from you, the audience.
When: Wednesday, June 25th at 8 p.m.
550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Box Office: 561-833-1812
Ticket Prices: $15, two drink minimum
Advanced purchase required -as we typically sell out.
Just like every Sick Puppies show, all 90 minutes are made up on the spot, full of laughs and leave you wanting more. Bring your appetite. For entertainment. We’ll be serving up a bunch of it.
Have you seen the video about the asshole that scares his girlfriend 22 times? Yeah, those are two cast members of Sick Puppies Comedy. Aristotle Georgeson and Adrienne Airhart are founding members of the troupe, but left for Los Angeles last February.
“People think I’m a piece of shit.” If you check out the comments on Youtube or HuffPost or Elite Daily, Aristotle is right. As an outsider looking in, it’s hard not to see that point of view. However, since we know Adrienne and Aristotle and got a chance to talk to them, it’s really just two comedians figuring out another way to get themselves out there in the world.
“I did this for two reasons” Georgeson says. “1. It was fun and she scares easy. 2. Because she’s so skittish it became therapy.”
Wait, did he just try to say he did this for her own good?
“You’re damn right.” he continues. “She’s like a boxer. You have to train her. I’m training her for the real world”
“Wait, now I’m a boxer?” Airhart chimes in.
So, are you cured now?
“No. In fact, I got scared at work today. It’s a commonly known fact that I scare easily. In fact, people will warn me when someone is about to sneeze. It’s all PTSD induced from when I was 6. I’ve had many years of therapy to hide the weirdness. I used to drop to the ground in fear and am no where near that way anymore.”
So it’s therapeutic for him to scare you?
Georgeson hops in to plead his case. “You’ll notice in the progression of the videos that it became harder to scare her. It took longer. I had to approach her from a distance. I think it helped.”
How did it go viral?
“I sent it to the websites I wanted to see post it. I sent it to BroBible where I used to write and they must have forwarded to Elite Daily, where George Takei shared it on FaceBook. I did email HuffPost so that must be where it came from even though it was a couple of days after I sent it.”
Airhart: “We were surprised at how much it took off. Now I’m scared because I fear more and more people are going to scare me.”
Your Last show with Sick Puppies was February 2013. What are you up to now?
Adrienne: “We hit the ground running. Aristotle got a job. We always have day jobs. Which is different from most comics. It’s a hindrance, but we have to make that money. I got picked up on twitter by Patton Oswalt. He booked me in his show. Which got me more credibility with the comics. We started our own comedy show on our patio. We have amazing comics on every show. Aristotle is the booker for it. He is business savvy and I bake cookies.
This [viral video] was big for us, but it doesn’t really exemplify our comedic abilities. We’re travelling a lot for comedy and for his company Vapor Clouds. He caught me smoking a bong on video, but we are entrenched on the weed scene here.”
Aristotle and Adrienne both shot separate spec pilots. The year flew by and so much as come to them.
Can you talk about your writing and comedy process?
Adrienne: “[Do] An average of 5 sets a week. Double hitting one of those nights. Not listening to other people. Crying in my car on the way home is very therapeutic. The more you hate yourself, the better your jokes are. Lots of self hating. Not hard to do because I have a full length mirror. I write everyday. I’ll tweet a premise. I write in a notebook when I’m at the club or on an airplane. We have chill sessions with comics and just talk. That counts as writing. Throwing tags at each other. We do that three times a week.”
Aristotle. “I write daily. My process isn’t the same. Not a lot of crying in the car. My comedy derives from happiness which is different from most comedians. When I’m happiest is when I’m doing best on stage. I feel I’m a better performer than a writer. It counts whether I’m actually writing or just yelling shit at myself in the car.”
What is the scene like in Los Angeles?
Aristotle: “Here, it’s very rare to see a comedian running their show material at an open mic. So falling back on material is the worst thing you can do. It’s tougher for lesser known folk to get on shows where you can work on your act. The path of a comic in Los Angeles is to get on shows in Los Angeles to make a name for yourself when nobody gets paid to do comedy and then tour the country and get onto movies and TV shows for money.”
We miss our funny puppies, but it looks as though they have a ton of success in their future. We thank both of them for taking time to catch up and maybe just maybe, you’ll see them performing with us again in the short future.
Real quick. This is a NSFW article, where we talk about the ICP, a “Horrorcore” musical group that considers cannibalism a good subject for song. Surprisingly enough, researching this article was a laugh-a-minute enterprise.
But anyway, the point is that you should hide your children. We’re going into the Danger Zone.
According to a recent article by The New York Times, the US government has classified Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.”
For those out there going, “Juggawho?” Juggalos are essentially a group of fans who share an intensely odd love of the “musical” group Insane Clown Posse (often abbreviated as ICP.) The ICP started irrelevantly enough, as nothing more than three guys from Detroit who wanted to perform hip hop.
Using the stage names “Violent J,” “2 Dope” and “John Kickjazz”, they played at various small-time nightclubs, even getting some playtime at the local radio station. However, while their group was called the Inner City Posse, they also participated in gang activity under the same group name.
As time passed they left their criminal activity behind, and their success began to grow. At least in part due to their insane lyrics, the people who liked these guys really liked these guys
Here are some lyrics from their 1997 song, “House of Horrors.” (Warning: it’s a little gross.)
“Bathroom? Yeah it’s right down the hall. Don’t flush it, though. I’ll make dinner for you all. I’m possessed too.”
Hoping to disassociate themselves from the gang, the hip-hop group changed its name to Insane Clown Posse, due to a strange dream Violent J had about a supernatural traveling carnival. It might be this move which also contributed to the group’s slowly growing success, as they created a dense mythology surrounding a “Dark Carnival,” which represented their conception of the afterlife.
Eventually John Kickjazz left the ICP, and so the duo began playing larger venues.
Their lyrics got even crazier, as can be seen in “F*** the World,” one of the singles from their album, The Amazing Jeckel Brothers.
“F*** disco, Count a Monte Cristo
F*** Cisco, and Jack and Jerry Brisco
And f*** everyone that went down
With the Titanic, in a panic
I’m like, f*** you all”
So, it would be fair to say they’re a quirky group.
They’d probably never have gotten into the mainstream, if it wasn’t for their oddly well-meaning pro-science song, “Miracles,” from the album Bang Pow Boom. (Definitely NSFW)
Of course, when I say they went mainstream, what I mean is that making fun of them became mainstream. In December 2012 SNL made fun of them with their sketch, “Kickspit Underground Rock Festival.” This was after a number of other parodies, among them College Humor’s “Juggalo News”.
To get a pulse on how the general internet-literate public feels about the ICP, I went on Urban Dictionary, and got some pretty interesting results.
Suffice it to say, the ICP is an interesting thing. I call it “thing” because I’m a little unsure what else to call it. But I think, if nothing else, there’s a lesson to be learned here.
You can be funny without ever trying to be funny.