Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fringe 2009 - FFA 2 - Burning Man and the Reverend Nuge

"See, if I was a trained actor, I'd be able to do that sh*t."

Tommy Nugent

Burning Man and the Reverend Nuge

The magic and mayhem of one man's journey from Pentacostal preacher to atheist street magician looking for enlightenment at the annual Burning Man festival in northern Nevada. CRITIC'S PICK-Cincy Citybeat

Just your basic preacher turned gambler turned law school drop out turned street magician turned motivational speaker turned Fringe solo show artiste, Tommy Nugent has performed for more than half a million people over the last ten years. He weaves a magical tale told with humor, heart, and the occasional handling of dangerous objects.

This was a video preview from one of the out-of-town acts coming to the Minnesota Fringe Festival this year. I'm convinced now that this guy is probably a lot of fun to drink with. He comes across as a very genial fellow, one who you think could spin a good tale. The style of the video was very laid back, and humorous.

His video tour of his old stomping grounds included shots of buildings captioned with things like - The First Church I Started, The Place I First Fornicated, The First Church to Fire Me For Fornication - and so on. He would give a thumbs up or defeated shrug between each shot, depending on his feelings on the subject. It was most amusing.

We were assured that no one who attends his show will burn in the fires of hell for all eternity. Then he admitted that he doesn't think anyone will be condemned to hell anyway, but that sort of pitch doesn't sell tickets.

Given his background and personal journey and general demeanor, this show might be a lot of fun to go see. Now I just need to figure out a way to wedge it into my schedule.

Apparently there were no issues with time on his video, since we didn't have to worry about the green, yellow and red lights.

The Fringe's YouTube page has this Fringe-For-All offering posted, and I embed it at the bottom of this post for your viewing pleasure...

His other videos are at -

His show page

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