Monday, August 02, 2004

While You're At It...
...Or Shows In A Similar Vein

Still grinning like a crazy person after watching a round of...
Improv A Go-Go: Deathmatch?

Look Ma, No Pants: The Last One
The Scrimshaw Brothers
Loring Playhouse


Jack & Ben's 10th Annual Bar Crawl and Moveable Feast
Joseph Scrimshaw
Brave New Workshop

Last year's Fringe, I finally saw the Scrimshaw Brothers in action and learned what all the fuss was about.

Again, I need a laugh. Theatre-going is my therapy. Creating it and watching it are how I process this nutty world.

And a good kind of nutty it is when the Scrimshaw Brothers are in charge.

These guys don't just embrace the Fringe. They attack it, they wrestle into submission. And there's probably some tickling and liquor involved in there somewhere as well.

Though I'm sorry to see No Pants go, I'm sure other amusing Scrimshaw endeavors are already taking shape to replace it. And as Matthew Foster rightly pointed out, there's nothing to lose this time so you can expect no less than a police raid.

Just like last year, they're on at 11:20pm most nights of the Fringe schedule. So after the other shows have gone to bed, you can still unwind with the Scrimshaws and their comedy/musical/dance ensemble, complete with special guests from other Fringe shows...

Fri, Aug 6th--Ari Hoptman
Sat, Aug 7th--John Munger
Sun, Aug 8th--Dean J. Seal
Weds, Aug 11th--Ministry of Cultural Warfare
Thurs, Aug 12th - Pablo
Fri, Aug 13th--Ferrari McSpeedy
Sat, Aug 14th--Marc Gutman: Origamist (read that carefully)

Who will live? Who will die? Who will get their pants back?

Only one way to find out...

And of course, with a title like Look Ma, No Pants, I'm required to take my mom, right? (hee hee, you think I'm kidding)

And not only are they fun in groups, they're funny solo. (Uh, OK, that sounded dirty, but I meant...oh never mind)

Joseph Scrimshaw wrote and performed in "The Worst Show in the Fringe" - which was the #1 show in the 2002 Fringe and came back and cleaned up again as the #4 show in the 2003 Fringe.

This guy knows what he's doing. This time it's a one man comic tour-de-force. Do I even need to say what it's about? It's almost beside the point. Joseph's funny. You won't waste your time and money when you spend time at his shows, whatever/whenever/wherever they are. Just go, already.

If you really need more convincing, go to his website for further amusing deatils.

While You're At It - other shows that, if you like any of the other top ten/sure thing shows I mentioned, should also be of interest to you:

The Valets (for the Plants and Animals crowd)
Punk Rock Awesome (for the In Defense of Sin crowd)
Delaware, And Other Lies (for the Kevin Kling crowd)
Osama Kincaid, Painter of Terror (for the Death Penalty Puppetry crowd)
Pipes (for the Origin of Consciousness crowd)
Lokasenna (for the Metamorphoses crowd)
EAT! A Generous Buffet of Karen Carpenter's Songbook (for the Philosophy/Ben Folds crowd)
Tequila (for the Philosophy/Ben Folds crowd)
VISION'S TALE: Curse of the Machine / Cycles of Social Haunting / Birth of Vision (for the Judas Cradle crowd)
The Queen of Block E (for the Beaded Fringe crowd)
Whiskey Bars (for the Knock! crowd)

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