It has been quite the Summer into Fall! I have had an amazing time writing, acting, and directing in Too Much Blind Makes the Baby Go Blind with The New York Neo-Futurists. While it is usually at a gritty, grown-up 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday nights, this weekend we are having a special Family Edition at 2pm on Saturday October 10th and Sunday October 11th! It's going to be a rollicking fun time for audiences ages 7-700! Click the show poster for details and tickets. <3
I've also been keeping up with my horn playing, too. Last weekend I perfomed in an orchestra backing the Altino Brothers, a virtuositic piano duo that programmed an amnitious program at Carnegie Hall. I love playing there.
Here are some upcoming dates where you can hear me playing horn (click each for details):
Check out this weird audio monologue I wrote and recorded for my debut with the New York Neo-Futurists next week in their ongoing show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind! I will be performing every Friday and Saturday night July 10 - August 8.
Two weeks ago I embarked upon a short tour to the Midwest with Food Will Win the War. We did bar and house shows in Columbus, Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland. Time for the highlight reel (hover over the pictures to read the captions):
Our bass player broke out his hip hop chops in a jam session on our last night, and I played along on horn and mini-korg. You check out a small snippet of that jam here.
Many other great things happened, and I met a lot of great people. Hope to hit the road with FW3 again soon!
Above is my first-ever set on a comedy showcase at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club on March 27th. I had a lot of fun, and can't wait to do it again!
2015's winter took me through some twists and turns and now I find myself blinking in the light of early spring, and things have changed. For one, I am now an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, the same group for whom I composed music for their prime time show, The Human Symphony. For two, I am also a stand up comedian now? I don't even really know how that one happened, just that it did, and that I like it. For three, I am on a new indie improv team called Forbidden Planet, and am constantly blown away by how freaking good at improv my teammates are. It feels good to be in a group that is constantly challenging me to be a better improviser.
Sunday, April 12th, 5:30p - Forbidden Planet improv set at Brit Pack (153 Lafayette, 3rd floor)
Thursday, April 16th, 7:30p - Performing on horn with the Hunter...
Things are clipping along at a decent pace so far. Here's the skinny:
I have been writing jokes all week to appy to the NBCUniversal Late Night Writer's Workshop with my writing partner Andrea Romano. I am now all out of jokes, completely out, so don't you dare come by and ask to borrow a cup of jokes you lousy neighbor.
I am currently writhing in the throes of my very first music director gig for a New York Neo-Futurists mainstage production called The Human Symphony. It opens January 22nd and runs through February 14th. The talented Dylan Marron (otherwise known as the lovely Carlos the Scientist on Welcome to Night Vale ) is the creator of this ambitious work, and I am so honored to be a part of it. Read more about it and buy your tickets here!
Speaking of Welcome to Night Vale, I will be performing on their live show this Friday at the NYU Skirball Center with the amazing Disparition! It is such an honor to be sh...
After years of telling myself I would go to New York Comic-Con but then not actually going, I AM FINALLY GOING THIS YEAR! I will be going, however, as a performer! Come hear me sing and play horn with my lovely accompanist Henry Koperski on accordion at David Petersen (creator of Mouse Guard)'s special panel on Thursday at 2:15pm! This panel will also feature readings of Mouse Guard lore by Hal Lublin and Mark Gagliardi.
On October 7th, Zola Jesus is releasing her newest album, Taiga. I played on a recording session for two of the tracks, "Hunger" and "Ego"....
This week my music life and my acting life collided when I was invited to be a musician extra on the new show produced by Amazon, "Mozart in the Jungle". I read the original book by Blair Tindall years ago, so it was really cool to be a small part of this project.
I had a fun surprise the next day when I was looking through the photos I took, and saw that I had inadvertently taken a photo of Jason Schwartzman while he was standing behind me while I was taking a selfie. I can't tell if he knows I was photographing him or not. I like to think he was photobombing my selfie. :D
Imma let Lumpy Space Princess introduce this post.
That’s right, guys. DRAMA BOMB.
Well, not really. Well, sorta. Today I'm gonna talk a little bit about bullying.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few decades, you know that bullying is a really serious problem amongst humans, especially younger ones. We are so afraid of people that are different than us or threaten us in some way. Our brains, unfortunately, are wired that way, and it’s hard to avoid being the type of person that ostracizes someone else at some point in your life. At some point, we are all the bad guy.
Some days you step up to the plate and Life just chucks the ball right at your head to get you to wake the hell up. Today was that kind of day for me.
My day job is a pretty great day job. They let me make my own schedule, they let me take four weeks off over the summer to go play horn in Missouri and California, they let me have red, blonde, and black locs without batting an eye. And it’s a production job, helping put on great community and education shows together around the boroughs.
Another reason why it’s great is that it keeps me hungry. It keeps me wanting more out of my performance career when I meet these accomplished artists and see them perform. And sometimes, when I’m really lucky, I get to hear them talk.
These are the Villalobos Brothers.
They are an incredible ensemble out of Veracruz, Mexico, and I’ve had the honor of working production for them on shows out at libraries this summer. They’ve got a big final show coming up, and one of the brothers, Ern...
Today I embarked upon a journey to a place I'd long feared and dreaded:
Open Casting Call
*cue lightning and thunder. this blog has a lightning-and-thunder intern, right?*
As many of you know, this past year I've been putting myself back into the theatre game; sporadic singing lessons, experimental theatre, improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade (thanks in part to their incredible Diversity Program). This summer I started taking real auditions, and so far it's gone pretty well- the two auditions I took earlier this summer both asked me to the call-backs (which I couldn't do becuase of my inability to get out of music gigs- womp womp).
Unlike the other two productions, which were small and sweet and reasonable, this particular one I took today was a behemoth of epic proportions. This was the thing my theatre friends who had left the trade warned me about, one of the things that drove them away from the business.
Let's start with my complete ignorance about how things like...