Monday, October 12, 2009

Day 11 - License to Thrill

I love the Thrillionaires. For those of you who aren't aware of who the Thrillionaires are, first of all, welcome to 2009. We've missed you. The Thrillionaires are a group actors who perform improvised plays and musicals. In case you were cryogenically frozen before improvised was defined, it means "to make crap up on the spot" [Oxford English Dictionary] We perform every Saturday at 8pm at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo, UT

I performed this evening (Saturday). For the first half we did a paranormal play. I played a British fop who owned a library mansion. It was a blast. Second half was a Clue-type musical. In that one I was a blind man who had a seeing-eye crow named Poe. (I know, I know, it should have been a raven)

There is nothing quite like performing live improv. It's a special fleeting moment shared between the audience and the performer. [Cue the music] It is coming into creation right then and there, providing a tear for every laugh. And just like that, *poof*, it's gone. Only to live on in the minds of those who were present. Memories that will be forever cherished and remebered, bringing a chuckle. Improv is a gift.

Wow, the funniest part of all that is that it's true.

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Day 10 - Who Picks Our Destiny?

New bucket list item:

35. Own the Patent to Candy Corn
36. Prove/ disprove String Theory
37. Voice a Pixar cartoon

Wow Pixar. Wow.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Day 9 - Standing Up for Something

"For Halloween I'm going to dress up as a character from Lost; guess which one?"
"HURLEY!" a girl shrieks.
"Hurley? No, Sayid. You big jerk!"
Audience laughs

This evening was my debut on the stand up comedy scene. Granted, I only did 6 minutes, but I caught the bug. The audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. I found what worked and what didn't.

Note to self: No Jewish Zombie Holocaust jokes...

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Day 8 - Life is Booty-ful

2pm-- Lunch with Will Rubio at a Chinese buffet. We love Mongolian bbq. Afterward, Will had an audition at our agency. I did not have an audition, so, naturally I went...
along with him so I could say "hi" to my agent. (Must stay fresh in their minds) Got there and chatted with Johnna. She's a great lady who lived in my neighborhood when I was 14. She works at the front desk. We caught up. She had just gotten back from a Caribbean Cruise. Jealous.

After a while, the person who was running the audition came out of the audition room.
That dude looks like my friend Jared, I thought. Turns out it was my friend Jared.
He'll for sure let me crash this audition. I was sure.
It was for a Latin role. I can't pull off Latin. Black? Maybe. But not Latin. He asked what I thought of the link he posted on my Facebook wall.
I had no idea what he was talking about.
He told me to check it. When I got home I did. This is what I saw.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Monday, October 05, 2009

Day 6 - Cheesy TV

Doritos is holding a contest called Crash the Superbowl. The challenge is to make a commercial featuring Doritos Brand Tortilla Chips. The winner gets their ad aired during the Superbowl XLIV and $25,000 (That's about $250 after tax and fees!)

Since it would be a great step towards becoming famous, I'm gonna make one.

This afternoon I had a meeting with a hilarious improv friend and one of the most creative directors I know. It went splendidly. We have 2 concepts that we'll let marinate this week, then we'll choose and shoot the best one. Since it is a contest I can't divulge many details. BUT, the one thing I can say is that since the ad has to appeal to mass America, there will be nut-busting antics a la America's Funniest Videos (AFV, to the fans). Now if we could only get Bob Saget to narrate it...


Day 5 - Matt the Fat Frat Cat with the Hair Hat

As I mentioned in my last post, at the end of this month I will be playing a part in a vampire film. My character is a frat boy who, with his frat brother, aids the main character in the slaughter of vampires.

A Hairy Situation
A couple months ago the director asked me to grow my hair out until we shoot. "Not a big deal", I thought. But I didn't realize that, not only does my hair grow at the speed of a snail (that is fast for hair), but it reatains heat like a tinfoil turban. I've been burning up like Snoop Dogg at a Phish concert.

Cut. Print it.
As luck (And the turning of the seasons) would have it, the weather is cooling down. But I just know that, come time for the movie, they'll just chop my mop clean off my top. After all, I look much frat-ier with shorter hair.

Not that I'm complaining. I get to forcefully stab stakes into Edward... er... other vampires who aren't Edward Cullen. (We can't all have our druthers)

Note: As far as what I did today to advance toward my goal, I wrote this post. So there.

Day 4 - Zombie Spiders

Today I saw 2 inspirational productions: Zombieland and Charlotte's Web. There were quite a few similarities. Both dealt with death, both had great directors and both featured a glutenous rat named Templeton (Except for Zombieland).

Watching these really got me excited to shoot a vampire comedy at the end of October. (More details to follow, and no, it's not Twilight 3)

Friday, October 02, 2009

Day 3 - Farming Ideas

So today I wasn't ultra productive- Unless you define "being productive" as spraying a 500 lb pig with a hose so he could wallow in the mud. In that case, I was very productive.
I went to Wheeler farm and walked around brainstorming ideas for some jokes for stand up comedy. Yes, I've decided to try my hand at stand up. I can't garauntee it will be funny, but I can garauntee that I'll do it.
In fact, my first attempt will be made Thursday, October 8th at 9:30 pm at ComedySportz. It's part of the Keep it Clean Comedy Tour. Since I have to keep it clean I guess I can't use the pig joke I wrote.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Day 2 - Web Out of Site

Bad news: It's the end of Watermelon season.
Good news:
I talked to my friend Steve about getting my Web Site made. I already have the URL. Ready for this? It's... drum roll please...


I know what you're thinking. What is dot em ee? You see, it's a web extension, much like dot com or dot net, except it's dot em ee. So, I used to own, but then I accidentally let it lapse, and then some random company that buys up lapsed domain names just, well, bought it up.

They charge buttloads of $$$ to buy it back so I" went with


I think it will grow on you. What do you think?