“When I was in high school I was a really huge ‘SNL’ fan. I remember the cast around the time I started watching it - Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Cheri O'Teri, Tracy Morgan. I did research to find out how people got on the show. Their bios always said they came from an improv team, so I started taking classes.” - Aubrey Plaza
Here’s me as Mark Twain and Matt Gourley as Carl Sagan. Before the Dead Authors Podcast concludes its monthly run in September, I wanted to see what it was like to be the guest. Having hosted this show for years, I knew that as challenging as my job can be, I suspected it was a much bigger challenge to sit in that other chair. And I was RIGHT. My hat is off to all the brilliant improvisers I’ve had on this show over the years, who always always always made it look effortless. Turns out it isn’t! And thanks to my pal Matt Gourley for playing Carl Sagan for the second time on the DAP– it had to be him; no one else would have made sense to me. And no one could have taken better care of me. And biggest thanks of all to our audience– if they were at all disappointed by this non-advertised switcheroo, they very politely and skillfully hid it from me. I have never ever not enjoyed myself at a Dead Authors show, and I can’t say that about everything. HG Wells will be back on Monday for round two with L. Ron Hubbard! AND DONATE YOUR TIME AND/OR MONEY TO YOUR LOCAL 826 CHAPTER!
@ucbtla: “Congrats and good luck to UCB co-founder #AmyPoehler, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. #emmys #parksandrec
Photo of Amy Poehler in Gravid Water 8/7/11 with #AubreyPlaza by @liezlwashere.”
I DID NOT HAVE LEMONS, I STRAIGHT UP HAD LEMONADE : AKA THE BENDERTHON
Tonight was my monthly talk show Strangers Wanted with Shannon O'Neill.
I knew the audience would be light, NYC is in recovery mode, traveling into and within the city is a pain. So on my way into the city I decided to enjoy the lemonade I was going to have, because performing at UCB is always Lemonade.
That lemonade was about 7 paying audience members, a few UCB performers & the Friday night interns.
Generally my show requires 10 audience members to participate in the show, the lack of audience meant a special edition of Strangers Wanted would happen, real special.
More importantly my show is about meeting new people and having a good time.
So that is what we did, and we found a way to raise money for the Red Cross.
We sat in a circle and all shared things about us, some of us talked about our hurricane experience, the conversation eventually led to sharing stories about shitting and pissing our pants, or as audience member Caesar called his “I had a wet one.”
BUT THEN THERE WAS PAT REGAN. @POREGAN
Get ready to be psyched about PAT “BENDERTHON” REGAN.
Pat has been an avid runner his entire life, but he came to a point a couple of years ago where he wanted to put running into his past and move forward, but he wanted to find a way to do it. So for the past year he trained really hard for the NYC Marathon. He said he has been looking forward to November 5th for the past year. It was going to bring him closure to a part of his life, and he was going to move forward.
(Pat if I got any of the facts wrong, I apologize, but my words are now truth)
Then today he found out the Marathon was cancelled so he threw his hands up in the air and decided he was going to go on a 48 hour bender. My show was hour one of that bender.
I told Pat he can still run the marathon. He can do 4 Laps and change in Central Park, and he will have run a Marathon in NYC. A New York City Marathon. People can’t tell you that you can’t do it, You can still run it, you don’t need Bloomberg’s permission, you just need your own.
Then everyone else in the audience said they would throw in money also.
Gethard - $100, Drew - $50, Matty - $20, Oscar $25, Connor $10, Hallie $50, Bjorn $50, Megan $25, Caesar $10, Amy - $50, Jenny $10, Tobin $100, John $50, Abbi $50, Mimi $25 - plus a few others I forgot to write down (sorry!).
THAT IS $825 FOR THE RED CROSS
And we are calling it the #BENDERTHON
Pat asked if he had to complete his bender, I told him no, but he can if he wants.
Regardless, Pat is going to run on Sunday in the Park, get closure to his life, and raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
You can support in 3 ways.
1. Tweet encouragement at him @poregan and include the hashtag #Benderthon
2. Go to Central Park on Sunday and cheer him on, maybe have water for him when he needs it (time details TBA)
3. Donate to the Red Cross in the name of #Benderthon
If you have any questions you can tweet at me @spotastic or message me on tumblr.
Also, don’t forget you are surrounded by lemonade.
You MUST find time to shower, change clothes, and sleep. If you’re smart, you’ll find a way to do all three at the same time.
It’s impossible to see everything. Pick out a few shows you don’t want to miss and then keep an open mind about the rest.
Speaking of: See out-of-town groups and don’t judge an entire city of improvisers based on one group’s show. Rarely does the “Best Show of All Time” happen at DCM. (Except for Baby Wants Candy in 2005. HOLY SHIT.)
See No Posers.
Be cool to other performers. They love improv as much as you do, so don’t be a snob!
Be warm to the volunteers and staff. They are doing literally the most thankless jobs of the Marathon.
It is not necessary to use drugs or alcohol to enjoy DCM.
It does not hurt to (responsibly) use drugs or alcohol to enjoy DCM.
Make your life easier: Download the DCM16 app. Follow @DCM_lines on Twitter.
If you are a performer, don’t put any pressure on yourself to have the “Best Show of All Time.” Improv isn’t about dwelling — it’s about being in the moment and enjoying what other people do. Do your shows, have fun, be nice. Repeat.