A short play I wrote for a holiday-themed new works festival. Some of the video quality is a bit shaky, but the whole play is there!
The Painful Threshold is a brand new podcast based on the UK-style panel show format, where all the questions asked to the panel are determined by the audience submitting questions to the show's Tumblr, Twitter or Facebook page. Episode one has just been posted (at the main link), and the panel features Kittysneezes contributor Jenny Byfield, Seattle comedian Nick Decktor and KEXP DJ Troy Nelson (also of the excellent band The Young Evils).
Were making comic books! But more importantly, for here, a comedy companion blog to hone our skills. Follow as Daniel takes his work more seriously, and Ken takes his less seriously.
A bored hot dog vendor turns amateur PI when she stumbles onto an enormous conspiracy and must use all her wits to solve the case. [more inside]
Most jugglers today post "look-what-I-can-do" videos. This month, I tried to buck the trend by creating a juggling video with short vignettes and concrete narrative arcs.
You're The Expert is a live show and podcast that makes academic research fun and accessible through comedy. I appeared on a special episode taped at the Boston Book Festival in my capacity as a rare book and manuscript librarian at Harvard's Houghton Library. Also available from Stitcher or as a direct mp3 link.
A comedy video about a Classic Rock radical vs. a Classic Rock moderate. We put a lot of work into it. It's five minutes long, which I realize is on the long side, so thanks for taking a look. [more inside]
The Edinburgh Fringe - the world's biggest arts festival - is under way, and we've composed a 256-page guidebook to the city written by over 160 comedians who are performing in the festival. [more inside]
I have been blogging about the creation of my latest play, a Doctor Who-themed romantic comedy called "Who Are You Supposed to Be?" that is set to debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in August. There are five posts about the project on my blog so far, tagged appropriately. We are also running a fundraiser and there is an IRL event for the show.
I've been spending the last few months putting together this festival-on-a-cruise-ship. It's three nights in the Caribbean, and three huge shows. Two comedy, one music. The music show's got John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, Nellie McKay, John Roderick and Dan Deacon. The comedy shows have (among others) John Hodgman, Al Madrigal, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Nick Thune, Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler and Josie Long.
Join the surreal web series Jew On This as they attempt to answer the question that many non-Jews have: "What is Purim?"
I've put seven questions together on the topic of clones. There is a tool on the website that lets you record your own answers to these questions. The answers will be edited into the first episode of the Machine Court Podcast, an audio program with sketch comedy and interviews related to technology and ethics. [more inside]
This is probably as honest as I’ll ever be about what I’m trying to accomplish with my podcast, Raging Titter Radio. I have always had a lot of thoughts and I’m often overwhelmed by them. Since I was a kid, I imagined my thoughts as balloons, too many comic books I suppose. Anyway, I try to chase them down and grab them before they float away forever. The easiest way to hang onto them is to tie the strings together. If I can tie enough balloons together, I can float away. That’s Raging Titter Radio. Oh and there’s always a top notch indie band playing a great song that's thematically relevant. [more inside]
Just in time for Halloween, here's a new comedy improv short that my wife and I made. She stars, and I directed. New parents get a very special visit from their first babysitter. It's Spooktacular! Starring Adria Dawn (NCIS, Nip/Tuck) as Raven, and guest starring Joel Stoffer (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) and Thanna Vickerman (Ultimate Reality.)
My good friend Mike Fitzgerald's comedic web series about political issues, featuring none other than noted political expert Vermin Supreme. I have Story credit, and many of my dear, sweet, delicious friends are actors in this.
I write semi-frequent posts at the Political Subversities blog, which also has a lot of funny stuff written by people who aren't me. [more inside]
This horror comedy short I directed is an 80s slasher trailer found on an imaginary VHS tape for a film that doesn't exist. Probably NSFW.
Step inside the "brain" of Jesus, the Pope, Kurt Cobain, or Tupac to come up with your own sentences and stories. Words are suggested based on the language patterns of the brain (and you are limited to their vocabulary). There's a learning curve, but once you get past it, hilarious times can be had. Read my introduction post or check out the tutorial to get started. [more inside]
is my latest comic venture. An existential horror-comedy set in northern Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior, it just wrapped its first storyline, which features a gang of foul-mouthed ghost sailors.
Hi all! Our company has been experimenting with this crazy comedy project in which we perform the internet, completely verbatim. We've done a bunch of one-night engagements of the project with new themes every time, and for the first time ever we have a 16-performance run. We're performing weekends through May 5th in the west village of NYC. [more inside]
My friend and fellow comic Natalie and I have started a podcast about pop culture. Our guests pick a few of their obsessions, and each week we delve into why we obsess about, well, what we obsess about. Take a listen and tell us what you think! [more inside]
International Waters is the pop culture comedy quiz show where land laws don't apply. Hosted by Jesse Thorn, produced by Colin Anderson, head writer Jordan Morris. Featuring Janet Varney, Paul Scheer, Josie Long, Tom Parry and celebrity guest film director Rian Johnson. [more inside]
It's a comedy show of interviews with absurd fake guests, plus improv scenes, sketches and other funny bits. [more inside]
In our latest improv short, my wife, Adria Dawn and I explore what happens when a pregnant woman gets trapped with a self-proclaimed pregnancy expert. This is a slightly twisted take on how soon-to-be parents really feel sometimes. We hope you enjoy it.
Episode 2 of Your Face is a Saxophone — an independent, non-commercial, fan-supported animated series about the advertising industry and people with inanimate objects for heads — is now online. [more inside]
This short horror-comedy film, Goodbye Kitty, which I helped produce, was originally created for a weekend shorts contest that involved writing, shooting, and editing the entire film in 51 hours. This is a more refined version of the film after a little more time was spent on post-production. [more inside]
I directed this short comedy sketch for a friend's comedy group. Check it out and pass the word along! Hoping to break 20,000 views by the end of the week! [more inside]
WTF is a popular podcast hosted by comedian Marc Maron. He interviews comics (and once in a while non-comics) about their lives and how their minds work, and generates really amazing insights. Since I'm a public radio producer, I talked Marc into making a limited-run public radio series out of some of the best episodes of the show. My colleague Nick White helped. You can listen to (and review) the episodes at PRX.org.
A "movie" made by me to promote my new monthly weirdo comedy night Live From The Lab which will soon also be a Podcast also. If you "Like" this sort of thing, "Like" us on Facebook to get notices of when the first and subsequent podcasts are releas'd. [more inside]
For over a year now, I've co-edited a blog collecting the best hilariously bad entries from wikipedia (previously discussed in the blue here.) Now I've decided to try and turn it into a comedy podcast! The first episode is up now.
I hope you'll check out www.thebarsceneseries.com, a new webseries about four twenty-somethings debating bar-appropriate "survey questions". Each webisode's survey question reveals a little more about each character and his/her own relationship woes. From preferred underwear on a partner, to theories of The One, this series is a light-hearted take on messy relationship and the healing salve of friends and beer.
It's Super Bowl Sunday! What better day to make fun of advertising? Your Face is a Saxophone is an animated comedy series about the advertising industry, and the people who work in it because they couldn't find a job in what they actually went to art school for. Also, everyone has inanimate objects instead of heads for some reason. [more inside]
My friends and I, unimpressed with the state of internet comedy, started our very own sketch comedy group. After 4 months spent writing, acting, producing, and editing, our first 12 videos are finally hitting the internet, one week at a time.
My buddy Doctor Pinkerton, mad scientist supreme, just released his latest album. It's fourteen tracks of genre-leaping silliness, with a comic-book style cover by yours truly. And if you can make it to the release party in New Orleans this Saturday, you can get a free comic book based on the album, too!
We just finished episode three of Put This On, a web series for men who want to dress like grown-ups. This one's about work, and we interviewed Paul Feig, the director of the upcoming "Bridesmaids," with Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd and Jon Hamm, and the co-creator of Freaks and Geeks.
Murder. Revenge. Suicide. Cannibalism. The new Tarantino movie? No, it's Shakespeare! A riotous romp through the canon that asks, "How many characters can you kill in one hour?" Coming soon to the Minnesota Fringe Festival! [more inside]