September 30, 2014
Horror Movie Season!

Time to NOT dust off the cobwebs and get ready for October, the spookiest month of the year! In preparation for Halloween, I will be shooting for at least 31 horror movies this month that I have never seen before (or that I’ve seen so long ago I don’t remember them at all).  I’ve limited my choices to films that are available on either Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Youtube so other people can play along with me.  Here’s my tentative list so far:

ABCs of Death (netflix)
Almost Human (netflix)
Bad Milo! (netflix)
The Believers (netflix)
The Boogey Man (prime)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (netflix)
Children of the Corn (netflix)
Class of Nuke ‘em High (netflix)
Creepshow 2 (netflix)
The Dark Half (netflix)
The Dark Night of the Scarecrow (youtube)
Deadly Blessing (netflix)
The Dunwich Horror (netflix)
Elvira Mistress of the Dark (netflix)
Frightmare (prime)
Here Comes the Devil (netflix)
House of Whipcord (netflix)
The House That Dripped Blood (prime)
Humanoids From the Deep (netflix)
The Legend of Hell House (netflix)
Maniac (2012) (netflix)
Messiah of Evil (prime)
The Oblong Box (prime)
Possession (1981) (youtube)
The Prophecy (netflix)
Proxy (netflix)
The Sacrament (netflix)
Scream 2 (netflix)
Sorority House Massacre (netflix)
Survival of the Dead (netflix)
Witchboard (youtube)

In addition to these, I will also try to watch the following on DVD or for rental on Prime.

The Beast Within
The Crazies
Leviathan (1989)
Motel Hell
Nightbreed
The Prowler
Something Wicked This Way Comes 
Stagefright (1987)

ALSO! These are some of my favorite movies to watch around or on Halloween and I will try to re-watch a few of them.

Bride of Frankenstein
Carnival of Souls
The Evil Dead
The Fog
Halloween and subsequent sequels
The Haunting
Monster Squad
Night of the Living Dead
Return of the Living Dead
Suspiria
Trick ‘r Treat


FINALLY! Here’s a list of really great horror movies available to watch instantly on Netflix.  You can plan your own horror movie month!

American Psycho
Bay of Blood
Black Sabbath
Black Sunday
The Blair Witch Project
The Cabin in the Woods
Candyman
Carrie
Day of the Dead
Don’t Look Now
Dust Devil
Fright Night
The Frighteners
From Dusk til Dawn
Hardware
Hellraiser
Hellraiser 2: Hellbound
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
The Host
House on Haunted Hill
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 & 1978)
Ju-On
The Lair of the White Worm
Let the Right One In
Manhunter
Night of the Creeps
Night of the Living Dead
Nosferatu
Pontypool
Re-Animator
Rosemary’s Baby
Scream
The Serpent and the Rainbow
Silence of the Lambs
The Stuff
Trollhunter
Tucker and Dale vs Evil
Witchfinder General
White Zombie


Fun, let’s have it!

June 26, 2014
DCM Time

This weekend is the Del Close Marathon, a yearly tradition at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City.  It is a huge improv festival/party where you can see some truly amazing performances.  I also consider it my “Improv Birthday,” because it was my introduction to long-form improv.

My first DCM was 2009.  I was visiting my sister in New York and suggested we go, not knowing what it was, because I had heard Doug Benson say he was going to be there on his podcast.  We got in line at the Chelsea Theater on Friday, got in, and didn’t leave for twelve hours.  The next day, we did the same thing for fourteen hours.  We packed lunches so we wouldn’t have to leave.  There are a ton of amazing memories I have from that marathon, but the one my sister and I always recall is Dar Silicon.  For nearly an hour, Owen Burke, dressed in a jumpsuit and wielding a dented trombone, improvised rock songs along with a bassist and drummer.  It was inspired madness at 5:00 in the morning.  At one point, while entirely prone on the ground and resting his head on a beer can in a true moment of exhaustion, Burke led the audience in a chant of “Never give up! Never give up!” until he had regained form and launched back into the frenetic, high-energy dancing that had come to define the set up until that point.  We left the basement theater just as the sun was coming up and while we stood in the middle of 26th street trying to hail a cab, I turned to my sister and said “Someday I am going to perform in this thing.”  I had never taken an improv class.

Jump to 2011, my third marathon.  I am standing behind the curtain of the UCB stage, about to step out and perform.  I hit that goal that I had set almost exactly two years before.  I don’t remember the set, other than the fact that there was a real dog in the audience, but I do remember the sense of accomplishment I felt after it was over.  It was the first time in my life that I can remember consciously setting a goal and then working hard to make sure I achieved it.  The whole experience felt great for about a day.  Then my next big thought was “What next?”  I had to set another goal to see if I could reach it.  

Up until this point in my life (I was 27 at the time), I was pretty convinced I would accomplish nothing.  I struggled (and still do sometimes) with very low self-esteem and a complete lack of self-confidence for my entire life.  The most common thought I had throughout my adolescence and early adulthood was “you aren’t going to be able to do this, so why even bother.”  That is an atrophic mindset; I prevented myself from pursuing things that really made me happy.  It’s also probably why I still lived with my parents and my weight had gotten so out of control I looked like a farm animal.  But by simply setting that goal and then honestly working hard to hit it, a world of possibilities was opened to me.  If I can do this with this relatively simple thing, let’s see how far I can go.

So I started setting goals for myself with the following rule: each time you hit one, you have to set two new ones.  I found this was important because it is very easy to relax once you hit one of your goals.  There is a fine line between celebrating your most recent accomplishment, living in that moment and looking forward to the future.  With this process in place, I started reaching more and more, growing exponentially each time I hit a milestone.  And this process bled into other aspects in my life, not just in improv and comedy.  I found I was constantly trying to better myself, with the knowledge that there was no ceiling to where I could go. Life is a constant journey of improvement and I was determined to do it the best I can.

This year’s Del Close Marathon is my sixth and it is also a very special one for me.  It is the first time I will be performing at it as a member of a UCBT house team.  I feel very fortunate and grateful.  It was a huge goal I set almost two years ago.  I am going to take full advantage of this opportunity and enjoy every second of it, however long it lasts. I am also already setting up some new milestones I want to hit, because I have learned from my experiences up to this point that you should always be working towards something bigger.

So while DCM is a fun party and a great experience for a lot of people, it really signifies a lot more for me.  I call it my “Improv Birthday” because it was my introduction to improv.  But I really could call it my “Re-Birthday” (or some other, better name) because it was a catalyst for a big change in my life.  If you’re reading this and will also be at DCM, remember to take a moment during all that fun to realize how lucky you are to be doing this, and also how to always be working to something greater.

NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE UP!

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May 21, 2014
All the suggestion themes

iamachilles:

These are the ones that I came up with. One of the themes Shannon came up with was 9/11.

This is a glimpse into my psyche.

Former UCB house / improv teams
NBA playoffs
Nic Cage
The Beatles
Universal Studios
Game of Thrones
Breaking Bad
Hitchcock
Brooklyn
Dr. Strangelove
Coen…

I was Wu-Tang Clan.

February 9, 2014
First Indie Harold Night: 8pm Sunday, Deb 9 at Creek and the Cave, LIC

ucblove:

indieharoldnight:

Three of New York City’s best comedic improv teams create a comedy show on the spot, inspired by your suggestions. 
Each Indie Harold Night is a powerhouse of explosive comedy and breath-taking beauty as tomorrow’s comedy stars tackle improv’s funniest - and toughest - form. 
[You will leave the show a changed human being.]
Here’s the Facebook event.
SUNDAY’s LINEUP:
Your hosts, Chris Griswold and Daisy Rosario
Perfect Zero
Zach Cherry
James Coker
Chris Griswold
Arlen Konopaki
Caitlin Puckett
Ashley Brooke
Alex Song
#SoAlone
Andrea Finlayson
Catherine Fullerton
Gwen Lawson
Jibri Nuriddin
Andrew O’Shaughnessy
Anna Roisman
Chris Sarantos
Michael Stein
Doug Voight
Meagan Walsh
Tall Boys
Alan Aisenberg
Harry Barron
Lindsay Calleran
Luke Field
Dan Hewins
Kiki Mikkelsen
Matthew Rubano
Emily Wallace
Indie Harold Night is at Creek and the Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave, Long Island City.
MTA Directions:
7 to Vernon/Jackson
G to 21 St/Van Alst
E or V to 23 St/Ely Ave
B61 to 11th Street
Q67 to Jackson and 46th ave.
BOOKING: chrisgriswold+IHN@gmail.com

This is the start of a new, exciting thing in the NYC improv community, a chance to see and perform Harolds in the great Creek and the Cave in Long Island City. Teams will receive notes from an experienced coach, and we’ll all have a great time.

Yay!

September 13, 2013
1950sunlimited:

Armour Franks, 1956
ad detail

Hot dog.

1950sunlimited:

Armour Franks, 1956

ad detail

Hot dog.

September 1, 2013
NaSkeWriMo NOW!

This is my first NaSkeWriMo in NYC. Literally day 1 of NaSkeWriMo is day 1 for me in NYC. In 2010, I wrote 30 sketches in Hatboro, PA. In 2011, I wrote 30 sketches in Philadelphia, PA. In 2012, I wrote 4 sketches in Philadelphia, PA. So my goal is to nail it this year. That would make 90 sketches in three different towns, each bigger than the last.

I’m already making excuses for myself. Today, my excuse was “I walked up 1,000 flights of stairs in the past two days and my tummy hurts because I ate too much popcorn and M&Ms and cookies while watching Elysium in the theater.”

Tomorrow will be better.

August 31, 2013
flavorpill:

20 of the Greatest Silent Horror Films You Can Watch Right Now

Good things. Haxan will rock your world.

flavorpill:

20 of the Greatest Silent Horror Films You Can Watch Right Now

Good things. Haxan will rock your world.

(via williebhines)

May 7, 2013
Bear fly free!

Bear fly free!

(Source: insolacion)

April 10, 2013

Wowie Zowie, this is funny.

(Source: davidbluvband, via cathrynmudon)

March 23, 2013

This came out in 1940.  It’s a shame such wisdom has been ignored so completely for that long.

January 7, 2013
csweigel:

as inspired by andy dwyer, i think instead of asking people what they’re working on or what projects they’re involved with, i’m going to start asking what people are doing for their dream.
“are you doing your dream?”
“how are you feeding your dream?”
“status update on your dream: go!”
it sounds dramatic but i think it’s necessary. i frequently lose sight of why i’m doing things and just worry about getting stuff done or getting by. in order to regain focus and perspective, i need to knock on the door of the little man who operates my brain and yell “HEY! HOW ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR DREAM?”
i’m going to start asking you guys too. so get ready to be held accountable for making shit happen.

Sitcoms are often sources of good advice.  So are improv friends.

csweigel:

as inspired by andy dwyer, i think instead of asking people what they’re working on or what projects they’re involved with, i’m going to start asking what people are doing for their dream.

“are you doing your dream?”

“how are you feeding your dream?”

“status update on your dream: go!”

it sounds dramatic but i think it’s necessary. i frequently lose sight of why i’m doing things and just worry about getting stuff done or getting by. in order to regain focus and perspective, i need to knock on the door of the little man who operates my brain and yell “HEY! HOW ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR DREAM?”

i’m going to start asking you guys too. so get ready to be held accountable for making shit happen.

Sitcoms are often sources of good advice.  So are improv friends.

December 15, 2012
A Resolution For 2013

For the past few New Year’s, I have had a list of 10 resolutions, the rationale being that by casting a wide net I will be able to accomplish several goals for a particular year.  The most I’ve ever achieved was 4, a far cry from a full 10 but still a fine accomplishment in my book.  I haven’t reviewed them for 2012 yet, but I know I’ve accomplished at least one of them: get healthy (I’ve lost 45lbs and significantly changed my diet).  So as the new year approaches, I’ve started giving consideration to my 2013 Resolutions.  And then today, I had an emotional breakdown regarding the Connecticut School Shooting.  I am about as emotionally detached as a person can be, so my version of an emotional breakdown involves 5 minutes of intense sobbing followed by an unhealthy amount of binge eating (ex. a whole box of Ellio’s Pizza).  I find the amount of cruelty and viciousness in this world to be so overwhelming sometimes that I just want to crawl under my bed and never come out.  In the wake of epic tragedies like the one today, everyone has an opinion about why it happened, how it can be fixed/prevented from happening again, and how to move on.  And the discussion could never end because every day horrible, terrible things are happening all over the place.  And we can all talk and talk until we are blue in the face and more than likely, nothing will ever be done to fix anything.  And, as a solitary person in a world of 12 billion people, it seems as if most of us can do nothing more than just shrug our shoulders, say “what can you do?,” and pray to our respective higher powers (mine are The Great Cosmic Whale-Gods) that we aren’t stepped on or victimized by one of our fellow men.  This helplessness is intensified, for me at least, by the realization that we are all just specks of dust in the history of time, mere drops in the bucket of the infinite years that have passed and will continue to pass long after we are gone.  So what’s the point of all this?  In my continual effort to support the power of positive thinking in my own life, I refuse to admit that this life is pointless.  And, since I am alive for just this split second in time, I figure I’d better make the best of it.  So, for 2013 (and hopefully the rest of my life) I resolve the following:

Be nice.


In the movieRoad House, Patrick Swayze plays a Zen bouncer who has three simple rules for bouncing, the third of which is “be nice.”  Of course, at the end of the movie, Swayze rips out a man’s throat and kills all his enemies.  Spoiler alert: not very nice.  But what can you expect from a movie whose director is named Rowdy?  Anyway, I am stealing the third rule and appropriating it for my own life.

I will be nice.  Always.  I will always speak nice of everyone.  When I have nothing nice to say, I will force myself to find something nice to say.  Or I will say nothing.  I will avoid gossip, slander, and general trash talk.  I will purge my brain of negative thoughts about others.  I will be patient and welcoming to all.  I will actively try to understand other people’s perspectives.  I will treat others with the respect that all human beings deserve.  When I have a difference of opinion with someone, I will not think less of them.  I will celebrate our differences.

I will be actively nice.  I will go out of my way to help others.  I will always have a compliment on hand.  I will practice generosity, thankfulness, and humility.  I will give more than I take.  I will, to the best of my ability, emotionally and physically support those around me.  If I find I am not doing an adequate job at this, I will work to get better at it.  I will put others’ thoughts and concerns ahead of mine.  I will help others find ways to spread the niceness around. 

I will be nice to myself.  I will be less hard on myself when I think I have screwed up.  I will treat myself with the respect I hope to receive from others.  I will take care of myself both emotionally and physically.  I will cultivate my creativity so that I may accurately display my emotions.  I will let myself be open to new experiences so that I can capture as much life as possible.

I will let the niceness wash over me.  It will permeate my skin, my muscles, my bones.  It will become synonymous with my name, my being.  It will radiate from me towards others.  It will bring upon the change that I want to see in my tiny, microcosmic world.  It will help others transform themselves into nicer beings.  

So what is the point of all this?  Why be nice?  I’d rather ask, “why not be nice?”  We have this one instant, this moment that will be gone in the blink of an eye.  And we can make a choice.  Are we going to fill it with strife?  Or, are we going to fill it with kindness?  In my mind, however naive it may be, the nice route is the only option, not just for myself, but for everyone else around me.  And being nice is so much easier than filling your life with hatred and arguments. So when the Great Cosmic Whale-Gods swallow us up in their cavernous stomachs, we can at least rest soundly that we were a force for good during our brief moment here on Earth.

Please, let’s all be nice to one another. 

November 21, 2012
thechrisgethardshow:

It’s back. 
Tonight is the return of Sandwich Night! Our annual, night-before-Thanksgiving holiday where we celebrate friendship and family by eating sandwiches together on New York public access television. Come join us at TheChrisGethardShow.com and watch live at 11pm EST. 
We’re so excited to get things underway, and we sincerely hope that you join us. 
—
Don’t eat sandwiches alone! Head over to the forums to find or organize a satellite sandwich party in your area. 
Take pictures of yourselves eating sandwiches! And then tweet them to @ChrisGethard during the show. We’ll do our best to get as many of them on the screen as possible. 
Come up with a better title than “Sandwich Night 2”! Something as special as Sandwich Night deserves better than just a number two tacked on after it. Reblog this post and add your much better sequel title - Something like Sandwich Night Episode 2: Attack of the Malone or Sandwich Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smoke Weed, Son! We’ll pick the best one, and make that the official episode title on the archives!
—-
Spread the word. Join us live. Eat sandwiches.
Sand-wich Night! Sand-which Night! Sand-wich Night!

I fully endorse the spirit of Sandwich Night.  Let’s make every night Sandwich Night.

thechrisgethardshow:

It’s back. 

Tonight is the return of Sandwich Night! Our annual, night-before-Thanksgiving holiday where we celebrate friendship and family by eating sandwiches together on New York public access television. Come join us at TheChrisGethardShow.com and watch live at 11pm EST. 

We’re so excited to get things underway, and we sincerely hope that you join us. 

Don’t eat sandwiches alone! Head over to the forums to find or organize a satellite sandwich party in your area. 

Take pictures of yourselves eating sandwiches! And then tweet them to @ChrisGethard during the show. We’ll do our best to get as many of them on the screen as possible. 

Come up with a better title than “Sandwich Night 2”! Something as special as Sandwich Night deserves better than just a number two tacked on after it. Reblog this post and add your much better sequel title - Something like Sandwich Night Episode 2: Attack of the Malone or Sandwich Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smoke Weed, Son! We’ll pick the best one, and make that the official episode title on the archives!

—-

Spread the word. Join us live. Eat sandwiches.

Sand-wich Night! Sand-which Night! Sand-wich Night!

I fully endorse the spirit of Sandwich Night.  Let’s make every night Sandwich Night.

November 2, 2012

Here is a video I wrote.  I am kind of proud of it.  It’s the very first thing I wrote in my sketch 101 class at PHIT.  And now it has been produced, shown to a live crowd, and put on the Internet.  I am happy it finally got made.  Please watch.

October 16, 2012
ghaas:

You’ve been asking for it…here it is. 34 deranged tracks! 
Trick or Treat Vol. 8
TRACKS:
01. The Strange Ghost - The Pastel Six (1963) 02. Martian Band - The Wild Tones (1958) 03. Vampcamp - The Ventures (1966) 04. Midnight - Hank Levine & the Blazers 05. Last Ride - The Phantom (195?) 06. Ghost Walk - The Rocking Ghosts (1965) 07. Evil Eye - Al Saxon (1962) 08. It - Johnny Fraser & the Regalaires (1958) 09. Graveyard Creep - James Duhon (196?) 10. The Gorp - The Pretenders (196?) 11. Phantom Freight - The Phantom Band (1960) 12. The Phantomas - The Jet Blacks (1963) 13. Taboo - Gene Summers (1959) 14. The Cat Walk - The Playboys (1963) 15. Mr. Frankenstein - Peter & the Wolves (1961) 16. El Diablo - The Devil & his Disciples (19??) 17. The Mummy - Johnathan with Orchestra (1964) 18. Night Creature - The Run-A-Ways (1960) 19. Tarantula - The Tarantulas (1960) 20. Curse of the Hearse - Terry Teene (1966) 21. Monster Motion - Frankie Stein & the Ghouls (1965) 22. Theme From The Black Cat - Scotty McKay’s Bolero Band (1967) 23. The Cool Ghoul - Sharky Todd & his Monsters (1959) 24. Devil Driver’s Theme - The Vettes (1964) 25. Ghost Party - The Black Albinos (1963) 26. The Creature From Outer Space - The Jayhawks (1957) 27. Count Dracula - The Rockin’ Continentals (1963) 28. The Spook - The Caravans (196?) 29. Strange Man - Jim Messina & the Jesters (1964) 30. Black Widow - The Bootmen (1964) 31. Spooksville - The Nu Trends (1963) 32. Graveyard - The Blazers (196?) 33. Dracula’s Theme - The Ghouls (1964) 34. Horror Horror Dance - Horror Charly (1972)
Stay creepy!

I want to hear all of these songs.

ghaas:

You’ve been asking for it…here it is. 34 deranged tracks! 

Trick or Treat Vol. 8

TRACKS:

01. The Strange Ghost - The Pastel Six (1963)
02. Martian Band - The Wild Tones (1958)
03. Vampcamp - The Ventures (1966)
04. Midnight - Hank Levine & the Blazers
05. Last Ride - The Phantom (195?)
06. Ghost Walk - The Rocking Ghosts (1965)
07. Evil Eye - Al Saxon (1962)
08. It - Johnny Fraser & the Regalaires (1958)
09. Graveyard Creep - James Duhon (196?)
10. The Gorp - The Pretenders (196?)
11. Phantom Freight - The Phantom Band (1960)
12. The Phantomas - The Jet Blacks (1963)
13. Taboo - Gene Summers (1959)
14. The Cat Walk - The Playboys (1963)
15. Mr. Frankenstein - Peter & the Wolves (1961)
16. El Diablo - The Devil & his Disciples (19??)
17. The Mummy - Johnathan with Orchestra (1964)
18. Night Creature - The Run-A-Ways (1960)
19. Tarantula - The Tarantulas (1960)
20. Curse of the Hearse - Terry Teene (1966)
21. Monster Motion - Frankie Stein & the Ghouls (1965)
22. Theme From The Black Cat - Scotty McKay’s Bolero Band (1967)
23. The Cool Ghoul - Sharky Todd & his Monsters (1959)
24. Devil Driver’s Theme - The Vettes (1964)
25. Ghost Party - The Black Albinos (1963)
26. The Creature From Outer Space - The Jayhawks (1957)
27. Count Dracula - The Rockin’ Continentals (1963)
28. The Spook - The Caravans (196?)
29. Strange Man - Jim Messina & the Jesters (1964)
30. Black Widow - The Bootmen (1964)
31. Spooksville - The Nu Trends (1963)
32. Graveyard - The Blazers (196?)
33. Dracula’s Theme - The Ghouls (1964)
34. Horror Horror Dance - Horror Charly (1972)

Stay creepy!

I want to hear all of these songs.

(via swampthingy)

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