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
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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)

October 16, 2012
A vision into my dreams.

A vision into my dreams.

(Source: welcometothegrandillusion, via swampthingy)

October 11, 2012
sailorcharlie:

I have so kindly went thru TCM.com’s schedule and looked up all the horror films coming on this month to get you into a spooky mood! You’re welcome! ;)
TCM CLASSIC HORROR SCHEDULE
OCT 17
05:00pm- Horror of Dracula (1958)06:30pm- The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)08:00pm- The Mummy (1959)09:45pm- The Gorgon (1964)11:15pm- The Devil’s Bride (1968)01:00am- The Plague of Zombies (1966) 
OCT 20
06:00am- Isle of the Dead (1945)07:15am- The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)09:00am- Frankenstein Created a Woman (1966)
OCT 24
05:00pm- The Raven (1963)06:45pm- Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)08:00pm- The Black Cat (1934)09:30pm- The Fall of the House of Usher (1949)11:15pm- Spirits of the Dead (1969)01:30am- Dead Men Walk (1943)
OCT 26
01:45am- Macabre (1958)
OCT 27
03:00am- The Devil Doll (1936)04:30am- Bedlam (1946)07:15am- Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)09:00am- Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)11:00am- DOCUMENTARY: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011)12:15pm- Village of the Damned (1960)01:45pm- House of Wax (1953)07:00pm- Games (1967)09:00pm- What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971)12:30am- Tormented (1960)
OCT 28
05:00pm- 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)06:30pm- Earth vs Flying Saucers (1956)08:00om- First Men in the Moon (1964)10:00pm- Phantom of the Opera (1925) -silent film
OCT 30
06:15pm-Freaks (1932)07:30pm- Bedlam (1946)
OCT 31
04:30am- The Ghoul (1933)06:00am- House of Dark Shadows (1970)08:00am- Repulsion (1965) 10:00am- Dementia 13 (1963)11:30am- The Last Man on Earth (1964) 01:00pm- The Devil Bat (1940)02:15pm- White Zombie (1932)03:30pm- The Body Snatcher (1945)05:00pm-Frankenstein (1931)06:30pm- Son of Frankenstein (1939) 08:15pm- The Wolf Man (1941)09:30pm- The Mummy (1932)11:00pm- The Mummy’s Hand (1940)12:15am- Island of Lost Souls (1933)01:30am- The Invisible Man (1933) *All listings are in PST

This makes me happy.

sailorcharlie:

I have so kindly went thru TCM.com’s schedule and looked up all the horror films coming on this month to get you into a spooky mood! You’re welcome! ;)

TCM CLASSIC HORROR SCHEDULE

OCT 17

05:00pm- Horror of Dracula (1958)
06:30pm- The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
08:00pm- The Mummy (1959)
09:45pm- The Gorgon (1964)
11:15pm- The Devil’s Bride (1968)
01:00am- The Plague of Zombies (1966) 

OCT 20

06:00am- Isle of the Dead (1945)
07:15am- The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
09:00am- Frankenstein Created a Woman (1966)

OCT 24

05:00pm- The Raven (1963)
06:45pm- Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
08:00pm- The Black Cat (1934)
09:30pm- The Fall of the House of Usher (1949)
11:15pm- Spirits of the Dead (1969)
01:30am- Dead Men Walk (1943)

OCT 26

01:45am- Macabre (1958)

OCT 27

03:00am- The Devil Doll (1936)
04:30am- Bedlam (1946)
07:15am- Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)
09:00am- Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)
11:00am- DOCUMENTARY: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011)
12:15pm- Village of the Damned (1960)
01:45pm- House of Wax (1953)
07:00pm- Games (1967)
09:00pm- What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971)
12:30am- Tormented (1960)

OCT 28

05:00pm- 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
06:30pm- Earth vs Flying Saucers (1956)
08:00om- First Men in the Moon (1964)
10:00pm- Phantom of the Opera (1925) -silent film

OCT 30

06:15pm-Freaks (1932)
07:30pm- Bedlam (1946)

OCT 31

04:30am- The Ghoul (1933)
06:00am- House of Dark Shadows (1970)
08:00am- Repulsion (1965) 
10:00am- Dementia 13 (1963)
11:30am- The Last Man on Earth (1964) 
01:00pm- The Devil Bat (1940)
02:15pm- White Zombie (1932)
03:30pm- The Body Snatcher (1945)
05:00pm-Frankenstein (1931)
06:30pm- Son of Frankenstein (1939) 
08:15pm- The Wolf Man (1941)
09:30pm- The Mummy (1932)
11:00pm- The Mummy’s Hand (1940)
12:15am- Island of Lost Souls (1933)
01:30am- The Invisible Man (1933) 
*All listings are in PST

This makes me happy.

(via swampthingy)

August 27, 2012
National Sketch Writing Month

This week marks the beginning of another National Sketch Writing Month (http://www.naskewrimo.org/).  The goal is to write 30 sketches in the month of September.  30 sketches in 30 days.  I’ve completed the task the past two years and I hope to be able to do it again this year.  This personal challenge has really been great for me.  Some of the sketches I have written in past years have been developed and actually performed in front of an audience.  I know that when I wrote them, I never thought that would happen.  So this event has really prodded me to get up there and try something new and scary (to me, sketch performance is scarier than improv.  It doesn’t make sense, but that’s how I feel).  I’d encourage anyone who wants to try sketch or anyone who has trouble forcing themselves to write to take a stab at this challenge.  I did, and I am all the better* for it.

*better is relative

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