Friday, April 29, 2011

Art Friday.

Oh my god, the weekend has arrived! I'm so excited. The worst part of this week was everything. In the beginning of the week I made plans for the weekend and that's just the worst thing in the world. When you're excited for the weekend, the week crawls by like a dumb snail. But, regardless, it's here!


I'm dreaming of tattoos. And haircuts. And therapeutic massages. And manicures and pedicures. But not of paying my rent.


Here are pictures from The Art of Pixar. Pixar movies are awesome. Wall-E's my favorite, despite its nagging about saving the Earth. I mean, c'mon! The amount of time and work that goes into animated movies astounds me and Pixar does a pretty amazing job at combining beautiful animation with heartfelt stories. 




Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy Face.


I have this picture in a frame on my desk. It makes me happy every time I look at it! He's so great.

Hopefully his face makes you laugh, too.  In a good way. Don't laugh at Alec Baldwin.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spring Patty.

i bought a jean jacket and it's my favorite thing ever.
and it's decided, i'm getting a fedora. trevor be damned.
and i need a backpack, like Cher from Clueless.
i love brown and mint green.
and nautical looks.
i also bought a navy blazer.
i need more color in my wardrobe.

it's that time where i want to buy SO MANY CLOTHES
because it's a brand new season!!
the weather is getting warmer. the days are getting longer.
and my FRANKS ARE READY TO PARTY.
so, this is what i plan on wearing.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Accents.


Accents come in handy a lot during improv scenes. Of course, most of us can't do this many. And more times than not, they all end up sounding English {lower class} or Australian {except really bad and requires a reference to "Fosters" or "Outback Steakhouse" to drive the point home} in the end.

This video is really cool. And helpful. And she's pretty. Looks are important to me.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Things to Love on a Monday

1. sure it's cluttered. but totally gorgeous.

 2. the green! the belt! the lipstick!
YES. (also Kate Spade.)

 3. awesome, awesome photo by the Sartorialist.

4. so pretty and summery.

5. i think "bon voyage" might be my favorite phrase.

6. nothing makes me happier than beaker.
also, i feel like so many people look like him, unfortunately.

7. the most amazing art from my friend Richie.

8. these are train seats in Paris. amazingly stylish!

9. spoons as decor!

10. best dining room ever!
found on You Are My Fave.

happy monday!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Art Friday.

I didn't mean for this to be a recurring thing on my blog, but hey, I like art and today I just have the perfect opportunity for it. Last night, our Awkward Compliment show sold out completely and then some. We were at least 10 people over capacity. It was awesome! We also had a great line-up. I love nights like that... where you feel confident that nobody is going to give your show a bad name. Is that horrible to say? Yes.

Our very good friend, Wack, did his first stand-up set ever and it was AMAZING. I'm not just saying that because he's my friend or because he told me he reads my blog (Hi Wack!). I don't think all of my friends are funny. I also don't think all my friends who are improvisers who do stand-up sets/alternative shows are always successful. But Wack has got it!

I thought it'd be a good idea if we warmed up before the show. We've been having some weird shows lately and we needed to get on the same page. Our warm-up consisted of a silent 8-count shake out and then running around the Museum of Bad Art finding paintings that looked like us and taking pictures with them. It was hilarious. So... here you go. These are my best friends forever.




Thursday, April 21, 2011

"How To Be An Actor"


Yesterday I read an online journal written by Mick Napier {comedy legend} while he directed The Second City show "Paradigm Lost". Which just so happens to star Tina Fey! (And Rachel Dratch! And Scott Adsit!) And, it just so happens that, thanks to my wonderful roommate who works for The Second City, I have a DVD of it. It was a really great show.

The whole journal is beneficial for any improviser to read. For one, it gives you a sense of what the F is going through a director's mind. There have been so many times where you are thrown in this process and you have no idea what is going on and you feel lost and wonder if by opening night you'll even have a show. But that's when you realize you need to trust your director. And so far, my director has never lead us wrong. We've always opened on opening night with a full show (sometimes too full).

For two (that's not a thing), it's nice to read as an actor. He has some really great advice on how to be a good actor/improviser and get the job done to make the process smoother. Here's an excerpt of something that really hit home with me. I'm guilty of some of the following things or have been in the past. Nice little reminder.
The Perfect Actor


Since this is list day, I thought I might go on a little tangent and describe what I believe to be the perfect kind of person in a process like this. I'll do this in the way of some humble advice. Although it's just my opinion, I hope every improviser in every city reads this. It will make them a better performer.
From a director's point of view....

How to be the perfect actor in a show:

1. Shut the fuck up

In rehearsals or notes, if you don't really really really have to say anything..........then don't. Some people talk for the sake of talking. This comes from a space of rightness or need for affirmation or need to be percieved as vital and intelligent. If you don't have to talk......don't. Look at what you are about to say and ask yourself: "Is this REALLY supportive to what is going on right now?"...... and if it's not, say nothing. It's so easy to whittle away a rehearsal talking bullshit. Everyone knows that 95% of what is being said will not come to fruition, yet they do it and feel a false sense of productivity when they leave the rehearsal. I've been sucked into that waste of time abyss more times than I'm willing to admit.

2. Know what you're talking about

If you have to talk, know what is being discussed right now, and have what you have to say be relevant to that and that only. I've wasted so much time as a director wrangling tangents and bringing them back to the point at hand. I'm pretty good at bringing it back to what's up, but I don't enjoy it and it usually pisses me off.

3. Make Strong Choices

Fuck your fear. We want to see your power, not your fear. Nobody has time for your fear. When I direct, I assume competance.....not inability. That's all a director wants from an improviser in this process. To take the powerful choices he/she creates, and utilize them in the show. If I, as director, must constantly spoon feed and suggest and coddle the actor in regard to their ideas, lines, and characters, then there's a 90% chance that the person is coming from a huge space of insecurity in the first place. That's the problem right there, not the idea or character or anything. The more you approach a director or other actors in this needy manner, the more you will alienate yourself from the director's power and your own. When I teach, I expect insecurity....when I direct, I expect the opposite. If you find yourself in a show and you are afraid......then fake it. Do the first three things on this list and discover that the more you are percieved as powerful, the more powerful you actually become. When I teach I have room for insecure choices, when I direct I do not. Once you are proficient in this behavior, then will you have the welcome right to discuss your scene with me or another actor. The best thing you could say to me in notes is, "I'll make another choice and we'll see if it works".

4. Show up and be on time.

If something comes up, call. Really.

5. Don't be tired

It's actually o.k. to be tired, most of us are when we work so hard on a show. It's even o.k. to say you're tired. Just don't act tired. Be someone who isn't tired. I've seen too many people say they're tired at the beginning of a rehearsal and then spend the next three hours proving it to everyone around them. Oftentimes, tired is an excuse for lazy/scared. If you find yourself saying "I'm really tired today"......know that everyone is tired and that's a given and who cares and then get up on stage and be vital and engaging. Don't let tired be an excuse, nobody cares.

6. Don't read in rehearsal

Don't read in rehearsal

7. Don't talk about the show in bars

If I don't believe that talking in rehearsal is very productive........then think about it.

8. Try anything

Be someone who will try anything. If you have a consideration about something a director asks you to do, speak that consideration and do it anyway. Be someone who says, "Sure, I'll try it." Sooooo many good ideas have gone to hell because an actor (or director, for that matter) judges an idea, talks it to death, and has it never be tried even once. It's so easy to be negative.......you think you're being smart and insightful at the time, only to learn later that you're merely an asshole.

9. Eliminate these words from your vocabulary

Can't

Oh yeah, I'll bet we can. A process is about what we can do.....it's so easy and limiting to state that we can't. A powerful person finds possibility with an idea, not it's limitations. (See number 8 above).

Should and ought to

Use the word could instead. 'Should' forces your suggestion on me, 'could' offers me the gift of choice and opportunity.

10. Don't interrupt anyone at any time......if you do, apologize

If you interrupt another, you are instantly telling them a couple of things.

A. What that person is saying has so little value that you didn't bother to listen.

B. You sought that as an opportunity to think about what you were going to say,

which you think is right and more important.

Now what that person is thinking about after being interuppted is just that....(he/she interrupted me), so they don't hear the thing you interrupted them with. Pretty effective communication, ay? As a director, I will promise to keep my eye on interrupting you if you keep your eye on interrupting me and others.
All of this comes from years of me screwing up the above,both as an actor and as a director.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sitcoms: Then and Now

For whatever reason (drugs) I am going through a bit of a  "90's sitcom" phase on Netflix. I watched them all the time when I was a kid, but I never got the jokes. So now I'm re-visiting them and laughing at jokes that were relevant in the 90's while simultaneously falling in love with men who were in their prime 15 years ago. Story of my life, right?

At least they're not gay. Although, I'll still wait for Neil Patrick Harris forever until I get bored.

I feel like we're living in a time where jokes are getting smarter and producers/writers are less worried about going for the easy joke to play to the general audience's intelligence. But, then again, there's Two and a Half Men.

I might be a little bit of a comedy snob. {Comedy enthusiast? Comedy connoisseur? Pretentious asshole?} A comedy snob who has spent a lot of time watching Wings and News Radio and loving every minute of it. Both shows have some pretty obvious plot set-ups, stupid jokes and no correlating storyline between episodes, but some of the characters are so lovable or downright hilarious {Lowell from Wings, Bill from News Radio} that it makes up for it. And I'm a girl, so I like everything extra complicated and over thought out. But, sometimes a little simplicity is nice. Especially with all the mind-exploding episodes of Mad Men and the continuity to keep track of in Arrested Development. Every now and then, it's nice to watch a show that's just... easy.

It's like having a serious relationship and loving your significant other and all the complications and wonderful feelings that come with it. But, then you have those casual relationships that you can take or leave whenever you feel like. Call whenever you feel like having a good time without getting too attached or caught up in any drama. That is what these shows are to me. {I told you. I lean towards the dramatic and over thought out!}

That being said, I love where comedy is going. It's a very exciting time. You know what else is exciting?

Tim Daly then.

and Tim Daly now. Still hot. So hot.

P.s. I'm not doing drugs.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Bender

Remember that post I wrote last week that talked about how boring I was and how I'd prefer to spend my time in my room watching episodes of Wings and maybe eating pizza? Well, I was not that person this weekend.

I don't know what happened. It was all an accident. And every single self-loathing day I woke up feeling like I'd been hit by a Doritos truck. And then I'd go about my day (hours after waking up, when I could finally move) and I'd tell my friends, "I'm not drinking tonight. No way, no how. I'm going home after this to stare at the cat while she sleeps."

But I never went home. I mean, eventually. But only after going to a liquor store (before going to a house party) and buying Sutter Home mini bottles of Pinot Grigio, not understanding that was probably equivalent to eight glasses of wine. Yet, I was still shocked when I felt drunk, sitting in a kitchen talking about how badly I wanted a Harry Potter tattoo. And maybe I shouldn't have drank half of a 40 (I mean, A. I'm not homeless and B) I can afford Sutter Home wine, why am I drinking 40's?) with my friends... in a cab.

Needless to say, the next day came around. Headache. Nausea. Self-loathing. And I'd say to my friends, "How did that happen? Well, it's not happening tonight! No way, no how! I'm going right home after rehearsal to cry myself to sleep in a lukewarm shower."

Then, somehow it was 1am and I was at a bar (the kind where the windows get really fogged up because of the amount of sweaty people dancing inside) pretending it was my 21st birthday while drinking some sort of blue liquid out of a BUCKET with 27 neon-colored crazy straws inside of it, while two dueling pianists sang "Smooth Criminal" and that sad song from "Phenomenon" to me.

You better believe I woke up the next day thinking, "AGAIN?" Except it was even worse than the other two days! I mean, who do I think I am? A fun person? What was I doing on a bender like it actually was my 21st birthday? Which, for your information, I didn't even go on a bender for! Because I'm perpetually LAME.

But it's over. That's it. I'm throwing in the blue mascara covered towel. (All of my towels are covered in blue mascara) All I want to do is drink gallons of water, de-puff my skin bags and this time I really mean it when I say, "NO WAY NO HOW." I'm due for that lukewarm shower now.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Things to Love on a Monday

1. my barbies drove a car like this. i want one, too.

2. i'll take them all.
Kate Spade.

3. love the styling of this outfit from the blog Atlantic Pacific.

4. vintage brass letterpress necklace on Etsy.
love me a quirky necklace.


5. sealed with a HOOT!


6. aziz ansari's pizza truck idea in Bon Appetit.

 7. this is the best ever.
found on A Cup of Jo.

8.  a saw necklace!


9. i love maps (even train ones). and i love umbrellas.

10. what a pretty diana!

good luck running the marathon, everyone.
happy monday!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Art Friday.

My company has decided to give us Patriots' Day off now, because it's a Boston holiday. That means I get an unexpected long weekend {except, I was kind've the leader in making this holiday become a thing, so I've been expecting it all along.}

Last night was my first mainstage show at IA. I got called in at the last minute, so I wasn't planning on it, which made it easier to do for some reason. I knew I was stepping in next week, so I've been thinking about it. But then when I was thrown in right away, I was less nervous. It went really well. I'm excited to be a part of it!

Anyways, the weekend's here. I plan on doing something that involves having money, taking pictures, seeing my friends do their sketch and improv revue with Seriously Bent {remember when I did that, like three years ago} and sleeping a whole lot. Now, I'm imagining my dream home. So here's some art from 20x200 {which you should check out, if you have any interest in affordable independent artists.}

Ferry from Ardrossan Harbor  by  Laura Bell.
i love the water.

the overachievers by claire grill.  


jacks by katie baum.

overheard on the titanic by austin kleon.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Most Feminist Post Ever.


Here is Jane Curtain telling Oprah about the misogynistic environment at SNL during her time. She said that John Belushi would sabotage pieces that were written by women and said that women were "fundamentally not funny." Clearly, she has a lot of resentment. I would, too. She didn't seem to think that her and Gilda being on the show was groundbreaking - but I do. Sure, it may have sucked for them. Maybe Jane in particular because she was probably as vocal and bitter about it then as she is now and Gilda seemed to have gone with the flow, which made everyone like her. But - in 1975, it was really hard, but they paved the way and it got better over the years. And now we have Amy Poehler and Tina Fey and all these hilarious women leading sitcoms and movies, and it's awesome.

I like Jane Curtain. I feel like we're very similar - because I'd be just as mad about it. And I still get mad about it today. Because while it's "better", it's not GREAT. And I have to deal with people like John Belushi still, I mean literally just in the past week or so someone has said something totally shitty to me that I would not have been told otherwise if I were not a girl. But, hey, sometimes you have to bite your tongue and deal with it even if you want to erupt and punch everybody in their big, dumb faces.

And... here is a video of Stephen Colbert defending Planned Parenthood. He's very funny. Like TBS.

And that, my dears, is my most feminist post ever. GIRL POWER!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Living Like You're Dying.

I feel like I'm the oldest almost-25-year-old I know. I like drinking, but not as much as I hate hangovers/the way drinking makes people act. {And by people, I mean me.} When I'm going out, I'd rather it be the local bar we always go to {Goody's} or my friends' apartment with less than 10 people there. If going to a bar where the windows are steamy because of the number of people grinding inside is the option - no thanks, I'd rather paint my nails or something. Does that mean I'm not living my life to the fullest?

When I have no plans or improv, I choose to spend my time streaming nothing important {except iCarly, that is important} on Netflix, lighting a candle that smells like a mountain, and taking a sleeping pill or 2 so I can pass out around 10 with a cat on my head. I'm not a total loser - sometimes I use my time productively and write hilarious sketches or perform in comedy shows or have dinner with friends or overdraft my bank account. But, a lot of the time, I'm lame.

This probably isn't the worst thing in the world. I've gone out and done the "wild and crazy youth" thing. I've blacked out and not remembered telling all my friends they hate me, I've drunk texted, I've passed out in too many embarassing/dangerous places {by dangerous I mean "somewhere outside" more than "on the edge of a cliff overlooking an alligator swamp"}, I've done the walk/cab ride of shame, and I've stayed in bed all day long afraid to move out of fear of throwing up.  So, I'm wondering, how many bad/"youthful" experiences does one need to have before realizing it's time to move on?

I'm going to be honest with you. If I were going to die tomorrow, I would rather spend tonight catching up on the great 90's television I missed out on because I was too busy wearing Daffy Duck t-shirts than get sexually molested to the soothing sounds of Sean Paul at a sweaty club. So the answer to nobody's question is yes! I am living my life to the fullest. And it involves blankets and sometimes pizza.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bossypants {!!!}

"My dream for the future is that sketch comedy shows become a gender-blind meritocracy of whoever is really the funniest. You might see four women and two men. You might see five men and a YouTube video of a kitten sneezing. Once we know we're really open to the options, we can proceed with Whatever's The Funniest... which will probably involve farts."

Tina Fey in Bossypants.
this book is making me so, so happy.

you know that constant feeling that you're NUTS? is that just me? well, i constantly going through life with this gut feeling that something's wrong and then i think i'm just crazy because nobody else seems to feel the same way. well, there it is. there you go. THIS BOOK IS MAKING ME SO HAPPY.

Things to Love on a Monday


1. mason jars with color!

2. this wall.
from Oh Joy!

 3. OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

4. pretty red hair.
both images found on Dirty Pretty Things.

5. speaking of red hair,
i love the cover of Cosmo this month.
{though i really don't like the magazine.}
6. i love Natalie Dee.
7. rubber ducky in a pothole!
Color Me Katie.

8. Mt. Washington. i climbed it once... by train.
i really want to go to North Conway this summer.

9. pretty pretty brigitte.
found on the Delightful Dozen.

10. i'm in love with this girl's tattoos.
i want to get another one so bad!
found on A Beautiful Mess.

happy monday!
it's going to be 65 degrees today!

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