Monday, July 21, 2014

Tuesday Night Comedy at Congress and O'Malleys

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Jacob Breckenridge and Pauly Casillas.
  • Jacob Breckenridge and Pauly Casillas.

The Switch Comedy show has come a long way over the last year. Graham Van Bach started the show in the winter of 2012 at Mr. Heads, and it has since expanded to Flycatcher and Hotel Congress.

Local comedians can jump on stage, ditch their set lists/best punchlines, and pray that someone in the audience texts a funny topic to joke about. 

If you haven't experienced this improv comedy show, here's your chance: The Switch will feature some of Tucson's local talent and special guest at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at Club Congress, 311 N. Congress St. There's no cover charge, and your participation is encouraged. Click here to RSVP on the Facebook.

Here's the latest trailer that was filmed by local filmmaker Ben Riley Lane and comedian Ryan Malchow:

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wish Max Cannon a Happy, Happy Birthday

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Tucson is the home to one of the most prolific cartoonists in the industry. It won't be until Max Cannon is worm chow when we truly appreciate the genius that is Red Meat. Thankfully, the man with a van is celebrating his birthday today.

click image © 2014 MAX CANNON
  • © 2014 Max Cannon

Max has been graciously giving us a weekly comic strip for the last 25 years. Since it's almost impossible to give him a gift that will measure up to the pain and joy he has given us, all he will get from the Weekly offices is this blog post. I don't know if Max knows this or not, but he was one of the reasons why I picked up this paper. Honestly, I don't know if I would be here if it weren't for him.

It's an honor to call him a friend and colleague. 

Happy Birthday, Max.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Go See David Kish's Art Exhibit at Joel D. Valdez Library

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

For the last 14 years, fine artist and cartoonist David Kish has been drawing his prolific weekly comic, Hoopleville. I met Kish at the Tucson Weekly booth during the Tucson Comic-Con last November. I had never come across him, but had an approximation of who he was based on what I have read in the newspaper.

Cats, 2014 - mixed media on found cardboard - 33" x 38" - ART BY DAVID KISH
  • Art by David Kish
  • Cats, 2014mixed media on found cardboard33" x 38"

I recognized he was sharp and witty, but I didn't know how generous and caring he was. When Kish isn't working on art or creating comics, he donates his time and energy to work with children at the Boys and Girls Club. On Earth Day, Kish came to the Weekly headquarters in Airport Heights, and gave everyone a piece of artistry that was cleverly constructed out of cardboard. He had never met anyone in the office except for Dan Gibson and I, but almost every employee received an original piece of art.

Squid Pinball (detail), 2014 - mixed media on found cardboard - 81" x 31" - ART BY DAVID KISH
  • Art by David Kish
  • Squid Pinball (detail), 2014mixed media on found cardboard81" x 31"

Good news if you're a fan of Kish's work or appreciate fine art you can't anywhere else in the world. You can catch Kish's art exhibit "Cardboard Manifesto" until Thursday, July 31, at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Ave. Click here for more information.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Craig Gass on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 10:05 AM

  • Photo courtesy of Craig Gass.

Craig Gass is one of the best stand up comedians to come out of Tucson. Craig Gass is a New York transplant, but he still claims Tucson as his home. Everyone in his immediate family is deaf, so they relocated here because of the Deaf and Blind school.

Gass was a guest on Marc Maron's infamous WTF podcast last week. That's a big deal. Maron and Gass talked about his uncanny impressions, drug addiction, the Howard Stern show and their mutual dead comedian friends.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Interview: Amy Miller on Comedy, Dads and Dogs in Vests

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM

  • Photo courtesy of Amy Miller.
I feel sorry for the fool that doesn't catch an Amy Miller performance this weekend. Miller was voted Portland’s Funniest Comedian by the Willamette Week in 2013. She hosts a hilarious podcast titled Sorry About Your Dad. She has performed in comedy festivals all over the country. Miller is hosting four shows this weekend at Laffs Comedy Café, 2900 E. Broadway.

Here’s a brief interview with Miller. She was very candid about her writing process, why she moved to Portland and all the dads.

Henry Barajas: What are you doing in Tucson?

Amy Miller: I'm opening for Lisa Landry at Laff's. I have a friend in Portland who's worked at the club, and in a rash of writing booking emails to various comedy clubs, Laff's said yes.

Coincidentally, my newly discovered uncle (brother of biological dad / dead dad #2) lives in Tucson, so I'm killing two birds I suppose. I just hope I'll have time to get down to Bisbee or at least eat one of those hot dogs you guys like so much. If anyone wants to take me swimming, I'm down.

Henry: You have been holding out in Portland for a year now. Did you do it for your comedy career, and if so, how is that working out?

Amy: Yes, I mostly moved for comedy, although I also landed a pretty rad day job. (Brag). Portland is a small but growing scene, we have an awesome festival (Bridgetown), a great young comedy club, and supportive audiences. I saw a lot of opportunity for myself that it would have taken years to build in New York or LA. There's so much stage time, it's impossible not to grow.

Also: cheap apartments + dogs in vests.

Henry: How did you come up with your podcast, Sorry About Your Dad?

Amy: Part of the reason I started stand-up was I had a bunch of stressful life stuff happen all at once, including finding out that the father I thought I'd always had, who died when I was 9, was not in fact my dad. The new guy was dead too. And even as someone who had lived without any dad at all for 21 years without giving it much thought, I was surprised by how much this puts my identity into a tailspin.

And as I watched other comics, and listened to their podcasts, especially Marc Maron's WTF, I started to notice how often we all talk about our dads.

No matter what the topic, somehow in talking about our identities, even in jokes, it always comes back to our dads. Dads dads dads. So I figured, why beat around the bush when I can just get right to the dad stuff and work backwards. It's kind of a crazy thing, because in our society moms do most of the heavy lifting in raising us, and yet most of our emotional development, motivation, relationships with other people, and so much of the deep dark emptiness comes from our dads. I've learned a lot about myself and hopefully my interview subjects have too.

My mom is in the next episode! It's gonna be crazy!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Local Improv Group Trying to Crowdfund For Theater on 4th Ave

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

click image Local longform improv comedy troupe is trying to crowdfund $10,000 to build a new permanent location near Fourth Avenue. - PHOTO COURTESY OF TUCSON IMPROV MOVEMENT.
  • Photo courtesy of Tucson Improv Movement.
  • Local longform improv comedy troupe is trying to crowdfund $10,000 to build a new permanent location near Fourth Avenue.

The Tucson Improv Movement
 is trying to permanently relocate to Fourth Avenue, but they will need your help. Currently, TIM has been performing and training out the Red Barn Theater and shifted from various stages since the group’s inception in 2012. The improv group has a signed lease at 329 East Seventh Street next door to D & D Pinball.
Together, the TIM company members have the goal of being Tucson's premier longform improv theater. Longform improv originated in Chicago in the 1960s and 70s, most notably with Del Close's invention of the harold format. With longer scenes and deeper themes than shortform (like Who's Line Is It Anyway?), our audiences come to see a show where, as Del Close said, "we create a Theater of the Heart". Today long form improv comedy is performed at the world's most famous improv theaters in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and TIM is working to bring this style of improv to the Old Pueblo!
TIM has launched a Kickstarter to raise $10,000 to convert the warehouse into a theater:
• Purchase the raw materials needed to build out our stage, DJ/Tech booth, entrance, bathrooms and more
• Put in professional lighting and sound systems for our stage
• Modify our walls with a professional contractor to soundproof and isolate our new theater space
• Purchase and install video screens for the stage to have state-of-the-art interactive show pieces
• Purchase seating and paint to clean and upgrade the theater space for the perfect audience experience
Depending on the pledge amount, donors will be rewarded with TIM shirts, stickers, posters, tickets for events and their name on the TIM Comedy Theater Wall of Donors Plaque.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

You Should Like Max Cannon's 'RED MEAT' Facebook Page

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I don't have to tell you who the hell Max Cannon is. Honestly, I don't know if he knows who he really is either, but that's besides the point. The man of thousand characters and ideas has started a Facebook like page dedicated to his prolific comic, RED MEAT

Looks like his website has received a complete face-lift: 
We invite you to poke around, explore, meander, kick the tires, peer into the yawning abyss—or whatever you choose to call your personal descent into MEAT. And please stay tuned for lots of piquantly unusual news, items of general public interest, skewed cultural commentary, musings on things better left alone, completely inappropriate photo galleries, pointless tomfoolery AND—for the love of all that is delightfully wrong—a brand new RED MEAT store will appear very soon, with an ever-changing assortment of new wearable items, prints, drinkware, and a yet-to-be-determined array of unique toys and art objects that only serve to further our not-so-fiendish scheme to transfer money from your pocket into ours.

Click here to like his new fancy page.


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Monday, June 2, 2014

'The Switch' at Flycatcher Tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM

June is here so you know what means, Tucson. There will be a free improv comedy show tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight at Flycatcher, 340 E.Sixth St. Tonight's host will be Amanda Hurley. I believe it's the show's first female host since it's inception. 

Hurley was an intern at Comedy Central's Colbert Report and is currently in the running for the best comic in our Best of Tucson competition

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The plethora of local talent including radio personality Christian Wlach a.k.a. Tic-Tac is scheduled to perform tonight.

Click here to RSVP or for more information.

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