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by Christopher Grant Harris

Friday, 21 October 2016

Twice the Fools Play This Saturday!

Tacoma or Olympia? YOU DECIDE!

Tacoma or Olympia? YOU DECIDE!

Tomorrow (Saturday, October 22nd 2016), Fools Play Improv is performing NOT ONE, but TWO shows!

First you can see Fools Play at the Olympia’s South Sound Estuarium at 8:00 PM. Then you can see Fools Play at the Tacoma Little Theatre at 10:30 PM:

Fishy fishy fishy fishy boom boom boom

Fishy fishy fishy fishy boom boom boom

It should be noted that the South Sound Estuarium and Tacoma Little Theatre are about a 30-minute drive apart (in good traffic), so it is actually possible to go see BOTH shows. I, however, will only be performing in Tacoma.

It should also be noted that this isn’t the first time Fools Play Improv has performed at the Tacoma Little Theatre. NO! Fools Play had a memorable run there a couple of decades ago as well:

Let's do the Time Warp again...

Let’s do the Time Warp again…

South Sound Estuarium:
309 State Ave NE, Olympia (map)
8:00 PM

All-Ages, $5.00
Tacoma Little Theatre:
210 N I St, Tacoma (map)
10:30 PM
All-Ages, $10.00

Concessions (including BOOZE) are available!


Categories: Fools Play, Tacoma.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

“Of the Month” October 2016

TV Show of the Month:
Gravity Falls

What a perfect show for Halloween, filled with scary supernatural elements like zombies, dark magics, monsters, and gnomes! It’s also a really frikkin excellent show, one that very carefully and slowly builds its mythology and world, all without sacrificing the immediate humor of the moment. Top-notch actors like Linda Cardellini, Kristen Schaal, Jennifer Coolidge, Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Louis C.K., Mark Hamill, John Oliver, Patton Oswalt, and even Neil deGrasse Tyson have lent their voices to the characters. It also built towards a planned ending and then actually ended! It’s only two seasons. You can watch it on Hulu. Do so. For Halloween.

Album of the Month:
The Crazy Boy Floyds: 8-Bit Halloween

A great little collection of catchy songs about a Werewolf/Skeleton combination, the Grim Reaper, a generic Monster, and an Urban Legend. Go listen to them. Do so. For Halloween.

Video Game of the Month:
Transformers: Earth Wars

What does this game have to do with Halloween? Umm… giant robots? Whatever, I’ve been playing this game very consistently for over a month, so it’s p-much a lock to be included in my “of the month” choices this time. It’s a resource/building/battling game, where you collect resources to build a base from which you launch sorties against opposing players’ bases. If you like that kind of thing, this is a very casual version (I usually just pick it up for a couple of minutes at a time a few times a day). Plus it’s nice to send some old faves like Ironhide and Bumblebee into combat on your behalf. If you do start playing, join my Alliance: “Seattleites”

Categories: Life.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Animated Dandelion Massacre (feat. I Kill Cameron) in Seattle

Them poor dandelions...

Them poor dandelions…

Last night I trekked up to Seattle to see a musics show in a coffee shop. Specifically, I went to see central California folk-punk act Dandelion Massacre play. Specifically, I went to see Phoebe, AKA “I Kill Cameron” play with Dandelion Massacre.

And seeing as how I’m me, I made a bunch of animated .gifs about it. Enjoy! If you download some of their music and watch these .gifs while you listen, then you’ve got yourself a cheap-ass music video!

It was great to meet you, Phoebe! Have fun (and be safe) on the rest of your tour.

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Concerts/Shows.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Describe Myself in 3 Fictional Characters

There’s a thing going around the internet right now where you’re supposed to post the pictures of 3 fictional characters that, when combined, best describe you as a person. I think there’s even a couple hashtags for it. Yeah: #3FictionalCharacters or #ThreeFictionalCharacters. Anyhoo, I did one. Here it is without comment:

Sam Weir, Bumblebee, and Balki Bartokomous

Sam Weir, Bumblebee, and Balki Bartokomous

Qualifier: Original cartoon Bumblebee only, not any of the other versions of the character.

Categories: Life, Pictures.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

“Of the Month” September 2016

TV Show of the Month:
Stranger Things

Yes, there is a lot of hype about this show, and a metric tonne has been written about how much of an homage it is to different 1980s pop culture like Steven Spielberg and Steven King and some other Stevens, probably. The thing is, it’s good. It’s not just a nostalgia trip (though it certainly is that). It’s really good. They’re making a season 2 soon. I’m glad about that. It already has a title.

Stranger Me?

Stranger Me?

Seriously, though, if for some reason you’re a dumbass and have avoided watching this show because it’s so hyped and popular, shut your hipster hole and go binge it. It’s really good.

Comic Book of the Month:
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now

After the soft reboot of Marvel’s massive “Secret Wars” event, the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comic started with a new #1 issue (“Our second #1 in 12 months” the cover proudly exclaimed). This collects the first 6 issues after “Secret Wars” and sees Squirrel Girls as part of an Avengers squad. But the bulk of the story revolves around her being accidentally sent back in time to the 1960s and fighting an earlier version of Doctor Doom who has also gone back in time to the 1960s. It’s absolutely delightful and hilarious. And just so very nerdy. In a climactic scene Squirrel Girl gives secret instructions to a friend by saying a string of C++ code out loud, knowing that the friend is a computer science major and can translate it. This run by Ryan North and Erica Henderson is one of the greatest comic book runs of the past couple of years, up there with Ms. Marvel.

Tweeter of the Month:
Dee @figgled

Dee is from Melbourne. She is funny. Don’t just take my word for it: John Stamos said so too, once.

Categories: Of the Month.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Two Upcoming Fools Play Opportunities

Pure profit...

Pure profit…

Hey, there are a couple of Fools Play Improv shows coming up that y’all might wanna look into. And after looking into them, y’all might want to actually, y’know, go to them.

The first one happens this Saturday. Hey! That’s tomorrow!

A colorful cast!

A colorful cast!

Fools Play is part of a massive bill that includes two musical acts and a couple of stand-up comedians, so they’ll be doing a shortened show as just one of the acts. Bonus: Half Pint makes really excellent pizza, and you can have some whilst you watch the funtimes! Also, who can resist “Gypsy Folk Punk Clowns?” Full disclosure: I won’t be at this show ’cause I’m going camping this weekend. BUT YOU CAN (be at this show, in the audience).

Fun Police + Are They Brothers? + Fools Play
Saturday, August 27th 9:00PM
@ Half Pint Pizza & Brewery
2710 6th Ave, Tacoma 98406 (map)
All-Ages (I think) & Free (I think)

The next opportunity is in a couple of weeks, and this one is up in SEATTLE!



That’s right: We are doing a co-show with musical guest Julia Massey! Holy crap! That’s awexome! Plus it’s in Seattle, so all of you people who don’t come to see Fools Play because it’s way down in Tacoma and that’s too far away (you know who you are) have NO EXCUSE not to come see this show!

Fools Play Concert Conversations with Julia Massey! (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, September 10th 5:00 PM
@ The Pocket Theatre
8312 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle 98103 (map)
All-Ages, $10 (online) or $14 (at door)


Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Music, Tacoma.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

“Of the Month” August 2016

Link of the Month:
Sweet dreams and goals and objectives and demands

I don’t know why, but for some reason things like this make me laugh harder than almost anything else. I’m talking side-holding, tears-streaming-down-my-face laughter. This website uses a predictive text program (like what phones use to try to predict the next word you’ll want to use when you’re texting) to create original compositions. Things like phony quotes from Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson:

There are also some great phony Yelp reviews and some absolutely awesome IMDB violence advisory warnings, like:

The main character is shot pointblank in the face with a very intense violence of language such as “damn”, “goddamn”, “hell”, “bastard”, “nuts” and “jesus christ jesus thank god holy pudding” and then we see the aftermath of the dinosaur attack.

I think my favorite of them all, though, is the phony synopsis for a non-existent episode of Batman: The Animated Series, which includes such gems as:

Batman isn’t paid to destroy crime corners. He is actually attracted to the crimes and also The Penguin. The Penguin begins to fall in love with guns and with gangs all over Gotham. Batman is destroyed. Batman must join The Penguin. He loves him a criminal.


The Penguin makes things worse by killing Batman. He has happened to Batman and he is visibly criminal. Batman isn’t still around. Batman is in a cloud. The Penguin finds that he is astounded by killing the man who loves him most. He feels responsible for the death of Gotham’s prominent Batman. He loves the man that Batman isn’t.

The Joker also receives an award for outstanding music and combat.

Seriously. You can’t believe how hard this stuff, all of it, makes me laugh. Unbelievable.

Book of the Month:
Warlock Holmes
Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning

I’m shocked that I’ve never heard this premise before: Sherlock Holmes is not a good detective. He solves crimes because he’s a wizard. And if you’ve ever read any of the original Holmes oeuvre, you’ll know that sometimes Holmes seems to pull the solutions right out of his ass. This book explains how: Magic. Dark magic, usually. Watson, narrating as always, has the job of trying to justify Holmes’s feats of magic as feats of detective work. It’s very confidently written, and though some anachronisms slip through now and again, the feeling is all vintage Holmes, stirred liberally with the supernatural (Scotland Yard’s Inspector Lestrade is actually a Nosferatu-style vampire, for example). Bonus: it’s funny. The mix of proper Victorian behavior with Holmes’s evident madness and overall (excluding magic) incompetence is delightful. It’s a fun, fast read.

TV Show of the Month:
Voltron: Legendary Defender

A reimagining of the original Voltron anime series, Legendary Defender is done by the same team that created Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. And it feels like it. Voltron has the same uncanny way as those shows to be able to mix high drama and suspense with wacky, slapsticky comedy… and somehow have it all work, and work well, without undercutting either the comedy or the drama. I honestly don’t know how they do it. This Voltron has sharply-drawn, iconic (if not particularly deep) characters, exciting visuals, and builds a really solid heart so that come the (cliffhanger) end of the 1st season, you really do care about this team and their mission. It’s good, though it seems like it ends just as it’s really getting started. Thankfully a 2nd season should not be too far behind.

Categories: Of the Month.