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by Christopher Grant Harris

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).

Details:
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!

MUSICAL GUEST!!!!

MUSICAL GUEST!!!!

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!

Details:
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)

COME SEE THE FUNNIES!

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

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

“Of the Month” August 2016

Link of the Month:
jbrew
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:

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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.

And:

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:
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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.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

See Fools Play LIVE at the Harry Potter Block Party this Saturday!

Fools Play Improv: The best of all Hogwarts Houses!

Fools Play Improv: The best of all Hogwarts Houses!

Saturday, July 30th, Fools Play Improv participates in Tacoma’s huge block party celebrating the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. See us live for free at Destiny City Comics at 7:00 PM alongside an entire block’s worth of entertainment and spectacle!

Details:
Harry Potter Midnight Release Block Party (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, 7/30 7:00 PM
@ Destiny City Comics
218 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402 (map)
All-ages; FREE!

Categories: Fools Play, Tacoma.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Suki Saga

Spoiler alert: happy ending!

Spoiler alert: happy ending!

To make a traumatizing story very short: On Monday while Carrie, Avery, and our dog Suki were on vacation in the middle of BC, Canada (I stayed home with the cat) with family friends, Suki got spooked bad by a thunderbolt and ran off into the woods in the middle of nowhere (basically). NOBODY could find her, and they were forced to come back to the States without Suki.

On Thursday Carrie & I drove 9 hours back up to Canada and got our darling pup back after almost 72 nightmarish hours!

What a survivalist pup this Suki is.

What a survivalist pup this Suki is.

Suki is home now and is fine, everyone is fine. We’re beyond thrilled (and frankly a kinda surprised) to have Suki back. But we’re a little traumatized and emotionally drained. Except for Suki; she’s like nothing ever happened.

She just keeps rollin' (around on the ground).

She just keeps rollin’ (around on the ground).

I can’t thank enough everyone who spent countless hours tromping through the woods looking for her. I’ll try to find a way, though.

Categories: Life.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Fools Play’s Summer Improv No. 2: This Saturday!

Fools Play's Summer of Improv Part 2

Let’s get together and do this Summer right!

This Saturday Night (July 16th) is Fools Play Improv’s 2nd show of the summer! It’s gonna be a Metric Tonne of Funne™!!! I’ll be performing in it as the Purple Fool as per usual, and I’d heart to see all y’all’s laughing faces in the audience this weekend.

If’n you can’t make it to this show, we’re also having a show the 3rd Saturday of August. Also, it looks like there might be a couple of extra shows at different venues coming up over the horizon. You’d BEST BELIEVE that I’ll keep you posted about those, too!

July& August Fools Play Performances.

Look where the Maroon Fool is pointing! LOOK!

Details:
Fools Play Summer Improv No. 2 (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, July 16th, 9:00 PM
@ 924 Broadway, Tacoma, WA (map)
All-ages, $10
Discounted 2-for-1 tickets available here!

I SHALLE SEE THEEE THEEEEREEEEEE!

Categories: Fools Play, Tacoma.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

AJJ Creates the Best 1-Take Music Video Ever

AJJ video

This is a Music Video.

You know those incredibly impressive 1-take videos by the band OK Go? You know, the ones that are in a warehouse and the camera makes intricate moves while the band members make carefully choreographed moves through carefully arranged sets to form impressive vistas? Like Rube Goldberg machines given music video form.

Well, the band AJJ has created one of those 1-take videos that blows all other 1-take videos out of the water. This is the greatest 1-take music video in the history of music videos. Watch it below, and keep watching after the video ends for some mind-blowing behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. You’ll lose your mind from overwhelming amazement when you watch this:

The timing is just exquisite.

Oh, and the song, “Goodbye, Oh Goodbye” is from AJJ’s upcoming new release, The Bible 2. Check it out!

The rare sequel that's even better than the original!

The rare sequel that’s even better than the original!

Categories: Music, Videos.

Friday, 1 July 2016

“Of the Month” July 2016

Video Game of the Month:
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Yoshi’s Woolly World

This game is frikkin’ adorable, and it’s actually a good bit of fun to play. It’s got a good balance of puzzle-solving and platforming action, and in fact it can be played either way (you can storm the levels and just go for the goal, or you can methodically choose to pry out every last secret from each level). The graphics are 👍👍👌. It keeps surprising me in delightful ways, like how rivers of lava are represented by knitted red-and-orange scarves being dragged across the ground. I also enjoy when the yarn aesthetic becomes important to play, like when you create a Chain Chomp by wrapping yarn around an empty wireframe. GOOD GAMES.

Movie of the Month:
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Deadpool

IT’S FUNNY, ALRIGHT!? F**K OFF! Seriously, I don’t know when I’ve laughed this hard in a movie theater. It holds up pretty well on repeat viewings; though the initial shock-value laughs are much diminished, the movie has an infectious energy and surprising charm. Ryan Reynolds nails the character. Just flawless. My only very-minor quibble is that I wish there had been more of a personality difference between the (presumably sane) pre-transformation Wade Wilson and the absolutely-nutty, post-transformation Deadpool. But that is a minor quibble in an otherwise excellent piece of entertainment.

Tweeter of the Month:
Devlen_Goaway
@Devlen_Goaway

Devlen_Goaway is a very funny and occasionally bitter tweeter who styles himself “Moon Mayor” and frequently ruminates on how he would run things on the Moon were he to be made Moon Mayor:


He is currently creating series of excellent tweets from Ronald Reagan and George Washington, wherein they yell nonsense at their wives:


Plus he tweets just generally funny stuffs:


Oh, and he also makes some truly bizarre Star Trek videos at his Youtube channel, Head Injury Productions:

Categories: Of the Month.