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by Christopher Grant Harris

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:
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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:
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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:
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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).

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:
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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.