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by Christopher Grant Harris

Friday, 17 November 2017

Get Lost in Olympia(??) This Saturday with Fools Play Improv!

The Blue Fool at the Westside(??) MacDonalds.

The Blue Fool at the Westside(??) MacDonalds.

This Saturday (tomorrow) the 17th of November 2017, Fools Play Improv is going to be performing YES once again at the Puget Sound Estuarium in downtown Olympia. Mike the Blue Fool thought it would be a fun idea to find out what people in downtown Olympia thought about Fools Play, so he set out to do some interviews. Let’s see how it went, shall we? WE SHALL:

Well, don’t you get lost on your way to the show; it’s surprisingly easy to find! Mike must just be an IDIOT or something!

This is it! This is the show!

This is it! This is the show!

Details:
Fools Play Improv in Olympia (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, November 17th 8:00 PM
@ The Puget Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
All-Ages (though uncensored), only $5.00!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Videos.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

“Of the Month” November 2017

Hey, sorry this is so late. Having a kid born the day after Halloween means the beginning of November is kinda hectic!

Album of the Month:

Brick Body Kids Still Daydream by Open Mike Eagle

A few years ago Mike released Dark Comedy, an hilarious album tinged with anger and darkness. Well, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is kind of the opposite; it’s a dark and angry album tinged with hilarity. And it is SO SO GOOD. A concept album about the now-destroyed Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago where Mike (and earlier, Mr. T) spent some of his youth, BBKSD is a stark exploration of some very big injustices. It’s also at times extraordinarily beautiful. Just listen to “Daydreaming in the Projects” here:

Also listen to the sun-drenched, wistful nostalgia that gushes out of the just lovely “95 Radios” here:

I don’t want to make this album sound like a complete drag; Mike is still as geeky as ever, and there is some genuine hilarity like in “No Selling (Uncle Butch Pretending it Don’t Hurt),” in which very funny braggadocio serves to illustrate both the toxic environment that induces men to act tough and unfeeling as well as the toxicity of such behavior itself.

Man, this album is smart. The best album of 2017 by leaps and bounds.

Cartoon of the Month:

Over the Garden Wall

I initially didn’t watch this cartoon when it aired on Cartoon Network a few years ago because I thought it was some dumb cartoon about garden gnomes (understandable, considering it has the word “Garden” in it and the main character wears a conical hat). But the truth is this is a dark and creepy and surreal dive into weirdness and the nature of fear. About two children (well, one teenager and one child) who get somehow lost in “The Unknown,” a very strange and anachronistic forest environment where talking animals and magic are commonplace, Over the Garden Wall is a miniseries of ten 11-minute episodes. So at 110 minutes it’s very possible to watch it all in one sitting, which I highly recommend. Taking place in the days after Halloween, it’s an absolutely perfect show to watch on a dark fall evening with some hot cider and a blanket. You’re going to underestimate this show; you’re not prepared for how good it is.

Show of the Month:

Stranger Things 2

Stranger Things 2 is to Stranger Things as Aliens is to Alien. Sometimes in some very direct ways. It takes the original concept and expands upon it mightily without losing the fan-frikkin-tastic characterizations that you came to love in the first season. Plus, Paul Reiser is in it as a very sketchy and somewhat smarmy individual! A loving tribute to both Steven King and Stephen Spielberg, with plenty of callbacks and references to them both. Also Aliens.

Categories: Of the Month.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

It’s the Halloweenth Day of Halloween!

Punkins punkins

WHOA

On this, the Halloweenth Day of Halloween, please partake and enjoy some delights to watch and listen to, courtesy of some awexome peoples. Try not to get so scared that you might die of scares and fears that you might die.

Greatest American homestar:

Here is pupped Homestar singing a Halloween-ish version of the best TV show theme song of ALL TIME!

Open Mike Eagle and Video Dave in #DeadAss Episode 8: Halloween Special

Open Mike Eagle (and more importantly, VIDEO DAVE) are still on an independent rap tour (or they were when this episode was made). In this very scary episode, Video Dave makes them some pizzas with a special ingredient and then go to a mall and whoops craziness!

Oh, also Mike released a brand-new, exclusive Halloween-ish song that might not be here if you’re reading this anytime in the future:

The Crazy Boy Floyds: 8-Bit Halloween

Here is perhaps the greatest Halloween EP ever released, four songs of scares and fears that you might die!

Spirit Shrine: ghostslikeshadows

Here’s another very spooky song by the very spooky Spirit Shrine!

Trevor Peach: Hallowwon’t

And here we have a very un-spooky and rather depressing song from the Lord of Emo, none other than Trevor Peach!

Nerdic Public Radio: Halloween Edition

Finally, here is an episode of Nerdic Public Radio, the very strange radio station run by very oddly-accented folks who really ultimately have no idea what they’re doing. But it’s very funny!

And that’s that. Happy Halloweens, my everyones!

P.S. Jack-o-Lanterns designed by my 3-year-old daughter.

Categories: Holiday, Music.

Monday, 30 October 2017

It’s the 30th Day of Halloween: Expanded Lovecraft Word Salad!

A Lovely Salad.

Salad, Salad, who’s got the Salad?

For the third time, here is some predictive-text-generated funtimes. This time I added the text of Call of Cthulhu to The Colour Out of Space. This one gets a little psychedelic:

The great, shapeless stream of vehicles said, “I do nothing shewed about of that terrible. It must, though.” Dreaming this, the professors stayed, and the fragment seemed inexplicably clammy. The aspect had terrible innocents. A little curiosity was an angel that night. It must have been, for several in his ears (and other globules) depended on the learned, and a verbal set of people.

Come back! Deep in men not quite useless was the vegetation. This must ever be sunk, or among the acre were the terrible departed.

Ministers held their hysterical horror at night. I had visions of my personal lamplight as it slunk at r’lyeh: Green gloss tainted dank, cyclopean earth. Merwin was a simple gnawing old gardner. His thing was clearly great.

Sinking, i attended completely and sure to the orgy in the attic pasture. It with a shudder and my uncle had possessed the professors. They were failing to trace lusciousness, but silently called cthulhu in their churchgoing motive. Gruesome experiences, nothing familiar, and subterrene horrors (not taxicabs) had been stricken with wholly unprecedented things. i did nothing.

Stars came down. I seen it. Everything was spherical. Soul carved from latently human sacrifices. Undying down in intermittent eaten could subject dank sent boxes. But i shall go mad.

Happy Halloween tomorrow! I hope your thing is clearly great, too.

Categories: Holiday.

Friday, 27 October 2017

It’s the 27th Day of Halloween: More Lovecraft Word Salad!

A Lovely Salad.

H.P. Saladcraft.

Just as I did on Monday, here I present to you some predictive-text+random-number funtimes based on H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space.

The house had been in a state of nervous tension. Soil lived in the yard. Such substance wasted away. Unfortunately in the carpet was a monstrous constellation of unnatural boys. The colour of the neighbouring herbage is not quite right.

He said he behaved in arkham. It was just grotesque. Comfort always was strange. What he told in arkham was given a short paragraph in the gazette. Spot lived in the well. He had gone with the three professors from miskatonic university who hastened out the next morning to see the as was nameless fate of young thaddeus.

Soil lived in the well gave a hint good. that his long pole must have stirred up something. All dogs canadians a minds his high ground to use till the soil was good. What he told in the fields and distorted the deer just a colour out of the sky. Spot perhaps there seemed to strain a pail borrowed from beyond.

Happy 27th day of Halloween, errybody! I hope your long poles stir up something as well.

Categories: Holiday.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Two Times the Hallowlarity with Fools Play This Saturday!

Two, Two, Two Shows in One Day!

Two, Two, Two Shows in One Day!

Yes, that’s right: the Saturday before Halloween (October 28th, 2017), Fools Play Improv is performing not just one, but two shows!

First there’s a show in Olympia at 8:00PM:

Hallolympia!

Hallolympia!

Then there’s a show up in Tacoma at 10:30PM:

Tacoween!

Tacoween!

Because the show in Olympia gets out around 9:30 or so, it is actually possible to see BOTH shows!

Details:
Fools Play in Olympia
Saturday, October 28th 8:00PM
@ The Puget Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave, Olymipa, WA (map)
All-Ages, Only $5!

Fools Play in Tacoma
Saturday, October 28th 10:30PM
@ Tacoma Little Theatre
210 N I St, Tacoma, WA (map)
All-Ages, Only $10!

There’s probably gonna be some Halloween Humor (Humorween/Hallowumer) at these shows! WHAT COULD BE BETTER NOTHING COULD BE BETTER.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Tacoma.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

For Your Hallowednesday Listening Pleasure: Extremely Halloween

It's not just an album: It's an alblum.

It’s not just an album: It’s an alblum.

Yes, fortunately (unfortunately?) it is that time of year again. Time for 25 tracks of improvised insanity, as Stusan Willsing and Hot Bokkin’ Harris of Chubby Mummy present their Halloween extravaganza: Extremely Hallowen (An Alblum). No, “Alblum” is not a typo. Just take a wissen:

“Enjoy!”

Categories: Holiday, Music.