Monthly Archives: July 2010

My Promise to You!

Finally, at long last I have the rough behind the scenes footage from my recent tour in Mid-Missouri with Special Olympics. I hear that it might be flagged for offensive content???? According to You Tube. So, I’d really appreciate you rating it and commenting on it.  It’s not offensive at all, it’s about overcoming prejudice against people with disabilities.

And I hope if you enjoyed it you’ll forward to a friend.

Speaking of Good Friends, I’d like to pass on word about a really cool episode of Wizards of Waverly Place premiering this Friday.  Fans from way back remember the early days at Improv Olympic or iO west when I’d perform as Artie Smitten, the borscht belt comic/greedy manager of The Lampshades and The Great Mountebank the “Mentalist” The Lampshades was some of the most fun I had when first starting out in LA.

The "Great" Mountebank

Well, Set your Tivo’s kids and parents! The Lampshades play Harper’s parents on Wizards of Waverly Place on July 30th on the Disney Channel.

Kate Flannery, Jennifer Stone, Scot Robinson

Kate Flannery and Scot Robinson play Marty and Elaine Finkle, Alex (Selena Gomez)’s best friend, Harper Finkle (Jennifer Stone)’s folks –a twisted, upbeat, Disney-fied version of the Lampshades. It’s exciting and surreal. Hey please watch and tell them what you think at www.theLampshades.com.

For more on the episode, click HERE to read more.

So, I mentioned that for my birthday  I spent the weekend with my lovely gal-pal, girlfriend, and soul mate Samantha.  If you’re subscribed to the blog, then you’ll read all about how I spent an amazing 41st birthday. Hope you’ll read all about it next week.

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Hot Enough for Ya?

It’s already a great summer.  My 41st birthday is coming up July 23rd and in lieu of my usual birthday bash, I’ll be spending the week with my lovely girlfriend Samantha. Improv Trick Classes start in LA August 7 and I’ll be doing a show at BANG Studio called Zodiac Thrillers.

But first, the moment you’ve been waiting for…  Here we are in July and I promised the next post would include footage from one of the assemblies that me and Kristina O’Neil performed at all over Mid-Missouri.  Well, due to technical difficulties, I’ll have to post a bonus blog in a few days.

In other Improv Trick news, our good Friend James Adomian made it into the semi-finals of Last Comic Standing.  James has joined me onstage at the New Orleans Improv Festival and the New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival as well as a special fundraiser in St. Louis where he portrayed George W. Bush at the Shlafly Tap Room. James wasn’t the only good friend of Improv Trick to appear in a comedy competition this year. Clownvis appeared on America’s Got Talent, ripping the B-List judges a new ego after their all-too quick judgement of how funny an Elvis Clown can be.

Speaking of laughs, my top pick of online funny is almost always found at The Onion.  This month’s favorite is a story entitled: Girl Raised From Birth by Wolf Blitzer. The young girl in this video is priceless.  You’ll laugh…why would I lie?

Those of you linked to me on facebook already heard the news, but Wizards of Waverly Place will be back for season 4 soon.  I’ll start shooting new episodes in mid-August. It’s probably unlikely that we’ll have a season 5 since Selena Gomez will be moving on to other projects after completing this season and another Wizards movie!  Maybe I’ll make it past the cutting room floor in the next one.

OK, I hate to brag…(pause for eye roll) but I’m very proud to announce that my high school Alma Mater, Ritenour Senior High will be inducting me into the Ritenour Hall of Fame this October. Ah, to be among the Pride of the Huskies.

Finally, the movie I did with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade is now available on iTunes.  See me singing with Amy Poehler and some of the top names in comedy today making cameos in this long-awaited indie Release Wild Girls Gone.

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