Posts Tagged ‘IN RARE FORM’

The day after Wrestlemania (about a month ago) Brock Lesnar came back to WWE.  Shortly thereafter there was a video interview with Lesnar about his return where he basically sat there and bragged up his accomplishments while menacing bad-ass music played in the background.  WWE replayed this video several times in the following weeks:

Personally, I think this promo is AWESOME.  As I watched it again and again, I began to wonder if I will EVER have anything to say that would warrant such an awesome presentation with menacing music playing in MY background.  Then it hit me:

This video was made to promote an upcoming wrestling match.

I’m in an improv group, and we have a show coming up.  A show that deserves to be promoted.

I couldn’t find the actual promo music / noise online, but have always been fond of the Brawl For All tune they used in the late ’90s and later remixed for Ezekiel Jackson.  Mr. Lander Yeoman and I went over some ideas, decided what we could directly take from the Brock video and added some new material, and we shot the following promo.

Please enjoy:


HEY!  Come join us!


FRIDAY, May 18th at 8pm – $10 cover

1323-A 3rd Street Promenade

Santa Monica, CA 90401


Here Comes The Pain…fully obvious tagline,

It was about a year ago that I joined up at the LA Connection.  I had been out of the acting loop for a while and really needed to stretch out my creative legs.  After six weeks of classes I finally got to be on stage again, performing every week.  The crowds weren’t big most of the time, in fact tiny at first (the Rookie show is at 7pm Friday nights,) but it just felt GOOD to be up again.  After a while I got bumped up a level and was up for the Draft.  The Draft is when the Big groups come out and watch some of the up-and-comers perform.  If they like what they see they will invite you to work with their group for a while and perhaps you will be offered a proper slot in the group.

I was drafted by and eventually offered a slot in In Rare Form.  This made me very happy!  Darned near every Friday night since…Marchish?…I’ve performed with them at 10:30pm.  I believe I have missed twice:

1) Because I was out of town for my cousin’s wedding [Hi Matt!]

2) Because I joined my work friends for a night out pub crawling [very, very, very poor decisions made that night]

In addition to the Friday night shows, the gang has worked on getting us at gigs in other areas around town.  We’ve play often at M.i.’s in Santa Monica and Bang! Theater in West Hollywood, a new spot in Burbank and there other theaters which have shown interest.  It’s a blast playing to new venues and crowds… different is exciting!

While it has been great to have the LA Connection as a Home Base of sorts, we in the group felt that it was time to move on.

Friday, September 24th is our final show at the LA Connection Theater and we’re planning on going out in style!  It should be a really fun show with great energy.  So please join us!  Let us know if you plan on coming as it is likely we can get you in for free.

In the meantime, you can keep up to date on where we’ll be performing at the OFFICIAL In Rare Form website:



Miss Emily Button:

Mister Brad Leaf:

Miss Heather Horton:

Miss Jamie Gaul:

Mister Christopher Gordon:

Mister Twelve Year Old Lander Yeoman:

And this guy:

It has been a crazy couple of months.  Between work being out of control and my extracurricular activities I haven’t had a chance to write much.

Sorry.  Let’s break the last couple few weeks into categories.


Starting with some fun!  I played with IN RARE FORM a couple of Wednesdays ago at The Comedy Store and we had a BLAST!

Backstage - waiting to go on at The Comedy Store

We had a twenty minute slot and it just FLEW by.  Genuinely funny stuff coming from my colleagues combined with the hot crowd made it my favorite night at The Store yet.  And then to make that week even better, Julia and I were officially offered the positions in the group.  We had been tested and approved!  We got added to the cast page and everything (click on the headshots for bios):

AND I finally got to put my headshot up on the wall at the LA Connection Theater.  I’m pretty happy with it (by the way, Lander looks like he’s twelve years old.  Twelve.)

We go on 10:30pm every Friday at the LA Connection Theater in Sherman Oaks, CA.  Drop me a line and I can likely get you in free!

13442 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Apart from every Friday night we do special shows across town including a show in Santa Monica on the 24th.  Keep checking for details, and you can also check us out on Facebook at: !

All right, enough whoring.


The Doctor Who convention was WEEKS ago!

I met Frazier Hines (who played Jamie McCrimmon):

I also met John Levene (who played Sgt. Benton – and who I hope to have a bigger and better story of in the future):

I got a classic Doctor/Companion shot in front of the TARDIS with Ms. Athena Stamos:

I got a great Eleven/Ten shot with Mr. Kevin Coppa:

And finally, I found out that Cybermen REALLY just need a hug:


So… I’ve seen the first episode of the Eleventh Doctor, appropriately titled “The Eleventh Hour”.

First things first:  Matt Smith totally gets it.  I remember when he was first cast as my hero and was pretty pissed off.  Now, while I’d still prefer to see somebody older in the role, I feel the character is totally safe in his hands.  There’s something about his nervous energy. 

Now the show itself:  It is skewing very young.  It is becoming clearer and clearer that Doctor Who will never be the badass “Battlestar Galactica” that I want it to be.  It is proving to be a show for young adults with maybe a few references to keep the adults awake.  So taking it for what it IS, and after watching it three times, it definitely has that magical feel. 

But I don’t WANNA’ take it for what it is!  I want it to be more grown up.  I watched five minutes of The Beast Below and it seems centered around some damn seven year old kids again.  Come on, Moffat!

I understand that the first episode of the new era needed to be “safe”.  Introducing a new Doctor needs to be done carefully.  Now let’s turn up the heat.


It’s ridiculous and pathetic.  We’re not even going to talk about it.


I went on a hike with some friends to the Hollywood sign.  It was fun, but when you are SO close to the sign itself and the only thing separating you from it is a fence, steep decline, and a sign telling me to be good… could I really help myself?


It was my birthday Saturday!  How did I spend it?  Well, I spent NINE HOURS at work (9am-6pm).  It was so much busier than it was supposed to be.  Pretty lousy, to be honest.  But then my friend Vita swooped in and saved me!  As a birthday treat she brought me to a private screening of Kick Ass, which opens on Friday.  The movie was fun enough, but just being at a screening like that seems like you are “in” on something and makes you feel pretty cool.  Afterwards we went to the Veggie Grill on Sunset and I got my FREE birthday entree (went with the Cajun “chicken” – sooo goooooood).

And that’s where we stand.  Saturday night we’re throwing a birthday party at the house for Rick and I.  It should be a blast!

Who Da Man?  (never saying that again),