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Sketch Comedy Show Feedback

Aww man, I forgot to blog about our show experience! So, the weekend of 8/4 – 8/6, my comedy troupe had a show and we did 3 performances. Last year, we did 2 weeks with 6 performances because we usually have a show Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. This year, we decided to only do 1 weekend instead of two because I had tickets to see John Leguizamo on 8/12 and I was not going to miss that for the world. He is an incredible storyteller. If you’ve never seen his one man shows, I’m telling you: GO. It’s so good and he keeps everyone engaged, entertained and this time, educated. It’s called “Latin History For Morons.” Basically, it’s about his journey trying to help his child learn about Latin history so that he can stand up to his bullies. You know what they say: “No history, no self. Know history, know self.”

Anyway, we had our sold out show, “Bad Fruit” and the content consisted of gross humor, vegan humor, social injustice, social commentary, a bit of vulgarity(i.e. I dressed up as a dildo), menstruation, and outrageous premises. I especially enjoyed the outrageous premises we had. I ended up writing 6 of the sketches myself. My friend wrote 7, two others wrote 2, another wrote 1, and one of the sketches was split into 3 parts. Altogether, we had 20 sketches and we added 2 short films and a music video to start off the show. It ran for about 75 minutes and instead of having an intermission, we decided to just power through the entire thing in one punch.

We also passed out surveys to the audience members and upon reading the feedback, I would have to say that this was our best show yet. That made us feel like we made the right decisions to take out stand up sets and remove videos from showing in the middle of the show. People kept writing that they wanted to see more and we were happy to hear this! Some even requested our playlist of songs that we had for transitions! I also noticed that most of our audience that we thought were a repeat crowd from past shows were mostly people who had never seen our shows before! I even saw people who had never come before see the show twice! Amazing!!

Wow, what a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to have my own sketch comedy troupe and have people who enjoy our content. It was such a gratifying experience to hear so much great feedback from our audience. I am so proud of everyone. I think we will try to apply for Sketchfest next year and see how that goes. But even if we don’t get accepted, I am still confident that people love our troupe and our content and I’m so excited to get started on our next show. We haven’t edited any of the footage of our show yet but here are the three videos we put on at the top of the show. Enjoy!

You Mad, Bro?

Call Me? Maybe? (from our show last year)

“Run The World” (Parody of Beyonce’s Run The World)

Weekend Reflection

Had a blast this weekend. Closed our show, “The Ladies & The Tramps” with a great crowd! I can’t wait to have our post mortem. Producing this show was both stressful and exciting at the same time. I still remember back in November, pitching to my co-producer the type of unfiltered show I wanted to have. I thought, what if we lived in a world where you didn’t have to be polite? Do you always have to tell your friends that their baby is cute even when they’re not? What would happen if people were no longer polite and just downright honest? It would have required a team of writers to really focus and imagine this world and what kinds of experiences would we go through…but, we really didn’t have that kind of time. We’re not full time writers who can knock out A+ sketches every hour. We all work regular jobs and only do this at night. It’s kind of like having two jobs and yet, still having to take care of your personal life at home.

I so wish I could switch my life upside down. I would love to do sketch comedy full time and get paid and do my regular job whenever I feel like working. I put an awful lot of work into my hobbies but how I can get paid for it is another story. It’s all about the hustle, I guess. I would love to do Granny Cart Gangstas full time. Take us on the road and tour the show. This year’s show was a little different from our previous shows. First of all, it is our first multiple run show. We normally do one night stands so having a 6 night show was a real commitment and we had to be picky about who will participate. My favorite part about producing this show was the laughter. I loved hearing people laugh Then we knew our jokes landed. It was no longer just funny to us, it was funny to other people. Not that we needed validation for our material but we enjoyed making people laugh and it showed with our content.

My favorite pieces had to be the ones with the Will Friedle related arc. It was so fun to do and I loved seeing people say it was their favorite on the surveys we handed out. I didn’t plan it out any particular way, it just kind of landed that way and I’m ever so glad it did. Other pieces I enjoyed were “Feminist Date” which was about a couple who were getting hot & heavy while spewing out all the realities of women’s inequalities in life. Someone wrote that we “raised awareness” which we did not realize we did. Other comments that made me smile included “Hilarious” “Hella funny” and “Was impressed with acting/skits.” Of course we did get comments that told us people were offended by some of our humor but we dove into this project knowing full well what we were getting into. We knew some people would be offended or uncomfortable which is why I told people in my Bindlestiff interview not to come if they were the type to be easily offended.

In the end, I’m proud of that show. I’m proud of all the blood, sweat, tears and money that we put into it. I’m proud of all the players that said, “Fuck it!” and went balls out on all the parts they played, offensive or not. I’m proud of how we put everything together ahead of time. I’m proud of how all the players stepped up and took their places in the face of exhaustion and malady. It’s not easy to put on a show for us seeing as rehearsal time has always been our weakness. Finding time for our separate lives to converge and rehearse even for an hour is quite challenging but we somehow make it through.

The day after our last show, I got to experience seeing my short film, “Accident” on the big screen at the I Hella Love Shorts Film Festival. If I could rewind and rewatch that film, I would have not worried so much about how the sound might be or how the color might look or whether or not the moments that intended a reaction were accurate. I can’t help it, it’s my baby. To be honest, as this was the first film festival to accept my short after countless rejections, I waited for this festival to send me an email to tell me they made a mistake, that I really didn’t get in. I’m guessing this is probably the only festival I’ll get into but it was truly an irreplaceable experience to see your own short film on a big screen. I’m so glad I was able to go. Anyway, that was my weekend and it was great. Can’t wait to work on my next project, There’s the Moon And Then There’s You.

Show In Progress

Tonight is the last night of the first week of our show, “The Ladies & The Tramps.” I am extremely proud of everyone for bringing it together the way it did. We had Q2Q and full runs throughs from Sunday – Wednesday that were pretty rough. We were told one of the pieces we were doing was on life support on Monday but got significantly better by Wednesday. Whew! On Wednesday night, we were still iffy and jittery and the pieces were not coming together like we had hoped. Not everyone was there and we still had to pummel through it and I felt like we had to do the show with our fingers crossed, which is exactly what we did. With each show, each piece of feedback we received from our peers, we made improvements. By the time Thursday night came around, we were on fire. I am not sure if it was the Moscato I was downing or first night excitement but everything went from a 7 to a 10 by opening night! Audiences were complimenting us on our mixture of comedy and I’m really happy it all turned out. I have to admit, every night this week, my solo set has been different but I think I’ve finally found the set I want to commit to and I’m excited to do it. Hope I don’t fuck up.

Having this sketch comedy troupe, Granny Cart Gangstas, is a dream come true. Something I’ve always wanted and I couldn’t be happier. My favorite part of the show is that I get to share my Will Friedle affection with the audience. It’s a bit ridiculous but I love it and so did the audience. Four more shows!

Here is an interview I did with Bindlestiff Studio.

This is a photo of me and Lauren patiently waiting backstage to perform my sketch, Plan B, dedicated to Will Friedle.

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Anyway, I need to take a shower and get ready but here is an unlisted link to a video shoot we did that is a part of the show. It’s a rough cut but nonetheless:

2015 So Far

Happy new year, world! I know, a little late but hey, I normally celebrate Chinese New Year which hasn’t happened yet so there. Anyway, my year started off pretty terribly actually. I woke up one morning at 4 am and couldn’t go back to sleep without oversleeping for work so I decided to browse for flights to London. My friends and I are planning on visiting London, Paris and Prague in June. The prices had been hovering around $600 – $900 so I thought I would see if they went down as prices sometimes do on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Lo and behold, a $300 non-refundable flight to London! I couldn’t believe my luck. I bought a ticket for me and my friend so now, all I needed were tickets for the other countries. I went to work and when I checked my email, I had received my confirmation for the flight. However, it was then that I realized that the flight was actually going to London, Canada! Crap. All over my face. There’s a London in Canada?!! Oh my god… Thankfully, I was able to get them to cancel it but not before I was charged a $250 fee for canceling so ultimately, I’m out $250, which is a LOT of money for a not rich person like me. So now, I’ve decided to hand off flight searching to my friend in case of any further mishaps.

Anyway, I’m excited for next weekend as I will be walking the runway again for Kearny Street Workshop‘s “Celebrate Your Body” Fashion Show at SOMArts Center. I had my fitting yesterday with Natasha of Halmoni Vintage. She is such a wonderful person, so kind and beautiful inside and out. I’m very proud to model for her first runway show. Other designs will be from Patria Native Land, Madeira, Thuy Custom Clothier, and also Kini Zamora Clothing who was a finalist on Project Runway. Check out what Celebrate Your Body is all about. They will be honoring Thick Dumpling Skin at the show, which is a body positive website run by Lisa Lee and Lynn Chen.

Other things under way are our next Granny Cart Gangstas sketch comedy show in March! We had a meeting Friday night and compiled our content together. Here is a glimpse of the titles:

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Oh, did you catch that? Yes, it is true. I wrote a short sketch about Will Friedle. Couldn’t help it. I can’t wait to start rehearsing for it. I let one of my friends read an unfinished outline of it and she was already laughing less than half way down the page. It involves cake, a dog, and a ninja. My goal is that by the end of the show, everyone who came to the show is going to google Will Friedle when they get home. Sigh…it’s just wonderful when you can merge your artist life with your fan girl life.

Another show I’m working on is called “There’s The Moon And Then There’s You” written by Christina Ying. This is the first feature length play I’ve ever helped produce. I am in charge of the Indiegogo campaign for it. Pretty ironic since I don’t know the first thing about raising money, but there is a first time for everything. I did do one for myself for “Accident” but it’s different when you’re doing it for a project you didn’t write.

Anyway, I’m going to enjoy the rest of my lazy Sunday. Hope you do too!

No Happy Endings

Just had our 2nd Granny Cart Gangstas show, No Happy Endings, last night! We were blessed with an audience of 84 people in a theater that seats about 50, which is pretty surprising considering we were competing with PINK Saturday, birthday parties, and traffic. We also decided to screen “Accident” to test the audience reaction in preparation for submission to film festivals! In addition, a couple of us got the chance to be interviewed by SF Bay Guardian for our show. Check out the interview! We were also one of their Saturday’s pick! Amazing and flattering. Keep on the look out for our short film at film festivals in a town near you as I will be submitting it everywhere!

Our audience!
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