Aug 20, 2013

Episode #99: Blind Pug Arts Collective & Crystal “Meth” Smith

We are 99 episodes old, so of course we have a lot of wrinkles and folds. So, its perfectly fitting that we chat with the creative bitches from the Blind Pug Arts Collective. Lauren Alexander is the marketing and communications director as well as the co-founder of Blind Pug. Medha Marsten is the artistic director and co-founder of Blind Pug.
Blind Pug Arts Collective is a recently formed venture by a group of freshly graduated American University students. They established themselves with instant street cred after their critically acclaimed 2013 Capital Fringe Fest production of Polaroid Stories. And because we just can't get enough of that #puglove, we invited Pug crusader, Crystal "Meth" Smith", founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Pugs. Crystal believes that Pugs are being cruelly exploited by Supreme Court Justices among others. She tries to convince Blind Pug to change their name to Blind Poodle or Funky Chihuahua.

What is next for Blind Pug? Oh, just a one act play festival. What a bold and ambitious second project! And they need a name for it--apparently, Uno Poop was not a fave. Give them some help on the Blind Pug Arts Collective Facebook Page! . Submissions are due Oct. 1st and all the details can be found on their Facebook page.

Special thanks to Anne Polsky, a talented DC improviser and co-founder of Hand Poured Sketch, for playing Crystal "Meth" Smith.

Aug 6, 2013

Episode #98: Pete Bergen, Herbie Gill, Tucker “Nubby” Johnson and SharkNerdo!

This episode has a bite! Tim and Jelly get chummy with Pete Bergen and Herbie Gill!  We talk comedy, process, groaners and why the need for laughs has the same consequences as drug addiction. And because producer, Alexis Turrentine, loves Shark Week, they are eventually joined by two more enthusiastic guests. Tucker "Nubby" Johnson is a shark attack survivor and takes on sharks with a jet ski and an AK-47. Melanie Finnegan created the chompular blog, SharkNerdo and is an emotional advocate for sharks. Things get a little rough, but we all make it out alive.

Pete Bergen is a DC improviser, stand-up comic and founder of Chinese Menu Comedy. Chinese Menu has been a catalyst for bringing improvisers and comics together for shows and workshops since 2011. Over 100 people from WIT, UCB, IO, PHIT, Magnet and other theaters have come together to perform and play thanks to the efforts of Pete and Chinese Menu. Chinese Menu is planning another weekend of improv workshops and a show in September. Follow Chinese Menu Comedy on Facebook for the latest happenings. Pete is also involved in an upcoming fundraiser on Oct. 26th for Natasha's Justice Project. Natasha's Justice Project seeks to have every rape kit tested and they consider any rape kit that has not been tested to be a part of the backlog.

Herbie Gill is a DC based comedian who performs his unique brand of comedy all of the country. Most recently, he performed at the DC Improv, opening for Gilbert Gottfried. You can see Herbie perform next on August 8th at Old Dominion Brew House Live. and August 20th at BLORP See Herbie's full schedule HERE. Keep up with Herbie Gill on Twitter too.