After four wonderful years in Portland, Mike and I are going back to our roots and taking off for the East Coast! We are moving to Park Slope, Brooklyn in a few weeks, which is basically our predetermined destination as a married couple in our thirties. It's been a blast to be a West Coaster for a bit and get to enjoy some "nature," "wellness," and "really good produce in all the stores." We're sad to leave behind the awesome friends we've made out here, but can't wait to see what NYC brings us beyond astronomically higher rent. Look up the Schmunkels next time you're in NY! #portland #brooklyn #brooklynofthewestportlandoftheeast @thefermentalist
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I was fortunate enough to guest write for Live Wire! Radio this past spring. Live Wire is a great variety show that tapes in Portland, OR and features host Luke Burbank (of the popular podcast Too Beautiful to Live) chatting with various guests, live music and original sketch comedy. As of July 1, 2014, Live Wire is now distributed by Public Radio International across the country.
Here are two sketches I wrote for episodes in March. All photos by Jennie Baker / Jennie Baker Photography taken at the Alberta Rose Theater. This sketch about a yoga teacher having a bad day was performed by the fantastic actress Laura Faye Smith. Sketch begins at 27:35.
This second sketch concerns a DJ Divorce who just might be making things worse. Performed by Courtenay Hameister, Andrew Harris, Laura Faye Smith and featuring Sean McGrath as Toby, the Divorce DJ. Sketch starts at 12:05.
THE BIG COMBO received a great review that ran in the print and online edition of The Portland Mercury this week. Jason Rouse and I also spoke to Ted Douglass on Metroscope PDX about the show. Check out the review and radio interview, then buy your tickets to see the show!
My most recent sketch class at the Brody Theater had their student show last night, and it was a raucous success! I directed and produced the show based out of the best writing to emerge from the 7-week class. The writing was excellent, the performers nailed it, and the sold-out crowd ate it up.
Congratulations to writers Anton Cobb, Sean DeNicola, James Hartenfeld, Danny Hendrix, Jonathan Hopp, DJ Hupp, Cara Parker King, Nick McCann and Jayne White. And big thanks to performers Scott Engdahl, Kerry Leek, Monique Fleming, Corin Garratt, Jay Flewelling and DJ Hupp, and Tech Direction Sophya Vidal and Assistant Director Nick Beaird. It was a great night all around!