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Tommy Can You See Me?

June 19, 2008

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Tonight for the first time ever something pretty unique happened.

For starts I was spotted (sited as Raz) Twice, secondly I was recognized from youtube.

It all started as I was waiting in line at UCB for a show, standing with some members from my former 201 class. These two skinny guys start to approach. You can always tell the people that are going to call you out. Or at least I seem to always have that half second knowledge before it happens. The one guy starts to say “hey, do I recognize you as…” and I’m pretty much already like “yep”.

Nice guys, both named David and I think the girl was Lauren I feel bad for not remembering %100. But I end up taking pictures with all of them. One day I hope I run across some of these various fan pics of me.

Anyway I shake hands with the Davids, I always ask people their names and introduce myself “Sam” and the one guy says “Oh I know, I’ve seen your Youtube videos” and I was shocked. That’s never happened before.

Then after the show as I’m walking home this car sitting at a light seems to be giving me glances. I catch them out of my perfiferal thinking maybe it’s the original group. But it’s 3 other people. When the light turns green they bolt off, the passanger yells “RAZ!” and I crack a big smile, give a little wave and the Driver goes “YA!” and they drive off in to the distance.

It’s funny cause I was have what I consider a pretty annoying night/day prior to that, but that made me laugh.

Live On Stage @ UCB (again)

June 12, 2008

Welp it seems like just two weeks ago I was having a graduation show at UCB, and in fact it was. I went on to a 201 Intensive class 4 classes a week, 2 weeks so…

It’s time for another Gradation Show:

5919 Franklin Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028

(323) 908-8702

$5 Saturday Jun 14 6:30 pm Improv 201 Intensive

http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com

The show will last an hour, and I’ll be in one of two groups for 20 to 25 minutes, we’ll take a suggestion from the audience and then do a word association type game and create scenes on the fly off of that.

So it maybe amazing or failtacular. Either way you get to point and laugh, so it’s win win for you. Right?

The Improv World

April 16, 2008

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Monday night at UCB I ran in to Harrison, meet him a couple weeks ago and have been running in to him at UCB since. Monday he tells me about this thing he puts on Tuesdays. A special improv night for students and people in the UCB community. Which I’ve now infiltrated. I half expect him to tell me a password and when I get there to find a thick door with a slot that slides open, revealing a pair of eyes that ask me for the password.

It turns out, it’s not a 1920’s speak easy at all, but a very small theater that can seat about 25 people and it’s free. That is, it’s all donation based. I showed up at 8 and left at sometime after midnight. At 11 they do a Jam, which basically means an open mic for improv performers. They ask who wants to come up, and then divide up the people that raise their hands in to groups. I was in group 3.

So last night marked my first time officially doing improv on stage. I half expected to just hang on the wall, but at some point they started talking about God in a museum, so I saw my opening an walked out as a statue of jesus and stood there for like 3 minute, while jokes were made.

And that was pretty much it, but I did something.

Afterword I talked with a bunch of the players and Harrison told me he himself was scared as hell the first time he went up. So I think I’m just par for the course. Hell the other night at the UCB Jam I saw several people that never made it past wall flowering, so maybe I’m ahead of the jam. Now I just need to think on my feet, and maybe not laugh while I’m a statue of jesus.https://samproof.wordpress.com/category/los-angeles/

UCB Myspace & Cage Match

April 11, 2008

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My Spree of shows at the UCB continues, and things just get crazier.

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So I wander over somewhere around 9pm last night to get ready to stand in line for an improv show called MySpace. I’ve been noticing there’s a lot of regulars pulling this improv every night schedule, and I’m slowly picking up names to go with faces. I average trying to learn at least one regulars name and one performers name per night.

That’s neither here nor there, so I’ll just explain how Myspace works. A member of the audience is selected and brought up on stage next to a guy with a laptop which is projected on a screen. They then talk to the victim for a few minutes about different things on his/her page. They run through some of the pictures etc. and then they do improv scenes based on everything for 15 to 20 minutes.

Then they grab another audience member and do it all over again.
So they grab some guy who it turns out works for the Ellen Show and suddenly I’m stuck trying to remember the name of my friend of a friend that works there. Unfortunately it’s not till just now that I remember her name is Robyn. oh well.

The interview is pretty amusing, I wish I could remember the guys name so I could show you the hilarity of his pictures. But I don’t. A key note was every picture was both tagged with his name and a caption (on the pic) like “Posing” or “bringing sexy back”. Hilariousness.

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So after the first round the gang called for a second volunteer and nobody raised their hand. So I stepped up to the plate and they called me up. Pulled up my profile and we talked. We talked about all the girls in my top friends, having worked on beauty and the geek, My Cat making videos, my own videos. We watched a video, a live room of maybe 50 people watched my head.

And then after what seemed like 15 minutes in itself they did their improv thing. It was pretty cool, pretty funny, and pretty awkward.

But I had a good time, people laughed at things I did, and I could see it happening. Not to mention, and most of all I was on stage and I didn’t lock up, or freeze, or come off like a moron. I don’t remember being able to see the audience very well, which I think helped.

After the show I hung outside and shook hands with a few people from UCB, from the show, people I’d seen around when this guy came over to me. A giant guy and his giant friend and he asked…

“Hey Raz, can we get a picture?”

So of course I said yes, I asked him his name. He said Zack. I think that’s officially the first time a complete stranger has recognized me and asked for a picture with me. It’s pretty amusing. So Zack if you’re out there and you got that picture from your friends cell phone to somewhere online, let me know cause it’s kind of historic to me I’d like to see it.

Oh yea as a final note I went back to UCB last night and a couple of people told me they enjoyed my myspace 🙂

Interrupted Sex Tape

April 10, 2008

So the other night I saw a show at UCB and in one sketch there was this redhead. I then saw her again in the audience the other night and decided to see if she had any clips on the UCB site… and low and behold I found this amazing thing. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.

wordpress is being kind of bitch about me embedding it, so looks like a link only for now.

So click on the link and enjoy. Laugh your ass off. I loved it.

Working With Robin Williams

April 8, 2008

I’ve been trying to go to as many improv and sketch comedy shows lately. So last night I wandered over to UCB’s Long Hard Improv Jam the open mic of Improv shows. Yep for one hour on the UCB stage anyone and everyone can come up and perform.

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Everything starts with waiting outside, the line cues up and we wait as people poor out of the theater from the previous show. I see a classmate and talk to strangers. A guy from a few nights ago that looks like a shorter, younger, heavier version of Adam Sandler says “Raz, good to see you again. I told my roommate about seeing you.” it’s an awkward thing for me. I never really know what to say to people that recognize me.

In time we all head inside and take our seats. The host Drew DiFonzo Marks & Jim Woods come out and

Performer Headshot

explain the open mic of improv to the crowd.

I haven’t been to it before so my plan is to just watch and analyze what funny is. The hour is broken in to three sections in which different groups of audience members are selected and head up on stage.

They introduce Robin Williams and select the first group of about a dozen potential Williams, Robin (USGov) crop.jpgperformers. It’s funny because at least 5 people per group never seem to make it beyond getting on stage. They just get stuck up there watching. You’ve got to think on your feet.

The hosts and Robin Williams tend to run the sketches. Robin was probably in 95% of them. At one point a sketch leads him in to a store, a pier one buying chairs which he then later comes in to the audience to try and sell. He singles me out, and I take a seat in the chair for 30 seconds then return to my own. Not exactly the spotlight of humor, but I’m pretty much just glad to have not frozen up or spazed out, or tried something overly silly. It’s better to, in improv, just play along with confidence, then it is to try and be funny. You keep the rythm going for the person that is funny. And I did that. So I was happy with it, even though as I walked home that night I had a hundred ideas for things I could have said or done

Such is life. I think next week I’ll try to get on stage.

War Protest in Hollywood

March 16, 2008

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It’s Cold in LA

January 21, 2008

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The three headsThis was the weekend from hell and back. It was amazing, it was draining, it was a god damn memory bitch!

I’m not about to try and account for everything that happened, at least not right now. Maybe. This weekend was the gathering. This weekend was chance I had to do something amazing for work. This week I got to meet my friends. It’s such an odd feeling, knowing these face these personalities you see on screen all the time, on youtube, on stickam, where ever. I can almost understand how people think the characters on TV are real people. almost.

You meet up with these people you’ve never really know and you find out, yea you have. You’ve always know this person. you’ve always had a place in your heart fof them, you just didn’t know who filled the gap.

So this in short was the 2nd annual LA gathering. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I expected something a bit smaller, a bit more hectic, a bit more “who are you, who are you, who are you!” But all in all it was just the right size. I got time to talk to people I’d never heard of before. I got to meet old acquaintances and new friends, and often a combination of the two.

This morning I got a hundred messages from people that had made it home safely (thank god). Almost all the kiddies are back in their safe little beds tucked away. It’s a holiday, but I’m at work. making up for lost time, waiting for opportunity. It’s cold in LA, gray, it knows what’s been and gone. Thank God San Fran is only a month away.

more to come.

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The Invasion Beginith

January 17, 2008

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Last night Phase 1 of the invasion.It was A okay.
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Right after work I met up with the gang, LittlepandaExpress, Mollyz2000, Chelsea and Tim. We hung at the cafe, drank coffee, there where expensive sanwhiches (yay you’re in LA grilled cheese 8 dolla’), giggles, gaufaws and awkward silences. good times.Then we headed back to my place and slipped in to something more comfortable. Oh wait I mean hung out till Tony came home, said a few words and fell asleep on his couch while we waited for SarahB to show up. We stayed up way too long, and I got about 4 hours of sleep.But oddly I’m completely awake, right now. I expect this to pass soon and I’ll fall in to some kind of waking comma. Can’t to see everyone tonight, there will be even more peeps. Eek.

LAX to Hollywood

January 16, 2008

spslosangelesbanner.jpgLAX Map So in helping my friend figure out how to get from the airport to her hotel I’ve started gathering a bunch of links I figured I’d throw together.

Now beyond the possibility of a 40 dollar taxi right, you might start by looking into SuperShuttle, especially if you’re arriving as a group. $25 for the first person and 9 for each additional person up to 7.

There’s also another shuttle that takes people to Union Station where you can grab the metro up to Hollywood (that’s the red line). You can find out more here