Posts Tagged ‘Raz’

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.

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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 🙂

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

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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.

Raz T-shirt

April 5, 2008

Yea so speaking of Raz, I just learned of the existence of this. Yup. I’m on a jetski, on a T-shirt. and not a cafepress shirt that I made myself.

So that’s interesting to say the least.

I actually learned of this when I wrote one of the Producers of Tim and Eric awesome show, great job to say hi and keep in touch. When he got back to me he pointed out the shirt and then I found the image on their myspace as well.

I don’t know where or if they’re for sale yet, but needless to say I clearly need one of these.

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Did you Gugle WrĂ«d Lobster?

April 5, 2008

While I know this happened several months ago, I’ve been toying forever with the idea of doing a vlog about this whole thing. Which really was only like 5 hours of my life.
If anyone has any questions related to my having been on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great show as Raz (that’s right it was in fact me and not Rob Zombie) – then leave your questions here and if/when I get enough I’ll make a video answering them.

btw I’m bring this up now because I recently learned that Raz shall grace the front of a T-Shirt very soon

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3/12/08 LolCat(dog)

March 12, 2008

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