Sunday, December 28, 2008

New Year - New Shows

2009 is just around the corner and so are our new shows! Those old shows are so...2008. But these new shows are totally shiny and awesome! And some of the shows we did back in 2008 have been revamped to have a more modern and 2009 feel to them. Come check them out! Want more information? You can get that information on the INTERNET, which you are currently on, but in a different location on the INTERNET. That location is here. The future is now!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snowed In

We had to call a snowday at the theater this weekend... due to EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS in Portland. Ugh. It's continuing all week as well. Thanks a bunch, mother nature.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Holiday Fever

We decorated the tree and hung stockings at the bar,
The people will come from near and from far,
To buy tickets and drinks from the Curious Staff
and sit in the audience to cheer and to laugh,
At all of the great shows we have in our space,
to give you high spirits and a smile on your face.
So come one, come all to Curious Comedy Theater
We provide the laughs that cure holiday fever.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cagematch: Round 2

PCC's PANTS came back to defend their week-long champion reigning status against Reed College's Fellatio Rodriguez.
Fellatio Rodriguez
After each team did their 22 minutes, we had a Tango set to the tune of Nob & Bate - who explored the topics of Government and Platypus.
Once our Tango set finished, the results were tallied and the winner was declared.
For the second consecutive week PANTS have held on to their title. Congratulations, PANTS!

Debuts, Santas, and Birthday Cake

This weekend was a lot of fun. Friday night we did our first showing of "Who's Playing Santa This Year?" On Saturday night we debuted "An Entirely Secular Totally Non-Denominational Completely All-Inclusive Winter Holiday Celebration Comedy Sketch Show." This show opened up with a slo-motion Santa fight scene which then turned into a dance number featuring the whole cast dressed up as Santa Clause. We ended that show with an improv set that took us to a snowboarding lesson that involved Scott Rogers and Bri Pruett flailing all over the stage and I ended up on the balcony at the "top" of the mountain. Good times.

Then, because it was my birthday, Stacey and Kathryn went out and got me a cake. And I sat onstage and blew out the candles, and then by popular demand I shoved my face in the cake. Fun times had by all.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Come See Super Project Lab!

Last night 3 members of the improv troupe "Super Project Lab" took over our stage and presented their show, "3Some." It was great. They did the kind of improvised scene work that makes me think I need to be rehearsing more. Everything they did onstage was meaningful and added something to the scene but never once seemed laborious. Seamless would be a good word for their show last night. They will be doing another show tonight and two more shows next week. The show starts at 9:30 and tickets are $10, but they told me to tell you that if you come to our 7:30 show you can stay for their show for free! Oh, and if you want to get into our 7:30 show for free, just say "And you smell like one too," at the door. Trust me!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Holiday Shows!

Come check out our Holiday shows! Beginning this weekend!

Winter Break Camp!

Curious Comedy is offering Winter Break Classes for folks in grades 2-8!
If you need some fun things to do during your school break, look no further than the Curious Comedy Theater!
Two Sessions! 9am to 3pm (2 hour extension is available for $15 more)
December 22, 23 (Session 1)
December 29, 30, 31 (Session 2)
We will write and create a show, starting with ideas fleshing them out into scripts and scenes, to be performed on the final day!
check the Curious Comedy Website for more information!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

College Cagematch: Round 1

This Sunday was the premiere of the Sunday Night College Cagematch.
Two teams entered the ring (performed on the stage) and only one team survived (gets to come back next Sunday)!!! (three exclamation points for excitement!!!)
This week:
University of Portland's ACT UP!
went up against
Portland Community College team Pants
Each group got 22 minutes to strut their stuff. Both groups put on great shows, but the audience got to decide who gets to come back next Sunday and defend their title... and they chose...
Come check out the college cagematch this coming Sunday at 7:30 pm and watch PANTS defend the title!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Gobble Gobble

Our first run of shows is officially over and with Thanksgiving here we're ready to launch into our holiday shows. We've got a holiday improv show called "Who's Playing Santa This Year?", a holiday kids show called "Fruitcake," and an assortment of improv shows with a thick candy shell. We'd love to sit back and look at our first run and say, "Wow, good work team!" But we just don't have time for that. I hear the change train a comin'. Choo choo!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bar is Open

As of Friday (November 14th) The Curious Comedy Theater Bar is licensed and ready to serve... Now there's even more reason for people to come enjoy this beautiful theater.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Standing Room Only

Tonight the Liberators brought their show and a gigantic audience to our theater. Opening for them was the local chapter of the School of Rock. Kids between the ages of 8 and 18, and holy crap balls of fire could they rock. And they had a lot of fans. We actually had to take a van back to Stacey's house to get more chairs. Thank God we got our liquor license today. Everyone is having a great time. Thank you Liberators and thank you School of Rock! 

Monday, November 10, 2008

The End of POP!

Last night (Sunday, November 9) was the closing night of POP! We made it through 28 of the 30 scenes (and rushed through the last two in fifteen seconds) to a good, enthusiastic audience. Thank You to everyone who came out to witness our experimental Sunday nights of Pop.
Thank you to the cast.
John Lascurettes - your specific points of view and dark side (that bubbles just under the surface) were a joy to work with. I was surprised how easy it was to work you into the show after you had missed two weeks for your Alaska cruise. Here's hoping we work together again soon!
Kathryn Durkin - constantly full of surprises. You have such a unique energy (which borders on child-like insanity caused more than one "What???" moments in every show. They were all perfect moments, by the way...
Noah Martin - your willingness to dive right in and try anything/everything that comes your way is inspirational. Thank you for learning to play a song that you had never heard before on guitar for this show - and continually working on it to make it as good as it could be. Not only will we continually be working and teaching together, but we're getting to be pretty good friends, too - and that's more than alright with me.
Stephanie Seaman - It's always a joy to work with you, Stephanie. Any time anyone needs a positive energy boost - you should have a conversation with Stephanie. I love the way you view life and learn new things on a daily (or hourly) basis. You have no fear and I admire that in a big way.
Les Ico - You are one heck of a great writer as well as a hilarious performer. Thank you for coming in with so many ideas and making this show as unique and experimental as it could be.
Stacey Hallal You Are Crazy. Thank you for being a big part of this crazy show - and being there for me when I needed assistance. You are a talented and strong person who rarely shows her fear. Thank you for being so great.
and of course, thank you to Nate Smith for helping me keep this show organized and in order. It would have not gotten off the ground without you.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Practice makes Perfect

Actually practice makes more comedy. Tonight nobody showed up for our sketch show. Frowny face. (I need to learn how to use emoticons) But since no one showed up and we had a bunch of wait staff hanging around and some new sketch ideas we wanted to try out, we did a practice show. We tried out new ideas like, "McGoogle" - a guy named Hank McGoogle with a kiosk at the mall who gives people information they are searching for. Or "Singing Cab Driver" - a cab indian cab driver who sings 80's pop songs really horribly. Or "Reading Motivator" - a british guy who motivates people to read. 

It's kind of cool to have our own comedy playground to try jokes out. If you don't think about the fact that we're trying to make money, it's pretty fun to show up to the theater and hang out with other comedians and goof around on stage for them. Of course, if you think about the fact that we're losing money...well then it's depressing. Please come see our shows!

Don't sit close to the stage…

Unless you want to enjoy the show!

As a member of the volunteer house staff, I have seen a few shows at the wonderful Curious Comedy Theater (a.k.a. 'the space'). Usually, the shows I see are observed from the back of the space.

A smallish crowd last week allowed me the opportunity to sit up front and watch the show: the same sketch comedy show I'd seen several times before. Wow! It was like a completely different experience. Every physical and vocal nuance could be seen and heard.

I realized how those little details the cast does make the show a lot funnier. Also, I discovered that those elements can be lost or missed by not sitting close to the stage.

The nice thing about the format of the Curious Comedy shows is that sitting in the front of the space (to include the front row) does not mean that anyone will be humiliated or picked on. You'll simple see a show better, nuances, and all!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Cheap Date tonight

Just under 3 hours until show time. Tonight's show is Cheap Date. You get to see 2 longform improv teams perform for only $5. It's gonna be fun!

Election Viewing Party pt 2

A big thank you to everyone who came out to watch the United States make history. Thank you to everyone on the Curious staff who was there to help out, and a big thank you to Reverend Rene for welcoming the Curious Comedy Theater to NE Portland in the best possible way. Here's to the future!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Made a Change

Last night was incredible. In. Cred. Ible. Here at the theater we hosted an Election viewing event that was open to the public. The event was organized and publicized by Reverend Renee who did a great job getting the local community to join us in what became a joyous occasion. As we watched the news that Barack Obama was projected to win, I turned around to see a little 82 year old black woman, Annie Caville, with tears streaming down her face. It was just the most amazing sight I have seen in a long time.

Kristian Foden-Vencil from OPB was there to capture the moment and he reported on it. You can read his more graceful account of the evening here.

We also had some photographers from the Oregonian take some...photographs. 

Thank you to everybody who came out to share this evening with us. We hope you'll come back to see a show soon!

Welcome to our new Blog

Well well well. What do we have here? Oh, a little bloggy pooh for our faithful fans to read. We realized our website was a little 90's and needed something hip and cool to keep people coming back for more. So we've added a blog. What's that you say? Too 2004 for you? If we really want to be hip we need to have a twitter account? BLAM! Twitter account! Yeah, that's right! We don't mess around here. Consider us modernized. 

Now some of you might be saying, "but what about the forums? What happened to the Curious Comedy Forums?" Well, the forum...let's face it, the forum kind of sucked. But, this blog can be a forum because anyone can post a comment. So let the foruming continue!

Keep checking back for news, commentary, and miscellaneous posts pertaining to the Curious Comedy Theater.