COME THE RETROCUSH COMEDY BOOMBOX ON APRIL 30TH

 

I'm really excited to return to the Sacramento Punch Line on April 30th for another great retroCRUSH COMEDY BOOMBOX show! I've hand picked all performers and will be opening and hosting the entire event. Longtime retroCRUSH friend, and frequent podcast guest Keith Lowell Jensen will be headlining a ridiculously stacked event that includes Kristen Frisk, Des Henderson, DJ Sandhu, Mark Burg, Daniel Humbarger, Ben Rice, and Jaime Fernandez, Chris Emery, Tyler Kinney, and Alec Roberts. This isn't some "Hey, who wants to be on my show" affair, but a great collection of super funny people that I've assembled like the best box of chocolate candy. We'll also be joined by the ridiculously awesome Amy Anne who'll be singing for us! You can buy tickets in advance at The Sacramento Punchline website, which you can click RIGHT HERE.

 CRYSTALS, NIPPLES, and AURAS

I was just remembering when I was an MC for several speakers at an event called The Evolving Times Expo at The Sacramento Convention Center back in 1993 or so. Evolving Times was a free newspaper in Sacramento that had a lot of new age focused material and ads. (They also had a ripoff version of The Renaissance Fair called The Tudor Fayre) . It was a pretty fun event, but there were some kooks there for sure. They'd give me a bio about them on the spot, and I'd soak it in and talk them up before they took the stage.

One guy had these giant crystals and he would have volunteers hold them, and somehow the crystals would get information about their past lives and he'd TALK TO THE CRYSTALS like they were some magic ventriloquist dummy and he'd channel information about who they used to be. It was mind blowing and so hard to keep a straight face. He was really rude to me and told me to bring him tea, like I was his personal servant.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER IS PRETTY DAMN GOOD

The first 10 minutes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is alone is nearly a perfect comic book movie by itself. Quickly called to action, he jumps from an airplane to a ship in the middle of an ocean, takes out scores of people with acrobatics, shield throwing, and badass fighting skills, and sets the tone for the rest of the film. I loved it and it didn't let up. It looked and felt exactly I like I always wished comic book movies did. Sparse CGI and special effects, just the ultimate human fighting machine doing his thing.

That's the charm of this Marvel sequel. It's a comic book movie, but it's as exciting and fun to watch as some of the best '70s action thrillers. Let's face it, Captain America is a character with a blank slate to most folks, and we don't bring a lot of baggage to the theater like we might for Superman, Batman, or Star Wars characters. Chris Evans does a great job playing an American icon who's a relic from another time, but holds on to ideals that should still be present today. He's a charming force of good that isn't too goody goody. Just a great superhero, plain and simple.

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POP CULTURE SHORT STORIES

I sat down for about an hour to write as many Twitter length retro pop culture short stories as I could. Here's what I came up with. I hope you forgive me!

The Count looked in the mirror and cackled, "ONE, TWO, THREE!" then pulled the trigger... No one could count the spatters on the ceiling

Oscar The Grouch's can smelled particularly bad. Turns out he had been dead for weeks.

He setup the Mousetrap game just as instructed but the cage didn't fall down. "WHY DO YOU HATE ME, GOD?" He screamed at the top of his lungs

Her college nickname was "PONG" because she was simple and easy to play.

"I bought this Atari game for you because it reminds me of your face!" she laughed as she handed the sobbing Timmy a new copy of Breakout.

Billy spent many nights playing Mr. Mouth with his uncle. Years later a TV commercial with a game of the same name made him cry.

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