Hey, folks! My debut comedy album retroCRUSH is ready for pre-order! I recorded it live at The Sacramento Comedy Spot and it's really funny! If you use the link below to pre-order your copy for $9.99, I'll email you your download link on 6/20, 4 days before it's officially released. Please consider buying your copy early to help me defray some of the production cost! Thanks!
MAD MAX FURY ROAD IS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES
This the is the card I turned in for my "critic quote" after I saw the early screening for Mad Max Fury Road. Though I doubt it'll appear on the movie poster or DVD release, it perfectly captures my feelings for this movie. From beginning to end, it's simply one of the most amazing, action packed, visually stunning amazing movies I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. I felt like I was getting my ass kicked while watching this and when it was over, I just wanted to curl up in a ball and hide under a blanket to give my senses a break.
Every bit of this movie looks incredible and every insane bit of action makes perfect sense and drives the story forward. This isn't just mayhem for mayhem's sake. Mad Max Fury Road is a perfectly plotted ballet.
Tom Hardy is a great new Max. I loved Mel Gibson in the role, and he probably could have pulled this one off again, too, but Hardy gets the job done. A tough badass with a lot of crazy going on undernearth the surface. He's a great heavy that can easily carry a film.
Surprisingly, and amazingly, and totally welcome is Charlize Theron as the badass Imperator Furiosa who really steals the show and is easily Max's equal and often superior. She's not some sidekick or eye candy that we're used to seeing female characters relegated to in action films. In fact, there's a fight scene between her and Max early on that's completely free of misogyny. If anything, you're more worried that she's gonna kick Max's ass than vice versa.
BANANAS GONE WILD!
Having a friend like retroRANDY is great, because when he comes by he leaves weird things behind. He's always finding the craziest stuff at thrift stores. Anyway, one day he left me this great 1940s book about all the great stuff you can make with bananas. The recipes are truly revolting, and the illustrations are, dare I say it... PLUM loco!
Ham Banana Rolls wiith bananas, cheese, ham and mustard! The amounts of marijuana required to come up with something this vile would probably kill Cheech and Chong.
HOW TO BE A GOOD COMEDY SHOW HOST
I love hosting comedy shows. I love being able to set the tone of the show and get people excited for the great night their going to have. I've probably hosted over 75 shows so far of all sorts (comedy, music, fundraisers, etc...), and I've learned a lot, messed up a lot, and have had some great success. Here's a collection of tips might help you learn some things, too.
A good comedy show host doesn't just read off the names and keep the show moving along, you're the Master of Ceremonies (that's where the MC comes from). You're managing the flow of the show. You're the conductor that is listening to the flow of the audience and the comics and tweaking things where you can to make it a great night for everyone. You're the face of the show. You're the one the audience will keep seeing over and over again. A host can make it really easy, or really difficult for all of this to work. Hopefully these tips will help you make some good decisions.