Saturday, December 27, 2008

FREE NIGHT-OH-CABARET

That's right you cheap ass bastards, you read me correct! A free Night-OH-Cabaret hasn't happened for 10 years. Granted it will be in a dark, dank and tiny as hell bar on Lower Greenville, it'll be free.

This price, however, comes with a caveat. Charging an admission fee shackles the entertainer with a certain responsibility to put on a responsible entertaining show. When the entertainer isn't fettered with this moralistic albatross around their neck, tendencies rear their ugly/beautiful heads to do go out on a limb and try new/insane things.

These events can be frightening/interesting and are definitely worth the price of admission. You never know what might happen when we're given carte blanche to go nuts on a tiny tiny stage.

If you're in Dallas on Sunday December 28th, you owe it to yourself to buy a beer and watch the insanity unfold.

The Cavern Upstairs
1914 Lower Greenville
Sunday
December 28th
10pm
FREE

Monday, December 22, 2008

Gibbons/Crowder Holiday Card 2008

You know you've been waiting to see what the old Gibbons/Crowder camp was going to come up with this year for our holiday card. Will it be us on the moon? Will we be hangin' with Jesus?

This year I wanted to keep it real, what with the economy in the dumps and all. So here it is:

Seriously.

Holy Crap, Silent Crap

Christmas has come early! Man oh man was this one hard to edit. Out of every one I've done so far, this one has definitely been the most difficult to piece together. I wanted to do a holiday one before the finale. Unfortunately my idea had me singing, which isn't my strong suit. It's more of my wet suit.

I new my mom would love a Christmas one as well, she's coo coo for Christmas. Here ya go mom. If anyone else wants to watch and comment, that's OK too.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Monday, December 15, 2008

IT'S HERE!!!!!!

Finally, I can talk about that big news I teased you about so long ago on this very blog. As many of you may know, for the past year I've been doing freelance work for Radical Axis. They're the animation company that produces Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squid Billies for Adult Swim.

The first thing I ever did for them was this video for Matt Maiellaro:

I sat in a room for a month, animating and editing that video all by myself. This lead to more work at Radical.

While working with Matt one day, I let it slip that I was a writer and a big fan of Aqua Teen. He said I should write an episode. I got to work immediately and three days later I presented him with a finished script. Long story short after co-writing 3 more episodes with my good buddy Craig at Radical, Adult Swim set up a table read. I learned later that this was the first time they had ever had a table read for the show.

It was a dream come true. There I was in a room at Williams Street about to read one of my scripts with the two creators of one of my favorite shows. I sat next to Dave Willis, voice of Meatwad and Carl. We started reading the script. It was so weird to hear Carl and Meatwad speaking the words I wrote right next to me.

After a couple of days we get the news that they selected the first script I had written and they were going to produce it along with 3 new episodes for the next Aqua Teen DVD release. I was stoked out of my mind.

As if that wasn't enough, Radical Axis asked me to write a fake behind the scenes featurette for the upcoming Aqua Teen DVD. Not only would I have a writing credit on an episode appearing on the DVD, but I was going to help produce one of the extras.

I was on cloud nine. I shot a quick test movie of the direction I wanted to go with the fake behind the scenes that weekend and Radical loved it. Here's my test movie:
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They liked it so much that they asked me to host the thing. Over the next few weeks, we shot the short I wrote and I edited it together. It was a ton of fun and the finished product was damn near as close to what I wanted as anything I've ever done. I have produced a lot of video pieces, and generally they never turn out exactly like I had hoped. This one was 94% right on the money.

I wanted to take a second to thank Craig, Scott, and Brandon for letting me have the chance to do the piece. Their trust and support helped make it a really great and funny short of which we can all be very proud.

The DVD is finally here! It comes out tomorrow (Tuesday Dec, 16th) and I'm so freaking excited I can barely see straight, although that also might be because of all the rum I drank this morning. Not only do I get a writing credit (actually story elements credit, but that's still pretty good), my fat little face is going to be on the DVD for several minutes.

I'd love for you all to go out and pick up a copy of the DVD and check it out. I don't get any extra money if you buy the DVD, so you could stop by my apartment and watch the short with me if you wanted to save a couple bucks. I know times is tough.

I'm so very appreciative of all that Radical has helped me accomplish in my short time here in Atlanta. I hope Radical and I can keep making awesome stuff in the year to come.

I put the finishing touches on my Earl script and it turned out really nice. I'm starting on the long, painful, and arduous task of sending my writing packet out to agencies this week. Nick needs work, so please cross your prayers and say your fingers for me.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

TFAAONNFTFTRCONAGON Episode 4

This is it, the second to last episode, drink it in and for God's sake leave me a comment.



Hope you liked it. I shot the whole thing by myself about a week ago, but I was having a terrible day and after shooting everything I noticed that some stuff was out of focus. I also wasn't loving the way it was going. I rewrote the script and luckily my really good friend Tom Saville was driving through Atlanta this week. He helped me shoot this episode which made the whole process so much faster and easier.

Thanks again Tom!

I have a good idea for the last episode, and i am forming it together right now. Hopefully I can get it done soon.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Jokes 12/07/08

Slow news day.

1. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is restricting smiles in driver's license photographs. Undoubtedly it will be difficult to enforce this, given the usual joyous and upbeat atmosphere the staff at the DMV always provide.

2. A woman was arrested after she left her dog outside in 6 degree weather, causing it to freeze to the sidewalk, setting in motion the reopening of several tongue to flagpole cases.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Jokes 12/04/08

Here are some jokes, more will come later.

1. OJ Simpson was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Almost immediately no riots at all broke out anywhere.

2. In an attempt to help parents out for what is undoubtedly going to be a pretty light Christmas morning, the Cartoon Network is releasing a new Christmas special entitled, "Santa Claus and the Horrible Fire that Burned Down His Toy Factory a Day Before Christmas".

3. Four armed men, two of them in drag, stole over 100 million dollars in jewelry from a Paris boutique. Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari were brought in for questioning.

4. An atheist sign criticizing Christianity that was erected alongside a Nativity scene was taken from the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington, on Friday and later found in a ditch. The only evidence found by police were Sandal prints in the snow and several hundred fishes and loaves of bread.

5. Staff at Maury Regional Medical Center allege that an elderly man staying at a local rest home was so neglected he had mold growing out of his mouth. Biologist confirm that in actuality, the mold had been so neglected that the man had grown out of it.

TFAAONNFTFTRCONAGON Episode 3!!!

Just finished episode 3 and it was a bitch and a half. This one actually has a tiny morsel of a story line. A conflict arises, then said conflict is overcome. I have a great idea for the last episode, but it'll be really tough to shoot and I'll have to break from my one shot theme. I like that these are just one shot. It actually makes them ten times more difficult to do, but I like challenges.



It's troubling to me that a couple of people said these were a tad long. Really? 3 minutes is long? It's sad to me that we've become such an attention deficit driven society. Unless it's a 10 second video of a monkey farting and falling off a tree, it's too long. My comedy philosophy has always been get in and get out. most of my shorts are under 5 minutes. At this rate tv shows will be the length of commercials and movies will be the length of sitcoms.

I love the internet, but it really has screwed up our brains, or maybe my shorts are to long. I'll work on shortening them for all of you. Kisses.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Jokes 12/03/08

Going to be writing jokes throughout the day, to get back on the writing train. I'll add them to this blog entry as they come.

1. A teen in Miami has lived without a heart for over 4 months, I'm not sure what the big deal is, each cast member of The Girls Next Door has lived without a brain for years.

2. The Hills stars Heidi Montag and her longtime boyfriend Spencer Pratt eloped not long ago, taking Spenser off the most eligible douche bag list.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Poor Little Britney

I just watched Britney Spears "perform" on Good Morning America. Poor Britney. I feel really bad for her. She's had a really rough life. I'm not even talking about her sham of a marriage, her mental breakdown, her pregnant teenage sister, or her bad fashion choices. I'm just sad that some one born with absolutely no talent is being forced time and time again to perform and put out albums. It's like pushing your kid out on a stage and saying he can speak Japanese, when he doesn't know a word of Japanese and just wants to play with his Legos.

The "performance" was of her managers and producers new single Womanizer. One thing I learned today watching Britney "perform" was that if you hire enough back up dancers, you don't have to dance at all. I really think a mannequin on wheels with strings tied to it's arms that someone above it could control, would've moved more than she did on stage.

My brain might have been tainted a little because 3 seconds before I clicked over to endure Britney, I watched Beyoncé's new video for the song All the Single Ladies. It was too much, one extreme to the other. It was like watching Michael Angelo create David then watching the elephant that paints. The Beyoncé video is freaking hypnotic. I defy you to look away. It's a bit unnecessarily over the top though, and I would like to say to Beyoncé, "Girl (Nick's head pivots back on forth on neck) slow down, you workin' way to hard. We got you, we like you, you ain't gots to hurt yourself. Slow that caboose up baby."

I gotta go poo.

Monday, December 1, 2008

TFAAONNFTFTRCONAGON Episode 2!

Wow! Another episode so soon? I can almost feel that all of you are a titter with excitement. Hell, I would just like to feel a titter.

I wasn't planning on shooting anything over the long weekend, but I got bored and decided to write one and shoot it on Sunday. I made my wife help by reading the lines of all the other Nicks. It made the shooting process go by much faster.

This one was a booger to edit for some reason. Hope you enjoy, and if so please leave me a comment, don't be scared. It's so easy, Hitler could do it.