standing in line with mister jimmy
We're done with our sketch writing process at ACME. For the last four weeks, we've met each Tuesday, and presented an original sketch. Most company members work on material together, so they effectively get more than one turn, (for example, if I write with Kevin, Chris, and Jodi, I'd have three chances that night to make the list of funny sketches that will go in front of an audience) but I live so goddamned far away from everyone else, I ended up writing solo all four turns this time, which seriously limited my chances of making the show. I lucked out, though, and hit the comedy artery with my funny probe: I went 3-4, and I'm pretty sure my rewrite will make it, too. Depending on how our previews go, and what happens with everyone's schedules, I could be in ACME shows starting on Saturday, September 18.
We've also started a new ACME improv company, called Zebra Company. Some of the greatest improvisers in Los Angeles are in this group, and auditions were very tough. I was lucky enough to make that cast, too (!) and our improv shows start September 24th.
While I drank my coffee this morning, I looked at the ACME schedule for the rest of the year, and if I'm in both Zebra and ACME Main company, I'll pretty much be living down at the theatre. I'm conflicted about that, because I've really grown accustomed to working from home, and hanging out with my family whenever I want . . . but on the other hand, some of the happiest times and best performances of my acting life have been in that theatre . . . and performing twice a week will certainly give me something interesting to write about on a more regular basis. Once rehearsals are done, though, I'll only be there on the weekends, and I'll have an opportunity, twice a week, to perform as an actor again, which I haven't gotten to do in far too long.
I'll be on The David Lawrence Show again tonight, to talk about Just A Geek. When I was there for Dancing Barefoot, David and I used the entire three hours, so we just planned on that for tonight. It's 7-10 Pacific time, and all the listening details are on the Online Tonight website.