New Shows Countdown…

There’s still just over a month before I leave for Vancouver to perform “Jesus In Montana” at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

But before that, I have plenty to do, including performing two new shows that I wrote (quickly) in the spring. It was something I called THE BARRY SMITH COMEDY PROJECT EXPERIMENT THING, and the idea was to write a brand new, one hour, solo, multi-media comedy show a week (then perform it at the end of that week) for four straight weeks, concluding with a “Jesus…” show. So, five different shows in five weeks…

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They went well the first time around – sold out or nearly sold out houses for each one of the new shows, and we added an extra day of “Jesus” for that Sunday, which is a good thing, as they both sold out. And it was only about the middle of that week that I realized that the added Sunday was Easter. I’m clearly a staunch follower of religious holidays.

So, I’m taking the first two shows, reworking them a bit, and presenting them again in Aspen, at the Theatre Aspen Tent, a very nice local venue where they do repertory theater.

Here are the promotional things I have for it so far —

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The top one is for the newspaper ad, the one directly above is the poster I’ll be hanging around town. See if you can tell which one was done by a professional graphic designer, and which one was slapped together by someone, me, perhaps, with a rudimentary knowledge of Adobe InDesign and little or no design sense.

Take your time.

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Dangers of the Outdoors.

I used to think there was no harm in smoking a bit of pot and going for a nice hike.

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But I’m having to rethink this…because during my 3-or-so-hour trip up to Cathedral Lake outside of Aspen, there were many scenic photo opportunities. Like this…

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And this…hike_1.jpg

My wife, Christina, took those pictures. I, on the other hand, took a lot of pictures like this next one…

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And I mean a lot. A whole lot. I’ll spare you more examples, but let’s just say one more time that there are A LOT. And this is using an auto-focus camera with a macro setting – pretty hard to screw up, you’d think…

There were also far more than was necessary of these:

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And plenty of variations on this theme …

 

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Hey, I really like my hiking hat, so I take pictures of me under it whenever I can…

Then Christina somehow gets her hands on the camera and wastes a bunch of memory on stunning and scenic crap like this –

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Whatever.

Punk Rock, somewhat!

 

 

 

Look, I’ve done my time in the pit – back before it was called “moshing.” I had the extreme good fortune to live in Southern California in the mid-to-late 1980s, just as I have the extreme good fortune to not live there any longer. I got to see Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Descendents, Suicidal Tendencies, Circle Jerks, Ramones, Butthole Surfers, etc…all up close and personal. It was very cool.

So imagine my excitement when I heard that Social Distortion was playing in the small club in my home town of Aspen, the “Belly Up,” a somewhat upscale, beautiful little venue which usually hosts far more sedate acts.

And, imagine my further excitement when, after a night in the pit at the Social D (with The Supersuckers opening) show, I woke up to find this bruise on my right side —

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Pretty PUNK ROCK, huh?

Yeah, I know…not really. But a guy can dream, right?

Good Morning, Canada – The Video

Well, I was finally able to watch the video of my Canadian TV appearance while at the Montreal Fringe Festival. As you may recall from THIS POST, I had not slept for 24 hours before doing this interview, and I guess I did OK, considering I was totally on auto-pilot and don’t actually remember any of it.

Now you can see for yourself – it’s 5 glorious minutes…

Radio Guest

I was a guest on my friend Corby’s radio show “The Green Room” last night on KDNK. The Green Room usually features musicians talking about their influences and such, and playing songs that have inspired them along the way. Apparently no musicians were available, so he had me on instead. I brought along some stuff that inspired me – Ivor Cutler, Bill Hicks, Butthole Surfers, Zappa, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Wesley Willis and some more obscure sketch comedy bits.

Here’s Corby, from where I sat…

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And me, from where Corby sat…though he did lean down a bit to take this up-the-nose shot.

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Why is my hand inside of my shirt? Because it’s radio…you can do stuff like that.

Corby put his drink (POM Juice – free at the recent Aspen Ideas Festival) on the console until I moved some papers aside to reveal the affixed plaque –

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We decided the best way to deal with this was to place the lid to his drink in a meaningful location…

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Here’s Corby, about 5 minutes later, cleaning up his spilled POM Juice …

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We can only hope that one of us learned something from this incident…

Wish Me Luck…

So, this is me in 1988, dangerously close to 20 years ago…

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I’m only adding in this bit of nostalgia because, after not skating for that previously mentioned almost 20 years, I just got a new toy…

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It’s a Santa Cruz reissue, if you care for such details. My plan is to take it to the Aspen skatepark, which is about 5 blocks from my house…

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This is the plan. Here I am warming up on my living room floor…barry_carpet_air.jpg

Though in all honesty the chances of me actually pulling off such a trick are very slim. In fact, if I find myself doing such a thing in the air, that means that things have suddenly turned very, very bad for me, and are about half a second away from getting much worse. Still, a guy can dream, right?

I think the graphic on this reissue board pretty much sums it up…

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So, yeah…wish me luck.

Vancouver Fringe Venue Assignment…

I got my venue assignment for the Vancouver Fringe Festival via e-mail last night. I’ll be performing at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. I have no idea exactly what this means, having never been to Vancouver, but I’m going to have to assume it’s good. Just because.

According to the Waterfront Theatre web page, it’s a 240 seat air contitioned theatre. This is just over 3 times the capacity of my Montreal venue, so that’s exciting. Here are some pics from their page:

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THE THEATRE – OUTSIDE

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WHAT YOU’LL SEE…

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WHAT I’LL SEE, ONLY HOPEFULLY WITH PEOPLE IN THE CHAIRS…

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THE BATHROOM, OR, “WASHROOM,” AS THEY SEEM TO BE CALLED IN CANADA. I HAVE A GOOD FEELING ABOUT A THEATRE THAT WOULD PUT A PICTURE OF THEIR BATHROOM ON THEIR WEB SITE.