Friday, March 23, 2007

Show 19: Chips and Dips

Stop what you're doin', 'cause I'm about to ruin the Living and the Room that you're used to.
How's this for a hot line-up, Son?
Carolyn Castiglia
Josh Filipowski
Abbi Crutchfield
Emily Epstein
Elon James White
Nick Cobb
Our last show was amazing and jam-packed with rap-tastic videos, political improv, and Emo ramblings. The party started with two-time F-CAT* award-winner Carolyn Castiglia as hostess (not the snack cake, she clarified, but girlfriend does look delicious in pink)!

Abbi Crutchfield stepped up to preach sneezing etiquette. Sayeth the Good Book: Thou shalt not say bless you in an unfriendly manner. But not too friendly either, Perv.
Celebrity Sighting! NYC writer/producer Nichelle Stephens swung by to support her friends and see what all the hub-bub is about. She got her fair share of hub (Carolyn's) and Bub (a beatbox sound) during the Living Room's debut of a hot new music video.

Are you ready to take it to the toppy-toppy-tip? We all were witness to the mad skillz of Miss CKC, Badlands Booker, Baron Vaughn, Matt "Illiam Phatner" Sears and Shockwave in this collaborative effort rap video "I Can't Stop (Chips)". Live it again, for the first time.

Josh Filipowski brought energy and seven more inches to the stage (inches of height! Bro-ham is tall) and shared the dangers of telephonic Russian Roulette.

All the way from Washington, D.C., both George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice made their second appearances on the show. This time as improv troupe Freedom Force Five.

We learned of the charitable contributions of the effervescent Emily Eptsein (aliteration abounds!)

...and experienced the charity case that is Elon James White. Awww, just keeding, Elon thoughtfully made a surprise visit, and the room rumbled with E-lation.

Success, business, marriage...what does it matter to an aspiring Emo musician from a broken home? Nothing at all. That's according to Jude Pungent who wimpered and whined his way through the news.

Big shot/hot shot/army cot/tater tot Nick Cobb headlined to cap off a superior night of live comedy.

He returned for his third attempt at the F-CAT award, but tonight, one Josh Filipowski was dubbed the Funniest Comedian of All Time! Oh Hat of Chance, you are tough but fair. Josh doesn't need any help maintaining a positive attitude, but now he can graduate to motivational speaker with the help of Healthy Pleasures.

This lucky audience member had a belly full of laughs and won a belly full of yummy burrito-- a gift certificate of dinner for two at the muy splendida Rachel's Taqueria in Park Slope! One of these red-headed women is her cousin.

Come back in April and learn how to ward off evil spirits at our second Friday the 13th Spooktacular!
*Funniest Comedian of All Time (or Fiercest Corn Arepas Taster, if you're working the Kraft services table on America's Next Top Model).
Check out our photos of the event on Flickr here.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Show 18: Shamrocks and Ham hocks

Happy St. Patty’s Day from The Living Room!
Postmark is more than ready for the occasion with green shamrock window decorations and now offers free rotten potatoes and Irish Spring soap for the first forty customers (offer void where prohibited. Offer prohibited at Postmark).

Like out of a Frank McCourt novel, Brendan Fitzgibbons represented with dark hair, light eyes and dirty cheeks. He hosted an all-star lineup:
Keith Alberstadt
Abbi Crutchfield
Katina Corrao
Elon James White
Joselyn Hughes and
Matt McCarthy

Turns out "Luck o' The Irish" is just a saying, as a down-on-his-luck, out of work leprechaun came to explain. His tales of woes and sorrows and injustice smelled a little like Guiness.

Representing Vanderbilt like they should be part of the Final Four was the always hilarious Keith Alberstadt. He played professor and gave a seminar on the anatomy of a noggin.

Abbi Crutchfield followed, and although she was wearing fancy sequins she spoke of the simple things in life, like cereal, toys, and people who be chewin’ when they talk to you on the phone.

Special Guest The Stereotypical Redneck-Hillbilly gave us an interpretation of the news in the only paranoid, mountain-man way he could.

A gaggle of middle schoolers honked disruptively during the dynamite set of Katina Corrao before they were chased away with a broom. Ever the professional, she rocked on, and the audience was none the wiser, engrossed in her riveting tales of romance, rejection and mimed suicide.

Elon James White kept the crowd rolling over his true tales of tragedy. That takes talent! For example, once my cat ran away, and I cried for three days. Not funny, is it? But Elon sure was.

The Stereotypical Redneck Hillbilly returned with a vengeance when he spied the wily leprechaun and tried to stone him to death. Lo and behold, the two settled their dispute. Harmony happens at The Living room. See for yourself!

Joselyn Hughes did an excellent job closing the show with an impression of her mother before she actually becomes her mother. It’s the circle of life.

As our camera battery died, our Funniest Comedian of All Time was kind enough to share the limelight with our Audience Trivia winner for one final photo. Who else but the generous Keith Alberstadt!
He also qualifies as our fourth two-time champion, so stay tuned for a Face-Off during our one-year anniversary show in June!

But don’t wait till then to come back. There’s more fun happening on March 23rd!
Check out our photos of the event on Flickr here.