I just had a couple videos posted on Comedy Central’s website. They are from the Sit N Spin performance I did last month as the musical guest. It’s funny to hear someone bleep out all the curses.
The show this Friday will be different and pretty darn exciting. The chairman of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Barristers asked me to organize a comedy show for his group’s semi-annual social event. He’s expecting a couple hundred young attorneys to attend. Perfect for me – attorneys always have severe romantic problems – Ali McBeal, everyone from Boston Legal, etc. So I’ll be hosting The Battle of the Romantically Dysfunctional Songwriters – the show where I go head-to-head, with Bay Area musical comedian Phil Johnson, in fight to determine who would be the more frightening guy to date. Three terrific comics will open the show – Shannon Gettins, Michael Goldstrum, and Gerry Katzman. If you miss this show, I’ll sue you.
Friday, Oct 19th, 7:30pm, at Molly Malone’s (575 South Fairfax)
The Sunday night residency at the Santa Monica Bar & Grille will be spiced up this week. Not only will Phil Johnson be joining the band, causing a temporary name change from The Emotional Wrecks to The Dysfunctional Romantics (new shirts!!!), but OneKeyAway.com will also be hosting a singles mixer. And not only will there be a mixer, but they will also be bringing in special guest speaker Dr. Alex Benzer, author of The Tao of Dating. I’ve read one of his books, and honestly, if I followed his advice I’d be out of a career. And I will one day. It’s really solid insight, grounded in first understanding your own behavior then other people’s. Dr. Benzer speaks all over the country and it’s quite a treat that he’ll be speaking to us. And for free! All you need to do is register for the event at OneKeyAway.com, bypass the payment page, then list your favorite Emotional Wreck song as a comment.
Santa Monica Bar & Grille, Sunday, Oct 21, 6pm, (3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica)
There’s also a new “webisode” of Sensitive Johnson available. Subscribe to the Sensitive Johnson Video Podcast to watch the Starbucks sequence. My favorite part of this scene – certainly, the sweetest part of filming this movie – is a shot in the coffeeshop. If you watch closely, you can see my friend Joe Cirrito actually propose to his then-girlfriend, now-wife, Janine. She was quite surprised by his “ad lib” to say the least.
Also – probably most importantly – tomorrow, Oct 17, is the start of the Squeaky Wheel Tour. This is a two and a half week period of hundreds of shows across the world where every performer will promote a different missing person. The concept is the work of Jannel Rap, who started the organization GINA For Missing Persons after her sister Gina Bos disappeared on Oct 17, 2000. Jannel’s heartache over the unknown status of her sister became a fight to gain attention for all missing and an avenue to bring hope to their families. Hundreds of thousands of families face the same dilemma that Jannel encountered when Gina went missing – when their loved ones simply vanish and there is no lurid or dramatic cause, they garner no media attention. Rap felt that she had to do something to change that, and she brought the concept of the Squeaky Wheel Tour to life. SWT is an annual event, held every year on these dates. I am honored to have been invited to open the kickoff show at the
Couch House in San Juan Capistrano (33157 Camino Capistrano) tomorrow night, Oct 17, at 7pm.
All shows I will be playing during this time will be part of the SWT and profile different missing persons.
Oct 17 – Couch House – Sofia Kabany, Samantha Ann Martinez
Oct 19 – Molly Malone’s – Gary Oscar Brown, Michael Johnson
Oct 21 – Santa Monica Bar & Grill – Charles Robinson Davies III
Oct 28 – Santa Monica Bar & Grill – Amysena Beatrice Chappell
Oct 30 – Colony Theater – Robert Anthony Spellman
Nov 2 – APCA Showcase – Alondra Diaz-Garcia, Troy Darren Grumbine