If you didn’t get a chance to come out to the Baltimore Comedy Factory this past week, (March 29 – 31) then here’s a little taste of what you missed.
Two completely sold out shows, packed with spring feverish fans on a full moon weekend. Well… it sure felt like a full moon with some of the Factory’s most ruckus crowds ever! Standing ovations every show and some of the best raw comedy by C.J. and Alabama,
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If you missed this past week at the Baltimore Comedy Factory, look for Greg to return to Baltimore, Thanksgiving Weekend.
Special thanks to Mickey, Amelia and Spiegel on 98 Rock. (Mickey made me laugh the hardest I’ve ever laughed on air.)
Shout out to the folks at Fox 45 News for a memorable segment that had people stopping Greg on the street and in the grocery store!
We may have come to the official end of Movember, but there is still time to help out. Please support our efforts by making a donation at http://mobro.co/MovemberIndy or at the very least I encourage everyone of you even if you don’t donate, PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GET YOURSELF CHECKED! It’s the least you can do to avoid being the 1 in 6 men worldwide that are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in their lifetime. Let’s work together and change attitudes towards men’s health.
For all you ‘Mo-Bro’s out there don’t shave just yet! You can also help out by coming to this year’s End of Movember Gala which is THIS FRIDAY!!! (that is if you live near Indy).
Friday December 2nd – The 3rd annual End of Movember Gala Party!!
o Back for 2011 we’ll be at Tomlinson Tap Room inside Historic Indianapolis City Market. Be there at 6pm and we’ll party until 10 or so!
o Entry will be $10 with all proceeds raised going straight to Movember.
o Remember to bring cash or checks! We have some great raffle prizes and sweet silent auctions again this for year!
o We’ll have wonderful craft beer from all over the state of Indiana and beyond. Including beer from Sun King, Flat 12 Bierwerks, Rock Bottom, The Ram, Fountain Square Brewing, Upland, Twisted Crew, New Belgium and Triton Brewing!
o There will also be delicious food from City Market vendors Papa Roux and Three Days in Paris!
This past Saturday, I attended Toronto’s 4th annual Nuit Blanche sponsored by Scotiabank. A celebration of contemporary art in the heart of the city. This year, the event was attended by over 130,000 people! (Some of them blotto) The event ran from 7PM Sat. to 7AM Sun.
I said to my wife, “I’m up for the challenge. 132 installations provided by 550 artist, spread out over three different sectors of downtown Toronto. (God knows how many square miles) Hell, we LIVE downtown! All we need do is to step outside our door, and partake in the festivities. Let’s do this. Let’s pull an all-nighter!”
After seeing only a handful exhibits, we sheepishly retired to our home at 3:00 AM. (Someone should have had a nappy-poo.)
Frankly, I’m not sure anyone could see everything unless it were carefully planned. Fortunately, the organizers provided an online digital guide. A paperless brochure, filled with artist names, statements, pictures and information.
Let’s say you’re looking at a work of contemporary art, but you have no idea who the artist is, the title of the piece or what the piece represents, or even if it’s art. WTF??? (The lines between contemporary art and reality are often blurred.) Simply take a digital snapshot of the icon next to the piece with your BlackBerry or iPhone camera, and all pertinent information will appear on screen.
If you want to locate that particular installation, you can use the GPS function on your portable smart phone device. Wow! I LIVE IN THE F@#$% FUTURE! People were excitedly texting and tweeting each other, voting for their favorite installations. It was very cool!
Here’s my final assessment of the evening… WE LOVED IT!
I would strongly encourage anyone thinking of visiting Toronto next fall, to include Nuit Blanche as part of their schedule. Hell, you’re going to see a lot of these landmarks anyway. Why not see them with drunk people?
Aside from a few novice art critics and some amateur drinkers who left behind their own versions of Jackson Pollock, I thoroughly enjoyed this all-night contemporary art thing.
You know what the best thing about it was? The price. Absolutely FREE!
“Hey honey, let’s go get pissed up and look at some modern art.
I will be posting more digital pictures and videos once they’re developed.
*Hats off to all the organizers and volunteers who helped the night run smoothly.
I picked up the special edition, which comes with a safety deposit lock box, tote bag, music cd, hard cover art book, one month subscription to xbox live, Liberty City Subway map, and GTA IV video game for the 360. Nice package and very impressive!
The line ups had an average of 100 to 200 people in them.
Futureshop was the most fun with free hats and a live DJ. One kid in line at the Futureshop won a Playstation 3! The wait, however, was considerably longer than Game Shack.
Game Shack had one of the shortest and most efficient lines. Game Shack patrons were coming out of the mall three minutes after twelve with their special edition GTA IV packages, and posters held high while performing a victory dance.
The Best Buy line up had the most media coverage but appeared the most tepid in mood and creativity. A mock Liberty City squad car with two uniformed gum-smacking models swinging night sticks? LAME! … and they gave away fuzzy dice. ???
EB Gamestop had the most orderly lineup. Situated inside the quiet, climate controlled Eaton Centre, I spotted over 100 GTA faithful sitting in a lotus position, quietly playing their Nintendo DS with ipod buds stuffed in their ears.
I found the over reaction of the local Po’ Po’ to be quite humorous. I’ve never seen so many squad cars sitting two abreast, waiting for a bunch of nerds to start simulating their favorite M rated video game by car jacking someone, and driving off with a 4 star wanted level. It’s a video game people! Relax!
Last night, I appeared on the CBC radio show, ‘The Debators.’ A show where comics debate hot topics and hot button issues with logic and a twist of humor. The show is hosted by funny man Steve Paterson. A good friend and one of the fastest ad-lib comics I know. (That’s right, I name drop too.)
The debate topic was Star Wars vs Lord of the Rings. Which one is the better franchise? I was pro Star Wars of course and my debating partner, comedian Ron Sparks, was pro Lord of the Rings. We both slaved through seconds of last minute prep to put forward our best arguments. In the end, it was very close, but I prevailed.
I won’t spoil it for you, but it was a great night!
Simply click on the link above for more information on air times and sound bites of previous shows. You won’t be disappointed.
Shout outs to my fellow debaters, Al Rae, Fred MacAulay, Irwin Barker, Jonny Harris, Mark Forward, Debra DiGiovanni, Roman Danylo, Rebecca Northan, Pete Zedlacher, and Erica Sigurdson. Well done everybody!