Last Saturday we had the second run of our brand new show format, "FOOD FIGHT", at the Village Theatre in Davenport, IA. We had a decent turnout of attendees and a great time overall! Opening the show was stand up comedy performers by Racer Bakeris and Jen Kuhle. Take a look at the show highlights in this vlog and come check us out live sometime!
Juuust sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful OHGAWD NO! CRUNCH! CHOMP! CHOMP! CHOMP! BANG! Bark bark! BOOM! Aieee! SPLATTER!
I’m kidding, mostly. There was a plot and stuff, but…spoilers.
So place your bets as you’re introduced to a titillating cast that you know a certain percentage will be eaten. Will it be the bitter, alcoholic hero? The tubby bearded nerd? The insanely rich jerk? The token black guy who’s sticking close to the punky computer hacker girl with an attitude? The brilliant yet slightly cold scientist whose daughter is trying too hard to follow in his footsteps for his approval? Or the scrappy kid with a heart of gold?
I won’t tell you. But dollars to doughnuts you’re probably right.
Was it groundbreaking? No.
Did I expect it to be? Not really.
The movie was pretty much the same paint-by-number, must-keep-everyone-happy-action flick we’ve come to expect out of Hollywood. In this day and age if they find a system that works they will beat it to a pulp-like consistency and then do the exact opposite thing to make the art form new again. For movies about sharks (…fine, megalodons), I’m perfectly okay with that. I mean, what else would you expect our hero to do the Meg apart from punching, stabbing, skewering, shooting and exploding that oversized behemoth…have sex with it?
I will give this movie credit: the set design for the Mana lab was beautifully reminiscent of a Star Trek Federation starship vessel circa 1990’s, the cast was well chosen, and the music was able to fill in the emotional gaps that the camera was unable to fill. It’s also worth noting that, in its defense, these aren’t the kinds of movies I tend to go to the theater to see as I’m the type who roots for the monster.
Next movie we’re hopefully going to catch will be "The Happytime Murders", something I’m quite excited about. In case my Facebook profile pic isn’t being used for this review I should warn you: I AM A PUPPET NERD.
And who knows? Maybe next time I can get Race to blog a bit too or OH MY GOD WE SHOULD BRING PUPPETS TO THE THEATRE!
I have to go; I have about a week to try and convince him this is a good idea.
It's a little bit late, but we finally have our latest vlog finished and uploaded! On July 21st we performed a no cover comedy show down at Broken Saddle in Moline, IL! We had a smaller turnout than we had hoped for (darn you, summer!) but we are confident that the next few shows will have bigger crowds. Check out our next show on August 18th! All of our shows down at Broken Saddle are FREE to attend!
Wow, we are really terrible at updating this blog regularly, and for that, we apologize! Please don't be mad at us. We'll bake you cookies, and give you a foot massage (well...we'll bake you cookies).
SUYP has been insanely busy as of late. If you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube you'll see first hand just how busy we have been. In the last month we did three conventions and have been making our presence known in our home area of the Quad Cities. Thanks to our hard work and hustle, we have two local shows booked each month and have made the Village Theatre in Davenport our new forever home. This means that if we ALSO continue booking conventions, we'll be kicking butt at LEAST three weekends a month! It's incredible that we find any time to do other extra curriculars!
However, we do somehow find time to do other activities...probably because we don't sleep and subsist on energy drinks. Molly and Craig have been working hard for Moonshine Misfits, a local burlesque troupe, Nikki continues to practice her makeup artistry, TJ is preparing for two major vacations, and of course all of us have to pay our bills with those day jobs (that is, until THIS can pay the bills. Please book us and pay our bills).
Anyway, here's our latest vlog, which is footage of our latest convention gig at QC Planet Funk Con. Planet Funk Con was a first year convention held at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, IL. For it's first run, it was large, well-attended, and well-organized. Steve Ash, one of the convention chairs, was our main contact and was a pleasure to work with.
Enjoy our latest vlog, and we promise we'll TRY to be better about updating this thing ;)
Two weeks ago, SUYP traveled to Ashland, OH to be performance guests at Gojotekicon, a small second-year anime convention held at the Holiday Inn Express. While at the convention, we hosted our Nerdy Comedy Show, our Intro to Burlesque workshop, our Otaku's Intro to Improv workshop, and our Q&A Session.
Even for a small convention, our comedy show was well attended with an audience of 25 people, all loud, rowdy, and there to have a good time (some were even willing to share their beverages with us - shout out to those cool dudes!) Unfortunately, though, due to a Hentai Game Show that was going on outside (it must have been good if it required a waiver to be signed to participate), no one attended our Burlesque workshop that took place after our comedy show. However, this gave us an opportunity to interact with some of the convention staff and attendees, and we got to know the con chair of Gojotekicon a little better - which was definitely a plus :)
We also befriended Ohio-based band Ghost in Blue. They do rock covers of various anime music, as well as write some of their own original songs. We've been chatting them up since the convention's end and are hoping to get some cross-collaborative projects and shows going...fingers crossed we make some magic happen with them soon! In the meantime, check them out on Facebook.
Last weekend, we performed on our home turf (the Quad Cities) for the first time in almost a year! Since our shows are usually traveling, we got lots of requests from our friends and family back home to bring our shows back to the area, and we just can't say no to the people who support us!
We would say our evening was absolutely successful. We had a total of 35 people in attendance, and since the venue we performed in can hold approximately 50 people comfortably, that means we had very close to a full house! Considering in our early days we'd get turnouts of 5 audience members, we're not complaining :)
Enjoy this little vlog we put together of our show. We have some pre-show antics and some clips of the show itself taken by Bobby's sister, Jess.
Special thanks goes out to Bierstube Moline/Blackhawk Room, our amazing bartender Sarah, our new recruits TJ and Race for working the door, and of course, the talented and dynamic cast of Becky, Molly, Craig, Bobby, and Nikki.
A couple weeks ago, we had the honor of being Performance Guests at JAMPCon in Chattanooga, TN! We put together a short vlog of our behind-the-scenes adventures for you all to enjoy! THANK YOU to Devon, JAMPCon's con-chair, for bringing us out. We hope you'll have us back next year!
The 2018 Academy awards have come and gone. Shape of Water took home the award for Best Picture.
While some critics may not agree with the selection I believe the choice was obvious and that the film
may have found the perfect algorithm for creating Oscar winning films. Taking a look at its competition
from this year you’ll note what the other films were missing.
Darkest Hour – The film that won Gary Oldman an Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Winston
Churchill. The year is 1940 and Churchill must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler or fight on knowing it could mean an embarrassing defeat for Britain. You know what he didn’t have to decide on though? Whether or not to have sex with a fish. Thus the Oscar committee decided not to give the film an Oscar.
Dunkirk – An epic tale of allied forces evacuating Dunkirk beach while being surrounded and attacked by German forces. You know what is more epic though? Fish sex and given the amount of time that was
spent in water you would have think that would have been easy to add into this film. Sadly, the viewer is left disappointed.
Get Out – A black man who uncovers a disturbing secret when he meets the family of his white
girlfriend. Is the disturbing secret that his girlfriend is sleeping with a fish? (Spoiler alert: It’s not)
Ladybird - A coming-of- age story of a high-school senior and her turbulent relationship with her mother. Since the girl in this movie is 17 I don’t think I’m allowed to comment on the lack of fish sex. Oh wait, I just did. Damn, moving on…..
Phantom Thread - Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose
fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.
This would have been the perfect challenger to Shape of Water…had Alma been a fish, but since she’s
not Phantom Thread can take a seat with the other losers.
The Post - The Post depicts the true story of attempts by journalists at The Washington Post to publish
the Pentagon Papers, classified documents regarding the 30-year involvement of the United States
government in the Vietnam War. It also stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. You know what it doesn’t
star though? Any type of amphibian creature. Had there been an intimate scene involving Tom Hanks,
Meryl Streep, and a fish you better believe this would have won every Academy award there is to win
including best foreign language film. I assume fish moaning would qualify it in the foreign language
category. Alas, no fish appear in this film. Guess they didn’t want to win any Oscars.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit. For Gods sake Woody Harrelson is the main actor. Fans have been clamoring for him to have a fish sex scene ever since he was Woody the bartender on Cheers. Hopefully, he’ll be cast in Shape of Water 2: Swimming Upstream. Maybe then he can get that Oscar to place on his shelf to hide his non-medicinal marijuana.
Call Me by Your Name - In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and
the older man hired as his father's research assistant. I’m not even gonna touch this one.
Shape of Water – Finally, our Oscar winner. The director has cracked the code. Woman + fish + naughty parts = Oscar gold.
There you go Hollywood, you can thank me later. In the form of a royalty check. Paypal address will be
posted next week.