Jeez, so sorry, all you watchful followers of this blog, for falling off the face of the Earth for several weeks! There is much to discuss.
The main reason I've been slacking is I'm in a play. Yes, you read that right. The Eli James you've come to know as "that morbid f--ker with the messed up foot, who complains about walking all the time," is actually using his two feet to act in this play:
Temporal Powers by Teresa Deevy at The Mint Theater. The play is currently in previews, and opens on Monday August 29th. I play an Irish boy named Moses. Go figure.
And... for the past four months I've been trying my hand at standup comedy - a pursuit I swore I would never touch. "That's not for me. That's for people with freakishly large testicles." Well, I decided to do it anyway, hitting scores of open mics over the last several months and writing new material nearly every day. Why I'm throwing myself into yet another highly competitive, extremely difficult non-paying creative pursuit is something that might only be answered by psychiatrists who study the sick sick brains of performers. I cannot say myself.
I've hidden this new pursuit from my friends and neighbors for quite a while. I wanted to get good before inviting anyone. I still don't know if I'm good - but here an invitation to my next performance:
SOCE'S First-Timer Standup Show.
At BEDLAM. 8PM
40 Avenue C, between 3rd and 4th Sts.
No cover, 1 drink minimum.
I'll be doing a five-minute set in front of a real audience. Please come if laughing is something you do indiscriminately.