"Ensign Ricky" by Byron Roussin For The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival Presents: Hey I’m A Big Fan Shot and edited by Aaron J Amendola. A group of formerly mar…
One of the things that makes Settlers Of Catan a great board game is, you’re never “out.” You never get fully eliminated before the game itself is over, so even if you have zero chance of winning you can still hang out in the game and be a headache for the person who has a ninety percent chance of…
How To Write “Supernatural” Written and Performed by Vance Brinkerhoff and Chris Blake For The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival Presents: Hey I’m A Big Fan Shot …
In the near future, in a galaxy filled with wanton desire and possibly a smidge of both teen and adult angst (*cough* *cough*… THIS GALAXY *cough*), a group of formerly marginalized homo sapiens will emerge from their hovels to worship their nerdy deities as only they know how… with a night of passionate fan fiction readings and nerdy libations.
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 will mark the second in a series of fun and FREE monthly events produced by The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival. Fan Fiction readings based on Harry Potter, Sat Wars, Star Trek, Lord Of The Rings and more will abound!
Hosted by festival producer, Fin Coe!
Steve Persch of The Nerdologues, Byron Roussin, C.J. Tuor, Bobby Hoffman/ Right This Way Robbie of Plan 9 Burlesque, Zach Abel, Heather Stone, R Vance Brinkerhoff, Chris Blake, and more!
This is FREE Event!
Big announcement coming soon!
See you NEXT WEEK, Nerds!
How Roy Leery, Who Is A Fictional Character, Became Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Lover, Captain Malcolm Reynolds’ Best Friend and Eventually An Avenger
By Rory Leahy
Roy Leery was a writer from Chicago. He’d just sold a screenplay to Hollywood for five million dollars that everyone thought was going to win that year’s Oscar. He stopped his car in Sunnydale, California. He wasn’t sure why but he was fascinated by the rumors of strange things that happened in Sunnydale such as vampires.
Roy combed his brown hair and stared at his own deep blue eyes in his rear view mirror.
As he stepped out of the car he was menacingly approached by a group of vampires.
“You’ll make a good meal.” the lead vampire said.
“I don’t think so!” Roy said bravely and heroically as he punched them. Then Buffy the Vampire Slayer showed up. Together with their combined strength, they destroyed all the vampires.
“Wow stranger,” Buffy said in a totally breathless and impressed voice. “I’m able to easily defeat vampires because I’m the Slayer, how do you do it just being an ordinary mortal?”
“Sheer guts and determination I suppose.” Roy answered modestly. “I’m a writer from Chicago.” he added.
“You need to stay in Sunnydale to help me fight vampires.” Buffy said, “And you’ll need a place to stay so you should come spend the night at my house.”
“Okay.” Roy said. Later that night, Roy had sex with Buffy and it was totally hot.
They became boyfriend and girlfriend but soon complications emerged. Buffy’s friend Willow also fell in love with Roy and stopped being gay because of it. They also had sex. Roy knew it was wrong but he couldn’t help himself. Faith and Cordelia and all the hot girls from the show also fell in love with him and wanted to have sex with him.
Roy said to Buffy “Buffy I’m sorry. I’m destroying all of your friendships. It’s like when Xander performed that spell and all the women fell in love with him only this time it’s not a spell, it’s just how I am. I have to leave for everyone’s good.”
Buffy cried for hours and then said “I understand. I’m just so heartbroken because I was much more in love with you than I was with Angel.”
“Hey kid,” Roy said to comfort her, “You keep on going.”
He turned back to his car and drove out of Sunnydale, it was a very dark and tragic moment that showed how self sacrificing Roy was.
Then he drove into a time warp for some reason and found himself on a frontier planet five hundred years in the future.
There, he saw Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his two shipmates, Zoe and Jayne engaged in a fearsome battle with the monstrous Reavers. Roy brilliantly saved them by running over the Reavers with his car.
Mal approached Roy to thank him.
“Howdy pardner”, Mal said for even though it was the future he talked like a Wild West cowboy. “Right thanks for saving our lives. Why don’t you come on board my ship Serenity and have dinner with the crew?”
Zoe then said something in Mandarin. (Author’s Note: If you’re not aware, much like Gene Roddenberry made up a fictional language for the Klingons on Star Trek, Joss Whedon made up a fictional language for Firefly called “Mandarin”.)
Roy accepted and all of the women of Serenity fell in love with him as well.
Captain Mal took him aside and said “Roy, you’re obviously awesome. You should be a part of my crew and my best friend.”
Roy shook his head sadly and said “I’m sorry, my destiny is elsewhere.”
Roy drove back into the time warp and found himself in New York City in the year 2016. The Avengers were fighting the evil robot Ultron, which had already killed Hawkeye or someone. The Avengers were losing badly and the world was about to be destroyed but Roy ran up to Ultron and said “Hey robot, I know you think you’re superior to humanity but there’s one thing you’ll never understand and that’s love!”
Ultron’s logic circuits were completely fried by this and he exploded.
“Did that robot escape from the Toys R Us in Times Square or something?” Roy quipped cleverly.
“Wow! You’re even smarter and funnier than Tony Stark!” The Black Widow commented, also extremely impressed.
“I am forced to agree.” Tony Stark said.
They asked Roy to become an Avenger and he accepted. Deep in his heart, after all of his adventures, Roy knew he had finally found where he belonged.
Because he knew that this group of heroes, more than any other that he’d encountered, was truly, deeply, financially successful.
And Roy Leery was all about the bling, baby.
On the night of October 16, 2013, a group of formerly marginalized homo sapiens emerged from their hovels to worship their nerdy deities as only they know how… with a night of passionate fan fiction readings. These are the images of said humans. Their stories lasted for 5 minutes, but their legend will last… for at least a day (the internet as the attention span of a gold fish).
Join The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival as they present: Hey I’m A Big Fan next month (and the 3rd Wednesday of EVERY month) at Stage 773.
See you November 20th!
Performer Profile: Congrats On Your Success
Congrats on Your Success
Produced by Bill Bullock, Justin Covington, Sonia Denis, Odinaka Ezeokoli, Rebecca O’Neal and Charlie Rohrer, CoYS is a monthly comedy showcase in Logan Square. These six comics got together and created the monthly event in order to collaborate with and present new talent. Nerdfest is the Stage 773 debut of the CoYS team, and will feature the literate, referential humour that has garnered their monthly showcase such attention.
In one of the nicer Internet chatrooms of the late nineties, Bill Bullock and I greeted one another with a good old-fashioned “ASL?” After confirming that neither of us understands American Sign Language, we proceeded to talk in English about the CoYS Showcase, the lack of visibility of black nerds on the North Side, and how there’s all kinds of nerds.
Fin Coe: Hi Bill! Fin Coe here. Mind answering some questions about you and your act?
Bill Bullock: Sure. What did you want to know?
Fin: Well, for starters, how did you all find each other, and when did Congrats on Your Success begin as a project?
Bill: All 6 of the producers are stand up comics who were fairly new to the comedy scene. We always saw each other out on the scene at open mics and eventually started hanging out with each other more and more. Going to open mics in this city can be a pretty lonely and somewhat exclusive experience for new comics. i wanted to make sure that I had a sort of “running crew” to hang with while waiting for stage time. Eventually our conversations started to drift toward running our own showcase. This would help us not only get our own space to do stagetime or host, but also allow us to book comics we think are great, and show off the stand up scene to a local crowd in logan square that might otherwise never really go to a comedy show, or see any of these people.
We have been doing monthly shows for about 7 months, at Uncharted Books in logan square. Our first show was back in November, and got a surprisingly big crowd. It has been going strong ever since.
Fin: That’s great to hear. Uncharted Books is a beautiful little space, is that the regular showcase spot for you, or do you move your act around month-to-month?
Bill: Uncharted is the space for our showcase, Congrats on Your Success. All of us on the nerdfest show help produce and book that room every month. But the way we run it, only one of the producers actually performs on the show every month, and one hosts. Every other spot (usually about 4 people) is someone we booked to do the show with us.
Fin: That’s pretty cool. Sounds like a classier setup than a LOT of the standup gigs in town. So tell me about COYS: An Experience. Will this be a nerdier or more cerebral show than your usual monthly?
Bill: Every one of us is a nerd. We came together in large part because, especially in the “northside” part of the comedy scene in chicago, being a bunch of black nerds (with the exception of one of us) is kind of still an unheard-of voice. Pretty much all of us is very cerebral in general. So, putting us together in one show, yeah you are going to get a bunch of nerds talking about their experiences.
Fin: No kidding. So fans of the Nerd Comedy Festival will also enjoy your monthly showcase, good to know. What are some of the things that nerd you out?
Bill: We are all nerds in different ways. I know that Justin and Charlie for example are both big into video games (as am I). I am also big into technology and gadgets as well. Rebecca, and Justin (really all of us, but them most of all) like to call themselves “natives of the internet,” and they get really into that kind of referential humor that comes along with it.
Lastly we are all big comedy nerds. Don’t get us started talking about the philosophy of comedy or the do’s and dont’s of standup. We get in hours-long conversations about the nature of our scene and the people in it on a semi-regular basis. It’s our thing, and we love it. But you kind of have to, because otherwise it can be pretty terrible.
Fin: I fully intend to get you started talking about the philosophy of comedy. Perhaps when I come to your show this Friday or Saturday! Thanks for your time, Bill!
You can find CoYS Comedy on Facebook and at www.unchartedbooks.com. Catch
Congrats on Your Success presents: An EXPERIENCE at the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, Friday May 31st AND Saturday June 1st at 7pm, on the Thrust in Stage 773. Tickets are available now.
Performer Profile: Pretty/Windy Theatre
Full disclosure: I (Fin Coe) am the Executive Director of Pretty/Windy. I know all about this up and coming polished theatrical ensemble, back-to-back winners of the Sketch Cage Match at Stage 773 and back-to-back performers at the Chicago Sketchfest. But I’m not going to debase myself by talking about this exciting young group, or going on about its history of continuing to put out good work all around Chicago and in Festivals all over the country.
Instead, I’m going to talk with Beau Buccilli, one of the two co-directors of Pretty/Windy’s Nerdfest show, about what they’ve got planned for this, the first glorious Nerdfest.
Fin Coe: Guess what, Beau? You get to answer my questions for the Profile I’m writing up for the Nerdfest show. You excited?
Beau Buccilli: So excited!
Fin: Great. So pop quiz: Who are you, and what’s Pretty/Windy?
Beau: I’m Beau Buccilli, one of the co-directors of Pretty/Windy’s Nerdfest show. Pretty/Windy is a theatre company made up of Fin, Ryan, Tyler, Kelly, John, Kiki, Jim, Stasia, Andrew, and myself. We’re all alumni of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and we focus on a highly theatrical style of sketch comedy. Our shows are characterized by literate wit mixed with a sense of silliness in a variety of sketches, songs, and puppetry.
Fin: So what makes you nerds nerdy?
Beau: To me, being nerdy about something basically equates to just being super passionate about it. In that sense, I’m a huge nerd for the Beatles. I proudly display my Beatles fanaticism every day with my 29 Beatles shirts, and I literally haven’t gone a day without wearing one for over six years. I’m also totally obsessed with Game of Thrones to the point that I feel like a Westerosi historian.
Fin: And how would you say Pretty/Windy rates in terms of geek cred?
Beau: I would say Pretty/Windy’s geek cred is off the charts. For starters, we all met at and attended Case Western, which is easily one of the nerdiest places I’ve ever been. But as far as our actual sketch goes, our work definitely has a sense of wit and intelligence that goes hand in hand with our sense of nerdiness. We’re not afraid to make ourselves look dorky by being silly and absurd, and we’ve got sketches inspired by everything from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the aforementioned (and my beloved) Game of Thrones. Oh, and Star Wars references. Lots of Star Wars references.
Fin: “Lots of Star Wars references” could be the tagline for this Festival. Now, you’re involved in the All-Festival Show - can you tell me what working on that has been like for you?
Beau: My main focus for the All-Festival Show has been writing a couple of songs in collaboration with Matt Griffo, and it’s been a lot of fun. Matt’s a great guy in addition to a great musician, and it’s been a nice change of pace to work with somebody outside of Pretty/Windy. I had seen Matt perform, but had never actually met him until we got together to write for this All-Festival Show. I feel fortunate that I’ve gotten the opportunity to collaborate and create with somebody that I otherwise wouldn’t even know.
Fin: Glad to hear it. Now, last question: you’re the Writing Lead of Pretty/Windy - any advice to burgeoning nerdcomedy writers in the audience?
Beau: Read. Read a lot. Read as much as you can, and think critically about what you read. I feel it’s the easiest thing you can do to become a better writer and also the most overlooked aspect of improving your writing abilities. You need to read scripts before you’re able to write a good one yourself. It’s incredibly simple, but it helps tremendously.
Fin: Sound advice. Worthy of a Maester. Thank you, Beau.
You can find Pretty/Windy on Facebook and at www.prettywindy.com. Catch
Pretty/Windy Theatre Company at the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, Saturday June 1st at 11pm, on the Thrust in Stage 773. Tickets are available now.