I don’t really like to make a big deal of my birthday. It happens every year, and I’m at an age where the milestones are separated by a great gulf of years. I typically just have a quiet dinner out with my wife and another couple; the restaurant is not informed that there is any special occasion and I am spared the mortification of having “Happy Birthday” sung to me in public by strangers.
Friday night I spent my birthday on stage in Kansas City, performing with Superego as part of the annual Kansas City Improv festival. At the end of the show, Superego joined the other acts from the evening on stage for a group curtain call, which culminated in me being presented with a gift bag and the entire audience singing “Happy Birthday” to me. It is by far the largest group of people that has ever sung to me. I could check, but I bet I’m right on this one.
As much as I avoid making a scene on my birthday, I was touched by this. And performing on my birthday put things into very sharp focus: I have, it turns out, a wonderful life.
Thanks to everyone, friends and strangers alike, for their birthday wishes yesterday. Thanks to the Kansas City Improv festival for being so thoughtful and for having cake(s) backstage. Thanks to all the improvisers who signed the card. Thanks to Easy Tiger Cards for my presents. Thanks to Superego for inviting me to join them. Thanks to that couple in the bar who gave the waitress the nice note to pass on to me. Thanks to anyone who enjoys what I do and lets me do it.
As far as “Happy Birthday” goes, well, you just have to take it.
Tradition! #kcif #superego (at Off Center Theatre)
SUPEREGO RETURNS TO THE KANSAS CITY IMPROV FESTIVAL
We are doing what it says up there! This Friday and Saturday!
THE OFF CENTER THEATRE IN CROWN CENTER
Photos taken at last year’s KCIF by Steve Gibson
BONUS: We’ve cracked open the Superego vault and pulled out some sketches that have never seen the light of day. We’ll talk about these sketches, why they didn’t make the cut, and other delightful insights.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Paul F. Tompkins from No, You Shut Up, Mike Rock from Chelsea Lately, Andy Crocker from Adult Swim, Brian Bradley, and Ryan Smith.
CASE STUDIES: Bruce ‘The Throat’ Hume and Ed ‘The Inflection’ Olivas, Grandma Jonesy, Grandma Queen Bee, The Helpton Inn, George Zimmer and My Baby Dreamer.
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2014
BUY IT OVER HERE IN THIS AREA.
Some of you may have heard me talk about a tour this summer. I was shooting my mouth off about a tour featuring me and Superego. “We’ll be going all over the place,” I said, “the U.S., Canada, probably most of Europe, the moon.” I really made it sound great. And it will be!
Just not this year. For reasons not entirely beyond my control, but mostly, the tour did not come together this year. But that just means we’ve got a head start on next year! Look out, moon! We’re coming for you in ‘15!
But guess what? If you live in Charleston, South Carolina (or its environs), you will be the only people that will get to see this thing in 2014.
What is this thing, anyway? It’s:
PAUL F. TOMPKINS and SUPEREGO combine for an evening of improvised standup, sketches, and surprise guests. ALL unscripted and absolutely in the moment.
Exclusively at Theatre 99, Charleston, SC. This will be the most momentous thing to happen above a bicycle shop since June 15, 1215, when King John affixed his seal to the Magna Carta!
Photos: Wei Shi (Top, middle)
Liezl Estipona (bottom)
I was pleased as a pigfoot to appear as a character on the very first episode of The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project. Absolutely two of the most enjoyable hours I have ever spent doing anything. Andy Daly is nothing short of a master character comedian, and working with him was pure delight. Also along for this insane ride are the brilliant Betsy Sodaro, Sean Conroy and Superego (Matt Gourley, Jeremy Carter and Mark McConville, with James Bladon) as The Journeymen.
You will love this. And post-listen, be sure to take The Dalton Wilcox Challenge. Also be sure to watch Andy Daly’s Comedy Central show, Review.
AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 2013
THE DEAD AUTHORS PODCAST, CHAPTER 21: JOSEPH CAMPBELL
Thanks to Jeremy Carter, for no particular reason.
When I was a kid, if Superego had been around, I would have been thrilled to watch a full-fledged Superego sketch show on television. Now that I am an adult, and Superego actually is around, I can safely say I would be thrilled to watch a full-fledged Superego sketch show on television.
Starring Matt Gourley and Mark McConville
Directed by Jeff Crocker
A message from Jim & Jeremy Einstein