April142014
drujohnston:

I’m killing this game of 2048.

drujohnston:

I’m killing this game of 2048.

April112014
April22014
The Iron Throne is mine by rights. #GoTPremiereNYU #HBOCollege  (at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts)

The Iron Throne is mine by rights. #GoTPremiereNYU #HBOCollege (at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts)

April12014
February262014
2PM
February252014
drujohnston:

OPERATION: GET BILLY JOEL TO SEE OUR SHOW
Don Fanelli and I have written a sketch comedy show about the Pianoman himself called Sketches From An Italian Restaurant: A Billy Joel Sketch Show that is currently running at the UCB Theatre in NYC. Let me rephrase that: Two grown adult men have spent months of their lives writing thirty minutes of sketch comedy completely devoted to how great Billy Joel is and how he is the greatest recording artist of all time.
And now we want Billy Joel to come see it.
We’ve tweeted at him. We’ve tweeted at his daughter. We’ve posted in his message boards about it. We screamed it from the stands while his sax player Richie Cannata was playing the national anthem at the Giants/Seahawks game. Our friend Geoff Garlock told his longtime drummer Liberty Devitto about it on his podcast. We’ve even go so far as to try to get in touch with his agent and let HIM know about the show. And as of now we have continuously struck out.
But we KNOW this is a show that he will love. And we KNOW that he’s constantly in town playing at MSG, mere blocks away from the UCB.
So we’re taking it to the internet. Let’s get Billy Joel to come see our Sketch Comedy show about how great he is. We have two shows in March, one on March 6th, one on March 19th… two prime opportunities for him to see it. And hopefully more in the coming months. But THIS IS THE TIME. LET’S GET HIM TO SEE IT! #BILLYJOELSKETCHSHOW: http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/shows/view/3686
My dream? Best case scenario? He comes to see the show, we introduce him at the end, he gets a thirty minute standing ovation, then he performs an impromptu concert for the 200 or so people in the UCB that night and it goes down in history as the fucking coolest Billy Joel concert since Leningrad. Worst case scenario? He hears about this show, but he’s too busy being the fucking best ever to make it out to see it. I CONSIDER BOTH OF THESE SCENARIOS WINS.
So we’re going to do everything in our power to make it happen. And we would love any help we can get. Let’s tweet about it until we get #BillyJoelSketchShow trending. Let’s get up on that tumblr radar. Let’s get it written up in the fucking New York Times so he HAS to see it. And rest assured this is not a snarky show making fun of the man. We legitimately love the man and we LOVE his music. Need proof? I’ll show you my iTunes. I’ll show you my most played list. I’ll tell you that at college parties I lead line dances to River of Dreams, or that there was a period in high school when I couldn’t fall asleep unless I listened to Captain Jack. THESE ARE ALL TRUE FACTS.
So Billy Joel, here is my plea… please come see our sketch show about you. Don’t be The Stranger.
The show is $5. I’ll pay for your ticket, Billy.

MARCH DATES:
March 6th. 8PMMarch 19th. 8PMUCB CHELSEA - 307 W. 26th Street. NYC

Sincerely,
Dru Johnston & Don Fanelli

drujohnston:

OPERATION: GET BILLY JOEL TO SEE OUR SHOW

Don Fanelli and I have written a sketch comedy show about the Pianoman himself called Sketches From An Italian Restaurant: A Billy Joel Sketch Show that is currently running at the UCB Theatre in NYC. Let me rephrase that: Two grown adult men have spent months of their lives writing thirty minutes of sketch comedy completely devoted to how great Billy Joel is and how he is the greatest recording artist of all time.

And now we want Billy Joel to come see it.

We’ve tweeted at him. We’ve tweeted at his daughter. We’ve posted in his message boards about it. We screamed it from the stands while his sax player Richie Cannata was playing the national anthem at the Giants/Seahawks game. Our friend Geoff Garlock told his longtime drummer Liberty Devitto about it on his podcast. We’ve even go so far as to try to get in touch with his agent and let HIM know about the show. And as of now we have continuously struck out.

But we KNOW this is a show that he will love. And we KNOW that he’s constantly in town playing at MSG, mere blocks away from the UCB.

So we’re taking it to the internet. Let’s get Billy Joel to come see our Sketch Comedy show about how great he is. We have two shows in March, one on March 6th, one on March 19th… two prime opportunities for him to see it. And hopefully more in the coming months. But THIS IS THE TIME. LET’S GET HIM TO SEE IT! #BILLYJOELSKETCHSHOW: http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/shows/view/3686

My dream? Best case scenario? He comes to see the show, we introduce him at the end, he gets a thirty minute standing ovation, then he performs an impromptu concert for the 200 or so people in the UCB that night and it goes down in history as the fucking coolest Billy Joel concert since Leningrad. Worst case scenario? He hears about this show, but he’s too busy being the fucking best ever to make it out to see it. I CONSIDER BOTH OF THESE SCENARIOS WINS.

So we’re going to do everything in our power to make it happen. And we would love any help we can get. Let’s tweet about it until we get #BillyJoelSketchShow trending. Let’s get up on that tumblr radar. Let’s get it written up in the fucking New York Times so he HAS to see it. And rest assured this is not a snarky show making fun of the man. We legitimately love the man and we LOVE his music. Need proof? I’ll show you my iTunes. I’ll show you my most played list. I’ll tell you that at college parties I lead line dances to River of Dreams, or that there was a period in high school when I couldn’t fall asleep unless I listened to Captain Jack. THESE ARE ALL TRUE FACTS.

So Billy Joel, here is my plea… please come see our sketch show about you. Don’t be The Stranger.

The show is $5. I’ll pay for your ticket, Billy.

MARCH DATES:

March 6th. 8PM
March 19th. 8PM
UCB CHELSEA - 307 W. 26th Street. NYC

Sincerely,

Dru Johnston & Don Fanelli

February242014
“"Del pulled me aside one day after a show and said, ‘Someday you’re gonna look in the mirror and say, ‘I’m so cute, and I’m only 45 years old.” And it sort of sobered me up, you know? It sort of taught me that there was more to you know, there was more to just scoring with the audience—that wasn’t just about getting a laugh. Del taught us the dictum that if you concentrate on making everyone else around you look good, it makes everybody look good. In a way taught us you know like a moral code to with the kind of stage behavior he was teaching us, you know? And he was a great innovator of the stage behavior that we’ve all learned and shared…which works in life as well as it does on the stage"” Harold Ramis, speaking about Del Close at his last birthday party before his death in 1999. One genius talking about the influence another genius had on him. Very poignant words to any comedian or fan of comedy who has been influenced by Del Close or by Harold Ramis—so all of us.
February202014
February172014

All the U.S. Presidents as improvisers

iamachilles:

A follow up to a previous post. I spent way too much time on this.

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Oh good heavens this is incredibly brilliant.  Just so much fun history and improv nerdiness that I love so, so much.  Oh my god this is the best thing I’ve read all day.

I read it backwards, which was also a fun part of this.

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