Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Show! It Must Go On!

Last night Pandas did the first of two shows at Under St. Marks (on more left on Weds Feb 6th!) but this one was special. Why? Because I vomited BIG TIMES right before the show! Food poisoning or something... I'm home today trying to force some food down my throat so I don't have to miss anything I've got going on.

Such as what??

Such as!

Date: Jan 31, 2008 (Thu)
Location: The Green Room
Address: 45 Bleecker St.
City/State: New York, NY
Start: 10:30 PM
End: 11:30 PM

Carol Hartsell and Sean Crespo, the parents of the Drink At Work Show, are delighted to announce the upcoming birth of their grandchild, DRINK AT WORK'S EXTENDED FAMILY, which will be delivered Thursday Jan. 31 at 10:30 pm in the Green Room. And for only $12 you can watch. Nobody is judging. "Extended Family" brings together the hosts and performers from NYC's best variety shows past and present for one night only of all-star sketches: including DRINK AT WORK's Sean and Carol, KISSING BOOTH's Brandy Barber and Sara Jo Allocco, SHARK SHOW'S Gabe McKinley and Nick Stevens, GIANT TUESDAY'S Rob Gorden and Mark Douglas, GET PSYCHED's Rob Lathan and Adira Amram, MATT AND KATINA's Matt McCarthy and Katina Carrao, I EAT PANDAS' Glennis McMurray, COMEDY IGLOO'S Kevin Janus, HER MAJESTY'S STAND UP's Lucas Held, with performances from comics Dan Allen & Anthony Devito, as well as human-one-man show Will Franken.

At the moment of completion of DRINK AT WORK'S EXTENDED FAMILY, Comedy itself will have completed its mission and will promptly curl up and die. Come out and enjoy your LAST CHANCE TO LAUGH EVER! WE'RE VERY SORRY!

How fun is that? I saw a lot of the show at tech the other night and trust's gonna be GOOD.

Other than that, not too much going on. I totally haven't broken the ECNY award (yet) but it's only a matter of time - as ELIZA REMINDS ME EVERY DAY.

Hope you are all having a great day, great weekend, go Super Bowl Sunday!



Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Win!

Hey guys!

I Eat Pandas won an ECNY award last night for "Best Improv Group" and we couldn't have been more pleased. Insider secret: we totes jumped up and down like girls backstage after accepting.

Look! Look at how excited we are!

(Photo by Keith Huang, whom I finally had the pleasure of meeting last night and he's a real peach!)

Also, according to, IEP had the highest percentage achieved in the popular vote at 37.7%! YOU GUYS!!

It was a super fun night and great to see everyone dressed up to the nines. This community of comedians are some of the most supportive, wonderful people I have ever met and I am so PROUD to know them ALL!

Now, down to business: if you've never caught I Eat Pandas you have 4 chances coming up!

Weds, Jan 30 (Tomorrow!) & Feb 6
UNDER St. Marks Theatre
94 St. Marks Place btwn 1st Ave and Ave A
Tickets $10, $8 with Student ID
Reservations (recommended):

Featuring stand up by our favorite NY comedians! Matt McCarthy & Sean Crespo (Jan 30) and Adira Amram and Baron Vaughn (Feb 6)!


Mon, Jan 4 & 11
UCB Theatre
307 W 26th @ 8th Ave
Reservations: 212-366-9176

See you there. And if you voted... thank you :)



Thursday, January 10, 2008

DDPP - Have You Still Not Been?

Dance Dance Party Party (my baby, my creation, my monster!) is still going strong... but not strong enough! We're getting a nice little story about us on NPR's Weekend America which is AMAZING. We've had write-ups in Bust Magazine, Time Out NY, German magazines and so on and so forth and yet... our attendance in NY still leaves something to be desired!

If you're unfamiliar with DDPP it really has become so much more than what it sounds like. The basics are: a dark room, disco light spinning, ladies bouncing, running, spinning, laughing and singing along to Madonna, M.I.A., Biggie, Tom Petty... you name it. You burn around 500 calories (so I'm told) and leave beaming, but like I said it's so much more.

It's become this amazing space where spirits are lifted and self-esteems are mended. I received an email from one of our loyal attendees which basically said DDPP had saved her life. I'm not even exaggerating. It's almost magical! I'm not saying all this to toot my own horn either... we didn't really start DDPP (myself and Marcy Girt) with this in mind. We honestly just wanted a space where we could go, dance, get some exercise and have fun without everything that comes with a night at the clubs.

I don't want to get too cheesy but...well I really am really in love with DDPP.

So if you're reading this and feel like forwarding this post to your friends please do! Feel like coming? Awesome! Want to post something on your blog? Amazing!!

It's sweeping the nation and pretty soon we're going to have women everywhere who walk with their heads held high because for one hour a day they don't have to worry about any of the things that come with being a woman today.

DDPP is every Sunday at 2 in NY at 440 Studios (440 Lafayette Street @ Astor Place, 6 to Astor Place). Check for more information and for more locations!



PS - Did you know "The Heat is On" was NOT sung by Kenny Loggins but by Glenn Frey? (I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man) Thanks to Paul for pointing that out!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

It's OVER!

2007 is over and what a year it was! I lost love, found love. Lost jobs, gained jobs. Gained a bunch of friends (don't think I lost any...) and most importantly gained a whole bunch of weight. Mmmmm pizza at 2am!

Highlights from the past two weeks:

1. Dinner with my mom, her husband Ben, my sister, her man Frank and Matt at Dallas BBQ on December 21st. My mom and her hubby arrived in NY (after driving from NC following a flight from New Mexico) at 4:30pm and by 6:00pm, as we were just finishing our meal, Ben went out to discover the car was GONE! GONE! The car was GONE! They parked in a no-parking zone from 4-7pm (oops we know how to read) and they towed our damn car. Every other car was still there but oh no, not ours. They had to miss my Christmas show and spent most of their night getting their car out of tow. $160 + a $70 ticket. What a racket!

2. A nearly sold-out I Eat Pandas show at UCB which made up for the fact that I had to work the 26th & 27th (taking a train back Christmas night to make it on time to a job you despise ain't the jam, y'all). There were only about 6 people in the audience that we knew which was AWESOME!

3. Getting drunk with friends after the aforementioned IEP show. Kate was at the show with her sister and sister's man who were visiting from LA. In addition to that my other favorites, the Burke family, showed up and took me DOWN. I was so drunk I got home at 2am, missed my 6:55am train (but really is that even necessary? a 7am train? PLEASE.) and finally got my sorry ass on a train at 8:30am. I didn't vomit but it was close.

4. Hanging out with Matt's family. What can I say? They made my Christmas amazing and I could never ever repay them. I tried to repay a little bit (because I can't ever just take something without mounds of guilt) by taking pictures of the Lord & Taylor windows for Matt's mom (she loves that stuff and couldn't make it to NY this year) but their internet is bad so they couldn't see them. So here:

5. Hanging out with little Grace. She's 8 months old and she's a McCarthy and I adore her. What a little PEACH!! I want one! Tomorrow! Ok, not tomorrow but jesus being around that kid made my uterus bananas for a kid. Speaking of uteri... we were blacked out early in our 2nd musical because poor Patrick couldn't see the clock. To keep the show going I just started singing the word I said when the lights went out over and over and over. That word was Uterus. Eliza joined in and it was a hoot. Hey guys... I hope we get a uteRUN at the theatre. Huh? Amirite??

6. Wedding on New Years Eve. Possibly the best NYE I've had. Matt and I went to his friend's wedding in Providence. We went shopping a few days before (at the mall dubbed Eliza and Glennis' mall because we had been there more times than Matt who GREW UP IN PROVIDENCE. Ok so what if he's a boy.) and I found the cutest dress for $28 for Forevsies 21 and cutest shoes (not $28) and threw that shit together last-minute (why didn't I bring something to wear knowing I had a wedding to attend? See: #3) and looked FIIIINE. Matt looked HOT and we rocked it. We were the jam. We rolled into the ceremony a little late and then, because there were 2 hours to kill, Matt, two of his friends and I went to a bar for pre-wedding drinks. As we were sitting there a story came up about how when we were in Chicago and Matt was driving me and his drunken friends home (see picture below for explanation as to why we were drunk off one beer)

I said, "you guys! I have the best song!" and proceeded to itrip my pod up and play "The Heat is On" by Mr. Kenny Loggins. NOW. I'm not sure when the last time you heard this song was but it, my friends, is AWESOME. Kenny Loggins was THE MAN. He sang Footloose AND The Heat Is On AND the theme from Caddyshack (I'm Alright) AND Dangerzone! COME ON! If nothing else he was the king of soundtrack songs!


After telling everyone what "the best" song was I got them excited for some Loggins (I think the beer helped) so Matt, his friend Vin and I got in our car (after almost stealing his friend Dan's girlfriend away for the ride - she loves the Logg too) and proceeded to jam to The Heat is On. THE Jam. After that song Vin asks if I have any other Loggins. DO I!? Ok I had one. Footloose. Which I started playing just as we rolled into the wedding and Matt, being the most fun boyfriend ever, rolled down the windows and BLASTED IT to announce our arrival. We later heard from his friend and his girlfriend that everyone standing outside was like "that is HILARIOUS." I think they especially liked the part where I stuck my head out the window and shouted a big yelping WOOOOOOH!!

To top the night off I requested Footloose and it was the last song the band played of 2007. THE JAM!!

7. Before I left for Christmas I recorded a Pop tarts VO so you should look out for me as a bratty little girl cooking a pop tart and I say something like "Ahhh! The smell of success!" (I also did some hmms and eep noises for the lady pop tart. And now you know... the REST of the story.)

Had a great train ride back and slept like a baby once back in my own NY bed. What a lovely vacation!

Hoping you all had good times galore. And remember, when life hands you lemons you jammonit and make some LOGGINS-aide!

(I'll quit. I swear.)

Have a great night! Happy New Year!