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the other Greg Childers
June 22, 2004, 09:38 PM
Memphis Fest Call
The Memphis Comedy Festival is reviving itself after a two year hiatus for a relaunch this coming Labor Day Weekend. Those who have performed in the past (which has included Bassprov, Georgia Pacific, All Jane No Dick, L.A. Theatersports and others) need not worry about having a claustrophobic experience this time. Instead of taking place in the confines of the isolated Bally's Hotel and Casino, the fest will be sprouting from somewhere in downtown Memphis. Sketch and improv groups that are interested in performing should hussle on their applications which are due by July 16th.

The long wait is finally over. After a one year hiatus, the Memphis Comedy Festival 2004 will be held Thursday, September 2nd until Sunday, September 5th (Labor Day weekend). It will be held in downtown Memphis. The venue will be announced within the next week.

The deadline for submissions will be Friday, July 16th so send in your festival application today!

We are looking for long form improvisational troupes, musical improvisational troupes, sketch comedy troupes, duo groups, solo improvisers, and short form improvisational troupes. We are not looking for stand-up comedy, as our focus is on improvisation and sketch performances.

We will need:

a recently videotaped performance that accurately represents both the cast and the type of performance (minimum 20 minutes in length)
contact information (contact person, phone numbers, mailing address, email address, etc.)
a recent black & white (5x7, or 8x10) photograph of you or your ensemble
any supporting materials; media kit, press releases and/or past reviews

All submissions become the property of the Memphis Comedy Festival and are non-returnable. The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 16th. There is no application fee. Performers will be given free admission to their performance, and are encouraged to purchase a weekend festival pass for the remaining shows.

We are looking for two instructors to teach three-hour master class workshops on the Sunday afternoon of the festival. Please contact us if you are interested.

If you would like to apply to perform, teach a workshop, be a sponsor, or if you want more information about MCF 2004, you can contact us several different ways.

Snail Mail:
Memphis Comedy Festival
c/o Greg Childers
3024 Keats Road
Bartlett, TN 38134

(901) 213-0331


the other Greg Childers
June 22, 2004, 09:39 PM
The tickets for the mainstage shows will be $15 each if purchased at the door. That will admit you to a 90 minute show featuring three total performances. The Improv All Night will be $5. To purchase tickets at the door for all the shows combined, it will cost $125.

However, you can purchase a Weekend Festival pass for the unbelievably low price of $60 right now. It will admit you to all eight mainstage shows, as well as the Improv All Night.

You can order the festival pass on the web site. If you have a credit card, there is a PayPal link. If you want to send a check or money order, there is a mailing address.


Not bad considering you can spend $50 for two mainstage tickets at CIF.

Hotels can cost anywhere from $60 and up depending on where it's located. Hotels in the downtown area usually cost $100 per night and up. If you want to get around town while you're visiting I'd suggest renting a car. Public transportation isn't very reliable here. If you want to take a cab, you'll have to call for one.

Other expenses are up to the individual's behavior.

Graceland - $18 for the tour, $27 for the tour of mansion, airplanes, & museum
Sun Studio - $9.50 per person
Memphis Rock n Soul Museum - $8.50
National Civil Rights Museum - $10.00

I think riverboat cruises are roughly $15, but I'm not sure.

the other Greg Childers
June 22, 2004, 09:41 PM
The approval process has already begun. Don't wait until the last minute. Send in your application today!

So far, the following have been accepted to the Memphis Comedy Festival September 2-5, 2004.

WNEP Theatre's "Defending Your Life" (http://www.wneptheater.org/_html/defendingyourlife.html)

Defending Your Life takes place in Judgment City, a heavenly limbo where people go to when they die, and where they must defend the motives with which they made their choices in life. If they have learned life’s lessons and overcome their fears, they will move on. If not, they must return to Earth to give it another try.

Comprised of improvisors from a diversity of schools of improvisational thought and directed by WNEP’s Don Hall, Defending Your Life is improv that makes you think and laugh at the same time. They recently performed at the Chicago Improv Festival Showcase stage.

Shaun Himmerick & Fuzzy Gerdes in "Bare (http://fuzzyco.com/bare/)"

Shaun Himmerick and Fuzzy Gerdes have been performing together since 1993. They met through an improv group at Purdue University and went on to perform with a variety of improvisational groups, both separately and together-ComedySportz, TheatreSports, serious improvised drama, Chicago-style long form with the ImprovOlympic, and so on.

After a few years at opposite ends of the country, Shaun and Fuzzy reunited in 1999 in Chicago. There they formed Bare to concentrate on all the possibilities of a two man ensemble.

As Bare, Shaun and Fuzzy have performed at the Seattle Festival of Improv Theater, the Toronto Improv Fest, the St. Louis Improv Fest, the Phoenix Improv Fest, the Minneapolis Improv Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival, the SAK Orlando Foolfest, the Toyota Comedy Festival, the YESand.com New York Improv Festival, the Columbia Improv Festival, and at the Toronto Main Event.

Runs With Scissors (http://rwscomedy.com/)

Featuring BIG KEV (the historian, librarian, chief ramrod, and quasi-mother hen of the group), this troupe has been performing in the Chattanooga, TN and Dalton, GA area. They participated in the Memphis Comedy Festival in 2001 and 2002.

June 22, 2004, 10:49 PM
Let me know if you are interested in applying to MCF 2004 and I will talk with Greg about your team. I think it would be an awesome trip for any DSI-related team. The last festival was a blast for a lot of Chicago people and, I mean, it's MEMPHIS, Right? Right??

I have already emailed for THE BEATBOX, but told Greg it would be awesome to double bill two (2) DSI teams.

June 23, 2004, 08:07 AM
That sounds like a blast. TLAG? Code? Anyone want to go?

June 23, 2004, 01:34 PM
KEVLAR is considering.

June 23, 2004, 01:35 PM
I can help whatever team wants to apply. I'm supposed to be that person but I haven't exactly done much with it.

June 28, 2004, 10:36 PM
ALL interested teams should have information together no later than Thursday. Send completely detailed email copy of your info (professional format) to me and I will forward to Greg Childers. I would like to help interested teams but time will be a factor for submission. THE BEATBOX will be headlining the 9pm FRIDAY show.

the other Greg Childers
June 29, 2004, 09:48 PM
The Memphis Comedy Festival is proud to announce that we've added another group-----goga (http://www.e-goga.com/)

goga is character-driven fantasy theatre. goga is Karen Herr and Karen Eleanor Wight directed by Asaf Ronen and accompanied by Hector Coris.

goga is all girl improv!

The women of goga have rocked various improv/comedy festivals both domestically and internationally. These include Orlando Fool Fest, Chicago Improv Festival, Memphis Comedy Fest, Toronto Jamboree, Del Close Marathon, Melbourne Int'l Comedy Fest, and the TV2 Int'l Laugh Fest in Auckland, New Zealand.

Stay tuned to this thread for more information.

June 30, 2004, 11:15 PM
The Code wants in desperately but we don't know what kinds of info you need.

How professional do you need it? Info from everyone?

July 1, 2004, 06:56 AM
> contact information (contact person, phone numbers, mailing address, email address, etc.) - updated WEBSITE??
> a recent black & white (5x7, or 8x10) photograph of you or your ensemble (DIGITAL would be fine - not necessary for today)
> Team Bios w/ Performance History, Individual Bios, Coach Bio, Description of your show: HAROLD

These are not exactly what they're asking for but what I suggest you submit in lieu (sp?) of not having a Video, Glossy picture, performance reviews, etc.

Forward an email to me as if you were sending it to Greg Childers. I will look it over for you and help with anything else you might have missed, then send it back for you to email to Greg and I will send my recommendation.

Good luck!

You can send these to me by 6pm today for my help or submit directly to Greg later. I'm not making any guarantees, I just want to help as much as I can.

the other Greg Childers
July 6, 2004, 02:05 PM
OK, this one you already knew about:

THE BEATBOX: The Fusion of Hip-Hop and Improv Comedy!

THE BEATBOX: A critically acclaimed show that fuses fast-paced longform improv comedy and classic hip-hop. Scenes are cut, mixed, and transformed by seven improvisers and a microphone. The Beatbox opens with a freestyle off a single suggestion, features battle raps, and ends in a rap jam inspired by the world of characters created for that show.

But we've added another group today:


Storybox is a wonderfully imaginative hour-long fully improvised theatre production inspired by Second City Co-Founder Paul Sills' Tony award winning show "Story Theater" and Japan's Noh Theatre to create a single story from multiple ensemble narrative and storytelling techniques. The multi-talented cast of nine features four Second City Training Center faculty members, four Second City Training Center students, and a guest artist. Storybox is created and directed by Jonathan Pitts.

Storybox recently appeared on the Fringe stage at CIF and will be appearing on the Toronto Improv Festival main stage.

For some reason, we like groups with "box" in the title. Go figure.

the other Greg Childers
July 7, 2004, 02:01 PM
Also appearing:

Jill Bernard's "Drum Machine"

Jill Bernard has been performing with ComedySportz-Twin Cities since 1993, and is the director of their workshop program. She regularly appears in Look Ma, No Pants, the Scrimshaw Brothers monthly variety show. Her one-woman improv piece, Drum Machine, has been featured at Red Curtain Cabaret, Improv-A-Go-Go, the Chicago Improv Festival, the Toronto Improv Jamboree, Philadelphia’s Female Funny Fest, and the ComedySportz National Tournament. She is also appearing in WNEP’s Defending Your Life and Storybox at the Chicago Improv Festival. She has taught improv all over the country, including at the Dirty South Improv Festival, the Funny Woman Fest, and the Tiny Funny Woman Fest.

Jill Bernard will also be performing with the cast of "Defending Your Life" and "Storybox" at the Memphis Comedy Festival.

the other Greg Childers
July 7, 2004, 09:03 PM
Add one more:

Black Sheep - Chicago

The Black Sheep have been entertaining Playground crowds for the last several years, and have appeared twice at the US Improv Festival in Kansas City, MO, five times at the Chicago Improv Festival, three times at the Around the Coyote Festival (here in Chicago) and at the Don't Hate Us Because We're Funny Fundraiser held nationwide.

the other Greg Childers
July 8, 2004, 05:56 PM
And another.....

Teen Movie High - New York

Teen Movie High takes an audience member's most memorable high school experience and spins it into a story that uses the best-loved characters and scenarios from teen movies. You will soon recognize the kindly science teacher, the vapid cheerleader and the terribly strict parents with the rebellious son in some audience member's high school memories. It's all set to the music of your favorite teen movie soundtracks, and some special surprises.

The students and teachers of Teen Movie High include: Adam Bloom, Liz Eckert, Joe DeFeo, Becky Flaum, Joanna Buccola, Mark Lampert, and Mike Short. The cast is directed by Karen Herr of New York's critically acclaimed improv team "GOGA."