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Cannibal: The Musical continues its world tour! The Shpadoinkle stage show is just finishing another great run in Las Vegas after a brilliant runs in Long Beach and Ft Lauderdale! Look for an upcoming shows in Seattle and Colorado! It should be another great season of South Park, hopefully my favorite character, coincidentally named “Jason” will finally get laid this season! The first episode is all about Hogs that’s all I know! More news soon!
The Warped Tour Documentary is finally seeing the light of day! After 5 years in the making this film is making its debut at The Grammy Museum! We are all very excited and if you are in LA come on down check out the film and the Grammy Museum! I am personally excited to be on a panel with FISHBONE, who taught me how to mosh back in 1991!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009; 7:30pm
The GRAMMY Museum is proud to present the premiere screening of â€œThe Warped Tour,â€ a candid and intimate documentary about the longest-running, most successful music festival in American history. After the film, enjoy a panel discussion with Warped Tour creator Kevin Lyman, director Jonathan Rach, producer Jason McHugh and members of Warped Tour favorite, Fishbone: Angelo Moore and Norwood Fisher. A live performance by the Phenomenauts will follow.
Tickets on sale April 7th! Doors open at 7:00pm. Admission is $10.00; $8.00 for Museum members (call the Membership Department at 213.765.6800 ext. 4); $5 for students with valid student i.d. (Box office purchase only). Purchase tickets in person at the Box Office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 213.480.3232. All proceeds benefit the GRAMMY Museum.
The following is an excerpt from SCRAP Book by Jason McHugh, which might be coming out in 2010 if the stars align themselves properly. Â Way back in the 90’s, our friend Arthur Bradford started making videos with mentally disabled folks who ended up schooling us in the absurd. Now they have their own MTV Show, which is most amazing and further proof that anyone can make it in Hollywood!
Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe
I was visiting two of my best broâ€™s Jonathon Korty and Glasgow Philips at their Mill Valley bachelour pad. Korty had just graduated from University of Hawaii, home of the Rainbow Warriors, was waiting tables at Guaymus and had just bought himself a new Hammond organ, which he was teaching himself how to play. Glasgow had just graduated as a Brown University Brown Bear and had written and published a novel called, Tuscaloosa.Â Now he also had a strange screenplay, called Bad Pie and a new book in the works, while he was going to grad school as a Stanford Cardinal and dating this inked up alternative stripper chick, who worked at this classic peep show spot called The Lusty Lady in San Francisco. Â Whilst chilling at their pad one day, I picked up this Vhs tape simply labeled â€œCamp Jabberwockyâ€ and popped into the VCR.Â Having no idea what I was watching, I got swept up by this twenty-minute tape that made me laugh out loud numerous times. When it all came to an end I was majorly Verklempt and in a need of a tissue.Â I turned to Glasgow in disbelief - what the hell did I just watch? What is Camp Jabberwocky and who are all these people?
I discovered that Camp Jabberwocky is a camp for adults with all kinds of physical and mental disabilities located in Marthaâ€™s Vineyard. At Camp Jabberwocky, however, the philosophy is to overlook the disabilities and even celebrate them. So they have these campers do just about every activity that normal campers would do including; arts and crafts, horseback riding, swimming, archery, possibly even riflery and most importantly theater, where they would perform well rehearsed skits and musical numbers.Â The Camp even represents themselves in full costumes and floats during the local Fourth of July parade on Marthaâ€™s Vineyard.Â Camp Jabberwocky is off the hook and extremely loved by those who attend, there are even campers who are twenty-year plus veterans of their annual summer sessions.Â Â
Arthur Bradford, who was attending the Stanford Cardinal writing program with Glasgow, was the director of this Camp Jabberwocky Tape.Â For several summers, Arthur had been working at Camp Jabberwocky and one of the activities that he oversaw was a video making class, which was how the tape came to fruition.Â Arthur truly understands the strengths and weaknesses of his campers and that shines through in the finished product.Â These campers each have differing types and levels of communication skills, so when they perform â€œMan on the street interviewsâ€ with regular citizens, the results are marvelous.Â In these interviews every regular person seems hilariously more retarded than the mentally disabled person they are being interviewed by. The tapes play on many different levels and always stir up great discussion. Itâ€™s â€œmust seeâ€ and replay over and over again type of video, at least for us it was.Â As soon as I played the tape for Trey and Matt, the more and more I saw it again and again and again, because either Trey or Matt would be playing it again for themselves or a new recruit who hadnâ€™t seen it yet. Once Trey and Matt got on a creative comedy kick about anything they would passionately beat the crap out of it with numerous imatations and variations. We finally exhausted the first Camp Jabberwocky tape after having carefully examined every second and even every frame of every facial or verbal expression from either the intervieweeâ€™s answer or the interviewers reaction to their answer. We had all become huge fans of Bobby Bird, Sean Costello and even Susan Harrington. Now there was no question we needed to see more Jabberwocky!
To our joy, Arthur had lots more Camp Jabberwocky to show us, including more musicals, talent shows and even more man on the street interviews which were our favorite.Â Each one was packed with little moments of distorted reality for us to chew on, pure human expression.Â Once we had the new tapes in hand, we would watch them over and over, again and again just like before. Trey especially embraced these tapes.Â I will never forget the night we were replaying Jabberwocky scenes over and over and Trey started laughing uncontrollably hard, like no one I have ever seen.Â The comedy had momentarily taken over all of his charkas at once. He was writhing around on the couch posessed and in hysterics until he rolled over and hit the floor where he continued laughing and crying and then pounding the ground with the side of his fist, then kicking the ground just loosing his shit everywhere.Â It was an all out yard sale! Trey was rolling around like a pig in shit and making no bones about this hilarigilious experience he was having. It was if he became a slave to the Jaberwocky and the gods of comedy who had him in the palm of their hands. After hanging around Trey and Matt and many others, I have seen people laugh there fucking asses off a lot, but really no one has laughed harder then Trey under the influence of The Camp Jabberwocky Crewe. It was primal comedy that taught us all about how the natural comedic moment builds up and breaks down. It is certainly a fine experiment on how human nature works when faced with the weird.Â Hail Jabberwocky!
You never know where your next creative partner may emerge from!
Anyone can be a star if latent talents are exercised and celebrated.
Jabberwocky website: http://www.howsyournews.com/
Thereâ€™s a lot more about Camp Jabberwocky in the Beware The Jabberwock Chapter.
Comedy is now getting tougher for all the big pundits but here is a nice send off!
Red and white/blue suede shoes
I’m Uncle Sam /how do you do?
Gimme five/I’m still alive
Ain’t no luck/I learned to duck
It has been an adventurous summer 2008.Â Cannibal: The Musical has been blazing trails all over the map and I have been lucky to get to a few of the shows! Speaking of Trail Blazers â€“ Ira Kortum had a very successful run of Cannibal Shows in Portland, Oregon! I missed that one, but I did have a great time with Frantic Franâ€™s Theater in Long Island, New York. Many thanks to Fran and the cast and crew out there for putting on a good show and buying me drinks! Then it was off to London and Scotland for The Rival Theaterâ€™s Cannibal Production for the mighty Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was quite an adventure working as a hands on Executive Producer for this show and traveling with the cast and crew to Scotland. Edinburgh was amazing and the Fringe Festival was off the hook with 2000 various shows of all shapes and sizes playing somewhere in town during the month of August. I discovered that there is a musical for you no matter who you are or what you might be into! The Fringe hosted everything from Soccer Mom: The Musical to The Plague: The Musical.Â After all those musicals and comedy shows, I was psyched to sneak off to Premiere League friendly soccer match between The Hibernians and Middlesbrough.Â Soccer or Football in the UK is great to watch not only for the amazing players, but for the amazing fans and their freestyle songs and chants. We had seven Middlesbrough Fans who were louder than the entire stadium and sang about every subject they could possibly come up with to rattle those poor Hibernians! Who knows maybe I will get a second chance for another game when I am back in London in October for the UK premiere of Electric Apricot: Quest For Festeroo at the Raindance Film Festival! We will be screening on a very extra special Friday, October the 10th!
Congrats to Atlantaâ€™s Dadâ€™s Garage Theater who are celebrating their 10th Anniversary in action on stage! And they are also doing Cannibal: The Musical for the 2nd time â€“ their first was back in â€™98 â€“ ten years ago!Â
Speaking of 10th Anniversaries CRAPtv is celebrating its 10th Anniversary right now!!! And we are very pleased to be re-launching our site with Video! Thatâ€™s right we have put the TV back into CRAPtv with our brand new Video Jockey Feature and new front page! Big Thanks To Keith Shininger and Paul Garter for making our 10th Anniversary Relaunch come to fruition! Much more to comeâ€¦ We celebrate our relaunch with a rewind of classic CRAP clips from years past! We have a couple slices of the infamous TIMMY! The Woodsman, two snips from Lollapaloozaâ€™s Mindfield and the mighty Sound of One Hand Clapping on the way! Look for brand new weekly thematic video picks right here at CRAPTV.com â€“ we have lots in store!
In other news, I am fresh off the boat from yet another great year at Burning Man, my tenth, lots of tens in this chapter. This year we celebrated the American Dream theme, which perfectly set the tone for a return to reality where gas prices are still through the roof and the economy is in ye old CRAPPER! Donâ€™t forget to register to VOTE, if you have not done so already!
Before Burning Man, I got the call from Boing Boing to do some Field Producing at the brand new music festival in San Franciscoâ€™s Golden Gate Park called Outside Lands! It was an epic three days of work! A bunch of the interviews we shot have recently posted on Boing Boing and are lots of fun â€“ we will feature those next week! For me the highlights were getting to see Radiohead, Primus, Wilco and Toots and the Maytals! I missed a lot, but it was another one of those festivals where you canâ€™t possibly see it all. They were also launching this new festival cell phone app called Crowd Fire, which seemed intriguing to this Festival Whore!
Thatâ€™s all for this installment â€“ I need to go catch a plane!