Storycraft with Kevin Kling, April 25th

Several months ago, I was invited to be part of a three-part workshop with Kevin Kling, alongside about two dozen on the Twin Cities’ most talented writers, performers, comedians, and all-around storytellers. This Wednesday, April 25th, we shall showcase the fruits of our collective labor, presenting a night of storytelling at Minnesota Public Radio’s UBS Forum. Join us. You won’t believe your ears. (But you should.)

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April 25th, 2012, 7-9 PM

$15, and discounted to $12 for MPR Members

Featuring:

  • Allegra Duncan Lingo
  • Amy Salloway
  • Annie Baxter
  • Barbara Wiener
  • Courtney Maclean
  • Dylan Fresco
  • Gary Dop
  • Joseph Scrimshaw
  • Loren Niemi
  • Patrick Dewane
  • and Kevin Kling
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Radio Interview: This Time in the Hot Seat

International Women’s Day is coming, and I’ll be interviewed on radio KFAI for the occasion.

The Subject: Women, comedy, and women in comedy.

The Women: writer/comedian Molly Knefel, writer/comedian Emily Schorr Lesnick, comedian/HUGE founder Jill Bernard, and writer/comedian me.

In addition to talking about myself and my views on lady issues, I’ll read two pieces of short fiction: “Dear Mother,” and “On the Subject of My Arrest: An Address to my Fellow Residents of Surrency, GA, July the 25th, 1866.”

UPDATE:  Listen to the interview at KFAI by clicking Listen Now or MP3 Stream next to “Finding the Female Funny.” Molly first, then Emily, and my segment starts at 35:19.


Why Dolphins Are Badass: A Semi-Academic Talk

Give & Take is a community experiment that breaks down barriers among disciplines, people, and ignorance vs. knowledge. …The perfect platform for a scientifically minded humorist (or comically minded scientist) to talk about their super-weird niche expertise.

My topic of choice: The Noble Dolphin. More specifically:  Why the dolphin deserves better than the corny, new age symbol of playful peacenickery it has come to represent, and is actually a complex, highly intelligent, and utterly badass beast.

The presentation was a success, and reinvigorated my belief that people both love learning about dolphins (as well as other big-brained mammals and cetaceans) and know relatively little about them. Look out, World. You’re about to learn way more about dolphin behavior than you even though you knew you wanted to but DID.

In a “Badass Dolphin” headdress, I explain the latest theories in dolphin evolution.

I explain “cetaceans,” just as Herman Melville did, before me.

The audience of “cetaceans” uses color-coordinated note cards to indicate how many of them are “dolphin species.”

I quiz the audience on their knowledge of dolphin behavior, aided by “Blue Dolphin,” ninja warrior/top scholar.


Up with People, Down with Mosquitoes.

Here’s a post I wrote on the subject of World Malaria Day, as a partnership between the United Nations Foundation, Nothing But Nets, and Comedy Central. I don’t mind telling you, the United Nations* was quoted as saying, “This is a fantastic post!”

Read more by clicking that link, above, or the picture below.

Malaria lurks.

It is serious, yet funny. Like life. Which is precious.

*Or more specifically, someone who works at the UN Foundation.


The Half-Dog Story, in Full.

Remember when I mentioned that story in Paper Darts’ 3rd Issue, called “Sheba”…? Why here it is now.

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And here I am reading it, on “Radio Dispatch with John & Molly” (29:10)


Like, Totally a Sports Writer

The National Onion./A.V. Club gave a nod to my piece on the epic 1987 Twins’ epic Facial Hair, so I thought I would too.

UPDATE: AV Club Twin Cities’ links currently down. Replacement links coming soon.


New Agey B.S.

It is the end of an era.

For a good while now, I have been writing horoscopes for the masses at Comedy Central’s mobile site. We called it Uncle Louie’s Crystal Balls. As of a few months ago, Uncle Louie went out of business, but you can still visit him and his fellow astrologers Suzanne Mekulvic and P. Perp the Prophet Talker, frozen in time, because the internet is forever.

The upside: now that Uncle Louie’s LLC is no more, you can get our back stock of horoscopes (previously only available via a subscription with T-mobile), upon request! By which I mean I can show you writing samples of them, informally and without compensation. Here are a few. There are literally thousands more where that came from.

The second upside…? I’m still writing quizzes for Comedy Central (among other things), doing my part to keep productivity down across the United States and Canada. Here’s one. And here’s one. Oh, here’s another one.

Go forth, into truth and not into ignorance.