Saturday, February 26, 2011

Oscar predictions...

I was going to wait until we did the Aphasia podcast to talk about my Oscar predictions, but we've all been moving around too much to record an episode. So, I'll do it here.

I've seen all 10 of the Best Picture nominees and most of the other films that have acting nomination's as well.

Here are my picks:

Best Picture: The King's Speech.
It really was that good. Social Network was great, but I wouldn't even put it in second place. That honor for me goes to Winter's Bone, then 127 Hours, then Toy Story 3 then the Facebook movie.

Best Actor: Colin Firth
Don't be surprised if James Franco sneaks up and takes this.

Best Actress: Natalie Portman. She really did a fantastic job in Black Swan.
Don't be surprise if Jennifer Lawrence sneaks up and takes this.

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale. Hand's down.

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo from The Fighter. She was spectacular. I hear though that people are upset that she posed for an ad wearing a fur coat so people didn't vote for her. That's kind of dumb. So, because of that, Helena Bonham Carter might steal it away from her.

Best Animated feature: Toy Story 3. Easy!

Best Documentary: the popular choice is Exit Through The Gift Shop, but I don't think it should win. Gasland should.

Best Director: Usually the best picture winner takes this price, but my vote would be for Danny Boyle from 127 Hours. He took something that looked gruesome and unwatchable and turned it into an excellent movie.

127 Hours would also get my vote for Best Editing.

Cinematography will probably go to King's Speech.

The Social Network will most likely get shut out of all the big awards.

It will be a very interesting show. Unlike previous years, I really like all the movies that are nominated. There's not an Avatar in the whole bunch. Still hate that movie.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

New Blog...

I try not to discuss sports too much on this blog because Jeannie tells me that sometimes it's boring.

If we go to a game or something significant happens, I'll address it.  But, I try not to dwell on it to much.

Let's be honest.  I could talk about sports every day, all day.

Because of that, I've started an additional blog dedicated to my Cubs Obsession.  Feel free to visit it here.  I'll try to keep it from being boring.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Jeannie and I went to the Spurs game last night.

The tickets were given to us by Jeannie's awesome brother, Bud. It was an early start time for the game so he couldn't go. He graciously offered us the ticket's and we gleefully accepted. Jeannie's wanted to go to a Spurs game for a long time and I'll pretty much jump at any opportunity to go to any pro sports game.

The seats Bud gave us were excellent. The photo doesn't do justice how close we were.

At halftime I got up to go get something to eat which greatly dismayed Jeannie. "If we go now we'll miss the halftime show!". I laughed and sat back down. I forgot what it's like to go to a sporting event with a girl. They care about things like organized cheering, mascots and halftime shows.

After the show we grabbed some food at the concession stands. If you're in Texas, what else are you going to eat but BBQ?

They also had tacos and Mexican food and I'm sure it would disappoint Jo Feldman that I chose BBQ over the Mexican food.

The game meanwhile was an excellent game. At one point one of the Thunder players pushed one of the Spurs and Jeannie booed zestfully.

"I usually only boo referees, but sometimes you have to boo players if they're being mean," she said.

The game tightened up at the end and the Spurs were only up by one point with 41 seconds left on the clock. That was a little too much pressure for Jeannie to handle.

In the end, the Spurs pulled out the win and everyone went home happy.

So happy that we stopped and picked up a Sonic strawberry slush.

Great night! And, it's all thanks to Bud!
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gym Buddies...

Here are 3 new episodes of Gym Buddies.  All 3 are very short.  None of them last longer then 90 seconds so please take a look at them.

It would make Jeannie and Jo very happy if you like them.

The good news is that they're featured on the IO Comedy Network website.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

NCAAF, day 3...

Saturday was another day full of teaching workshops. After 5 hours of teaching on Friday, Saturday was an additional 4 hours. I didn't mind though. I haven't taught any classes since we left Hawaii so it was good to get some classroom time under my belt. Hopefully when I get to Chicago next week I'll be able to do a lot more teaching and coaching.

The workshop sessions started in a classroom auditorium where Festival director Zach Ward addressed all the festival participants and introduced the instructors. We then walked from there to our classrooms. So that people didn't get lost on their way to the classrooms, festival volunteers walked ahead of the groups and led everyone to our designated building.

It looked a little surreal. At first glance it looks like a bunch of college kids are in a protest march supporting me or demanding my ouster.

Both classes were great. In between the two sessions several of the instructors wandered over to Ye Ole Waffle House and had a quick lunch.

On the left that is Jay, Rene, Tara, Rance. Then, on the right that is someone I didn't know along with myself and KPR.

Later on that evening before my show I got to meet up with Kennedy, one of my dear old friends who now lives in Chapel Hill.

We ate at Mama Dips and I was finally able to enjoy some tasty southern food.

The pulled pork and mac & cheese were great, but the fried chicken and biscuits were phenomenal.

Overall it was an outstanding festival. The NCCAF is one of the best run and most enjoyable festivals you can go to. Zach and his staff do an incredible job. In 3 days I taught 4 workshops and performed in 4 shows with some of my favorite improvisor friends from all over North America. For an improv junkie, you can't get much better than that!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Chapel Hill...

In North Carolina for the annual North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival.

Aphasia wasn't able to perform this year because Brett's in Baltimore so I came down by myself to teach and to perform with some of the festival all-star shows.

Here's a photo of my class doing the "Bunny, Bunny" warmup.

One of my favorite things about coming down here is all the southern food. However, since my teeth are still giving me trouble my diet has essentially consisted of this...

Frozen yogurt, milkshakes, soup and noodles.

I'm dying for some pulled pork.

Tonight we're reprising our annual Robbins, Griggs and Thom show. Here are my teammates for that two show, the two Kevin's from Toronto.

3 years ago the Canadian team Big in Tokyo got stuck in a snowstorm so I sat in with these two and the show killed. Last year, as a lark, we did it again and it was great again so we're jumping in and doing it again.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011


We went to the rodeo tonight.
We got there early and went to the Family Fair.  The Family Fair reminded of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.  We went to that fair every year.

The first place we went to was the petting zoo.  If you know Jeannie, you know she's very untrusting of animals.
This llama almost got the best of her.
The best part of the fair is the food.
We had all kinds of crazy concoctions.  Bacon wrapped hot dogs.
Texas Tornado Potato Chips.
Chicken Fried Bacon!
Deep Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly.
And the old standby, Funnel Cakes.
And, the winner was...
Funnel Cakes.  The old favorites always win.

Sounds like we got a lot of food, but we only got one of everything and shared it between the four of us.

After we walked around a bit we went to the Rodeo at the AT&T Center.
It was the first time I've ever been to a rodeo.  It was awesome.
Bud joined us and we had an awesome time.
Aside from the bull riding, the best part of the show is the Mutton Bustin'.  That's where kids get to be a part of the show.  Kids from the age of 4 to 10 take turns riding sheep in the ring.  Whoever holds on the longest wins the Mutton Bustin' Belt Buckle Trophy.
Usually the kids fall off within 2 or 3 seconds of the sheep taking off, but one 4 year old rode around for 7 full seconds.  He was great.
The bull riding ended the show and it's every bit as scary as it looks on TV.  The bulls bucked off every single cowboy but one.
After the rodeo was over there's a 15 minute intermission and then there's a full concert for everyone who bought a ticket to the rodeo.  Usually it's a group like Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride or Reba McEntire.

Tonight our entertainment was...

When you think of rodeo and music, doesn't your mind immediately go to the band that sang Mister Roboto and Lady?
The concert was awesome!  It's pretty hilarious that I had to go a thousand miles away to see a band from Chicago.

On the cruise ships, the Jean Anne Ryan Dancers sing and dance to 2 or 3 different Styx songs in their Band on the Run Show.  So during "Grand Illusion" and "Come Sail With Me" Jeannie did the full choreography from their show.
It was a fantastic night.  Great food, great music, great rodeo!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day...

Still recuperating from having my wisdom teeth taken out. The first two days were a breeze. Saturday night and all day Sunday were not so nice.

Today though was much better. I go back to the doctor on Tuesday and hopefully I'll get the go ahead to eat regular food soon. I've been existing on slimfast shakes, jello, cottage cheese, Gatorade, water and ice cream.

Jeannie brought home some mash potato's yesterday and it was nice to finally some warm food in my mouth.

Today was Valentine's Day. Jeannie bought me a cool flannel shirt and new Cubs hat. I bought her a book she's been searching for and these two shirts:

That's Dr. Shelden Cooper's friendship algorithm. It's from The Big Bang Theory and Jeannie's been obsessed with it. The second shirt is also from a tv show.

It's from Friday Night Lights. The best part is that it's the uniform/t-shirt for Jeannie's favorite player/character, Tim Riggins.

So now, Jeannie is officially a "Rally Girl" for Tim Riggins.

Now that I think about it, she's now officially a "Rally Girl" for Dr. Shelden Cooper too.

That will make her very proud.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wisdom teeth...

A couple days ago Jeannie's parent's took us to Guenther House in downtown San Antonio.  It was very cool, historic place.

Inside the had a house made entirely of candy.
 This was a little more elaborate than your average GingerBread House.
The sidewalks were made of Fruit Stripe Gum.
The balcony patio was made of Smarties.
Jeannie's favorite part of the house was that there was a smaller version of the house inside the house!
If you read this blog regularly you may remember that a few weeks ago I visited an oral surgeon for a consultation and examination to potentially have my wisdom teeth extracted.  My wisdom teeth have bothered me for the past twenty years.  In the past 2 years they have been especially bad.  I  can't remember a meal that I haven't bitten my lip, cheek or tongue.  If I've coached, taught or directed you, at some point you've heard me stop myself in the middle of talking to say, "Ow.  I just bit my cheek."

Well, today was D-Day.  Dentist Day!

I went in at 7:30 this morning to have all four of my wisdom teeth yanked.  

I elected to be completely knocked out.  I remember nothing of it.  After the surgery and the mandatory rest period, the nurse woke me up and I asked her if they were getting ready to start the procedure.

Jeannie was my mandatory designated escort.  They brought her into the room and explained everything that she need to help me with for the next couple of days.  I was still a little loopy and insisted that Jeannie take a picture of myself and the doctor for the blog.  
He thought that was odd, but he obliged.  To me, getting the photo was the most natural thing in the world.  Of course you take a photo for your blog right after your surgery.  

Looking at that picture I realize that I was not smiling anywhere near as much as I thought I was.

Aside from that, not a lot to report.  There were a couple of instances where I said some things that I wouldn't normally have said, but my recovery has gone very smoothly.  My mouth is sore, but it's not too bad.  I relaxed all day today and watched a couple of Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn movies and several episodes of Top Chef.  I was told to relax a couple more days so I'm hoping to sleep in and then spend the day watching Season 1 of Treme.  

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


On Monday we drove 8 straight hours from Baton Rouge to San Antonio.

We stopped along the way for food, bathroom breaks and gas, but that was it. We made great time and got back early.

As soon as we crossed the Texas state line we started seeing billboards for Bucees Truckstop.

They proclaimed that they were the country's best truckstop and they had the biggest and cleanest bathrooms.

Jeannie was very intrigued and looked them up on Yelp. "They have 83 five star reviews!" she yelled.

We arrived at Bucees just an hour outside of San Antonio.

It was indeed majestic.

I've seen a lot of truckstops in my day and I have to say, this was the Taj Mahol of truckstops.

It was HUGE, clean and had a startling amount of jerky.

If you didn't want it pre-packaged, they had plenty of fresh jerky in the jerky deli section.

It was't all just jerky, they had lots of sausage too.

The also didn't have just beef jerky and sausage. There was turkey, pork, buffalo, lamb, chicken, veal, deer, squirrel and moose.

The bathrooms were pretty incredible.

We've been in some real sty's the past few days. Bucees was so clean I'm shocked people weren't eating in there.

Bucees was awesome!

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