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Act Naturally, Broke Ass Bride & Spirit Airlines, Birthday Concert

Act Naturally’s First Branches + Lindsay Lohan

Via Mike Placito, editor of Junior Varsity Blogs:

This is a review of I Know Who Killed Me that Brock wrote on July 27, 2007. Since he talked about his visceral hate for the film in his recent piece on Final Destination 5, we thought it’d be fun to republish the piece here and open the wound anew. Enjoy.
So that’s running now. Right here. And includes the line: “Lindsay Lohan is a robot. In a thriller that takes itself very, very seriously, Lindsay Lohan is not only a stripper, but also a robot.” (Also covered at Save Point)

In better news, Act Naturally has just been selected for the Chicago United Film Festival. We got our first logo with little branchy things on the side! Look out, Cannes! We’re screening at the awesome Music Box Theater on Saturday, September 10th. Tickets are available here.

JV: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet + Comedy Store Sept 12 + Broke-Ass Bride

So much to get through today, so let’s get started…. I have a review of the video game “Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet” running on The Junior Varsity and Save Point today. Pop over here to take a gander.
“You can fight back against a world that’s come to life in all the wrong ways, versus Limbo’s approach of leaving you powerless and trapped in a dimension where the smallest hint of life was a shortcut to filling the player with dread. Too much life vs. too much nothingness. Demophobia vs. Agoraphobia. The Big Bang vs. six feet under.” 
I’m performing stand-up at The Comedy Store Main Room on September 12th, at 8:00pm. It’s a special event so there will be no tickets sold to the public the day of. If you want in, let me know before next Monday and I can procure you a discounted ticket.
The Sixty-Nineties Benefit Concert for Youth Music Education is September 17th.. We’ll be performing with some stand-up comedians, a White Stripes tribute band, and burlesque dancers. I’ll be having a Birthday at midnight, so you know, SUPER COME JOIN! Tickets are available at the door or here.
 Finally, in much less fun news:
Good friend and Your Friends Close cast member, Dana LaRue (aka wedding blogger The Broke-Ass Bride) suffered a traumatic experience earlier this week, as she was sexually assaulted by a passenger on Spirit Airlines. In what has become a situation that won’t stop spiraling out of control, Spirit Airlines has reacted via a long series of terrible PR decisions, and have yet to display the slightest shred of humanity. Dana has chronicled this experience via an initial article here and a follow up post today, here.
The entire thing has obviously been a terrible personal tragedy for Dana, and any support you can show is much appreciated. Which… is kind of the problem with Spirit Airlines. Maybe there’s nothing they could do to prevent the act from occurring on their plane, and maybe there’s no proper legal route to find a satisfactory resolution from this point onward, but company-wide reaction (from the @Spirit_Helper Twitter handle on up to the highest levels) has been cold, sociopathic, and frightening.
Share the articles with anyone you can. Thanks from me, in advance.

Review: “Our Idiot Brother ” + Comedy Store Sept 12

My review of Paul Rudd’s comedy “Our Idiot Brother” is running this morning on The Junior Varsity and The Script Lab, so give it a read.

“His family constantly feels put upon by him, but for a group of well-off Brooklynites, you’d think they’d just get $500 together and send him on his way. It’s an easy out that could have (thankfully) negated the whole film. Especially a third-act involving Willie Nelson that became the most ridiculous use of Dog Ex Machina since the lake-based finale of Must Love Dogs. (Is it wrong I feel more concerned about spoiling the finale of a Diane Lane film from 2005? It feels wrong.)” 

Also, notice that today is BROCK DAY over at JV, since I’ve managed to take over the entire skyline of the site. It reads like a pretty good breakdown of my interests: Paul Rudd pissing onto a Cthulhuian nightmare, while two teenagers run from Brenden Gleeson and seek refuge with coked-up Lindsay Lohan.

Best short story ever.

Also, Dustin Rowles at Pajiba wrote an entire article about one of my Tweets, suggesting that Paul Rudd is a real life Benjamin Button. Great stuff.

I’m performing stand-up at The Comedy Store Main Room on September 12th, at 8:00pm. It’s a special event so there will be no tickets sold to the public the day of. If you want in, let me know before Wednesday and I can procure you a discounted ticket. We have a pretty awesome group already in tow. Much more fun than the people you’d be hanging out with on that Monday night…
The Sixty-Nineties Benefit Concert for Youth Music Education is September 17th. We’ll be performing with some stand-up comedians, a White Stripes tribute band, and burlesque dancers. I’ll be having a Birthday at midnight, so you know, SUPER COME JOIN! Tickets are available at the door or here. As of this morning we added a few new live concert videos to our Vimeo site, so feel free to enjoy those here: http://vimeo.com/sixtynineties/videos
We are giant men. Enjoy us performing some good ole fashioned Zombies:

Birthday Concert Madness

Been a crazy week so let’s catch up as quickly as possible.

Had a wonderful time at Comedy Madness @ The Comedy Store on Monday night. Got to perform with TV stars and some exciting new talent, as well as landing a new recurring gig in the LA area that I’ll be letting you know about soon.

Ran a handful of JV articles including A Plan To Stop Terrorism, A Sequel To The Things I’ve Done: Death From Above 1979 Concert Review, real time reactions of one song from Watch The Throne, and a suggestion that You Should Sleep With A Writer.

Here’s a video of some highlights of The SixtyNineties set Saturday night at The Mint. It’s got clips from about 2/3’s of the songs we played so enjoy:

The SixtyNineties at The Mint, Los Angeles CA, September 17, 2011.

Feel free to enlarge and watch even bigger versions of us. Seriously. Jason Spitz is a very attractive man. You are doing yourself a disservice viewing him at a width of 400 pixels. Also, enjoy our cover of Better Than Ezra’s “Good” right here: http://vimeo.com/29225225

Our friend Haaland came to the show, despite the fact she could give birth at any time. I tried to induce labor via tasty bass lines. It didn’t work, but that baby is totally going to enter this world knowing every word of Semisonic’s “Closing Time”.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone for coming out to not only the show, but all the other fantastic birthday events this weekend. I feel truly blessed to have friends (and enemies) like you.