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Agreed. (My dissertations like this are usually about improv or comic books.)

Cool collection of comic book documentaries on YouTube. I really loved Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods, and I look forward to checking out the rest.

PC only? In 2012. REALLY. *sigh*


Street Fighter X Mega Man!

Huh? Okay! This surprise Capcom crossover releases as a free PC download on December 17. Instead of fighting eight Robot Masters, Mega Man takes on eight Street Fighters this time, gaining their powers with each victory.

This is all very weird! Maybe it’s awesome too? We can all agree, though, that it’s a thing with Mega Man. And it looks a lot better than a lot of the other Mega Man stuff Capcom has released lately.

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Great show last night at the UCB Cagematch from both Convoy and Heather & Miles. Winning an audience-decided improv contest 45 shows in a row. Cheers to the Heather & Miles era!


Heather & Miles (Heather Campbell, Miles Stroth) have officially broken the record for consecutive cagematch wins at UCBTLA. Last night, they competed against the previous record holders Convoy (Alex Fernie, Alex Berg, Todd Fasen), earning win #45.

This has been truly an amazing run of shows and I love that the improv community has really embraced them. Miles went from teaching a class or two to now teaching 5 classes a week (!). Some of these cagematches have sold out in less than 30 seconds. Even on days where they don’t announce the time the reservations will be released. That’s nuts!

The big question is: what’s next? There’s no more gauntlets (where they have to play past champions) and there’s almost no one left for them to play; they’ve played nearly every UCB regular. Recent shows even brought giants like The Swarm and Derrick for fuck’s sake. I wonder if it’s possible that they’d retire the cagematch (or be asked to retire)? I hope not. I don’t know what it’d take to beat them, but I’d like to see them lose fair and square. I think there’s still a handful of teams that deserve a shot (Murdercliff and recent Improv Prize Fight tournament winners 3 Step spring to mind, along with regulars like Hot Sauce and Shitty Jobs). But maybe it’s not possible, given their following at this point, and the fact that Heather & Miles does not have another show.

And that’s the other thing, I hope they get a show out of this. I don’t know what the rules are for that, but I’d love to see Heather & Miles get at least a monthly show at UCB and expand from there, if need be. Miles said him and Heather used to do their show for an hour long, at iO; I’d love to see that! 

In any event, it’s been an awesome year of cagematches so far. To me, there are very, very few teams who operate at the level of technical proficiency and sheer outrageousness that they do. Some of these shows they do are not just perfect, they’re above and beyond perfect. I’ve seen them play 8 or 9 characters in a 3 minute scene, I’ve seen their sets explode into movie form, I’ve seen both of them play high and low status, straight and absurd, normal people and weirdos, and then those callbacks. No one does callbacks like them. It’s been a great, great year from them.

And as good as it’s been, I’m excited to see their post record-break shows. I’d love to see them experiment and get weird and try new forms. I just love this team.

Congrats, Heather & Miles!

Their poses in the last panel are kind of genius.


Female Fantasy III

I have never bought an issue of Vanity Fair but that is tooootally about to change.


In Vanity Fair’s first-ever comedy issue, writer, director, and producer Judd Apatow convened his most talented friends and idols to contribute, write, and pose for a 19-page Mark Seliger portfolio—as well as act incredibly dignified and businesslike in costume for three different covers. [One cover] features Jim Carrey dressed up as Evel Knievel, Maya Rudolph doing an ancient Egyptian like Steve Martin in his King Tut days, Will Ferrell as a corny cowboy, and Amy Poehler as a 60s go-go girl. 

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So, girls hang this much of their stuff? (Yeah, I’m working on this whole being an adult thing.)

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I drive by this sign every week as it’s just across from my comic store, House of Secrets. It’s awesome and memorable and a little bit of everything you ever thought California would be, right in the heart of Burbank.


ok, you know, possibly, that i love old l.a motels.
and i have this dream of buying an old motel with david lynch and turning it into an art space where each room is it’s own tiny gallery.
here’s hoping.
in the meantime here’s an old l.a motel.

it’s actually not that old (maybe late 50’s? early 60’s?).
and architecturally it’s nothing to write home about.
as far as l.a motel signs go this one is the ne plus ultra, the zenith of l.a motel signs.

a.it’s gigantic.
b.it’s falling apart.
c. it’s amazing.

so, the motel itself just kind of looks like the motel in ‘breaking bad’ where hank teaches walt jr about prostitution.
but the sign is amazing.

and i think the sign is based around a surfboard motif. or a jungle shield.
which is odd as it’s about 30 miles from the beach and about 8,000 miles from the jungle.
oh well.



I’d want to marry all the ladies who read this.


Finally, a fashion magazine for ladies like me! (Big ups to David Kantrowitz for his help on this!) 

I’m immortalized in the promo video for MaxFunCon 2013, struggling with opening a beer because of how rarely I drink. ENJOY!

Is Improv Artvice my new favorite Tumblr? Yes. SO MUCH SMART GREATNESS GUYS.


- Bill Murray

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OK, simple infographics are great, but maybe try A LITTLE.

Always makes me feel super great to know that a celebrity is using his money for a good charitable cause. (Or not.)

(And, it’s Jennifer Hudson’s husband. I know this as a huge pro wrestling nerd since he’s also a pro wrestler ‘cause LIFE IS CRAZY.)




Here’s WWE star David Otungabuying 80,000 calories worth of Hostess snacks in an effort to ensure future generations would get a chance to have some. ”I don’t want my son to go without Twinkies,” he said, as eyes rolled everywhere.

Jennifer Hudson’s boyfriend. (Husband?)

George Takei officially has a Tumblr now so I guess we can all give up on trying to do ANYTHING better than George Takei now. SORRY GUYS.


My nephew asked why I don’t have a Tumblr account, given my love of goofy pics. So here it is! To celebrate, I’ve paired with Tumblr and Humans of New York to help with their Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser. http://www.indiegogo.com/HONYTumblr

OK buzzfeed, you beat me with the animated GIFs, BUT I do have MORE great moments from the video, PLUS commentary, over at my KPCC blog. Check it out.