BELLY LAUGHS tonight! 8:30p. Special Event you won't want to miss! #Rocklin #roseville #sacramento #btc #improvcomedy #fun #saturdaynight
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This weekend, Nick Armstrong visits Blacktop Comedy to teach an exciting sketch comedy writing workshop! I guess it's better called a sketch writing intensive because it's 10am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday. The sketch class culminates in a live Sunday night show. The students will have an opportunity to write and produce their work in 2 days, with the help of Nick. Who is Nick? Who is this genius sketch comedy writer who comes from the South. If you would like to register for the class, there is still one spot available. You can register here.
I had a chance to interview Nick as he waited at Sacramento International Airport baggage claim. That's where people open up and get real!
You're a great improviser and sketch comedian. Was there a moment you realized, you wanted to be involved in comedy? What was that moment?
When did you begin sketch comedy?
Where have you studied?
What do you love most about sketch comedy?
What's your favorite character you've created?
What do you hope students learn in your class?
What's the most valuable piece of advice you received from a teacher?
We love throwing around "golden age." It's the golden age of network tv, it's the golden age of podcasts, it's the golden age of piracy. What qualifies as "golden age." Just instinct? If that's the case, I'd like to add one more? It's the golden age of gaming. There are so many incredible video games out there, and many of them can be had for 99 cents. Sure, you can spend $60, and grab your Halo, Mario Bros, Mortal Kombat behemoths, but there's also minor pieces that are equally captivating. I use minor with a "small-team-small-price-tag" definition, because these games are inventive and powerful storytelling and deserve your attention. This is an improv blog about the improv comedy scene in Rocklin and Sacramento....why talk about video games? Video games, and handheld games in particular, have developed to become some of the finest storytelling mediums. Try each game and discover how the limits they put on the player create such an extraordinary experience. We're busy people, but it's nice sometimes to take a break and lose yourself in a game. These games are perfect for short gaming. It's a great way to spend a few minutes, and see the world in a different way.
Whoa. Text adventure's don't get better or more immersive. Available on Google Play, you're about to help Taylor through some very stressful days. He's crash landed on a planet, and, well, I don't want to say anything else. The writing is phenomenal, and the minimal design, frequent 'alerts' suck you in. 3 Minute Games, LLC have crafted a gem. Save Taylor!
2. Dark Echo
Another game that limits your perspective, Dark Echo utilizes sound as your only tool. Sound will also get you killed. You can "see" your soundwaves. Take a step, and the sound waves will begin bouncing off walls, and down corridors. Avoid traps, and find the exit. Your imagination runs wild when you're being chased, and death is unsettling. I recommend wearing headphones while playing.
The game is now a trilogy for a reason. It's terrifying. I suggest beginnning with the game that started it all. You're a security guard, but your not safe. Freddy and his animontroic buddies are out to kill you. You can only sit in your office, monitor the security cameras, and hope to make it to morning before the animals strike. It's a simple premise with a high body count. You better put your phone in a Otterbox before you play because you're likely going to spasm and drop it. I want you to have fun, but don't break your phone.
There are so many great games available, so many wonderful stories. Where do you find good games on sale? If you use an Android phone I suggest App Sales. Best Apps on Sale or AppDeals. Great Apps on Sale. If you're using an iOS device, try appshopper.com.
What are your plans this weekend? You have lots of great opportunities for shows in Rocklin and Roseville. Of course, you have improv this Saturday night. We're working with Omi Mahina to bring you a blend of belly dancing and improv. We call it Belly Laughs. We know you will love the show. It's more like improv comedy 2.0. You might have seen it before, but like every show at Blacktop Comedy, Belly Laughs has undergone some changes. It's now a leaner, funnier, and a more beautiful show. If you are looking for a comedy club to bring the laughs, come to Belly Laughs. But, you know what? Rocklin and Roseville have lots of entertainment options when it comes to theater. Rocklin Community Theater, which performs at Finn Hall, is performing Nice Work...If You Can Get It! Their productions are incredible. They have a live band, and Finn Hall is a beautiful Historic Building. Betsaida and I always try and catch the shows at Rocklin Community Theater. I think we're going this Sunday. Want to join us in Rocklin for a Sunday matinee? Sidenote, Rocklin Community Theater has a really nice website. Kudos to how clean and functional it is guys! (one day we'll have a site as clean as their (it's coming soon!)).
And, don't forget Roseville. If you're thinking, "I sure could go for some Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," you're in luck! The Roseville Theatre Arts Academy is performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through Saturday, July 25th. If you're looking for Roseville Theatre Arts Acaadmy directions, just keyword search RTAA, and it'll pop up on your Google maps.
Unfortunately, Stand Out Talent is dark this weekend. But they do incredible shows off Vernon Street too. They can be found at the Tower Theater. Stand Out Talent just finished a touching run of RENT.
I know. That's a lot of shows. How do you take it all in and not miss anything. Need a game plan? Here's my suggestion. This Friday, grab some dinner at Monks Cellar (they have some incredible beers on tap too. We love the atmosphere. It feels classy, but not in that 'you are going to wear that here?. You should be ashamed.' It's not overbearing classy.), walk across Vernon Street to Roseville Theater and catch watch Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Saturday, come watch one of the most original works at Blacktop Comedy, Belly Laughs with special guest Nick Armstrong (more on this tomorrow!). Don't stop the awesome theater comedy train! Sunday, catch the matinee of Nice Work...If You Can Get It! with the Rocklin Community Theater.