nothing like a 15 hour Hollywood day.
Woke up at 10AM and immediately finished up on the extra stuff I needed to get done for the show that I directed today, named Pop Co. I would love to add that I was up til 4AM last night finishing other stuff I had to do for the show. Getting 6 hours, better than I was expecting!
Anyways, got to rehearsal at 11AM, and one of my actors could not be there for FINAL TECH rehearsal. This, as you might know, blows. However, since I am Almighty Ray I had a back up plan of course and had the amazing and talented George Caleodis stand in for my missing cast member.
That went smoothly, and we got done early at 1:40! Cool! This left me a little extra time to get ready for Big News Show rehearsal at 2PM! This is good cause I did not have much time to look over much of anything for this show, and I love that show. Rehearsal went alright for Big News, slightly pulled back cause I had not had anything to eat, so I was a little extra silly I suppose.
So then I got out at 6:30, and made my way home via subway.
Did a load of laundry. Found out that my first load failed to wash 25 minutes into it, and had to start it that much later, causing mild stress.
Got back to the theatre at 8:30. I used valet parking and they jut left my car right there in the red zone next to the theatre. This perplexed me, so my attack level was reduced by one. If you get that joke then you are OK in my book.
Got inside and took some time to go over my one big scene from Big News with the lovely and talented Kipleigh Brown. We played Todd and Sarah Palin, and while the overall show might have been a bit sloppy from what I hear, I felt that our sketch together went just fine.
Did Big News from 9-10, I was apparently happier with the show than many other people. But then again I am seriously easy to please, as long as you do not suck.
Big News over, I had one hour til Pop Co went up. It was at this moment post Big News that it struck me; I did not know most of my lines for Pop Co. With all the time that I spent worrying about the minutia of the show, I had not actually taken an appropriate length of time to learn my lines. So I spent the next hour crushing them in hopes that a last minute jam would stick.
At this point I got a call. One of my actors for the show at 11PM would not make the call time. he has to stop home to pick up a jacket, and will be there ASAP. This causes my already pale skin to turn 3 shades whiter. Also I found out that one of my other actors, whom I love, is palling around in the bar instead of helping us get ready. Oi. Herding cats.
My missing actor shows up pissed off with 10 minutes to go before the show starts. I have to do my best to play Dad to both him and his wife, and get us all ready to kick ass. I still do not believe that I know my lines 100% but have fullest confidence that I can ‘Fucking make it work’.
The show starts. In the opening scene we drop a whole half page of dialogue. I wrote the sketch. It was probably my fault. Nobody noticed. Fuck, OK, let’s keep going!
From there everything goes relatively smoothly. We had someone dropping off a video for the show and they did not get there til 5 minutes after it was supposed to go on. Thankfully, I am Almighty Ray and I had a backup plan and another video ready to go. We ended up showing the missing video at the end of the show, post bows, why not?!?! We finished with an extra 5 minutes to spare, so let’s do it!
All in all I was super happy with Pop Co. For a show that was on it’s deathbed 2 months ago we have resurrected it and made it into something good. For the 4th show in a row we have upped our box office numbers, so we will not be canceled yet. It’s almost like I know something about this stuff? Maybe a little? I hope to never look back and keep this train a’moving forward til the dying end.
A note to all the people who could come and support Pop Co but have not yet; There is still time. I’m not prepared to tell all of you to go F yourselves. But we are building something really fun here, and if you want in on the ground floor, there is space on the bus. But don’t be surprised when we roar out of the station and leave your sorry selves behind. I have put my nuts on the line to make this show worth something, and I’ll be damned if we fail.
This is my personal guarantee; If you come support the show and hate it, I will buy you a drink. I am convinced that nobody but the most hateful will take me up on this. And there is still room on the bus from the most hateful too.
So come and see Big News, cause it is the best show in LA by the way, and come and support Pop Co, cause every single week we are putting on truly amazing shows for you, the ever growing audience.
Somewhere this got off topic as to my day, and became a forum as to why you should love Pop Co. This is OK, cause you should love Pop Co.
I’m just sayin’ come and support the show, I am personally trying to build something great here, and need each and every one of you to help make this show awesome. And I thank every person who has supported us thus far, and promise that the future will be even better.