For many years I have participated in Leigh Anne Jasheway’s Laff Off, one year I even came in 4th place. The above video is my jokes I cut to bring the 13 minutes down to 5 minutes. Below is the link to see everybody’s comedy. The show was live April 3 and it should be up for awhile. My film is a tad “experimental,” with puppets, costumes and bunnies!
you can click HERE to donate to Greenhill humane Society and watch the comedy show with many other great comics including Max Brockman, Terry Geil, Emilee Jackson, Mike Schwab, Magdalena Dice and More!
Here is another “newish” set: thanks a lot to Max Brockman and Bert Walpack who invited me to do this outdoor: “safer” socially distanced comedy show.
I have been doing some sound effects for plays for over 10 years now. At halloween in 2019 I did “war of the worlds at Umpqua Community college theatre dept. For 2020 we revived it on ZOOM. That got me thinking I could direct and produce a few more for fun and something to do during this period of quarantine.
So, here is a zoom revival of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: episode 1. If you’re a super fan you will notice some subtle ways we changed it. I’m so grateful to my cast: Helen Being, Clark Kent, Matt Bliss, Francis Pastorelle, Tamathy Howard, and Dana and Nick Price!
The cast for War of the Worlds was Jesika Barnes, Andrew Lanniohan, Joe Buford, Keith Fort, Chris Lyons, and Nakaela Hunt
It’s springtime! time to release an album of all the songs I have been recording during this unemployment/quarantine year.
Album notes “thinking bout death” or 12 songs about mortality
All songs copyright Isaac Paris 2021
Susans Beat (song title to be determined) Drums by Susan Lucia
I prefer the quiet places with Clarinet by Michele Marin on Fiver
Mach truck or Critical Voltage
Stanford Prison Experiment with Vocals and Lyrics by Stabby Gabby
Death Poem with Backup vocals from Chryss Allaback, Bettreena Jaeger, Jessika Kinser
Triumph is Ours or “Adagio in F” with Violin, Viola by Peter Voronov on Fiver.
With Our Friends
Dark Yoga (I’ve been asleep for a century) with Drums and synth by Ryan Schmidt
Smoking in the Rain
Pig is my Dog
Inspirations: primitive radio gods, tom waits, they might be giants, Elliott smith, Daniel Johnston, east park reggae collective, beastie boys, Jorah Lefluer, Man Or Astro man
Notes for 12 songs about mortality
For my last album I really wanted every song to be distinct, tackle a different genre with each track, for this one I just let the songs write themselves, that meant they fell into one of three categories: sweet indie pop songs, moody low fi hip hop and instrumental rockers.
For the first time since I was 18 or so I let myself really study guitar and get back into simple pentatonic scales and the joys of recording guitars with distorted sounds. Guitar based rock and roll is just fun.
I’ve been thinking about death a lot as I age and obviously I am touched by the zeitgeist of change influenced by the global suffering. I also have lyrics in a few places that I think directly reference friends and pets I’ve lost in the last few years. A theme I wasn’t fully aware of until it slapped me in the face was horror movies. Fantasy and western cannon mythology/ human imagination. Inadvertently several songs were referencing the horror tropes so I just went with it and embraced the cheesiness putting some anime samples on one track and 1950s sci fi radio drama on another.
I also experiment with samples and foley to give a cinematic feel. Numerous guest musicians appear providing vocals, strings, drums and clarinet.
Having experience as a comedian makes me appreciate metaphors taken to exaggerated extremes and a few song lyrics explore similar things that my joke premises do but with out the pressure to have “punchlines.”
For more on the myth of thanksgiving, read “this land is their land: the Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth colony and the troubled history of thanksgiving” by David J Silverman https://www.target.com/p/this-land-is…
When Spectrum reopens we will host burlesque, music, drag and comedy shows again. For now, we will produce virtual shows like this one. If you’d like to tip the production, donate $5, $10 or more to Isaac on PayPal: email@example.com
You are free to tip the performers directly if you wish.
Tamathy wrote and directed “The Child”
With Riley Christensen. With help from Xander Boosinger
Music credit : My Bubba & Elsa Sjunger Visor /Näckaspel/ Sing Swedish Songs
Miss buttons dances Burlesque and does circus arts at Old Nicks Pub.
Josephine D’Love dances with The Broadway review, and produces shows as Red Raven Follies
I collaborated with dancer Dame Peaches Von Killingsworth, taking video of her dancing, and making rotoscope animations of those videos. music was provided by Jon Bellona and Jeremy Schropp of Harmonic Lab. http://harmoniclab.org/
Then in downtown Eugene on October 16, I projected the animation of her dancing, while she danced in front of it!
BEAM featured many other artists there presenting animation, dance, and art with digital lights. I was fascinated by the House of Strange Rituals and James Sartor, a pianist who played under a glowing cloud.