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Squiggly Vaudeville Recap


We had many performances from local entertainers who volunteered their time to support two local establishments that help make Eugene special:  Tsunami Books for Network Charter School.

Eccentric clown John Roy read us some ee cummings and played some silly music.


Mary Leighton and Maya Rabasa are running for school board and told us some words to convince us their a good fit for the position.

Screen shot 2017-04-30 at 8.53.37 PM.pngRevka told us hilarious stories of awkward situations and called out their parents for helping make them so weird.DSC_1074

Jon Deline did magic, sang us a song and juggled! what a triple threat.


Student band “Feeble” played for us songs they have been practicing at school with their instructor Mara.


Ari and her Banjo is always a delight, such fast fingers.


Local Poet and rabble rouser Jorah Lefleur


Owzzla the OK and Stellar the Shaky are creative wacky clowns.DSC_0030.JPGDSC_0005.JPG


18142805_10211365143537947_1145972155_n.jpg Nicole danced for us, she teaches belly dance, dances at MEDGE events and is often in Trek Theater Productions.


I think Gabby Jesus is one of our funniest and most unique local voices. She told us about her problems dating.


The beautiful and exotic Souzana danced for us with her wings and her finger cymbalsDSC_0125.JPG18157665_10155490147953690_1853719634190074026_n18198652_10155490148228690_7602823161677442280_n18194570_10155490147633690_3793339723139333643_n

My next squiggly show will be may 27 at Vanilla Jills. There again we will have Owzzla the OK, Invincible Vince and Cienna Jade and special guests Eden Powell and Mike McGowan.


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Poetry and Wonder at the Oregon Country Fair



I got to perform stand up comedy and poetry alongside these slam poets and MCs at the Oregon Country Fair Chez Rey’s stage. It was a wonderful event tucked away in the trees. It was so special having ASL interpreters there! 



Here is a video of Me doing the animal jokes. (It does cut off right before the final punchline)

Grayson and Susan!

Eleven Eyes.I also took these photographs of people having fun, in costume, being themselves out there in the woods, with clowning, juggling, music and great food all around.


The Green shape on the right is a person in costume.DSCF1404.JPG


These costumed performers were on stilts. Here she is down on the ground so you can see her makeup.DSCF1571.JPGDSCF1619.JPG

A giant chess set!DSCF1492.jpgDSCF1489.JPGDSCF1481.JPG

A GIANT backgammon set!DSCF1480.JPGDSCF1477.JPG

A marionette perfomance. DSCF1474.JPG

I saw three pianos on the grounds that people were playing (and resting under).DSCF1467.JPG

This installation is known as the Pink RoomDSCF1466.JPGDSCF1465.JPGDSCF1459.JPG

Incredible, the THE REAL Donald TRUMP with huge hands came to visit us.DSCF1568.JPG

Strongman Jon Deline!DSCF1567.JPG

Cullen and Mia Vance DSCF1469.JPG


March Fourth Marching Band!DSCF1432.JPG


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Broken Pencil and NXNE Present “Sex and Death”

On Wednesday I got to town, and later that very night I performed at “Sex and Death” a variety show in an art gallery hosted by Broken Pencil. I was naive to just how accomplished and talented my fellow performers were. These are people who have massively influenced Canadian culture and art. I had a great time in the gallery/performance space/studio Creature Creations. I enjoyed everyone’s performances and got to check out the paintings in the back and overheard a funk reggae band rehearsing downstairs.

Terry and Aaron

Terry and Aaron

Terry Clement
Is a total nut and touring Scotland soon going to the Edinborough Fringe Fest. He puts on a “one man show” with lights and music and comedy.

Aaron Manczyk’s twisted comic “Cum Lung” was ridiculous and crude but he had a whimsy and charm like a little kid excited to show you his new drawings.  He definitely earned more laughs than anyone else in the night, especially when he played porn music to go along with his sex scenes. Saying his characters are eager to perform blow jobs is an understatement.



Natalie Zina Walschots read from her funny, cute, and dark “Poetry for Supervillains.” They didn’t require you to be super versed in the Marvel universe to understand them. She was calm, collected and a great choice to be the first reader.

These kids didn't read- I just thought they were photogenic!

These kids didn’t read- I just thought they were photogenic!


liz worthLiz Worth is a member of the band Salt Circle and has published books about Toronto Punk culture including “Treat me like Dirt: an Oral History.”

Liz did her visceral performance poetry and splattered blood and pieces of liver around the room. The blood was sticky and she played before me so I helped clean it up. Tripping and falling in a pool of blood is not “supposed” to be part of my show.

Gregory pepper

Gregory pepper

Gregory Pepper
Played short sweet songs. Many made me smile and laugh. There is a tenderness to them that reminds me of John Vanderslice and Death Cab for Cutie. I played in a band called Kelsa with Kristian Swearingen. Peppers humorous songs performed genuinely reminded me of Kristian’s Pepper also might appeal to fans of The Fools, Jonathan Coulton, They Might be Giants or Jason Trachtenberg. His playing is tight and focused, as if all the fat has been trimmed away. I found he has dozens of songs on the internet and bandcamp but they don’t seem to be the same as the ones he played “we got married” and “I don’t want to die at the Grind Core Show” were highlights. He is from Guelph.

Joey Comeau

Joey Comeau

Joey Comeau is the writer for A Softer World! Wow! Lots of cute and dark haiku-like commentary on relationships, depression and philosophy.  Some of them are “meh,” but others are eye popping amazing and you want them on t shirts or mugs or framed on your wall. He read from his campy horror book “Bible Camp Blood Bath” the scenes featured masturbation, peeping toms and an axe murderer! I loved it!

Hal Niedzviecki  read from his story Doing God’s Work. is he the Canadian Chuck Palahniuk? would that make him cringe if he heard me say that? I must read more. He has a new book called “Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened.” If its all as good as “Doing God’s Work” it must be awesome. It seems he is very busy doing workshops, blogging, reading, writing and promoting the work of other talented Canadians.


I want to thank NXNE for putting me on the bill. Hal was friendly and he and several Broken Pencil Editors encouraged me to submit cartoons. Thank you Lindsay Gibb and Alison Lang, the generous hosts of the program and thank you Creature Creations!

I play tonight and tomorrow at the Comedy Bar. I hope to catch some bands and some art galleries while I am here. Then its off to NY to see friends and play Penny’s Open Mic and Greenwich Comedy Club.

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