Archive for May, 2010

A pensive Blake Midgette during a break while shooting a sketch for "The Undergrads

The calm before the storm: stand-up comedian Blake Midgette looks pensive during a break in filming a sketch for The Undergrads. Tonight is the Official Blake Midgette Roast at Cafe Diem in Richmond, Virginia.

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Brown Frown the Clown at Cafe Diem Comedy Night

Brown Frown the Clown brings his patented blend of existential dread and stand-up comedy to the Official Blake Midgette Roast Monday at Cafe Diem in Richmond, Virginia. Photo by Chris Martin

Schmap for the Official Blake Midgette Roast

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Poster by Chris Martin

The Blake Midgette Roast poster by Chris Martin

One of Richmond, Virginia‘s best comedians and all around well-rounded bastards is leaving us for Austin. Let’s send him off right. Your Roasters for the evening will be James Paulk, Jared Cullum, Bill Metzger, David Marie-Garland, Kenny Wingle, Jeff Curran, Jason Klingman, Chris Martin, Brown Frown the Clown, and Ron Rogers, with your Roastmaster Joe Hafkey. So come out, get drunk, and see if we can make Blake cry! – Joe Hafkey

Cafe Diem, Monday, May 31, 10-2 pm

Schmap for the roast: http://www.schmap.it/ykczl9

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Poster for Refried Comedy @ Aztek Grill

Refried Comedy @ Aztek Grill presented by Odyssey Michaels

Poster by Chris Martin for Refried Comedy @ Aztek Grill, hosted by Odyssey Michaels with James Paulk and Thandi Woodard as the main event, Jason Klingman as the undercard, with comic views on current news by Chris Martin.

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The stand-up comedy scene in Richmond, Virginia continues to progress: more open mics such as the ones at Strange Matter and City Dogs, more showcases put on by people such as Kenny WingleDave Hamrick and Odyssey Michaels. My own contribution to the scene, aside from performing, has been to start Salty Tongue Records at Last.fm to feature comedians from Richmond and elsewhere. I recently invested in a Sony digital recorders which has resulted in a definite improvement in quality over my previous recordings.

I’ve been looking around for ways to help take the RVA comedy arena to the next level. I’ve had several ideas but they’re probably my capabilities at this point. One possibility that did seem possible without too much effort or money invested was a website devoted to RVA comedy. It also seemed like a good way to get some practice before moving on from this blog to a full-fledged website. My drawback is that I’m not a particularly good web designer but there’s only one way to get better, dive in and start thrashing around.

After getting the domain name, my first step was to try and install Concrete5, a CMS which has quite a bit of good word of mouth. I got nowhere with a manual install but managed to install it using a script from Simplescripts. However, even though I was able to access the dashboard for Concrete5, I still couldn’t get into edit mode so I uninstalled it. It looks like I will use WebPlusX2 from Serif, a WYSIWG editor, sort of a poor man’s Dreamweaver.

My plans are to have a directory of profiles of comedians in Richmond,  maybe a featured comedian of the month, a schedule of shows, an open mics page, a forum, resources, a history page, photo galleries and an alumni page for comedians who have moved on like Steven Bryant. I’m sure I’ll be able to come up with some other features as time goes on. My thought is that it will be fairly static, more like a billboard along the highway, rather than something that is constantly updated like a blog.

Here’s the link to the site: http://rvastand-up.com.

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Stand-up comedians: Phrasers on stun

Stand-up comedians: Phrasers on stun

Album cover for Salty Tongue Record’s latest album, “Stand-up comedians: Phrasers on stun,” on Last.fm featuring David Marie-Garland and Bill Metzger.

K-9 Comedy @ City Dogs poster

K-9 Comedy @ City Dogs poster designed by Chris Martin

K-9 Comedy @ City Dogs poster for the Richmond, VA’s newest stand-up comedy open mic, hosted by Odyssey Michaels at City Dogs in the Fan.

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