Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Press Contact: Nat Topping, Robot vs. Dinosaur @ 734-657-8582, firstname.lastname@example.org
Box Office Contact: Donny’s Skybox @ (312) 337-3992 or Second City Website
Robot vs. Dinosaur Presents:
Wait Wait…Don’t Kill Me!
Opening: July 27th
Closing: August 24th
Days and Times: Fridays, 9 p.m.
Location: Donny’s Skybox
4th Floor, Piper’s Alley
1616 N. Well Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Ticket Price: $13 general admission ($10 students)
A Comedy Revue That Kills. On Stage and Off.
Robot vs. Dinosaur’s spooky sketch show guarantees you’ll die laughing.
CHICAGO, IL – (July 2, 2012) Autumn has long been the king when it comes to spooky sketch shows, but this summer Robot vs. Dinosaur unhinges October’s monopoly with the opening of a new horror-themed show, Wait Wait…Don’t Kill Me! Directed by RvD ensemble member Susie Gutowski, the show is haunted by those things that go bump in the night: witches, ghosts, and West Coast rappers.
The show steers clear of many of the tropes of Halloween-themed sketch shows. Gutowski says, “Werewolves and vampires have been exhausted by pop culture. Our scenes take a broader look at what’s scary. A train that steals babies and turns them into adults. A first date at a couple’s cooking class for witches. A stalker who finally traps the heart of his true love.”
She concedes, “We have one zombie apocalypse scene, but even that has more to do with the rules of Southern hospitality than the un-dead.”
The 45-minute show is hosted by a Vincent Price-type character called Uncle Trevor (Nat Topping) who seems in a constant battle to one-up himself with puns and maniacal laughter. “We loved the campiness of the host in the Tales from the Crypt TV series and wanted to infuse the show with those over-the-top characters,” explains Gutowski.
Wait Wait…Don’t Kill Me! also features the spine-chilling musical composition of guest artist Mike Malarkey, whose professional credits include “Lay You Down” by Tyga featuring Lil Wayne and “This is Like” by Tyga featuring Robin Thicke. Malarkey scores the show’s opening song and a rap that details how R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books are the new aphrodisiac. The hip hop beat has an eerie organ sound overlaid with wolf howl hooks and thunderclap beats.
The show honors its pop-horror roots until the very last minute; the Scooby Doo ending will rejuvenate your love for live theater. Or should we say… DEAD theater?
More about Robot vs. Dinosaur: For 6 years, Robot vs. Dinosaur has assembled such quality shows as “Are You There God? It’s Me, Satan” (Gorilla Tango), “Mrs. Gruber’s Ding Dong School” (Gorilla Tango), and “The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent, etc.” (Neo-Futurists, Stage 773). The group has made appearances at Chicago Sketchfest the past 6 years and continues to delight audiences with creative, thematic sketch shows. Robot vs. Dinosaur consists of writers Rammel Chan, Susie Gutowski, Joe Janes, Rebecca Levine, Chris Othic, Nat Topping and Greg Wendling. Visit http://www.rvdchicago.blogspot.com/ for more information, or find them on Facebook.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
A Holiday for the Drunken Masses
(Rammel, Becca, Susie, Joe, Greg, Geoff, Nat, and Chris)
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
(And mark your calendars for our annual St. Drunken's Day pageant and fundraiser on April 21, 2012. More info on that soon!)
Look, pretty picture and press release! (This post has been flagged for excessive use of exclamation points!!!)
For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Nat Topping, Robot vs. Dinosaur @ 734-657-8582, email@example.com
Audience Contact: Luna Central @ 773-819-5862, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robot vs. Dinosaur Presents:
PRETTY FROM A DISTANCE
Opening: March 23rd
Closing: April 7th
Days and Times: Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30pm
Location: Luna Central
3914 N Clark St
Ticket Price: $15
Contact the Luna Central box office at 773-819-5862 or at teatroluna.org
CHICAGO, IL – (March 5, 2012) Like the Horsehead Nebula poised over Orion’s nether-regions, Robot vs. Dinosaur’s latest sketch show, Pretty from a Distance, is a beacon to souls lost in the universe. Directed by RvD veteran Chris Othic, the show addresses big questions about our place in the universe and the rituals of life. The subject matter may be heavy, but non-stop laughs inspire guests to leave the theater chanting "Not insignificant, but insignif-I-CAN!"
Whether gazing at the stars or rooting through the garbage, Pretty from a Distance explores all the things that make us who we are: our hopes, our fears, the things that make us laugh and the things we’ve learned to love. It’s chock full of absurdity and hilarious one-liners, but it’s got more heart than your average sketch show.
Othic explains, “We’re a writer-centric sketch group, meaning unlike the Second City style, we start with a script instead of improvisation. In the end, it yields more play-like scenes. The words are more intentional, the relationships are deeper and the laughs have a bigger pay off.”
“There aren’t any Whoopie cushions or MAGNUM condoms on our prop list. The show has a lot of heart. It’s sweet and, at times, nostalgic. But mostly it’s downright absurd.” Perhaps he’s referring to a scene in which a woman attempts to be the most “green” by trading in her dust-buster for a howler monkey.
A forty-five minute “teaser” of the show premiered in front of a packed house at the 2012 Chicago Sketchfest at Stage 773. Now expanded to a full 75-minute show, Pretty from a Distance serves as a treat to viewers who love sketch and grounded scene work, a rare occurrence in Chicago’s standard sketch scene. Catch a shooting star Fridays and Saturdays, March 23 – April 7 at 7:30pm. Luna Central is located at 3914 N Clark St (just south of Irving Park). Tickets are $15.
More about Robot vs. Dinosaur: For 6 years, Robot vs Dinosaur has assembled such quality shows as “Are You There God? It’s Me, Satan” (Gorilla Tango), “Mrs. Gruber’s Ding Dong School” (Gorilla Tango), and “The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent, etc.” (Neo-Futurists, Stage 773). The group has made appearances at Chicago Sketchfest the past 6 years and continues to delight audiences with creative, thematic sketch shows. Robot vs. Dinosaur consists of writers Rammel Chan, Susie Gutowski, Joe Janes, Rebecca Levine, Chris Othic, Nat Topping and Greg Wendling. Visit www.rvdchicago.blogspot.com for more information, or find them on Facebook.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Feel free to make up a story as to why those words and that picture are connected as you drift off to sleep tonight.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
All in all, it was a successful night and a hell of a lot of fun. Thanks to the guys at the loft for all of their help with putting everything on; thanks to Laura for showing up with a camera and documenting everything for us; and most of all, thanks to everyone who showed up to celebrate this little holiday with us.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The event will feature the first-ever St. Drunken’s Day pageant, drinking games, drinking songs, a raffle for fun drinking (and non-drinking) related prizes, a silent auction of one-of-a-kind St. Drunken’s Day artwork and a host of other fun activities including a goodly amount of a certain beverage made from hops and barley.
What: St. Drunken’s Day Celebration When: Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where: 3036 North Lincoln Avenue, #2 Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (this event is capped so purchase your tickets early--don’t get left out of the celebration!)
To purchase tickets see any member of RvD.
You must be 21 to attend St. Drunken’s Day.
About St. Drunken: St. Drunken is the world’s mostly forgotten patron saint of drunks, inebriates, drinkers, imbibers and people who like to have fun. He is responsible for finding arbitrary reasons for people to get together, enjoy each other’s company, shake off the weight of the world, and drink alcohol (usually to excess).
All proceeds will go to help fund future RvD shows, not to buy beer for RvD. Mostly.
Monday, March 28, 2011
"2. a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers."
And while it may have taken Oxford University until 2011 to appreciate the phenomenon, our friends at Creepy Hug have been celebrating Muffin Tops for years. This video is from Chicago Sketchfest 2009, and it also reveals Creepy Hug took notice of Charlie Sheen long before his recent press. They were about 25 years late on Rainbow Bright, however. Enjoy.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
WBEZ Dueling Critics Kelly Kleiman and Jonathan Arbarbanel will take the audience through memorable moments in Chicago’s rich theater history along with a panel of experts. Stitching the evening together, five local theater companies will perform a few of these moments with tongues firmly in cheeks.
To attend you must purchase tickets at wbez.org/events.
...- Kelly Kleiman is a freelance writer on the arts, feminism, travel and social justice.
- Jonathan Abarbanel is theater critic for WBEZ and the weekly Windy City Times newspaper.
Critic Albert Williams, Broadway actor Kate Buddeke, and Victory Gardens' founder Dennis Zacek
Sketch comedy group Robot vs. Dinosaur, spoken word troupe BoyGirlBoyGirl, fringe theater companies The Plagiarists and RoShamBo Theater, and southside educational theater company Tofu Chitlin' Circuit
$10/students (with valid ID)
More information: http://chicagopublicradio.org/Event_Detail.aspx?eventID=2099
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Hey Joe,We've missed you at Myspace lately. Plain and simple, we think you should come back. And here's why.The new Myspace provides the best social entertainment experience on Earth.You can now follow your favorite topics in music, movies, celebs, and TV and get instant updates from around the web.The new Myspace gives you custom recommendations so you can discover more of what you love and connect with new like-minded friends.
I have been working on my response.
Good to hear from you. Sounds like you are doing well, which is great. Very happy to hear that. Sorry I haven't seen you in so long. Seems like years! Where does the time go? Thanks for the link. I actually lost your url. Got a new computer, didn't have my old bookmarks or passwords, etc, you know how it goes.
I appreciate the invite to come back, but I have to be honest here. The reason I haven't been visiting you is because I have been seeing someone else. For a few years now. And, yes, if you do the math, I was seeing them while still seeing you. I feel like a real heel and I never meant to hurt you. They were just very persistent and eventually won me over. What can I say? Social media can be so fickle, right?
Well, I wouldn't be surprised if you never wanted to hear or see from me, again. But, if you're up for it, I wouldn't mind getting together for coffee and chatting about old times. When you're ready. Tell Tom I said hello. I always thought he was nice.
P.S. Oh, hey. Have you ever heard of Friendster? You two should meet and hang out. I think you have a lot to talk about.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
- Writing and performing a piece for WBEZ's Alternative History of Chicago Theatre (Abridged) on Wednesday, March 2nd.
- An eBook version of our first show, The Greatest Stories Never Told... Told!
- A fundraiser evening called "St. Drunken's Day."
- Our as yet untitled Spring/Summer show about mutant animal sketch comedy performers in futuristic Nazi Illinois.
- Cake for everyone!
Monday, January 24, 2011
I am now in an awkward position, which is this: after seeing a movie like Social Network, I would normally like to run out and talk about it with other people. But since everyone has seen the movie already, I would just be opening myself up to criticism.
'Really? You're just now talking about Social Network? That movie has been out for like half a year, hasn't it?'
Yes, it's been out since October. But I didn't have a chance to see it in October and now I have and doesn't anyone else want to talk about it? I promise I'll have witty and interesting things to say about it! Honest, I will!
But no, nobody wants to talk about Social Network. Because everyone on the planet has already had their Social Network discussion moments. Everyone's already debated whether or not Mark Zuckerberg is a douchebag. Everyone's already questioned whether Justin Timberlake did a good job as Sean Parker because he's suddenly a good actor or because he himself is also a douchebag. Everyone's already posted their Facebook "I'm watching Social Network while posting on Facebook" wall posts.
It would be like me running up to people and saying "Hey, have you kids seen that new Annie Hall movie? Boy howdie, that Woody Allen sure knows how to write!"
Just saw that new Citizen Kane movie and it was amazing. Everybody rush out to your nearest movie house! It's worth the 50 cent price of admission, and if you stay after you can check out one of them new Looney Toons!
To sum up, I suck.
But at least I wrote a blog post today.