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“Surf Reality” Birth of Alt Comedy


Alt comedy in New York started in a second-floor theater in downtown New York. The co-founder of “Surf Reality” talks about starting the theater that nurtured many alt-comics.

After talking to Robert Prichard about his work in “The

Toxic Avenger” we started talking about his first love, “Surf Reality.” He talks about the theater and all the famous people who started at the famed theater. Jeff Ross, Brody Stevens, Rev Jen, Marc Maron and performance artist and R.O.T.O.R. star Margaret Trigg.

From Wikipiedia:

Surf Reality’s House of Urban Savages, also known asSurf Reality, was a 65 seat performance venue onManhattan‘s Lower East Side from 1993-2003. A laboratory for experimental performance of all kinds, Surf Reality was known for cutting edge comedy, performance art, classic burlesque, modern music, vaudeville and experimental theater.

Surf Reality began as a video production company that produced a series called The Movie of the Month Club, including such works as Dick and Jane Drop Acid and Die and Manic A-Go-Go.

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“Alienator” Vs. Nicko

“Alienator” Vs. Nicko

Outtakes from Keith & the Girl and Nicko’s brush with fame. My tale of visiting the Neverland Ranch and other such stuff. Plus we review “Alienator.

To keep the shows under an hour, sometimes I pull stories from different shows. If they are good, I saved them. If I put them on Audacity they get erased. These two stories have been saved. I’ve been meaning to add them. Sometimes I add them to the very end of the show. Here I talk about going to the Neverland Ranch, one guest admits to borrowing cable TV and Nicko talks about befriending Bil Hicks and Stephan Fry.

Then we review “Alienator” – this week’s offering at “Horrible Movie Night” in Hollywood. It’s an old show that’s on the website still but not on Itunes. Since it’s being featured this Saturday night, I thought it would be a good time to replay it. It features HMN’s John Mathot and Eric “Danger” Nyenhuis. John runs HMN. John’s description of “Alienator” from his website:

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“Drop Dead Fred” with Keith & the Girl

“Drop Dead Fred” with Keith & the Girl

Keith and the Girl’s Keith and Chemda  talk about Chemda’s favorite film of all time, ever, “Drop Dead Fred.” Yikes. Phoebe Cates has an imaginary friend  (Rik Mayall) who comes back in her life doing his best Beetlejuice impression. Apparently Fred is not real. I thought he was. You agree with me, right?  Watch the movie here. Go to our Facebook page to tell Chemda what you think.

Comedy writer and host Jonathan Corbett (“Dream Tweet”)  joins in too!

Here’s a link to some interesting “Drop Dead Fred” Fanfiction. It seems like the people who wrote it, also think that Fred is real. I can’t believe I was the only one.