A Very Special Episode - Facts Of Life - Breaking Point

December 1, 2017
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The 3rd of 5 re-released episodes, previously found on Soundcloud:

Quick Synopsis of the Concept.

  • We start with a transcription of an old sitcom, particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature, wherein the otherwise happy go lucky cast is suddenly faced with an intense situation.
  • I then script out a commentary/ play-by-play of the stage directions and other actions, which often includes contextual and comedic notes on what is happening in the show...
  • Sound effects, transition music and other comedic/editorial sound choices are developed and triggered during the performance
  • We perform the whole thing (comedians, actors, improvisers and me) for a live audience.

As I read the commentary and supply extra direction and misdirection it sometimes leads us to unscripted territory. We use several different comedic tools and vehicles to spice things up from show to show. Sometimes I'll ask a scene to be re-read with different accents, or we'll swap parts, or I'll ask my cast to improvise the whole scene over again with a new input or switch to the attitude.

All that being said, heres the episode specific information:

On this episode I assembled some of the funniest and most talented women I know to bring the script of an episode of "Facts of Life" to life....

As I'll explain in the episode itself we took the scenes in reverse order. I think you'll figure out why as you listen...

It Features the talents of:
Melissa Lamartina
Hather Miles
Allyson Washington
Meg Vidler
Erin Eff
& Sarah Gorman

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A Very Special Episode - Family Ties - Say Uncle

November 27, 2017
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This is a re-posting of the second offering for "A Very Special Episode." wherein we did staged readings/ interpretations of old sitcoms (particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature).

In this one, we offer our take on Family Ties. It was previously released on soundcloud.

Quick Synopsis of the Concept.

  • We start with a transcription of an old sitcom, particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature, wherein the otherwise happy go lucky cast is suddenly faced with an intense situation.
  • I then script out a commentary/ play-by-play of the stage directions and other actions, which often includes contextual and comedic notes on what is happening in the show...
  • Sound effects, transition music and other comedic/editorial sound choices are developed and triggered during the performance
  • We perform the whole thing (comedians, actors, improvisers and me) for a live audience.

As I read the commentary and supply extra direction and misdirection it sometimes leads us to unscripted territory. We use several different comedic tools and vehicles to spice things up from show to show. Sometimes I'll ask a scene to be re-read with different accents, or we'll swap parts, or I'll ask my cast to improvise the whole scene over again with a new input or switch to the attitude.

All that being said, heres the episode specific information:

This is the episode where we started to figure  things out and take a more editorial spin on the scripts. We had a good time, but still had several bugs to work out.

Produced and Edited by Mark Miller.
Starring:
Bob Rose - Alex
Michael Ziccardi - Steven
Melissa LaMartina - Elyse
Kathy Carson - Mallory
Alexander Scally - Ned
Keith Becraft - Mr. Wirtz
Pat Mulligan - Jennifer

A Very Special Episode - Diff’rent Strokes - The Bicycle Man Pt. 2

November 26, 2017
00:0000:00

I totally fell off the boat with posting stuff, but I'm swimming to shore now...
Just to get back into a posting shape, and to get everything in one place I'm going to start the process of add all the AVSE content that had been previously posted to soundcloud. 

This will be the first of those 5  and it's the first iof the "A Very Special Episode" series wherein we did staged readings/ interpretations of old sitcoms (particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature).

As is the case with many first episodes, this one has it's problems... first among them is that I talked for way too long so if you don't care for all my yammering, skip to the 7:30 mark and you'll be right into the live recording portion of it.

You'll also notice that this episode lacks much of the commentary that later episodes would have and the recording quality is not as great as the others... All of that is what it is and I can't change. So enjoy this for what it is and stay tuned for the rest and more.

Produced by Mark Miller.
Edited by: Nathan Miller
Starring:
Mark Joyner - Arnold
John Bennett - Mr. Hornton
Mike Smith - Dudley
Mike Storck - Mr. Drummond
Kathy Carson - Kimberly
Bryan Preston - Willis

Incredible Photo from the performance...

A Very Special Episode - Golden Girls - Rose Has AIDS

April 27, 2017
00:0000:00
In this first official post on the [sic] Joeks Network I bring you an installment of "A Very Special Episode" The monthly staged reading show that I did at the Charm City Comedy Project in Baltimore, MD for about a year and a half.

I've already posted 5 of these on my Soundcloud Account and I'll Eventually re-post that content here, but for now I'm just going to keep moving forward on this new outlet.

Quick Synopsis of the Concept.

  • We start with a transcription of an old sitcom, particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature, wherein the otherwise happy go lucky cast is suddenly faced with an intense situation.
  • I then script out a commentary/ play-by-play of the stage directions and other actions, which often includes contextual and comedic notes on what is happening in the show...
  • Sound effects, transition music and other comedic/editorial sound choices are developed and triggered during the performance
  • We perform the whole thing (comedians, actors, improvisers and me) for a live audience.

As I read the commentary and supply extra direction and misdirection it sometimes leads us to unscripted territory. We use several different comedic tools and vehicles to spice things up from show to show. Sometimes I'll ask a scene to be re-read with different accents, or we'll swap parts, or I'll ask my cast to improvise the whole scene over again with a new input or switch to the attitude.

All that being said, heres the episode specific information:

AVSE - Golden Girls - Rose Has AIDS 

This is an episode of "Golden Girls," one of the finest sitcoms of our time that can still be seen in syndication. As they say at the Friars Club "We only roast the ones we love," so I'm not even going to mince words... I love the Golden Girls. I am a stright, cis man and I loved that show as a kid, when I didn't get half the jokes and I love it even more now that I'm old enough to get all the jokes. 

It's a really sharp show and the gags are relentless, so I really enjoyed giving it a once over with this episode reading and I'm pretty sure my cast loved being part of it as well. You'll hear, in order of appearance:

Melissa Lamartina - Dorothy
Heather Miles - Sophia (also sang the theme)
Vii Lee - Blanche
Meg Vidler - Rose
John Bennet - the Doctor

We kept the comedic tools pretty minimal with just a straight-up reading of the scripts and my commentary. We didn't do our usual dramatic reading of the theme (opting for an a capella version by the multi-talented Heather Miles) and I kept the "editorial sound drops" simple by just using my "sitcom soundboard" app. 

We had a ton of fun performing this one and I hope you all enjoy it.

Please "like" it share and spread it around. There are many more in the archives and I'm hoping to revive the live show in NYC where I now live.

For more information on the issues addressed in the episode please consult the following:

HIV/AIDS research and charities:

https://red.org/
http://www.aidsalliance.org/
http://www.amfar.org/

Save the Wetlands:

https://www.americaswetland.com/
https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/saving-wetlands
http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/protection/wetlands/whatyoucando.html

Gallbladder Health:

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/features/gallbladder-diet-foods-for-gallbadder-problems#1
http://bodyecology.com/articles/gall_bladder_what_it_does_how_to_get_healthy.php
http://drjockers.com/25-ways-to-improve-gallbladder-health/

 

 

Lets get this Poddy (cast) started

March 20, 2017
00:0000:00

Heyas,

Here's a quick little inroduction to what is to come on [sic] Joeks.... It's not really all that informative in that I could just type out what it is communicating right here, but wouldn't you rather spend 4 minutes listening to me yammer about it?

Nonetheless, here's the gist.
I've reached the point where I've outgrown soundcloud and I'm ready for a dedicated "big boy" podcast account so I've started this one up.
For right now it will primarily be for "A Very Special Episode" but once that takes off, there might be more projects appear here. Lord knows I've got plenty.

It all boils down to a mix of my ADD and my fear to commit to one single idea... but for now I can guarantee there will be at least 13 episodes of AVSE coming your way. I'm going to pick up where the Soundcloud episodes left off and then re-post the pod content from Soundcloud as my upload limits will allow...

Ok, actually this description is more informative than the actual audio I uploaded, but I hope you'll take it all in as a composite experience...