From Screen To Stage To Stage To Stage

Wow, Justin just reminded me, the whole sketch was supposed to lead into Handball. I forgot that. That’s kind of a big thing, i.e. the entire point of the short in some ways. We were in the Heartland Studio Theatre in 2001? I guess we were. Boy am I an unreliable narrator, but hey, that’s me in the picture so I must know something. Like this: The first place Phudi(e) Mart was ever shown was at a Gilda’s Club benefit

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Wow, Justin just reminded me, the whole sketch was supposed to lead into Handball. I forgot that. That’s kind of a big thing, i.e. the entire point of the short in some ways. We were in the Heartland Studio Theatre in 2001? I guess we were. Boy am I an unreliable narrator, but hey, that’s me in the picture so I must know something.

Like this: The first place Phudi(e) Mart was ever shown was at a Gilda’s Club benefit in the place where ComedySportz once stood. I’m not sure what’s there now, I’m assuming a condo that looks a lot like those condos, within stumbling distance from that one bar that can’t seem to keep a name for more than a year.

A little bit of trivia, Phudi(e) Mart was the very first short I ever edited digitally. Not bad right? That’s just interesting to think about as I sit here in Los Angeles avoiding editing porn to write this. It was a hell of a learning curve, from zero to Phudie in my first try.

When finally edited, Phudi Mart was 16 minutes long contained an extra character played by Johnny Bolger who a lot of you remember. Eddie “One Trip” Touhy was the parking lot supervisor who could get all the carts in one shot. Somehow we didn’t get busted pushing 100 carts in the parking lot of the Jewel on Ashland & Berwyn and were able to go inside and knock out a couple more shots. Eddie has been replaced by the new parking lot manager in our new screenplay, an Al Sharpton-ish man called “The Reverend” and his cart boy is Ed Bus’ forty-year-old retarded brother Rocky Bus, who thinks he’s black.

PhudiStill1.jpg

Wow, Justin just reminded me, the whole sketch was supposed to lead into Handball. I forgot that. That’s kind of a big thing, i.e. the entire point of the short in some ways. We were in the Heartland Studio Theatre in 2001? I guess we were. Boy am I an unreliable narrator, but hey, that’s me in the picture so I must know something.

Like this: The first place Phudi(e) Mart was ever shown was at a Gilda’s Club benefit in the place where ComedySportz once stood. I’m not sure what’s there now, I’m assuming a condo that looks a lot like those condos, within stumbling distance from that one bar that can’t seem to keep a name for more than a year.

A little bit of trivia, Phudi(e) Mart was the very first short I ever edited digitally. Not bad right? That’s just interesting to think about as I sit here in Los Angeles avoiding editing porn to write this. It was a hell of a learning curve, from zero to Phudie in my first try.

When finally edited, Phudi Mart was 16 minutes long contained an extra character played by Johnny Bolger who a lot of you remember. Eddie “One Trip” Touhy was the parking lot supervisor who could get all the carts in one shot. Somehow we didn’t get busted pushing 100 carts in the parking lot of the Jewel on Ashland & Berwyn and were able to go inside and knock out a couple more shots. Eddie has been replaced by the new parking lot manager in our new screenplay, an Al Sharpton-ish man called “The Reverend” and his cart boy is Ed Bus’ forty-year-old retarded brother Rocky Bus, who thinks he’s black.

The other thing that was in the original cut was Tony reading the Douche package in the feminine hygiene aisle, there was a whole scene where my friend Maria Dimond comes walking up to buy some feminine hygiene and they stare each other down. The Rolling Stones stop, the store music plays. She walks away, the Stones kick in again.

The 16 minute version ran at Gilda’s Club and ground the show to a halt. After that a slimmed down version with a few reshot segments was screened at the Chicago Improv Festival where it ground the show to a halt. Video has a way of doing that. We only experimented with video during shows a few times, with the same result, RRRRRRRRT. It doesn’t matter how good a video is, it can’t compete with live people jumping around and making dick jokes. Which is where Wickerman came in.

I remember very few screenings after that until Phudie took on a life of it’s own in the last few years. The last public screening until 2006 was one for the Around The Coyote Festival in the basement of the Chopin theatre in Wicker Park in 2002. Were that not one of the best shows we’ve ever done it surely would’ve killed that too. For anyone who was there, that was the show where Pete Grosz hosted the show as a Vegan named Marino who pretended to be a host forced on us by the Around the Coyote people, and he fooled our whole audience (he was not yet the spokesman for Sonic). He made us stop our music, Justin started a fight with him (which many thought was real) and then Justin pulled his heart out and ate it onstage. Kate also wore box fan with streamers as a backpack and I seem to remember wielding a shield covered in babydolls. Absurd. That would be it for the short for five years. But the Phudie Mart characters would live on.

Coming up…Tony and Slim get some backstory and some supporting cast members.

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