ZACKIE AWARDS 2015

25 08 2015

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So a few years ago I started a dumb little award ceremony at the end of The Edmonton Fringe and this year Murray Utas, The big boss man of the Festival, invited me to present them as part of the closing night celebrations in addition to the “proper” fringe awards. Pretty fun stuff. Fun awesome festival. So for those that were there and for those that are curious, here are the 2015 ZACKIE AWARD WINNERS!

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#Zackies2015

00. We came saw we conquered AWARD Attendance and participation

WINNER- Everyone!

1.”Hi I’m a dear award – for most endearing portrayal of an animal in a show”
WINNER – Sam Mullins (accepted by Devin Mackenzie)
Honorable mentions – Lawrence & Bever Play Bingo, Bear Dreams, Caws And Effect, Hip-Bangs slow fighting sloths & Shirley Gnome’s camel toe.

2. The Sam Mullins Award for most MIA fringer

WINNER- Sam Mullins

3. The BURN THE WITCH! Show me how that stinking shoe trick is done you harry potter motherfucker

WINNER- Travis Bernhardt

4. Winning streak Best beard award
WINNER – Leif Ingebrigtsen (from Beautiful Nonsense)
Hon mentions – James Jordan, Richard Martizer , Ross Vegas, Kevin from LNC

5. Honey I Shrunk The Fringe Award for littlest fringers –
*The Cast of Fiddler On The Roof couldn’t be there to win because their show was still going
WINNER – Jon Bennett

6. I wanna Spin that propeller yank that scarf award  – Sexy clowns
WINNER- Beau And Aero
Hon mentions – every other clown show

7. The mask doesn’t move and i don’t understand this and I’m scared and hows he gonna fuck the moon nononononono I’m scared – 3 stars Award

WINNER – Loon

8. I got your dick right here and he says congrats on your stupid award Award

WINNER – Tara Travis (from Searching For Dick)

9. The Your happiness and relationship stability makes me sick award (for Cutest couple) Award

Hon mentions- richard&ingrid, beau&aero, martin&vanesssa, tim motely&anyone, erica&paul, jess&chloe (claws and effect) tom&amy
WINNERS – Peter ‘n Chris

10. Self indulgent award for sexiest Australian

WINNER – Whitney Richards (Trampoline)

11. The Are you human? Are you kind? That goat song is never ever leaving my brain and i dont ever want it to award (for most whimsical show)-

WINNER – Yanomi from Kiss Around Pass Around

12. Man if this keeps up I could get four solo shows out of this award for Best Dead grandparent show

WINNER – Katie Dorian (How Often Do I Dream?)
Hon mentions – Andrew Bailey, Adam Bailey and Sam Mullins

13. The Lyle Lovett commemorative golden kazoo award for the funniest musical ladies

WINNER – Shirley Gnome and the Famous Haydel Sisters

14. The Let Me Win An Award Because I Never Win Awards Award

WINNER -Bike Boy

15. That just ain’t Reich award – most swastikas on your poster

WINNER – ingrid garner from Eleanor’s Story

16. The Come flyer with me come flier lets flier away Award – for amazing dedication and scheduling of hand billing

WINNER – Andrew Bailey

17. Breast of Fest Award (for great fringe exposure)

WINNER- Thea fitz-james (Naked Ladies)
Hon mentions – Rosie Bits,  Eleanor O’brien,  Oh Manada and the #yegfringefemmes collective

18. The Jem Rolls award for most jemmy Jem Rolls of the fest Jem Rolls lifetime achievement award

WINNER- TJ Dawe

And finally

The Thanks for Letting me Do My Stupid Awards at your awesome fringe award

WINNER – Murray Utas (Festival Director)

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ACTING ROTTEN

19 05 2013

ACTING ROTTEN

Or How I learned to NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS and became an actor again.

It’s been a while since I written a real “bloggy” blog, but it’s been a busy year and I got some stuff I gotta say. So strap in kids.

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YOU CAN’T ARREST ME, I’M A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR!
I’ve always believed that theatre is rock and roll. No. Theatre CAN be rock’n’roll, when it wants to be.

Independent theatre fucking excites me man. Creating something new and gritty and fresh and then daring to take it out and sharing it with the world, that takes some guts. To take a risk by putting yourself out there as an artist is fucking scary. I think that’s why I’ve fallen so deeply in the Fringe culture these last ten years (TEN years!?! TEN!?! Fuck, I’m old…)

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PRETTY VACANT
I’ve seen countless big budget, full scale theatre productions with giant sets, big projection screens and a thousand unnecessary lighting effects that haven’t excited, interested or captivated me half as much as a powerful, no-budget one man show, told with nothing but basic lighting and enough set and props that would fit in a suitcase…it’s all about the stories… If there no story to engage people, it doesn’t matter how you dress it up, I’m probably not interested…with the exception of Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark which I saw on Broadway, that was the biggest billion dollar piece of shit I’ve ever seen and I would watch it again in a second. Goddamn it was beyond awful.

It’s not about money (not that I have a problem with money, if you have some you want to give me I’m all for it), for me, it’s more about creating something new from what you have to work with. I’ve always been about creating new exciting work, it’s the grounds on which Weeping Spoon was created and what I feel has kept us growing stronger as company each year. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with doing Romeo & Juliet or Death Of Salesman for the millionth time, the idea just doesn’t excited me. Creating something new and magical on a shoestring budget, that’s exciting, that’s fringe and that’s fucking PUNK man. I guess it’s that DIY punk attitude towards theatre that gets me going.

Which brings me to The Sex Pistols.

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NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS…
A few months ago I auditioned for the role of Sex Pistols front man Johnny Rotten in a play called Vicious Circles. How could I pass up the chance to play of the most iconic figures in the history of music?

As an actor who typically get casts as the “nerdy guy” or “awkward guy” comedy roles, this has been a fucking ride man.

And don’t get me wrong, I have no PROBLEMS with the roles I’ve played, I’m happy to play to my strengths, heck, I’ve built a “career” on awkward and geeky, there’s rarely a Zack Adams review that doesn’t feature at least one of the following; nerdy, geek chic, lanky, skinny or “Ziggy Stardust meets Woody Allen”( I quite liked that last one). Heck without this I may not have been given to chance to play Brad Fucking Majors in The Rocky Horror Show last year, an experience I will treasure forever. But to be given the chance to show that I am capable of more has been an opportunity I’ve been seeking for a while and so utterly pleased that I found. Because not one review in the last month has mentioned any of the adjectives from that list and it feels fucking awesome. FUCKING AWESOME.

I owe a lot to my director Stéfan Cédilot, who took a chance on me in this production. Even in Montreal, I’m mostly known for comedic work, but he gave me a chance to show I can get dirty, punk and downright ROTTEN on stage! This process has been a fucking whirlwind, but such a pleasure to get to work with such a professional, and fucking dedicated cast, who love these roles, honoured these roles and BECAME these roles. The amount of research and development that went into this show was phenomenal. And it’s a high pressure gig, Sid, Nancy, Malcolm where all real people (shit, my “character” Johnny Lydon is still well and truly alive) and a lot of people care about these people and how they belong in the mythos of Punk History. It would be a disservice to take this show lightly and none of us wanted to do it half-arsed.

Our writer, Ben re-worked his script from last year (adding in The Pistol’s manager Malcolm McLaren) and fleshing out the interactions and story and did a bloody killer job. Ben and Stef know and love the Pistols, so that was further incentive to make sure we did it right. They’d know if we were making shit up and wouldn’t shy about calling us on it.

This was a meaty role, we had to actually WORK to make this show happen and it felt bloody good. Hours of research, voice coaching and watching hours of old footage, studying mannerisms, posture and stage moves, I can think of far worse ways to spend your evenings…

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BODIES
Pat, you “method” motherfucker, I fucking loved you as Sid man, you were Sid, I respect you for how hard you threw yourself headfirst into that role and you fucking owned it. Charles all your hard work toward bringing the “Vicious Circles” Malcolm to life paid off tenfold, on stage I often felt like smacking you in the face so you must’ve been doing something right, you devious bastard. Kathleen; when I say that you were the most annoying, whiney whore of a character I’ve ever performed with, I mean in the best and nicest  possible way. I loved you in that role as much as Johnny hated Nancy. A lot.

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DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT BUT I KNOW HOW TO GET IT
Punk was about being who you wanted to be and doing what you wanted to do. That what this show has been for me both on stage and off. It’s given me a real hard kick in the bollocks in the direction of what I want to be doing as an artist and onstage it’s been fucking anarchy. I have a thousand bruises, my hair may never recover from the amount of strange products I used to style and colour it and I don’t envy whoever has to clean the stage floor at Mainline or any of the costumes, but goddamn if it wasn’t a shit-tonne of fun.

The reviews have been delightfully stellar, the houses (much like those of the actual Pistols) for the most part have been varied in size, but always awesome and receptive. The future big plans made over many beverages are big, people. Grand plans ahead. We’re not done trying to sell the swindle yet darlings.

Do da.

Punk’s not dead. Punk’s just been hanging out at Mainline Theatre. God save the Queen indeed.

“EVERY GET THE FEELING YOU’VE BEEN CHEATED? GOODNIGHT” –Johnny Rotten

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Photos by Louis Longpre





CAPTAIN SPACESHIP

20 09 2012

Just announced is my brand new show CAPTAIN SPACESHIP, an Improvised Comedy Sci-Fi Serial!

It’s an exciting project with an insanely talented team involved, so I’m super excited to see what we can do with it…

Weeping Spoon Productions presents
CAPTAIN SPACESHIP
An Improvised Comedy Sci-Fi Serial Adventure!

Join Captain Spaceship and his crew of intergalactic riff-raff as they travel through time and space exploring the cosmos, discovering new unchartered worlds and narrowly avoid copyright infringement.

Inspired by 1950’s Sci-fi serials, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Firefly, Red Dwarf and 90210; The Captain and his crew will make up their ongoing epic adventures live onstage aided by the audience’s suggestions. They could end up anywhere and anyWHEN and will have only their sharp improv skills, some cheap costumes and maybe some lasers to defend themselves.So go where no man (or woman, or alien) has gone before as some of Montreal’s best improvisers (including members of The Big HOO-HAA, Uncalled For and Montreal Improv) plus an interstellar cast of talented guest stars brave the vacuum of space to protect mankind from the unknown…

Set phasers to FUN! *Cough*

DATES
Friday 5 October 2012 8pm
Thursday 1 November 2012 8pm
Friday 4 January 2013 8pm

TICKETS
Regular : 12.00$
People in Sci-Fi Costumes : 10.00$

BOOK THROUGH
http://mainlinetheatre.ca/





2012 ZACKIE AWARD WINNERS!

31 08 2012

So, it turns out that if you have a day off and enough spare time, you can actually just start your own Fringe traditions. I decided that it might be nice to give out a bunch of dumb awards to my friends in Edmonton and the whole thing kinda got outta hand, but ended up being a super fun way to  end my tour. SO without any further ado, for anyone that missed them, here are the categories and winners of the 2012 ZACK ADAMS AWARDS (aka THE ZACKIES).

ABOVE: The Captivated ZACKIE crowd at Steel Wheels

BEST ATTEMPT AT AN AUSSIE ACCENT
Male – Peter Carlone
Female – Emilia Gordon (who also won the LITTLE MERMAID AWARD – for the most performances with the least amount if voice.)

WORST ATTEMPT AT AN AUSSIE ACCENT
Male – The Birdmann
Female – Chris Wilson

WHY DON’T YOU GUYS JUST SHUT UP AWARD for most non verbal awesomeness on and off stage- KEYSTONE THEATRE/WONDERHEADS/VERNUS SAYS SURRPISE

WHERE THE FUCK IS MULLINS AWARD – Most MIA performer of the fringe – Sam Mullins

SEXY CLOWN AWARD – (PERFORMERS WHOSE CHARACTERS MADE US FEEL WEIRD IN THE PANTS) – MORRO & JASP/JAYSON MCDONALD /FOOLS FOR LOVE

BEST BAND IN THE WORLD IN EDMONTON
– Die Roten Punkte 

BEST HYPERACTIVE RANT AT STEEL WHEELS & SPIN DOCTOR AWARD FOR MAKING THE BEST IF A POTENTIALLY BAD SITUATION 
– Andrew bailey 

YOU DICKS ARE SO FUNNY YOU ACTUALLY MADE ME KEEL OVER IN PAIN (HOW’S THAT NEW SHOW COMING ALONG) AWARD – Peter ‘n Chris

GROSSEST POSTER OF THE FRINGE – Syphilis a love story 

MUST BE NICE NOT TO HAVE TO FLYER ANYMORE (IT’S PROBABLY BETTER THAT YOU STAY OUT OF THE SUN ANYWAY) AWARD 
– JONNIE AND MORGAN (Redheaded Stepchild)

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED AWARD – For carrying my bags, standing in for me at my tech run, putting up my posters and just being a generally awesomely weird rad dude.
TRENT BAUMAN- aka THE BIRDMANN

HELP ME OBI WAN KENOBI YOU’RE MY ONLY HOPE AWARD… For best stories, anecdotes and advice – Jem Rolls

BREAST OF FESTEmma Godmere, Mikala Dyke, Elizabeth Blue, Emmeila Gordon, Ingrid Hansen and the #babesbabesbabes collective 

WE GOT NO PLACE ELSE TA GO AWARD – Best Fringe Venue.
STEEL WHEELS

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All the winners got 5 STARS, some fake money, an eraser to correct their many mistakes made during fringe and bunch of other random stuff…
Thanks to all who where there, it was a lot of fun. Special thanks to my awesome co-presenter/assistant Elizabeth Blue!

Same time next year?





THE SONG OF OUTRAGEOUS LIES (CANADIAN VERSION!!!)

12 08 2012

Filmed live at The Kings Head Tavern in Winnipeg during the 2012 Winnipeg Fringe “Midnight Cabaret Of Sweat” 12/7/12





THANKS WINNIPEG!

1 08 2012

It’s been a killer festival and I won a DONKEY for my show!

JENNY AWARD – “LIFE! (A biographical award)”

IMAGE CREDIT – Nina Fielding





FRINGE BLOGS

14 07 2012

Currently heading into the end of Toronto Fringe, gearing up for a long road-trip to Winnipeg. I’ve been writing a few blogs for people and there’s two pieces I’m particularly proud of and seem to be getting a bit of attention.

One is WHAT IS A FRINGE FESTIVAL?

The other, more recent one, inspired mostly by my experience of The Toronto Fringe so far is simply titled “FRINGE TIPS FOR YOUNG PLAYERS. (A GUIDE TO NOT BEING A D-BAG AT THE FRINGE…) BY SHANE “GRUMPY OLD MAN” ADAMCZAK

Check em out.