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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth Thursday (2/4/10) 5:56pm - ... wherein Peter recaps the KOOP show.
So! The KOOP recording happened last night.
Here's a hail of bullets about how it went...
I got to the studio at 5:30pm. By 5:40pm, the whole cast was there.
This surprised me. I had nine actors showing up to do this for free, and I figured that somebody would flake out. Lee (the host) gave us the usual lecture about how to behave on the radio: no 'calls to action', no profanity.
This meant that several cast members (ahemMolsonahem) were pretty much afraid to say anything during the interview part of the show, for fearing of loosing an errant f-bomb. I keep forgetting that other people don't know the TV jargon that I know.
The host was really thrown to learn that the show's "teaser" was only four pages.
(The irony here is that four pages is arguably too *long* for a teaser.) Then there was a bit where the sound engineer got confused that the show had a 'tag' at the end of it. (I should have explained that the tag is a short scene that follows the last act of the show.)
As soon as the reading got started, I skeedaddled out of the way. I paced around in the corner, reading along with the script and occasionally taking photos of the cast.
The cast did great, of course.
The script ran to thirty pages, which is okay for a half-hour comedy.
Between table-reading the script, underwriters' commercials, and bits of music, we didn't have much time left for interviewing.
(So: not a lot of "Peter natters on about the nature of TV-writing" this time. :) )
Fortunately, we did have time to pimp everybody's shows and talk a bit about the local improv scene.
Also: they let me bring music in for this week's show, so Bruce burned me a CD of American post-punk.
After the show, we hung around and chatted for a bit.
Apparently I have almost a standing invite to come back the next time I have a script to do, so I guess I didn't botch things too badly.
At this point, I think I should try another radio serial.
(I'm leaning towards adapting Raoul and Dave Confuse the World to this format.) The writers that I had in the cast (Lubu, Madi, Trey) talked with Lee about possible appearances later on the show.
We also discussed the possibility of bringing improvisors in for a show. (!)
After that, some of us headed out to Opal Divine's, where a friend of mine was having the release party for his new webseries.
Here I learned that KOOP averages about 35,000 listeners.
That's low for a radio station.
(It still blows my mind.)
Michael Thomas cut together a video of one of my Sketchwar scripts
And that's it for the hail of bullets. You can find an mp3 of the show
here, and pictures of the session on flickr and facebook.
(Side note: you can also find mp3s of my earlier appearances on "Writing on the Air" here and here.)
"It doesn't have the profanities bleeped out, so I removed its link..."
Ummmm... if it had the profanities bleeped out it would pretty much be [bleep bleep bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep] Hannibal [bleep bleep bleepity bleep] Not that that's a *bad* thing... :D
Yeah, I think it'll be interesting if we can see which way is funnier....
It would be like the Antrhax album "Attack of the Killer B's" when they did the version with buzzing bees covering any of the swear words, in homage to Tipper Gore. There are songs, especially "Starting Up a Posse", that are just one long buzz. I used to crack up so hard it hurt from listening to that.