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Upcoming Shows - Butcher Holler


‘A descent into the male psyche-in-crisis. A linguistic immersive experience entirely lit by headlamps.’

Come join me in the darkness as me and four other dudes sling out Appalachian slang as we spiral into madness.

I’m jumping into the fun for three of the seven performances - 6/14, 6/15, and 6/18

Get yet tix here -

See you in the cold dark ground.

What's Up - Vocal Isolation Booth Build

The many stages of vocal booth creation.

The many stages of vocal booth creation.

As a novice builder, I found this gentleman's tutorial videos extremely helpful.

Last year I ran into a consistently annoying problem. How do I record a VO audition/audiobook/podcast if I have to stop recording and wait for the sound of a passing plane, large truck, motorcycle, church bell, school bell, water pipes, computer fan, or friendly cricket?

Solution - build a small room where no sound can enter or leave. Having never really built anything, I decided to do some research and planning to make sure that if I'm spending a good amount of money, I do it right. I scoured the internet for pictures, videos, and forum threads that dealt with the various stages of building this giant recording box.

If you're at all thinking of this I recommend these forums to get a sense of the work ahead of you/plethora of problems that will arise:

There are a few senior forum members that everyone listens to. Rod Gervais is one of those members who not only offers advice frequently, but also has a book about this very thing. If only I had bought it at the beginning of my planning and design, it would have saved me time. Many people echo this sentiment on the forums.

The planning took me the better part of January and February. The building took me most of my free time in March and part of April.

Home Depot and Baller Hardware sold me most of the building materials, the other stuff (like fans, window glass) I got online.

Now, for the most part, it's done. There are still a few tweaks that need to be made, but when a helicopter passes overhead or a leaf-blower passes next door, I don't hear it, so I can focus on my performance.

It wasn't possible without Rod Gervais' book and the help of many friends - Matthew Watterson for his viking strength and know how (and drill), Brian Nichols for his carpentry expertise, David Graziano for his sage advice and the loan of woodworking tools, and my fiance for many hearty home cooked meals.

What you're looking at is this - A ventilated room with a double pane tempered/laminated 1/2'' glass window. The walls are built with staggered studs for decoupling, a 1/2'' ply outer sheath, 3'' Roxul Safe N Sound Insulation, with two layers of 5/8'' drywall on the inner wall that are separated by a layer of Green Glue. The floor is plywood on a concrete slab, with Flor carpet tiles on top (I plan to add a rubber underlay later when budget allows). The ceiling is built much like the walls, except that I used chicken wire to secure the insulation.

For room treatments I built a panel resonator into the corner, and attached acoustic foam to most of the corners and wall. I'll probably continue to tweak this as I find what sounds best for recording.

I built a small shelf on the panel resonator to attach my scissor arm mic stand, and a fold out table for the podcast mic. The booth comfortably seats two people, and stays cool even with temperatures of 80-90 degrees outside.

The Escape Pod is now open for business.

The finished product (for now). Behold y'all - The Escape Pod.

The finished product (for now). Behold y'all - The Escape Pod.

What's Up - 'Tea Too Many' Podcast, hosted by Andrew Goldmeier

Wanna kick it back and drink some tea with my buddy Andrew and me?

Then listen to this podcast, wherein Andrew interviews me and we discuss a whole slew of topics. I reveal all sorts of sordid details about my life.

I give shout outs to UCB, iO West, A Noise Within, Buy Me Brunch, Boston Harbor Marina, Tufts University, Owen Robinson, and panic attacks!

What's Up - Carditions

The best auditions happen in the car ride home after the actual audition.*

Now you can get a dashboard glimpse of this important part of an actor's process. Or something like that.

Here are two recent auditions - one for theatre, and one for online content.

The first is for Pasadena Playhouse's Open Call. I was shooting for the role of Captain O'Hurley in their upcoming production of Fly, in association with Crossroads Theatre Company. The monologue is taken from The Flick by Annie Baker.

The second is for a video by Freddie Wong's company RocketJump. He's a wizard of online content and if you're not familiar with him, check him out!

* According to Hank Azaria.

What's Up - Beardshots pt. II : His Majesty Cometh

Pop quiz.

Who are these guys?

Photo one is a -

  • A. microbrew lover
  • B. off season pitcher
  • C. Comic-Con tourist
  • D. all of the above

Photo two is a -

  • A. charming assassin
  • B. hedge fund strategist
  • C. medieval time traveler
  • D. all of the above

Each question is worth two points, and this quiz will be worth 100% of your grade. Anyone talking or looking at someone else's paper during the quiz gets their quiz taken away and gets zero points. When you're done you can quietly read, draw, or do homework from other classes.

Good luck!

(photos by Morgan Demeter)

What's Up - PPF at South Coast Rep

I went to this - Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Rep.

All of this is made possible to me through the hard work and good graces of my wonderful girlfriend Bekah, who has a play being read at the festival.

It's about heaven and is called 'Going to A Place Where You Already Are'. The audience laughed heartily and softly cried about dying and the afterlife, which - for such a touchy subject - doesn't seem like an easy thing to do. It asks a big question, all while wrapped in a big blanket of optimism, and is peppered with sneak attacks of humor.

Another favorite was 'Vietgone', by Qui Nyugen. This is a hilarious love story told with a modern voice about refugees in the US after the Vietnam war. It turns Americans into stock stereotypes, has a Mortal Kombat slow motion fight, and uses hip hop verses for cathartic moments.

Plays can be so good, and they're where I started out, so all this has made me want to jump back in.

On that note - coming up soon I'll be performing in an FPLA staged reading on May 19th.

What's Up - Beardshots

Headshots are usually an actor's first introduction to possible work.

I've taken quite a few over the years and have looked analytically at just as many.

I just took new ones to commemorate the successful conquest of my face by a majestic beard.

Here are the looks (and accompanying inner monologue) I went with this year -

I have a secret

I have to fart

My secret is I have to fart

Now it's not a secret anymore

That's funny, so I'll laugh, because laughing makes you have a natural smile

I'm overthinking this, and now judging myself (aka eyes half open, sneering mouth, very unsightly)

Let's get back on track - I am worth millions of dollars

You are my competition and I will crush you

That was so arrogant I'm sorry

Who are you talking to? They can't hear your thoughts

Unless I write them on my blog. Should I write them on my blog?

What's happening? Oh right, headshots

That was funny, right? That I got off track? I'll laugh again, quite naturally this time

Who am I?

You're supposed to know that before coming in here!

Ooh, that's good - existential crisis

No...maybe I'll turn my face slightly to the left

Nailed it

No really that felt really good

Congrats everyone that's a wrap

I'm trying to really lean into my inner monologues. Like a well crafted story, you can see that my thoughts come full circle (spiral?). On this journey the signposts are fake/real laughing and the destination is Natural Looksville. Population : Everyone else but me.

I took them with the gentlemanliest of gentlemen - Morgan Demeter.

Here's his website -


For now enjoy this picture by makeup artist Bridget Clarke.

This conceptual beard is pretty close to the real thing. Imagine this, but bigger. And without the dirt on my face (this was for a post-apocalyptic web series that all actors are required to create).

What's Up - iO West Sketch Team

                                    Come see a show!

                                    Come see a show!

I have sworn fealty to the comedy kingdom of iO West.

I'm very excited to be performing on a sketch team once a month at the Del Close Theater.

Our shows are every second Sunday at 7:30 pm.

I am resisting the urge to say something terribly funny here because I'm saving it for the shows.


Happy Summer

Recorded a lot of the buzzwords floating around my office lately -

Cheers, Austin, Boston Harbor,

kayaks, cuddles, records,

Sherlock, the shag, hikes,

Cherryh, IJPC,

Magic Bronson, b,

Dragon's Crossing, Disneyland,

HOD, agencies.

By office I mean apartment, and by buzzwords I mean thoughts.

What's up - Improv Practice

Currently I'm practicing 2-3 times a week with an improv practice group.  Our coaches are great improvisers currently performing at UCB - Cissy Fenwick, Jacob Reed, and Richie Root.  The group is starting to gel, and I can foresee in a couple of months we'll be ready to do some awkward shows around town at some of the open improv joints.

Performing for my 201 showcase at UCB.

Performing for my 201 showcase at UCB.