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!

Wrapped - RocketJump & FPLA Staged Reading

I'm thrilled to have just wrapped yesterday on a really fun project with RocketJump. I've been a fan of Freddie Wong's for a few years now, so it was like stepping into a really fun dream.

For info on the project, HERE is their creative director Danny Vink.

Check out their videos for some delightful action, special fx, and comedy.

Here is a clip of theirs with Key & Peele that's received OVER 11 MILLION VIEWS!!!

The cast and crew were all amazing to work with, and so talented.

Big thanks to Adrianne and Christopher for bringing me in to read for it! And to Freddie for building his online wizard empire.

On Tuesday night this week was the FPLA staged reading of Sharon Yablon's play Hello Stranger.

The audience seemed to enjoy it, and it was really fun for me to do a play again. You get to ride a story the whole way through, instead of in the typically shorter bursts of other mediums.

This is me lurking behind Heather Boothby. If you want to wander into a backyard in Fontana on El Dia De Los Muertos, this play is for you.

Big thanks to Fresh Produce'd for having me!

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 - http://morgandemeter.com/


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).

Upcoming Show - Redlight this Sunday 7:30 pm at iO West

I'd like to acknowledge Hot Lunch - the sketch team that plays in the same hour as Redlight.

Their shows are consistently good. Their performers go for it, their sketches come out strong and don't stop, and they're genuinely pleasant to work with. I feel lucky to perform in the same hour.

  • 3/8/15 - 7:30 pm - DCT at iO West - 6366 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., CA

Come check us out if you have a chance. It's free and fun.