Category Archives: Entertainment

To Austin we trip…

…in order to trip in Austin.

No, not like that. The total mental disconnect will be even greater, however. DaveScot, the blog czar at Uncommon Descent, once invited me to look him up whenever I was in Austin. He also threatened to kill me with chainsaws–looking forward to it.

So, after many months of touring the country the opportunity has presented itself. I will be in Austin, TX on May 12 and 13. I’m sure we will talk about the wonders of Intelligent Design, how exactly he violates the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics by typing, why gravity is the strongest force in the universe, and why every Tom, Dick and Harry should be allowed to decide school curriculum.

Actually, I expect that we won’t discuss any of these things because DaveTard will be conveniently absent. We’ll see; the improbable does sometimes occur.

It seems I may have another tour booked talking to crackpots. Here and here.

If you have any questions that you would like me to ask DaveScot, post them here or at the original thread.



Filed under Conspiracy Theories, Culture Wars, DaveScot, DaveTard, Education, Entertainment, Evolution, IDiots, Politics, Religion, Science, Travel

In which Blipey appears in a video of dubious quality

So, I find myself at an audiion callback. In general, this is a great thing. However, these auditions happened to be in the middle of a very long national tour. Still, this is a good thing. The callback is going very well, they like my grasp of dialects, my physical performance, the fact that I do a lot of variety-entertainment stuff. Then we get to the part where they ask me for a tape demonstrating my stilt-walking ability.

Hmmm. I only packed 6 days worth of clothes, a few books, and my laptop. And this doesn’t even take into account the fact that I have very little stilt-walking on tape. I have a lot of juggling, a good amount of knife throwing and fire-eating, and all kinds of interactive corporate stuff on tape. Stilts? Not so much. So, of course, I say, “Certainly I can get a tape to you.”

I’m saying this as my inner self is screaming, “Da hell??? Where are you going to get a tape of you stilt-walking? You’re on the road with no stilts, no stilt pants, and almost no juggling stuff….”

No problem. It just takes one free day, say on a weekend. You put on some stilts made from stuff at the local hardware store. You go to a rec center in the area (because it is ice cold outside). You take a couple minutes of video and “viola!”

Thank goodness I had the presence of mind at the callback to say of the video, “…well, it won’t be great quality.” So my only disappointment is that there were no people around to interact with (damn 20-something weather). That’s the sort of thing that really sells variety arts performance. Oh well.


Filed under Entertainment, Stilt Walking, Theatre, Video

Continuing Our Non-posting of Anna Nicole Smith

What the hell? These are search terms that people found A Clown in the Middle with today.

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What the hell? Do these people not have anything better to do? What exactly is the obsession with famous people who are famous for being famous? I don’t get it. There is something about the juxtaposition of Anna Nicole Smith & clown face that I really like, however.


Filed under Entertainment, Humor, Pop culture, Stupidity

Beale Street, BBQ, and Monologues

Memphis, I’ve always sort of liked you, but this hotel has got to go. It would also have been nicer if you were closer to Chicago. Hellacious drive, 1 AM arrival and a fairly crappy hotel aside, I guess I’ll still like you. Even though it’s Friday, I must get to bed early-ish and rest the voice today. That will not prevent me from having BBQ this afternoon. Tomorrow I audition in the morning and hopefully have callbacks into the wee hours. But, we hours or a bit earlier tomorrow–there will be Beale Street.

Now back to polishing 12 monologues and setting them aside like I already know them well enough. Which, of course, I do. No worries, let’s just get to the blues, bbq, and a little beer.

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On the Nature of Tragedy

I’m a sucker for a good tragedy. Or a dark comedy, the darker and sadder, the better. And who knew I’d get a fix by watching last week’s Grey’s Anatomy? The show’s pretty decent about drama, which is diferent than tragedy in ways I’ll get to in a bit. But this past week, the major subplot was classic, totally devastating, Greek tragedy.

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Filed under Entertainment, musings, Television, Theatre

Space Aliens

They’re here. And I have eaten at their restaurant!

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Filed under Dining, Entertainment, Travel

New Year’s Eve in Kentucky???

Ah yes, back to lovely Kentucky for the New Year. I thought I’d had my fill of Kentucky back in October, but it looks like I get to go back for dessert. It seems that there are New Year parties in Prestonburg and they need entertainment. Another actor who was supposed to be doing the show had an emergency and I get to fill in on short notice. Yeah.

If you can’t make the Jenny Wiley State Park this year, check out Upstage Productions on the side bar and see when and where you might be able to catch a show. It’s interactive murder mystery theatre: a fun show and lots of booze, what could be better?


Filed under Entertainment, Theatre