Posts tagged ‘Allusionist’

October 2, 2018

Allusionist autumn 2018 tour

Hello!

It’s been an unusual few months for me. I’ll tell you all about it sometime, BUT there’s no time right now, because the Allusionist live tour is under way in the US and Canada!

Q: What is the Allusionist live show?
A: It’s a fun 60-75 minutes of language-related entertainment, with absolutely excellent musical accompaniment from Martin Austwick. (Plus, as you can see from these pictures, it’s a visually thrilling experience. I’m hiding my light under a bushel, making audio.)

Q: OK, but what’s it about?
A: Many things, including sedentary champions, political rebellion through foodstuffs, and some rotten portmantNOs.

Q: Can I stay at home and hear it on the podcast?
A: Most of it is new material, tailored just for the live experience, which I might never release on the podcast. This may be your only chance!

Q: Is it suitable for children?
A: There are a few swears in it, but overall, I think yes? My niecephews, aged 10, 11 and 12, saw it and enjoyed it (they are not particular fans of my work and the family tends to be critical, so they’re not biased in my favour). However, check with the venue in question whether they allow under-21s.

Q: Will it help me escape hell for a while?
A: Yes, yes it will.

Q: When and where can I see the show?
A:
3 October: Sleeping Village, Chicago. IE tomorrow! Hurry! Click here for tickets.
9 October: The North Door, Austin. We arranged the tour schedule around making it to Austin before the end of bat season. Click here for tickets.
12 October: the Miracle Theater, Washington DC. Click here for tickets.
17 October: Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia. Click here for tickets.
20 October: the Bell House, Brooklyn. Click here for tickets.
24 October: Arts at the Armory, Somerville, MA. Click here for tickets.
4 November: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, Toronto. Part of the Hot Docs Podcast Festival, which looks pretty great. Click here for tickets.
6 November: the Vera Project, Seattle. Where better to escape the midterms for an hour or so? Click here for tickets.
8 November: Mississippi Studios, Portland. Click here for tickets.
10 November: Rio Theatre, Vancouver, as part of the Vancouver Podcast Festival. Click here for schedule and tickets.
13 November: Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles. With a wonderful performance from a Special Guest that you should not miss. Click here for tickets.
16 November: St Paul MN. Click here for tickets.

(Little tip: if the booking fees seem A Bit Much, try calling the venue to buy tickets instead.)

All events I do are listed at theallusionist.org/events, so if you’re finding it a bit sleepy over on this website, check there.


Photos by Baraduin Briggs at Allusionist Live at SF Sketchfest, January 2018. instagram.com/bbamok

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January 10, 2018

SF Sketchfest

Are you in or near San Francisco? Are you free at 10pm 12 January 2018, i.e. this Friday night? Then come along to the show I’m doing at SF Sketchfest at the Brava Theater in the Mission! It’ll be a live Allusionist thing, with fun new material that hasn’t been in the show yet (and may never be in the show), with exquisite live scoring from h(o)us(e)band Martin Austwick. Get your tickets here. You can pre-game with a nearby round of indoor minigolf beforehand.

November 3, 2017

Radiotopia quilt

I recently finished a craft project that I started nearly two years ago.

In Radiotopia’s 2015 fundraiser, I offered a bespoke quilt ‘featuring the short epithet, monogram or letter of your choice’, in return for a $1234 donation. The quilt was bought by the generous Leigh. She requested the phrase ‘The news is good’, which is something she and her husband say to each other, when reporting on their inner state.

I sketched out a few different layouts and colour schemes and Leigh chose this one:

And a mere 21 months and c.2,500 patches later, it turned into this:

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September 8, 2017

Live shows! Imminent live shows!

Friends, the London Podcast Festival is imminent, and I’m involved in a shitload of events at it. In order of how much they’re stressing* me out:

1. The Allusionist. It’ll be brand new material that has not appeared on the podcast before, and may indeed never be on the show (or on stage again)! 2pm Saturday 16 September; click here for tickets.

2= The Bugle. Judging by the live Bugle we did a few weeks ago, when my brother Andy and I share a stage, there’ll be a lot of razzing. 2pm Sunday 17 September; click here for tickets.

2= Song By Song. My husband Martin Austwick and our friend Sam Pay make this award-winning podcast examining each song by Tom Waits. This will be their first live recording, and John Hodgman and I will be joining them to contemplate the first three tracks of Raindogs. 9pm Thursday 14 September; click here for tickets.

4= Radiotopia on Radiotopia. A bunch of Radiotopians are coming to town for the fest – get tickets for Criminal, The Memory Palace and Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything at kingsplace.co.uk/radiotopia – and in this panel, we’re going to interview each other and find out how the hell we each do what we do. If you’re a podcaster or interested in becoming one, we should say some stuff that is useful to you. 11.30am Saturday 16 September; click here for tickets. And there’s also a free Radiotopia meetup on the Friday.

4= Jordan, Jesse, Go! It’s always a fun time when I get to shoot the breeze with Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris. 9.30pm Friday 15 September; click here for tickets.

4= Networks and Representation Plus Pitch-a-Thon. This is part of the Podcast Maker Weekend, at which there are numerous events for podcast producers/potential podcast producers – here’s the full lineup. I’ll be chairing this panel about podcast networks with Imriel Morgan, CEO of the ShoutOut Network, Jesse Thorn, founder of Maximum Fun, and Julie Shapiro, executive producer of Radiotopia (and, long before, coiner of the name). Then you can pitch your podcast ideas to them and receive sage advice. 11.30am Sunday 17 September; Click here for tickets.

Good news: it’s three tickets for the price of two at the festival! Come to it!

*Really I’m only stressed about the first one.

BTW I know, I know, this is the first I’ve posted here in a year. Update, and a recently finished large craft project, will appear soon. Meanwhile, find my regular work at theallusionist.org and answermethispodcast.com.