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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Clams, Neil and the Gameshow Speakeasy in Time Out

Clams Casino, Neil O'Fortune and the Gameshow Speakeasy are featured in this week's issue of Time Out, all about great, cheap nights out in the city. We've got a big, splashy picture on the opening page of the section in the print version, thanks to a great photoshoot for TONY last week with Jason Rodgers. But you can also check it out online here, and you can look here for our answers to their request for our favorite cheap things to do in town. In fact, check out the whole section, there's a lot of great stuff in it including shout-outs for other shows by friends of ours well worth checking out.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Also there's this

The teaser for this Saturday's Pinchbottom show, So You Think You Can Pinch America's Next Top Bottom of Talent. We filmed this backstage at the Slipper Room after the last Gameshow Speakeasy, actually...I have a bit in the show and my household, being (pathetic and sad) experts on reality television, contributed quite a bit to the research effort for this script, I'm (embarrassed) proud to say.


Oh, and!

Casino-O'Fortune and Pinchbottom present TEASE FM: Rock Block Burlesque! 3/13/09 at Asbury Lanes
March is gonna be huge! Jackson Family Values: Beat It Burlesque! at Joe's Pub on March 7th, then it's back to Asbury Lanes for our spring show, Tease FM: Rock Block Burlesque! Then Gameshow Speakeasy returns to the Slipper Room on Thursday the 19th!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I know how he feels

Last night we finished a photoshoot at the Slipper Room for an upcoming issue of Time Out, which is exciting, and in fact it was the end of a pretty great, eventful holiday weekend. Afterward we walked over to Bereket on Houston to eat, and along with offering cheap, awesome Turkish food to the Lower East Side 24 hours a day, there's something else to recommend it: the cover of the takeout menu looks like this:

Friday, February 06, 2009

Can you feel it?

Last night's third annual Smells Like Tease Spirit (or as I called it onstage, "Look Who's Teasing Now") was a great night and a fabulous show. Now, onward! Digging through the Internet for inspiration for our next big event, Jackson Family Values, has been, needless to say, entertaining, and enlightening. Watching old clips of the Jackson Five, of course they're crazy talented and the music is awesome but it's impossible to separate all of that from what we know about them NOW. What we know was coming, the madness and weirdness, what we know about what it was really like behind the scenes in the family...and we all know about Michael, but the whole family is out there, man. Did you know that Jermaine named the youngest of his eight kids Jermajesty? Anyway, that's the Jackson dichotomy! So much talent, so much batshit craziness, and it's all tied up together, and I suppose that's what makes them so endlessly fascinating. So, with that in mind, if you haven't seen the above video, prepare to have your mind blown.

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

We are bringin' da noise. And perhaps the funk.

This has been under wraps for weeks now, but I'm going to go ahead and put it out there. Tonight, Neil O'Fortune (hey, that's me!) and Clams Casino will be making their tap dancing duet debut. At the third annual Smells Like Tease Spirit: 90s Burlesque. To More Than Words by Extreme. Yes, I know, it's freezing out, blah blah blah. Be there!


Sunday, February 01, 2009

Or maybe it's because I'm hungover on the couch

Since we're producing our third annual 90s show on Thursday, I've got early 90s nostalgia on the brain. I'm sure this played itself out weeks ago in Internet time, but it just popped into my head and I had to find it online: Neil Patrick Harris and the Doogie Howser theme on Saturday Night Live. I think this is brilliant, and also so specifically for people my age; seriously, did any 19-year-old fans of How I Met Your Mother understand this?