12 Times the Girls From Reductress Didn’t Quite Answer Our Questions. ASF HOT SEAT: REDUCTRESS LIVE! w/ Taryn Englehart and Jasmine Pierce

12 Times the Girls From Reductress Didn’t Quite Answer Our Questions. ASF HOT SEAT: REDUCTRESS LIVE! w/ Taryn Englehart and Jasmine Pierce

Jasmine Pierce and Taryn Englehart are great, like really great. They also happen to work for Reductress, which is one of the best places on the internet that just so happens to be the first and only satirical women's magazine. We sat down (well emailed) with Jasmine and Taryn to get some insight into what their process is like. 

Can a beard and an ill-fitting plaid shirt make-up an entire personality? The answer will make you cream your jeans! ASF HOT SEAT: Mac Blake of Waterbed

When did you first start doing Waterbed?

I started waterbed in February of 2015. I wanted there to be a show that regularly mixed sketch & stand-up & experimental stuff so I started one. Cody Dearing gave it a monthly slot at ColdTowne. The show kept growing so the next year, Adrienne Lake welcomed us to the Spiderhouse Ballroom.

How did you come up with the show title?

A waterbed is more or less a very stupid invention that has a certain charm and appeal and that is exactly what I want for this show.

What's your creative process like? How do you generate ideas and keep it fresh?

Collaboration is key. After the first year I started having a different co-host each month. Being able to bounce ideas off of different people keeps the show fresh for me.

One of those people is our photobooth master Erin Holsonback. Sometimes when thinking of show themes - which influence the show’s pieces - we’ll start with the photobooth first. Having a photobooth for the show makes it feel more like a party and the photos Erin takes are hella fun. Shout out to Erin’s husband Derek for helping set it up and being a willing model for whatever offbeat prop we have that month.

What are the show’s influences?

I will shamelessly steal any trick that another show does well. Not big stuff - like I’m not going to start giving points for puns on @waterbed - but I’m always on the lookout for elements that make a show feel more like a can’t miss event.

 

 

What can we expect from your Sketch Fest show?

This is our second year doing a Sketch Fest edition of the show. It will be all sketch with a mix of all-stars from the festival plus some very awesome local acts, plus The Dark Arts. Plus it's free.

The amazingly talented Chrissy Shackelford is going to co-host it with me. Chrissy is so funny. Don’t believe me, here’s a vid: 

Her show at last year’s ASF was a fest highlight. She’s performing with Characters Welcome this year so check that out for sure.

What else – comedy wise – are you looking forward to this year? What do you have cooking?

Well I releases a stand-up EP on May 11th. You can buy it here:  http://bit.ly/MacBlakeEP

 
 

The finals in the Funniest Person in Austin contest is this month - which is an amazing show. I’m also super looking forward to anotherShow of One Person Show. Eight really great performers with very diverse comedy backgrounds, each doing a complete one-person show. Hosted by me. I’m probably going to host the show as Pat Hingle’s Commissioner Gordon. An idea I like more might bonk me on the head before then, but right now that’s the plan.

For more stuff, check out my website macblakecomedy.com


Catch Waterbed tonight at Midnight at Spider House Ballroom! Tickets Here. And support Mac!

Keith Horvath is a talented busy, busy man. You're not busy! Read this. ASF HOT SEAT: Keith Horvath

Keith Horvath is a talented busy, busy man. You're not busy! Read this. ASF HOT SEAT: Keith Horvath

Keith Horvath is the director for North American Field Guide, House of 1000 Sketches, and This is (Not) the Gayest Show You'll Ever See. So he's  pretty busy this week. But he took time to talk to us for the ASF Hot Seat.

Tantrum will raise havoc at Austin Sketch Fest! You won't want to miss it. ASF HOT SEAT: TANTRUM

Tantrum will raise havoc at Austin Sketch Fest! You won't want to miss it. ASF HOT SEAT: TANTRUM

Tantrum is a sketch group who's motto is DON'T BE BORING that performs at The Pack Theatre in LA. We can ensure you that their show at this year's Austin Sketch Fest won't be boring. Check out their answers to our Hot Seat interview and check them out Friday, May 26th at 10:00 PM at Spider House Ballroom! 

CRAZY HOMOSEXUAL KIDNAPS STRAIGHT PEOPLE TO FORCE TO COMPETE IN BARBARIC GAMES. ASF HOT SEAT: THE GAYME SHOW

CRAZY HOMOSEXUAL KIDNAPS STRAIGHT PEOPLE TO FORCE TO COMPETE IN BARBARIC GAMES. ASF HOT SEAT: THE GAYME SHOW

Dylan Garsee is the self proclaimed "Crazy Homosexual" from the title of the article but he is more like a mad genius of outlandish comedy and a gem of the Austin comedy scene. His thoughts are each pearls dangling on the exquisite necklace so we were happy to take a few pearls of wisdom from him. 

Sketch Comedians advocate marijuana abuse. ASF HOT SEAT: North American Field Guide

Sketch Comedians advocate marijuana abuse. ASF HOT SEAT: North American Field Guide

The show description for the North American Field Guide states, "North American Field Guide will give you zero answers and leave you more empty than when you started searching. There is no hope now," so we figured we'd try to get some actual answers out of them. We had some luck!