Hot Property

ASF Hot Seat: Hot Property

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Hot Property shows were nuts. Things got smashed, cast members were abused, people at a Yelp event were offended. One of their sketches involved them pretending to be comatose on stage for the entirety of Drowning Pool’s “Let The Bodies Hit The Floor.” An endurance test for many reasons. Then Nick Ramirez moved to New York. The other three members continued on with STAG Comedy and that was that. But now, Nick Ramirez is returning for a special Hot Property reunsion show closing out Night 2 of Austin Sketch Fest. We asked HP some Qs.
How’s New York treating you, Nick?

Nick Ramirez: As Alicia Keys famously told us, New York truly is a concrete jungle where dreams are made of.

Lance Gilstrap: Of what, Nick? Made of WHAT?

David Jara: I was saddened by the news that Alicia Keys was eaten by a subway lion. A portion of the proceeds from our show will go for the safe and humane release of subway lions back into their concrete jungle habitat.

How did Hot Property come together?

Nick: Lance and I worked together a lot in our improv and sketch comedy team Midnight Society, and also did a very strange two person show as “Ramirez and Gilstrap.” We knew Mac and David from their radio show and podcast The Mascot Wedding Show and we thought they were incredibly funny. I don’t remember what happened next.

Lance: I think next was a Bugs Bunny style trick where we somehow convinced Mac and David to be in shows with us.

David: How many opportunities will I ever get to be part of a supergroup? It was a no-brainer. I just wish someone had warned me about how filthy Lance’s comedy can get.

Mac Blake: I was initially very intimidated by Lance and Nick because they were big shots at ColdTowne. Once I got to know how mentally weak they were, it was smooth sailing.

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You guys are sketch-prov right?

Mac: Right. We know the beats of each sketch, where it begins, ends, who comes on when, etc. But what we do in between is up to the performer. A lot of it is trying to make each other laugh so they break.

What can we expect from your ASF show?

Lance: It’s always hard to know exactly what to expect from a Hot Property show, but one thing is usually guaranteed… it will be dirty. Very very dirty.

David: Leave your monocles at the door, greyboxes. Stuffed shirts are not allowed in Lance’s Filth Pit.

Mac: There’s one sketch that’s very gentle. But then right back to boner talk.

What other show are you looking forward to seeing at austin sketch fest?

Nick: I’ve already seen and can vouch for a lot of the great New York shows that are coming down. I hope everyone checks out Brandon Gulya, Stone Cold Fox, and Everyone’s Favorite Game Show. And of course, I’m excited to see Austin favorites “STAG Comedy”. Those guys are pretty funny.

Lance: (please edit out the part where Nick pathetically kisses everyone’s ass by plugging Stag.) I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the acts that played at last year’s festival and finding out what they’ve been up to since.

David: Good grief. Do I have to pick just one? The lineup for the entire week truly is solid; like, every night has at least a couple of can’t-miss acts. But, if I had to pick one, I’m excited that Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting is coming back to Austin. They’re insanely funny, and they’ve also never spit on me, which I consider a plus in any walk of life.

Mac: I don’t think we’ll get to see AC Lerok, because they’re going on right before us and we’ll be doing some last minute yelling at Nick. BUT – I’ve heard their recent stuff is billy bezerk.Plus Chris Tellez is a sweet champion. Definitely come to this show.

Hot Property performs TONIGHT, Wednesday at 10pm at ColdTowne Theater, with sketch duo AC Lerok and stand-up Chris Tellez. Tickets here.

Dave Buckman's ASF Picks

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Dave Buckman already told us why he couldn’t be more excited for Ithamar Enriquez’s show. We asked Dave for some more festival picks. Here’s what he sent us.
5 OTHER SHOWS I CAN’T WAIT FOR:

5) Wink Planet
Tuesday May 20th, 8:30pm, ColdTowne Theater.

A hot new sketch troupe of recent ColdTowne graduates who are some of the funniest new kids on the block.

4) Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting
Saturday, May 24th, 10pm, Spider House Ballroom.

These two ladies from NYC have been coming to Austin for the past several years to perform at the Ladies are Funny Festival and at Out of Bounds. They always bring the heat and they always sellout. Every time they come, they seem to ignite and inspire a frenzy of female sketch comics in Austin to write their own shows.

3) “I Didn’t See You There” The Show of One-Person Shows
Featuring Adam Trabka, Amy Wright, Byron Brown, Curtis Luciani, Erika May McNichol, Juliet Prather, Kirk Johnson, Kyle Sweeney, Scott Raney, and Will Cleveland
Tuesday, May 20th, 8:30pm, ColdTowne Theater.

A murders row of some of the funniest improvisers in Austin Improv right now making fun of one-person shows?
Yes, please!... Curtis, Erika and Byron alone would be worth the ticket price, but you also get Kirk, Kyle and Scott a triumvirate of alpha-male lunacy. Newcomers Amy, Juliet and Will are all about to have break out summers on Austin’s comedy stages and this will be one of your last chances to catch Bad Boys’ Adam Trabka before he moves to Portland in June.

2) Hot Property
Wednesday May 21st, 10pm, ColdTowne Theater.

Lance & Nick, (the Mick and Keith of Midnight Society) + David & Mac (the Gervais and Merchant of Mascot Wedding) are not only all brilliant comedians in their own right, but they make this troupe special in that they perform sketchprov. They have a loose frame of beats within a sketch but the way they get to those jokes are improvised. No one else on the scene does this and it has the effect of watching a masterful Jam Band like the Black Crowes work their way through a setlist.

1) My Mans
Friday, May 23rd and Saturday, May 24th, 8:30pm, Spider House Ballroom

Seth Meyers has declared that Tim Robinson (SNL, Late Night with Seth Meyers) one of the funniest people on the planet…and clips online of My Mans proves him right. He was so underused on his one on-screen season on SNL, it’s a shame because he is a true comic talent. My Mans was supposed to headline Out of Bounds 2 years ago but he got SNL and had to bow out (Noel Wells had to do the same thing this past year), so it’s been a long time coming to get them here in Austin. I can’t wait to see them live.

Wife's Home Early by Hot Property and Humordy

In anticipation of ASF, our friends at Humordy released a live sketch from Hot Property (Mac, David, and Lance from STAG! and Nick from Old Fashioned) recorded live at ColdTowne. Humordy updates three times a week with new hilarious shorts, animation, and live recordings of Austin’s best stand-up. Click here to subscribe. Need more convincing? Let Marty Andrews here teach you how to whip up a delicious Chicken Cordon Bleu while rollin’ on X.

Get to Know: Hot Property

Hot Property is a sketch-prov powerhouse made up of Nick Ramirez and Lance Gilstrap from Austin improv and sketch institution Midnight Society, and Mac Blake and David Jara from KOOP radio’s The Mascot Wedding Show (and also the Friday-performing group Stag Comedy). We put these dudes under the hot lights and got some answers.

How did Hot Property get started with sketch comedy?

Nick Ramirez: If you hang around ColdTowne Theater long enough, you’ll end up writing and performing in a sketch comedy show. It’s something that happens to all of us eventually.

David Jara: I’m trying to remember how we got started. I think it involved some kid’s wish. I forget if it was a birthday wish or more of a genie situation, but I think some kid wished for greatness and then like five minutes later we formed Hot Property.

What’s your writing process like?

Lance Gilstrap: We mostly get together and one person has an idea that we all throw around, dropping in different bits of dialog and ideas for places the story could go. One person will usually take that and flesh out the sketch using those ideas and bring back an outline and we run through it a couple times, improvising the dialog and adding ideas as we go. From this point, sometimes dialog is written and memorized and sometimes the sketch is kept loose – like the meat in some sandwiches.

Mac Blake: Some good sandwiches. Who likes tight meat?

What are you looking forward to at Austin Sketch Fest?

Gilstrap: I am looking forward to taking a workshop from last year’s favorites “Delicious Moments”. There are still slots available in the workshop and I can’t wait to take it with YOU (the reader/ sketch enthusiast).

Blake: It’s hard to beat Paul F. Tompkins. I’m also looking forward to just hanging out. Sketch in Austin doesn’t have as many opportunities to hang out together as does stand-up or improv, so getting a sense of community is nice. And then hopefully getting that community drunk and writing something on its forehead.

Ramirez: It’s always a treat to see Your Terrific Neighbors perform. They went all out for last year’s Sketch Fest show, and I would be surprised if this year’s show is any less memorable.

What can we expect from your ASF show?

Jara: In a word: cuckoo-bananas. As out-there as our Hot Property shows normally are, this one is gonna be even more nuts than that. Which reminds me — I need to go buy ponchos for the first row.

Ramirez: We have this one sketch where I play a guy who likes baseball.

Blake: Nick, don’t exaggerate.

Gilstrap: HaHa… All I’m sayin’ is DON’T BRING YOUR GRANDMA! Right guys? guys? Oh My God! They’re all dead.

List 5 things about Hot Property, of which only 3 are true.

At least one member of Hot Property has no voice and must lip sync to a pre-recorded CD.
Two of us go by shortened versions of our real first names. Guess which ones!
We’re all card-carrying members of the Russian Mafia.
Nick Ramirez is lost in time.
We are all carrying concealed handguns at all times in increasingly wacky ways.

Hot Property performs at Hyde Park Theater on Thursday, May 24th at 8 PM, with Spirit Desire. Tickets HERE.