Me, Chaz and the Line Between Us (VIDEO)

Many of you know I’m in rehearsal for a live show, where I play a character named CHAZ DEARBORNE. Chaz is a bit of a megalomaniac. A narcissistic, self indulgent, superstar of action films, who is working on his Haiku. I am Chaz Dearborne. I am an action super star. Chaz Dearborne I am. 

The live show is called Hollywood Premiere Party (HollywoodPremiereParty.com). Rehearsals continue to be fascinating on many levels. Where most roles I book I only have enough time to memorize the lines… here, we have to develop everything else as there are no truly specific lines. 26 of us are just the characters we are, at a premiere party, for a couple hours, with whomever choses to join us. It’s really simple, but yeah it can be tough to get your head around. 

Fascinating study. Fascinating experience already. I can only imagine every night will be its own adventure.

Okay, so that’s the Chaz part.

The other day I, Tom Kiesche, worked on a commercial where I was soaking wet with water all day long. I won’t go into most of the oddities of the day but there were several moments where I felt my inner Chaz wanting to explode. But I didn’t. I, Tom Kiesche didn’t. I breathed. I smiled. I said, “that’s okay.” These things happen… I believe everyone is trying their best to do their best.

Coincidentally, today the producers of the live show released the Chaz freak out video. Where Chaz, the character I’m playing was filming “Steel Splinter 7”, a fake movie, after filming the other fake move “Love & Waffles”, which is what the fake premiere party is celebrating. And this freak out video gets leaked before the premiere of… It’s really not complicated… If it doesn’t make sense I wrote about it in previous posts, and the HPP website explains it.

Here’s the leaked Chaz footage. Hopefully they will release an extended cut later, as there were a lot of funny bits not included in this 90 second clip. LINK: https://youtu.be/Q8XO1owg84w


If you want to know more about Chaz and Hollywood Premiere Party – The Show go to HollywoodPremiereParty.com and read all about it. 

If you want to know more about the commercial… all is fine. It was a long, wet day. As for what product… and what I was hired to do in it, I’ll let you know the minute they start running it.

– Quiche Out

Tom Hanks, Martin Short, Christina Applegate, Smokey Robinson…

Tonight I had the pleasure of going to a fundraising event for THE SHAKESPEARE CENTER OF LOS ANGELES, the 26th annual “Simply Shakespeare.” Held at the Freud Playhouse on the UCLA campus. A loose reading of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. 

I learned a few things.
One. Even Rita Wilson, cancels free gigs for paid work. Apparently she had work on a new Fox Show. So, please future producers of low budget whatever, give all us actors a break, ALL actors take the money jobs when they come. It’s the nature of the beast.
Two. Tom Hanks and Marty Short took their time. Tom was confident that he was enough just reading all the thank yous at the top of the show. Didn’t feel the need to rush or short change anything.
Three. “Make it” sooner than later so you can enjoy people’s appreciation of your work earlier later.
Four. Martin Short doesn’t need permission. Doesn’t ask for permission. He just goes. It doesn’t have to make sense. Christina Applegate said what was funny, as the character and the audience loved her for it. Neither had to behave, and the audience loved that they didn’t. People get to play by different rules when they’re celebs.
Five. $500 for a ticket to a show isn’t too much if you ask the right people, and dangle the right carrot. Heck, apparently even $25,000 isn’t too much if you ask the right people.
Thank you for the experience!

– Quiche Out
Two links to videos and some pictures…
VIDEO: Tom and Martin ripping, going off script. https://instagram.com/p/BKkXsm2DGiG/

VIDEO: Smokey singing. https://instagram.com/p/BKkW2GXjRhI/

Joey Knutsenseede

The other day while about to embark on a trash walk around the hood with my girlfriend… yes, she’s cool enough to accompany me while I nerd out and with one of those long grabby things, pick up crap that nasty stink bags throw out of their cars, or are too lazy to put into a trash bin. Anyway, while picking up some plastic bags from a bush… I saw, what I thought was a statue of a rat… Which turned out to be a dehydrated, scared, exhausted little squirrel. We got a small box, a larger box, some towels, and gloves and collected him. Actually, he was not hard to catch as he literally crawled towards my hands.

Next we posted on Facebook and Instagram to solicit help, while also calling various shelters, agencies and pet stores. Certain agencies told us it was better for us to NOT report it, as the squirrel would be put down… Pet stores offered products, which my girlfriend ran out and bought. And shelters were closed for the night, so we left a message or two. Thankfully many friends had experience with baby squirrels as did two of my nieces. We received a plethora of solid advice, watched some YouTube videos I think, and then a friend I’ve known for over a decade let me in on a secret… that she works as a volunteer with a licensed squirrel rehabilitation program.

We brought the little guy over a few minutes later and she gave us a tutorial. We were given food for him and another number to call in the morning.  For the evening we would care for the squirrel until the program she worked with could officially welcome our new friend in.

Let me say that my girlfriend was the hero, waking up every two hours to feed him from a syringe, and rubbing him to help him pee. By the morning, not only did our new pal have a name, but he was FAR healthier than the day before. He slept, ate, peed and pooped.

Later that day when we dropped him off in the program he was 100% better, and we’re told a day later he’s gained weight and he’s even more active.

Below are the pictures from Instagram, as I know many of you don’t subscribe to that. For the videos, they are posted on Instagram too, but I hope to link it so you can watch them if you’d like.

Everyone says how fortunate the squirrel was that we found him… however, I think both my girlfriend and I believe it was us who were fortunate he dropped into our lives for a day. To think, we almost didn’t go for a walk. I almost didn’t bring my stupid, long picker thing to nerdily pick up trash around the hood. 

Let me also say that I’m happy that I have a girlfriend that actually thinks it’s cool I like to do nerdy stuff some times. We can’t all be cool like the movies and TV portray.

– Quiche Out 

1. Not long after we found him. He did not look good at all. Dehydrated and exhausted. Size of an iPhone. 


2. Girlfriend comes back with syringe and Pedialyte. After some tips she’s hydrating him.


3. Video of hydrating. 

Video Link: https://instagram.com/p/BKUwmbHjGVM/


4. Getting milky nutrient rich food. Getting stronger.

Video Link: https://instagram.com/p/BKVrU-fD59O/


5. Being helped to pee. He enjoyed that. Seems happy.

Video Link: https://instagram.com/p/BKV66Joj6RI/

6. Saying so long, the next day. Best of luck Joey!

Video Link: https://instagram.com/p/BKY_GiEDke1/

Hollywood Premiere Party – growing and developing

Last night was a definite shift with the rehearsals of Hollywood Premiere Party The Show, as we basically went from a small group of actors, to nearly the full cast. So far it’s been a fascinating ride. Having a script which basically doesn’t exist other than a resource to draw on… it really is gearing up to be like just an actual party, where there are some nutty things may happen. Each rehearsal that we’ve added actors in, we’ve lost a percentage of them, and the show has had to recast. I’m sure the individual reasons have varied, but it seems much more like varying levels of comfortability. It’s very confronting not to have a curtain to hide behind, to be on “between the lines,” to interact with the public in character. Each time the show has recast, the replacement actors have seemingly had a better idea of what the character they were playing demanded of them.

Link to Hollywood Premiere Party: http://hollywoodpremiereparty.com/

Truthfully, the biggest reason I took this challenge on, was that it sounded like something that would incredibly difficult for me to do. In the past I had avoided murder mystery shows and interactive shows, however with a character that was somewhat designed for me, and Kerry Logan at the helm, someone I know and trust, I figured embracing the form might teach me something about myself. Possibly I might become a better actor, improvisor, writer, or artist. Possibly I meet some great actors. Possibly I may book something or meet someone else through exposure. Possibly I would learn something through my character’s eyes, through interaction… AND quite possibly I learn something by simply not being completely comfortable. As life has taught me, sometimes discomfort leads us to becoming better versions of ourselves, not entirely unlike my Burning Man experience several years ago. Side note: If you never saw the video about my Burning Man experience, it has well over a million hits at this point. In short, I loved it AND I hated it. Like many things in life, very few things are really one sided, one way, if you’re open. Link to that video: https://youtu.be/wr-gLMje1pA

Anyway, with HPP… 


It was 360 degrees of liars in rehearsal last night as basically more funny actors jumped into funny character and made up backstories and answers to impromptu questions thrown at them… I’m really starting to get what the night might be, what it’s intending to accomplish, and I’m sure in the remaining weeks of rehearsal and first nine shows, it will continue to define itself. 

It’s a premiere party of a movie. Every night the show runs it will be recreated, and every night it will most likely be a completely different experience. Party goers will change. Questions will change. Interactions will change. There are actors throughout the venue, all the star of their own show. There are no leads. There are no support characters. There are only party goers. Some audience members may choose to not be interacted with, some may embrace it.

For friends struggling to pay the rent, this is by no means inexpensive. It’s not black box theatre. It is immersive experience. Geared for people outside the industry who want the chance to walk a red carpet and have a “Hollywood” or “Show biz” experience. Things are ever changing, but we’re told there wil be food. Drinks. Limos. Multimedia. Music. Tech support. CCTV. Things you may or may not see at an actual premiere party. Somethings may change from night to night as the show finds itself weekly. There have been some rumblings going on already about being highlighted by an actual TV show one night, and by being “crashed” by celebs whose managers and agents are supposedly calling, as they are interested in walking the fake red carpet, or being interviewed by the fake tabloid TV show host… 

Whatever happens from this point on, it’s already been a great learning experience in many many ways.

– Quiche Out


I will leave you with two additional things, the first I’ve posted before, the fake trailer to the fake film, “Love & Waffles.” And second, a YouTube video that helped me get my head a little more around what this art form some times can be though other people’s experience… Some college students discussing their experience with a very well known, long running immersive show called “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” that they recreated. 

I am sure that HPP will become more flushed out and crazier the longer it runs, as people build upon what worked in shows previous, changing less and less nightly, but I also wonder what sort of magic the first few audiences were part of, who were at the intial shows, watching the original cast, of “Tony&Tina’s,” in NYC decades ago, or with similar shows. Anyway, we’re on the roller coaster, it’s clicking as it’s ascending up the first big hill, and we’re all excited and holding on for what may very likely be one heck of a ride.

Link to “Love & Waffles” trailer: http://youtu.be/zFCaoNmEKJ0

Link to students talking about their experience with a well known interactive show: https://youtu.be/QthWh28WE9s

 

Official Selection

Super pleased that a screenplay of Paul and mine is an official selection of the IFFF (2016).
I’ll let you know more as I know more.

– Quiche Out

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