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by hellomyfriend » Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:01 pm

Red delicious apple

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by drunkagain » Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:07 pm

Con-doms

Nut loaf

Green cards (substitute library cards if unavailable)

Stolen cushion from library to make tour bus more comfy
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by chloe » Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:32 pm

hellomyfriend wrote:Cool leather suits


Must be shrink-to-fit.
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by tanfastic » Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:33 pm

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by Amily » Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:45 am

Croissants

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by chloe » Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:49 am

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by tanfastic » Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:38 am


drunkagain wrote:

Stolen cushion from library to make tour bus more comfy


A tour bus? I'm thinking more like a Mini Cooper
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by tanfastic » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:32 pm

Broom.

For clean up AND security.
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by drunkagain » Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:37 am


tanfastic wrote:Broom.

For clean up AND security.


Broom is also useful for fort-making in hotel room.
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by tanfastic » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:06 pm

Two robot heads.
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by chrissycubana » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:41 pm

map of New Zealand

budget bears

goldfish (and containers with water)

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by murrayland » Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:53 am

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pizza with Jemaine's face on it in vegetables

gingernut biscuits (one each)

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by sheila » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:09 am

bret - bow and arrow
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by sheila » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:10 am

pencil with a helmet on it
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by giggletycoon » Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:53 pm

Cross-posting from the Eugene thread just because.

Eugene Mirman’s tips for opening bands

by Sean ONeal April 28, 2009

While it’s hardly a guaranteed ticket to stardom, opening for a popular headlining act is a sweet gig: You get the same exposure, most of the perks, and a bigger cut of the door than you’d ever get on your own, and audience expectations are so low, there’s nowhere to go but up. Of course, not everyone knows how to behave as an opening act, which is why The A.V. Club asked comedian Eugene Mirman—who will be warming up crowds before Flight Of The Conchords on their current tour—how to make the most of reflected glory.

Hanging out backstage

Eugene Mirman: We have five different dressing rooms, and a place where we make people wait that we never plan on talking to. There’s a room for beer, and then another room with the glasses for the beer. It’s a real pain. There’s one room that’s antipasti, and another one for salad—which they unnecessarily distinguish. They put the hot stuff in one room, cold stuff in another. Imagine, like, a Papa Gino’s buffet spread throughout a castle, with really dim office lighting. And then there’s the 'uck-room.

The A.V. Club: What goes on in the 'uck-room?

EM: Piles of 'ucking. It’s basically just a lot of beanbag chairs with people 'ucking on them. It’s very uncomfortable. As the opening act, I have to help put it together.

AVC: When trashing dressing rooms, do you start with the headliner’s?

EM: Actually, usually the only thing in your dressing room is a sad, crappy couch, so it would just be depressing to make it even more crappy.

Taking advantage of the rider

EM: I have my own rider, but it’s easier to get it done if you put it on the headlining band’s. So that’s where I put the roller-skate shoes, crossbows, the saffron. I travel with my own wok, so I need lots of spices and oils. I always need fresh wasabi root. I have seafood flown in. The expensive stuff always goes on their rider when they’re not looking. Nobody’s going to get mad at Flight Of The Conchords for having $2,500 worth of saffron delivered.

Getting groupies

EM: Here’s a trick I learned long ago: Write your phone number in mirror-writing on their breasts while they’re distracted—say, by the chaos of fame—so when they go home and they’re washing their breasts in the sink, they’ll look up and go, “Holy shii, I have Eugene’s number.” This is also how I find love.

AVC: Do you find that being an opening act makes you second-tier to groupies?

EM: No, people want a piece of whatever they can get. But you also don’t want a lunatic, which is why I communicate by writing a message that can only be deduced in a mirror.

Warming up the audience

EM: It’s important to prepare them for the worst in life. People come to forget their problems, and it’s my job, right before I leave, to go, “Don’t forget: You’re going through a divorce and there’s a recession.” It’s always good to end on a pensive note.

During the headliner

EM: I’m usually off building stuff, cooking things, making to-do lists. It’s my quiet time to reflect. Otherwise, it’s just mayhem back there. All that free spaghetti.

AVC: When is the right time to run back onstage for an impromptu duet?

EM: Unfortunately, I don’t really sing, so the best I could do would be to run back out and light my arm on fire. The perfect time to do that would be right after the last encore. I like the idea of people milling about trying to leave, and then they see a man running back onstage screaming, with his arm on fire. That’s how you create an Internet hubbub. The blogosphere erupts, Facebook unfurls its claws, and people say, “Man, we should have stayed.”

AVC: Do you look at being an opener as a game of one-upmanship?

EM: I think of it more as a concerto, even though I don’t know what a concerto sounds like. It has movements, right? It’s like a delicious play, one that can be truly savored. I’m the soup and they’re the lamb’s leg. You can’t just go right to the lamb. You’d be like, “Whoa, this definitely needs some soup.” Lighting my arm on fire, that’s the crème brûlée. Basically, I’m a sorbet that you can’t get out of your head.


http://www.avclub.com/articles/eugene-mirmans-tips-for-opening-bands,27237/
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