You're invited to Rachel Trachtenburg's 17th birthday party! And it's also her dad's 41st birthday party!
And they have a new record deal! And Rachel has a new keyboard player in her band Supercute! And to find out all the latest news, just watch the video here:
I sure wish I had a woman to go to events and interview people with,
but Checker Phil did the best he could (not being female and all).
And thanks to Tina and Rachel for inviting me to the swell party!
Tina's tamales were delicious.
Watch ANGEL YAU as a little girl!
Find out why Todd Rundgren refused to produce Jon Montgomery's band--
and what Liv Tyler's mom had to do with it!
Wait till Monday latenight to watch it in Manhattan,
or view it right here and now on the web at this url: http://209show.com/209show/122110.html
The Moon is a Disco Ball
will return to the show NEXT WEEK!
ANGEL YAU LIVE IN THE EAST VILLAGE!
Wednesday at 9:00pm
Eastville Comedy Club
85 East 4th St.
New York, NY
Brett Druck (???)
And possibly a suprise guest.
Tickets are $10 and there's a 2 drink minimum.
The first three people to show up will get in for FREE!
You can tell it will be a high-quality event by the lovely drawing above.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ASHLEY MITCHELL talks show biz with the legendary JON MONTGOMERY TONIGHT ON TV!
Monday 12 midnight in Brooklyn, channel 56 or 69
and latenight 2 am in Manhattan, channel 67 or 75
See a preview HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5piPATUo3A
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ALICIA AMERICAN's New Podcast Series
got off to a rip-roaring start, causing drama and creating enemies
as soon as it got released!
I had asked my conspiracy theorist internet radio celebrity friend Frank Nora to please let Ashley Mitchell
and me upload our new Tony Clifton girl Alicia American
to his onsug.com radio site,
and he kindly allowed us to.
I had thought that the guys there were hardcore fans of various things, so
if any of them liked what we were doing, we might have a longterm fan
and possible friend. It was innocently intended on my part.
But check out the heated initial reaction:
"Not sure this is a good fit for the Underground. Seems more like a commercial
project aimed at a women’s audience. We are neither commercial or female."
"the character is mainly annoying, i guess shes supposed to be, but funny
annoying would be better, just annoying makes u switch off.
ummm maybe well grow to love her, just my 2 sense, my three sense is free."
Oh but the guy from Ireland urges patience with Alicia, which would make sense, I mean "cents" I mean--
"Well it’s certainly different, but how many of us would have been
judged well on our first ever podcast, especially if it’s less than three
minutes ling? My first one hundred shows sucked big time! :)" ~~ Neal
Neal, our next podcast will be less than TWO minutes ling!
The reaction was so much more awesome than I had anticipated!
They knew this was a character, well maybe Eddie couldn't comprehend that, but
the other two must have--
yet still responded to "her" as though she were the bad guy wrestler!
The last time I did Tony Clifton girls, I had one girl in Australia and another in Ireland
performing the characters and we put it anonymously in front of a teenage audience and younger--
they responded to the characters angrily as though they were real people.
This time, Ashley and I have put clear credits on the audio and released it
to an audience of middle-aged (mostly) right wing male conspiracy theorists,
and they STILL responded in a style Pavlov and Andy Kaufman would have enjoyed.
It's been so long since I've done anything with balls, I forgot about the haters, haha.
It reminds me of the old days with Lisa-- she was the most hated girl on YouTube back then, haha.
You don't realize people are paying attention until you start to get haters.
I used to know this girl who pointed out to me that
half the people who have heard of Madonna HATE Madonna.
If people are pissed at you, it means you've gotten under their skin in some way.
I personally loathe Lady Gaga and have never heard any of her music, but I know this means
she must be successful for me to abhor the notion of her.
So obviously if these guys are threatened by Alicia, that means Ashley and I are on the right track.
Wait till they hear next week's podcast, which is about how Alicia enjoys being molested
in public by security at airports!
Or wait till the cartoon comes out about the two girls going to China
and doing bad Jerry Lewis Chinese people imitations in the faces of the locals!
Basically, the idea should offend every stupid American if we do it right,
but it should make some smarter Americans laugh, as well as
many Europeans and Asians and Africans and South Americans and umm.. Eskimos.
I hope Frank doesn't kick us off the onsug.com site but on the other hand...
that would be sort of bad-ass!!!
Like when Andy got banned from SNL!
BANNED FROM ONSUG!TOO "FEMALE" FOR ONSUG!
TOO LARGE-BREASTED FOR ONSUG! or something.
THE BLIZZARD OF 2010!
Look really REALLY closely at that photo. You can see it!
A SNOWFLAKE! Yes, it's officially snowing in NYC this morning!
See video here taken scant minutes ago: http://209show.com/209show/120610snow.html
I'm extra-excited about it because I left my boots in the last apartment when
I moved-- hoorah.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TONIGHT ON TV
Hot new actress/TV starlet ASHLEY MITCHELL talks to
NYC music and theater legend JON MONTGOMERY!
Ashley pries stories out of Jon about writing for Gladys Knight,
about singing at the world-famous Apollo Theater in
Harlem at the age of 12,
about the songs KISS stole from him--
and the song they paid him for!
Find out if Bette Midler is cool in real life,
find out what Jim Morrison did backstage before gigs,
find out who Jon had to go to bed with to get on the cover of "After Dark" magazine!
Hear about how Johnny Thunders asked Jon to be in the NY Dolls with him
BEFORE David Johansen got involved,
and lots more unbelievable TRUE uncensored tales of
the REAL show business!
That's TONIGHT in Manhattan
2 am channel 67 or 75
and NEXT Monday night in Brooklyn at midnight, channel 56 or 69.
Tonight in Brooklyn is I think Angel and The Moon is a Disco Ball!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ REVIEWS OF SHOWS I DIDN'T SEE
ANGEL YAU in ASTORIA
I heard it was sold out!
Angel rocks, I'm happy to hear it and sorry I missed it! GEORGE TABB singing RAMONES @ MICKEY LEIGH Book Reading
From what I've heard, it was a great but very emotional event,
as Joey is really missed by those who were close to him.
George is the one who introduced me to Ashley Mitchell,
he is one of the coolest guys in NYC today and in punk rock history.
If you don't already know all about George, you should read up on him: http://www.georgetabb.com http://www.myspace.com/helpgeorgetabb http://www.myspace.com/georgetabb
PHANTOM Moon is a Disco Ball/Rampler Interview! The Moon is a Disco Ball were supposed to come to New York, play a gig in Brooklyn,
then interview/be interviewed by The Rampler a/k/a Frank Edward Nora a/k/a "Andy Kaufman"'s Favorite Podcaster, on our TV show and his
internet radio show simultaneously. But the Moon girls
got into a car accident down south in North Carolina
(nobody was hurt but the car was totalled)
and never made it to NYC at all this time.
However, you can't expect a small thing like reality to slow down an internet
radio talk show host!
He went to the agreed-upon meeting place at 2:09 pm ANYWAY to do a phantom interview!
No, I'm not kidding, here is the message Frank sent to me and Lucy:
"I went over to Katherine Hepburn Garden at the time we would
have met, and tried to see if I could sense all of us there in the alternate
timeline - and I really do think I felt the presence of the other us. It was
very interesting. I recorded it all of course and it will be on episode 1613..."
It seems to be getting a nice response from the fans:
"This could possibly be my fave recording of yours I’ve ever listened
to... this one is a perfect example of why I became a listener to begin with.
Good fucking stuff."
Wow, The Moon is a Disco Ball are good interviewers
even when they don't show up!
That's a unique talent!
Next, Frank should imagine he's being interviewed by Ashley and see in what
ways it differs from the Moon girls' style of phantom interviewing!
Like a science experiment!
I'm joking but I will actually download and listen to this interview my alternate
timeline self was involved in, haha.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The American Girls have a photo album up, and bios
for the actors are starting to get uploaded.
Coming soon: ALICIA AMERICAN does her own INTERNET RADIO SHOW!
Find out more: http://theamericangirls.info
Legend in the making Ashley Mitchell interviews living legend Jon Montgomery.
This is Ashley's first time interviewing anyone but you could never tell, she's already one of the best interviewers I ever worked with. The plan is to run a few more clips from this on the web and run most of the entire 50 minute interview over the course of several episodes of the TV show. Jon has so many good stories to tell! He's a living history book of New York Music.
The MOON IS A DISCO BALL
LIVE in BROOKLYN ONE NIGHT ONLY!
THIS THURSDAY DECEMBER 2nd GOODBYE BLUE MONDAY
1087 Broadway in Brooklyn
By the Myrtle Avenue stop on the J, M, Z
11:45 PM FREE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
ANGEL YAU APPEARING LIVE! GET ANGELERISTICIZED! ANGEL YAU LIVE THIS THURSDAY IN QUEENS
@ Waltz in Astoria
23-14 Ditmars Blvd
It's free but you have to buy food or drinks
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ RACHEL CLEARY
(above) from The American Girls
is also appearing Thursday December 2nd in this show called.
"Auralfixia Presents: Magick!"
which features burlesque women and is sub-titled,
"A Sextacular Holiday Feast!"
So if you're hungry in THAT way, head on over to here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153267151384104
for more info.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MORE ASHLEY SOON!
More Ashley Mitchell soon on the 209 Show!
Ashley's got shows every week, so many she can't keep me up to date on all of them!
Check her out on the web at: http://ashleymitchell.net
Ashley Mitchell is an extremely unique actress/writer/director who is so good at performing comedy that she took a supporting role I gave her and turned it into a starring role without changing a word of dialogue. I've become convinced while animating her voice work that she is one of the finest comedy actors I've ever heard or seen. There's no way that what I wrote was half as funny as what she read! This woman, I thought, is born to do comedy and will be making people laugh their asses off for many years to come.
Last night was the first time I ever saw Ashley perform drama, in the play “Call Us Cowboys,” at Roy Arias Theater, and I'm at a loss to put into words how blown away I was by her moving performance. Anything I write down just seems like I'm kissing ass and you won't believe me because I work with her, but I don't work with her doing drama. I have no reason to encourage her to do that!!! I need her to do my funny cartoons! Also, I've worked with some decent actors over the years, I think, going back to CHUD when I was a kid, haha (Daniel Stern, John Heard). Ashley can do things I've never seen an actor be able to do before. I don't just mean laugh on cue or cry on cue with real tears (which she does painfully convincingly), but this girl was commanding the attention of the audience sometimes even when she turned her back to us. I don't only think that she would stand out in small theater productions like this one, I think she would stand out even among the most accomplished of performers. This girl is in her early 20s and after the show I saw actors older than her asking her to go into teaching. But although Ashley's techniques are clearly well thought out, and she could probably make any actor better, there would be no way to teach someone how to be as good as Ashley Mitchell.
See? I told you, it sounds like I'm kissing butt. This is one of my problems with live plays-- there's no evidence left after the performance, it's disappeared already into the ether. If it were a youtube video, I could PROVE my points by linking you to it, but because it was live, you only have word of mouth to go on. Live theater is so ephemeral. If you can check this play out tonight or tomorrow afternoon, you'll be able to see for yourself what I'm saying, but if you miss those shows, you'll never know what you missed.
The play itself is intense and sad, about the effects of war on people's lives. There are flashback scenes of Viet Nam and Iraq, and Aki Tsuchimoto stood out most in those scenes with her quirky and interesting performance as a Viet Namese artist who gets close to the wrong Yankee. But the play comes alive in the scenes of domestic quarreling between Ashley's character Wanda and her husband Frank, played by Kevin Ploth. At points I felt like I had been trapped at my parent's house after Thanksgiving, so genuine was the writing and the performance of domestic bliss turned to an ongoing and worsening, inescapable Hell.
I thought the ending, without getting into details, was a bit “deux ex machina” as written but the remarkable way Ashley chose to perform the scene was the main topic of conversation among the audience after the show, from what I could overhear. I don't want to give spoilers concerning the plot details, but let's just say that Ms. Mitchell managed to do things not written in the script and not using words at all (!) to completely sell the ending of the play and make it seem entirely emotionally satisfying and believable. She'll make the hairs on your arm stand on end and you will know you have witnessed something very special.
Although the play was well-written and all the actors did their jobs, my thought leaving there was, “I bet I could even give Ashley ten pages of gibberish to act out but by the end of it, she'd have the audience crying or laughing or feeling whatever she wanted them to feel.” She's just out of school and has no representation yet-- a situation not likely to last all that much longer. The idea that her skills are likely to improve with time is nearly frightening.
I'll tell you now the same thing I told her after the show: Ashley Mitchell has acting super powers.
Ashley Mitchell in
Call Us Cowboys written by Bruce Colbert and directed by Jorge Navarrete
Roy Arias Theater, 300 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor, 212-957-8358
FINAL TWO PERFORMANCES:
Tonight (Saturday 11/27) 8pm, tomorrow (Sunday 11/28) 3 pm http://royariasstudios.com/ http://www.ashleymitchell.net/
ASHLEY MITCHELL All Weekend! Ashley from 209
Show is acting in a play this weekend that I've heard is really
"CALL US COWBOYS"
@ Roy Arias Studios, 300 W. 43rd St., 5th Floor
TONIGHT (Black Friday 11/26): 8 PM
Saturday 11/27: 8 PM
Sunday 11/28: 3 PM "afternoon delight"
Admission: $15 cash (American money ONLY)
You're going to want to brag that you saw Ashley before she was a big star,
so go check her out this weekend in NYC!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ New Episode of 418 Show!
"REVIEWS OF FOODS THAT WOULD DISGUST FRANK NORA"
"Lucy & Bethany to meet Frank Nora?"
"Other Topics Besides Frank Nora!"
Download here: http://209show.com/418/418showep06.mp3
It should be available shortly on http://onsug.com
Full details of the contents of the mp3 download:
ROBOT INTRO, Over upstate, reviews of food that would sicken Frank Nora, 209
license plate, chili-covered pineapple slices, Yung Ki 209, new recorder, loud
outside, I hate itunes, my mp3 player broke, K-Mart inside Penn Station, stainless
steel mp3 player, quieter inside, "The American Girls" looks good
when shrunk down on my $30 video player, recording directly to mp3 on a budget,
I just got up, Lucy and Bethany and I are supposed to interview Frank Nora,
Lucy and Bethany playing in Brooklyn, WPAT interviewing Lucy & Bethany,
Me Singing 209 was a rich white New Jersey girl pretending to be a black girl
who was portrayed by a born again Christian Australian girl, possible new podcast
with Ashley and Alicia, my cartoon character has started writing her own material,
are there any female podcasters on onsug?, Ashley is in a play this weekend
and The Moon is a Disco Ball are playing Brooklyn this coming week, MEAT REVIEWS:
McRib and Subway Breakfast Special, robot outro.
A TRAGIC DAY IN AMERICA'S HISTORY This newly-discovered photograph taken just after the Kennedy assassination
and clearly showing the "grassy knoll" in the background
APPEARS to depict 209 Show star ANGEL YAU
carrying a high-powered rifle and making a quick getaway.
I know what you're thinking-- Angel is too young to have been there!
Well, the truth is, Angel's 89 years old--
it's just that Asian chicks stay young-looking.
Duh, everyone knows that.
So anyway, Angel's even more of a celebrity than we thought!
And WAY more of a bad-ass too.
...what? Too soon?
Watch Angel answer YOUR phone calls TONIGHT on TV in NYC!
Tomight Monday latenight Manhattan 2am Ch. 67 or 75
Brooklyn midnight ch. 56 or 69
It's our special Thanksgiving episode--
I think I cut in some footage of a turkey cartoon or something.
That's how you can tell. ALSO ON TONIGHT'S FABULOUS EPISODE: THE MOON IS A DISCO BALL! Lucy and Bethany from The Moon is a Disco Ball perform
their rain/shine hula dance
for YOU on tongiht's episode! PLUS: Meet the gorgeous and talented ASHLEY MITCHELL! Photo of Ashley by http://www.tomwaltzphotography.com/ Find out more about Ashley here: http://peterbernard.com/pbnyc/
of course, here: http://ashleymitchell.net
and, soon, here: http://theamericangirls.info ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ANGEL YAU and THE MOON IS A DISCO BALL both have shows in NEW YORK CITY coming up on
FRIDAY, DECEMBER SECOND--
the Friday AFTER Thanksgiving.
Angel is playing in Queens and The Moon girls are playing in Brooklyn.
It's gonna be a fun night of subway riding for Peter that night haha.
I will have more details for you concerning both of these
CAN'T MISS APPEARANCES
veddy veddy shortly.
ANGEL YAU TRIUMPHS IN PHILLY! Angel @ Philly Sketch Fest 2010 Angel had a lot of fun at the Philly Festival...
It was full of Glitter, Blood and Awkward Silence... the good kind!
It was the first time they invited other cities and solo performers on to this third year festival!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TONIGHT ON TV
Meet lovely and talented ASHLEY MITCHELL Actress/Writer and star of the forthcoming
cartoon web series,
"The American Girls"
co-starring RACHEL CLEARY
These cartoons take hellishly long to animate and render, but I swear this will
There's already a Facebook page for the character Alicia America (below). I was helping Alicia do the page at first but she fired me and now Ashley Mitchell
is helping her with it.
They still sometimes use some of my photos but they never give me photo credit
ROBOTS IN LOVE! PLUS
ANGEL YAU LIVE @ UCB THEATRE!
PLUS WORLD PREMIERE VIDEOS
by THE MOON IS A DISCO BALL!!! Watch the show TONIGHT on TV
Manhattan: Channel 67 or 75 2am
Brooklyn: 12 midnight, channel 56 or 69
Or watch it now online for free here: http://209show.com/209show/111610.html
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THE MOON IS A DISCO BALL in BROOKLYN!
ANGEL YAU in ASTORIA, QUEENS!!!
COMING DECEMBER SECOND!
More info after Thanksgiving! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://209show.com
ANGEL YAU TODAY SATURDAY Oct 23rd 5:30pm
Improv @ UCB Theatre NYC 307 W. 26th Street
New York, NY 10011
(this is the improv 2nd grad show) TOMORROW Sunday
Oct 24th 4:00pm
Storytelling @ UCB Theatre (and that is the storytelling 2nd grad show...)
Then immediately after her storytelling performance on Sunday,
Angel is jetting to California for an important secret show business assignment
which I'm not allowed to tell you about! After that, Angel will fly to Philly to perform in the Philly Sketch Fest! She will be doing the comedy thing Saturday, November 13th, 7:30 pm
at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.
Says Angel, “My one-woman show, 'Legend Of The Guardians:
The Owls Of Ga'Hoole in 3-D' will blow Philly away!!!”
Back to Hollywood for more work!
When will Angel perform again in NYC? Nobody knows!
So you better come out tonight and tomorrow!
ALSO TONIGHT JASON TRACHTENBURG
& The Pendulum Swings TONIGHT Saturday 10/23/10
6th Street & Avenue A LIVE RECORDING 11 PM!!
Be part of recorded history!
The Moon is a Disco Ball TRAPPED IN FLORIDA!
The house band for the 209 Show wants to come back to New York so badly!
But the forces of evil want them to remain trapped in Florida.
HOW YOU CAN BE A HERO, FIGHT EVIL, AND MAKE TWO GIRLS HAPPY:
1. Go watch The Moon is a Disco Ball's NEW MUSIC VIDEO
"I Love the Rain" available FOR FREE right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y913uzM0iIQ
and QUICK, without thinking, donate a ton of money to the girls!
Giving money to The Moon is FAR better than giving money to PBS!
Look at all the great prizes you can get in exchange for your kindly donations:
*a gift basket filled with The Moon is a Disco Ball goodies!
*Secret recipe for chocolate peanut butter cake with carmelized bananas!
*a PERSONALIZED music video just for you or a friend!
* Self-titled album/CD/storybook!
* a PERSONALIZED gift item crafted by The Moon is a Disco Ball!
You can donate as little as a dollar and you know the girls will spend it
Make two sweet young women happy!
... or else they're gonna have to get TOUGH, see???
Beautiful genius CLAIRE KIECHEL has one of the short plays she's written appearing in this show: Dreamscape's 24-Hour 10-Minute Play Festival Sunday, October 24 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm The Kraine Theatre
85 East 4th Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave With New Work From:
Carlos Alberto Valencia and
Christie Marie Clark
Morgan Anne Zipf Tickets available
online, seating is limited:
http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?EID&showCode=DRE17&BundleCode&GUID=b0a0faa1-1305-4a82-8c47-bdd9a0bbd004 Followed by a RECEPTION
at Bar 82
136 2nd Avenue (between 9th Street & St Marks Place http://www.bar82nyc.com/
Drink specials and hob-nobbing The Dreamscape company!
Portion of drink proceeds benefit Dreamscape!
9pm - 12am
Congratulations to 209 Show star Angel Yau (above) for being accepted into the Philly Sketch Fest! She will be performing Saturday, November 13th, 7:30 pm at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Says Angel, “My one-woman show, 'Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole in 3-D' will blow Philly away!!!”
In tonight's episode of the 209 Show,Tohm Lev (above) tells me about how she was on television in Israel, working for the army as an interviewer. She said the experience made her realize she wanted to create her own art instead of just helping other people spread the word about theirs. Whether that's true or whether that's what Israeli intelligence told her to say to American leftist artists, I can identify with the notion, and I think it explains a lot about where I'm at and where I'm interested in going next. I don't think I'd ever want to stop doing interviews but I think the reasons I want to do them are vastly different from earlier on. It's partially me working out new theories but partially me moving out of theorizing altogether and moving toward open-ended exploration instead. I'd explain more but you're already bored and you should be able to see for yourself what I mean in time.
209 Show on TV tonight:
Brooklyn 12 midnight channel 56 or 69
Manhattan 2am channel 67 or umm, I don't remember. Whatever channel you find it on, I suppose.
The last place I lived, I had a bunch of rotating female roommates. They told me I couldn't have a cat because they were allergic to pet fur. When they got a dog, I knew it was long past time for me to move out.
The dog would cling to me for some reason. This weirded them out as much as it did me, but it was a nice little dog, some sort of beagle with super-short legs. It would push against my door and try to come in my room with me. It would throw itself forcefully against my legs when they would clip clop over in their high heels to stop it from “bothering” me. When they'd pick it up to carry it away, it would whimper and whine in misery. They also had two small green chattering parrots, the kind that can't learn to speak. That didn't stop the loudest woman there from trying to teach them to talk anyway all afternoon long, day after day. The birds hated everyone except one of the women and me. And the grandmother, but everyone liked her. One time she mentioned that the birds are quiet when I stand next to them, they stop chattering.
The birds figured out I was moving before the humans did. I could tell this by their change in behavior toward me. I shared one last banana with them, then in the middle, went distractedly back into my room when my mind wandered. The parrots erupted into SCREAMING so I went back out and finished my banana standing by them. They didn't want any more banana, they just wanted some final eye contact with another sentient being.
It's bad for me to be around people who like to be abused because either they disrespect me for not abusing them, or I become abusive toward them and betray myself in the process. I think it's important that I be the “craziest” one in any scenario from this point forward (because I'm not actually very crazy after all). I've helped enough unstable people for three lifetimes, now I want to be associated with those more together than I am, so that I can go back to doing better work.
Everybody is doing the best they can. It's just that some people's biological imperative is to be con artists, strippers, escort girls, liars, and saboteurs. If there weren't a need in nature for such types, they would not exist. Everybody's playing the role they were cast in. Being angry at someone for stabbing you in the back makes as much sense as being mad at a bear for mauling you. Everyone is just following their nature.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://peterbernard.com http://209show.com