Los Angeles Nerds! This week at NerdMelt, Sept 7-13

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Wednesday, September 7th at 8:30pm – The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani host Hannibal Buress, Baron Vaughn, Rob Delaney and more!
Tickets can be purchased online or at the event – $8

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Thursday, September 8th at 8pm – Baron Vaughn’s CD Release Party!
Come celebrate the release of Baron Vaughn’s comedy album “Raised by Cable” on AST Records! Baron hosts Myq Kaplan, Margaret Cho and more!
$8 in , $10 day of show

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Saturday, September 10th at 3pm – Underground Gaming Tournament League
This all day event will be an art show/party/video game tournament featuring Mortal Kombat 9, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edtion.
Tickets can be purchased online or in person – $10

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Sunday, September 11th at 8pm – Nerdist Writers Panel Presents: The Premiere of Husbands
Come one, come all to an exclusive Nerdist Writers Panel event! We’ll be hosting a FREE premiere of the webseries “Husbands” by Jane Espenson (Buffy, Battlestar Galactica) and Jeff Greenstein (Desperate Housewives, Will and Grace). The show is about two gay men who are public figures that drunkenly, impulsively decide to get married one night. It’s a mistake, but because they don’t want to hurt the cause, they decide to give the marriage a shot. After the screening there’ll be a talk with Espenson and Greenstein, hosted by The Nerdist Writers Panel’s own Ben Blacker!
The show stars Cheeks, Sean Hemeon, and Caprica’s Alessandra Torresani!

Husbands: They’re doing it wrong. That’s their right. A marriage equality comedy.


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Monday, September 12th at 8pm – Jackie Kashian’s Dork Forest LIVE
Jackie Kashian invites Chris Hardwick to explore the forest and dork out on the Harry Potter world.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the show – $10

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Tuesday, September 13th at 8pm – Justin Willman’s Magic Meltdown
Magician Justin Willman and friends present a cataclysmic evening of magic and make believe.
$8 in , $10 day of show

Webseries Spotlight on Walking in Circles: An Epic Tale About Dragons N’ Stuff

Ever wonder what it would be like if you lived a world where role-playing adventures were real? Where people actually had job titles like Barbarian, Bard, Fighter, Wizard and Druid? Now imagine your adventuring party were made up of real people with serious issues. Where your wizard gets in trouble with a demon debt-collector because he defaulted on his magic school loans or your bard is a whiny rich-kid who cowers in fear during a battle. The creators of the webseries, Walking In Circles: An Epic Tale about Dragons N’ Stuff, have created a hilarious new series of adventures bringing to life just such a world.

The mockumentary series follows the misadventures of a newly-formed adventuring party led by the Barbarian Krag, played by the handsome Eric Radic and looking a bit like a grown-up Atreyu from The Neverending Story. Krag put together his party while drunk in a pub one night and discovers that his new comrades aren’t really great at what they do and he neglected to hire anyone who could guide them, hence their group motto, ‘walking in circles’.

This motley crew is made up of a surfer-dude Barbarian, a Ditsy blond Druid, a sarcastic and bitter Wizard, a spoiled and cowardly Bard, and the silent and homicidal Fighter. They’re all pretty bad at their jobs in one way or another, but this all makes for plenty of entertainment for the audience. During the first battle, Garand, the whimsical rich-boy Bard (played by stand-out Jonah Priour) cowers in fear and plays his lute. When confronted after the fight by Krag and asked why he didn’t fight, Barand earnestly responds, “I was inspiring courage, helloooo”. This line made me die laughing as I am currently playing a Bard in my Pathfinder Campaign and I can totally sympathize. No one respects the Bard!

The dialogue is whip-smart, the cast is charming across the board, the costumes look fantastic and the creators and crew make excellent use of natural Southern California locales. I definitely look forward to seeing what improvements could be made with more funding for future seasons.

I spoke with the creators of Walking In Circles and got to get to know a little bit about the origins of the series and where they’re hoping the series will head in the future:

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Nerds in Babeland: I think I can already guess, but where did the idea for the series come from?

Walking In Circles:  The idea came from years and years of playing Dungeons and Dragons. We always wanted to know what heroic adventurers would be like as real people and to take a look at something epic like slaying a dragon and break it down to where it was just a job. Like some people flip burgers, other people plunder ancient tombs and kill monsters.

NIB: Hah, I think I’d rather fight a dragon than work the drive through at McDonalds. How did you assemble the cast and who writes the show?
WIC: We used CAZT casting. They run a pretty cool service where we get to throw up auditions, actors submit for them, and then they tape the auditions so we can go back later and review everything. And it’s free! James Rodehaver is the writer for the show. He’s a life-long nerd and almost life-long aspiring writer. This is the first project that he’s ever done that got through the first draft stage.

NIB: How do you finance the show?

WIC: The production was primarily funded by Adam Rady, James Rodehaver and Adam Cier. The crew contributed a lot of funding too. For example, our costume and prop designer bought the supplies he used. We were also fortunate enough to have a lot of costumes donated to the project. After production was over we started a fund raising effort on indiegogo.com to get money for advertising, marketing and distribution. Our families and friends were extremely generous and we were able to raise just over $3,600. We’ve set-up a PayPal donation option on the website to help with funding for season 2.

NIB: Where would you like to see the series go next?

WIC: Our current goal is to have season one be successful enough that a second season is possible. We have a lot of story to tell, we just need the means to do it. We’re looking for backing through corporate sponsorship and viewer donations. We’d also like to be able to sell merchandise to support the series.
We’d really like to be able to get to a point where we can pay our crew and actors for their hard work. Everyone involved with this project put a vast amount of effort and love into it and they did it for free. In fact, many of them ended up supporting the project with their own money.

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Visit http://www.walkingincirclestheseries.com/index.html for episode streaming, character sheets, cast/crew bios and hilarious behind the scenes specials like “Krag Kam”. I hope you’ll give this little series a chance. Role-players and newbies alike should enjoy the charming and attractive cast, witty dialogue and the energy of everyone involved.

Webseries Spotlight on The League of S.T.E.A.M.

With the plethora of web series out there right now, it’s difficult to find one that really captures your imagination. I, like so many others, watched a hilarious silent video for a group called the League of S.T.E.A.M. that reproduced the Ghostbusters, “we’re ready to believe you” commercial. Done in the classic 20’s black and white style, this commercial was gorgeously shot, fascinating to watch and made me laugh out loud. I soon discovered that the League had an entire webseries available and the commercial was simply a teaser for what was to come. As it turns out, I was late to the party. When I started becoming active in the Steampunk community in Los Angeles, I would hear mention of the “League” more often than not and when I hosted my first Steampunk happy hour, most of the League happily showed up for the party. While I was introduced to the lively bunch online, their story goes much further back and is grounded in live-performances. I was lucky enough to speak with a few members of the League recently and found out about their origins, how they journeyed to the web and about their plans for Season 2.

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Baron Andrew Von Fogel shared the charming story of how the League first came to be a little over 3 years ago. The Labyrinth of Jareth is a masquerade ball (that just celebrated its 11th year) and is a beacon to those in the Los Angeles area looking to make a splash with their one-of-a-kind costumes and mechanical inventions. It was there that Von Fogel first met Nick Baumann, his lovely wife Robin Blackburn and several of their friends. Apparently Blackburn herself was the catalyst for the formation of the League with her choice of costume for the evening.

Obsessed with Marie Antoinette and 18th century clothing, Blackburn wanted to add something special to her Labyrinth costume that year and she thought back to the ghosts in the Harry Potter films. “I loved the ghostly texture of their garments, and how that texture was applied to the different time periods of each ghost character.  I was hooked and truly inspired by the detail of the 18th century and the use of texture to create an ethereal look.” Baumann quickly caught onto her idea and decided to join her as a ghost hunter and got a small group of friends together to create a group costume. They were the hit of the ball that year and attracted a lot of attention, including from Von Fogel. The newly-formed group quickly bonded over a love of Steampunk costumes and inventions and they found themselves making a regular appearance at the Labyrinth where they are still a highlight of the festivities every year. This year, two members of the League even got engaged on stage. So sweet!

The League started making public appearances all over Southern California and eventually, the whole country. Their live act became so popular that they decided to find a way to move beyond their geographical limitations. Von Fogel had just gotten out of art school and had the necessary equipment and desire to try making a webseries. They started small, filming “Monkey Business” in Griffith Park in five hours and editing the entire thing themselves. They put it up online and the response was overwhelmingly positive and thus the series was born. As a way to get new viewers hooked, the infamous Ghostbusters homage commercial was filmed and placed online. Von Fogel knew that using “pop-culture shorthand” was a great way to get the attention of anyone who had seen the 80s hit and it was a quick and easy entry to the series.

Post-production on the series is performed by League members and comrades which is impressive to say the least considering the incredibly high production value on the series, including some pretty impressive special effects. Von Fogel does the “color grading on all of our episodes, as well as a lot of the visual effects and compositing.  A lot of these skills are self-taught, and others I learned while studying filmmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design.  We’re also so thankful to have Russ Isler in our group – he’s a very talented visual effects animator, and his help has been invaluable for some of the more difficult effects shots!”

Season One of the League of S.T.E.A.M. contained seven hilarious episodes and even resulted in a spotlight appearance in a Panic at the Disco music video. When asked why she thought the League has become so popular, Blackburn, who plays Lady Potts in the series mused, “maybe it has to do with the “every-person” aspect of what we do.  The characters are the common person with dreams and goals to make things better in their lives.  And though they are constantly met with opposition, many times by their own doing, they get back on their feet and keep going. Or maybe the fans simply love all the cool props and costumes. Or maybe the fans can sense the League is a group of friends with a wild creative streak and an affinity for laughter, that we like to explore and share.  We love what we do, so maybe that’s it.” As a fan of the League myself, I would have to agree with her on all of those points. The series and the group itself are wickedly funny, insanely creative and incredibly grateful for their success.

They have great plans for Season Two of their webseries and of special interest to our readers, Von Fogel announces that “in addition to some more detailed roles for Lady Potts, we’re happy to be adding some great new female characters to our cast, including Ellie Copperbottom – Co-founder of the Jr. League W.A.T.C.H; Katherine Blackmoore – zombie head-basher extraordinaire; and The Russian – cryptozoological researcher!  One of the great things about all of the female characters in the League is that they’re generally smarter and more competent than the men are!”

Just this past weekend, the League reached their funding goal of $10,000 on Kickstarter with the help of their many fans. There’s still a bit more time left on the campaign though, so if you’d still like to donate, they are offering some fantastic incentive packages for donors until August 27th. Additional monies will help them add more locations, monsters and gadgets. I know I’ll be awaiting Season 2 with bated breath and I hope you’ll give these crazy kids a chance if you haven’t already.

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Kickstarter Campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leagueofsteam/adventures-of-the-league-of-steam-season-two

You can catch up on Season 1, find out live appearances & find out more about the League at: http://leagueofsteam.com/

Twitter: @LeagueOfSTEAM

Web Series Review: PostHuman

DragonGem Productions is producing a new webseries called Posthuman. Currently on its fifth episode, the series is set in the future and follows Charlie Porter’s journey back to the place where he lost his life and his search to discover the mystery surrounding the “Meme” subculture. If you want to go in absolute order, there is a Prologue episode that is a sort of “mini-episode” addition to the plot. However, I’m not sure the introspection of the prologue monologue works. It’s set up to be a dialogue without the benefit of the second participant. Realistically, you could probably just skip it and dive right into the series itself.


Charlie is a haunted man, haunted by the voice of his client’s partner playing relentlessly in his head. He’s on a search to solve his assigned case, but he’s also trying to solve his own. The truth may lay in the ghetto, but is he ready to go back there? We’re given brief glimpses of Charlie’s past and some backstory as to what this world is now, but with the short episodes we’re just delving into the real plot of where this journey will take Charlie and what he’ll find along the way.


I actually did like the differing POVs and time periods of the series so far, as the audience got to experience parts of the story without knowing all the pieces yet. It creates a deeper sense of curiosity and makes the audience want to return for more. That’s the hook of a good series. Check out PostHuman at their site today! I’ll be tuning in to see how it all plays out for Charlie and the rest of the characters.

Web Series Review: Free Advice


When the writers of the webseries “Free Advice” approached us to take a look at their episodes, I was curious. The series is based on the creators’ own experience running a free advice table on Santa Monica Beach in LA. With a wide range of characters telling their stories, the series has a potential for exploring fun and interesting topics. Plus, each episode is short and self-contained, so it’s a quick stop on your way around the web.


The official website is a bit lacking, since it’s imposed on the Blip.TV system. I was curious about more information concerning the series as well as the writers, but the website doesn’t give anything to satisfy those needs. Actually, from my own perspective, I’d skip over the official site and just head to the videos uploaded on YouTube to cut down on extra advertising and related video data.


If you’re in need of a quick video fix, this series will satisfy you. New episodes are set to be released monthly, so check back for those. And if you want to know more about the show, you can check out Emmett Loverde’s site or their Facebook page. I’m hoping to see them build up a larger library of episodes, as the experience passed a bit quickly.

Web Series: Six Figures

Many people go to Hollywood to seek their dream. Some succeed, some leave after disappointments, but then there are the others…the ones who are actively seeking their big break while working dead-end jobs. One day they’ll be famous, but for now there are tables to be cleared. The Six Figures web series takes a peek at six friends who are in this situation.

Gabrielle Donovan: Played by Catherine Annett (Femme Fatales), Gabrielle is a financially smart model who doesn’t have to get a “real” job, she spends her time between gigs watching television and failing at cooking.

Sydney Jaffe: She wants to be a stand-up comedienne, but the gigs are few and far between. Instead, she is a PA for a director who is a little off his rocker. She’s not pessimistic, she’s just a bit more realistic about how tough the business is. It doesn’t stop her from dreaming of her big break, though. Syndney is played by Lira Kellerman (Pushing Twilight).

Wes Wisnewski: Played by Jason Lockhart (Edge of Seventeen), Wes wants to be a legitimate film maker. Too bad the closest he’s gotten so far is editing porn. But he knows he’s going to make it one day. He’s just got to pay his dues for now.

Tucker Alexander: He’s going to be a novelist who gets paid to stay home all day and unleash the next best-seller. In the meantime, he’s got to scroll through ads on Craigslist to make enough to tide him over. It’s hard to stay optimistic when life keeps giving him one problem after the other. Tucker is played by Marco Naggar (Metal Heads).

Jason Mitchell: Played by Marcus A. Stewart (Pole Tricks), Jason knows he has the looks, so why aren’t more casting directors calling him to be their next big star? Jasson is going to make it big one day and then everyone will be fawning over themselves to meet him. Until then, he’ll have to wait tables and bide his time.

Laurel Fitzgerald: She wants to write songs and sing them on the radio. For now, she’s stuck with serenading the dogs she walks during her day job. Laurel has a sweet personality and is very easily liked. That should serve her well when she becomes a superstar. Laurel is played by Katie Wilson (2012: Ice Age).

The stand-out favorites, for me so far, are definitely Jason and Tucker. I love that Jason’s just fed up with life in general and he expresses that displeasure so easily. Even though he’s not very approachable, you can’t help but want to be his friend and get to know him better. I guess that’ll work out quite well for him. And then there’s Tucker, whose language is so flowery that the regular person would have a hard time understanding him. As a writer myself, I hope I never sound like that, though it does make good comedy.

You can find the episodes on YouTubeFunnyorDieDailymotion, or their website. New episodes premiere on Monday, so be sure to tune in! I know I will be.

Web Series: Blood Light

I love supernatural shows and I adore comedy, so if you put them together I’ll likely be interested enough to give your show a look. That was my introduction to the web series Blood Light. Instead of focusing on the overly-dramatic situations that have littered contemporary supernatural genre projects, this series seeks to look at “the lighter side of death.” It takes jabs at Buffy, Dawson’s Creek, and True Blood in its attempt to show that life is not always glamorous, especially when you’re a vampire.

Alex and Ethan were recently turned into vampires. Instead of being cool and sexually alluring, they soon find that the world of vampires doesn’t live up to the hype. Yeah, being undead kinda sucks. Along with their very-much-alive friend Connor, who pretends to be a Spike-wannabe in hopes of luring a few willing women into his bed, the trio is trying to navigate the world of the supernatural while dealing with the everyday life around them. The standout character for me was Jobin, with his social awkwardness and ability to march to his own drummer, because he’s certainly not living in our reality.

The series began on September 17, 2010 with Part One of the first season, which consisted of five webisodes released every two weeks. To prove the high quality of this series, the first two Blood Light episodes won the Comedy of the Week award from Indie Intertube. After a brief hiatus, Part Two of the first season started on March 15, 2011 and just ended its run. This gives you perfect opportunity to go to their website and catch up on a fun series which doesn’t focus necessarily on vampires, but instead on people who happen to be vampires.

Web Series: Curtain Call

At first glance, the web series “Curtain Call” seems like a predictable storyline. An actor shoots an actress onstage, in full view of an audience and a camera. It should be an open and shut case. However, appearances are deceiving and thus we are treated to seventeen episodes over which we’ll get to know characters, motivations, and the fact that everything is not what it seems. In the end, it’s anyone’s guess who will really be at fault for the loss of life.

The series begins with Cassie Sterling giving her all onstage. She’s the favored actress of local theatre and has become well-known for her talent and amazing voice. However, that talent is cut short as Patrick Felton takes the stage, gun in hand, and shoots her down. But what should be a straightforward murder case turns into something much more complicated as Detective Michael Levins and Detective Page Williams interview everyone connected to the situation and uncover a twisted web of intrigue. The question is, when this is all over, who will be found to be pulling the strings?

If I didn’t know beforehand that the budget for this project was a mere $2500 and the actors were not full-time professionals, I wouldn’t have been any the wiser. The quality on this project is much higher than I’m accustomed to in a web series. Everyone involved should be very proud of the work they’ve done to bring this story to film. I know I’ll be anxiously awaiting the outcome. You can check out “Curtain Call” at their website and catch up on all the episodes as we head towards the thrilling conclusion. Any fan of murder-mystery will be well-entertained with this one!

The Sin Bin – Review & Interview

If you could give anything to have your favorite sports team win their respective championship, what would you be willing to give up?  Coffee?  Smartphone?  Laptop or tablet?  What about your soul?  Or perhaps the soul of your loved ones?  There are people out there, people such as JR

JR is an  avid dedicated intense obsessed hockey fan and his beloved Chicago Blackhawks haven’t won the cup in 50 years.  JR would do anything, and he means ANYTHING to have The Hawks win that cup, and as the series starts we see just how much is at stake.

The first episode opens up with JR in a dark room, the light of the TV flickering on is face.  It’s game 6 of the Stanley Cup  and his Blackhawks are down 2-1 against the Flyers.  The Blackhawks are up by one game and everyone knows that you want to win it by six, that seventh game is a doozy.  Perched on the edge of your seat, fists clenched waiting to see who takes it.   It’s make or break time and JR has decided it’s time for him to seek help from a higher power.  First stop is God, praying to the heavens for help.  Asking the lord and savior if his divine intervention will bring success to his beloved team.

Some of you may already see where this is going…

There was no help from God so JR had to look for help in a different place.  A place of fire and brimstone, of pain and terror… that’s right, he asked the devil.  Clutching his hands before his face, praying that the Dark Lord will hear his pleas and grant him the one wish he’s had for the last 28 years of his life.  And then… the buzzers sound – The Blackhawks HAVE WON THE CUP!

JR is ecstatic, every moment of his life was leading up to this moment.  His beloved team has finally won.  Life is complete.

Four months later and it’s life is normal.  Noelle, JR’s girlfriend, still fights for his attention against the Hawks and still loses.  There’s a moment where it seems like he’s ready to take their relationship to the next level, but he’s only getting excited over some blanket.  And here’s where, as the title suggests, All Hell Breaks Loose.

With flashes of light and some gnarly wind Noelle vanishes.  JR is at the mailbox outside, eagerly opening his prized blanket, noticing nothing else that is happening around him.  Which is unfortunate as there are zombies, a mummy and a demon hanging around the neighborhood.

This demon is someone that JR will be relying on, but he doesn’t know that quite yet.

Which brings us to episode two.  Instead of spoiling it for everyone, I’ll now share what I think of the series thus far.

I love it.  I really do, and it’s not only because I watch hockey, enjoy supernatural themes or think that JR is adorable.  There is some great writing and concepts, and hey these guys are looking to launch a whole new film genre!  The lead character is completely believable as a hockey obsessed blogger who dedicates his life to his team.  The fact that he has a loving girlfriend may seem surprising to some, which may mean you don’t know people like that in your own life.  I do, and the girlfriends/wives are some of the most patient people I have ever met.  Mind you I don’t think many of them have been damned to hell due to their boyfriend making a deal with Satan…

But seriously this series deserves a shot to be continued.  I don’t know very many series that combine hockey, Satan, demons, witches – Roller Derby witches at that – skateboarding mummies, zombies, vampires and whatever else is to come with hilarious writing and great characters.

I was given the opportunity to talk to Jeff Hersh (JR) and Mark Kosin who created the series and I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard during an IM conversation.

*Please note that I am not an interviewer and I had a list of questions, plus the idea to try and let it flow like a conversation.  That means I interjected with things that aren’t funny – basically let them run with it.

Jeff Hersh and Mark Kosin have joined the conversation:

Me: Bear with me, haven’t really done one of these before

JH: Neither have I but it’s the future and this is how things are done in the future

Me: This is true!  OK – so I shall get on to some questions I guess.  Aside from the hilarious bios where did Hockey + The Devil idea come from?

JH: It was a combination of ideas.  I’m a huge hockey fan and Buffy The Vampire Slayer/horror fan, and it just seemed like there was not enough hockey meets horror stuff out there.  Plus it took almost 50 years for the ‘Hawks to win the cup, so there had to be some black magic or devil work in there right?

MK: That was my summation

JH: So now you need to make a deal.  But when making a deal with the devil to get your hockey team to win, you gotta wonder who the Devil roots for.  It’s too obvious for him to be a New Jersey (Devils) fan… so clearly it’s the (Philadelphia) Flyers.

MK: Way too obvious.  It makes a lot of sense when you put it all together.  Especially if you’ve ever met a Flyers fan.

JH: Not that we want to alienate the good viewers from the city of brotherly love… much

Me: Did you two play hockey?

MK: I played street hockey when it got popular in the late ’90’s – the “we just saw Mighty Ducks 2 lets all get rollerblades” era.

JH: As did I!  But I kept with it, roller hockey every day after school in the neighborhood and then I started playing some ice hockey.

MK: Yes, the Blackhawks did a really good job forcing kids on to other sports by never airing hockey games on TV.

Me: Bastards

MK: Sadly… don’t worry he’s dead now.

JH: I’m an Islanders fan, so it was always within the realm of possibility that I could play for them… they’ve been pretty terrible most of my life.  Plus they make their backup goalie their GM… so anything can happen.

MK: I wouldn’t be surprised if you could win a spot on the roster by entering a fan contest with the Islanders.

JH: Because we have no fans?  They are just laying dormant, they actually have the core of some great young players, they might just be like the ‘Hawks in a few years.  And of course I’ll make a deal with the devil if I must.

Me: Ah yes thank you, back to this deal.

MK: Jeff’s Hockey tangents are the things of legend.

Me: Would you classify this as a black comedy?

MK: I‘d say its a “black arts” comedy, more than a comedy.  We don’t kill anybody without a joke and always leave open the possibility that they can come back.  In a funny way, not in a Jay Leno way… like a zombie.

JH: But JR is kind of a goof thrown into this where things have horror elements, and sillinesm but the characters are still pretty serious about what they want.  Whether to eat brains, save his girlfriend or overthrow Stan.

MK: JR approaches every situation with a hint of absolute terror and child-like ADD.

JH: Well said.

MK: Its funny because when Jeff pitched the idea he immediately installed himself in the lead – which is a testament to his tremendous ego and that he was really the only guy to play JR.  Your classic post-modern man child.

JH: I thought he was more of a beefy sexual dynamo leading man type.

MK: Right… we keep forgetting to shoot that “JR sweeps a bus of vampire cheerleaders off their feet” scene

Me: Maybe coming up?

MK: Hopefully – though I think it’d be funnier if they took advantage of him, making him even more of a hollow shell.   It just fits the actor better that way… RIGHT JEFF?

JH: I’m sorry.  I missed the last few IMs, I was doing push-ups.

Me: Or was the game on?

JH: It is, Bruins vs Rangers

Me: You have three episodes planned – will there be more?

JH: Well, the people will hopefully demand more.  We made three as kind of a pilot for an ongoing series.

MK: We really want to see how these play – plus we have lots of fun “extra” footage of all our characters.  I love episode 2

JH: It’s the “Empire Strikes Back” of the Sin Bin Saga.

MK: Yeah it’s much more emblematic of the tone we want to set for the show… it’s dark… and ridiculous.

JH: And there are Roller Derby Witches

Me: Anything you want to say for #3?

JH: It has it all… Epic chase, epic battles, epic love scenes…

MK: epic… epicness.  Wait did someone use that tagline already?  Episode 3 is when it all comes together in one big awesome episode.

JH: It’s the “Return of the King” of the Sin Bin Legend.  JR is on skates during it, so it was dangerous to shoot!

ML: The night we shot the final scene everyone was on skates…

JH: Look ma!  No helmet!

Me: Ice?

JH: No… sadly LA weather put the kaboosh on our ice.

MK: Plus it would have thrown the Roller Derby Witches for a loop, and those are girls you don’t want to get angry.

Me: So basically action packed

JH: With heart

MK: And a few scares

JH: And a laugh

MK: And a musical number

Me: All very good things… wait what?

JH: Umm… We didn’t shoot that Mark.  Oh wait, THAT musical number.

MK: Well PART of a musical number.

Me: Well don’t want to give away too many spoilers.  Is there anything else you would like to add?

MK: If anything we hope to be surprising… just like the Hawks!  We just really want to make our mark on the “Hockey Horror Comedy” genre… by inventing it.

JH: We hope people enjoy the show.  We’ve had a ton of fun making it and we want other people to have just as much with this new “Hockey Horror Comedy” genre.

MK: If people have half as much watching it as we had writing it, I’ll be happy.

Me: Well I definitely enjoyed what I have seen so far and this chat has been hilarious.

JH: Well thank you for chatting with us!  We appreciate it and Go Canucks!

MK: Whoa whoa… Hawks may face them in the first round.

Thus ends an hilarious chat, and for the record at the time of writing this the quarter-finals are Canuck 2 vs Blackhawks 0 Big thanks to Jeff & Mark for their patience waiting for me to get the interview scheduled and for being so funny!

Watch JR battles the forces of hell: http://www.thefacepuck.com

Make sure you follow JR on Twitter to get the latest updates of his adventures (especially with The Hawks in the playoffs against my Canucks!) @JRTheFacePuck27.  Also don’t forget to watch the video blogs the characters have posted.  Even though I still haven’t figured out how Noelle is blogging from hell…


Overturn: The Web Series Review


With my interest in the web series format, I embarked upon my viewing of the Overturn series with eagerness. Part science fiction fantasy and part mystery, the series follows main character Christopher Gabriel whose very existence is threatened. All his life he’s been plagued by nightmares and has never been able to gain any relief from them. However, his condition may have more negative connotations than simply a night of missed sleep. He’s kidnapped and tortured by a group of people who seem to know more about him than he knows about himself. The question then is, will he be forever changed when he learns the truth about who or what he is?


The episodes themselves are very short, ranging from three to five minutes apiece. Currently four have been released, with the fifth debuting on March 16th. I have to say that the production quality is higher than I’ve seen in many web productions, so the storyline is enhanced as a result. The disjointed nature of what’s real and what’s a dream puts you inside Christopher’s head and makes they viewer just as disoriented as he is. The whole idea is to find out the truth and you’re taking the journey right along with him. I would suggest that viewers read the short back-story blurb that’s on the website, just to orient themselves with the plot, though. I found my viewing enriched by knowing the basics beforehand.


As both a web series and a storyline in general, Overturn holds much promise for its viewers. I’m interested to see where it goes and what the big reveal might be. As long as the new episodes come out regularly, the audience for this endeavor will definitely be retained. They’ve already got me hooked. Come join the journey!


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