Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh… The blue collar San Francisco of the east.  How we love you so.

I arrived in Pittsburgh on April 2, full of hope, saltines and gatorade – my manna after an evening trying unsuccessfully to repress my own vomit – and made my first stop of the trip at Point Park University.  Missy, Pittsburgh native and Point Park alumni, met me there soon afterwards.  The Point Park alumni association had invited us there to interview us about our show, and more specifically about how Missy’s education at Point Park University prepared her for success in Chicago.  Our Interviewer was great and he spliced together this cool video that I think highlights the Point Park Theatre Department and Reset List very well.  Please note, I wore a tie.

After our interview, Missy, myself and my tie toured the building where Missy received her awesome education.  Hugs were given liberally, famous people in pictures were pointed out, stories of faceless strangers flew over heads (mine) like flocks of geese, and I got a better idea of who Missy was in her college years.  We found ourselves at the end of the tour in the Point Park cafe where I enjoyed a quick lunch of Pirates Booty and more Gatorade to ensure that I did not puke during the next act in our adventures in Pittsburgh.

The real reason, or rather, the other reason we were at Point Park was because we were invited to teach an improv workshop to the theatre students currently studying there.  On a Monday afternoon we had 19 students, 1 observer and 3 teachers at our workshop.  The students had varying levels of improv experience but they were all fearless and jumped right into the exercizes we brought to the table.  They yes/anded, heightened emotions and stole focus like pros.  When we reached the musical improv portion of the workshop the students caught on quickly and really shined.  The workshop concluded with the students singing a group number from Hunger Games Zombies (the musical) titled “Love at First Bite.”   It (and they) rocked.

Thank you to the Point Park University Theatre Department for having us.  We would love to come back at any time to teach/play again.

After checking into our hotel and chilling for a moment Missy and I headed back into the streets of Pittsburgh.  Dinner was calling our names and we returned that call with screams of “Primanti Brothers!!!”  For my first real meal in 24 hours it was fitting to try to make myself sick again.  A Priamanti Brother’s sandwich comes with your choice of meat which is then topped with a heaping pile of cole slaw and fries, and served on a piece of wax paper.  You are somehow expected to be able to fit this mountain of a sandwich into your mouth for the purposes of consumption, and we met those expectations with unhinged python jaws.  While I did succeed in eating my entire sandwich I failed to elicit another evening of prayer to the porcelain gods.  Sorry.

And with that Pittsburgh Vol. 1, Chapter 1 comes to a close.

On Tuesday, April 3rd 2012 Reset List is descending upon the great city of Pittsburgh to shake its steel foundations with rock and roll.  We take the stage at the Sing Sing Dueling Piano Bar at 8p.m. for an evening of high expectations and lowered inhibitions.  Stand-up comedian Aaron Kleiber opens the evening.  Aaron has opened for the likes of Sinbad, Bobcat Goldthwait and Steve-O from Jackass and we are stoked to share a stage with him.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with an 8 p.m. go time.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.  

The venue is 21 and over (with no drink minimum…but probably a maximum)

SEE YINZ THERE!

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Save the Bees, Y’all

Posted: March 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Busy Bee Promotions, teaming up with Heifer International, produced the 1st annual Busy Bee Ball in an effort to save the bees from colony collapse disorder and to provide healthy hives to communities all around the world.  Vendors and performers donated their products and talents for this ball and Reset List was one of them.  We shared the stage with awesome acts such as Dot Dot Dot, Jenn Cuneta and David “Jade” Sotomayor.  Also lending their skills was a contortionist, a stilt walker a ball balancer extraordinaire and a few people who played very well with fire.  If this was not enough for attendees to enjoy, there was food and drink aplenty AND a slide/ball pit and swingset to boot.

Our set list eludes me though I know we created new theme songs for Illi Issimo, Cascal and Kerrygold (hopefully to the delight of the product reps who were attending the ball).  I’ll blame my memory lapse on a “head injury” sustained while playing in the ball pit.

Thanks to Busy Bee Promotions for inviting us to help them save some Bees.  We had a great time and we left with some sweeeeeeeeeeeet swag.

NYMIF 2011

Posted: March 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

We were invited back to New York City for the third annual New York Musical Improv Festival. Missy and I (Matt) had a fantastic time at NYMIF 2010 and so we jumped at the opportunity to perform again. This year showcased the talents of 35 different groups from all over the country and we were fortunate enough to be one of them.

It was just the two of us performing again and we wanted to raise the bar so I bought myself a little toy. A little expensive toy – also known as a looping pedal – that allowed our two person show to become a seven layer dip of improvised rock and roll awesomeness.  Plus we wore matching outfits.  Matching. Mother. Effing. Outfits.

Bar raised.

Here’s the set list…

  • The Badgers Stole Our Moment
  • What’s New in Atlantic City
  • Cinnamon Obsession
  • Why Am I Still on Fire?
  • Shiny Hiney
  • I Love Salmon Roe
  • Porn for Dummies

Thanks once again to the awesome folks at NYMIF for having us.  Let’s play again sometime.

Pimprov, the best, and only pimps doing improv anywhere ever, invited us to open for them on October 21st.  I’ve seen them a few times and they certainly do bring the funny.  They also bring a great effing audience who were a joy to play for. 

The set list went something like this:

  • Great Lakes Burning River
  • Mr. Baum
  • Green Balloon
  • Birthday Song
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow
  • Wrinkly Balls

Have us back any time, pimps.