Thursday, September 27, 2018

We checked out Bathtubs Over Broadway at the PTFF...

The Port Townsend Film Festival has come and gone but one film will last, at least with me personally. Bathtubs Over Broadway.

In the documentary, Bathtubs Over Broadway, we see Steve Young (joke writer on David Letterman's late night show and co-author of Everything's Coming Up Profits - The Golden Age Of The Industrial Musical) initially use Industrial Musicals as joke material, only to become something more than just a gag.

An Industrial Musical is basically a production put on for employees of corporations and businesses to motivate productivity and sales.

We follow Mr. Young and his journey across the country in search of the musicals and performers. You see, these musicals were not intended for the general public's viewing. They were only produced for employees of these businesses. Few of these performances were recorded, and distributed minimally on lp's. These recordings became sought after by Mr. Young, leading him on this adventure to collect as many as possible.

His journey not only opens the door to this unique side of the entertainment and performing arts business, but opens us up to the history and performers of this obscure sub-genre of stage musical.

We meet a handful of interesting characters, including notable appearances from Martin Short, Jello Biafra, Florence Henderson and more...

This film offers us an interesting view and history lesson from a golden age of industry and performing arts. Bathtubs Over Broadway is currently doing the festival rounds so find it at a festival near you.

Check out this teaser from Tribeca Film Fest about Bathtubs Over Broadway!

I hope my ramblings made you want to see this movie! You can find more info on the documentary, including upcoming screenings at www.bathtubsoverbroadway.com


Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          



Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Simpsons fans will dig this real life Kwik E Mart!

A couple weeks ago, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across an article about a convenience store opening in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It wasn't just your regular neighborhood grab and go mini mart, though. This was a for real life Kwik E Mart, based on Bart Simpson's go to stop for his brain freeze inducing, frozen beverage of choice, the Squishee!

The Simpsons television show has been a long part of many of our lives, and the characters are pretty much pop culture icons, so this article about the Kwik E Mart opening excited me.

It just so happened that my sister and her boyfriend were visiting Myrtle Beach, so I HAD to put a call out for them to check it out. To my surprise, they were literally on their way to the Kwik E Mart, themselves.

Of course me being me, I requested photos, so I can share with you all.

Check this place out!








 Apparently they're opening a little theatre dedicated to The Simpsons too! I'd never leave!
 They even sent Kwik E Mart gifts for me!
Thanks to Michael Garrett for sending thebphotoa from the Kwik E Mart. He's not only my sister's significant other, but he's also an avid gamer, nerd, and Funko Pop collector ...go follow him on Twitter: @delmarsc

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Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout