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Garrens Comedy Troupe reunion video!

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Remember the Garrens Comedy Troupe? Remember when we did a 20th anniversary show? Remember when we released the video of that show?

No you don’t because we didn’t UNTIL NOW! Now there is video! You can buy it for $10 and watch it forever!

It was a really fun show, and the video (shot with multiple cameras, high-def, good sound) captures it. We did a bunch of classic sketches and songs with as many of the original cast members as we could dig up from various prisons and homeless shelters.

Here are a few clips:

 

 

Get the digital download here, via Gumroad. We’re also selling digital versions of our old CDs, “The Garrens Comedy Troupe Live!” and “Songs of Love and BYU,” which people occasionally ask about.

Randy Newman’s ’12 Years a Slave’ song

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

For the third year in a row, I have for some reason written and recorded a song in the style of Randy Newman and pretended it is the theme song from a current movie. First it was “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” then “Skyfall,” and now “12 Years a Slave.”

The song doesn’t have any real spoilers for “12 Years a Slave” (you already know he’s going to get free eventually), but you’ll appreciate it more if you’ve seen it. Listen with the player below, or over at Soundcloud. If you’d like to download an MP3 of the song for $1, you can do so here.

Movie B.S. audio commentary: ‘Predator’

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Have you always wanted to watch the Arnold Schwarzenegger film “Predator” with me and Jeff Bayer? Then I have good news! We recorded an audio commentary for this movie as a reward for one of our Cannes Kickstarter supporters, and we liked it enough to make it available to the general public (you).

Here’s how it works. You pay $1.99 and download the MP3. Then you get a copy of “Predator” (sorry, we can’t sell you the movie), and you get ready to watch it. Then you start playing the MP3, which begins with me and Jeff telling you when to press “play” on the movie so it’ll be synced up with us. Then you watch the movie and listen to us talk about it and make jokes and stuff.

Note, this isn’t intended to be “Mystery Science Theater”-style heckling. There’s some of that, but it’s improvised; we didn’t prepare any zingers in advance. It’s more like a standard (but excellent!) DVD commentary in which we talk about the movie and pick it apart while we watch it.

We had fun doing it, and we’ll do more if people like this one. Actually, we’ll do more if people download this one, regardless of whether they like it. But we also hope they like it!

Download the commentary here.

Don’t miss The Garrens Comedy Troupe 20th Anniversary Reunion Spectacular!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The only worthwhile thing I did my freshman year of college was start The Garrens Comedy Troupe. I had the idea in mind when I got to BYU, and one of my new dorm buddies, Braden Jacobs, helped me get it off the ground. We started it as a campus club, held auditions, and assembled a cast. On Jan. 22, 1993, we did our first show. It was a hit! Possibly because admission was free.

We started charging the next week, but the audience came anyway. For the next eight years, The Garrens performed on campus every Friday night, and did dozens of off-campus shows, too, at other colleges and corporate events and stuff. New cast members came and went. I went off to serve an LDS mission for two years, leaving the group in Lincoln Hoppe’s capable, supple hands. We released a cassette and two CDs of our sketches and songs. We did sketches for a giant Marriott Center audience at some campus event. I daresay we became an institution. If you were at BYU between 1993 and 2001, it is highly likely that you attended a Garrens show. You’d definitely heard of us, anyway.

And now we are doing a reunion show! The Garrens Comedy Troupe 20th Anniversary Reunion Spectacular! [BUY TICKETS!] It’s happening Sept. 14 — exactly 20 years after 7 1/2 months after that first show! (Why didn’t we do it last January? Because who wants to go to Utah in January, that’s why.) Some 30 cast members are gathering to perform an evening of sketches and songs from the old days, to be followed by what is sure to be a rollicking Improv Jam.

You guys, this show is going to be so fun. SO FUN!! We’ve spent the summer combing through our material, looking for the best stuff that’s still funny and not too dated. It’ll be nostalgic for anyone who saw us perform back then, but people who have never heard of The Garrens will also laugh at our antics and shenanigans. This I assure you! Our top priority has been to put together a hilarious show, not just to pander to nostalgia. [BUY TICKETS!]

So if you’ll be in or near Provo on Saturday, Sept. 14, please — do me a favor; do yourself a favor — come to this show! It will make laughters come out of you, all over the place.

The Garrens Comedy Troupe 20th Anniversary Reunion Spectacular!
Saturday, Sept. 14
7 p.m., to be followed (at no additional charge) by an Improv Jam
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
JSB Auditorium at BYU
Provo, Utah

BUY TICKETS HERE

Some of the things we’ll be performing:

Guys Apartment
Sharing Our Journals
Mime Guy
Social Hugs 101
Jokers Club
The General Authorities Song

… and about a dozen more sketches and songs

Some of the people who will be in it:

Eric D. Snider
Lincoln Hoppe
Lisa Valentine Clark
Daryn Tufts
Randy Tayler
Aaron Johnston
Ken Craig
Katie Craig
Joel R. Wallin
Mark Berrett
Lauren Johnston
Becky Baird
Shawn Rapier
Jjana Valentiner
Jason Ball
Marc E. Shaw

… and about a dozen more hams and idiots

P.S. It is our intention to film the show and make DVDs and downloads available later, so all is not lost if you can’t make it to Provo on the night in question. That being said, there is always the chance the video will get screwed up and we won’t be able to sell it after all. The only way to be sure you don’t miss the show is to be there live, in person, even if you have to sell everything you own to get there, it is probably worth it.

P.P.S. For a more thorough Garrens history, read this.

Please help send Movie B.S. to Cannes!

Monday, February 20th, 2012

As you may know, I am the cohost of a weekly podcast called “Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider.” I’m the Snider part; my friend and colleague Jeff Bayer is the Bayer part. (It took a while to settle on those roles, but we’re happy with the way it turned out.) We thought it would be fun to take our show to the Cannes Film Festival and do daily podcasts reporting on the movies we’ve seen, the snootiness we’ve encountered, and the French people who have made us uncomfortable. This does sound like fun, no?

But it’s an expensive festival to travel to, and Jeff and I aren’t exactly loaded, even though his wife is a doctor and I am an Internet sensation. We have therefore launched a Kickstarter campaign to send “Movie B.S.” to Cannes! We need $5,000 to cover air fare, hotel accommodations, and daily baguettes. If we can raise the money, we’ll do at least six podcasts of at least 45 minutes each during the week we’re there. Like our regular weekly shows, these podcasts will be available free of charge to anyone who wants to listen.

We have until March 8 to get $5,000 in pledges. The way Kickstarter works is that nobody pays anything until March 8 — and even then, only if we’ve reached the $5,000 threshold. If we fall short, nobody pays nothin’, and we forget the whole thing. And it doesn’t matter how much you pledge. Minimum is a dollar. Wanna pledge a dollar? Be our guest! Thank you!

There are rewards for more significant contributions. For $100, we’ll let you be a guest on one of our regular weekly shows for five minutes, to talk about whatever you want (within reason). For $250, you get that prize, plus a T-shirt with the fabulous Movie B.S. Cannes graphic image seen above. For $500, you get the guest spot, plus the T-shirt, plus Jeff and I will record an audio commentary for the movie of your choosing! This will be great.

Like I said, any contribution of $1 or more is welcome and appreciated. And if you’re not already listening to “Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider” on a regular basis, this would be a fine time to start!

(P.S. In a few months there will be another Kickstarter campaign for another year of Snide Remarks, so if you have a finite Kickstarter budget for all of 2012, feel free to split it between this one and that one. Oh, and thanks again.)

Friday movie roundup – April 8

Friday, April 8th, 2011

If you follow me or any other movie-oriented people on Twitter, you probably know that the fine movie blog Cinematical was essentially shut down this week, with the last of the editors quitting and nearly all of the writers (including me) being dismissed. This is bad news for the online movie world, and it’s been encouraging to see the many, many R.I.P. tweets going out all week.

I’m lucky in that I have other freelancing teats from which to suckle, most importantly Film.com. Many of the other Cinematical folks were earning more of their livelihoods from Cinematical than I was and are thus further up a creek now than I am. I hope they’re able to find other gigs soon.

I’ll be writing more about what happened, and why, and who deserves the blame (spoiler alert: Arianna Huffington) in the next couple days.

In the meantime, here’s the roundup of this week’s reviews and such:

“Arthur” (review at Film.com): B-

“Your Highness”: D

“Hanna”: B

“Soul Surfer” had a screening, but it was the same time as “Arthur.” It’s about a surfer who gets her arm bitten off by a shark, though, so that’s cool.

At Film.com, I spotlighted 10 summer movies I’m looking forward to that don’t have superheroes in them; “What’s the Big Deal?” addressed “Metropolis”; and “Eric’s Bad Movies” took a can of Raid to “Empire of the Ants.”

And for some reason you can also hear me talk a lot this week, if you want to. I joined Jeremy Kirk and Tim Buel for the “Golden Briefcase” podcast. Then Chase Whale interviewed me for his “Whale of a Writer” series (GET IT?? He’s saying I’m fat). Then, after the Cinematical thing went down, I was invited to join Scott Weinberg and Erik Davis to discuss it on “Reject Radio,” hosted by “Cole Abaius.” Part of that involved participating in a game show, which was very exciting for me. (Listener advisories: there’s some cussin’ in the first one, none in the second one, a tiny bit in the third one.)

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Listen to “Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider,” a weekly Internet radio show featuring Jeff Bayer and Eric D. Snider, at Cascadia.fm. It’s live at 11 a.m. (Pacific) every Friday, then downloadable as a podcast. Ignore the iTunes “explicit” tag; we always keep it PG.

My ‘comedy’ ‘songs’ are on the Internet

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

One of the secrets from my past is that I recorded two CDs of live comedy. Mostly it’s me playing the piano and singing, though there is also some talking. (I am better at talking than singing.) “Will Make Jokes for Food” came out in 2003, with the follow-up, “Monkeys and Pirates Are Funny,” in 2006. Some of the songs were written during that time, but a lot of them were much older, having been written for the Garrens Comedy Troupe at BYU between 1993 and 2001.

The CDs were basically self-released, and I sold them through my website and when I would do live shows, which wasn’t very often. Now they’re out of print, so I have uploaded many of the songs to iLike.com, where you can listen to them or download them. For free, even!

Here’s my iLike page. I’ve divided the songs not by album but by category, “General Merriment” and “Merriment Specific to Utah and/or Mormon Culture.” (The Mormons may be interested to know that included in that batch is a brand-new updated version of “The General Authorities Song.”) If you’re not familiar with Utah and/or Mormon culture, you won’t get the jokes in those songs, but trust me, they are hilarious. The other songs should be equally amusing to all persons regardless of geography or creed.

Not everything from the CDs is on here. I might add some more over time. There are a few songs that I just don’t think are funny anymore. There are others that I like but where my performance on the recordings is subpar. I had a tendency to play things increasingly faster. I also had a tendency to play some wrong notes on the piano. That’s the trouble with someone who doesn’t do a lot of live shows recording live albums: I wasn’t practiced at getting things exactly right. I’ve toyed with the idea of re-recording some of these songs in the studio (i.e., my apartment, with my computer), but then of course we’d lose the audience reaction, which I think adds to the effect. So I don’t know.

Also, there are two songs, “Not Fooling Anyone” and “Mel Gibson,” that came after the CDs. The latter was after Mel’s drunk-driving anti-Jew tirade, but before the racist misogyny tirades.

(If you want liner notes on the songs, including the ones not online, here’s “Will Make Jokes for Food,” and here’s “Monkeys and Pirates Are Funny.”)

Movie roundup, ‘Snide Remarks,’ tweet-up

Monday, July 5th, 2010

I don’t write “Snide Remarks” columns regularly anymore, but I was pleased to do so on the occasion of the new “Twilight” movie, “Eclipse,” being released. I was especially pleased because it’s being published at Cinematical, which pays me money, rather than just at EricDSnider.com, which does not.

In other catching-up news: Last week’s movie reviews are “Eclipse” (at Cinematical), “The Last Airbender” (at Film.com) and “Micmacs” (at Film.com).

“Eric’s Bad Movies” at Film.com was about “Sleepwalkers,” a Stephen King misfire from 1992 involving cats, incest, and brief glimpses of Ron Perlman. “What’s the Big Deal?” addressed “Raging Bull,” the fine Martin Scorsese picture from 1980.

I also proposed an idea for a Smurfs-Garfield-Marmaduke crossover film.

“Eric’s Bad Movies” and “What’s the Big Deal?” won’t appear this week because I’m taking a brief vacation. Where will I be, you ask? Not that it’s any of your business, but Utah! And tomorrow, July 6, I’m having a tweet-up in Provo, and everyone is invited: friends, acquaintances, strangers, stalkers, readers, people who follow me on Twitter, people who follow me in real life, everyone! I hope to see you there! Yes, YOU, specifically!

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July 6: Tweet-up in the park!

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Next Tuesday, July 6, if you walk outside and find yourself in the general vicinity of Provo, Utah, cancel whatever you’re doing and come to Pioneer Park at 5:30 p.m. for the First (and Last) Annual Eric D. Snider Tweet-Up and Gathering of General Merriment for Friends and Strangers!

Strictly informal and casual. Nobody’s providing anything. No specific activities are planned, although I guess if someone brings a piano I’ll do a couple songs, just because it would be funny if someone actually brings a piano to the park. Bring your kids if you wanna. Bring food and beverages if you want to eat and drink. If you just want to sit around and mingle, then just bring your butt and your mingling hat.

Who is invited? Everyone! People who follow me on the Twitters! People who read stuff that I write! People I used to know but haven’t seen in forever! People I am friends with but never get a chance to see when I’m in town because I’m never there for very long and maybe I don’t have their phone numbers anymore! People who are entirely unfamiliar with me but found this announcement because they googled “provo park merriment”! Everyone is welcome, except for former employers!

Here is a summary of the pertinent info, in the manner of an invitation, so that you will think you have been specifically invited:

What: The First (and Last) Annual Eric D. Snider Tweet-Up and Gathering of General Merriment for Friends and Strangers

When: Tuesday, July 6, 5:30 p.m.-???? (“????” probably means like 8:00 or so.)

Where: Pioneer Park, 500 W. Center St., Provo, Utah

For whom: Anyone who wants to come hang out for a while, maybe eat some food (if they bring it themselves), say hello, enjoy the park, &c.

UPDATE: I can now confirm that a celebrity guest named Momma Snider will be in attendance! You will treat her with respect, unless your disrespect is especially funny.

Friday movie roundup – May 21

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The surprising thing about “MacGruber” (review at Cinematical) is that despite being based on a “Saturday Night Live” sketch, it’s not terrible. I know! Believe me, we were as astonished as you are, when we saw it at South By Southwest in March. The general consensus was that wow, this is actually pretty funny.

The less surprising thing about “Shrek Forever After” (review at Film.com) is that, eh, it’s all right. Not bad, not great. If it were an episode of a “Shrek” TV show, it would be fine. Doesn’t seem worthy of the big screen, though, unless you’re seeing it for free, maybe.

In limited release is “The Square,” a fiendishly bleak and gripping thriller from Australia about plans gone awry. You know the type: a couple ordinary people plan a crime of some kind, things go wrong, then more things go wrong when they try to fix the first things that went wrong, and then things go even more wrong, etc. It’s playing now in Portland and in Salt Lake City, to name two places where I know a lot of you people live.

Also in limited release: “The Human Centipede.” To me this title sounds like a jolly children’s book, but it is not. It’s an already-legendary “midnight” movie about a mad scientist who wants to sew three people together into a, um, human centipede. It’s pretty gross, although not nearly as gross as it could have been, given the circumstances.

Other movie things I wrote this week:

Eric’s Bad Movies at Film.com has “Rambo III,” in conjunction with “MacGruber,” which is sort of a parody of movies like “Rambo III.” “Rambo III” is big, loud, and stupid, and I stand by that. Also, I’m more pleased with the outcome of this edition of Eric’s Bad Movies than I have been in a few weeks. Sometimes you nail it, sometimes you don’t, you know?

Speaking of hilarious comedy jokes, I wrote a piece for Cinematical about why it’s a mistake to cut Megan Fox from “Transformers 3.” Be sure to read the comments people have left…

Then there was the “Hurt Locker” producer who managed to win a debate be on the right side of a debate while still being a jerk.

Were you wondering whose fault it is that “Robin Hood” turned out lousy? Turns out we’ve identified the culprits.

And What’s the Big Deal? at Film.com addresses “Chinatown,” a fantastic movie from  1974, a year that also brought us “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “The Godfather Part II,” “The Conversation,” and the birth of Eric D. Snider.

Two things you should subscribe to: “In the Dark,” my weekly e-mail collection of the latest reviews, DVD releases, and merriment; and “Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider,” the weekly Internet-radio program in which Jeff Bayer and I talk about movies. You can also listen to that show live at 11 a.m. (PDT) every Friday. There’s no way to listen to “In the Dark” live, however, as it is an e-mail, not an audio program.

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