Single Waxy Monkey Frog Seeks Same.
I’m new to this, so forgive me if I come off like a dork! It’s been a while since I’ve dipped my toe into the proverbial “dating pool”, but hey, that’s what the webbing is for, right? I know, I know, lame joke. Let’s see…I’m a pretty normal guy. I lead a pretty active lifestyle. I’m more of a climber than a hopper I guess. And naturally I love swimming. My unblinking stare has been called both sexy and unnerving, but I just like to think it means I’m listening to what you have to say. I don’t really want to come off like too much of a goof, so I’ll stop writing. I’d much rather chat in person. Give me a chance, let’s meet, chat, maybe dance ’til we croak! I know, another lame joke. Trust me, I’m much cooler in person! And waxier.
Ethnicity: Waxy Monkey Frog
Religion: Waxy Monkey Frog
Body Type: Waxy Monkey Frog
Children: Thousands – heck, maybe you’re one of them!
Plans for Children: LOL!
PROFILE OF DESIRED MATCH:
Maximum distance: 3 branches
Ethnicity: Waxy Monkey Frog
Body Type: Waxy Monkey Frog
Height: 60mm – 72mm
I haven’t done this in a while – posted a piece I’ve recently performed in its entirety. It’s a rough monologue I included in the show that Maher, Olsen and I put up last weekend. After performing it three nights in a row, I feel it’s not particularly cohesive, and seems more like an excuse to list a bunch of absurd things. Actually, it basically is a series of previously existing nuggets strung together, with a little new padding around it. So here it is for the blog – try to imagine me in a white tanktop doing a lame Deniro impression and enjoy…
[I am writing this sentence in June of 2006 - I found this post wasn't fully transcribed, so I'm pasting the version of Frankie No-Pants I did in October 2005 here...]
Uh, to start, I should tell you that my name is Frankie No-Pants. You wanna know why they call me Frankie No-Pants, go to Weehawken and fuckin’ ask Tony Has-My-Pants.
I am here tonight as part of my participation in the Riker’s Island Rehabilitainment Program. Rehabilitainment is basically a combination of the words Rehabilitation and Entertainment. It is my goal to rehabilitain myself and others by giving back to the community in laughter and entertainment, something equal to which I have taken from them in money and blood.
For the last piece of tonight’s show, I thought I would talk about someone who is very near and dear to my heart. Whom I lost recently. A young man who taught me that when life gives you lemons, you gotta put those lemons in an oversized tubesock and beat the living crap out of adversity with it. This young man’s name was Little Petey.
I met Little Petey at a meeting for subscribers of Vicarious Astronaut Bi-Monthly Magazine, which is basically a magazine for people who enjoy daydreaming about being astronauts. He and I had both developed an intense interest in imagining we were astronauts during periods of inactivity. Little Petey had taken to daydreaming about being an astronaut during his long and painful hospital stays, and I had taken to daydreaming about being an astronaut during the many nights I had crouched in the backseat of some S.O.B.’s car with a nail gun. Whatever. This meeting is where we connected.
The main point of the meeting was to clear up the confusion as to what “bi-monthly” meant. The room was evenly split between people who expected 24 issues a year, and those who expected 6 issues a year. Neither side was satisfied, since we were in fact receiving 15 issues per year.
At any rate, as everyone was yelling and screaming and throwing styrofoam moons, which was the free giveaway the magazine had provided, I noticed this little boy across the room, about 10 years old. His head and hands were wrapped in bandages, and he had a bowl of ice water in his lap, into which he would periodically dunk his head. He was watching the whole scene with a bemused expression, as if to say “you’re complaining about THIS?” Because you know he was obviously crippled or something.
I went over to him and said “Hey kid”. He said “Hey.” “What’s your name,” I said. “Little Petey,” he said, “what’s your name?” “Frankie-No-Pants” I said. “Why do they call you Frankie No-Pants?” he rejoinedered. So I told him the hilarious story about why they call me Frankie No-Pants. ‘Cause I figure quid pro quo, you know, so I ask him – “what’s with the bandages and the constant dunking of your head in the ice water?” So he tells me he has this condition that he was born with, wherein his brain is constantly overheating. And sometimes it heats up so much that unless he cools it off with ice water, his head would explode. He didn’t use those terms exactly, but you get the drift. I says to him, “And I Thought I Was A Hot- Head!” We laughed and then he winced and stuck his head back in the water. Then I said “Man, that must be pretty tough, having to live with a condition like that.” He said “You haven’t heard the fourth of it!” He then went on to describe an additional three conditions that he was afflicted with, any one of which would render each of our lives unliveable, but which this kid was somehow able to troop along with.
1. Thermal Craniosis. The aforemention hot brain thing.
2. Manual Rotation Perpendiculitis. Due to a crossed-wire in his head or some shit like that, his hands couldn’t properly follow what his brain wanted them to do. Basically, whenever he wanted to make a turning or twisting motion with his hand, like to turn a cold water faucet, he would instead make a violent poking motion.
3. Specific Visual Swapping Syndrome. Incurable. When a person always sees one specific thing when in fact he is looking at one specific other thing. In Little Petey’s case, whenever he thought he was looking at a cold water faucet, he was in fact looking at the tail of a large dog.
4. Half-Inch Differential Binocularity. That’s when whatever you’re looking at is actually half-an-inch higher than where you see it.
So, often times. Whenever Little Petey’s brain would overheat, and he was in desperate need of cold water with which to cool his head off, instead of turning a cold water faucet, he would often instead poke a large dog directly in the ass.
Little Petey and I became fast friends after that meeting. Here was a kid for whom life was even more dangerous and unpredictable than mine. I felt protective, you know? I had never felt that kind of fatherly instinct before, not even towards my own alleged children scattered across the tri-state area. And Wyoming. I sorta became like his older connected brother, you know? I’d take him places, do stuff with him, things a little crippled kid wouldn’t normally get to do without some muscle backing him up. I still remember Sea World. He loved Sea World. We’d sit in the front row during the Shamu shows…he was so carefree during those times because of all the splashing. We’d play astronaut, lunar lander, mission to the moon, whatever you wanna call it. Except the moon was a Korean grocery. He’d wait out in the Lunar Lander – my Ford Explorer, and I’d run in and bring back “moon rocks”. Sometimes several cartons worth. And the moon men would come out of the store yelling “you come back here porice, porice!” “Oh no, Captain Frankie has accidentally swiped some menthol moon rocks!” was one thing Little Petey said once.
We lost Little Petey just a few weeks ago during a field trip with the Make A Wish Except For The Wish To Get Better Foundation to Central Park. It was a hot day, and Little Petey’s ice water bowl had been spilled during a particularly spunky game of Hope Tag. Hope Tag, it’s a fun game for the terminally ill. “Tag – You’re Still Here!” Anyhow, Little Petey was starting to have one of his hot brain episodes just as we passed the dog run. Oh man – “Look at all the frolicking cold water faucets!” He yelled. “I’m gonna go turn them all on and fill my bowl from as many of them as I can!” And off he ran. “No Little Petey, No!” We shouted. “Remember your four conditions!” But we were too late – the dog run exploded in a flurry of dogtivity. I almost got to him before he got to the Great Dane. But it was too late. The great beast was so startled by Little Petey’s sudden act of intimacy that he dragged Little Petey completely across the dog run. By his finger. Unfortunately, the Great Dane was not fast enough to outrun the other angry dogs that continued to rend at Little Petey.
Little Petey was not the first friend of mine to die an early death. Not by a long shot. But he was the first friend of mine to die where I couldn’t say “he kinda had it coming.” What kind of a world rewards perseverance and courage with doom? How come I’m alive and well, a total scumbag, but peachy keen Little Petey has to die? What fucking incentive is there to try at all, to even attempt to rehabilitain oneself when somewhere out there, there’s a Great Dane’s anus waiting to drag you across the big dog run of life. By your finger. Metaphorically speaking. I ask myself these things. But then I remember something Little Petey said to me once, which really, I think, sums up this entire story beautifully and perfectly. He said – hold on, I’m vibrating.
Hello? Yeah, this is Frankie No-Pants. What? You wanna fucking know that, go to Weehawken and ask Tony Has-My-Pants. Huh? Pretending to answer a phone call in order to avoid having to come up with a satisfying conclusion to a pointless story is hack? Well fuck you! Go fuck yourself, Season 2 of The West Wing.
[Andres gives silly look to audience. Beat. blackout]
[beat. lights back up as Andres thanks everyone and says goodnight]
It has begun! A year from now, I fully expect to be sipping a margarita on the deck of my yacht. THIS shall rocket me to stardom! Just click on the word “THIS”. And then scroll down. No, further. You gotta…yeah, scroll just a little further down. BAM! There I am! Pretty cool, eh? Yeah. Okay, the phone should start ringing any second now…hmm. I wonder if the battery is…no, the battery’s fine. Well, it’s early in the morning. I’m gonna live forever. I’m gonna learn how to fly. High! Woo Hoo! Okay, I gotta go make copies.
Again, due to linklife paranoia, I shall post the text of the article here:
Andres du Bouchet
We first saw Andres du Bouchet at the Public Theater as a finalist in a comedy contest presented by the Toyota Comedy Festival. We were impressed by his energy, improv skills, wild cast of characters, and ability to channel a mightily melodic Billy Joel. Exploring more deeply, we also found he’s the creator and host of “Giant Tuesday Night of Amazing Inventions and Also There Is a Game,” a comedy mouthful currently running Tuesdays at 8 pm at Under St. Marks Theater. (In case you’re wondering, yes, there are inventions and games along with wacky comedy.)
We’re amazed how du Bouchet manages his ultracreative comedy pace. First, he has his popular variety show featuring an always impressive roster of changing comedy talent. Then, while continuing to write pieces, he creates new characters and stage material while also working as a sought-after stand-up and well-respected host at other venues, including B3 and “Eating It” at Luna Lounge (where he is a frequent guest — a very high compliment in NYC comedy circles). He’s also appeared in sketches on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn,” was recently nominated for two ECNY (Emerging Comics of New York) awards, and has been published in The Onion’s “Say Something Funny” column. One of his pieces will soon be presented in the humor compendium “Mirth of a Nation,” and he periodically presents updated ramblings at www.andresdubouchet.com.
This comedic Renaissance man also keeps up a host of comedy partnerships, including Save the Town Productions, a small theatre company he co-founded with Bob Powers, in which most of the writers and performers involved are fellow comedians. He’s also half of the sketch and video comedy duo Only Children (with James Greenberg — they used to be in the popular improv troupe Scared Scriptless). You can catch their modern take on old-fashioned comedy duos (in this case, they’re both the straight man) Thursdays at 10:30 pm in July at the Peoples Improv Theater (aka the PIT).
Despite being a solid collaborator who is always giving other performers needed stage time, we think du Bouchet is also a great solo artist with a long career ahead. He’s the kind of consistent performer you know will always do something fresh and original, not to mention wonderfully silly. Our intuition tells us that if he slowed his creative comedy pace, he’d likely be discovered (as many comics are) as a fine serious actor for film and TV roles. So run and catch him now, while Hollywood’s loss is our comedy gain.
I am writing to express my extreme dissatisfaction with my latest headshot (enclosed):
When I first saw your ad in Backstage, I was skeptical: “Professional headshots for one dollar!” It seemed too good to be true. But being in the rather dire financial straits that I am, and in need of new headshots, I decided to plunk down my last buck and take a chance with your company. How sorely disappointed I am. As you can see from the resulting photo, your photographer, Charles Norman Nelson, proved utterly unable to capture my natural charm, sense of whimsy, left eye or right hand. His suggestion that I wave during the shoot seemed odd at the time, and it certainly looks ludicrous here. In addition, I do not have a beard, I am not of Middle Eastern descent, and I distinctly remember smiling during the shoot. About the only thing Charles was able to capture properly was my awesome hat, which actually looks great here. However, it is not my HAT that needed to look great in these photos! My HAT has no interest in regional musical theater! BUT I DO. My hat cannot sing worth a lick, and does not command the stage as a rose commands a flower arrangement! BUT I CAN AND I DO! My opinion in the professional artistic community may not carry much weight right now, but soon it shall be as an anvil. Is. Therefore, I demand that you return my dollar, or incur my further wrath and lots of bad-mouthing by me. About you. I’ve lost my train of thought and my fingers ache. I shall await my refund with continuing vitriol.
Andres Mario du Bouchet (angered)
Can you hear them, Unicorn Tamer? Can you hear the cheers of the bloodthirsty crowd? They know that you will never be able to tame the Space Pirate King’s prized unicorn: Prancer.
Maybe you’re right, Clownbot. But I’ll tell you something – there wasn’t a unicorn on Earth that I couldn’t tame, and I’m betting that things will be no different out here. In space.
Ah ha ha ha. Your confidence shall be your undoing. Damn catalogs.
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