Our opening night tonight was pretty fun. Even I enjoyed myself, and I’m usually a nervous wreck when it comes to our opening performance at the Fringe. We sounded great, most of our cues were tight, and we remembered 95% of our lines, correctly at that! The audience laughed in the right places, and enthusiastic audience members clapped or sang along to familiar songs. They seemed to enjoy our new stuff too, which is awesome, because part of the fun of being in Apocalypse Kow is in seeing what songs we can blow their minds with by singing it a cappella. Whether it’s Britney Spears’ Toxic, Pachelbel’s Canon leading into Green Day’s Basketcase, or the classic Ring of Fire, there’s always something a new audience member is surprised and/or impressed by. And there’s nothing I love more than an appreciative audience!
Most of my worries this year had to do with some of our merchandise and how it was all coming at the last minute. A little flooding here, a little missed email there, some scheduling difficulties over here, and last-minute things get to be last-second things. We received our shipment of new t-shirts this morning, and our new CDs were handed to us 90 seconds before curtain while we were in the green room! That cuts things a little too close for comfort.
But everything looks great and the CD sounds great. The only downside is that, due to our super-rushed t-shirt order, the printing company forgot to send us some tote bags so our ultra-magnificent merchanise combo offer, the Apocalypse Kow Beefy Package, while still a good value, is not as good a value as it would have been (or as convenient to carry) without the tote. Depending on when we get the totes, we may extend the Beefy Package deal through to our annual Kristmas Kabaret. Also, we owe one audience member 5 Kowzoos since, while remembering to haul all the new shirts to the venue this afternoon, we forgot to haul the Kowzoos.
But the Beefy Package still stands! You get:
- one t-shirt of choice
- we throw in a blue ladies’ logo t or a white logo t
- any two CDs of choice
- 5 Kowzoos
And you get all of that (approximately $50-$60 value) for only $40. Hope to see y’all at the show, and at the merch table so you can at least say hello afterwards!
Hey, Kow boys and Kow girls. There appears to be some confusion regarding the Fringe’s online ticketing system. Some patrons report being unable to purchase tickets for some shows. This is allegedly due to certain performances appearing in grey, a pretty universal online symbol of “unavailable.” This is not the case, however, and tickets for those show are still available. So if you are trying to order tickets online and find a performance in grey, you should still be able to get tickets for that performance. Why the Fringe did it this way, I don’t know, but note that for Apocalypse Kow’s Greatest Show Ever, at least, we will have 50 tickets available at the door for every performance.
And because of my confusion over dates, we run Friday to Monday, then Wednesday to Sunday, and not Saturday as I originally thought.
The Edmonton International Fringe Festival is upon us and, with it, the latest in a 9-season streak of Apocalypse Kow shows. This is our third year at an indoor BYOV and we are excited to bring our fans a brand new shows filled with exciting and improbable features: puppy fire-juggling, baby pyrotechnics, international celebrities, a laser light show, a foreword by Abraham Lincoln’s ghost, choreography inspired by the works of Nana Mouskouri, and much, much more!
But as with all grand schemes, this show is bound to hit a few snags. Just what those snags are and how they’ll affect our boys from Moo Corner, you’ll have to attend the show to find out. We have a host of new songs to present to you as well as a brand new album and new t-shirts that are so hot off the presses you’ll need gloves in order to handle them. And if you’re new to the Apocalypse Kow experience, be sure to inquire about our Beefy Package after the show. You won’t be disappointed!
Details for Apocalypse Kow’s Greatest Show Ever! can be found online, in your Fringe program, or summarized below.
The show starts at 7pm, Friday to Monday and Wednesday to Saturday, at BYOV 36 (Knox-Metropolitan United Church, 109 street and 83 ave). Tickets are $10, or $8 for students and seniors. If you’re a Fringe artist, present your artist badge for free admission. We also have a concession so you can refresh (or distract) yourself with chocolate and pop. Audience participation is strongly encouraged. We look forward to blowing your mind, knocking your socks off, and confusing your elbows with our shenanigans!
Thanks to our fans for spreading the word about the show and bringing new fans into the herd. Moo!
Announcing our new, limited edition shirt for the 2013/2014 season. It’s Apocalypse Kow’s Greatest Shirt Ever! and they’ll be available at this year’s Fringe Festival following each and every performance. The shirts are available in three colours–green, blue, and red–in both men’s and ladies’ style shirts. The colours are slightly different between the men’s and ladies’ shirts, so I have no trouble selling a ladies style shirt to a dude or a men’s shirt to a dudette, if that’s what you really want.
Note that I also have no trouble selling a men’s style CD to a lady or a ladies style Kow-Zoo to a man, and I am more than willing to sell Jago for the price of a frappuccino after the Fringe is done. The Jago is only gently used, still runs fine on beef and potatoes, and is computer-savvy. He enjoys comedy, comic books, Animal Crossing on the Nintendo 3DS, and Real Housewives of Moose Jaw on The Saskatchewan Network. He drives a Honda and he’s ready to mingle, ladies (and select, extremely wealthy and even more extremely celibate gentlemen).
We have many ideas for new shirts, but since we moved to an indoor Fringe stage a couple of years ago, the potential market for our shirts has decreased and though you may be the awesomest Kow fan, you can only want so many of the same t-shirt (one, usually). So we haven’t done a whole lot of shirt designing in the last few years. But in those last few years, we’ve had numerous requests to bring back the “ceci n’est pas un kow” shirt and we are nothing if not responsive to our public.
Here is the new design for the oft-requested shirt. The text is a slightly different font only because my computer, which stored the old design, has gone through two hard drive crashes since the original was created. The kow is the same, though perhaps a little older, more careworn, a better Call of Duty: Black Ops player, perhaps. This is a kow wiser in the ways of a cappella music and muay thai. I hope this meets with y’all’s approval.