Fringe mid-week update

It’s mid-week for Apocalypse Kow, and how is Apocalypse Kow’s Greatest Show Ever?

According to our audience, it’s a really good show! There are tons of laughs, plenty of great music, and fun for the whole family. We’ve been reviewed by Vue Weekly’s Carolyn Jervis, who calls us “good-spirited entertainment for all ages” and “Edmonton’s most endearing group of a cappella nerds.” Three stars from the reviewer and four stars from Vue readers!

We take a break tomorrow (Tuesday) but are back Wednesday night and run nightly until the end of Fringe, including Sunday night. Come and see us, laugh your butts off, and cap the night by taking a little piece of Kow home with you, whether it’s in the form of Apocalypse Kow’s Greatest CD Ever, Apocalypse Kow’s Greatest Shirt Ever, or, you know, one of Apocalypse Kow’s greatest hugs ever! I hear Joel Forth has been offering free hugs.

Fringe update: Opening night!

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’ ToxicPachelbel’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!

Fringe online ticketing issues

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.

Fringe is upon us!

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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!

 

 

Hear Stan teach. Teach, Stan, teach.

I don’t know how many Kow fans know me well, but I used to be a really shy boy. In junior high, I took Drama as an option because, despite my shyness, I liked being on stage pretending to be someone I wasn’t, or do something I wouldn’t normally do. This has led to a lifelong love of performing and receiving applause from a satisfied audience. I’ve done everything from Shakespeare to one-acts written by friends, comedies to dramas, improv, sketch comedy, emceeing, and even amateur film. And, of course, there’s my singing “career” which includes classical choirs, a jazz choir, an a cappella choir, and Apocalypse Kow.

This past year, I was given the opportunity to do some new things. I have a very small role in an upcoming episode of local television comedy Tiny Plastic Men (viewable only on Super Channel, unforunately). And I was hired to voice an animated character. I’ve always been fascinated by cartoons and voicing, and over the years, I’ve just gotten more and more intrigued by character voicing and voice-over. A decade ago, I was so intrigued that I took a couple of voice workshops, which I loved. I never did anything with it because I had a really good day job at the time, but since leaving that job in 2012, I’ve been tentatively dipping my toe back into those waters.

A former co-worker founded his own software company and was developing educational apps. A new app series he was developing needed a character, and a mutual friend (another former co-worker) was aware of my aspirations so connected the two of us. And now I can finally talk about it because the project has been officially announced!

Check out this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaKBbsOEiC0&feature=youtu.be

Yup, that’s me as the voice of Spellyfish in Pyxwise Software’s “Spellyfish – Short ‘A’ Words”, an educational iOS app for young children. If you have kindergarten-aged children, or know someone who does, I’d love it if you would pass along this link. Or better yet, pick up the app for your kids. If it’s successful enough, then this little ninja may get hired on to do more Spellyfish in the series!