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Russell Sprouts = me and all my siblings!!!

I would like to introduce you all to a very special person, someone who has been an inspiration to me most of my life for his drive to follow his dream of being a “gainfully active” artist.

Ladies and germs… meet my BRO, David J Russell…

David is ten years my junior, the youngest brother in a group totaling 9 (yes, count ’em, nine) siblings (7 still alive and kicking), all sprung from the womb of our tiny (5’2″), late mom, Gloria and all sired by our laid back, late dad, Richard, both of whom always told us all to “get a REAL job”!!! I’m the eldest (chest bump) and there has always been talk that either our folks stole us from wandering gypsies, or they tried to sell us to said wandering gypsies. I’m never sure which. Trust me, that made for lots of sibling rivalry ammo during our formative years!!!

Along with the other younger brother, Patrick, eleven months David’s senior, David moved to Orlando lo these many years ago and both became part of the Disney “family”. Patrick is the IT guy, David, the artist/performer. He is responsible for the creation of many of the interesting audio skits you might hear while waiting in line (and waiting and waiting) to get into some rides or attractions at the world famous theme park. In fact, David has also done voice overs, as a character or two, in said skits. And, naturally enough, Patrick and his Web building/hosting company at the time, SNP, created the SAK website.

David has always been the ham of the family, and the only one who dared to defy the parental edict “get a real job”!!! His performing, directing and producing career came out during his days at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. This now 42 year old festival is also where David met the love of his life, the sweet Morgan.
Any of you remember MD20-20? A kosher favorite, also popular among high school kids and broke hippies, seeking substance aided alteration, especially during the 60’s and 70’s. Well I just have to say, good thing it all worked out for Morgan/David, or I’d forever have lost a perfect mnemonic memory aid for we indulgers, who suffered early and sudden bouts of Alzheimer’s, even for family member names. And even now, when the memory is more like a sieve or a colander when it comes to information.
So, they all moved to Orlando after finishing college. Orlando is where Morgan is from. Not sure what brought her up to Minnesota, but, kind of a moot point now!!!

And, to fill things out, here, in David’s own words, he tells us about himself:

About me: I am the President of SAK Theatre Co. and served as the Artistic Director and Managing Director for SAK Comedy Lab for 10 years. SAK is a 200 seat live Improv Comedy Theater in Orlando, FL.

I have a lovely and wonderful wife Morgan who also performs at SAK (and Disney’s World Showcase Players) and is the Director of Interactors at UCF for the TeachLive program. We have two awesome children, (Marina and Walker) who I just adore from head to toe.

I also serve as a Show Director for Walt Disney World Entertainment.

Contact Dave Russell
Vision Coach
dave@sak.com

David’s blogs

  • SAK Ensemble Schedule
  • SAKDidYouKnow?
  • SAK Front of House Schedule
  • MeBloggyBloggy
  • SAK Ensemble Monday thru Wednesday
  • Quantum Vision for Living
  • iQuantum
  • SAK Bartender Schedule
  • Quantum Vision for Business
  • The Quantum Vision
  • SAK Special Events – Comedy Lab
  • SAK University
  • Orlando Sentinel: SAK Mash-Up
  • SAK on Wicki→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→

    So, that, in a nutshell, is my youngest brother, David. As I mentioned, being the only Russell Sprout (as I call us) who dared defy the parental edict “GET A REAL JOB”, David has always been an inspiration to me. Their children are now putting David and Morgan through the wonder years (parenting 2 adolescents).

    So, I’ll leave you with this little vignette:I’m about 15ish, David is 5ish. I am the designated babysitter, so, of course, I am performing my duties in front of the TV, probably watching the Twilight Zone. I am totally immersed in whatever’s on TV, barely hearing in the background the sound of a wax paper bag rustling, coming from the kitchen. It probably would never have risen to my consciousness, had not David (wearing that shit-eating grin he still wears today) said to me, out of the blue, as he walked from kitchen into the living room, “I’m not eating potato chips, Janet.” (Word for word, hand to god!!!)
    Badum-CHING!!!

    🙂

    filed under:
    D is for… (David)
    R is for… (Russell)
    S is for… (Sprout or SAK)y’all take care now, y’hear‽‽‽‽

GB says NSFW, for sure…

IMHO, This fella is really good, and I must admit, he is new to me (at least that I can remember)… Even though this performance is almost 20 years old, and a couple references are dated, by and large his routines could be done verbatim today and resonate. I wouldn’t call him a “precursor” or “ahead of his time”, but I would say he sees/saw the world as it really is, and not influenced by anyone or anything.
One of my favorite comments about him was that, when his folks took him to a therapist in his teens, after one visit, the therapist told him “…it’s them, not you…”
I DO like his style, and he has excellent timing… I think he reads his audience really well too…
these vids are all pieces of a performance he gave in London in the year prior to his death (he may have known at performance time that he was dying, tho he may not have quite got the imminence of it all…)
If you knew of him, hopefully, you guessed right withOUT looking. If you did not, I am pleased to introduce you to him.

The first quote I gave you is a direct quote from this performance (nearish to the end, methinks).

Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.

so it’s time to decide if you’re ready to find out who the hell this is, because, obviously, even if you don’t recognize him, his name is on each episode/vid. Longest one is only about 13 minutes, most are 10ish or so. Bio and links at the end of the post…

ENJOY!!!

For the most part, NSFW!!!

(BONUS: ITALIAN SUBTITLES!!!)
REVELATIONS

Revelations 2/8

3/8

4/8 NSFW!!!!!!!!!

5/8 NSFW!!!!!

6/8

7/8

8/8

BIO can be found at:
his website
Wiki

Another reference that I used as hint/clue here on Wiki:

Denis Leary

For many years, Hicks was friends with fellow comedian Denis Leary. But in 1993 Hicks was angered by Leary’s album No Cure for Cancer, which featured lines and subject matter similar to Hicks’ routine.[22] According to American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story by Cynthia True, upon hearing the album “Bill was furious. All these years, aside from the occasional jibe, he had pretty much shrugged off Leary’s lifting. Comedians borrowed, stole stuff, and even bought bits from one another. Milton Berle and Robin Williams were famous for it. This was different. Leary had practically line for line taken huge chunks of Bill’s act and recorded it.”[23]

The friendship ended abruptly as a result.[24]

At least three stand-up comedians have gone on the record stating they believe Leary stole Hicks’s material as well as his persona and attitude.[25][26][27] In an interview, when Hicks was asked why he had quit smoking, he answered, “I just wanted to see if Denis would, too.”[28]

In another interview, Hicks said, “I have a scoop for you. I stole his [Leary’s] act. I camouflaged it with punchlines, and, to really throw people off, I did it before he did.”

Related sources:
YouTube
Sacred Cow Artist Bios

From his Bio on his website:

On February 7th, 1994, Bill wrote his last words to the world:

I was born William Melvin Hicks on December 16, 1961 in Valdosta, Georgia. Ugh. Melvin Hicks from Georgia. Yee Har! I already had gotten off to life on the wrong foot. I was always “awake,” I guess you’d say. Some part of me clamoring for new insights and new ways to make the world a better place.

All of this came out years down the line, in my multitude of creative interests that are the tools I now bring to the Party. Writing, acting, music, comedy. A deep love of literature and books. Thank God for all the artists who’ve helped me. I’d read these words and off I went – dreaming my own imaginative dreams. Exercising them at will, eventually to form bands, comedy, more bands, movies,anything creative. This is the coin of the realm I use in my words – Vision.

On June 16, 1993 I was diagnosed with having “liver cancer that had spread from the pancreas.” One of life’s weirdest and worst jokes imaginable. I’d been making such progress recently in my attitude, my career and realizing my dreams that it just stood me on my head for a while. “Why me!?” I would cry out, and “Why now!?”

Well, I know now there may never be any answers to those particular questions, but maybe in telling a little about myself, we can find some other answers to other questions. That might help our way down our own particular paths, towards realizing my dream of New Hope and New Happiness. Amen.

I left in love, in laughter, and in truth and wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit.

On Saturday, February 26th, 1994, Bill died. He was 32.

RE: clues/hints:
category W is for William
yes, there was a Leary, Denis, not Timothy
“GB” = GOATBOOOOOOOOOYYYYYY
I know some of the hints were off-the-wall, but so is this post, if you ask me (and so am I)!!!!
BuddhaKat

😉

Mind Blowing and …

superlatively – supercalafragilisticallyexpialadocious!!!!! (I think I even added a sylLABle in there too)!!!

I just ran into this little gem of a vid over at Peter Parkour’s HA! Tea ‘n’ Danger and I found it so inspiring I hopped right on back over here so I could share it with you all too…

just a little mind blowing bit of imaginarium stuff that is mightily powerful and amazingly a simple idea that could change the world… that’s what I’m after – changing the world, starting right here and right now… so I hope you find this illuminating and inspiring and bringing all the little grey cells astir… it may enhance your dreaming experience if that is where you’re headed. Or, it may spark a burst of energy and action, if you’re on the other side of this little globular think we call home…

and then, because I love this guy and I’ve been running into him all over the web lately too, I wanted to share this love3ly speech/talk given by Mythbusters very own Adam Savage recently at the “Reason Rally”. I love his passion and enthusiasm!!!

I truly hope these two things have brought you some joy and pleasure and enlightenment or even just a giggle or 2…

thanks for stopping by!!!

🙂

janet (and mama and mimi)

BuddhaKat UpDate…

My babies

03182012

BuddhaKat Update
(last Update titled: “Angst”)

(Whispering voices)
“Get it now? first A, then B, then…”
“ssssshshshshshsh! Can’t you see we’re on, here”
“OMG, I’m gettin’ outta here…”
(shuffleshuffleshuffleshufflebang)
“oooowwww, did ya have to use that prop gun? It’s NOT funny anymore”

(Names have been disguised to protect me.)

Howdy y’all…

(“I too, am in disguy’s… nevermind”)
(“teeheeteehee – shshshshshshsh”)
Just a brief update on the state of this SSDI recipient’s job hunt, otherwise known as The Waiting Games  by BuddhaKat (soon to be released as a feature film, directed by the author.)

Just this past week, I completed an online class (2 – 4 hour days) on Space Travel with JLRI College. As you may remember (or not), JLRI is Just Living Real Institute, or, as I affectionately call them LSDI – Last Stop for the Destitute Institute. I took the class as part of the process after I submitted an application for new(?) positions they have available at JustAnotherJob as a WillActHungry (WAH) trippple agent at the Agency Center for Alien Intelligence (ACAI).

Having passed that online course (3rd of 3, so far), I am now eligible for the next step, which is (drum roll, please)  “The Interview”. JLRI is a quality .org, and my only displeasure with them, at present, is in their communication (or lack thereof) regarding actual time frames for the equation [A + ‽x‽= B], where A = me (destitute) and B = me (happily supplementing my SSDI such that I can -)

  • Eat
  • Afford all my meds and supplemental and Medicare insurance premiums
  • Not become homeless
  • Not (yet) having to sell my van (which would only be because it’s taking so friggin’ long to get from A to B and I’d need the funds of said sale to carry me until said B is said DONE).
  • Move on to things that REALLY make life worth living.

So, in the happy email from the JLRI Ombudsperson (aboot her “title”, I’ve been told airquote “it is what it is” airquote) advising that I had passed the course, she tempered the good news with a slap of reality, in that, it could take up to 10 days to be contacted for an interview. I think she meant am assuming that once contacted, it could be months-years before an interview can actually be scheduled. That would be, I believe, an interview with the ACAI peeps.

Optimist that I am, I have no worry that I can sell my extensive knowledge and skillset, such that they would immediately realize what an asset I would be to their organization and hire me on the spot.

Pessimist that I am, I have all kinds of angst (“sshhhhhhhhhhhh”) as to the amount of time it will actually take to complete the A + ‽x‽= B  equation, as set forth above.

So, it seems, that there is something even worse than living paycheck to paycheck. And that is, running out of paycheck before running out of month before that next paycheck, and all the subsequent anecdotal results of said something.

That being said, this, as mentioned, is just an update to all my fans and peeps out there who wait with bated breath (y’right)for the next exciting installment in the project that I like to call my life.

Of course, along the way, there are always the (somewhat) entertaining debris detritus teasers that can be found on BuddhaKat the Blog. Also, there, can be found many “Coming Attractions”, in the guise of fractal art, poetry (don’t judge me – it just needs to be posted), prose, comedy and other marketable products that will soon be available (many for sale) on the  excellently designed and hosted website BuddhaKat.com.

Now, don’t be confused that your browser tab will tell you (“yoooooooouuuuuu –ou-ou-ooooou-ou-ou”) are on “ZenCart – the Art of E-commerce” website. As you’ll see, the actual site is the real BuddhaKat.com. It’s just that I am currently undercover lying low (easy to do on the wwinterwebz), so that various nefarious scoundrels (can you say bill collectors?) will never really know where/who I am. Much like the infamous Julian Assange,  and/or his (or not?) band of merry men, otherwise known as ANONYMOUS.

And, since they (ANONYMOUS) brought it up, these various nefarious ne’er do wells might also be on the lookout for that other person surnamed Russell, who, it seems may have just graduated, majoring in the PeeWee Herman course of study “How to become even more of a fool stupid popular .”

Well, folks, we (??) let this simmer for a bit and it’s time to get it off my chest…

Plus, ya see, I got this ongoing .docx for new words and I just found me a doozy of one thanks to the really hot and mad, mad man… Sir Edward Hotspur and it is Schadenfreude. Gots to go add this.

G’nite/G’day y’all.

Sources: are all  

YouTube AnonymousAdvocate posted video called RE: KONY: 2012
Today @ PC World 03/18/2012 9:28 am (time zone-unknown)
TMZ Update 03/16/2012
TMZ Update 03/18/2012 01:00 am PDT
LA Times Update 03/18/2012 09:15 am PDT
Edward Hotspur
Wikipedia
BuddhaKat the Blog

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