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Unprotected Sets

The members of Einstein Simplified take turns serving as emcee, which means that once every seven weeks, we have to “work” instead of play. The emcee chooses the games and decides when to end each game during our weekly improv show at The Well. It … Continue reading

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What Is Going On

There’s still time for you to get caught up on my latest guilty pleasure, season three of “The Joe Schmo Show.” Spike will repeat the first three episodes starting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday before airing the fourth episode at … Continue reading

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Bearden Bites

Abby Ham covered two topics that especially interested me this week. On Tuesday, she interviewed Paul Simmons of Einstein Simplified about our move to The Well for our weekly comedy improv shows. We perform every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. at … Continue reading

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Predictionary

The one-month free trial of SwiftKey expired just as I was getting the hang of it. I could still type with it but I could no longer auto-complete the words I was planning to write. Rather than spend $4 on … Continue reading

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All’s Well

The Well lives up to its name. The nightclub is below a strip mall between Sequoyah Hills and Bearden. When you open the door, all you see are the stairs leading down to the bar. The previous tenant was a jazz club … Continue reading

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Split Ends

 In honor of our last Einstein Simplified show at Side Splitters, emcee Greg Huff invited club co-owner Bridgette Martin to join us on stage. Fortunately she knew she was subjecting herself to a series of outrageous jokes in a game … Continue reading

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Well, Well, Well

Einstein Simplified performed during halftime at a Lady Vols basketball game on Sunday. From center court, it was hard to tell whether or not the crowd was paying us any attention. However, my concern was unwarranted. As soon as we … Continue reading

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In One Year and Out the Other

Several fans of Einstein Simplified have asked me if we will perform at First Night Knoxville again this year. Last week, WBIR reported that the celebration will be scaled back, which made me suspect that they won’t be hiring us.  … Continue reading

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Serve and Volley

A friend sent me a story from The New York Times that she knew I would enjoy. The headline was “A Master of Improv, Writing Twitter’s Script.” The article is a profile of Dick Costolo, who became CEO of Twitter … Continue reading

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Fanny May

Krisha Newport’s Facebook status on Saturday morning indicated that she was headed to the Hola Festival. I commented, “See you there!” When I spotted my friend, she was dressed in one of the costumes she wears on stage at the … Continue reading

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Fair There

Einstein Simplified performed at the Tennessee Valley Fair on Friday. It’s something I had been eagerly anticipating for a long time. They put us in the Pepsi Community Tent. In one scene, I played an earthling who encounters an alien … Continue reading

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Meet Me at the Fair

The Tennessee Valley Fair starts on Friday and I can hardly wait. They have invited me to be one of the judges for a Concessionaire Food Contest. We will select the Best Corn Dog, Best Deep Fried, Best Crazy Fair … Continue reading

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Mucho Grand

In appreciation for exceeding 1,000 “likes” on Facebook, I’m giving away prizes. Frugalissa Finds has been using a widget called Rafflecopter to handle giveaways on her site. I decided to try it too. The contest runs all day Friday, Saturday, … Continue reading

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Rockin’ Fig

During the Depression, the Barter Theatre accepted fruits and vegetables as payment for admission to their shows. I worked in the box office when the Barter players had a season in residence at George Mason University. We only took cash, … Continue reading

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