Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We Got it All on UHF...and YOU can WIN it!

 Thursday Night!
 7:30pm! $5!
 at NCT! Get Tickets HERE.

 We are celebrating UHF!
And we don't want you to leave empty handed... Here are all the ways that YOU can walk away with some fun stuff at Thursday's event.
When you get to the show, go ahead and spin our Wheel of Fish! You can win one of these fabulous prizes or... you can trade for whats in the box. Which is NOTHING! 
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
 
Right before the show begins at 7:30 we will be asking YOU (the Audience) to decide who has the most fabulous Spatula in the house! That person will walk away with this prize pack:

 After the movie, but before the live Edcuating [Geeks] Podcast recording, we have 3 Trivia Questions and prizes!




 Pretty Exciting! GET TICKETS right now and JOIN US! We got it all on UHF!

Monday, March 9, 2015

My Top 5 Weird Al Songs, by NCT's Mr. Voice, Paul Whitney


Being a hardcore Weird Al fan since 1983 and having seen him live 10 times, being given the task of coming up with a Top 5 song list is quite daunting.  Each Weird Al album (and each song for that matter) has a special place in my heart.  However, I love challenges so here it goes... 

My number 5 song would have to be the Weird Al song that I find most biographical about my own life.  It is a song that when I am cruising around downtown after a Suns game (okay I’ve done it once because I missed a turn), I will roll my windows down and blast it to show everybody who I am.  It is his parody of Chamillionaire’s “Ridin” known as “White and Nerdy.”  Everything about this song parody is perfect made even better by the video which has an incredible performance by Donnie Osmond.  Fun fact:  When Donnie Osmond asked Weird Al what he was supposed to do in the album, Weird Al said just “act yourself.”  Oddly enough, in a February interview with Dan Rather, Weird Al stated that this song was as close to an autobiographical song that he has ever written as well. I knew there was a connection between the two of us.



My number 4 song would have to be Weird Al’s birthday song entitled Happy Birthday.  While this song was on his first album in 1983, I think the sarcastic nastiness still holds up to this day. Thinking back to when I was a sarcastic 10 year old, this was the perfect song to hook me.  On a serious note, it is kind of sad to think that none of the problems Weird Al jokes about in this song have been fixed.  Thanks Obama and Bush and Clinton and Bush and Reagan....

I will put Weird Al’s parody of Nirvana at number 3 Smells Like Nirvana.  While I like this song, I am putting it on the list solely because it reminds me of one of my favorite Weird Al stories.  I was in Monterrey, Mexico in 1993 at a SeƱor Frogs.  I was standing against a wall watching everyone dance and have a good time grooving to the hits when the DJ played Weird Al’s Smells Like Nirvana thinking it was the real Nirvana hit.  The irony of watching all these people getting down to a Weird Al parody forever etched this song in my heart even if I could have really cared less about Nirvana.



Number 2 would be a tie of songs from the Weird Al in 3-D album.  I remember spending many a car ride singing both “I Lost on Jeopardy” and “Theme from Rocky XIII” as a kid.  Funny enough, I never realized “I Lost on Jeopardy” was an actual parody until I was at the grocery store a while back and heard the original song being played.  Also, since the “Theme from Rocky XIII” came out around the same time as Hulkamania was running wild and using “The Eye of the Tiger” as his theme song, I always envisioned the song was actually about how Hulk Hogan would be today.  Funny enough, it’s not too far off.



And now for my number one Weird Al hit.  You may think I will choose one of his Star Wars or MJ parodies.  While I love all those, my favorite Weird Al song would have to be “Christmas at Ground Zero.”  I have always loved the contrast between happy Christmas song and nuclear war and mutual destruction.  To me, it is the perfect parody though it could use a little updating to take into account on line shopping.



I am so proud that finally in 2014 Weird Al achieved a level of respect nationally that I feel he always deserved.  The only weird thing is with Weird Al winning a Grammy, having the #1 album in the country, and getting a Radio Shack commercial, I am beginning to wonder if it is still nerdy to like Weird Al.  But all I have to do is put on “White and Nerdy” and I am reminded.  Yes, no matter how popular Weird Al may become, there will always be a certain amount of nerdiness about him and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Long live Weird Al!!!

...Thanks Paul Whitney... want more Weird AL? Want to hear Paul Whitney's take on the classic UHF?
Join us...
UHF (Weird Al Yankovic) Screening Event
Thursday March 26th at 7:30pm $5 (PG-13)

Bring your favorite spatula…. We got it all on UHF!

In 2014 Weird Al had 8 #1 Hits and a chart topping album. This year he won a grammy...
in 1989 he was a lowly station manager at U-62!
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of UHF! George Newman (Weird Al) fills the broadcast day with bizarre programming, turning Channel 62 into an overnight success. Soon, rival station CEO R.J. Fletcher threatens to sabotage Channel 62, and George must come up with a way to save it!

Plus! Bring your finest Spatula for the Best Spatula contest and spin the Wheel of Fish for Prizes! AND, a LIVE podcast with Educating [Geeks] follows the screening, included with admission. Laugh along and even participate as the Educating [Geeks] crew hash out the best and worst moments of UHF along with your Geek Host, UHF Super Fan and our First Timer, who is seeing the movie for the very first time. Prizes provided by Bookmans & NCT.

Get tickets online: http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html
Check out Educating [Geeks] here:  http://www.educatinggeeks.com/

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Voyage Trekkers... ALL the Raffle Prizes!

March 12th's Voyage Trekkers Play Along Screening is going to be a great time.

For just $5 you can support the Voyage Trekkers in their quest to become a feature film and step into a Galactic Union watering hole.There will also be a veritable space-boat load of trivia prizes and raffle prizes that you could win by showing your support!

We've been posting them on our Facebook page, and now here they all are!

You want this prize because the cast & crew are all going to be very famous one day, and you can get in on the ground floor!

You want the following prizes, because what a fun dinner experience! We will take you out! You pick the place! You can discuss improv or comedy with Dorian and Krissy, Geek culture and podcasting with Alice and Megan, or Voyage Trekkers and webseries with Craig and Nathan... or you can hang out with us and discuss none of those things!




Now this is a really exciting prize. If you win this puppy you're going to get to take your pick of upcoming topics that may be of interest to you and then  you get to participate in a podcast!
Check out some of the Educating [Geeks] Podcasts now, if you haven't already! We recommend the First Time [Film] Club editions that were recorded live at NCT!


And then there is a bunch of NCT Swag to win, including tickets and gift cards!


Oh, and a $25 voucher toward a future Level 1 Improv Comedy Workshop! Super fun and a great way to improve and sharpen your confidence, listening skills and quick thinking abilities. Whether you want to be a performer or not, Improv Comedy Classes at NCT are a whole lot of fun!


So. Head on over to get your tickets now! Click Here!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Upcoming Events! March, April & May 2015...



Voyage Trekkers: Play Along Screening
with Educating [Geeks]

Thursday March 12 at 7:30pm $5

Support Voyage Trekkers in their quest to become a feature film at a raucous screening of seasons 1 & 2. You’ll do more than laugh along with the worst crew in the galaxy… you’ll join in the fun as NCT Phoenix transforms into a Galactic Union watering hole with photo ops, glitter tattoos, featured beverages & raffle before the show. Play along with the gang from Educating [Geeks] and the Educating [Geeks] Voyage Trekkers Drinking* Game Rules during the screening, followed by trivia and even more prizes.  You do not want to miss this one time only event

Get tickets online here: http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html
Check out Voyage Trekkers here: http://www.voyagetrekkers.com/watch.html
Check out Educating [Geeks] here:  http://www.educatinggeeks.com/


*Any beverage will do. NCT does not require nor encourage the drinking of delicious alcohol. Specifically not March’s featured beer, San Tan SunSpot Gold.

Two Show Thursday
Thursday March 19  at 7:30pm, $8 All Ages

At NCT’s montly Variety Show, TWO Show Thursday, you (the Audience!) get double the comedy. First up at this month’s show… the Thursday Night Troupe. TNT will have you rolling with their spontaneous, fast paced improv comedy. Next up is an original one act play the Right to Remain Silent, a hilarious melodrama written & directed by NCT Main Stage’s own Francis Zagarrigo!

Don’t miss this month’s Two Show Thursday! 
Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html
 
And join us for Future Two Show Thursday events on April 2nd & 16th



Ladies Night! The Girls Take Over at NCT

Saturday March 21 at 7:30pm & 9:45pm  $12-$14

It’s the same top shelf brand of hilarious, spontaneous, competitive improv we’ve come to expect from the cast and crew of National Comedy Theatre… but on this special evening… the ladies are taking over! An all woman show with two teams of the best of the Valley’s female improvisers going head to head in scenes and games and YOU (the Audience!) will decide which team of lady improvisers is the funniest!


UHF starring Weird Al Yankovic         

Thursday March 26th at 7:30pm, $5

Bring your favorite spatula…. We’ve got it all on UHF!

In 2014 Weird Al Yankovic had 8 #1 songs and the #1 album in the US with Mandatory Fun! In 2015 he won a Grammy… but in 1989 he was programming the wacky shows at U62!

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of UHF, the 1989 film debut of comedy rock satirist Weird Al Yankovic.

Plus! Bring your finest Spatula for the Best Spatula contest and spin the Wheel of Fish for Prizes! AND, a LIVE podcast with Educating [Geeks] follows the screening, included with admission. Laugh along and even participate as the Educating [Geeks] crew hash out the best and worst moments of UHF along with your Geek Host, UHF Super Fan and our First Timer, who is seeing the movie for the very first time. Prizes provided by Bookmans & NCT.

Check out other NCT events: http://www.nctphoenix.com/events.html
Check out other Bookmans Events:  http://bookmans.com/events/
Check out Educating [Geeks] here:  http://www.educatinggeeks.com/

The Midnight Show

Saturday March 28th at 11:45pm, $8 ages 18+   *LAST Saturday of each month.

Its National Comedy Theatre’s Uncensored Improv Show. At the Midnight Show (11:45pm) there are No RULES, No REFS, and NO Brown Bag Foul… Fast paced Improv comedy is totally spontaneous, based on audience suggestion and an unpredictable, raucous good time is assured.

Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

Two Show Thursday
Thursday April 2nd at 7:30pm, $8 All Ages


First up at this month’s show… the Thursday Night Troupe. TNT will have you rolling with their spontaneous, fast paced improv comedy. Next up are the Perry High School Perrywinkles! They’re the defending High School Improv League Champions and they’re getting ready for 2015 HSIL Tournament! Check out the Perrywinkles and their fast paced improv!

Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html
 
And join us for Future Two Show Thursday events on 16th, May 7th &  May 21st.

Spoof N Cinema:    The Big Trees (Kirk Douglas!)
Thursday April 30th, 7:30pm        $8
Like Rifftrax, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 or Whose Line is it Anyway? Spoof N Cinema is for you!
The Weird Old Movie? A peaceful Quaker colony is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a fast talking lumber man… And, if that isn’t exciting enough for you, don’t worry! 1952’s The Big Trees (starring Kirk Douglas ) gets the Spoof N Cinema treatment. Including new, hilarious dialogue, sound effects, plot twists and more! All presented to you LIVE, on stage, by National Comedy Theatre’s team of top- notch improv comedians.

Level  1 Improv Comedy Workshop

6 weeks 7:00- 9:00pm

Begins Tues May 5th Fee $175

$50 deposit at registration
This class is a comprehensive introduction to Improvisation. You will learn the games and exercises used by the professional imrpovisers and comedians of National Comedy Theatre.
Improv will develop your ability to focus, use teamwork, listen, think on your feet and have confidence.
Class size is limited, reserve your spot today.

workshops@nctphoenix.com

Monday, February 23, 2015

Egads! Its YOU (the Audience!) Audience Volunteer Photos from January & February

Thank you so much for being a part of the improv magic, Super Fans... now gander at your smiling faces!


 Well... this is certainly the blurriest audience volunteers we've ever had!
 And this is the blurriest Mike Mayfield we've ever had...


 This adorable young man asked this adorable young lady to be his Valentine at our Valentines Show!



Thanks for coming to the show everyone, we can't wait to see you again!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pink Elephants? Badmans & John Wayne? Uncensored Comedy? Weird Al? New Level 1 Workshop Dates? Ok!



The Midnight Show
Saturday January 31st at 11:45pm, $8 ages 18+
*LAST Saturday of each month. Additional dates 2/28 and 3/28
Its National Comedy Theatre’s Uncensored Improv Show. At the Midnight Show (11:45pm) there are No RULES, No REFS, and NO Brown Bag Foul… Fast paced Improv comedy is totally spontaneous, based on audience suggestion and an unpredictable, raucous good time is assured.

Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html
 
Check out additional dates at www.nctphoenix.com


The Pink Elephant Improv Comedy Show
Thursday February 12th at 7:30pm, $8 All Ages


Totally spontaneous and interactive comedy for Valentines Day at the Pink Elephant Improv Comedy Show! National Comedy Theatre’s award winning improv comedy team present hilarious comedy, made up on the spot and YOU (the Audience!) challenge the performers to EVERY game and shout suggestions!

This show is All Ages and all audiences are welcome. Bring a date! Bring a friend and forget the date! Bring the family! Heck, bring people you DON’T like… just don’t sit near them!

Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

Valentines Day Comedy Shows at National Comedy Theatre
Friday 2/13 & Saturday 2/14, 7:30pm & 9:45pm    $12-$14

Two teams of top notch comedians square off in a hilarious and totally spontaneous comedy showdown featuring Valentines themed games and scenes you’ll only see once a year at the Valentines Day Comedy Show, including the NCT Rose Ceremony & Audience Pick Up Lines!

This show is All Ages and all audiences are welcome. Bring a date! Bring a friend and forget the date! Bring the family! Heck, grab people off of the street and bring them to the show, you’ll have a great time.

Get tickets online: www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html


Two Show Thursday
Thursday February 19th  at 7:30pm, $8 All Ages

One night, TWO hilarious improv comedy shows! At Two Show Thursday, you get double the comedy. First up at this month’s show… the Thursday Night Troupe. TNT will have you rolling with their spontaneous, fast paced improv comedy and YOU (the Audience) will shout out suggestion for every game. Next up, Spoof N Cinema Sneek Peek! On 2/26 our Spoof N Cinema cast will be giving John Wayne’s Angel & the Badman a whole new hilarious sound track live, as the movie plays and at 2 Show Thursday, you get a sneek peek of the best 20-30 minutes!

Spoof N Cinema: Angel & The Badman (John Wayne!)                           
Thursday  February 26th at 7:30pm,  $8  All Ages
Spoof N Cinema takes this 1947 John Wayne flick and re-creates it as a hilarious comedy adventure! The award winning cast of National Comedy Theatre hits you with new dialogue, sound effects, plot twists and more!
The comedians are live, acting along with the movie right before your eyes. See John Wayne like you’ve never seen him before… funny!

Prizes and trivia follow the movie provided by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange and National Comedy Theatre.

Get tickets online: http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html
Check out other NCT events: http://www.nctphoenix.com/events.html
Check out other Bookmans Events:  http://bookmans.com/events/

UHF starring Weird Al Yankovic         
Thursday March 26th at 7:30pm, $5
Bring your favorite spatula…. It’s time for UHF!
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of UHF, the 1989 film debut of comedy rock satirist Weird Al Yankovic. George Newman (Yankovic) and his friend Bob take over Channel 62, a failing local TV station. George fills the broadcast day with bizarre programming, bringing the ratings up and turning Channel 62 into an overnight success. Soon, rival station CEO R.J. Fletcher threatens to sabotage Channel 62, and George must come up with a way to save it. UHF also stars Victoria Jackson, Emo Philips, and Fran Drescher.
Plus! Bring your finest Spatula for the Best Spatula contest and spin the Wheel of Fish for Prizes! AND, a LIVE podcast with Educating [Geeks] follows the screening, included with admission. Laugh along and even participate as the Educating [Geeks] crew hash out the best and worst moments of UHF along with your Geek Host, UHF Super Fan and our First Timer, who is seeing the movie for the very first time. Prizes provided by Bookmans & NCT.
Check out other NCT events: http://www.nctphoenix.com/events.html
Check out other Bookmans Events:  http://bookmans.com/events/
Check out Educating [Geeks] here:  http://www.educatinggeeks.com/

Level  1 Improv Comedy Workshop
6 weeks 7:00- 9:00pm

Begins Tues May 5th Fee $175

$50 deposit at registration
This class is a comprehensive introduction to Improvisation. You will learn the games and exercises used by the professional imrpovisers and comedians of National Comedy Theatre.
Improv will develop your ability to focus, use teamwork, listen, think on your feet and have confidence.
Class size is limited, reserve your spot today.