Monday, October 7, 2013

"How'd You Guys Like To Scare The S**t Out Of Someone?"- Conniving Man At Intermission

Saturday, October 5: Carthage, IL-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Miles: 43
Lot: saddle club

Elisa, and I went to a laundromat this morning since it had been about two weeks since our last laundry trip.
The inappropriately named "Convenient Coin Laundry" had many machines that were out of order, and I helped the establishment out by finding one more that was faulty.
It continued running after our other washers were finished, and when we opened the lid we saw that the cylinder was steadily filling with water after the final spin.
We had to wring every item out, and then it took a long time to completely dry the sopping wet clothes. At least the laundromat attendant finally made an appearance and gave us our money back for the defective washer.

I went on an improvisational tangent during the second carpenter gag that could have really crashed and burned, as I had no idea where I was going with it or how to end the bit.
Luckily, through quick thinking and a little luck, the bit payed off with a big laugh from the audience.
I was very pleased with the reactions we got for both shows today, because in the past I remember dying a horrible comedic death in Carthage.

One little observation that Ryan, Peter, and I have made about this part of the country is that people call coloring books "color books".
I didn't realize there was regional slang for soft drinks AND circus novelties.

Earlier today I had picked up steak for our barbecue tonight. Radar and Elisa specifically wanted thick steaks, so I got (what I thought was) two huge slabs of meat.
When it came time to cook the steaks, it turned out that it was just one gigantic cut of meat! Radar and Elisa cut it in two, and then it took quite awhile for the steak to cook to their satisfaction.
We kept joking that in the morning we'd all wake up for the jump and the steaks would just about be done cooking.

Sunday, October 6: Mt. Sterling, IL-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Miles: 65
Lot: fairgrounds

We were in another town with lousy cell and Internet service today, hence this double blog post.

During the night the weather changed drastically; today was very cold and it was drizzling rain on and off.

We still managed to have a barbecue after the shows, even though the misting rain seemed to get worse as soon as we settled down to cook.
There were some towners on the property next to us who were giving us a hard time for wrapping up our grilling session so quickly.
I much prefered my remainder of the evening snuggling up with my girlfriend in my warm trailer and watching a movie.
But I guess they do things differently in Mt. Sterling....

In conclusion, both Ryan and I are honored that the talented artist, Patty Vicknair, painted fantastic pictures of both of us!

If you're interested in purchasing a print of either painting, click on the link below!


Matthew said...

Hey Steve,
In a lot of the bigger RBBB gags the clowns use a bag that when knocked around, powder comes out of(off the top of my head, I know that one was used in the Pizza Gag as a bag of "flour" in 2005 and in the Built to Amaze soap gag). Do you know how the prop is made?
Matthew Lish

Steve Copeland said...

Hey Matthew,

I sure do. Ryan and I used a similar prop in a few of our gags.
We made a flour bag out of fabric, and then we filled it with stuffing, like you would a teddy bear.
Then all you have to do is dust the outside with baby powder, and every time you hit someone, powder will come off the bag.
We also made a little velcro pouch at the top of the bag that held more powder so we could actually pour some out.
I hope this helps!