Monday, June 1, 2015
Friday, May 29 & Saturday, May 30: Salt Lake City, UT
5/29- 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Last night Eddie, our production manager, called to tell us to be on standby for a potential publicity this morning.
Close to 10:00 a.m. we got the call to get ready, and at 10:30 we filmed some interviews with the local UNIVISION television station.
The reporter interviewed Alexa, Jose Alberto, and Ryan inside the tent, and then outside we filmed another interview with Jose Alberto where Ryan and I were in the background with the dancers.
The interview outside went on forever and a day, and by the end of it Ryan and I had run out of funny things to do.
The crew was behind in setting up the tent since we closed in El Paso on Monday and had a long drive to get here, but Ryan and I were finally able to get our props into the finished backstage area around 3:30 p.m.
Shortly before the show Eddie texted us to ask if we could fill in for Carmelo with the beach balls. Carmelo was sick and lost his voice, and since the majority of his act is verbal, he could not work. Thank goodness we didn't toss those beach balls in the garbage after we last used them in Mesa, AZ!
Jose Alberto took over ringmastering duties from Marcos Valdes beginning tonight. For two of our acts Jose Alberto is either preparing for or just finishing his own act, so we didn't have announcements for the carpenter or vacuum gags.
This would have been a problem in the vacuum gag, where we have several jokes in the beginning that rely on interaction with the ringmaster, but I foresaw this happening, so I came up with an alternative plan where we could successfully work the bits in the seats by ourselves.
Luckily the changes worked great, and we killed in the vacuum gag for both shows.
Right before the first finale Nestor, who is in charge of the lot, came into the dressing room and told us to close our gray water valves and roll up our hoses (gray water is trailer sink and shower runoff) because the city inspector wanted to fine the circus $10,000 a trailer for every person dumping their gray water on the lot.
That is ridiculous, because we are playing on a real dump in this city. Where there aren't piles of dirt, the weeds and grass are overgrown, and there is a huge puddle of standing water at the front of the lot that the circus has been trying to drain since we got here.
God forbid a little dirty water sullies this beautiful location......
Several of us had to run to our houses, take care of the problem, and run back to the dressing room to change with seconds to spare before finale began.
Overall the stress we had to deal with tonight was not the best way to kick off our engagement in Salt Lake City, and it really put a damper on two great audiences.
Our friend, Luis, came to the rescue with thoughtful gifts for me and Ryan. On the drive to Salt Lake City Luis and his wife stopped at the Four Corners monument, which has a marker where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah all meet.
They picked up key chains for us both: mine has a miniature talking stick, which contains an obsidian stone, and Ryan's has a mini tomahawk made with a rock.
Perfect! New ways to hurt each other!
5/30- 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Some genius flooded the tent's backstage, so every time someone walked across the rubber laid on the ground, runny mud would squelch up to the top.
Because of that Ryan and I couldn't dry off our water mat like we usually do, and we had to devise a new system that turned out to be a real pain in the neck by comparison.
We did great business for the two shows tonight, and the audiences were fantastic.
In the second show I was in the audience interacting with people at the beginning of the water gag. As I was running into the ring a woman grabbed me by the wrist and cut open my hand with her long, sharp nails.
As soon as she realized what she had done she hid her face in shame, and so for the rest of the show I made a big deal of trying to avoid her and her talons.
In the second vacuum gag Jose Alberto called Ryan "Steve" several times over the microphone until I turned back to him and yelled, "His name is Ryan!"
Backstage Jose Alberto apologized for mixing the two of us up and I replied, "It's ok, Alexa."
(I wish I could take credit for that, but Ryan made the joke about a week ago)