The gang’s all here for this Bad Reputation Productions holiday onslaught. As seen on TV – only better. Tony Marcellino does yeoman’s service as Santa. Paul Glazier on a tear with ear muffs. John Breen has hair. The narrative wanders, but for a good time where they serve beer, this is it.
Wow. It was all there tonight. Slinghsot brought their A game. Christine McKinley as special guest. The Liberators (Shelley McLendon, John Breen, Tony Marcellino, Nicholas Kessler) and Scott Engdahl, Brad Fortier, and Beau Brousseau. What more do you need?
For number 10 in the interview series, we get the latest from Shelley McLendon, CCO (Chief Comedy Officer) of Bad Reputation Productions. McLendon is a member of comedy / improv acts The Aces and The Liberators, among others, and famously brought Roadhouse: The Play! (an adaptation of that Patrick Swayze film you were re-watching again last night) right “to your face”, as she would say.
Or at least all the way to the stage in the Ellen Bye Studio at the Armory.
Which is relatively close to your face.
This weekend on Friday and Saturday nights, the Armory will once again be the site of yet another McLendon vehicle: Slingshot, a night of smartsexy improv.
The Aces (Shelley McLendon and Michael Fetters) are going places.
They’re also Going Places. As in, their new show of the same name is coming April 12-27 to the soon-to-go-bye-bye beloved SE venue Theater! Theatre!
What can you expect from these two talents? A lot. McLendon and Fetters are at the peak of their powers lately. They’ra all dressed up with plenty of places to go – and at the center of a white hot (hence the look below) upsurge all over town right now in the broad comedy / improv / storytelling world. These shows are more exciting than going 90 with no helmet on down the wrong side of the road at night with no lights on.
And considerably safer.
So get the white pants on, polish the teeth, and come watch The Aces burn it down to the ground.
Speaking of the comedy / improv / storytelling juggernaut, look for an interview here tomorrow with McLendon, when she’ll fill us in on Bad Reputation Productions. And then next week check back for an interview with another lady moving and shaking it in Portland’s entertainment world, B. Frayn Masters, the force behind Back Fence PDX.
Until then, keep hold of the handle bars and watch the road…