Monday, November 29, 2010

PF LA Sponsors Original New Comedy: Happy Holidays

The LA chapter of ShortLived 3.0 featured two very different, but equally funny and witty writers James C. Ferguson and Thomas J. Misuraca.  We chose a piece from each writer, having no idea that they were friends and writing partners who often collaborated on other theater pieces and even film.

Misuraca's piece, "Communication", about two friends who randomly run into each other, is just as much about their friendship as it is about the writing itself. It's one of those plays, with it's rapid-fire witty banter, that is chock full of hidden jokes, bits and clues into their questionable relationship (are they friends? lovers? ex-lovers?) that it is equally fun the first time you watch it as it is the second and third because you take away something new each time. 

Ferguson's short, "Jingle Ball Rock", which also won the first round of ShortLived, isn't about people at all but, rather, Christmas ornaments. A red, blue, gold, white and hand-made popsicle stick ornament discuss, rather humorously, what Christmas means to them as they are hung, one by one, on a little boy's Christmas tree. Despite that performances would be in middle of spring, we couldn't help but include this piece that was so amazingly absurd.

As it turns out, these two writers wrote a film together, Happy Holidays, which will have its LA debut in the same building that housed PianoFight's ShortLived. I would imagine that their distinct brands of humor blend for some really fantastic story telling.

If you're in LA, go check it out. This Thursday, 8PM, at Theater Asylum.

Written by James C. Ferguson and Thomas J. Misuraca
Starring Paul Hungerford, John B. Crye and Tommy Rhoads
Directed by James C. Ferguson
Screening in LOS ANGELES on Thursday, December 2nd

Theatre Asylum
6320 Santa Monica Blvd. 
Hollywood, CA 90038
$ 10.00

(Become a fan of the movie for addl. info. at the HAPPY HOLIDAYS Facebook page here -!/HappyHolidays)