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Live performances

Joking Envelope presents a season of intelligent theatrical comedy. We like our comedy the way we like our fancy French wine: complex, intoxicating, and outside the box. Our final show of our third season will be in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. You can also read about our first season and our second season.

Current show details can be found at josephscrimshaw.com.
Check out last year's season below.

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JOKING ENVELOPE'S
2011 - 2012 SEASON

NIGHTMARE WITHOUT PANTS

Written by Joseph Scrimshaw

You're invited to Tracy's nightmare. Because she did her taxes wrong, she has 45 minutes to fall in love with a stranger in front of a live audience. If she fails, even scarier things will happen. A comedy about fear and pants playing as a part of The 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

FEATURING THE TALENTS OF:

Cast:
Shanan Custer
John Riedlinger
Ivey Award Winner Anna Sundberg
Joseph Scrimshaw
and John Middleton as Beer-Can-Mouth-Man
Written and directed by Joseph Scrimshawn

PREVIOUS PRAISE FOR JOSEPH'S FRINGE SHOWS

"If there's one guy you can count on for an entertaining show at the Fringe--it's Joseph Scrimshaw!"
-The Onion

"Clever and Inventive"
-Star Tribune

"King of Comedy"
-MN Monthly

"Fringe Mastermind, Physically Fearless, Drop Dead Funny"
-Pioneer Press

"Go to see a Joseph Scrimshaw show and you know what you're going to get: a script that's brainy but accessible, a tone that's wry but not cynical, consistent laughs delivered by a cast evincing palpable camaraderie..."
-TC Daily Planet

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WHERE

The U of M Rarig Thrust Stage
330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

WHEN
Friday, August 3 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 @ 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8 @ 5:30 p.m.
Friday, August 10 @ 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 11 @ 8:30 p.m.
TICKETS

Regular tickets: $12
One-time purchase of $4 Fringe Button required for admittance to all Fringe shows. Five and ten show punch cards and ultra-passes also available.

To purchase advance tickets Visit fringefestival.org . Tickets also available at the door one half hour before the show.

Download Photos

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Download the Press Release

Press release


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OBSESSED

(WITH JOSEPH SCRIMSHAW)

A live comedy podcast about liking things a little too much. Join critically acclaimed comedian Joseph Scrimshaw ("the Cirque Du Soleil of Minneapolis Comedy" – The Onion) for the live recording of his new podcast, OBSESSED. Thrill to tales of Scrimshaw's own obsessions—squirrels, whiskey, Star Wars, watching his wife knit--and dive into the obsessions of two special guests plus one lucky audience volunteer!

OBSESSED is a new ongoing live show and a podcast!
Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here.

MAY'S GUESTS

Star Wars Special!
Joseph tackles his largest obsession with help from:
Writer/Comedian Sam Landman!
Actress Zoe Benston!
Writer/Performer/Riffmaster Bill Corbett!

JUNE'S GUESTS

Writer/Comedian Lauren Anderson discusses her obsession with ELEPHANTS!
Musician Jeremy Messersmith discusses his obsession with MUSHROOM HUNTING!
A Random Audience Volunteer discusses their obsession with WHO KNOWS WHAT!

PODCASTS

OBSESSED Episode One: Virginia Corbett on STAND BY ME.

OBSESSED Episode Two: Andy Kraft on PUPPETS.

OBSESSED Episode Three: Brach Twizzler (random audience volunteer) on ILLEGAL SIGNAGE.

OBSESSED Episode Four: Ari Hoptman on PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA.

PREVIOUS PRAISE

City Pages named Joking Envelope Best Original Comedy Company 2011 saying, "Innovative and irreverent, Joking Envelope demonstrates that comedy and intelligence need not be mutually exclusive."

Joseph has been called:
"The King of Comedy" - MN Monthly
"Artist of the Year" - City Pages
"Clever and inventive" - Star Tribune
"Hilarious with a whiff of danger" – Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Geek Flavored." - Some person on Twitter


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TICKETS

$12
$2 off with a Minnesota Fringe Festival Button
or a 2011 CONvergence badge.
For discounted tickets call 612-825-8949
Click the links to buy normal priced tickets online!
May Star Wars Special!
June Show!

WHERE

The Bryant Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater
810 W Lake St in South Minneapolis

May show at 10 PM, doors open at 9:30 PM. June show at 7 PM, doors open at 6 PM. Dinner and drinks are available for purchase in the theater before or during the show.

WHEN
Friday, May 18th @ 10:00 p.m.
Friday, June 8th @ 7:00 p.m.
More dates to come!


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PAST SHOWS

THE SAD
VAMPIRE
COMEDY HOUR

Written and performed by Joseph Scrimshaw

Critically acclaimed comedian Joseph Scrimshaw attempts to perform stand-up comedy while pretending to be an emo vampire for an entire hour. How long will he make it? Will he sparkle?
Why do we like vampires so damn much, anyway?
A comedy about giving the audience what they want.

FEATURING THE TALENTS OF:

Written and performed by Joseph Scrimshaw
"King of Comedy" - MN Monthly
"Inventive & Insightful Wit" -City Pages
"Scrimshaw knows how to please a crowd." -TC Daily Planet

PREVIOUS PRAISE

City Pages named Joking Envelope Best Original Comedy Company 2011 saying, "Innovative and irreverent, Joking Envelope demonstrates that comedy and intelligence need not be mutually exclusive."

BUY TICKETS NOW
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WHERE

The Bryant Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater
810 W Lake St in South Minneapolis

All shows at 7 PM, doors open at 6 PM. Dinner and drinks are available for purchase in the theater before or during the show.

WHEN
Friday, April 13th @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14th @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 20th @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 21st @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 27th @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28th @ 7:00 p.m.
TICKETS

$14 with reservations in advance
$16 day of show
$2 off either ticket price with a 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival Button or a 2011 CONvergence badge
For tickets call 612-825-8949
or visit bryantlakebowl.com.

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CINEMADNESS

Written by Bill Corbett and Joseph Scrimshaw

A comedy/variety show about the movies--live on stage! Bill Corbett (Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax) and Joseph Scrimshaw ("King of Comedy"-MN Monthly) obsess over every aspect of the movie experience! Featuring comedy, music, an audience quiz, special guests, and ironically, no actual movies whatsoever!

FEATURING THE TALENTS OF:

Written and performed by Bill Corbett and Joseph Scrimshaw

PREVIOUS PRAISE

City Pages named Joking Envelope Best Original Comedy Company 2011 saying, "Innovative and irreverent, Joking Envelope demonstrates that comedy and intelligence need not be mutually exclusive."

Previously, Joseph and Bill co-wrote MY MONSTER, a comic play that has performed in Minneapolis, San Francisco, Orlando, and the middle of the Caribbean Sea. The Orlando Sentinel called it a "laugh monster of don't miss status" and Orlando Weekly said the show was "hilariously hyperbolic crackling comedy!"

Joking Envelope also produced SUPER-POWERED REVENGE CHRISTMAS #1 written by Bill and starring Joseph. Critics called the show "amazing, sterling, funny, and brilliant." A person on twitter said the show was, indeed, "awesomesauce."

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WHERE

The Bryant Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater
810 W Lake St in South Minneapolis

All shows at 7 PM, doors open at 6 PM. Dinner and drinks are available for purchase in the theater before or during the show.

WHEN
Saturday, November 5th @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 11th @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 12th @ 7:00 p.m.
Monday, November 14th @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 19th @ 7:00 p.m.
TICKETS

$14 with reservations in advance
$18 day of show
$2 off either ticket price with a 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival Button
For tickets call 612-825-8949
or visit bryantlakebowl.com.

Download Photos

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Download the Press Release

Press release


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MORE SHOWS COMING SOON!

MORE PERFORMANCES

Joseph, Sara and other frequent collaborators perform often across the Twin Cities and the country. Sign up for our Twitter Feed or newsletter (top of page) for updates on more performances!

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