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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. For our 2010-2011 season, we present a parody of an infamous TV show, a comic book inspired holiday comedy and a rock musical about librarians. Info about previous shows is here.

JOKING ENVELOPE'S
2010 - 2011 SEASON

BRAIN FIGHTERS

Written by Joseph Scrimshaw

Directed by David Mann

Wizards discover the power to turn into anything they can imagine: A T-Rex! A Dust Bunny! The Color Puce! When chaos erupts only the most creative, open-minded Brain Fighters will triumph! A physically inventive, family friendly action-adventure comedy playing as a part of The 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

FEATURING THE TALENTS OF:

Cast: Randy Reyes*, Mo Perry, and Joseph Scrimshaw
Written by Joseph Scrimshaw and Directed by David Mann

*member of Actor's Equity Association

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 5 @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 6 @ 4:00 p.m.
Monday, August 8 @ 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 13 @ 4:00 p.m.
TICKETS

Regular tickets: $12
Kids 12 and under: $5
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./p>

To purchase advance tickets Visit fringefestival.org or call (866) 811-4111.
Tickets also available at the door one half hour before the show.

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PREVIOUS SHOWS IN THE SEASON

SEXY LIBRARIAN:
FILE UNDER
ROCK MUSICAL

Book and Lyrics by Joseph Scrimshaw

Music by Mike Hallenbeck

A meek librarian lives in quiet frustration until she finds an ancient tome with a horrible spell and transforms herself into a beautiful monster. Whip off your glasses and shake out your hair for this stereotype smashing twist on the classic Jekyll and Hyde tale. A rock musical about fantasy, obsession, and rockin' the bookmobile after hours. Get ready for the total opposite of quiet in the library.

FEATURING THE TALENTS OF

Cast: Anna Sundberg as the Sexy Librarian
Sam Landman, Mike Rylander, Katie Kaufmann, Kevin McLaughlin,
Phillip Andrew Bennett Low, and Lisa Bol
Live band: Adam Whisner on guitar, John Riedlinger on bass
and Joseph Scrimshaw on Drums
Musical Direction by Mike Hallenbeck, Directed by Joseph Scrimshaw
Crew: Mike Pledl, Matt Erkel, Sara Stevenson Scrimshaw

SPONSORED BY

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MORE EVENTS & SHOWS!

Joking Envelope will also be hosting other shows throughout the run of Sexy Librarian!

Snikt! Bamf! Thwip! and Joking Envelope co-present
Stop Talking: A Game of Talking. Performers have a minute to talk about a topic without repeating words, pausing or digressing. Sounds simple, doesn't it? Enjoy the game that entertained folks at CONvergence, Vilification Tennis and Anime Detour this year. Featuring an all star cast of local geeks and comedians!

Stop Talking: A Game of Talking plays Saturday, May 7th at 10:30 PM
Tickets are $10 or $8 with Fringe Button!
More info and tix here!

Comedy musicians The Dregs present The Dregs: A Brief History of Irish Music!

The Dregs provide you with a bit of a late night education on Irish music. Did you know that Irish Drinking songs came about when the English outlawed drinking, forcing the Irish to get a contact high off of music about booze? Did you know that the Irish chose the accordion as musical accompaniment because their fierce rivalry with the Scots inspired them to design an instrument that was more annoying than the bagpipes? Did you know that the one and only zombie attack of historical record took place in Ireland? Learn the details that you won't find in a history book!

The Dregs: A Brief History of Irish Music plays
Friday, May 13th at 10:30 PM!
Tickets are $10 or $8 with Fringe Button
More info and tix here!

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TICKETS

For reservations call the Joking Envelope reservation line at
612-280-9210 or click here TO BUY TICKETS NOW!

$22 Regular price

$15 Preview price for Thurs, April 28 and Fri, April 29

$4 off for Fringe Button holders, Students, Seniors, MPR Members

Group rate of $16 per ticket available for groups of 10 or more. To get tickets at the group rate call 612-280-9210.

Two Pay-What-You-Can discount performances! Pay whatever you can afford with a suggested minimum of $10 on Monday, May 9th or Sunday, May 15th

WHERE

The Minneapolis Theater Garage
711 W Franklin Ave in South Minneapolis

WHEN
Thursday, April 28th ($15 Preview) @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 29th ($15 Preview) @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30th (Free Opening Night Party) @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 5th @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 6th @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 7th @ 7:30 p.m.
Monday, May 9th (Pay-What-You-Can) @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 12th @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 13th @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 14th @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 15th (Pay-What-You-Can) @ 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 19th @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 20th @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 21st (Closing Night) @ 7:30 p.m.
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SUPER-POWERED REVENGE
CHRISTMAS #1

Written by Bill Corbett

In a dive bar on Christmas Eve, a disgruntled comic book writer fights with his collaborator (and ex-girlfriend) about his grand vision: a giant comic book reboot of Christmas, with its beloved icons reborn as superheroes. Thrill to tales of a brooding Santa! Shudder at the untold might of George Bailey! Question the relevance of Frostina the Snow-woman! Playwright and comedian, Bill Corbett (of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax fame) tackles the age old question that plagues both comic books and the holidays: "Does this all make sense? I mean, really?" This December, it's on like ret-con.

FEATURING THE TALENTS OF:

Cast: Emily Gunyou Halaas*, Joseph Scrimshaw, Mo Perry, Matt Erkel and John Middleton.
Crew: Sara Stevenson Scrimshaw, Michael Pledl and Matt Erkel.

*member of Actor's Equity Association

MORE EVENTS & SHOWS!

Super-Powered Revenge Christmas #1 is sponsored by Convergence Events, Incorporated--the non-profit organization responsible for the popular annual convention CONvergence. Join Convergence Events in the lobby at every show for info, events and more.

Audience members can get $5 off a ticket at any performance with a 2010 CONvergence badge or by wearing any CONvergence merchandise to the show! The discounted tickets can be purchased online by selecting the CONvergence rate for any performance OR by calling our box office at 612-280-9210.

Joking Envelope will also be hosting other shows throughout the run of Super-Powered Revenge Christmas #1!

Comedy musicians The Dregs present one family friendly show and two performances of their popular adult holiday show!

The Dregs' Family Friendly Holiday Show plays
Sunday, Dec 5th at 7:30 PM
Tickets available here!

The Dregs' Adult Holiday Show plays Friday, Dec 10th and Saturday, Dec 11th. Both shows at 10:30 PM
Tickets available here!

Hit spoken word group The Rockstar Storytellers present Game Night! Celebrate the season of socializing against your will with tales of board, car, video, and yes RPG gaming! And unlike poor Rudolph, you will be invited to join in the Rockstar Games.

Rockstar Storyteller's Game Night plays Sunday, Dec 12th at 7 PM
Tickets available here!

Snikt! Bamf! Thwip! and Joking Envelope co-present
Stop Talking: A Game of Talking. Performers have a minute to talk about a topic without repeating words, pausing or digressing. Sounds simple, doesn't it? Enjoy the game that entertained folks at CONvergence and Vilification Tennis this year. Featuring an all star cast of local geeks and comedians!

Stop Talking: A Game of Talking plays Thursday, Dec 16th at 10 PM
Tickets are free if you attend the performance of Super-Powered Revenge Christmas #1 on Thursday, Dec 16th, otherwise tix are $5 and can be purchased here!

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TICKETS

For reservations call the Joking Envelope reservation line at
612-280-9210 or click here TO BUY TICKETS NOW!

$20/$2 off for Fringe Button holders, Students or Seniors

$5 off with a 2010 CONvergence badge or merch

$15 tickets for the Dec 2nd and Dec 3rd preview shows

WHERE

The Minneapolis Theater Garage
711 W Franklin Ave in South Minneapolis

WHEN
Thursday, Dec 2nd ($15 Preview) @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec 3rd ($15 Preview) @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 4th (Free Opening Night Party) @ 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec 6th (Pay-What-You-Can/Industry Night) @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec 9th @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec 10th @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 11th @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec 16th @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec 17th @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 18th @ 7:30 p.m.
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DEADWOOD:
THE LAST BLEEPING EPISODE

Written by Tom Poole and Joseph Scrimshaw

A parody of the lawless town and the filthy TV show it inspired! A mud-slicked night of esoteric gunfighters, bartenders, prostitutes and their bleeping horses. Join Al Swearengen, Seth Bullock, Calamity Jane and the whole Deadwood gang as they drink, swear and fight to defeat the newest threat to their little mining town: the Yellow Pages man. Complete with non-vintage commercials!

FEATURING THE TALENTS OF:

Joseph Scrimshaw as Al Swearengen! Tom Poole as The Mysterious Stranger! Phillip Andrew Bennet Low and Jen Scott as EVERY OTHER CHARACTER!

MORE ABOUT THE SHOW

Deadwood: The Last Bleeping Episode is a benefit show to help finance the rest of Joking Envelope's ambitious season. Season passes will be available at the show. Get admission to both shows in the rest of the season for only $30! Food and drink are also available in the theater.

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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, September 10th @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 11 @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 17 @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 18 @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 24 @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 25 @ 7:00 p.m.
TICKETS

$15/$2 off for Fringe Button holders.

For reservations call the Bryant Lake Bowl reservation line at
612-825-8949

Or click here TO BUY TICKETS NOW!


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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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