Sunday, June 16, 2013

Last Chance, 1 day left for Mr. Fry's Campaign

First of all, I want to thank everybody who's contributed to "Get Mr. Fry's Hiney to Canada" this summer.  I started this campaign not knowing what to expect and people's generosity has been overwhelming.  We have raised close to $5,000 almost 50% of our goal.  Enough to do the first two festivals (Winnipeg and Calgary).  I'm ecstatic.  Can't believe it.  Although, we may have to forfeit our spots in the last two festivals, (Edmonton and Victoria)  I'm amazed that we can even do one!

The campaign ends midnight on Monday PT.  No contribution is too small.  My stage manager, Dustin Stevens,  and I are very excited about doing the first two festivals and we're keeping our fingers crossed for the last two.

Here's the Indiegogo website: Click here

And thank you ALL for bringing us this far!!!

Jack Mr. Fry
  

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A short message from Mr. Fry!

  Hey Ya' all!,

I'm trying to make a dream of mine come true by performing in 4 Canadian Fringe Festivals this summer with the show THEY CALL ME MISTER FRY.  But to participate is TOO expensive.

If I don't come close to reaching my goal, I'll have to forfeit my application fees.  I've been applying to these festivals for 4 years with no luck of being accepted.  I am extremely pleased to have been chosen for these 4 fringe festivals this summer.

I would be INCREDIBLY grateful if you could contribute (and receive the your perks!) to a show and a message that is meaningful and live changing.  This show has actually helped audience members to become teachers. 

The show's future is in your hands.  I can't do this unless I have your help.  Please post the link on your FB page.  This will help the show become highly visible on the Indiegogo website.  Thank you so MUCH!! 


Jack Fry




Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Friday, November 4, 2011

I'm BAAAAACCCKKKK!

Just got back from sell out crowds and standing ovations for They Call Me Mister Fry from Me-HE-co, San Miguel de Allende.

Thank you so much to Roger Jones and his family. Frank Gaydos and Carol Schor for making all the arrangements and doing all the hard work to bring me there. We did 2 benefits for schools and 3 shows opened up to the public. The attendance was greater than we had hoped. two sold out shows and 3 shows 3/4s filled.

It was a working vacation. Met so many people. Played tennis, hiked, celebrated Día de Muertos. There's even talk about coming back for an encore performance in February.

Most of all it's the memories, the new people I met, the relationship established, my favorite places: El Cielo, Viajo Pueblo, Mama Mia's, the cobble stone streets, the gourmet dinners by Anthony at Roger's place, the walk through the cementary during the Día de Muertos, lunches at Vía Organica...

Now back to school, then getting ready for NYC! AFO Fest and the Soho Playhouse.

See you there!

Jack

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mr. Fry in Mexico!!!

Just landed in Mexico without a hitch! Smooth sailing. Staying at Roger Jone's place. 7 stories of utter elegance. Thank you Roger and Rosana! I've got my first show on Thursday. It's gonna be busy. Have my tech on Wednesday. That can be a nerve racking experience, especially in another country.

I plan on loving every minute of this trip. I've got a huge room, private entrance, and my own kitchen.

I just woke up, feeling a bit groggy, but instead of coffee, I shake my head. It's like shaking the bats from the belfry. I plan on taking lots of pics! I remembered my camera this time. I don't believe.

If you're in San Miguel, please come out and support the show. Proceeds will go to three schools here in San Miguel.

More later.

Jack "Mr. Fry"

Thursday, October 13, 2011

What a wild ride

This show has been quite a journey for me. It seems to surprise even me with it's ability to reach out and connect with people. Especially with people who care about our children and the educational future of this country.

Mister Fry just won as an Encore Winner at the Boulder International Fringe Festival in August. Did Northridge last night and last Saturday we were at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood, now on Monday, we leave for Mexico's San Miguel de Allende for 6 shows.''

Wowwowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowow!!! Thank you one and all.

Jack

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sad News



Mr. Fry extends his deep, heart felt condolences to the family of Rigaberto Ruelas, his friends and his students over his apparent suicide over the controversial, new teacher rating system now made public. He was a much beloved teacher whose students say they learned much from.


Memorial Service

Wed. Sept 29th.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Some INDY emails and comments sent to Mr. Fry


Thank you, thank you, thank you for encouraging us to go and see this show! I just got home and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it; I laughed and I cried (sometimes simultaneously!). It was fabulous!
Marilea


I think I speak for our group when I say our spirits were definitely lifted tonight after visiting They Call Me Mister Fry! We even felt that James should have received part of the profits because he was in charge of watching Excalibur for most of the evening. What a wonderful suggestion!
We can't wait to regroup and discuss once everyone has had the chance to see it. Thanks for encouraging us to go (*and sit up front for our chance in the spotlight).
Julie Arnold


Hi Jack,

I may be back personally. I sent emails to 3 of my friends and one of them I offered to accompany. Even my son liked the show, and to get an 11 year old engaged in anything other than video games is utterly amazing. Sean is actually a gifted student but almost nothing motivates him. At least, nothing intrinsic seems to motivate him. So to hear him say he really enjoyed the show, made me feel great that someone touched him.

It never ceases to amaze me how a single choice can take us places we would have never dreamed.

I wish you best!

Dave Humes


John: Hope you feel that your Indianapolis run was a great success. Pat and I were excited to see you and to enjoy your performance. You reflect a strong understanding of the humanity of your pupils. Know that all children have lives which extend well beyond the classroom. You show understanding and humility with good humor, and I am pleased to have been a brief part of your direction. Thank you for honoring me. I went home all puffed up.
Continue your success. I hope that you and Nancy can work things out.
Keep in touch. Mr. Robinson (FRED)



I just got back. Thank you for recommending this! I absolutely loved it. My 11 year old son even liked it. I sat close to Dr. Ross and she was really moved as well. I emailed some teacher friends about it when I got home. …and I’m thinking about going to see it one more time before it ends. No points necessary…. lol.

See you in class,

Dave

Only TWO Shows Left!!!

Hey gang. I only have two shows left. I'm having the time of my life. I hope you can make it. There is no Sunday show. Here is the link to buy tickets.


Tickets $20 general
Teachers $10
Students $7

Friday, Sept 24th 8pm
Saturday, Sept, 25th, 8pm

Ticket's available on Ticket web and by calling 317-522-8099

They Call Me Mister Fry
Back By Popular Demand
a Command Return Engagement
2 weeks only!!!





They Call Me Mister Fry is Mr. Fry's TRUE story of his 1st-year teacher teaching 5th grade in South Central Los Angeles. It's a funny and poignant story that has all the laughter, tears, and drama of an American Classic. It not only tells the struggles of a mid-westerner from Indiana dealing with a challenging, multi-ethnic body of students and his journey through the bowels of the big city bureaucracy, but his efforts to find his place in the world in this beautiful story about transformation, redemption, the fragility of life, and what we think our purpose is.


Mister Fry just recently won it's 2nd Best of the Fest from the2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival (Asylum Theater) in June where 15 of the very best shows were selected from 176 shows and asked to extend (and Mister Fry was one of the 15). Mister Fry just recently played 3 months off-broadway at the Comic Strip Live Theater last November, December, and January. It played 2 Command Performances for THE Department of Education in Washington, DC, and has won the endorsement ofStephen Colbert from The Colbert Report. You can go to his website to see it (misterfry.com) It also won it's first one of theBest of the Fest from the DC theater critics in the 2009 Washington Capital Fringe where it was additionally honored with Best Male Monologue (All Arts Review).

"Jack Fry is the Patch Adams of Education" - LA Examiner
"... haunting and unforgettable." - Venice Magazine
"Gritty, but hopeful." - Curtain up New York
"This production has all the heart, audacity, and originality to
stand out from the crowd mainly because of the artistry of Jack Fry"
5 stars (A Best of the Fest) DC Theater Scene
"Charismatic Comic timing... droll impersonation skills... boisterous
stage presents... brings to mind Robin Williams." LA Weekly GO



Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mr. Fry Back in Indy!

They Call Me Mister Fry
Back By Popular Demand
a Command Return Engagement
2 weeks only!!!

*Monday, Sept. 13th 7:30 pm
*Tuesday, Sept 14th 7:30 pm
*Wednesday, Sept. 15th 7:30 pm
*Thursday, Sept 16th 7:30 pm

Friday, Sept 17th 8pm
Saturday, Sept 18th 8pm
Sunday, Sept 19th 3pm MATINEE

*Thursday, Sept 23th, 7:30pm
Friday, Sept 24th 8pm
Saturday, Sept, 25th, 8pm

* Private events, limited public seating, RSVP'S a must


They Call Me Mister Fry is Mr. Fry's TRUE story of his 1st-year teacher teaching 5th grade in South Central Los Angeles. It's a funny and poignant story that has all the laughter, tears, and drama of an American Classic. It not only tells the struggles of a mid-westerner from Indiana dealing with a challenging, multi-ethnic body of students and his journey through the bowels of the big city bureaucracy, but his efforts to find his place in the world in this beautiful story about transformation, redemption, the fragility of life, and what we think our purpose is.


Mister Fry just recently won it's 2nd Best of the Fest from the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival (Asylum Theater) in June where 15 of the very best shows were selected from 176 shows and asked to extend (and Mister Fry was one of the 15). Mister Fry just recently played 3 months off-broadway at the Comic Strip Live Theater last November, December, and January. It played 2 Command Performances for THE Department of Education in Washington, DC, and has won the endorsement of Stephen Colbert from The Colbert Report. You can go to his website to see it (misterfry.com) It also won it's first one of the Best of the Fest from the DC theater critics in the 2009 Washington Capital Fringe where it was additionally honored with Best Male Monologue (All Arts Review).

"Jack Fry is the Patch Adams of Education" - LA Examiner
"... haunting and unforgettable." - Venice Magazine
"Gritty, but hopeful." - Curtain up New York
"This production has all the heart, audacity, and originality to
stand out from the crowd mainly because of the artistry of Jack Fry"
5 stars (A Best of the Fest) DC Theater Scene
"Charismatic Comic timing... droll impersonation skills... boisterous
stage presents... brings to mind Robin Williams." LA Weekly GO


Tickets $20 general
Teachers $10
Students $7

Ticket's available on Ticket web and by calling 317-522-8099

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Back in Indy


Hey there gang,

It's great to be back in Indy. I'm thrilled!!! I'm doing 12 shows here and I can't wait to be doing shows at the Indy Fringe again. Thanks for supporting the show and its message. I just finished the show at Park Tudor last week and I'm doing Marian University tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it. Here's a new photo taken by the photographer named Star from the LA Weekly.

Please keep me informed with what you're doing as well.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

BESTof the FEST

Hey everybody, we just finished 3 performances for the Hollywood Fringe Festival which ended on June 27th. It was an exhausting, but fun experience. We had full houses for every show and we loved performing at the Lounge Theater.

We're proud to announce that They Call Me Mister Fry was just selected one of 15 shows out of 176 as BEST of the FEST of the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival. So we are EXTENDING FOR 4 PERFORMANCES in July and beginning of August. YAY!!! Please check the website for show times and ticket information.

Please keep in touch and thank you for all your support.

Jack "Mr. Fry"

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Mr. Fry back in Culver City


I want to let everyone know, that I will be back at my home theater, Fanatic Salon in Culver City (Sawtelle Blvd and Venice Blvd) this coming Sunday, April 11th at 3pm. I'm very excited to perform this piece. This show is a very special show for me. It will be the 100th time They Call Me Mister Fry has been performed since the show was remounted in the fall of 2007. The show has grown and improved reaches out further in its depth, humor, and heart. People ask me if I'm going to write a Mister Fry 2. I have a philosophy that I would rather have one REALLY good show that people can see over and over, then a bunch of mediocre ones. Plus a lot of peeps haven't had a chance to check out what I have now. I'm proud to say the show is reaching people of all across the nation and is garnish a following. The message is not only resonating with educational community, but with the community at large. I, humbly, and with honor, look forward to bringing it Mister Fry back to Los Angeles, after a successful tour last fall and winter. I'll see you Sunday, April 11th, 3 pm. Tickets are $25, but for all my friends, I'm having them get 1/2 price tickets at goldstar.com. I just have a few tickets left. Here is the link.

http://www.goldstar.com/events/culver-city-ca/they-call-me-mister-fry.html

See you soon!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The end of a 5 month tour is a new beginning


phwuuuu.... What a wonderful 5 month 4 city tour it has been and I thank each and everyone of you who have supported this show in anyway. Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Washington DC and New York. An extended run in New York is every actor's dream. It has been indescribable to be able to make people laugh and cry with a show that means so much for so many people. It's nice to put my feet up for a few days but that gets old quickly, so next week I'm off to the National NACA conference in Boston Feb 13-17 to further the message of the show. I'll meet new people who hopefully will be able to help spread the message of the show to college campus's around the country.

Meanwhile. I'm looking forward to getting back in the class room and on the stage and returning to Los Angeles.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mr. Fry in New York

Freinds, Romans and New Yorkers,

I wanted to wish everybody a Merry Xmas with some ho, hoes, thrown in for good measure. I'm in New York as most of you know. I'm loving it here. I've had a very warm reception despite the winter storm that has left ice sickles, scarf venders, and snowmen happy. I have been extended through the end of January 31st. Shows will be Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 5pm. RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST. Make sure to ask for the MR. FRY SPECIAL. Which is secret code that you can get a free ticket. Just pay a 2 drink minimum. It will save $25 on the ticket price.

I think I'm going to go to Boston for 36 hours, but I haven't made the final decision on that. It looks like I'll be on the New York One TV channel on January 6th. And I hope to get a copy of the CBS interview soon so I can put it on the website.

I would love to share some of the wonderful emails I have been getting on the show.
Thanks,

Merry Christmas

Jack, "Mr. Fry"

Jack

The show was great realized i never answered your question about what grade i teach, well anyway, i'm a preschool teacher at a daycare in the south bronx, i spread the word to my co-workers and i also made an announcement today in my graduate class and recommended that they all took the trip down to the city to see your play, i told them as teachers they need to see your play....Good luck
Fellow teacher
Jennifer


Hi Jack,

I put the red ads in each teacher's malilbox after giving the principal a glowing review of your show. It was a great night.

thanks,

Maggie


Thank you Jack.
The show was fantastic, I sent an email out to my whole school last night about it, and already put the flyers out. It must have been an enthusiastic email, because 5 people approached me about it within 5 minutes this morning! I just forwarded the colorful email you just sent as well. I am sure you'll see a few teachers from my school sometime soon, and I'd even like to come again if possible.
I'd love to keep in touch too, though I am not sure how free my schedule is for the rest of Dec. I've got to get my final papers in for Grad school! eek! Anyways, if you extend until Jan, please let me know~!
Sara

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday's Oct. 17th show SOLD OUT!!!


Hey there,
I just got back from a SOLD OUT Mr. Fry show here in Indy.  We had to pull out extra chairs so people could sit down.  I'm exhausted, but it's a good exhausted.  I just got a wonderful note from Doug Jennings, Park Tudors headmaster.    He's thinking of bringing me back in August.

The audience was superb.  We laughed and cried together.  It really was a special evening.   I hate to think that I only have one more show here in Indy.  In a way, I wish I didn't have any other place to go so I could stay here longer.  We've worked so hard to build this momentum, now we're going to have to let the air out of the balloon.

Life... hmmmm.... full of choices.  What to do, what to do...   

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mr. Fry in Indy


Hey Gang,

I'm in Indy now.  Closing the show this weekend after a 3 week dynamite run.  I could extend, but I have chosen not to because I NEED a week off before Washington and New York.  I've been working non stop since the Washington Fringe Festival in July. (I am still getting emails from angry artists who swear they'll never do that festival again after the festival's director Julianne Brienza decided to steal their button money)

So Indianapolis, Mister Fry will be back.  I will let you know.  I hope you can get as many people as possible to go this weekend.

I'm very much looking forward to going to DC for the "Command Performance" at the Department of Education.   Then it's off to New York City.

I'll keep you posted on the events as they unfold.  Thanks for your support.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Some emails and comments sent to Mister Fry

I started to get wonderful emails from patrons of the show and I thought I would post a few of them.  If you've seen the show, please post a comment.  Thanks.

Jack

From our show in June 7th 2009

 Jack,
We absolutely LOVED it. Marissa is an actress as well- we've both done a lot of theater and been to a lot of theater, and this is one of the best things we've seen in a long time.
The show is so funny (the loud cackle you heard every once in a while was Marissa's:)), very touching, and it has a wonderful, powerful message that stays with you- I found myself thinking about it even this morning.
We both feel this is something everyone should see, so we will definitely tell our friends, and we're going to especially encourage Marissa's dad to go because he teaches high school English at LA High, where there a lot of students that are similar to Anthony and Jasmine I'm sure.
So, when will you be doing it again here in LA?
Also, have you thought of writing the screenplay and turning Mr. Fry into a movie? I think it would make a great one...
Anyway, thank you for sharing your beautiful work...we loved it.
Talk soon,
Ben

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Email on show 12/06/08

Dear Mr. Fry,

Thank you so much for allowing me to see your show.  I have been teaching for 15 years, both as a permanent and substitute teacher, exclusively for LAUSD. I have be tempted to leave many times because of the excessive and damaging encroachment of politics on the field of education.  Year are year, I see teachers and students at the mercy of those who govern education.  I got into teaching initially, and have remained in teaching solely to be apart of the students' lives.  I wish to always be at the heart of their daily issues, whether it be social, academic, or personal.  I want to struggle with them and help them sort things out.   Your play gave me a renewed sense of encouragement and hope.  What I do everyday is right, and where I belong in life.  Your play confirmed that for me, yesterday.  I wish you continued success as an actor and educator.  You have certainly made good use of the talent and gifts God has given you.

Gratefully yours,

Ralph Lopez, teacher LAUSD

Monday, December 8, 2008

Comments emailed to me for 12/06/08 show at Fanatic Salon

Your show was great.  I was very impressed with your story telling and acting ability.  My wife really enjoyed it, too.   We will tell our friends!

Yosh, Entertainment Research & Consultanting

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Emailed comments on show 5/24/08 at the Fanatic Salon Theater


I just have to tell you, Mr. Fry, I have a lot of teachers in my life.  My husband's mother is a teacher, his sisters and best friend are teachers.  You really did them justice.  I am also finishing my credential right now and should be teaching in the fall.  I am terrified but I am so excited!  I truly and honestly enjoyed your show.  As a person who has a lot of experiences with "teacher stories", I actually see yours and my husband did too.  Thanks for a great performance and I truly wish you all the best in the future.  your story moved me so I thank you.

Amy Dunn, critic Valley Scene Magazine




Jack,

Congratulations on an excellent performance, Sat. 5/24/08.  We laugh, cried, cheered and jeered at an existing school system that should also emphasize "no teacher left behind" and "no more teacher abuse".  Looking forward to " They Call Me Mr. Fry II".   Another real life experience that will help solve the revolving door of the less privileged, and the high premature drop out rate of our dedicated, talented teachers.

Mark Stong, teacher LAUSD


Hi Jack,

Thanks for the invitation, thanks for the play, it was wonderful, full of emotions, and your work is so deep, like a map of what life is.

Julio Ballatore
Hollywood Income Tax


Jack, Mr. Fry

After I saw your show, I signed up to volunteer and mentor under priviledged kids!  You rock!!!

Solniska, Life Coach

Hi Tracy,

They Call Me Mister Fry is moving and inspirational.  Teachers should especially see this - as he learns compassion from his students.  He is an inspired story teller and even more inspired teacher.  Loved it!

Patty, patron

Hi Jack,

Great job!  Rick and I both really enjoyed the show.  We laughed, we cried -- your frustrations and your passions really came through.  I am going to pass you flyer along to some friends for the next performances ( a couple are teachers and might get a kick out of it.)

Take care and best of luck with the production.

Raleigh and Rick, PR consultant & magician


Comments on Show 6/28/08 in Sherman Oaks

Thanks, "Mr. Fry" for an excellent performance!  I especially cracked up at the kids hitting each other "by accident"... SO TRUE!  My retired teacher friends & I  all loved the play... despite the insane heat!  I gave your show a great review & here's one better than passins the flyer since school's out for the summer... I emailed all our faculty with details about your show... hope some can come for your Westside performance.

Sonya Neweissman
2nd grade "veteran" teacher


Hey there, Mr. Fry

I thought your performance was outstanding and I've already recommended your show to family and friends.  Infact, I'll be back with mom this Saturday-- she's looking forward to seeing the show as well.

I'll be sure to post a review on Goldstar, and congrats on New York!

Ali, patron


Jack,  

Hi, this is Karen.  I'm in the process of writing up my yearly submissions to be on the Ovation committee for 08/09.  I wanted to use your show as one of the best I've seen this year....

Always,

Karen Dick, ovation award voter

Email from George Albano, the nation's top principal

Jack,

It was great hearing from you.  If you are ever in the NY area, I would love to have you present "Mr. Fry" to my staff of 125 professionals.  I'm glad you enjoyed the DVD.  I will have a new one by early 2009

George Albano, 
Principal Lincoln School Elementary, Winner of the National Blue Ribbon for Academic Excellence.  Featured on 60 minutes and other national programs. 


Some comments from New York audiences emailed to Mr. Fry

"... one of the most insightful, inteligent, extremely touching, beautifully acted plays I have ever seen..."
 Daisy Jopling-Concert Violinist



"... I really enjoyed They Call Me Mister Fry as both a teacher in the inner city schools and as someone tryig to make my way on life's journey.  It was moving, funny, and well written.  The acting was also superb.  I truly felt like I could see each scene unfolding before me in the first person narrative..."

Tammie E. - Teacher, New York City



Jack, "Mr. Fry"

I will certainly tell my teacher friends.  I will alsotell them how much I enjoyed it.  Not only did it make me laugh, but your performance touched that area in my heart reserved for and preserved by my students.

Sara Michaels,  Teacher, nyc


Jack,

Your show is an extremely touching and funny play with full and colorful characters that you poignantly bring to life on stage.  It is never easy to hear about kids in very difficult life situations, but through this story one can see how strongly a teacher can positively influence a child and vice versa.  I was happy I got to see your show!   I really hope you get to take this show more places.  Good luck with your future shows and let me know if you're bringing the play back to New York.

Jenny Regan, patron


Jack,

Just wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoyed your show tonight!  What an amazing, powerful story.  It made me laugh and cry.  So glad I got to see it tonight!  Yay for the fringe!

Best

Aja, actress


Jack,

I'm very glad to have met you and seen your show.  I hope your final Fringe performance was well-attended and went well, and that the play continues to be performed and seen by new audience.  I look forward to hearing of it's future progress.

Best wishes, and continued success with Mr. Fry,

Bert S. , patron


Mr. Fry,

My family and I really enjoyed your performance.  We had to bribe my 16 year old sun to visit his younger brother at camp in upstate NY by promising him a trip to the city on the way back. You gave my husband, son and me a lot to talk about.  You managed to be both funny and moving.  Thank you.

I am related to quite a few current and retired teachers (including my mother) and have a lot of respect for what you do.  It ain't easy, and I am grateful to anyone who does it well and sticks to it.

Best wishes in your teaching and performing careers.

Marjie Letzter, mother of 3


Hi Jack,

   I spoke to you in the lobby following the performance on Monday afternoon.  You may recall that I told you that I am a teacher at Community College of Rhode Island and could relate to many of the issues raised in your play, notably the demands constantly being made by people in authority who are so convinced that they know how to make the educational system better, even though they've rarely if ever stood in front of a class of students.

   I returned home from New York yesterday and was telling my mother, a retired teacher, and my sister, a high school teacher about They Call Me Mister Fry.  Once again, thank you for a moving and stimulating testimony to the positive influences of teachers in the most challenging of circumstances.

Sincerely,

Bert Silverberg, college professor

Jack,

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your work.  I am an actor and have written a one-man show as well about growing up first generation Italian-American.  I am also an arts educator and have worked in many schools for bringing arts into the curriculum.  I can relate to your process both as a performer and as an educator.  I wish you well with your show and hope it brings you much success.

All the best,
Frank Ingrasciotta
(I'm the guy who watcher your balloon sword during last night's performance)