Several short plugs

By marriage, squared*, I am now related to a Apple Design Award winner. Neato, and congrats to Ben.

My friend and fellow Crazy Monkeys-alum Alex Aschinger has made it to the top 50 (out of thousands of entries) of the New York Television Festival Pitch Contest. Alex begs, "On Thursday the 24th go to and vote for Scout's Honor by Alex and Chris. Voting goes from midnight to midnight and the top two from each day go to New York to pitch their show live for chance to make their pilot or talk to and meet TV peeps." Alex also has a short film in the Valley Film Fest in September.

Holy McBadNewsCity! Dan Izzo's rent got doubled by his insane landlord and so the Improv Inferno will be closing on the weekend of September 10. There will be special shows all that weekend. If you live anywhere close, please stop by and spend a few dollars while you still can -- Dan and Trish's tiny, hungry baby will thank you.

Barenaked Ladies (the Canadian band) are having an air guitar contest on YouTube, asking fans to make videos of themselves playing air guitar to their new song Wind It Up which features a guest guitar solo by Kim Mitchell. Noah made an all-puppet video, including a special Kim Mitchell-puppet doing the air guitar part to his own solo. Genius. If he doesn't win, there is no justice.

* Ben is Erica's brother's wife's brother.