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Judy commented on M. Yichao's blog post EdFringe: A (Pleasant) Punch To The Face
"I did a show at the Fringe once for an audience of one. There were around six or seven actors, and in the audience this one nice American elderly lady!  At the end of the show when they came out to bow she clapped, and the lead actor broke the…"
Sep 3, 2013
M. Yichao's blog post was featured

EdFringe: A (Pleasant) Punch To The Face

I've been absent from the TheatreFaces for two weeks.I've been at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for four weeks.The EdFringe kind of kicked my butt. In all the right ways. (Get your mind out of the gutter.)It was an amazing experience in an amazing city, and the hectic schedule and exhaustion of travel and the confusion and melding of time and days one into the other (and inevitable illness that struck our group like a mini-plague) ultimately took me out from posting.Last I checked in, I was …See More
Sep 2, 2013
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EdFringe: A (Pleasant) Punch To The Face

I've been absent from the TheatreFaces for two weeks.I've been at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for four weeks.The EdFringe kind of kicked my butt. In all the right ways. (Get your mind out of the gutter.)It was an amazing experience in an amazing city, and the hectic schedule and exhaustion of travel and the confusion and melding of time and days one into the other (and inevitable illness that struck our group like a mini-plague) ultimately took me out from posting.Last I checked in, I was …See More
Sep 2, 2013
M. Yichao's blog post was featured

Bo Burnham: "What"

Once in a while you see a show that hits you and inspires you and makes you excited and thrilled to be an artist and makes you aspire to create work that achieves just a fraction of what you just saw. Once in a very, very great while, that work is a comedy. Once in a rare, rare, rare moment, that work is a stand up comic. Bo Burnham was that. Absolutely incredible. He takes all of the hyperbolic language found on fliers for other comedians all around Edinburgh - "genius," "a rare talent of his…See More
Aug 11, 2013
M. Yichao posted a blog post

Bo Burnham: "What"

Once in a while you see a show that hits you and inspires you and makes you excited and thrilled to be an artist and makes you aspire to create work that achieves just a fraction of what you just saw. Once in a very, very great while, that work is a comedy. Once in a rare, rare, rare moment, that work is a stand up comic. Bo Burnham was that. Absolutely incredible. He takes all of the hyperbolic language found on fliers for other comedians all around Edinburgh - "genius," "a rare talent of his…See More
Aug 11, 2013
Robert Durie commented on M. Yichao's blog post Plan B: or, Please Don't Abort!
"You to can teach English..go to grad school, wait tables, be a welder, it worked in flash dance..or just keep doing what makes your heart happy. Judge when your 90+ and never regret your choices. The one thing you need to know right now is that…"
Aug 5, 2013
M. Yichao's blog post was featured

How To Make a Collaborative Project (That Doesn't End with Everyone Hating Everyone)

I love theater because it's kind of collaborative magic.It's a sort of alchemy where somehow the end result is (usually) greater than the sum of its parts. Where you get to create something, then other people you love and trust add things to your something, and then unicorns and rainbows and explosions of awesome dust burst all over the stage. Yeah, kind of like that.But sometimes it's not such a gilded…See More
Aug 5, 2013
M. Yichao posted a blog post

How To Make a Collaborative Project (That Doesn't End with Everyone Hating Everyone)

I love theater because it's kind of collaborative magic.It's a sort of alchemy where somehow the end result is (usually) greater than the sum of its parts. Where you get to create something, then other people you love and trust add things to your something, and then unicorns and rainbows and explosions of awesome dust burst all over the stage. Yeah, kind of like that.But sometimes it's not such a gilded…See More
Aug 5, 2013
M. Yichao's blog post was featured

Plan B: or, Please Don't Abort!

One time, I was watching a stand up comic whose name I can't remember. He told one joke, randomly said, "you know, I've always been terrible at transitions." Then he proceeded to tell a complete non-sequitur story.That story would've been a lot funnier if I remembered any of the details about his set. Or who it was. But, uh, trust me, it was funny. And it totally worked.Banana.===Here's the thing I find funny about working in theater, and getting a degree in theater: in no other field or area…See More
Jul 30, 2013
M. Yichao posted a blog post

Plan B: or, Please Don't Abort!

One time, I was watching a stand up comic whose name I can't remember. He told one joke, randomly said, "you know, I've always been terrible at transitions." Then he proceeded to tell a complete non-sequitur story.That story would've been a lot funnier if I remembered any of the details about his set. Or who it was. But, uh, trust me, it was funny. And it totally worked.Banana.===Here's the thing I find funny about working in theater, and getting a degree in theater: in no other field or area…See More
Jul 29, 2013
M. Yichao's blog post was featured

Oh Wait You're Famous

Hello, my name is Michael Yichao, and I have a problem.I'm celebrity-blind.Er, celebrity-blind, not a blind-celebrity.I can barely remember a handful of celebrity names, and almost never recognize any of them in the street. I once apparently stood in line next to Miranda Cosgrove at the movie theaters and completely missed it. ("Who's Miranda Cosgrove?" asks everyone over the age of 14.) If I walked by Ryan Gosling on the street, I'd only figure it out when the herd of women following him…See More
Jul 22, 2013
M. Yichao posted a blog post

Oh Wait You're Famous

Hello, my name is Michael Yichao, and I have a problem.I'm celebrity-blind.Er, celebrity-blind, not a blind-celebrity.I can barely remember a handful of celebrity names, and almost never recognize any of them in the street. I once apparently stood in line next to Miranda Cosgrove at the movie theaters and completely missed it. ("Who's Miranda Cosgrove?" asks everyone over the age of 14.) If I walked by Ryan Gosling on the street, I'd only figure it out when the herd of women following him…See More
Jul 22, 2013
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Jul 22, 2013
M. Yichao's blog post was featured

Ladders and Forests

It's a familiar image: that of a ladder or staircase leading upwards towards success. We see it in classroom inspirational posters as kids, in articles about advancement and "climbing the corporate ladder" as adults. We are taught and trained that the march towards progress is just that - a forward march in which you should ever be climbing…See More
Jul 14, 2013
M. Yichao posted a blog post

Ladders and Forests

It's a familiar image: that of a ladder or staircase leading upwards towards success. We see it in classroom inspirational posters as kids, in articles about advancement and "climbing the corporate ladder" as adults. We are taught and trained that the march towards progress is just that - a forward march in which you should ever be climbing…See More
Jul 14, 2013
M. Yichao's blog post was featured

Work Leads to Work

In the days after my graduation from CalArts, I remember feeling a familiar creeping onset of worry and fear - old worries and fears about what would happen next, how I would move towards my big goals, how impossible it seemed to build a career in theater and writing that paid a living wage.Luckily, I have confronted these fears before. I faced them heading into undergrad, faced them heading into the National Theater Institute my junior year, and faced them heading into CalArts. And while the…See More
Jul 8, 2013

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M. Yichao's Blog

EdFringe: A (Pleasant) Punch To The Face

I've been absent from the TheatreFaces for two weeks.

I've been at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for four weeks.

The EdFringe kind of kicked my butt. In all the right ways. 

(Get your mind out of the gutter.)

It was an amazing experience in an amazing city, and the hectic schedule and exhaustion of travel and the confusion and melding of time and days one into the other (and inevitable illness that struck our group like a mini-plague) ultimately…

Continue

Posted on September 2, 2013 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

Bo Burnham: "What"

Once in a while you see a show that hits you and inspires you and makes you excited and thrilled to be an artist and makes you aspire to create work that achieves just a fraction of what you just saw. Once in a very, very great while, that work is a comedy. Once in a rare, rare, rare moment, that work is a stand up comic. 

Bo Burnham: What

Bo Burnham was that. Absolutely incredible. He takes all of the hyperbolic language found…

Continue

Posted on August 11, 2013 at 5:37pm

How To Make a Collaborative Project (That Doesn't End with Everyone Hating Everyone)

I love theater because it's kind of collaborative magic.

It's a sort of alchemy where somehow the end result is (usually) greater than the sum of its parts. Where you get to create something, then other people you love and trust add things to your something, and then unicorns and rainbows and explosions of awesome dust burst all over the stage. …

Continue

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 8:05am

Plan B: or, Please Don't Abort!

One time, I was watching a stand up comic whose name I can't remember. He told one joke, randomly said, "you know, I've always been terrible at transitions." Then he proceeded to tell a complete non-sequitur story.



That story would've been a lot funnier if I remembered any of the details about his set. Or who it was. But, uh, trust me, it was funny. And it totally worked.



Banana.



===



Here's the thing I find funny about working in theater, and getting… Continue

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 12:47pm — 1 Comment

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