Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MORE BLASTS FROM THE PAST: Monologue battle!

The Cleveland Monologue Battle is one of my favorite events -- it's short, sweet and simple, and it's a great way to strut your stuff in front of an audience and get no-holds-barred critique on where your strengths and weaknesses are as an actor.

It's an opportunity more of us should take advantage of more often, considering how much time we as actors spend pointlessly analyzing why a casting director did or didn't cast us for a particular role and complaining about how we don't get feedback for our auditions.

And, of course, the cash prize if you succeed in bringing it is always nice.

You can sign up for the Battle yourself here:

But of course you're not here for that, you're here to see the awesome videos of me taking second place (twice!) at recent battles.

Well, here's a video taken by my wife of my most recent one -- an EXTREMELY NSFW and extremely disturbing monologue first memorably delivered by Jason Patric in Neil LaBute's film Your Friends and Neighbors:

And here's a very different monologue from September, taken from Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir in the classic episode of Community, "Critical Film Studies":

Unfortunately the above is cut off at the beginning and end because the camera guy was just shooting footage for a promo video for the Monologue Battle, but as a tradeoff the picture quality is much higher.

Let me know what you think, and if you have any suggestions for monologues I can take into future battles!

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