A sketch comedy show shot in a backyard and streamed worldwide, this is what Phoenix fans have come to know as First Friday Night Live or FFNL. First Friday Night Live is an ever evolving and collaborative arts project, that is returning for a third season in 2013.
FFNL is Phoenix backyard television at it's finest.
The local Phoenix television show is a combination of live musical acts, local performance artists, homegrown stand-up, but is mostly a sketch comedy at heart. Each episode is being filmed on location, shot with multiple cameras, mixed live and then broadcast over the internet on the First Friday of each month. All this is happens live from the Firehouse Gallery at 11pm, Arizona MST.
First Friday Night Live is a collaborative arts project. It has been in evolution since it's inception in September of 2010. The show format was originally conceived by local owner of the Firehouse Gallery in Phoenix, who friends know as Michael 23. He came up with his initial vision for FFNL while watching the first season of Saturday Night Live.
"Community television has often been a term reserved for public access cable stations, which are owned and operated by cooperatives, universities, and non-profit organizations. However, a group of DIY writers, filmmakers, internet social networking gurus, comedians, actors, musicians and artists have invaded The Firehouse Gallery and are using the power and freedom of the internet to redefine community television through sketch comedy."
The result was FFNL's first season. Seasons 1 and 2 spawned great creative efforts and forged bonds between the unique members, cast, crew and thought criminals that came to make FFNL happen. The show has been through ups and downs, as it has struggled to maintain it's home base at the Firehouse Gallery in downtown Phoenix.
Even so, these trials have only made those involved stronger, ever inspired and more committed to FFNL's primary goal, to create the best live television using local Arizona talent.
According to the FFNL Facebook page, "FFNL is the perfect nightcap to the First Friday Artwalk experience in Phoenix, AZ and the primary source of hijinks from the people who live there."
Each season new local talents have come to audition and hopefully become part of the First Friday Night Live cast. The current season includes Matt Micheletti, Amy Jean Page, Ben Jammin', Rusty Stuff, Ryann Price, Ira Sanchez, Jessica Ballantyne, Ivan Chavez, John Luther, Dawn Marette, and Beth May. Many are returning FFNL alumni and the group has a kinship which is evident in their performances, both on and off stage.
The new season kicks off with hosts hosts The Cult of The Yellow Sign and musical guest Fairy Bones on the evening of October 4, 2013. FFNL warns attending audiences to, "Be prepared for trick-or-treaters, sex-starved robots, stoner vampires, and the unique awesomeness that only guests like The Cult of the Yellow Sign can provide"
That is a tame statement coming from FFNL, because each show is live and surprises are always in store.
The whole FFNL cast and crew hopes to see you at the show.
Tickets can be purchased for only $5 pre-sale via the FFNL website, or for $7 at the door, the day of the show. The magic begins at 11:00 pm at the Firehouse Gallery, 1015 N. 1st Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004.
Call the Firehouse Gallery for information or directions at (602) 300-7575.
If you can't make it in person, check out the FFNL live stream broadcast starting at 11:00 pm Arizona MST.
First Friday Night Live is, "...the city of Phoenix is being pulled into the space between realms and into the shadow..." But really, it's a bunch of friends, giving it all, so that Phoenix audiences can have some fun on a Friday night.