An Olympiad of pop culture featuring live karaoke with tiny instruments, a video game and pizza roll eating contest sponsored by Totinos, Inter-Gender Sitcom Theater and more, “Loser. – A Live Action Shame Show” will embark on its first tour this summer.
The brainchild of comedian Jeremy Essig (Brian Posehn Tour Mate, appearances on NPR) and Chris Ward (DJ on KDHX, former Twisted Toyfare Theatre writer) Loser. is a night of karaoke, bar trivia, video game competitions and sketch comedy rolled into one two-hour show.
A four-part game show, Loser., begins with music trivia and a slightly skewed version of “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.” The show then moves to its video game portion where contestants are awarded points for both their gaming skills and ability to complement those skills with pizza rolls. Shifting to contestant’s ability to draw superheroes into real-life scenarios in the show’s third round, the game ends with a local sketch group performing a dark and occasionally offensive fan-fiction version of a popular sitcom. Holding this madness together are co-hosts Essig and Ward, pop-culture aficionados whose humor provides a backbone for what would otherwise be an unwieldy plethora of cultural delights.
After a successful year in the show’s home base in St. Louis, Loser. is venturing out this June to test the pop culture acumen of contestants across the eastern part of the country with stops in Bloomington, Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Washington DC, New York City and Columbus Ohio before hitting The East Room in Nashville.
Jeremy and Chris will be joined by Nashville-based comedians Jim Seward, Kate Spellman, Brett Cantrell, Meredith Whitsett and DJ Buckley who will participate in the sketch comedy portion of the show. They’re also looking for non-comic contestants to participate in the fun. If you’re interested, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
SPiFFY SQUiRREL is Nashville’s only truly independent, underground professional weekly alt comedy show. Featuring touring comedians from all corners of the earth, plus outstanding local regulars who are worth paying attention to. Sundays at 7:30pm at The East Room for just $5 cover. Produced and hosted by NashvilleStandUp.com’s Chad Riden.
6/22/2014 LOSER! Shame Show w/ Jeremy Essig & Chris Ward with Nashville’s Meredith Whitsett, Brett Cantrell, Kate Spellman, DJ Buckley & Jim Seward.
7:00pm doors open
8:00pm show begins
TICKETS: $5 at the door or in advance online