Friday, February 26, 2010
BRICE RETIRES FROM ACTING
Collage of films I've been a part of (as of 2005).
I'm retiring from acting. Yep, I'm serious.
Over the past few years, I've lost interest in acting and also lost touch with a few people who I've regularly worked with. It's been a natural progression as I've turned down some things here and there and just worked less in general... not that I ever had the busiest schedule. I don't know... I suppose the gimmick has worn off a bit? A major part of it is the lack of challenge. While I'll always be grateful for the opportunities I've had, there are only so many ways you can scream at a rubber monster or get killed on camera by the next ridiculous prop. Don't get me wrong - I've loved working on B-movies. They've been a hell of a lot of fun and there actually have been a few scenes here and there I'd happily put on my demo reel - and have. I'm lucky and grateful to have a resume and will always feel particularly indebted to Mark and the late John Polonia. It's just that it never was my dream to do low budget horror almost exclusively. It's not ALL I've done but if my name were to be synonymous with anything (aside from maybe my show), it'd be indie horror.
I'm not crying "poor me" or anything. Quite the contrary! For a guy who never moved to NYC or LA, I managed to build a resume of ten films, most of which are available for rent or purchase across the country with one or two available internationally. I've walked into a Blockbuster Video and seen myself on the video shelves. Hell, I've even gotten fan mail and a few autograph requests! I'm very proud of that. No, I suppose if I really wanted to be taken more seriously or wanted to pursue more comedy or drama, I would have. If I moved to NYC or LA as I've threatened to do for years, I would've felt challenged... reinvigorated. If I REALLY wanted more opportunity to do the projects I always envisioned being a part of, I would've pursued those avenues. The truth is that, as time has marched on, my interest in acting in general has waned.
It's been a fun ride and who knows? Maybe at some point, if something interesting comes my way, I'll take another look at things. But I really feel that chapter has come to a close. I'll still finish putting The BK Show episodes up on YouTube (slowly but surely but slowly) and maybe have another showing of the film but after that, that's it.
And of course, there's the OTHER reason: how many people get to retire from anything in their 30's? I mean, really... athletes, entertainers and entrepreneurs. You really can't overstate the cool factor here.
So what's next? Golfing, eating at Wendy's and reading People magazine all day? No, I've always had a major interest/obsession with music. I've taken voice, piano and guitar lessons off and on for years and auditioned for a few bands and such but never really followed through. I've always had the ear and it's an outlet I've neglected for far too long. In the last couple of years in particular, I've found myself gravitating toward making music. So for now, it's open mic nights and karaoke as I'm still getting used to singing in front of people. I'm also getting ready to throw down some bread for a humble home recording studio. As for the future, who knows? Too early to tell. All I know is that I'm ready to turn the page and explore something I've wanted for a long, long time. Viva life!
Posted by Brice Richard Kennedy at 1:56 AM
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Brice Meets Tom Green!
This is what it's like when worlds collide. (February 2010).
Tom Green brought his World Stand Up Comedy Tour to The Improv in Pittsburgh this past Saturday and you can bet I was there! His act was freaking hilarious as the show was sold out. Ron and I were there about half an hour before the doors opened and were one of the first in line. Our seats were amazing... so close I was resting my leg on the stage! Needless to say, being that close there was plenty of interaction with Tom. We high fived, shook hands, fist-bumped and yelled out stuff at one another several times during his act! I think he could tell who the true fans in the audience were.
After the show, we made our way out to the lobby where I finally got the chance to meet him. I shook his hand and thanked him for the inspiration to do my own show. Then, I gave him a copy of THE BRICE KENNEDY SHOW: THE MOVIE and he told me that he'd seen the theme song video I posted on his site. Tom Green ALREADY watched The BK Show! Ha!
All in all, it was a phenomenal night. Tom was down to earth and a cool cat and The Improv's atmosphere, staff, food and drinks were top notch. They get great comedians there all the time... highly recommended.
Pics from the show.
Posted by Brice Richard Kennedy at 1:47 AM
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Church of Scissors and Grapes
Official logo of The Church of Scissors and Grapes (February 2010).
Are you lost?
Do you feel like life has no purpose?
Have you ever wondered if there's anything more out there?
Scisapism is the way.
Welcome to The Church of Scissors and Grapes. For those seeking life's true answers, Scisapism offers fulfillment through two of life's most majestic creations. We believe that by literally worshipping Scissors and Grapes, one can attain a sense of serenity and contentment and is moved to feel at peace with the wonders of life. Blessed are those touched by handle and vine.
So why Scissors? Why Grapes? It's simple: we believe. Isn't that a good enough answer? Well, of course not. Believing "just because" is an incredibly silly reason to worship any deity. The truth is that with other religions people often complain of not FEELING anything. However, Scisapists know that by cutting objects and eating grapes, you're using your five senses to bask in Their eminent splendor and all of life's worries and negativity seem to just fade away.
While we respect other religions, The Church of Scissors and Grapes also stands firm in our belief that the true path lies with blade and seed. Worshipping false gods such as Buddha, Jesus, Xenu and the Flying Spaghetti Monster will only lead to confusion and disappointment. You don't need to sit in church questioning the fairy tales anymore. If you've tried the Christianities, the Judaisms and the Scientologies and were left feeling empty, Scisapism welcomes you. And for those of you who other religions might call "science types" who need evidence to believe, you'll find that, unlike other religions, deity confirmation is simple. You can SEE the Scissors. TASTE the Grapes. All who worship Them know that that Scisapism is the way. Handle and vine, blade and seed... Scissor and Grape.
So why believe in something you can't see... nor hear, touch, smell or taste? The answer is simple. You don't have to. After all, it may be true that not all who wander are lost. But all who WONDER certainly are. So wonder no more! Don't just believe. KNOW... that Scisapism is the way.
The Church of Scissors and Grapes.
"Through blade and seed, all shall thrive."
Official Facebook Group of The Church of Scissors and Grapes
Posted by Brice Richard Kennedy at 4:40 AM
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The Brice Kennedy Show: The Movie
At long last, definitive proof of Armageddon (November 2009).
BREAKING NEWS! "BEST OF" SHOW TO BE A FEATURE FILM!
So, after cutting Episode 7 for a few weeks now, I'm finding there's just too much stuff that MUST be included in a "Best Of" clip show and it's clear that for this to be a true "Best Of" it has to run longer than an hour. So this means I finally have the opportunity to produce what John Polonia said I should've years ago... THE BRICE KENNEDY SHOW: THE MOVIE!!
The film will probably top out at around 1:20 and will be similar to JACKASS: THE MOVIE in that it will basically be one long episode. The unofficial title of the film will be "The Brice Kennedy Show: The Movie - The Very Best of the Essential Greatest Hits of The Brice Kennedy Show Anthology Collection: The Complete Works - Season One: 1999-2009, Vol. 1: The Public Access Years (Director's Cut) - 'A Decade of The Idiocy' 10th Anniversary Special Edition DVD VHS Laser-ray" besting BORAT for longest movie title... not EVER but maybe in recent years. Making this feature length also opens up other doors making options like DVD distribution and Amazon.com sales possible plus, of course, another feature film credit on IMDb. Should be exciting!
So come on down and celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of The Show with free beer and hilarity! Sandra Black will do their take on my theme song and it's being kept a surprise from me so that should be interesting. The event, formerly known as The "The Best of The Brice Kennedy Show" Show, will take place on Saturday, December 12th at 7PM at the Marriott SpringHill Suites behind the Burger King in Sabraton.
It's The Idiocy! It's The Return of Comedy! It's The Brice Kennedy Show... as a movie?! WTF?! It's THE BRICE KENNEDY SHOW: THE MOVIE, Billy!
RSVP through the Official Facebook Event, by e-mail or phone at: (3 0 4) 2 8 8 - 5 2 5 8.
The NEW Official Facebook Event
The Brice Kennedy Show YouTube channel
Posted by Brice Richard Kennedy at 11:45 AM
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Episode 7 World Premiere Next Month!
The very best (November 2009).
You've seen it on Mountain Digital Channel 7...
You've been to the premieres and film festivals...
You can watch it on YouTube...
And now, you can see the very best…
THE "THE BEST OF THE BRICE KENNEDY SHOW" SHOW!
featuring the WORLD PREMIERE of EPISODE 7:
"The Very Best of the Essential Greatest Hits of The Brice Kennedy Show Anthology Collection: The Complete Works - Season One: 1999-2009, Vol. 1: The Public Access Years (Director's Cut) - 'A Decade of The Idiocy' 10th Anniversary Special Edition DVD VHS Laser-ray"
Come celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of The Brice Kennedy Show on Saturday, December 12th, 2009 at 7PM at the Marriott SpringHill Suites located at 1910 Hunter's Way in Morgantown (behind the Sabraton Burger King)! The Idiocy returns in a new episode filled with all the best guitars, licking and sledgehammers from the first six episodes of The Show!
Free beer! Free snacks! Free thumbtacks! Hilarity! Contests! Prizes! Sandra Black performing the theme song live! Eric McGuire! Jacob Young! The Polonia Brothers! Larry Nelson! Nathalie Evrat! Jon McBride! Stimulus! Johnny No-Name! The Zwiener Brothers! More names and words followed by exclamation points!
So let The Return of Comedy save you from the mundane world of reality television and cookie cutter entertainment! Then head over to the after party at 123 Pleasant Street located at 123 Pleasant Street! Kippa Pi!
Interested parties can RSVP through the Official Facebook Event, by e-mail or phone at: (3 0 4) 2 8 8 - 5 2 5 8.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Born out of the twisted, random psyche of independent film actor Brice Kennedy, The Brice Kennedy Show is a public access comedic variety talk show television program. Equal parts nonsensical chicanery and performance art, The Show mixes live in-studio guests and musical performances with pre-taped 'man on the street' segments, erratic stunts, abstract spectacles and other ridiculous ridiculosities to celebrate the absurd.
WHAT (two) PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT THE SHOW:
"... Brice's totally twisted, and sometimes surreal, comedic bent shines through."
"... Kennedy brings humor to the screen not only with his amusing antics... His energetic persona could draw even the quietest guest out of his or her shell."
-Mary-Lynn Bender, Writer of college essay about The Show
Official Facebook Event
Posted by Brice Richard Kennedy at 8:13 PM
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Happy 10th Birthday, Show!
A decade of The Idiocy (1999-2009).
It’s hard to believe but next month marks ten years since I first came up with the concept of THE BRICE KENNEDY SHOW. Ten years since that fateful day near the beginning of the decade when I learned of a public access TV station in Pittsburgh, PCTV 21... and with that the possibility that all my dreams of wonderfully silly creative expression could actually materialize. Ten years of The Idiocy represented by countless acts of chicanery and deabauchery... from standing in the middle of the road in my underwear to pissing off my mom by shaking a bag of beans at her at 6 in the morning to interviewing (and pissing off) "DAYS OF OUR LIVES" soap stars. Ten years of editing, then not editing for months (and years) on end. A long, bumpy, beautiful decade.
So last week, my buddy Eric Brown and I cut the VO for The Weekly Word Four. The Weekly Word Four was this little act that we'd do around each other back in junior high that consisted of one of us holding up two fingers (just because) and stating that week's "four words". The first (and most memorable) week's words were: sound, farm, chest, book. See kids, THE BRICE KENNEDY SHOW can wax educational, too. It was the first NEW audio for The Show in years and, in a sign of how much time had passed, I used my iPhone of all things to record the voiceovers of Eric and I each stating the "word four".
Fittingly enough, I started work on The Show at the start of this decade and by year's end, will be wrapping things up... at the end of this decade. The closer I get to actually finishing this thing, the more I see everything coming full circle. Giddy and gee.
Posted by Brice Richard Kennedy at 12:35 PM
Monday, August 31, 2009
I'm a Sim! And a Part of Trivial Pursuit!
Brice Kennedy: The Sim.
So I was clicking buttons on my computer machine one time and found something that made me look at it with my eyes. Apparently some guy named Asher plays The Sims a lot and named one of his characters... (roll of the drums)... Brice Kennedy. I'm a Sim! You can check out the Kennedy family here, here and here.
I also learned whilst Googling myself that I was part of a question in some kind of b-movie quiz thing. On the Return of the Killer B Movies quiz, scroll down to #5 to see the question about my character in the film Night Thirst. The wonders of the internets.
Brice's Sim Life 1
Brice's Sim Life 2
Return of the Killer B Movies quiz
Posted by Brice Richard Kennedy at 12:03 PM