November 4, 2011Had our first go with a live audience last night at the Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale. Jana Bommersbach, Marshall Trimble and I did about six minutes, as an opening act for Marshall's show, to try out a couple Arizona Centennial bits and see how they play. Ken Amorosano taped it for critiquing purposes. One issue we're dealing with right off the bat is that all three of us are veterans of taking over a room and it is going to take a bit of polishing to get the herky-jerkyness out of our presentation. Each of us is used to self starting and then building on story after story, so, handing off after one story has a sort of stop-go quality that we need to iron out. But we'll get there. Great working with two pros.
On a related note, the three of us are also working on the cover package for the February issue of True West, our Special Arizona Centennial Issue. The same material needs to be customized for our True West magazine audience. One of the great quotes from Jana (see below) is our starting point for the cover.
Our Art Director, Dan Harshberger, wants to build on the cubist O.K. Corral image I did recently:
I did a background patina piece for it:
"All politics in Arizona starts with the O.K. Corral."