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November 26, 2008

Stella Tour Kicks Off This Sunday in Philly

So we are only four days away from starting our Winter ’08 Stella tour, which is very exciting although I think it’s a fair question to ask whether or not we will be ready. As it is, the script is written, suits are pressed, flights reserved, hotels booked, poker rooms scouted, pubes trimmed. But most of the material is brand new and so there will probably be a substantial learning curve with it as we head out. There is also a fair chance that during one of the early shows we will be on stage and have no idea what comes next. That could be terrible or terrific. The thing about Stella shows is that, when they are good, they appear improvisational, as if everything you are seeing we are making up on the spot. When Stella shows are great, it’s because we really are making up lots of stuff, and then combining it with the existing material so that the show you are seeing is unique. Doing that, however, requires either a certain ease with the material or a complete lack of ease with it. Seeing us flail around can be a lot of fun, although from a performer’s point of view, I would rather be in control than out of it. It’s the same as watching NASCAR: yes, it’s pleasurable to watch great drivers race each other but it’s equally, or possibly more, pleasurable to see them crash. You can expect a fair amount of crashes from us starting this Sunday.

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(Pictured: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain this Sunday in Philadelphia)


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Zane

Have a great bunch of shows and see ya in LA!

Mike

Good luck! I'm seeing if I can make it to LA for your final show. I'm hoping it happens.

Susanna

You guys are going to be superb, no matter what. No worries here.

Tee

I'd pay to watch you flail, it's one of my favourite words.

I've said it twice before, but it bares repeating, if only to throw you some kind of guilt trip about my being so magnanimous in the face of never being able to get to a Stella show because I'm English and fucking poor: Good luck with the tour!

Reen

Rehearsed or not, you three have a unique hilarious/hot/kinda gay vibe together. In fact, that vibe makes me want to kick back and smoke a Cheech and Chong sized doobie just prior to the show. I usually end up with a couple of New Castle beers instead because they're legal, refreshing, and don't give me cotton-mouth. (Much).

Fuck it. I'm going stoned out of my mind.

STELLLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAA!


Have fun at your show(s) and if you can't behave, then AT LEAST blog about your "All Asian" threesomes.

Meagan

I'm coming from Toronto to see you in NYC! I could not be more excited.

Jesse

Is there a little paper cutout of you in the VH1 Thanksgiving commercial? Or am I totally nutters?

It is certain that y'all will do a great job, as reported by a Magic 8 Ball.

Severed

I won't be there! D:

I hope the show will be filmed... Really.

Jenny

I'm sure you guys will do just fine. Great even! I am so looking forward to it, and for the future blog entries about how it's going. :D

hmm, i wonder if i could swing L.A. too...

Jaime

Haha -- I was the lead singer in a band in college for three years or so. I quit the band before every show, especially when we had new songs, my voice was junked up from screaming over our shitty PA, or we hadn't practiced much lately. I knew we'd get boo'd or bum-rushed or thrown off. But then we'd perform, none of that would happen, and the equation changed: nerves=excitement, and I was always jumping for the next show. Even when I forgot the words, and even when I got lost, and even when the rednecks yelled for Skynard at the Chili cook off (true story). Still exciting.

People will love you, and you will love the people, and most likely they won't throw things at you. So, you'll do great killer.

Knock 'em dead!

KenB

You guys were awesome!!!! The whole show was great. My first Stella show. The video was hilarious as well. Break a leg on the rest of the tour too!

Mia

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT

TMo

Yay! See you tomorrow in D.C.

...Will be first time on drugs in a synagogue. Fingers crossed!

Chris

Michael, I caught the Kewsick show last night (my first Stella show as well) and I must say that as much fun as the scripted stuff was, the stuff you guys were just making up (generally when Showalter forgot his lines) or when you got heckled was some of the best stuff of the night. A friend wondered aloud whether the hecklers were plants, it was so good.

I guess what I'm saying is you should toss the script entirely and just make shit up (and get heckled) for a couple of hours. I'll pay cash money to see that.

TMo

JOLLY GOOD SHOW LAST NIGHT, CHAP... I CONSISTENTLY LAUGHED A LOT AND/OR OUT LOUD. I LIKED THE PART WHEN DAVID HUMPED THE AIR WITH A GOOD OLD FASHIONED "SHALLOW PUSH." CLASSY.

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