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Free Chris Christie: The Musical!

We isolated the audio of Chris Christie’s inner monologue the night of Super Tuesday as he watched Trump give his victory speech. It’s a sappy Broadway ballad! Here at RobPRocks HQ we’ve amplified that audio and set it to some lovely animated photos of the event. We hope you enjoy it!

O.K., actually it’s a song I wrote as a demo for a comedy news website and I started putting some pictures together to give them an example of what I thought could be done with it visually. As the midnight hour came and went I was finishing the video but losing perspective, hitting that point in the project at which you wonder if it even makes sense anymore. But since it was a topical subject I posted it on my facebook page anyway, around 2 am last Friday, to see what people thought. Luckily some of my west coast friends were up and able to check it out right away and they not only liked it but started sharing it right away.

The arrangement is pretty simple, just piano and vocal, which is something I hadn’t tried until I wrote the song “Flashback Wife.” I’ve been playing and writing on keyboard a lot more lately, since working on my musical last year, and it’s been a lot of fun to explore this new (for me) area. I hope you like the results!

Genesee Theater, October 3!

The Genesee Theater in my hometown of Waukegan, Illinois has been beautifully restored and has been back hosting national and international acts for over a decade, and yours truly has the great honor of headlining a comedy night there on October 3. I’ll be turning in a 45-minute set preceded by Sean Flannery, Ariana Freeman, and hosted by Kelsie Huff.

Flyer for October 3 show

When I was growing up in Waukegan the theater was kind of run down but still open mostly for movies, by the time I was in junior high it was closed except for an occasional event, but it eventually closed completely. There had been different attempts and plans to refurbish it and I had always hoped they would succeed. Finally, the City of Waukegan bought the building and many volunteers gave their time and money to restore it, and they did an amazing job. It is a beautiful venue and an amazing place to see a show.

Genesee Theater Interior

I am eagerly anticipating this show and am going to do everything I can to pack the place and make sure it’s a night to remember for everyone. If you’re in the Chicago or Milwaukee areas (Waukegan is about halfway between the two) make plans to come to downtown Waukegan for the show. You won’t be disappointed.

Saturday, October 3
Awakenings Comedy Show
The Genesee Theater

203 N. Genesee St.
Waukegan, IL 60085

Live Online Show March 11!

If you’ve always wanted to see a live show of mine but haven’t been able to travel to New York (or wherever I might be performing) I have a solution!

 

Professional Smart Alec Carla Ulbrich
Professional Smart Alec Carla Ulbrich

Carla Ulbrich and I will be doing a live online concert on March 11 directly from RobPRocks headquarters to the internet. The site is Concert Window and for as little as one US dollar you can watch us as we alternate songs, chat in the online forum, take requests, and more! There are even different rewards for tipping, such as digital albums and the like.

Carla has been teaming up with different musicians for a monthly double bill show and they’ve been a lot of fun, I’m looking forward to being a part of it and sending the funny out live directly from Brooklyn. Hope you can check it out 🙂

Wednesday, March 11
9:00 pm EDT (0100 GMT Thursday, March 12)
Rob Paravonian & Carla Ulbrich
Live online!
Concert Window

I’ll be Guest of Honor at MarsCon!

MarsCon Dementia Track Banner

I am really excited to be the Musical Guest of Honor at this year’s MarsCon, a fan-run science fiction and fantasy convention that features an extensive Dementia Music Track. What is Dementia Music, you ask? Comedy, novelty, oddity, and strange music of the kind curated by the great Dr. Demento, who’s syndicated FM radio show was the home of comedy music for decades.

Dr. Demento moved from the FM airwaves to the internet’s data packets and still brings novelty music to his devoted fans every week. I first heard Dr. D’s show when I was in junior high, and the first time one of my songs was played on his show was one of my earliest—and still most cherished—career highlights. Which is why when I say I’m very flattered to be a guest of honor at a convention that brings together his fans and curates music in his spirit you know I mean it.

This year’s lineup of artists is extensive and there will be fun performances all weekend long, including the likes of:

If you’re a Sci Fi and/or comedy music fan and can get to the Twin Cities area the first weekend in March you should definitely come check out this very grass-roots, fan-run convention. They have a fundraiser over at their site, it’s a DIY fest without any corporate backing so if you’d like to help them out I know it would be greatly appreciated. And they have some great rewards for various levels of support.

I hope to see you in the Twin Cities!

You’re Not the Bossa Me! Next DFTM Feb 21!

I’m very excited to be back at QED Astoria for the next installment of Don’t Feed the Musicians, with special guests:

➢JR Havlan, Emmy-winning writer for the Daily Show with John Stewart, host of Writer’s Bloc podcast, and drummer extraordinaire!
Erin and Her Cello, jazz/pop/comedy/blues cellist and songwriter who has performed at Joe’s Pub, BAMCafe, and Rockwood Music Hall
➢Liam McEneaney, from the SXSW-featured concert film Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!, host of Tell Your Friends! podcast, and A Special Thing Records recording artist.

This month’s episode: You’re Not the Bossa Me!

That’s a lot of entertainment. For just five dollars. Get advance tickets at this link. (last month’s show sold out!)

Don’t Feed the Musicians
Saturday, Feb 21
7:00 pm
QED Astoria
27-16 23rd Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105

Next “Don’t Feed” Saturday Jan 17th

Jan 17 show flyer

Don’t Feed the Musicians is back! The next installment is Saturday, January 17th at 7pm and features:

  • Comedian Jackie Kashian
  • Comedy musicians Anna Marquardt
  • Violin duo Adam Grannick & Elena Estrin
  • and this month’s theme: The Sixth

That’s a lot of entertainment, and the show is still free! Reserve your spot at QED’s website, and spread the word by sharing the facebook event. Hope to see you there!

Out of Bounds Festival in Austin, TX!

Out of Bounds Show Flyer

I’m really excited to be part of such an amazing group of talented performers in this year’s Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, TX. Over Labor Day Weekend the Out of Bounds folks have assembled performers from all many different styles of comedy, including writers from Key & Peele, SNL Alums, stand-up comics, improv groups and more.

I’ll be performing on Friday night, August 29th, at the Institution Theater, sharing the bill with Austin-based improv group Indigo Shift and Denver-based duo De La Thwazz. I’ve got a nice, juicy 25-minute time slot that I’m going to jam-pack with my funny tunes and musical standup.

Tickets are available through the Out of Bounds website and all the info is below.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, August 29
8:00 pm
The Institution Theater
3708 Woodbury Dr.
Austin, TX, 78704

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