‘Steve Limpkis Auditions’ First Review – Thank You Bonnie Gillespie

We’ll I’ve received the first written review of Steve Limpkis Auditions.  And it’s from someone whose writing and advice I’ve appreciated since moving to LA.  Bonnie Gillespie is a blogger, author, producer, and casting director. She specializes in casting SAG indie features and has been named in Back Stage West’s “Best of Los Angeles” Issue multiple times. I’m psyched to finally get to introduce myself and my work to her. Each week in her column she invites actors to send in what she calls a ‘Self-Produced Clip of the Week’ or SPCotW. I did just that and here’s what she had to say.

From Bonnie Gillespie’s weekly column The Actors Voice on ActorsAccess.com:

Self-Produced Clip of the Week: This week’s SPCotW is Steve Limpkis Auditions. Okay, this was freakin’ awesome. I absolutely laughed out loud. I kid you not, the “call me butt love” line sent tears streaming down my cheeks. Thank you for that, alone. From a production standpoint, I loved the details: Stuff like the framed photo of our host in the same outfit he’s wearing during the shoot, the highlights from the resumé on screen during the monologue, the word “seen” in the closed-captioned version of the scene’s ending moment–tip of the hat to both the Bad Actor 101 tactic of saying “scene” at the end and to the homonym confusion (one of my favorite comedic spins).

Really great. Bonus points all over the place. Basically, this is the kind of thing I’d love to see on Somebody’s Basement, regularly. (A note on that, we’re open to all content–even non-premiere content–at Somebody’s Basement, but are more selective on material that doesn’t premiere with us, since it’s already “out there.” So, what I’m saying is, this is so good that even though it’s out there, I’d be honored if you’d consider submitting this to our li’l home for actors’ self-produced content.) I’m generally anti-actor-related-content, because it’s so hard to do well. Navel-gazing is usually only interesting to the navel-owner. But this is just very funny, dry, and well-done. Keep ’em comin’! And thanks for your kind words. That means a lot to me.

If you’d like to read her full blog post which also includes her views on the importance of having a great reel, you may read it here: Reel or Relationship

Of course if you’d like to see the web short head here: Steve Limpkis Auditions.

Steve Limpkis on FunnyOrDie = 100 Views / 100% Funny

Well I have to say I’m pretty excited at this stat. Yeah, we’re not talking a lot of hits, and yeah, they’re mostly my friends but what the hey… it’s a nice round stat…

My little web short Steve Limpkis Auditions on FunnyOrDie.com has 100 views @ 100% funny.

Now I know that touting this my percentage will undoubtedly tick south but I’ve got the screenshot to prove what once was. A nice [albeit little] milestone. I’ll take it.

Check it out on FunnyOrDie.com: Steve Limpkis Auditions – An Actor Reviews

You can also hit the SteveLimpkisShow.com site if you like as well.

Steve Limpkis Auditions – An Actor Reviews

Steve Limpkis, actor, reviews his past audition tapes. In this episode he reviews his unsolicited audition for the RSC, the Royale Shakespear Company.

My wife and I were crazy and shot this about a month after our daughter was born. She was sleeping a lot more at the time.

Enjoy!

In King Lear at The Antaeus Company as Duke of Burgundy

I’m excited to have been cast as the Duke of Burgundy in King Lear with The Antaeus Company. Not only is it an increadible cast, creatives and crew but it is the company’s first full season and their first fully produced Shakespeare play. King Lear is about the Duke of Burgundy who comes for the hand of King Lear’s daughter Cordelia… and some other stuff happens.

Here’s the lowdown on the production as written in PlayBill.

The Antaeus Company production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, which double-casts three-time Tony Award nominee Harry Groener and Dakin Matthews as the failing king, begins previews June 12 in Los Angeles.

Bart DeLorenzo directs the dual-cast engagement that will continue through Aug. 8. Two gala openings, one for each respective cast, are set for June 26 and 27.

Groener (Crazy for You, An American in Paris) and Anteaus founding artistic director Matthews (2010 Bridge Project) lead a company that (more…)

The New Economy Guy

“In this new economy you’ve got to look at every family household expense to decide what stays and what strays.”

Rache and I bogarted a friends’s Canon VIXIA HV20 for way too long just to create something for the internets (thanks guys at DiscoveryOnstage!).  Hyde loved it because he got lots of cheese.  Off of our craft services table of course.

We also reworked a song of Rachael’s for the credits.  “Left To Wander” off of her EP. The lyrics were right but the feel was off.  So with a little re-mix effort I think we made it work fairly well.

If you think it funny you could vote it funny on Funny or Die HERE. If you think it not funny you could vote it not funny here.

Enjoy!

The Coupon Book

“STEVE makes an awesome offer that his former High School classmate LANCE can’t refuse… seriously.”

Shot this in Denver with Patrick, Sabrina & Rachael.  Had some incredible production luck with the absolute perfect car for STEVE, which just so happened to be parked next to LANCE’S ride on shooting day.  Couldn’t have planned it better if we’d tried.

A second act has been shot and currently in post, so stay tuned!

The Homeowners

A story of life, love and real estate.

The brainchild of Patrick Swinnea and based on a true story.  One of these is true.  But ya know, in today’s market, I could see it.

My wife Rachael and I play the ‘happy’ couple.

Enjoy!

I Once Went On For Hamlet With Two Hours Notice

hamlet_henningIt was with the Denver Center Theatre Company and probably a few days after we actually had our understudy rehearsal which is taken about as seriously as a… as a… not usually very seriously.  I was playing Guildenstern at the time.  No Rosencrantz. No. Anyway.

From Theater Critic John Moore’s article in the Denver Post Sunday, October 25 2009:

As much as audiences grumble about understudies, they make for some of any company’s most legendary tales. Like when Scott Ferraro came down with food poisoning at 4 p.m. the day of a 2002 preview performance of “Hamlet.” Jason Henning, a third- year conservatory student, was called on to perform the title role having had not one second of rehearsal. Then-artistic director Donovan Marley called it “a world-class performance.” Said Henning afterward: “I was very glad to die.”

You know, because Hamlet dies in the end and so I was very glad that… Anyway, after “And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!” etc. and the house went black I immediately stood up and promply walked my shins square into the king’s throne. Nice.

Anyway, I made the fridge again with this clipping.

There are loads of good little stories within this one.  I’ll tell you the full story over a pint.