JOEL STRALEY

Jul 17

VDO BROS - SHITFACED

I directed and appear* in the first release from VDO BROS.

2 dudes get SHITFACED.

It’s called SHITFACED.

enjoy.

*a kid asked his dad what I was doing. He replied “he’s performing a play”.

Jun 28

DESERT NOIR

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www.DesertNoirNYC.com

When you tired of laughing your ass off come see DESERT NOIR at DCM. We’re at THEATER 80 on St. Marks Saturday Afternoon at 6:45pm. 

Our DCM set will be a fast, truncated version of our usual 3-act improvised drama. 

Desert Noir is also continuing their run at the KRAINE Theater SUNDAYS at 7pm on June 29, July 6 and July 13. 

http://www.delclosemarathon.com/performance/detail/10036

Jun 27

SHITS Vs. SKINS-PROV

TICKLES is doing SHIRTS Vs. SKINS IMPROV. TWO TEAMS. One is SHIRTS. The other is SKINS. THAT’S WHAT SHIRTS Vs. SKINS MEANS. Support members of your team. Negate members of the other team. 

SATURDAY MORNING 6:30 am at UCB EAST

http://www.delclosemarathon.com/performance/detail/9751

Jun 26

TALK PARTY

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Jun 24

Jun 11

Don’t Worry, The Republican Party Got the Message

Earlier today I saw the first of many old, GOP establishment, white guys posting online “The Republican Party got the message today.” Last night the House Majority and one of the lead voices in the opposition to President Obama lost the Virginia Congressional Primary to a no-name Tea Party supporter whose name happens to be David Brat. Which couldn’t be a more perfect last name for someone associated with the Tea Party. The message the republican party got was the surprise that a guy who warned Christians to “rise up” just ousted the only Jewish Republican in congress. And apparently Brat was able to pull it off because people in Virginia are so afraid of Mexicans that Eric Cantor saying he supports not deporting children is enough of a reason to elect someone more radical. 
But don’t worry, the Republican Party got the message. The same message they got when they couldn’t figure out why they lost so bad in the 2012 Presidential election. The conclusions they drew from their “autopsy report” showed them that they lost because they had too many people who wanted to be president—the public knew a lot about those candidates, and their views were too open to the public. Seriously. That’s what they learned the “problem” was.
This whole “The Republican party got the message” idea goes back to about 2009 when the more aware republicans started to realize that it was the specter of George W. Bush that cost them the election against President Obama. On The Daily Show in 2009, a considerably far-right republican Ken Blackwell, who through confusion and manipulation helped secure Ohio for George W. Bush back in 2004, claimed that he had been a critic of President Bush since the bailout. For the Republicans who still support the idea of small government in their speeches, 2009 was when they started claiming that President Bush didn’t act like a conservative and with the 2008 election they “got the message.”
By my count that’s nearly eight years and going on four major elections of “getting the message.”
So what’s the message? According to one political cartoon, the message is a giant eagle (voters) staring at a small elephant in a suit (GOP). So vocal supporters of David Brat say the message is that the GOP hasn’t gone far enough. If the voters are really saying, “We don’t like Jews” and “deport children” are all of these old, white guys saying, “You’re right, the GOP will move in that direction” ?

If it’s anything like all the other times the Republican Party has “got the message” they will sit idly by and just say “no” on every single bill in the hope that it appeases their base as its most fringe elements rip it apart. 
After “getting the message” in 2013, the Republicans were told if they ever wanted to win a presidential election again they should focus on immigration reform. Immigrating families tend to be religious, pro-life and support traditional values, i.e. hate gays and fear change. Instead of having people darker than beige voting for them they continue to be pulled by the loudest fringe of their base. 
But don’t worry, that’s all going to change because the Republican party cares about winning elections. And last night the Republican party got the message.
They didn’t get it yesterday when America’s headlines read “74th school shooting since Sandy Hook.”
They didn’t get it on Sunday when a couple with ties to Tea Party darling Clive Bundy’s ranch caused a shootout which they claimed was “the beginning of the revolution.”
They didn’t get it a month ago when a report found that not accepting a federal increase in Medicaid would lead to 6,000 deaths per year. 

They haven’t gotten the message on climate change a month after scientists discovered the irreversible collapse of Antarctica’s glaciers.
After opposition to the Stand Your Ground laws that overwhelmingly leads to the death of innocent black men, the five conservatives on the Supreme Court “got the message” and gutted the Voting Rights act and claimed that racism is over.

The Republican party cares about elections not policy. And the Republican party’s policies are literally killing us.

It doesn’t matter how many terrible things members of their party have to say; how many children have to be shot; how many poor people have to die because the Republican party doesn’t care about actual policy. All of the deaths they’ve caused and the major changes that are happening to this world don’t matter. Because elections are just a fucking football game. And after losing to extremism in an election last night, all the Republican party can say is, “Don’t worry, America. Everything is going to change now. Because we got the message.”

Jun 04

Apr 22

curlycomedy:

thepit-nyc:

They’re back! It’s an all-star sketch show, with improv after! It’s Old School Sketch Comedy Show tonight at 8pm!
The monthly Old School Sketch Comedy Show is back.
Come see an all-star cast of improvisers, sketch comedians and stand ups create a brand new show in only one week. After the show, watch improvised sketches based off of your suggestions, just like the Second City used to do!
Directed and executive produced by Micah Sherman with producers Jane Kehoe and Jerry Mouse.
This month’s fantastic cast includes:
Kara Klenk (Girl Code, Comedy Central)Abbi Crutchfield (College Humor, Comedy Central)Nick Carrillo (G.U.S., Funny or Die)Alex Shifman (Los Palumbos, NYC Improv Festival)Megan Kingsbury (Chicago Sketch Festival)Joel Straley (Talk Party, College Humor)Jerry Emeka (College Humor, Secret Formula)Jane Kehoe(The Colbert Report)
Guest Stand Up Comedian: 
Del Harrison (BET, Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza)

Come see me in this show!

I’m also in this show!

curlycomedy:

thepit-nyc:

They’re back! It’s an all-star sketch show, with improv after! It’s Old School Sketch Comedy Show tonight at 8pm!

The monthly Old School Sketch Comedy Show is back.

Come see an all-star cast of improvisers, sketch comedians and stand ups create a brand new show in only one week. After the show, watch improvised sketches based off of your suggestions, just like the Second City used to do!

Directed and executive produced by Micah Sherman with producers Jane Kehoe and Jerry Mouse.

This month’s fantastic cast includes:

Kara Klenk (Girl Code, Comedy Central)
Abbi Crutchfield (College Humor, Comedy Central)
Nick Carrillo (G.U.S., Funny or Die)
Alex Shifman (Los Palumbos, NYC Improv Festival)
Megan Kingsbury (Chicago Sketch Festival)
Joel Straley (Talk Party, College Humor)
Jerry Emeka (College Humor, Secret Formula)
Jane Kehoe(The Colbert Report)

Guest Stand Up Comedian: 

Del Harrison (BET, Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza)

Come see me in this show!

I’m also in this show!

Apr 14

Apr 07