Atlanta Explained Monologue and Show Recap 11/21/15

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The greatest compliment a person can give is when they spend their time with you. Our second inaugural show with Village Theatre, Atlanta Explained (more info here), had that multiple honor late Saturday night, and I’m humbled and thankful.

If you haven’t caught our show yet, it’s kind of like a cross between the Daily Show and Whose Line Is It Anyway. We describe peculiar facets of our city, then our talented actors use improv to show us just how we got into this mess.

I can’t thank Village Theatre enough for taking my original acorn of an idea and turning it into a mighty oak of reality.

Here’s the monologue I gave at the top of the show. We’re not sure when the next one is yet, but if you join our mailing list (top right of this page), or follow us on The Facing Book or Twitter, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Show Monologue 11/21/15

Marietta Daily Journal – Kimeko McCoy

We start with some good news:

Kennesaw’s first black councilman to be sworn in today

Jimmy Dickens, a 45-year-old father of five, is the city’s first black council member. He won the seat for Post 4 against Bruce Jenkins and Jon Whitmer.

Nice work, Kennesaw! You’ve seen fit to represent a fifth of your population! Give it up.

Dickens was sworn in by placing one hand on Kennesaw’s ceremonial gun-shaped bible.

Deal Refuses to Admit Syrian Refugees

“In light of the terror attacks in Paris, I’ve issued an executive order directing state agency heads to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Georgia,” Deal said.

We had a little fun with Governor Deal this week. We said he refused entry to The Fugees. But that was just a miseducation.

In reality, Gov. Deal said, and I quote:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Oh, sorry no that’s the sonnet inside the Statue of Liberty, my mistake.

Well, anyway, sorry refugees, we’re hypocritical jerks here in Georgia.

Atlanta Business Chronicle

French government warns of travel in Atlanta.

“Be vigilant in remote areas of the city center (downtown) after the close of business focus and travel by taxi at night.”

I guess the French aren’t hip to Uber. Can’t even remember the last time I saw a taxi. I guess that’s why they want you to focus.

An unnamed motor company’s got a new ad on Facebook. It shows a photo of a boring car, and the text reads, and I quote:

“You know you’re from the ATL when you know when to avoid the 75/85”

First of all, guys, it’s called the “connector.” And saying you’re from “the ATL” is ridiculous. No one’s from the here.

And adding “the” is like when your mom adds an “S” to things for no reason: Blockbusters, Starships, Clairmonts, Murders Krogers.

From the AJC – Katie Leslie

Atlanta to hold public meetings over PARKAtlanta contract

You may recall Park Atlanta’s deal: for $5M per year, they get to ticket Atlanta cars. Whatever they make in tickets over the 5M they get to keep.

It’s sort of like one of those places where if you can power down a steak the size of a throw rug you get a free bowl of ice cream.

That’s not a great joke, I’m just seriously telling you to let Mayor Reed know we want these guys gone.