The Imaginary Talk Show in Your Real World
Friday & Saturday, April 1 & 2 at 8pm. $10. Advance TIX available at 206-679-3271 or at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/168957
The Famous Mysterious Actor came to Portland around the beginning of the current millennium after touring the cosmos, where he was billed as the “Greatest Entertainer in All Creation.” Once ensconced in the Rose City’s show-biz arena, the logical venture was establishing his distinct take on the American television institution the “Talk Show.”
As the star of THE FAMOUS MYSTERIOUS ACTOR SHOW, Famous stands alone as the Pacific Northwest’s premiere night talk show host, accompanied by the camaraderie of his brethren, The Famous Mysterious Actor Players.
“Though impossible to explain, the results are hilarious, so here goes nothing: The Famous Mysterious Actor Players are a comedy troupe headed up by the Famous Mysterious Actor, who looks like a serial killer in a wrestling mask, but maintains the innocence of a five-year-old. He stars in a monthly talk show at the Ash Street, and conducts increasingly bizarre interviews with Portland celebs (such as this month’s guests POW champ Cleaver the Angry Chef, the creator of KATU kid’s show BUMPITY, and musical entertainment from Brindle). Plus there are commercials, onstage drama between the cast members and most importantly, plenty of laughter-induced wetness within the underpants of the audience. Don’t miss it; it’s that funny.”
Wm. Steven Humphrey – editor of The Portland Mercury
“The first time a friend explained Portland’s Famous Mysterious Actor Players to me, he said, “It’s improv comedy… but it’s funny.” The fact that he felt compelled to disclaim an act of “comedy” as “funny” illustrates the sorry state of live comedic art as we know it. Or maybe it’s just the sad state of the world; that we don’t often relate to/laugh at anyone who isn’t doing something completely fucked up and absurd. Either way, the friend was right: The Famous Mysterious Actor Players realize that it takes a special edge for the contemporary cynic to laugh and yes, because of that, they’re funny.
And not only are they just performance-arty freakypantses; the FMAP are funny because they have a strong, totally developed premise, in which the greatest entertainer in the world, The Famous Mysterious Actor, is surrounded by his admirers. They are: John Schmitt (Good), who met FMA in a Dresden urinal and was immediately taken with his talent; sweet young Cutter, a handsome, beer-swilling heartbreaker who speaks in some weird combination between French, German, and television English (the only thing he says sans accent is “It’s Cool!” with a thumbs-up sign); and Denny, a silent bodyguard whose duty is to protect FMA and occasionally perform this really hilarious monkey dance.
The Famous Mysterious Actor has bushy black hair, wears a large padding of clothing, and talks like a six-year-old… breathy, and attention deficient. And, like a six-year-old, his charm inspires an empathy, which is a perfect comedic set-up for when he says something bizarre.
When I interviewed them, they of course arrived in full character (whether there is a time when they’re not in full character is questionable), and displayed all the weird hilarity they show in their live performance.
The Famous Mysterious Actor Players’ steez is so developed that when I interviewed them, they even got the employees of the restaurant where we met in on the performance. They served John Schmitt a “cheese-neck,” which was a plate of Swiss cheese that Schmitt then attached to his neck, and they gave FMA a tortilla with cheese spelling: “FMA #1.” Later, when they walked me to my house, THEY HAD AN ACTUAL KEY TO THE FRONT DOOR. I have no clue how they knew where I lived, or how they got a key (they gave it back to me after they opened the door). Even though that is a little creepy, it’s also a testament to how far these guys will go to make you laugh.”
– Julianne Sheppard – Arts Editor – The Portland Mercury
THE FAMOUS MYSTERIOUS ACTOR
The FMA Players
John Schmitt – The FMA’s Right-Hand Man & Sidekick
Cutter – The FMA’s Left-Hand Man & German Sidekick
Cap’n Happy & The No-Joke Ensemble – The FMA’s One-Man Music Ensemble
JD Fisher – Producer & Floor Director
Wallace “Wally” Fessler – Booth Director & Segment Producer
Intern Kris – Cue Card Holder, Candy Distributor & Custodian
Denny – Security and Teddy Bear Repair (on sabbatical)
Presented by Eclectic Theater Company