w00ts stock CHI/MN: epic

Every time we think new w00tstocks can’t possibly live up to the past ones, we are proved laughably wrong. We continue to be amazed by the energy and good feelings generated by audience and performers alike, and Chicago and Minneapolis BROUGHT IT. The energy was so strong, in fact, that the show ran nearly 5 hours in Chicago and 4 1/2 in Minneapolis—to the delight of the overwhelming majority, who were laughing and cheering just as hard at the end as at the beginning.

Some highlights from the shows:

  • Peter Sagal’s (host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me) amazing “I, Henchman” monologue in Chicago. We can only imagine its next stop is “This American Life”
  • Working with MST3K vets Bill Corbett & Kevin Murphy (Rifftrax) and Trace Beaulieu (Cinematic Titanic), enjoying and participating in the brand new songs by the former, and laughing hysterically at the later’s readings from his upcoming children’s book (illustrated by our good friend Len Peralta)
  • Watching the aforementioned Len draw custom posters, live and on stage, in both cities
  • John Scalzi’s monologue as an inter-species high school’s Vice Principle
  • Seeing the audiences embrace the comedy of our longtime friends Tim Cavanagh and Tim Bedore
  • Watching the crowds (predictably) fall in love with Molly Lewis and her ukule-ling
  • Real Rock Star Drummer Jason Finn amping things up throughout the night
  • Bill Amend’s utterly hysterical comic page parodies—where “Love Is” and Pedobear collide
  • Witnessing as Professor James Kakalios brought the worlds of physics and superheroes together, to thunderous applause
  • 36 minute version of “The Captain’s Wife’s Lament” in Chicago (thx to Dan Coulter for the vid), halted only by the rational cursing of Peter Sagal. Epic—and never to be repeated
  • Wil’s childlike glee when he saw the custom TARDIS cake
  • A successful marriage proposal in Minneapolis, complete with Wil Wheaton video setup. We seriously got teared up. Also never to be repeated, so DO NOT ASK US TO PULL THAT KIND OF STUNT AGAIN!
  • Wil setting the tone for the night, and watching him command the crowd during his Rocky Horror story (aided and abetted by yours trulies, which always brings out our inner squee)
  • Adam singing “I Will Survive” as Gollum. Yes, it was just as awesome as you imagine it was.
  • Neil-effing-Gaiman’s “surprise” cameo. We are ever delighted by his charm and willingness to hang out with miscreants such as ourselves.

Super-mega thanks to our Dungeon Master (stage manager) “Dammit” Liz, and  to all of the volunteers who helped everything run mega-smooth, including Mike Lombardo, Michael Cianfrani of Tinyrun and returning talent-wrangler Chris Wright, all of whom are stars in their own right.


  1. Posted June 14, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    The Minneapolis show totally rocked my socks. I wrote up a quick summary in my blog the next day and a bunch of my friends promptly announced that they wished they could have been there, and they all vowed to attend when w00tstock returns to the Twin Cities.

    … you are coming back, right? Eventually?

  2. ErinP
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I can’t tell you how immensely thankful I was for w00tstock chicago. I had to leave my husband home and trek downtown by myself, but it was a once in a lifetime chance to feel like I was in college again, complete with a random chance meeting of one of my college friends. I’m heartbroken it’s over. *dejected arr*

  3. Chris
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Chicago was an absolute blast. Totally worth the drive, and totally worth having to stumble through the next work day on < 2 hours of sleep.

    A+++++ Will attend again!!!

  4. Owen
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    w00tstock Chicago was the most epic show ever! I have never had so much fun at an event before. My friend drove seven hours to join me there and she said it was worth every second! Thank you so much for coming! I hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did! 🙂

  5. Amanda
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    My sides and face were sore from laughing. Interesting aside, my 13 year old son worn the +100 shirt to school the next morning and everyone misread it, now his nickname is “Woodcock.”

  6. Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    So yeah. The Chicago show was complete and utter win. So glad I could attend. Wrote up a little review on my blog. http://djpooka.net/live-shows/w00tstock-2-2 Please come back soon!

  7. Rich
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    This is very cool. I wish you guys would come to my town, so I could see this live; but until you do, I’m glad you share so much of it online. Thanks!

  8. Eric
    Posted June 18, 2010 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    The Minneapolis show was great. Thanks

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