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Big Thanks

Postby beardedlamb » September 4th, 2012, 1:41 am

Just wanted to acknowledge the amazing people and entities that stretched their brains, resources, and open arms for OOB this year.

For my producer core, who brainstormed endless ways to cut costs, awesome last-minute scheduling fixes, and worked year-round to keep the machine rolling.

For Jon and Kareem, who tweaked and improved, and built us a slick new ticketing system that integrated beautifully with our submissions system, saving everyone hours and hours of work and the festival thousands of dollars.

For Craig, who did more and even more impressive graphics work this year.

For Kaci and Blake, who spent way more time than usual on all of the amazing sets in this year's festival, and not only spent their time, but delivered an amazing final product. The audience sees their work literally every night and its great to think how much of an impact they can have on a show's status right off the bat.

For Ruby and Emma, who arranged for or gave a thousand rides, housed several people, shuttled more and more waters than we ever thought we would need, AND manned the registration booth almost the entire time.

For Alex, who jumped in head first and made OOBucks truly his own, boosting the moral, quality, and overall quantity of the volunteer core to heights never before witnessed in OOBland.

For Matt, who always blows me away with the ninja-like precision he brings to running our box offices (this year we had 7 total) and the very lifeblood of the festival, our biggest revenue stream.

For Ace, who will never read this.

For the tech crew and our Tech Manager Britney, who kept Ace in line, worked 16 hour days, and generally enslaved themselves to the machine for 7 days straight.

For Asaf, who got up earlier than most of us all weekend to play admin for the classes and nearly had 100% enrollment in this year's masterful schedule.

For Jastroch, who pushed us out and got some press folks to take interest who normally ignore us.

For Jericho, who braved potential heat-stroke to continue one of our greatest and most ridiculous traditions in the golf tourney. (Does anyone know where the Ridiculous Racket is, btw?)

For Josh and Lisa, who brought a new level of awesome to the literary magazine this year and smashed all of their deadlines with ease and panache.

For Nadine, who, like a ghost, scheduled and delivered the photos to the flickr acct without needing any help or Jeremy bandwidth whatsoever.

For Halyn, who built an incredible pair of Merch cigarette-girl boxes and boosted our overall merch sales by like 1000%, no joke. Also, I asked her to dress up and she brought it like thunder to a storm party. (what?)

For the plethora of comedy venues that welcomed us with open, unjudging arms. We felt at home in all of you, inside all of you. Thank you for spurning your regularly scheduled programming to give your home to OOB.

For all those volunteers I mentioned earlier, who bought into and trusted the new OOBucks system, working long (sometimes boring) hours in the name of quality and coverage.

For all the out-of-town performers who pay their own way every year to be here just to experience our awesome community, and for the Austinites who make them feel so welcome and always put their best foot forward in shows.

I feel so honored to work with this staff. I received so many compliments from visitors about you guys. It's such a cliche but I've never felt it was more true than this year: We couldn't do it without you. I owe you the world for helping continue the tradition and reputation of Out of Bounds, which is on the top of a lot of people's lists for Festival of the Year. We never thought 11 years ago that it would get to this place and I couldn't be more proud of the high quality work you churn out with such an outward ease. We are the shit. And it feels great.

Congratulations to everyone on an incredible festival.

Now, does anyone have a Butt Kapinski card they want to trade me?
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Postby beardedlamb » September 4th, 2012, 1:52 am

ALso, I just wanted to note that as we bring people in and people come in on their own, it is always a huge pleasure to see local performers playing at such a high, comparable level to the pros and traveling amateurs from bigger, "more important" centers of comedy.
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Postby alexd231232 » September 4th, 2012, 8:36 am

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now usually I don't do this, but uh, go ahead on an' break em off with a lil' preview of the remix -- reverend kelly.
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Postby shando » September 4th, 2012, 8:43 am

Great job everyone. Please give any of the staff you see a big pat on the back and a big thank you. It's so much work, and they do it because they LOVE YOU.
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Postby Rev. Jordan T. Maxwell » September 4th, 2012, 9:34 am


please split that up amongst yourselves...
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Postby sara farr » September 4th, 2012, 12:19 pm

I'm very grateful that Austin has an OOB. It gives me the chance to see WORLD CLASS improvisers because they come to MY city, rather than the alternative, which would be my having to travel around to see them -- something I can't do as much as I'd like. The exposure to improvisational talent & educators from around the US/World strengthens all aspects of our local community.

So, join me in thanking the PRODUCERS who take on the MOUNTAIN of work and stress that is "producing".

(And yes, thanks to the hordes of volunteers -- they make the dream of OOB a reality.)

Thanks, OOB!
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Re: Big Thanks

Postby happywaffle » September 4th, 2012, 5:07 pm

beardedlamb wrote:Now, does anyone have a Butt Kapinski card they want to trade me?

Depends… what you got?

And just to make the obvious statement, thanks to you, Jeremy, for making the whole thing tick.
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Re: Big Thanks

Postby JustThatRon » September 4th, 2012, 10:30 pm

Now, does anyone have a Butt Kapinski card they want to trade me?

Mitchell Deane had one. But that was Sunday night.

Re: Big Thanks

Postby jillybee72 » September 5th, 2012, 10:13 am

What's your address, I will mail you my Butt.

Thank you so much beyond words for all your hard work.

beardedlamb wrote:its great to think how much of an impact they can have on a show's status right off the bat.

Ha ha, bat. Because they made those great bats.
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Postby DollarBill » September 5th, 2012, 11:48 am

Word, Thanks everyone for making this thing something I can show off to my Chicago crew and something I look forward to for a year immediately after it's over. I just now got more than 5 hours of sleep for the first time in over a week. What a blast!
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