Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Crazytown Presents: A Q&A with Ryan Scott Oliver

If you've seen the little poster on the right hand side of the screen, you would know that the writers of Ryan Scott Oliver's Crazytown blog are putting on a show (yes, me included!). I am very excited about Crazytown Presents, a live show that will feature music, anecdotes, comedy, and multi-media, much like the material on the blog, which will be at Joe's Pub on 11/14 at 9:30. I can't tell you how lucky I feel to be presenting work alongside such talented writers, many of which have been mentioned on this blog, and to ring in the occasion, I asked blog creator Ryan Scott Oliver to answer some questions about what it's like to be a part of Crazytown and what to expect from the Joe's Pub show.

Me: How did Crazytown originate? How has it evolved since then?

Ryan Scott Oliver: I created Crazytown in January of 2010, but I had wanted to do a blog for a year or so before then. My hesitation with creating the blog prior to that was the unending difficulty of keeping a blog up, in terms of both my interest and my readers’ interest. That’s also why, after a year, I needed to grow the blog and join forces with other like-minded creatives to make it multi-authored.

Me: You’ve been sharing your musical, Jasper in Deadland, on the blog. What has that process been like?

RSO: Like anything, it’s hard to keep up, but I’m determined to complete this as a complete work just as I would a musical, song, or other form. It’s gratifying to be able to share my lonely inner-workings! I’m hoping young writers are getting something from it... If nothing else, I have found it useful to hear about the struggles and redirections of other writers during my own process of writing, rewriting, and revising.

Me: What can people expect from Crazytown Presents?

RSO: Oh! So much! The writers are amazing, the actors are hilarious, and we’re putting together quite a show of multimedia elements. Where else can hear stand-up comedy about first menstrations, watch clips of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s boobs, and hear musical theatre tunes about porn stars? And duh so more more....

Me: What has been the biggest challenge/most exciting aspect of putting together the blog’s first live show?

RSO: The most challenging part was figuring out what exactly it would be... But that actually also became the most fun part, knowing we were creating something unexpected, fresh and exciting on stage. “Performing” a blog is kick-ass.

Me: What have you enjoyed most about blogging/managing the blog?

RSO: Seeing writers of all shapes and sizes become serious bloggers, and filling the void in our community where we could have conversations about anything and share it publicly. Get the conversation going, you know? I knew there were tons of people who would like to write for a blog but didn’t have the time or energy to keep one going themselves; so this became an outlet for many folks.

Me: What are your hopes for the future of Crazytown?

RSO: I wanna see it keep expanding. No! Exploding!! I’d like to take on more writers and see the work branch out even further; perhaps even adding more components and weekly columns. We have a strong readership and we want to keep them happy while growing outward and bringing in new readers... It’s the endless battle, isn’t it? How are we doing? Are we winning yet?

Buy tickets to see Crazytonwn Presents (and come say hi!) here.

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