What's shaking, fan & readers?!?! Welcome back to the Addicts Comedy Tour blog! Allison Phelan here, your favorite ACT writer & your #1 source for behind-the-scenes ACT gossip, sober stand up & fun in recovery! How is everyone?!? Did you have a good Valentine's Day? Personally, it's one of my favorite holidays. Why? Whether you're old, young, male, female, single, celibate, polyamorous, power dating or with one special significant other, you get to celebrate...CHOCOLATE!! And also, did I mention chocolate? Anyway, Mark & I spent V-Day together, obvi. Which was incredibly amazing & the BEST ever. Before him, I spent most V-Days wearing red lipstick, listening to Taylor Swift & passionately talking about self-love & modern feminism to the other single-and-happy-about-it masses. Ha! Not kidding. Speaking of V-Day, does anyone remember when we used to give Valentines to all our friends too? I know it's belated but, strictly as friends of course, will you all be my Valentine?? I'd love to be yours.
Anyhoo, let's check in with our ACT team, the whole reason for this blog! If you're feeling a little low about Valentine's Day, no worries! There's a different kind of love in the air fast approaching & it's of the bromance flavor: between Kurtis Matthews & Mark Lundholm, your most favorite addiction-and-recovery, sober-fun team EVER. Let's get excited! First stop is this Sunday, February 21st, in Indianapolis. Then it’s Columbus, Ohio on Monday the 22nd, a show that's already completely sold out! After that, their next & last two stops for this loving month of February are Cincinnati (Liberty), Ohio & Dayton, Ohio, on the 23rd & 24th. About this upcoming leg of the tour, Mark says that it includes "two cities I haven't been to in a long time: Cincinnati & Indi. Columbus I go to every year, for like 15 years. Everybody knows everybody in that room. It's like a 3rd or 4th home. A lot of these people have seen me many times & the show is always new so I love seeing them again." About Cincinnati (Liberty), Ohio, Mark says that it's "Brand new! We've never been there but I'm sure they know what funny sounds like too. A new city just means that they don't know how funny we are yet. It's not their fault." About the upcoming shows, David Wilmore, ACT's sound & tech support guru, says: "This will be my first trip to Indiana. Looking forward to seeing Jeffrey Nance again. He had a nice set last year." Jeffrey Nance is one of the special guests that will be opening for ACT on this leg of the tour. And a little birdie told me that there will be a few other guest comics appearing for these shows as well. On that note, Kurtis says: "We're getting really excited about these cities. Any time we can help new, recovering comics is great...& create this denial that they actually have a career before they relapse and end up on comedy central." Yay!! Exciting.
To change gears for a minute, let's take a break from the traditional clean and sober comedy show stuff & discuss my FAVORITE part of what Mark, Kurtis, David & ACT do: the service stuff. I'm talking about the inpatient gigs, the ones that give a whole room full of newly recovering addicts & alcoholics new hope, humor, awareness & inspiration. Are you crying yet? I almost always do or want to when I see these. For these purposes, I had a chat with Courtney Jackson, the program coordinator at Nova Behavioral, one of ACT’s sponsors for this tour. Our guys are headed there during the day on the 24th. She said "We're excited about them coming back. We have a building with like 90 clients & it was such a positive experience last time. The clients love them and the clients are SO excited. Nothing like this ever happens at our facility. We're county funded & no one usually thinks of us." She added that an ACT visit like this "gives our patients hope. We really loved them last year. That's why we raised the money this year” to sponsor them. Of Nova Behavioral, Mark added: "Very broken family-type histories. Always a fun show that raises spirits and hope. We were there last year and they went nuts over Kurtis!!" Awesome.
Last but certainly not least in this edition of your favorite drug-free-fun & addiction-humor blog, let's give a very warm welcome to the lovely & talented ladies of Valerie Allen PR, who also represents Doctor Drew. When asked how they feel about working with ACT, Harriet Duncan of Valerie Allen PR said: "We are very excited to be working with such a talented pair of comedians! The Addicts help shed light on a worldwide epidemic and are able to find the humor in even the darkest of times. It is our agency's honor to help spread their message" Wonderful! Also, wow!! Between Mark, Kurtis, Laurel, David, Valerie Allen PR, Ron Reid & I, this ACT family is really growing! I come from a massive family myself so that makes me feel...scared, actually. So scared. Ha! Just kidding. A little kidding. As far as you know. To wrap this up, let’s get back to Valentine’ Day for a minute! Mark got me two giant boxes of chocolate on the 14th & if you know me at all, you know that they are GONE now. Mark’s comment on the holiday is that: “Valentine’s day this year was better than Valentine's Day ANY year. I laughed a lot, learned a lot & loved a lot...and that stuff is none of your business, people." Kurtis & David were both questioned about V-Day too but both declined to comment. Interesting. What were THEY doing?? On that note, we'll see you at the shows & don't forget to tune into the next blog for some more recovery comedy and anonymous fun! Until then, readers, stay fierce.
Love & respect. XOXO, Allison