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Jake Martin

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The Downside of Being Neil Armstrong

(4) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 3:56 PM

I wear my faith around my neck. As melodramatic as that sounds, it is quite literally true. In my show my "costume" is clerical garb, that is, the black pants and black shirt with white collar, frequently worn by members of the clergy. Ironically the "Roman" collar was invented by...

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Is Anybody Here? (Echo)

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 3:53 PM

"Two people at our opening night! Just the worst!"

This desperate lament was written on a three by five index card and posted on the cork board at the performer's center of the Fringe. I saw it on my first day in Edinburgh and my heart bled for the sad...

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For the Love of God, Come See My Show!

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 3:20 PM

I wake up screaming, soaked in sweat thinking about it. No, I'm not talking about my show, I'm talking about flyering. Flyering is a promotional tool, particular to the Fringe wherein you stand on the Royal Mile of Edinburgh passing out flyers to your show to the general public. You...

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The Benefits of 15-Hour Naps

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 10:09 AM

It's 5am in Edinburgh and I just woke up after a 15-hour nap. I arrived from Chicago yesterday morning and was greeted by Peter Scally, heretofore known as the world's most remarkable Jesuit. Peter is my host during my stay in Edinburgh and did I mention he is remarkable? I...

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On the Verge of Fringe

(4) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 6:42 PM

I'm on the verge of the Fringe. I leave Wednesday for Edinburgh, to perform my solo show, Learning to Pray in Front of the Television, at the Festival for the week of August 13-20. I would like to perform longer and was actually given the opportunity to do so by...

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