Monday, May 11, 2009

A Few Swede Men

This is our third swede in Will's Rob Reiner trilogy. Roque shot and edited this bad boy. It was a great collaboration.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Will interrupts The Suicide Lounge ...

... to pimp "Cupid" (photo: Marcel).

Blake reviews 'Cupid'

Some people came to the show for the charm of the actors, others for the charming chemistry of how these people work together–others for the funny asides about Prop.8, but for me it was all about the Will’s expressive tamborine playing!

(I don’t get the comments about ‘using familiar tunes’?)

Blake, I think they were referring to the lifted lines from "Rent," "Fiddler on the Roof" and Meat Loaf's "I would do anything for love." But yeah, the actual songs were original.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Stephen's review on the Rogue site

Lemme preface the following review with this fact: Stephen doesn't hold punches. He's one of those "here's the truth, whether you like it or not" kind of people. It doesn't always serve him well politically. So to read the following from him is quite the compliment ...
Rollicking good time!

I had no clue what to expect…I kinda thought it would be some improv and some skit work and maybe a Josh song or two (based on last year’s show and the snippet I saw at Beehive night at Club Fred).

No NO! This is a full=on musical comedy, hilarious…I really laughed so hard. The music is all original, making this the new Rocky Horror cult classic. Props and sound devices are as funny as the people, and when they do interact with the audience, it’s even more fun.

This is another one of those ‘Hey, let’s put on a show for the Rogue’ deals, but this one really works. It’s well rehearsed and directed and written, and (smartly) ends before it gets too long. Nice beginning, great middle, fun plot twists, and great singalong ending.

This is a MUST Rogue Year Round show! Hope the right people are listening. There’ll be a crowd, as they turned away many folks tonight at their sold-out closing performance. I was lucky enough to be there, and if you missed it, you really missed out.

Thank you local troupe for bringing a great amount of fun to the Rogue!

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Fresnan gives his review

Sorry, a little late on this ...
I thought the show was great Saturday. Producer Becky liked it more than me even. It wasn't that warm in there to me...but then again, I rarely complain about Fresno summers.

I've been singing the line "Cupiiiid IS A BITCH!" even since.

Us performing at RogueHop

(Credit: Victor DesRoches. Still looking for the video of Josh on the local news.)

Tonight is the final night

It's been a great run. We're very pleased to say that the number of people with smiles on their faces, and others who have come up to us after the show, have given us the impression that people have enjoyed "Cupid is a B*tch."

It's always nice to think that when you set out to create something, and people respond positively, that you've done your part to contribute. With one show left, we think it's safe to say: mission accomplished.

(Oh? The former president said that too early once? Gee ... er, um ... OK. Well, we hope you enjoy the show tonight!)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Jaguar Bennett's thoughts

There is the nucleus of a good show here, but it needs to be much more fully developed. The premise is good, and I can imagine it being really funny, but as it is, this script is just an outline. Characters have no motivation, interesting ideas go nowhere, the story just sort of happens without ever developing. If the writer had taken the show more seriously, it would be a lot more funny. That being said, this is exactly the sort of show one should take a chance on and see at the Rogue — an original script by a local playwright. I heartily encourage the author to revise and expand this show.

There are some genuine laugh-out-loud moments, and some genuinely clever bits. The songs are the best part of the show, and Josh Tehee has an interesting stage presence I’d like to see more of. If you’re willing to spend 45 minutes and $6 on something new and experimental, you could do worse.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Cherida's comments on the Rogue site

This was another great performance. I decided to go and see this play because last year this same group had a great performance for first timers and left the audience laughing the entire time.

This year, they did the same. I was impressed with the fact that it was a musical and featured tunes which were familiar to me. I was most impressed with the unexpected twist that left us rolling over in laughter in our seats.

At the end of the show, most all audience members were singing the songs from this play.

It was great that they also had CDs for us to purchase. I definitely would recommend everyone who can catch this show to definitely see it. It is worth the time.

Come on, people. Did nobody hate it?

Monday, March 2, 2009

More positive reviews

From the Rogue site:
I saw the final dress rehearsal of this show and came to see it again during the Rogue. I can say that they improved the show quite a bit in that little time. I enjoyed it even more so this time around and laughed my… a lot. It is very clever and funny - out there. Go see it for yourself though!
-- Dave O.
WOW - I must agree with Alissa about still laughing. This show is totally hilarious. It’s offbeat & quirky. Well-suited for a Fringe festival & its audience. It’s as unpredictable as love itself. In these tense times, we all need a bit of levity & a good laugh. This show definitely delivers on both accounts. Can’t wait to see what they come up with next year!
-- Brian

Opening weekend recap

Saturday: We were told that it was a sell-out audience. There were one or two seats open, but then there were people seated in the very back of the house. So, assuming 60 of the 70 audience members actually paid, the company has already broken even financially.

On top of that, people seemed to enjoy themselves at the show. Granted, more than half the house was filled with friends of ours, so that was nice, but the compliments afterward seemed genuine. The plan to sell the original soundtrack on CDs for $4 fizzled, though.

Sunday: The crowd was a little smaller, and there were some flubs (unfinished costume changes, minor lighting miscue, one injured cast member), but by the end, people were smiling and some even humming a tune on their way out.

We'd like to think that there is enough strong material to withstand some setbacks. And we sold four CDs!

Josh also wrote from his perspective on Fresno Famous.

... We'd like to thank everyone who came out, and we hope they tell their friends. There are three more performances: Wednesday (8:30), Thursday (5:30) and Friday (8:30).

Our first negative review! (sort of)

"Dana" commented on The Beehive:
I heard two minutes of a music sample from "Cupid..."...someone owes me two minutes of my life back.
We'd like to invite Dana to actually come see our show. Then we can owe her 40 more minutes.

Stinkboy's comments on The Beehive

Rogue virgins, my true love and I, caught the opening of Cupid is a B*tch and were quite entertained. Great music and an overall fun experience. Sheer cupidity!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Vince's comments on The Beehive

I attended the, what I believe was a sold out, opening for "Cupid is a B*tch." I found it to be quite entertaining overall. Josh's audience participation moment was pure genius. He could not have picked on a better subject. Great job Will and company!

Our first review

From Alissa (on the Rogue site):
OMG- so I’m laughin just thinking about this show. To be honest it got off to a little bit of a slow start, but finished with a bang!!!! I was laughing so hard by the end of the show, it was great!

Combination of new material, using familiar tunes in an obscure manner worked for this show!

I had a little bit of a clue of what I was in store for after seeing their show last year, but I was not expecting the twist I got. If you want to see something that is light and fluffy go see this “B*tch”!
... want to leave your review? go here. or here. or here.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The cast would like to thank ...

... the following people:

John J.
Renee N.
David O.
Jennifer W.
Judy & Mary
Diane M.
and Rachel T.

and especially Logan, Dave and Kate!

(we couldn't have done the show without you all.)

Our program

Friday, February 27, 2009

Our self-marketing pitch on MindHub

It's Rogue time, and we're back for a second year.

Saturday is the world premiere of “Cupid is a B*tch,” our musical about true love.

It's an original comedy featuring four cast members, a half-dozen live instruments and nine musical numbers written by Josh Tehee. We're looking forward to sharing our art and getting feedback from the community. We hope you come check it out.

As Rogue Godfather Marcel Nunis wrote on his blog (, “a couple of groups of theatre type folk are actually pulling up their daring pants and not capitulating to the safe “surethingitis”… kudos to them! Let’s hope there will be more next year. So, go see their shows."

We're also selling the original soundtrack (11 tracks total) for 5 bucks.

The details:

5:30 PM, Sat., 2/28
5:30 PM, Sun., 3/1
8:30 PM, Wed., 3/4
5:30 PM, Thur., 3/5 *added performance
8:30 PM, Fri., 3/6

Dianna’s South (726 N. Fulton St.)


PG-13 (language, sexual situations)

See you there.

Thanks for reading this,

Josh Tehee and Will Albritton
(Josh and Will are Idiots Productions)

Photos from Rogue Hop

(Thanks, Marcel)

Josh needs more beer.

Josh with Beehiver Heather.

Josh and Will with Beehiver Mike.

Will with The Fresnan.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

We've added a 5th show

Please mark your calendars for ...

Thursday, March 5, 5:30 pm

(I know, it's early. But tell your friends.)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Monday, December 8, 2008

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Promo materials submitted

The following should appear in 2009 Rogue Festival map/guide:

Cupid is a B*tch, a musical about true love


From two of the dudes who said "Shakespeare is an idiot" at last year's Rogue comes another original comedy -- and this year they sing. You see, Professor Quentin Pied has devised a 5,683-question love survey based on compatibility. After requiring hundreds of his students to take it, he has found a perfect match. They don’t know it yet, but they are about to meet and fall in love in front of their fellow students as part of a live-subject experiment to prove Q. Pied’s theory.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Updates on 'Cupid ...'

We got dates:

WED, MARCH 4, 8:30 PM
FRI, MARCH 6, 8:30 PM

We got a venue:

DIANNA'S SOUTH (same place as last year)

And an addendum to our title:

Cupid Is a B*tch, a musical about true love

(that's right ... we're singing)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Princess Bride (swede)

This is our second swede. It's our take on the final scene in Will's favorite movie of all time, "The Princess Bride." We shot 15 minutes worth of footage with a hand-held Flip cam.


Westley: Joshua Tehee
Buttercup: Jaime Holt
Humperdinck: Travis Sheridan

Directed by: Will Albritton

Yeah, we'd like to thank the Academy (and all the little people -- especially Josh, because he's, you know).

Sunday, August 3, 2008

When Harry Met Swede(y)

When Harry Met Sally (swede) from JoshWill Idiot on Vimeo.

This is our submission to the 2008 Fresno Swede Festival. It is the infamous diner scene from "When Harry Met Sally." We decided to go mostly straight with our first attempt at a "swede," so forgive us if it's boring. We're hoping to work on more film projects in the future.

Harry: Josh Tehee
Sally: Jaime Holt
Diners: Suzanne and Roy

Directed by: Will Albritton

Coming Rogue 2009

We're working on another original comedy, which we're tentatively calling "Cupid Is a B*tch: A play about true love."

This one is Josh's brainchild. Check back for more details in the coming months. As for now, the cast is Josh Tehee, Jaime Holt, Will Albritton (who will also direct) and a fourth cast member to be named later -- probably after Josh and Will finish the script.

The marketing will be a little more simplistic this go-'round, and we probably won't be as secretive with the plot as we were last Rogue.

"Shakespeare Is an Idiot" (which we did in March) was our first attempt at mounting a play from scratch, and we learned a lot of lessons. We are tremendously proud of the work we did on that play, and we're thrilled to have had many people tell us privately and write publicly how much they enjoyed the show. Two of the best compliments we could have received were (and these are paraphrased): the play is perfect for the fringe festival circuit (Mia); and that it was enjoyable precisely because we made a play that we thought would be funny, as opposed to trying to figure out what the audience would like (Joel).

We plan on doing a lot of the same things with "Cupid" ... it will incorporate theories about love, much like we included a lot of "Shakespeare" lore . But mainly, we're going to produce something that we think is funny. We hope to see you there.

Shakespeare Is an Idiot

For Rogue 2008, Josh Tehee and Will Albritton produced an original play called "Shakespeare Is an Idiot." The story was Will's idea, and he worked with Josh for the better part of a year turning it into an actual play. Josh and Will shared the writing and directing responsibilities of the play with their fellow cast members, Renee Newlove and Sam Frank, as well as Will's wife and stage manager, Carrie. Also, Carrie and Will's dog, Truman, had an integral onstage cameo.

For more on that production, read the Shakespeare Is an Idiot blog.