Community Fans are my favorite people on the planet.
I have had the pleasure of meeting several of my Community Twitter friends over the past few months and they have all been nothing but delightful. I feel like there is an automatic bond between us all for loving such an amazing (and underappreciated) show that when we finally meet in person…there is nothing to do but hug each other. And maybe cry a little bit. To paraphrase Community Writer Andy Bobrow, I would do anything for Community Fans, which makes me finally understand war. Because we have been through a WAR together against NBC, Sony and the Nielsen Ratings System to save our beautiful little show.
A few months ago the lovely Catherine, who has been a ringleader in the “Save Community” movement tweeted me about doing a publicity stunt to promote the return of Community (October 19th at 8:30/7:30C…set your DVRs!!), to which I replied “Of COURSE I will be there!” We planned a kazoo serenade of the Community Theme Song, “At Least It Was Here” and a straitjacket escape by another twitter pal Sean Von Gorman. Cause if there is anything that will attract a crowd in New York City, it is someone flailing about on the sidewalk trying to get out of a straitjacket.
Also, it’s a nice nod to Community’s “Paradigms of Human Memory”, which features a scene with the Greendale Seven in straitjackets after ingesting too much mercury.
I’m going to be there. You should be too. Community fans are among the greatest people on the planet. And if I have anything to do with it, there WILL be Yard Margs afterwards.
Contact: Catherine Boyd; Sean Von Gorman
Kazoos and a straightjacket among props employed to help save Community
NEW YORK, N.Y., September 19, 2012 – In a mash-up of outlandish talents, fans of the NBC sitcom Community will serenade the 30 Rockefeller Plaza NBC store on kazoos, then Sean Von Gorman will attempt to escape from a straightjacket, in a passionate bid to save the show from cancellation after mid-season.
Fans will perform the Community theme song “At Least it was Here” on kazoo, then create a kazoo (and perhaps ukulele) orchestra to accompany Sean Von Gorman’s straitjacket escape.
The lengths fans will go to in order to save a show from cancellation seem to know no bounds. Antics like these are especially fitting in raising the profile of Community, a perpetual underdog buoyed by voracious fans who relate to the characters’ predilection for fantasy and geekery.
“If you could print one quote from us, please tell everyone to watch NBC Communty on Friday, October 19th, 8:30pm, and set your DVRs to watch by Monday every week. The one thing that unites Community fans is the love of the absurd. If you join our event, we promise that you will be laughing and having a great time. Also, our friend Sean Von Gorman puts on a fine show with his straitjacket escape. I don’t think we have the permit necessary for a Human Cannonball act yet.”
Any and all fans are invited to participate and can RSVP via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/305143179593913/; the event is BYOK (Bring Your Own Kazoo). The event’s organizers, Catherine Boyd, Sean Von Gorman, and others involved are available for advance interviews via phone and email.
EVENT: “Save Community” Kazoo Serenade and Sean Von Gorman Straightjacket Escape
DATE and TIME: October 4, 2012, 1:00pm. EST
LOCATION: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, sidewalk near NBC store (49th Street btw 5th and 6th)
Sean Von Gorman is a comic book artist. His Houdini comic spawned fantastic straitjacket and chain escapes! http://seanvongormanart.carbonmade.com/