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"...What exactly is the McCormick Method of summation? It's a means, developed by Austin's No Shame Theatre impresario Shannon McCormick, whereby any text-based work can be boiled down to a cautionary imperative that begins, "Look out!"..."
"...The brainchild of Gnap!’s Shannon McCormick and the Hideout’s Kareem Badr, who also direct the show, this exploration of samurai tropes and tribulations features an ensemble cast of Jeff Britt, Quinn Buckner, Justin Davis, Cat Drago, Brad Hawkins, Marc Majcher, Jordan T. Maxwell, Jayme Ramsay, Audrey Sansom, Lacy Shawn, Ruby Willmann, and that McCormick himself...."
"...The troupe comprises four main stars – Mitch Baker, David Bewley, Shannon McCormick, and Jeremy Lamb – and is the larger phoenix risen from the MTV-torched ashes of what were the Edmond Bulldogs, Baker and Bewley's surreal sketch-comedy duo...."
"...We sat them down together, asked, basically, "What's up with all this improv?" and started the tape recorder rolling. The select five comprised Shannon McCormick, co-director of the OoB Festival, former honcho of No Shame Theatre, and one-half of improv duo Get Up; Jeremy Lamb, founder and co-director of OoB, who performs as part of the Available Cupholders, as half of Kazillionaire, and by himself as Bearded Lamb; Shana Merlin of Girls, Girls, Girls, also the improv teacher at the State Theatre and the shorter, distaff side of Get Up; Erika May, one of the four best things about the Frank Mills and half of McNichol and May; and Chris Trew of ColdTowne Heroes, a troupe Katrina'd out of New Orleans and now making Austin home..."
"...Usually these days, it's the amazing Chris Gibson playing the role of Mysterion (and quite a few others) in Jason Neulander's The Intergalactic Nemesis. Which, if you're gonna get any man to replace Shannon McCormick (who performed it back in the day) as that crazed master hypnotist, you're wise to get someone as versatile and compelling and downright brilliant, voicewise, as Chris Gibson. (We first learned of Gibson's excellence back when Trouble Puppet's Fup Duck was running – and we hear that that show's coming back, too, later this year.) But when the Intergalactic Nemesis premiered the second part – Robot Planet Rising – of its trilogy at the Long Center this past Friday, Gibson was nowhere to be seen. Unless, of course, you were on set with him in the balmy clime of good old Florida: Then you would've seen him in the lead role of a feature film currently in production – which sort of involvement rather precludes, yes, a live performance in the season-ticketed heart of Austin, Texas. Thus: Shannon McCormick, back for just that show in the role he'd made his own during the touring production's early years. Which allows us to wonder: Who is this Shannon McCormick, this bald-headed fellow who also runs Gnap! Theatre Projects and is half of the improv troupe Get Up and has appeared (at least briefly, and with a fake forelock) as a meth tweaker on AMC's Breaking Bad? Take a helluva long time to answer that question, of course. So we're not going to attempt it here. However, McCormick fan or curious passer-by,we're pleased to point you to this lengthy interviewwith the ever-busy man some know as Shando...."
"...Shannon McCormick, head shaved bald and providing his faintly cartoonish good looks with a sort of Eminem-by-way-of-Lex-Luthor effect, is excited. He punctuates his speech and the language of his tall improvisor's body with jabs and swoops of his long pale hands, his olive eyes agleam..."
"...The Merlin Works Institute and the Gnap! Theater Season are the brainchildren of veteran improvisers Shana Merlin and Shannon McCormick, who regularly perform together as the improv duo Get Up. The two companies will work in tandem, not unlike a music producer and a record label: Merlin, voted Best Improv Teacher by the Austin Improv Collective, will mold students and troupes at her school, while McCormick, who has previously produced No Shame Theatre and co-produced the Out of Bounds Improv Festival and Miniature Golf Tournament, will showcase the groups and style that the pair would like to promote...."
"...But, yeah, that statement isn't news and hasn't been news for at least a decade now. But so here, about damned time, here are reviews of three recently published works, offered by your regular comics-reviewing guy (Brenner) and two new guest reviewers (Shannon McCormick and Erika May McNichol)..."
"...Jeremy Lamb and Shannon McCormick, co-producers of the sixth annual Out of Bounds Improv Festival and Miniature Golf Tournament, have gotten pretty damned far themselves. Because, although they're two of the best improvisers in this city, they also know what it takes to run a festival and are not adverse to planning things beforehand and (this is the important part) actually following through to make sure those things happen when they're supposed to..."
"...I hesitate to say that Shannon McCormick and Graham Reynolds' Unbeaten, which finishes a two-week run at the Salvage Vanguard Theater this weekend, revels in the campiness of professional football. It might suggest that their play tries to make mockery of the game...."
"...It's playwright, actor, and improviser Shannon McCormick, ultimately, embodying 10 different gridiron personalities in this new one-man play from Salvage Vanguard Theater...."
"...Ten years later, Gnap! Theater Projects decided to pay homage to the creation by remaking those songs into skits and sketches, sans music, and presenting them to the public – an idea which might seem absolutely cuckoo. With the show, titled 69 Love Scenes, about to open at Salvage Vanguard Theater, we asked Gnap! head honcho Shannon McCormick what led him to begin this transformational adventure...."
"..."It's based on a play I wrote back in '04," he says, "which took place in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Shannon McCormick was asking for ideas for Gnap! shows, and I threw out a few that were based on plays..."
"...Shannon McCormick, that tall, sleek comrade with the cue-ball noggin and wild eyes, and Shana Merlin, that shortish fox with the million-watt smile. That's the comedy improv duo called Get Up, at least from the outside..."
"...3708 Woodbury, 512/895-9580, www.theinstitutiontheater.com [page] Shannon McCormick..."
"...That description brings Austin's duo Get Up – Shannon McCormick and Shana Merlin – immediately to mind...."
"...Edmond Bulldogs: Partly based in L.A., even though they're supremely local; Mitch Baker and David Bewley make it up alone or join with stalwarts Shannon McCormick, Craig Kotfas, and others to bring the sort of improv and sketch comedy that's made MTV say "Wha?"..."
"...Lowell Bartholomee's "Gift Registry of the Magi" started us off on a sweet comedic note, with Corey Gagne, Shannon McCormick, and Ben Willcott playing the Three Wise-Ass Men, directed by Ken Webster. Andrea Moon's "The Unimaginable Sky-Bound Future of Mona," directed by Shana Gold, gave us a glimpse into the life of a kid (Jenny Larson) determined to survive life in a wrenching family situation..."
"...Note: The "man responsible for that" is also one of the artists who participated in the Presidential Losers exhibition curated by local arts mover-and-shaker Shannon McCormick at the SVT Gallery a couple years ago – which is why we're gonna let that McCormick himself tell you about this meet-and-greet booksigning event (that also features classic wrestling videos running continuously in the Back Issue room):..."
"...Because, even then, maybe you still haven't seen Daisies, a Czechoslovakian movie from 1966, written and directed by Věra Chytilová? I hadn't seen the "madcap feminist farce" either, 'til about five years ago when my friend Shannon McCormick loaned me a copy with assurances of its brilliance and how I'd probably love it. He was right: I loved it. And, yeah, I think it's brilliant. (What an incredible, vividly captured, wildly colorful, food-and-flower-filled romp! Chytilová is a genius, a genius, I tell you! And so on.) You like the idea of watching an engagingly filmed story about two young women who "embark on a series of destructive pranks in which they consume and destroy the world around them," you'll probably love it, too. But, anyway: Eventually, McCormick also lent this movie Daisies to his friend Elizabeth Brammer, who's a member of Gnap! Theatre Projects – the company that McCormick runs out of Salvage Vanguard Theatre. So now you've got 1) the film-captured spirit of Chytilová running through the minds of two Gnappers who are always looking for interesting themes to base their continuing schedule of improv shows around. And you've got 2) those same people also digging the French New Wave classics of the 1960s – movies (excuse me: films) by Truffaut, Godard, and the tout le hipster monde of the time..."