Fun on a Friday: say hello to my (very) little friend.

I’ve always said . . . getting kids involved in school plays at a young age is a surefire way to make sure the theater survives.

But . . . maybe I should have been more specific about the type of plays . . .

Outraged at this video?  Want to write a letter to the school board?  Want to pistol-whip the parents of these poor popcorn addicted children for letting them participate in this school function?

Before you start burning VHS copies of gangster movies, you should probably know that this video is staged.  Yep, it’s a viral (with about 2,000,000 views!), created by indie filmmaker, Marc Klasfield.  Read about it here.

I originally meant this post to be a Friday Fun Day post, meant to give you all a few laughs as we go into what looks to be a glorious Easter/Passover weekend.  But there is something we can learn from it, so we might as well:

1.  Kids in entertainment are more valuable than a pile of cocaine/popcorn.

2.  Contrast, or an idea that doesn’t make sense (kids playing gangsters), is inherently funny.

Happy fudgin’ holidays.

Fun on a Friday with sign language.

If you haven’t seen Michael DiMartino’s YouTube vids, then you’ve been missing out.  And when I say “seen”, that’s all that I mean, because you don’t even have to hear them to enjoy them.

Michael is a sign language interpreter based in the city who has been creating original ‘signed’ music vids of popular songs. He’s done Britney’s “Womanizer”, Clarkson’s “Addicted”, Busta’s “Break Ya Neck” and lots more (his unique videos had been viewed more than 250,000 times, before his account got hacked and he had to start over).

The Director of Altar Boyz spotted Michael online and thought it would be fun to have him do something for our show.  After all, Britney’s got nothing on Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abe.

An email or two later, and behold . . . Michael DiMartino signs “Rhythm in Me” from Altar Boyz, with a guest appearance from the Boyz in the video below.

Enjoy.  And if you want to learn how Michael does it, he’ll be schooling us all on how to sign, live and in person, at our next Altarholics Appreciation Day on July 19th.  To learn more, visit altarholics.com and scroll down.  All the info is there, along with a pretty fancy discount.

Sometimes marketing ideas come from the most unlikely of places.  In fact, sometimes, you need someone to spell it out for you.

To see the rest of Michael’s vids, visit his YT channel here.

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