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I mean, it’s
NO TOUCH MONKEY! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late

in a brand spanking new 2015 edition

with a new cover and a new introduction about what it was like to be a low budget backpacker in the predigital age…Get you some today!

No Touch Monkey 2nd ed

And while we’re at it, I couldn’t help noticing that the new edition’s Amazon page is a virgin forest of customer reviews. Get there before the disgruntled ONE-STARistas do.

Free Entertainment compliments of Greg Kotis

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Hey New York! I’m playing Nina in a FREE reading of Lunchtime, Greg Kotis’ hilarious play set during the Deli Wars. No reservations required. Bring your coworkers.

Thursday, March 19th at 2:00PM

THE PIT – mainstage
123 E 24th St
(b/t Park and Lex)

LUNCHTIME – a reading of a new play by Greg Kotis. Set in the shadows of the Deli Wars, Lunchtime follows a dirty cop on the trail of a philandering businessman’s latest obsession. Featuring Micah Sherman, Mark Beltzman, Nick Vatterott,Chet Siegel and some old bat named Ayun Halliday

Cavemen. Serious grossness involving salad dressing. No bad words.

Calling All Teenage NYC Lady Pirates in Need of Improv Classes

If you’re a girl between the ages of 13 and 18, I invite you to register! (Only two spots remain)

Anne Bonny: Improv for Teen Girls 

Instructor: Ayun Halliday

6 Saturdays from 2-4

Jan 24, 31

Feb 7, 21, 28, 

March 7

(no class February 14)

 

$120 for the session (payable (as friends and family) by paypal to ayun@ayunhalliday.com or with a check by the first session)

 39 Ainslie Street

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 

 

We’ll become conversant in the philosophy and structure of long form improv, play games with abandon, commit to highly physical performance, and spend time brainstorming specifics that expand our choices onstage.

Improv is excellent training for actors, comedians, teachers, and anyone who interacts with the public. Don’t fret that you’re not funny enough. This isn’t about schtick and one-liners. It’s about life, and truthful observations thereof. The truth is funny enough!

This girls-only environment ensures that we’ll have all the space and stage time we need to grow, become confident, and gleefully leap outside our comfort zones.

The name of this class is Anne Bonny, after a fearless lady pirate who talked her way out of a hanging by improvising an imaginary pregnancy.

Just to keep things interesting each class will have a theme. The theme of this Saturday’s class is food.

Please contact ayun.halliday(AT)gmail.com with questions, or to reserve a spot. This class is open to both homeschoolers and students who attend school. (Please note that that email address is different from the one on the receiving end of paypal.)

Yes, and…

Ayun Halliday studied improv with the legendary Del Close, as one of the No Fun Mud Piranhas, Northwestern University’s first Harold team. Improv informed her work with the NeoFuturists, and remains one of the funnest, scariest thing she knows. Lately she’s been working with a brand new improv group whose name was such a stupid inside joke, they have to change it before they can permit themselves to reappear in public. Ayun spent six years working with teenagers as the Domain Director of Beam Camp, and as the director of Yeast Nation and The Mermaid’s Legs. She lives in Brooklyn, where she shares a single closet with her playwright / improviser husband, Greg Kotis, and their two teenage children. 

 

Learn some history! My Crazy Bet comic is part of Protest Week on Narratively

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Click the peevish belle above to be taken to the comic in all its glory glory hallelujah!

The Mermaid’s Legs

Wondering why the new East Village Inky is so delayed?

I gotcher answer right here! I’ve been working with 10 homeschooled teens, including Milo on a deep dish theatrical experiment, opening in just a couple of weeks. Won’t you please join us at:

The Mermaid’s Legs

October 23-25 at 6:30pm, October 26 at 3pm

The Tank, 151 W. 46th St, 8th floor, NYC

$15 / $12 student Tickets on sale now!

 

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Say, isn’t that Milo in the publicity photo? Why yes. Yes it is. The short film below explains how he got in such a predicament.

 

Zine Mob in the New York Times

Ayun Halliday

Zine mob on the F train

Well, lookie here: Colin Moynihan’s  lovely New York Times recap of the recent Zine Mob on the F Train.

 

 

 

The Latest from East Village Inky HQ:

See Milo Kotis live onstage as Randolph in Kidz Theater’s production of Bye Bye Birdie, July 18-27. Buy them tickets, folks! (Dag! one of the other kidz, excuse me kids, was Eponine in Les Miserables … on Broadway, melonfarmer!)

Congratulations to Inky, aka young filmmaker India Kotis, whose short film, Immigrating to the Promised Land nabbed a regional Gold Key in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She also nabbed a Silver one with an excerpt of her play,  What Dreams May Come!

 

YEAST NATION!

Hey, New York!

Nothing ushers in Thanksgiving like a bio-historical musical about single celled organisms.10817575933_63de85fb44_bI’m co-directing Milo Kotis and 15 of his teenage homeschooled brethren in Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann’s hilarious and wholly unique take on the dawn of life.

It’s a cheap, open-to-the-public date!

Is it for children? NO! (But older children are welcome, and may benefit from reading a synopsis in advance. (Tell em they’re going to the Metropolitan Opera)

November 21-23 at 7pm, November 24 at 4pm

Greenspan Center
39 Ainslie St, Ground Floor
Brooklyn NY 11211
(closest train: G to Metropolitan/L to Lorimer)

Tickets are $10 (advance purchase via paypal)

Cast list, photos & every other piece of data available without a microscope is here:
http://yeastnation.blogspot.com

Hippie Tofu for White Bread People!

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Cartoonist (and Zinester’s Guide to NYC illustrator) Alisa Harris flattered me by inviting me to contribute a seasonal vegetarian recipe to Cooking Up Comics, her awesome comics-format recipe blog. Uh, hope she’s pleased with THE RESULT. Thanks to the Barnard Zine Library for letting yahoos like me hack the college’s dead photo file for uses well beyond the original scope…

And the 15th runner up is…

No Touch Monkey! was recently honored by Buzzfeed as the 16th of 20 Of The Most Awkward Memoirs Ever Written. I claim this mantle in honor of simians the world over.