“A is for Alligator? Z is for Zebra?” Let’s face it, the animal alphabet has been stuck in a rut. A repetitious, boring, repetitious rut. Isn’t it time we looked at the lifestyles of the other animals who share our planet, but rarely share the limelight with their more popular cousins?
We’ve all heard of Snakes, but how about Skinks? You know about Gorillas, but have you ever wondered what a Godwit was, where it came from, or what it tastes like?
Why a duck?
Diehard animal fans looking for an ABC book that abstains from bears, eschews alligators, and renounces rhinos will rejoice in the offbeat, informative, The Alternative Animal Alphabet. Young readers will delight in the alternative facts and beautiful illustrations. Adults will give it a place of honor on the coffee table alongside NatGeo and The Hitchhiker’s Guide. Teachers will use it to get students thinking outside the zoo when it’s time to research reports. The possibilities are endless – with millions of different animals on earth, this hysterical primer proves there’s life outside the stereotypical 26.
The Alternative Animal Alphabet – A laugh-out-loud children’s book that inadvertently educates, possibly embarrasses, and finally gives deserving critters their day in the sun (or, at least, a quick read before bed). Civits and Xynops and Tits, oh my!
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ABOUT THE THE RECOVERY PARTY
In a world filled with cheap sex jokes and easy laughs, THE RECOVERY PARTY has stepped forward with their brand of polished and thought-provoking satirical sketch comedy*
NOUN: 1a. A literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit. 1b. The branch of literature constituting such works. 2. Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly, vice, or stupidity.
Good satirical comedy should make you laugh first and think second. Really good satirical comedy will make you laugh, think and laugh again.
“For those seeking satire in the Twin Cities, the obvious place to start is at a performance of The Brave New Workshop [the longest running satirical theatre in the country]. But while the venerable comedy institution can always be relied upon for an evening of irreverent laughs, satire aficionados know that even more incisive hysterics can be found in the well-honed comedic chops of the Recovery Party … [which] can be thought of as the “Mensa Society” for local comics.” (CityPages)
“As finessed as anything I’ve seen in a national act…the performers themselves, and their individual styles and special talents, [form] a unifying ensemble in much the same way that the best casts of Saturday Night Live accomplished.“ (HowWasTheShow.com)
But why “The Recovery Party?” Because.
“Recovery” because satire should not only attacks human vice and folly but also offer up solutions – no matter how silly they may be.
“Party” because satire celebrates life – everything from the glorious to the mundane.
“The” because a prefix needs to be attached to the front of a word to produce a derivative title or an inflected form.
* THE RECOVERY PARTY isn’t saying they’re above cheap laughs, they just admit that they exist.
Established in 1999, THE RECOVERY PARTY had a single goal: to produce quality comedy theatre without all the drama.
Armed with award-winning writers, talented performers, accomplished musicians, and a chip on their collective shoulders, THE RECOVERY PARTY demonstrated that quality stories could be told in less than five minutes, that characters are created though emotions and attitude rather than costumes, and that actors could create a living set better than any backdrop, lighting or props could accomplish.
Of course, THE RECOVERY PARTY still uses things like costumes and lights and stuff – it’s more fun that way.