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Thursday, September 29, 2005


Two Birds, One Stone
Fetishists should really just volunteer for animal rescue and recovery -- there's a whole lot of rubber stuff involved.

--Kambri

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005


NOLA Trip, Naked Trampoline, Book Signing & More!
Read all about it in the Ballyhoo Promotions Newsletter.

--Kambri

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Time Flies
When you have a new toy, time is vacuumed into non-existance. We are now the proud owner of this Sony HC90 MiniDV camcorder. We made the investment for a few reasons:

(1) Recording Ballyhoo clients during their live events and uploading video to their sites and/or sending it out as part of an electronic press kit.

(2) Transferring VHS to miniDV to my computer in a quick simple step. I have lots of video footage of my clients that I would love to have online.

(3) Documenting my and Keith's trip to NOLA to volunteer in animal rescue and recovery with this grassroot organization. Thank you to everyone who donated! I won't be depositing your gift until we are 100% certain our trip won't be canceled. We still need about $700, so please feel free to donate anything from bug spray to sun screen or some cold hard cash. $1 to $700, it will all be used efficiently and for a good cause. Promise!

(4) Infrared option allows for the production of amazing night footage. You know, culturally important video is often done in low or no light situations.

--Kambri
Next stop: movie editing software.

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Friday, September 23, 2005


Pinewood Dialogue with Glenn Close
Last night I attended a screening of Fatal Attraction at the Museum of the Moving Image. It was being shown in conjunction with Independent Film Week in collaboration with the Independent Feature Project.

I left my apartment at 7:25, bought two packs of plain M&Ms, walked to the museum, picked up my ticket & program, purchased a bottled water and was seated by 7:38. I can't believe I live so close to this awesomeness!

After the film, Glenn Close sat down for a Q&A session. She is elegant and slight in build and has an amazing resonant voice. The man leading the Q&A wasn't the best at interviewing (he rambled a bit and his questions were phrased more like statements), but the audience had great questions which she took time answering very thoroughly with much thought given to the query.

Afterwards, wine and snacks were served upstairs in the museum gallery which had on display this dress worn by Ms. Close in Dangerous Liaisons. The museum had just put it out hours before the screening and we were the first to view it. Nice.



I wandered around with my white wine expecting someone to scold me for having a drink in the gallery. But, no. We, the elite who attend special film screenings with movie stars, are civilized and they expect us to behave as such . . . in Queens.

--Kambri
Such an oxymoron.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Dear Friends and Family,
Keith Fernbach and Kambri Crews are traveling to Louisiana on October 6th through 12th to volunteer at the shelters where animals rescued after Hurricane Katrina are being cared for and housed. The shelters are desperate for volunteers who can devote at least five days of hard labor. From all accounts directly from the front lines of animal rescue and recovery, it is pretty horrific. We have been warned of the toll it has taken on volunteers both physically and emotionally, but all volunteers have said that the work is rewarding and worth it each time they save an animal or reunite a pet with its family.

We have arranged for tetanus and Hepatitis A vaccinations, have booked our flights, room and rental van and have joined forces with more than one rescue organization. We will be sure to take lots of photos and video while we are there and report about our trip.

Magnetic signs to place on our rental van to allow us access to restricted areas were donated by Morris Brothers Graphics and Keith's company, Grand Central Marketing, bought his airfare. Kambri's doctor is going to give a few free supplies -- rubber gloves, medicine, etc. Meow Mix has generously donated $1,000 towards our hotel and rental van but the rest is up to us. You can see our budget below. The van is expensive but necessary to transport animals and allow an extra sleeping space for volunteers -- space to sleep is at a premium! Gas is sparse and priced high and we'll need more Gatorade and water than normal...a vet was hospitalized yesterday for dehydration, in fact, so we are asked to bring more than we think necessary. We aren't including the cost of our rubber boots, rubber gloves, leather gloves, masks, bug spray, sun screen, special clothing and the numerous other items we need to bring.

If you want to support us on our trip, anything you give in the way of cash or supplies would be most appreciated. We only need about $950 more plus a whole lot of luck and goodwill.

Click here to donate via PayPal or send checks or money orders made payable to Kambri Crews or Keith Fernbach to: 34-23 Steinway Street, #513, Long Island City, NY 11101

Money received in excess of our budget will be donated to BestFriends.org. If our trip is canceled, we will return any supplies and money to everyone.

Many thanks to each and every one of you,
Kambri Crews and Keith Fernbach

Hurricane Katrina Animal Shelter Volunteer Budget
Vaccinations at $100 per person = $200.00
Cab to/from LGA approx. $30 each way = $60.00
Flight $251 per person = $502.00
Extra Luggage Fee Boxed supplies $50.00
Hotel $79 per night x 6 nights = $513.11
Rental car = $400.43
Food Per Diem $30 a day per person = $360.00
Gas $25 per day = $150.00

--Kambri
Grand total: $2,235.54

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Sunday, September 18, 2005


It's official.
Keith & I are going down to Dixie. We have booked our flights, reserved our van and room. We leave for Louisiana on October 6th. I'm going to to the doctor tomorrow for Hepatitis A and tetanus vaccinations. I will be taking many photos and video and will be "reporting" on our experience. I'm very much looking forward to getting down and dirty to help some animals in need. Word is that the work is grueling and at times heartbreaking. I hope I'm fit emotionally but I've warned Keith to be prepared to see me cry A LOT.

He and I are paying for the trip out of our pockets. Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Even $1.00 would help. Also, if you have any affiliations with a vet, doctor, pet company or have other useful supplies, please let me know as we will be taking supplies down with us. For information on where we'll be and what organizations are in need, visit petfinder.com/disasater/



--Kambri
If by the 6th, we are not needed or can't go, your donation will be refunded.


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Friday, September 16, 2005


HOLY SMOKES!
I once gave a little boy on the subway my portable playstation after seeing him ogle it jealously during my commute. As he & his mom were stepping of the train, I slipped it to him. His mom was stunned and looked at me with eyes that read, "Are you sure?" I nodded and said, "Take it." The doors slid shut and they stood paralyzed on the platform watching me ride away. The next day I got the offer to work for Jack with a considerable pay raise. Coincidence? Maybe. But I prefer to believe in "what comes around goes around" and "paying it forward."

So, when Colin Quinn bailed the weekend before the event and I was unable to get another headliner at the last minute, I was sure that good karma would win out. It did in the form of amazing raffle prizes donated at the last minute by a variety of people and companies. They really came through. I hope they got something good in return.

Newly energized, I focused on my next project: a trip to Louisiana to volunteer at the animal shelter. My friend Keith agreed to take the trek with me and we began the planning. A few phone calls placed to my doctor (for Hep A and tetanus shots), airlines, hotels, etc., I checked my email. There was a message: An essay I wrote was selected to be published in Fresh Yarn. I'm stunned. I submitted it at the urging of Rachel Kramer Bussel, so I owe a big thank you to her. I also just read her entry where she mentions my good news and she talks about "paying it forward." I can't wait to hear what good thing comes her way our of her kindness and support.

Looking at the bios of all the past contributors is an intimidating and humbling process. They are all accomplished writers and experts at their craft. My bio is going to start, "Kambri Crews is not a writer," just so they'll go easy on me. I'm thrilled, but it will be a while before it's published. I'll keep you posted.

--Kambri

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Thursday, September 15, 2005


And I'd Like to Thank My Agent and ...
Thank you to everyone who came out to last night's most hilarious comedy show ever produced in such a short time with such awesome prizes. The horrible humidity and always threatening thunderstorm had me worried, but the turnout was terrific and we raised lots of cold hard cash for the Red Cross and those affected by that bitch Katrina. Counting my chickens: I'll *probably* have a corporate sponsor match all the money collected. I'm hopeful.

Download the program beautifully designed by Anthony DeVito.

Susie Felber (right) hosted the entire evening and proved, once again, that she should be host of her own variety show. Besides being hilarious, she is also very adept at keeping a great flow and she skillfully managed the raffle as well.

Co-producer and Ballyhoo Promotions' client Anthony DeVito was first up and had his best set that I've ever seen. He killed the enthusiastic crowd with his bitter retelling of being an Italian from Brooklyn trying to get acting gigs that don't typcast him as a Soprano-type. Spot on.

Shayna Ferm is adorable. Her musical comedy stylings added that extra variety for the show that I had hoped for. She performed three songs, including the crowd favorite "Come On, Me!" Book her.

I think the highlight, for me anyway, was the condensed version of the normally 90 minute Giant Tuesday Night of Amazing Inventions and Also There is a Game!!! The ensemble group (pictured below), led by Ballyhoo Promotions' client Andres du Bouchet, managed to fit in every single aspect of the show (opening monologue with silly bits, two inventions, two stand up comedians {in this case, though, the "comedians" were caricatures of A-typical comics like the 'alternative mysoginist' and the 'knock knock comic' both protrayed by Mike Birch) and, of course, a game) in 20 of the most hilarious laugh-filled minutes. You can see their full-length show every Tuesday at 8:00 at Rififi. You really should, too. These guys never cease to amaze me with their infinite creativity of truly amazing inventions and off-the-wall characters, impersonations and sketches.



Cast of Giant Tuesday Night of Amazing Inventions and Also There is a Game!!!
From L to R: Mark Douglas, Andres du Bouchet, Mike Birch,
Rob Gorden & Michael Reisman (not pictured: Jonny Fido)

Rounding out the show was my favorite comedian Christian Finnegan (pictured with Shayna Ferm). He pulled out some old stuff, some relatively newer stuff and some stuff about ipods that, I swear, he had written last night and went over very well! Amazing how he does that. He will be on the Today Show tomorrow morning around 7:30 (give or take) and is out right now doing a quick spot to say out loud some of the jokes he just wrote this afternoon in anticipation of the show. He's a machine. A very talented and giving machine.

Also, big thanks so much to my friend Bob of A Girl Named Bob for running the box office and helping fold the programs. She ended up winning a prize which made me so happy considering she actually paid admission and bought $10 worth of raffle prizes even though she worked! So awesome!

Finally, I owe so many people thank you cards and drinks and such for coming through on the most amazing raffle prizes as well as their support. Zowie, knowing how great this event was in such a short time makes me want to call in Colin's big favor he now owes me and have one knock down, drag out, huge ass benefit for all the animals now displaced, injured, sick and suffering from that aforementioned bitch Katrina. By then, maybe I'll have an employee so Bob can just hang out, my pals don't have to lug gifts (thanks Rachel & Anne) and I don't have to fold programs and all the other silly tasks I did instead of drinking at the bar with the theater owner Dennis.

--Kambri
Who am I kidding? I love those silly tasks.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005


Four Hours Till Show Time!
Wow, I just typed out a list of raffle prizes we have for tonight's fundraiser, Northern Hospitality - A Benefit for the Bayou. I'm amazed at the wonderful gifts we have! Click here for a complete list of raffle prizes.

Raffle tickets will be sold for only $1 each, 6 for $5 or 15 for $10. That's cheap, folks!

Come out tonight to see Christian Finnegan, a special condensed version of Giant Tuesday Night with Andres du Bouchet, the comical guitar stylings of Shayna Ferm and the uber-talented hostess of the evening Susie Felber!

Kraine Theater
85 E. 4th Street
(btwn 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
New York, NY
212.460.0982

Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $20 at the door

--Kambri
Getting butterflies!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Win Two Tickets
To the hit musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Just buy a $1 raffle ticket for a chance to win at tomorrow night's fundraiser Northern Hospitality - A Benefit for the Bayou. Click here for info.

Other fabulous prizes include:

-- Blue Ipod Mini courtesy of this dude David who gave it to me kind of on a whim about two minutes before I left my office where I won't be back until after the benefit. Boy am I glad I stuck around those two minutes to steal office supplies!

A Comedy Central basket of NINE CC Records titles, CC Records stickers and CC logoed Tshirt, Hat, Watch, Notebook and Water Bottle!

Two free tickets to , the show Time Out New York called "Simply Exhilarating. Simultaneously a dazzling exhibition of song, dance, percussion, humor and storytelling, and a mesmerizing interactive experience." These tickets come courtesy of Dodger Theatricals. The dude who handled it actually apologized for taking so long to get me the confirmation saying that he'd just gotten back to his office after a two week absence. Yeah, three hours is forever. Seriously, dude pulled a fast one for me and apologized. Bless his heart -- he has no idea how awesome he is.

Namco's Plug-n-Play - five games all in one battery powered crack-like box. Simply addictive. Pac-Man, Galaxian, Dig Dug, Rally-X and Bosconian (?) will give you hours upon hours of repetitive wrist movement that will give you excellent carpal tunnel symptoms worthy of filing a false disability claim. Excellent!

- Brooklyn Industries messenger bag
- West Elm vases (set of 2)
- Gift basket of Anthony men's skin care products
- Lalique crystal dragonfly (a $175 value!)
- 1 dozen Snazzytown "NY Loves NOLA" t-shirts
- A basket of the hottest books in print and on tape.

--Kambri

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Monday, September 12, 2005


Bad News, Good News, Better News
Well, the bad news is Colin Quinn can't perform at the benefit. He is terribly disappointed and promised to do two weeks' penance and emphasized that he OWES me. So, look for another future show with Colin doing a solid hour!

It spelled a whole lot of work trying to find a replacement and stop the presses, but it's all for a great cause so in the end it is worth it.

The good news is: the line up of comics is still very, very good. Christian will headline instead -- click here for the revised release. I'm working on a surprise guest or two, one of whom can't commit fully till tomorrow or Wednesday, so his appearance will be unadvertised IF he can make it at all.

The better news is: we're going to have some booze deal. So $20 gets a great show and some hooch. Stay tuned.

On Other Volunteer Fronts
I've also been trying desperately to help the animals in need down in NOLA and trying to track down this little fella. All for naught. I had a group set up to travel down with -- they rented an RV -- but then roadblock after roadblock. It's not meant to be. Instead, I'll take Christian's advice: Think globally, act locally. I'll see this fundraiser through to the end and volunteer at my local shelter, which incidentally, has received some pets displaced by Katrina.

--Kambri

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Thursday, September 08, 2005



Michael Starr reported on Northern Hospitality in his Starr Report today. Thanks Michael!

--Kambri

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Press Hits
-- A very small blurb on the fundraiser was in today's NY Daily News. Read the whole article here.

--The same quote of Christian's that I got in Entertainment Weekly was published in today's Page Six along with another one I submitted. Read it here.

Day Three & Four of our "Vacation"
Day three was spent at home mostly working my tail off on the fundraiser and watching CNN. It was the holiday and we just assumed every place in the City would be annoying. Day Four of our "vacation in our own city" was yesterday. I woke up super early and emailed people furiously until noon when we took the subway up to the Bronx Zoo.



Getting there was a cinch and the $21 Pay One Price was outstanding since we enjoyed four of the special rides & attractions that cost $2 or $3 each.

Congo Gorilla Forest
Well done, interesting, informative and allows for really up close interactions with the gorillas and other monkeys.

Watch one young gorilla hump another one

Children's Zoo
Okay. Standard animals to pet: goats, llamas, sheep, etc. in the petting area.



There were also really neat animals we never saw anywhere else in the zoo. Great, right? Yes, but the zoo didn't post any info on these animals at all other than their names. I really like reading about the animals' native lands, interesting facts, etc. I was a little bummed that since it was the children's area, the zoo assumed no real heavy learning could be done. Lame. But since it was for kids, it allowed really close, personal viewing. These lemurs are much closer than they appear.




The Butterfly Garden
Such a peaceful and lovely exhibit. I was fascinated watching a butterfly furiously stick his proboscis into any and every flower hole he could find.

Here's the best picture I could get with my so-so camera and patience.


After we left the butterfly exhibit, I spied a kitten prowling nearby. I alerted the ticket taker who said, "Oh. Yeah. We're supposed to tell our Supervisor when we see those." I hope they get the little fella safely before he wanders in to the bear exhibit.

The Skyfari should be SCARE-fari!



The Skyfari really isn't scary. It was actually a nice smooth trip which allowed us to view the wild life from above:


--Kambri
Fun, fun, fun!

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Days Two of Our "Vacation"
Day two of our "vacation in our own city" was on Sunday, September 4th. We called a livery cab to drive us to Hunter's Point in Queens to hop on the NY Water Taxi. First off, we almost never hopped on the taxi because of this gloriously cheesey, man-made beach that was nestled in the midst of rocky construction and ugly coastline and offering $2 PBR, hot dogs and classic rock blaring over the speakers:



Strange twist of fate / timing / whatever, unbenownst to me at the time I snapped the photo, my friends Rachel & Chuck are directly under the yellow flag in the picture below. I discovered them later as we sat atop the ferry (dock entrance pictured on the left) and waited to depart.



We smuggled Paquita on board and made her stay in her bag the whole time from Hunter's Point to Manhattan's East Side, down around the south tip stopping in Brooklyn, passing the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street & then on to Pier 63 on Manhattan's West Side. Well worth the $10 on such a beautiful and uneventful day. But Paquita wasn't too happy:



After a very long leisurely al fresca lunch at the sports complex of all sports complexes Chelsea Piers, we walked to Sin Sin for Rob P's show The Pro Shop. Paquita was a peach and just chilled sipping water and "digging" herself a bed on a cushioned bench.

Overall, not a true vacation since Christian did a spot on Rob's show and we've been to Chelsea Piers before and the Sin Sin lounge, but the Water Taxi was so worth it as was getting Paquita out of the house to blow some serious stink off.

--Kambri
Her head still smells like an egg roll, though.

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Spread the Word
Northern Hospitality Release.

--Kambri

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Monday, September 05, 2005


NYC and NOLA
Our vacation in our own City is going well, but marked by extreme sadness. My heart keeps breaking at the reports coming from NOLA. I have donated money to the HSUS, am organizing a benefit which I hope will raise over $2,000 for the Red Cross and feel absolutely worthless. We took the day off from "vacationing" today and I've done nothing but browse the net and cry and watch CNN and cry some more. I posted an offer to adopt or foster a small dog on Craig's List. I hope I get a request for help...it's really the best way I can help someone. There are other folks posting offers to assist with transportation and housing, making phone calls, you name it -- unspeakable amounts of generosity which makes me cry, too, but in a good way. So, I'll be checking my email and the forums constantly hoping to give some love and a home to the best friend of another man.

Day One of our "Vacation"
We enjoyed brunch at The Cup Diner which is not a new place for us, but it is directly across from our official destination, the American Museum of the Moving Image.

The AMMI is pretty amazing. Christian & I are going to become members to enjoy free screenings ($10 for non-members) and discounted rates for their Pinewood Series. As part of the latter, Glenn Close will be there on the 22nd for a Q&A following a screening of Fatal Attraction.

There are many interactive exhibits that were very fun and impressive for us adults. Who needs to be a kid to enjoy making your own stop motion movie, record voice overs over famous movies, select soundtracks and so much more. I highly recommend this museum to tourists and New Yorkers alike.


--Kambri

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Saturday, September 03, 2005


Weekend Update with Colin Quinn
Colin Quinn has graciously donated his time to headline Northern Hospitality - Benefit for the Bayou - the show I'm producing with my Ballyhoo client Anthony DeVito to raise money for the Red Cross and those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 14th at 8:00 PM for a good time and an even better cause. Click here for complete details. Better yet, subscribe to my Ballyhoo Newsletter and get the 411 as it happens, straight in your inbox. I send about 2 or 3 emails a month and never share your private info.

--Kambri

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Friday, September 02, 2005


Cindy Adams Yesterday; EW Today
Entertainment Weekly picked up yet another quote I submitted from Christian Finnegan's appearance on the Today Show. Vote for your favorite here.

--Kambri
And they picked the joke I helped write!

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Northern Hospitality Benefit Update
Details are coming together quickly. We have confirmed the rental of the Kraine Theater. There will be a motel room set on stage, which could be an interesting touch.

We've got:
- A tentative name: Northern Hospitality;
- A gift basket donated from a men's product supply company;
- An offer of a gift basket of books and such (Thanks, Rachel!);
- Pre-show music picked out;
- Free t-shirts; and
- Two performers confirmed.

We need:
- Clever show ideas;
- An amazing headliner;
- Confirmation on the booze situation;
- More gift baskets, prizes, anything.

What would YOU want to see? How would your benefit show be different and amazing so that it raises tons of money? Send in your ideas!

--Kambri
Many thanks to all those who have offered your support!

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Thursday, September 01, 2005


Every Little Bit...
UPDATE: Mark your calendars for September 14th at 8:00 PM at the Kraine Theater. Anthony DeVito and I are going to put together a show with all profits going to the Red Cross. Details are emerging. If you want to help work on the event, donate gifts, money, your time, anything, send me an email.

Waiting for Rescue
Having a fundraiser for Leukemia research seemed a little untimely yesterday, but it's over now and I'm looking toward the Humane Society's Disaster Animal Response Team (being deployed today to affected areas of Hurricane Katrina) for my next donation. Read their press release.

Page Six Score
Cindy Adams picked up my story in her column today. Here's how she spun it:

A VIP screening of "The Thing About My Folks" at 42nd Street Loews. A young, hip urban kid spies young, hip urban New York comic Christian Finnegan, who's done Dave Chappelle's show. The kid is atwitter. Meanwhile, Peter Falk and Paul Reiser walk right by him into the theater, and this kid, all excited and beside himself at seeing Finnegan, whom much of civilization wouldn't know if they were married to him, just stands there paying them absolutely no mind.
--Kambri
Not really fun to report with all the horrible news going on, but there it is.

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