A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON...from tHE sHOW.
"The Show" is the glistening brainchild of comedian
and romantic, Matlock Zumsteg. In August of 1998, Matlock began writing
funny words on paper, spurred by his deep love for sketch comedy. He soon
realized his sketches were nothing without actors, so he, along with friends
Mark Owens, Adam Aragon and his friend God, and the infamous and mysterious
J.W., began performing and perfecting comedy skits in front of people
at Aroma Roasters, a local coffee shop.
In fact, Matlock met his current fiancee, Melissa Gordon at Aromas when he shoved a sheaf of his sketches under her nose. After that day she swore to love The Show (and Matlock) forevermore, and The Show gained another constiuent. Matlock had been attending theatre classes at SRJC, where he met another Show staple, Ken Haus.Matlock then went to the Santa Rosa Media Center (shameless plug) and stole some video equipment while dressed as a Fuller Brush salesman. (Lie.)
With his new friends and resources, he filmed a sketch that aired on Public Access Channel 72: "Indifferent Man."
Matlock worked at the fabulous Round Table Pizza at this point, a fine establishment that led him to Stephan Boules, a budding comedy writer. The Show consisted of Matlock, Mark, Adam, God, Ashe Joyner (who thought we hated him,) Stephan, JJ (The Prick,) Melissa, and the amazing musical/comedic genius of Logan Whitehurst, and various combinations of these met at Lyon's Restaurant sporadically to go over new sketches and schedule film dates. Jeff Towery was recruited from Aromas' around this time, and The Show's new headquarters was Adam's scummy little Winnebago parked next his mom's house. It was the Trailer of Death, and it ushered in a whole slew of random Show footage, including night trips to San Francisco, solo dating service characters from Matlock, and a bunch of new sketches, most of which were lost when the crew went out for a smoke break at Lyon's, and a waiter tossed them in the trash. The Show seemed cursed. A few sketches were filmed, including Capitan Jim, but going was slow.
At this point, Logan and Matlock recorded some random
audio clips and sketch "Capitan Jim" in Logan's studio. Logan's
career was looking up, but even he couldn't breathe new life into The
More tried out, but we had to choose the ones that stood out as being particularly original and naturally talented. No offense to everyone else who tried out, but you guys sucked. You were funny to watch though, and we thank you for your time. Please don't kill us.
So this new assemblage of Sonoma County's best met collectively at Round Table Pizza for the first ever real professional Show meeting, complete with pizza and drinks. It was intimidating, but the group proved they could work (and eat) in a sort of crazy flow together, so hope was regained.
Meetings continued at our upstairs apartment, which unfortunately was located directly above the manager. He just loved our late night rehearsals, where screaming half naked men would leap around on the balcony at three in the morning. Somehow, slowly, with the help and patience of all involved (and a couple grand in equipment from Matlocks'loving mom,) the first episode was finally completed.
It aired on Public Access 72 six times between October 8th and 20th of 2002.
It is now for rent at any of the three Sonoma County Video Droid video stores, and is currently paying off our late fees at said store.
The Show is now reconnecting and hopes to have a brand new episode out within the next year. The script looks good, and what with all the learning we've been doing, it should be a good one.
Recently The Show has had some brushes with fame. Steve Martin, comedy God, was in the Aromas' parking lot filming his latest movie "Cheaper by the Dozen." We stayed up all night, and waited there for him to show. Matlock circled the set like a rabid dog, The Show Episode One VHS in hand, waiting for his chance. Finally, Steve was caught alone, and Matlock not only got his signature, he actually gave him the tape. Maybe Steve is watching it right now. We like to think so.
Our friend Jared also got a copy to Mr. Show star David Cross. Matlock almost wet himself when he heard that. The Show is out there...let's hope Hollywood is ready.
-Melissa Gordon, Head Editor,