Programming Alert: Be on the Look-out for a Fat Ryan Sighting

March 25, 2013

You guys remember when we talked about one of our favorite Vocal Point old timers (no, not Keith and Robert – just kidding, guys, y’all aren’t old… comparatively) a while back?  A man who referred to himself as “fat and sassy” and was thus instantaneously wedged into our blog hearts?  We’re talking, of course, of Ryan Innes.  Or, as we’ve come to call him, Fat Ryan (remember, he called himself “fat and sassy” first, so we’re assuming he’s cool with it.  We think it’s a good thing.  And Fat Ryan totally predates, and quite possibly out-awesomes Fat Amy, in case you were wondering.  We know, we know, it’s hard to imagine that’s possible, but we’re pretty sure it’s true.  He does have the advantage of being a real person and all).

Anyway, as we tend to do with people we think are awesome (like the Savage brothers… did you guys SEE that Will Friedle and William Daniels visited the set of  “Girl Meets World”?!?!?!  Oh, win win win win!), we’ve kept tabs on dear Ryan’s career.  Our facebook even liked his facebook to keep up.  And recently, we saw this little gem float our way:

That’s right, a VPer is making his way to NBC primetime again.  And since NBC renewed The Sing-off, they’re no longer on our bad list, so maybe we’ll watch.  (Ooh, now there’s an idea for a TV show.  Forget The Voice, how about The List, a show about the things Troi and Crusher are mad about, and the things we’re totally enjoying?  McButters, you’d be featured on… one of those lists ;) ).

So, we’re not sure if Fat Ryan’s audition will air tonight or on one of the later episodes, but we figured some of you would want the heads up to support a VP alum.  We’ll be tuning in, either as it airs or, you know, in a couple of months via Youtube.

Go Fat Ryan!  Bring the Sass!  Leave the khakis at home!  And pick a good team (yeah, we’re assuming there’s no way none of the chairs turn for him)!

-Troi and Crusher


Bobert and Mega-G (belatedly) Present: Bryce’s First Concert

March 24, 2013

So, do you guys remember when Bryce was just a fresh little VP noob, going through his own personal boot camp to learn the ways of the power stance and khakis?  Seems like forever ago, right?  Well, we’ve got a little flashback to that time for y’all today.  You see, our special correspondents, Bobert and Mega-G, were right there with a breaking news interview with B-Ryce the night of his very first Vocal Point concert (lest you forget, it was also the McDictator’s birthday).

So why is this coming to the TMtP nation six weeks after the fact?  Well, Bobert got busy becoming Mr. Katie (by which we mean, getting married), and then sometimes it’s hard to get videos from iPhones to Youtube.  But really, you can’t expect too much punctuality from us.  We started this blog a month-and-a-half after VP had already been kicked off the Sing-off (which, “Yay!” for the Sing-off going all Thriller-zombie on us and being resurrected back onto the NBC schedule).  Basically, we’ve never really been of-the-moment, ya know?  And that works for us.  So, let’s all enjoy this glimpse into Bad Decision’s first night as a performing member of VP.

Aww, isn’t he precious, like a gangly newborn colt?  One that’s perhaps experiencing its first flehmen response?

Nope?  Just us, then?  Okay.

Anyways, by now Bryce is practically old hat, but it’s pretty impressive how quickly he got up to speed.  We mean, just think how long it took Hunsaker to master the step-touches… and general human-like movement. (Goodness, we miss you, Jake!)

-Troi and Crusher


This post is about a lot of things, but mainly Ben-Jon’s safety

March 8, 2013

Wow, there’s been a lot going on in the world of Vocal Point and TMtP lately, so we’re going to do our best to try and get caught up on everything.  First of all, can you believe that one year ago today we were in Provo?  And we had no idea what was in store for us.  Crazy times.  We’re sad that we aren’t able to make it out there for this round of Covey shows, but life has been on the hectic side of busy for us.  And our schedules have been diametrically opposed.  Here’s an actual gchat conversation we had earlier this week that took place at early o’clock or late dark thirty, depending on which way you look at it.

Troi: … you’re not actually awake, are you?
Crusher: ::shame:: yes
Troi: ::theLOOK::
Crusher: eh, i was working
Troi: did you get it done?
Crusher: yeah. okay, i should… nap, or something
Troi: lol go sleep!
Crusher: lol, ok.  love ya!
Troi: love ya too!
Crusher: g’morning!
Troi: lol, goodbye.

Okay, so now to play a little catch-up.  VP had a concert in the de Jong Concert Hall last week and it sounds like everyone in the audience had a blast.  One reader, who we’ll call B’Elanna Torres, sent us her thoughts on the show.  According to her, Scoot absolutely rocks his solo on “Set Fire to the Rain” (which, don’t quote us, but we think he arranged that new addition to the repertoire as well).  B’Elanna also loved the new Frankie Valli medley.  And guess what?  Another super-helper, Sarnic (hey! we met her in Provo a year ago!), managed to get a video of at a square-singing this week.

Now, when we first heard that this medley was in the works, we had one question for our informant: “Is ‘Who Loves You’ included?”  Our informant’s memory wasn’t able to confirm at the time, and so every time the medley was brought up again, we repeated the question.  Why?  Because “Who Loves You” is an awesome song.  There’s a reason why it’s the closer in Jersey Boys.  So, we’re totally tickled pink blue and yellow that Prince Trevortastic is holding it down there at the end with “Who Loves You.”  And somewhere Ben Folds is swooning without knowing why, as he’s just able to sense that patented Kevin falsetto from thousands of miles away.

B’Elanna also let us know that the guys sang happy birthday to Mega-G and that Bad-Decision did “one heck of an amazing job!”  Another of the TMtP faithful, fromsandytoo, went to the concert with her friend, dillpickle (don’t ask us, that’s a self-assigned pseud!).  These two fabulous ladies showed up in shirts featuring one of the suggested designs from the swag poll we ran a while back.  Not enough people voted for it for us to add it to the Spreadshirt shop, so these two decided to make them on their own.

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And not only that, they managed to get a picture with the Staring One himself…

…which we took the liberty of TMtP-ifying for blog purposes.

Okay, moving along, Sarnic also sent us another video from Wednesday.  Here are the guys doing their encore number, the “Don’t Stop Fallin’ In Love Without You” mash-up.

And of course the most important thing to note is that Bryce is wearing red pants (if you thought we had missed them after the Frankie Valli medley video, you really should give us a lil’ bit more credit).  Bold choice, sir.  We’re pretty sure we like it.  Oh, and he sounds amazing too.  We’re really loving the smooth tone he adds to the group.

Next on the agenda: VP released a new single to iTunes!  We’re sure you’ve all seen this all over facebook, but if you need a link, here ya go: Good Times on iTunes.  We’d like to give a mega-gigantor-sized thank you to the VPer who sent us the link as soon as it was available.  We’re not sure where Key Chain ended up (is he still being held hostage by Tanner?) but we’re pretty sure that such displays of blog helpery earn you the right to hang with him for a week.

Alright, now it’s time for the serious stuff.  This is the time where we make a plea for one man’s physical well-being.  You guys may remember back during the November Covey concerts when the chosen “Call Me Maybe” girl chased dear Ben-Jon around the stage.  Which, you know, is one way to get a man.  Well, it seems the ladies of Provo keep raising the stakes in their never-ending quest to woo the man who was once turned down in favor of a Justin Bieber cut-out.  Not only did B’Elanna mention what happened during “Call Me Maybe” last weekend, we also had several people email us just to let us know about that one incident.  One reader, who we’ll call A.C., was even kind enough to point us in the direction of video evidence.  Here, see for yourself just what went down:

Oh boy, we’re not sure whether to high five her, bless her heart, or help Ben-Jon file a restraining order.  But what we are sure of is that we’re scared of what the next level might be, if the “Call Me Maybe” girls this weekend feel the need to try and top Tackler Girl (Tacklher?).   So, we thought that instead of sitting by idly and then finding out that poor Ben-Jon got handcuffed to someone or ended up in a body cast, we’d go ahead and provide some safe alternatives that you can choose from if you get selected as the “Call Me Maybe” girl.  How ’bout you:
  • Just start doing a human pinwheel around Ben-Jon and see if you can get the other guys to join in.

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  • Toss Bryce a container of cinnamon.
  • Channel Sara Bareilles and offer Scoot a juice box.
  • Play air trumpet with Kevin, or eat an air sammich in memory of Tyler.

  • Stand and salute the McDictator.
  • Do your best “Thriller” zombie impersonation.
  • Preemptively have slips of paper with your own number ready, and offer one to each guy as he hands you his.

  • Throw up the TMtP hand sign.  Wait… that means we need a TMtP hand sign.  Oh, how about just “T-M-t-P” in ASL?  That would actually look pretty sweet.
  • Pull a brightly-colored handkerchief out of your pocket and sashay around.

work it

  • Turn down Ben-Jon’s advances and instead pull out a photo of the Biebs.
  • Try to commandeer the pitch pipe (and thus ALL OF THE POWER) from Keith.

controlling kevin

Actually, you know what?  Scratch that last one.  The goal here is to avoid a bloodbath onstage.
And finally…
  • Splay your limbs.  Just splay them in any which way.  Perhaps while yelling, “Being a human is hard!  Because…

Yeah.

So, we hope that these options seem more appealing than the escalating violence against Ben-Jon.

And we hope everyone has fun at the Covey shows this weekend.  Tickets are still available for all three shows at coveycenter.org.  And please, do send us reports with all of the hilarious things that happen!  And we’ll love you forever if you manage to get some video (we know that at some of the November concerts there were announcements to not take video, but we’ve been McAssured that filming will be okay at these)!  And eat a German Chocolate Crunch cone in our honor!  (Or not, if GCC is actually nasty… we wouldn’t know from personal experience).

-Troi and Crusher


Our Biggest Happy Birthday Wish Ever!

March 2, 2013

And we mean that literally.  We may have just figured out that we can change the font size in these blog posts.  Which, (1) how sad is it that nearly fifteen months into the life of TMtP we are still learning such basic blogging concepts? and (2) heck, what great timing!  Because it is…

Mega-G’s Birthday!!!!!

YAY!!!!!!!!!!

Isn’t this all more exciting in an extra-large font!?!?

Anyway, we hope all his birthday dreams come true, by which we mean we hope he’s always dreamed of performing with VP in the de Jong Concert Hall at BYU, because that’s what he’s doing tonight (we’d love to hear reports of how the concert goes, if anyone wants to hook some bloggers up).

And we hope all of your birthday treats are appropriately-sized.adam birthday cake

And just for kicks we’re throwing in this cool video Adam did last year that wouldn’t fit in on TMtP any other day:

(posted on Youtube by Alex Boye)

So, have the biggest, bestest, birthday ever, Mega-G!

-Troi and Crusher


If you ever wanted to learn how to sing September…

February 25, 2013

…it certainly helps to be a middle school student in Wyoming. Check out this little gem of the boys leading a workshop last Friday!

(posted by YoungMusiciansInc)

There are so many delightful little moments to snack on here… we’re loving Choir Director Kevin, putting those long arms to good use for the sake of clear conducting, Trevor working the crowd, the high-low height pairing of Scoot and Mega-G sharing a mic (Robert and Bryce sharing a mic is pretty good, too), and Hype Man Beaker… beaking, or whatever that hopping-lasso thing is.

This is all that we’ve found so far from the Wyoming trip, but we’re still holding out hope that more video might surface.  Plus, we’re getting a little excited to see just what stops the boys will pull out (better be all of them! Warp speed ahead!) for the Covey shows coming up in March. You can get your tickets at here and the dates are March 8th at 7:30 and March 9th at 2 and 7:30.

-Troi and Crusher