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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can you have an FAQ? Nobody even knew you guys existed until ten minutes ago. How many questions can people have possibly asked about you, let alone asked frequently?
A: Well first of all, I can’t say I care much for the tenor of your inquiry. And second of all, yes, you are correct in the facts of your question, but we decided that the FAQ page was a familiar, accessible forum in which to provide basic information about us to anyone who might be interested. In other words, we were just trying to make things nicer and easier for you.
Q: Okay, fine. But what is Stereo Radio Theater, and why should I care?
A: Again, not really sure I see the need for that “tone,” but since you asked. Stereo Radio Theater is a “post-alternative” sketch comedy duo comprised of Maureen FitzGerald, a playwright of some repute, and Andrew Shulman, the noted Shakespearean actor. Andy and I met at FringeNYC in 2004, when he was cast in my hit play Moonchild. At that time, we formed a bond so deep and so unseverable that a mere seven years later, when I was trying to think of someone to do this sketch thing with me, he was one of the first three people I considered asking. A series of emails ensued, in which, after finally being reminded of who I was, he leapt at the opportunity to think about it and get back to me. The rest, as they say, is history.
Q: And that’s another thing. What’s all this “post-alternative” bunkum? That’s just something you made up, isn’t it? Some pretentious, pseudo-intellectual crap to make me feel inferior and small, isn’t it? ISN’T IT?!?
A: Okay, seriously, what is with all the hostility? Were you not hugged enough as a child? I’ll hug you, if you want. I’m a very warm and caring person. Andy, not so much. He’s more reserved. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a sweet guy, but a little “emotionally unavailable,” you know the type. Me, I’m a giver. It’s my greatest weakness, really. Come on, why don’t you hop up here on my lap, and lean your little head against my shoulder, while I tell you all about a wonderful time called the early 1980s, when the whole “alternative sketch comedy” thing really started to mushroom. And that was a wonderful thing! And it was still wonderful, all through the nineties, when it proliferated and spread further afield. And straight through into the new millennium, by which time “alternative comedy” had just become a kind of synonym for “comedy,” at least in my opinion. Because the thing is, once everyone is doing it, you’re really not the alternative to anything anymore. You become the mainstream. And in comedy, sometimes when you’ve gone as far as you can in one direction, you have to double back and go the other way. So that’s what we did. Instead of going edgier, and more abstract and “in your face,” we’ve integrated theatrical elements of character and storytelling into our material, given it a bit of a polish, a note of sophistication. Sort of a nod to the early days of sketch comedy; a touch of mid-century wit and sparkle.
Q: So basically, it’s just a clever way of saying “dated” and “throwback”?
A: There’s that tone again.
Q: And another thing: no stereo, no radio and precious little theater from what I can deduce. What’s your game, sister? What kind of a flimflam are you running around here?
A: I think the more compelling question is: why are you so angry and defensive? So many people want to love you! Don’t you think it may be time to let down your guard, just this once, and let them in, instead of keeping everyone at arm’s length with your cynicism and suspicion? What are you so afraid of?
Q: I … I … My God, you’re right! It’s true, I do do that! All of my exes were right! It’s like you can see through the wall I’ve spent my entire life building, straight through it and into my soul. You … you get me. You really get me!
A: If you could, though, just try and express your breakthrough in the form of a question. For consistency’s sake, you understand.
Q: You really get me, don’t you!?
A: Yes. Yes we do.
Q: When can I see you again? I’d travel any distance, pay any price for the chance to be near you again, to know more about you. Um — Okay?
A: Well, luckily for you, we’ll be appearing in this year’s Fringe, at the Cherry Lane Studio Theater from August 13th through the 28th. And if that wasn’t good enough, the tickets are only $15!
Q: Oh, thank you. Thank you for the laughter. And thank you for just being you. Would it … be okay if I just sat here with you for a little longer, with my head against your shoulder like this?
A: Of course. Shh. There, there. There, there.