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JP and PirateThis is J.P. here with a bit of history behind this group. The Pirate Comedy Show was, indeed, inspired. It was August 2003 and just a few weeks before the 12th Annual Iowa Renaissance Festival (and Harvest Faire). I had been recruited to work at the Iowa State Fair in the Tourism Building to help promote the upcoming festival (and harvest faire). I was in my normal (and very non-piratey) renaissance costume when I took a break and walked through the fair and heard visitors making comments such as . . .

  • "Hello Captain!"
  • "Pirates say Arrrr!"
  • "Pirates like beer!" (I, uh, heard this one while getting a beverage...)

Why did everyone think I was a pirate? In the past six years of wearing basically the same style or garb, no one had ever mistaken me for a scroungy old pirate. Something must be afoot. But what?

A few days later I was back at the State Fair doing festival promotions again and I heard more pirate comments. Could that Disney movie really have made such an impact on average everyday non-ren touristy types? Apparently it had... And with this realization came the goal to capitalize on it.

Here is a brief timeline of how the act came to be.

Brief Timeline Of How The Act Came To Be:

  • August 7 - J.P. (and ATF Pub member Queen Cate) works at the state fair Tourism Building in garb to promote the Iowa Renaissance Festival. During a walk to get food, J.P. gets called a pirate. Repeatedly. Queen Cate finds a real pirate on the midway and takes a comparison picture. (See above, right.)
  • August 9 - J.P. works at the state fair again in garb and gets called a pirate again.
  • August ? - To aide his bad memory, AtTheFaire (ATF) Pub member, Raien, e-mails J.P. a complete rundown of the sequence of events in the Pirates movie.
  • August ? - ATF Pub member, zski, contributes some details about Legolas from Lord of the Rings. Since she also runs Wench Wear Costumes, she gives advice on how to convert him to a pirate: "Lost the hat - tie a scarf around your head. Get a big gold earring. Don't wear the vest - just the shirt and pants." Easy enough...
  • August ? - ATF Pub member, Queen Cate, contributes an idea on how a tip pass might work (yay Cate!). Now the show has an ending, but little else.
  • August ? - Iowa Renaissance Festival is contacted to see if they want a comedy pirate show. (Why wait until the last minute when there are still so many valuable seconds left?) They say yes.
  • August 23-24 - Cordelia and J.P. get together in Des Moines and write the show.
  • August 28 - piratecomedyshow.com registered. Pirate flag/sign hastily made.
  • August 29 - Business cards and buttons are made. Website goes "live" with one of those tacky coming soon page.
  • August 30 - Pirate Comedy Show debuts at the Iowa Renaissance Festival, 2 shows per day over three days.
  • August 31 - J.P. buys a new pirate hat thing from Fantasy Fynery while at the festival. Everyone agrees it looks really spiffy.
  • September 5 - J.P, Cordelia, and Bill (formerly Marco the Magnificent) get together in Iowa City to revise the script and work on new props.
  • ...another rehearsal in Iowa City...
  • September 27-28 - Nebraska Ren Faire, four shows on Saturday and three on Sunday.
  • October 5 - J.P. attends the 2nd Annual Nishna River Renaissance Faire in Avoca, Iowa and does a non-scheduled impromptu street performance in front of the great folks at Amos Fabulous Foods. Cordelia was unavailable, so Captain S.M. Tymburs (aka Captain Condiments) stands in as the pirate wench.
  • 2004 arrives, and the Pirate Comedy Show wonders what resolution it should break first...
  • January 2nd - the Pirate Comedy Show goes off its diet.
  • January 26, 2005 - we do our first birthday party gig.

More detail will be filled in as soon as I get the dates. (I always have trouble getting dates.)

Cordelia incognito, working on the show.
Auguest 2003: Cordelia works on show ideas...

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