The Captain's Quarters
Greetings, land lubbers! This is Captain J.P. Boyd (legendary
pirate) with the latest Pirate Comedy Show news. To those just
joining us, welcome to our quarterly update! To the rest of you,
thanks alot for making me lick 221 stamps! (Blech...)
Much has happened since this act was formed last Fall and none
of it would have been possible without your support (especially
those who tipped heavily!). We have several new shows planned as
well as an updated version of our original Blackened Pearl story.
Be sure to come see us again (and bring friends). - J.P.
2004 Schedule, First Look
A few weeks ago we sent out flyers to various Midwest events.
We now have our first confirmed bookings for this season:
May 15-16: Private Event (Chicago, IL)
May 29-31: Des Moines Renaissance Festival
June 5-6: Siouxland Renaissance Festival (SD)
July 10-11: Upper Great Lakes Ren Faire (MI)
Sep 4-6: Iowa Renaissance Festival
Sep 19: International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Sep 25-26: Nebraska Renaissance Faire
Since our next newsletter won't be out until Summer, check our
website for the latest schedule or call the Midwest Ren Hotline
at (515) 331-8211 (also good for Midwest festival info and news).
Letters in a Bottle
I saw your show at Amana and then saw the pics you posted
from another show. Where was Cordelia Sextant?
Cordelia (Alicia, Iowa City) and I created the show just for
the Iowa Ren Fest. When we were asked to do Nebraska, our schedules
were open so we accepted. When several other smaller gigs came
up that Alicia was not able to attend, Molly Mayrose (Lynne, Des
Moines) was recruited. (Molly was with the visiting royalty you
may have seen at Amana, and also helped stage manage our shows
in Nebraska.) The third pirate wench is Cap'n S.M. Tymburs (Larisa,
Omaha) who helped out at Nishna. To confuse things further, there
is another Captain Boyd in training in case we get hired by multiple
events on the same weekend. Stay tuned!
[photo] Cordelia (holding “Woody”)
and JP - Neb. Ren Faire
What happened to [your former group] the Washer Wenches?
After three seasons together, the Washer Well Wenches took some
time off. Keirra is raising a new baby, and Sheila and Willa spent
last year working for a food merchant. I had great fun writing
and performing with them in 2002 so hopefully we can reunite when
our schedules allow. (The wWw website is: www.wenchville.com)
Pirate Joke of the Day
Q: What is a pirate's favorite fast food restaurant?
(But we like Long John Silvers - they give us hats!)
After going through several hundred pirate themed buttons last
year, we decided to be even more shameless with merchandising this
season. Our new comedy CD is in the works and we hope to have T-shirts
ready by our first event. Please let us know what pirate items
you would spend money on and we'll see what we can do...!
For the record ... it's Arrr, not Arrrgh. The sound of Arrrgh
is only used by pirates when they are holding another pirate's
sword ... the wrong way. (Besides, all the jokes about the pirate
alphabet and the pirate's favorite letter would not make sense
if it wasn't just an 'R' sound. So there.)
About the Pirate Comedy Show Players
Our cast members have performed at: A Ren Affaire, Bristol, Geneseo
Shakespearean Fest, Iowa Ren Fest, Jubilee Olde English Faire,
Kansas City Ren Fest, King Richard's Faire, LaCrosse Ren Faire,
Minnesota Ren Fest, Nebraska Ren Faire, Nishna River Ren Faire,
Olde World Faire, Ren Faire of the Midlands, Saint Giles Faire,
Salisbury Faire, Upper Great Lakes Ren Faire, Waterloo Ren Faire,
Wybreg Village, and various private/corp. events.
J.P. Boyd .............................. Allen H, Des Moines
Show creator. Co-writer of original show. Formerly rose rogue with
the Washer Well Wenches.
Cordelia Sextant .................. Alicia A, Iowa City
Original wench. Co-writer of original show. Formerly with Shattock
Schoole of Defence. Prop maker.
Molly Mayrose ..................... Lynne M, Des Moines
Founder, Have Court Will Travel royalty and Glastonbury Revelers
(they sang at the White House!)
S.M. Tymburs ...................... Larisa H, Omaha
Stand-in wench. Theater major. Pirate babe.
Comments from the (Peanut) Galley
After we appeared at the inaugural Nebraska Renaissance Faire
last September, a few comments were sent in to the organizer, including
one really nice one that specifically mentioned our show. As listed
on the front of their website, Katy from Nebraska wrote:
"Just wanted to say how much my family and I enjoyed
the Nebraska Renaissance Faire and Medieval Pageant. My husband
and I took our 3- and 5-year old sons, and my sister and her
husband attended with their three kids (10, 12, & 14). We
all had a great time. ... We were pleased to see food choices
that appealed to all ages. We particularly enjoyed the Pirate
Comedy Show and the New Riders of the Golden Age - the two young
men who were "working the crowd" were fabulous! They
greeted us as we arrived to watch and went out of their way to
make my shy 3 year old smile and laugh."
We were very pleased to be mentioned by name along with the joust.
When performing with the Washer Well Wenches, we received a similar
endorsement from Siouxland Ren Association:
"The humor of this act is not to be missed, and indeed
the Washer Well Wenches gathered the largest audiences to their
shows at the SLRF [Siouxland Renaissance Festival], topped only
by the Joust. We look forward to having them back, year after
year." - Melissa Sutton, Siouxland Renaissance Association
See a pattern? Yes, this is shameless self promotion, but we
wanted to point out a trend in our style of show: Family friendly
for the kids (unless otherwise requested) with just a hint of innuendo
to keep the adults laughing too. Combining this with the current
popularity of funny pirates has been greatly successful. So, while
this fad lasts, we'll keep shamelessly self promoting ourselves...
Robot Pirate Quote of the Day
"We wants the red head! We wants the red head!" - animatronic
pirates in the Wench Auction scene at Disneyland's Pirates of the
Caribbean attraction. Mmmm. Pirates like red heads!