On Saturday night, I was selected to perform a showcase at the NACA MidAmerica Regional Conference in Peoria, IL!

At the conference, they leave one of the final spots in the showcase open for what is called an “on-site showcase selection” which means that students vote for who they’d like to see in that spot. More than 300 students voted, and they selected me! It was a GREAT honor to get the vote and I really appreciate the support of everyone.

I performed three excerpts from my hour show, including “Seeing Into the Future,” “The Money Trick,” and “Stars.” I really enjoyed it, but the 15 minute showcase went by in the blink of an eye!

Thanks again for voting for me!!! I should have some video of the showcase highlights up soon, so check back next week for that!

Next weekend, I’ll be showcasing at the NACA Northeast Regional Conference in Hartford, CT!

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Shows at ECU, LSC and IUP.  All three shows were nice theaters, so it was nice to be out of the multi-purpose rooms for a week!

Flew into North Carolina and drove out to Greenville to visit the campus of East Carolina University.  East Carolina’s mascot is the Pirate. And when I asked the audience what the school mascot was, they all answered in unison: “The Pirates! Arrrgghhh!” It was as if they had rehearsed it – VERY funny.

The show went well with an excellent turnout. ECU does a cool thing where they make a slideshow of all of their upcoming campus events and play it before the show. i tried to take a photo from the wings before the show.


After the show in Greenville, I flew to Manchester, NH and drove to Lyndonville, Vermont.

Here are some photos taken while driving. Not safe to do, but I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the fall leaves and had to take them.


Lyndon State College was another really fun show. Another nice theater and great people! I was realy impressed with their broadcast production studio behind the theater. They do live local news broadcasts from there! After the show, I was invited to a big party that ALL the students were going to. One student even myspaced me the directions to the party! But I had to fly out of Manchester EARLY the next morning and it was a 4:30am wake up call, so the smarter MK prevailed and I went back to the hotel after the show.

I flew into Philly and drove to Lancaster, PA for the NACA MidAmerica conference. Stayed there for a day and hung out – then drove to Indiana, PA for a show at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

When I got there, I learned that I was one of the first acts to perform in the theater in over 2 years because it was under renovation. The theater was absolutely beautiful and the tech crew was awesome. Top notch. The other acts schedule to appear there this year were Creedence Clearwater Revival and Ron White – that’s some pretty good company! The show had 400 or 500 in attendance and was a LOT of fun. Sold some posters and keychains and drove home.

One thing that’s tough about doing three or four shows in a week is when I go to think back about them, I get the details confused. That’s one of the reasons I started writing here. When I get to a school, I usually only really get to see the theater or room I’m performing in. Every show is different because the audiences are all different, but usually the easiest way to remember about a school is to remember the great people who brought me in and put the event on. So thanks this week to Jacob Tidwell, Laura McNaughton, Stephanie Tyler, Dave Surtasky and Rick Kutz for making the shows more memorable and being so welcoming.

peace, love and good people,

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Hey Everyone! I got a call from Laura last night that I was selected to showcase at the NACA (National Association for Campus Activities) National Convention Feb. 14-18 in Nashville! I’m SUPER Excited!

I was selected to be a roving artist which means I get to perform for an entire day of the convention.  This is a pretty big deal to me, so I’m really pumped!

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I’ve had a few days off and some fun times and now it’s back to the grind! This week, I:

Fly to Raleigh, NC,
Drive to Greenville for a show at East Carolina University,
Fly to Manchester, NH,
Drive to Lyndonville, VT for a show at Lyndon State College,
Fly to Philadelphia, PA,
Drive to Lancaster, PA for NACA and to hang out with the Big Name Entertainment dudes,
Drive to Indiana, PA for a show at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), and finally —
Drive home.

It will be a busy week! Still beats sitting behind a desk.

I had a funny experience at the airport leaving Columbus on the last trip. One of the props for my show that I carry on the plane with me is the “box inside a box inside a box etc.” I’ve been told by TSA that it looks exactly like what it is when it goes through the scanner. In fact, they’ll usually ask me “Is this just a box inside a box inside a box?” Sometimes I feel like putting a little mint or candy or something inside the smallest box for when they want to open them all. Leaving Columbus on Thursday, the TSA screener said to me “Geesh, how much do you TRAVEL? I see this thing ALL THE TIME.” haha Also, one of the blue parking lot shuttle drivers knows me by name now.

Last week I performed in Texas at UTPA (University of Texas Pan American). Usually branch campuses are small and I don’t expect much in the way of audience size or facilities. But WOW, was I wrong about that at UTPA. This school is huge, like 30k enrolled!

When I flew into Harlingen, TX, the rental car company gave me the biggest truck on their lot (I usually always just get the economy, but they were out). I’m not really good with trucks. In fact, the last time I drove a truck, I knocked over a brick wall in an accident referred to by friends as “The Kool-Aid Man Incident.”

When I got to Edinburg and arrived on UTPA’s campus, they had flyered th show pretty well. Here’s one of the posters:


The show went really well. My friend Norman Ng had performed there a couple weeks prior and had performed a snowstorm routine, as evidenced by a couple flakes around the stage. This actually made me kind of happy because my performance is so different than Norman’s and the students got to see a completely different form of entertainment. Also, because I close my show with a spoof on the snowstorm routine! hehe



After the show, there were lots of cool people that came up to say hi and I was flattered by all the pictures, autographs and friend adds. Thanks.


More photos from the UTPA show here.

Flying home, I took a picture of the gulf coast that was really amazing looking:


This week is going to be a tough-one travel wise, as noted above, so I really appreciate everyone’s support and love. Write me a note to read while sitting in an airport, backstage before a show, or in the hotel. I usually respond to just about everything. I can’t wait to visit North Carolina, see the fall leaves on the drive from NH to VT, hang with Jon and Evan in Lancaster, and finally see the famous campus of IUP that everyone seems to know about.

Finally, make sure you’re registered to vote and get out and VOTE! It’s the youth vote that is so important in this election. The majority of my readers are college age and you’re the ones that can be the ones to determine the future of this country. And while I’m on my election soap box, please educate yourself on the issues.

I have a ton to do before the next trip, so I will leave you all here!

peace, love and fall weather,

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Everybody's Heard….

Oct 8, 2008


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Last week I did two things: Performed at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA and attended NACA South in Chattanooga, TN. Well, I did more than just those two things, but those are really the only two that have anything to do with anything related to this blournal.

NACA South was great. I didn’t get to attend the entire conference, but I met some cool folks and went to the Tennessee Aquarium. Here are some photos:

My pictures aren’t all that great – they’re just from my phone. But Evan Young, one half of the Show off Show, took a ton of great photos. I’m sure some of them will show up on Evan’s Flickr Account.

Mercyhurst College was a school in Erie, PA. I had never been to Erie – just driven by it on I-90. Erie was a cool little city. The students took me to an Irish pub before the show. I wish I could have stayed in Erie so I could hit up the pub after the show.

The show itself was a lot of fun Friday night. Notice from the photos below, they made the stage pretty by putting fake plants around it. Awesome. I met a lot of the Mercyhurst students after the show, so that was cool.


More photos from Mercyhurst here.

Have you been to YearbookYourself yet? It’s pretty funny. Here are some of my results.


Then I wondered what it would look like if I used my dog, Keela.

Here are the results:


The next show is a full day of close up magic for a local heavy-hitter corporate giant, then a show Thursday at the University of Texas – Pan Am. On Saturday, I’ll be going to the Buckeye Football game! Go Bucks!

peace, love and homeroom,

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I decided to reveal some of my secrets in a video:


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I know – “What? Turd Rainbow?”  Hold on.  I’ll get there.

It’s time for FAMILY WEEKENDS in colleges.  The last three shows were all performances for family weekends.  Last week I returned to Shepherd University to perform for their Family Weekend.  It was an 11 o’clock show for their program, “Late Night in the Zone.”  We had a pretty full crowd and it was a really fun show.  Shepherd University is in Shepherdstown, WV which is a really eclectic little town near Baltimore/DC.  Driving in from BWI Airport you pass Harper’s Ferry and cross the Potomac which is absolutely beautiful.


After the show, I stopped by Harper’s Ferry on my way back to Baltimore.  I’ve driven by it before and I wanted to check it out.  It’s a little town with a rich civil war history that’s been designated a national park, but still kind of operates as a town too.  They’ve kept the town virtually the same way as it existed back then.  Lots of notable things happened there (due to it’s placement and importance, it changed hands a handful of times during the war between the North and South).  There was a large arsenal there and it was the site of John Brown’s raid.  Here are some photos I took of the town:








This was one of those places that I would have probably never been to had I not had a show nearby.  I rank it among Gettysburg and Niagara Falls in that respect.  Those are two other places I may have never visited had I not had a show nearby, but am very glad I did.

This week I traveled back to New Hampshire for a double header: Keene State College at 2pm on Saturday and Franklin Pierce University at 8pm on Saturday.  I flew in Friday night and after a 4 hour delay due to wind and fog in Philadelphia, I finally got to Keene around 3am Saturday morning.

The show at Keene was great, but before we go there, you’re probably still wondering about the title of this post.

I woke up Saturday and got in my powder blue Mercury rent-a-car and there was poo on the windshield.  Not kidding.  Not bird poo.  Not even like small animal droppings.  Poo.  We’re talking full on brown log here.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see the stinky log resting on my windshield just above the wiper blade.  Also unfortunately, there was water on my windshield and I had to use the wiper blade.  The result was a brown smear in an arc across the windshield.  That’s right…a Turd Rainbow.


Absolutely disgusting.  I really am perplxed as to how a poo got on my car.  Did someone put it there?  There was a car wash across the road, do they sneak out at night and put poo on cars to drum up extra business?  Then I started thinking about some alternate theories:


The thought of a dog squatting on the upper hood of a car is hilarious to me.  What kind of dog would do that?  It’s absurd – but I suppose there are stranger theories:

I shared this story with my audience at Keene.  They enjoyed it.  Probably not as much as I did.  The show was a ticketed event and sold out!  They even made more room and sold a few extra tickets right before the show! The students were great and very nice.  They decorated my green room:


I left wondering if the students would talk about me after the show.  “He was funny, but he talked about poo a lot.”

While I enjoyed the novelty of poo on my windshield, I didn’t want to get NEAR it.  It was staying right where it was.  I don’t touch poo.  – kind of a personal rule, I guess.  So I left the log resting comfortably on the bottom of the windshield and decided to get lunch.  I guess I underestimated the smell of a Turd Rainbow.  When I went through the drive through at Wendy’s, I had forgotten about the brown smear on my window and I kept smelling the most awful smell.  “This Wendy’s smells like CRAP!” I kept thinking.  I considered telling the lady at the window that they need to clean up outside or something, because the place really did smell awful.  It wasn’t until I was halfway to Franklin Pierce University that I realized what I was smelling was the Turd Rainbow.  Taste the Rainbow.

Franklin Pierce University was beautiful.  It’s in the part of New Hampshire that always reminds me of the movie “What About Bob” with Bill Murray.


I’m happy I snapped this photo out of the car window while driving in.  The colors on the leaves were amazing and the anchored sailboat just added to the scene.  The university is placed right on this large pond nestled in the mountains of New Hampshire.

Franklin Pierce had another large crowd – more than 150 – and they had to add chairs.  I love to hear them tell me that.  So flattering.  I look forward to coming back sometime.

I sold my first few posters at these shows, which was cool.  If you can’t get to a show, you can buy them here.

That’s all I have for now.  I’m stuck at an airport for about 3 more hours before I can get home.  So if you are a facebook or myspace friend, write me a note or something to help pass the time!

peace, love and (you guessed it) Turd Rainbows™,

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The new posters are up on the store and available now!  Hang them up in your dorm room! Click the poster!

Michael Kent Poster

Also – buttons and stickers are for sale in the green rubber chicken design!

Michael Kent Buttons

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If you get the opportunity to watch some videos of Kevin Smith’s live presentation, he is an absolutely amazing storyteller. Here’s one of my favorites:

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Part Four:

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