A colorful but dark sketch comedy project produced by Bold.Sexy.Red. Productions from Meggan Anderson, who also writes, directs and stars in the project. COMING SOON!
Comedy by definition is any discourse intended to amuse. Sketch comedy in particular is a comedic exploration of a concept, character or a situation. With derivity from the ancient times of Greece to the vaudeville actors of the early 20th century America, these vignettes help all of us, both the creators and the audience temporarily escape from our own realities so that we can mentally and emotionally cross over the bounds of what is deemed acceptable and possible. Simply, it’s a thrill for me to fuck around with your minds!
Hypomanic Euphoria was birthed from life’s experiences in particular from the past few years of my life. Both the happiest moments and the saddest moments of my life have occurred in this time frame. They say that most comedy derives from real life experiences and Hypomanic Euphoria is no exception. I am human. As such, I possess many different kinds of emotions, from the joys of life (“Feed My Fetish”), Anger and frustration (“Late Night Confessions”), to sex (“Love Song For My Burrito”); comedy’s reputation of being brutally honest is not only refreshing but enlightening!
Many say that comedians use comedy in order to heal or to hide something dramatic. I say that comedy is not only medicine but more complicated than drama. It’s easy to be serious, much harder to let your guard down by choice in order to enter into that familiar, comforting weird realm of creative craziness. Comedy is a beautiful dance of colors between what is possible and what you thought was impossible. It fades the lines between reality and your dreams.
My hope with Hypomanic Euphoria is not only to entertain you for half an hour out of your life, but to show you, the audience through comedy that your mind, your evolutionary house of your own creativity, can indisputably erase the boundaries between reality and your own visionary thoughts.
Nineteen PETA Activists were arrested during the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on New Year’s Day. They were detained and handcuffed by police when attempting to block and sit in front of a SeaWorld-sponsored float in the parade. They wore shirts and held signs that said “SeaWorld hurts Orcas” and “Boycott SeaWorld.” SeaWorld’s float, oddly was the only float in the Rose Parade to have Police and security escorts. The float entry received mixed reactions.
Since the debut of Blackfish, a documentary about Tilikum, a captive Orca who lives at SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld has felt the hit by people realizing how the lights and the glamour are covering up something more dark. “More and more people are becoming aware of the awful prison that is SeaWorld,” says Meggan Anderson, one of the arrested protesters. “SeaWorld destroys families and has a horrible track history of care for their animals and trainers both. Captivity is NO way for anyone to learn more about these beautiful animals.”
The ‘SeaWorld 19′ spent five hours in jail. Their later court date in Pasadena was met with a large demonstration of animal rights activists in support of the ‘SeaWorld 19′ on suspicion of “interfering with a special event,” a misdemeanor violation that’s local to the city of Pasadena.
“We were in good spirits during the process,” says Anderson. “Our photo taken in the cop van is now infamous on social media!”
Anderson says that marine parks like SeaWorld directly pay for the dolphin hunt in Taji, Japan, that was made well-known by the Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove. “Fisherman in Taji, Japan make very little income on dolphins that they slaughter for meat. But during the same hunting drive, marine animal trainers from all over the world literally pick the dolphins from the bunch that they think will be the best ‘performing animals.’ They turn around and pay the fisherman 10-20 times what the dolphin would have been sold for as meat instead. Marine parks are the DIRECT reason that dolphins are being slaughtered in Japan. By purchasing a ticket for SeaWorld, you are literally paying for a dolphin slaughter a half a World away that you don’t even realize they you’re paying for.”
Meggan was cast to be a New MySpace Featured Artist. During her interview, which will be aired on Justin Timberlake’s new business-creative venture, Meggan discusses her theory about comedy, what synesthesia is all about and what it’s like to wear nothing but heels and a killer smile in public. Her interview will be a part of MySpace’s new, emerging artists to watch. In the meantime, you can connect with her on her New MySpace page, myspace.com/meggananderson
Meggan is featured in two comedy sketches produced by Kill 9 Studios as a part of YouTube’s Geek Week! “Shooting in the new YouTube Space was such an amazing experience! It’s a filmmakers Chuck-E-Cheese! Swinging from jungle vines, twerking at Meltdown Comics…what more could a girl ask for?” Thank you to The Nerdist for highlighting the sketches!
You can watch both sketches and their behind-the-scenes counterparts below!
‘Lady Meggan’ played chess at Liz Goldwyn’s The Painted Lady debut! Held at the historic Hearst Suite of the Los Altos Apartments in Los Angeles, attendees walked through a transformed world of a 19th-century brothel, with the Victorian “Ladies of the House” in their after hour moments. Meggan performed in the room of domination, dressed in Victorian whips, scented perfume, candles and even a piano man obeying her every demand. The art installation concluded with a debut screening of Liz Goldwyn’s latest short film, The Painted Lady starring Jena Malone. The event was presented by MAC Cosmetics.
Meggan participated in the 3rd National Animal Rights Day (NARD) in Santa Monica. US-NARD was established in 2011 by the Our Planet. Theirs Too Foundation in New York City. It has become an annual tradition in the United States and has events all over the world including Spain and Israel. On this day activists give a voice to, the billions of animals who die by human hands in this country every year.
The opening ceremony featured a silent requiem with activists holding deceased animals. Meggan held a chicken who was a victim of factory farming. “Holding a battery hen who must have been kicking for her life, still had awful sores on her feet from the wire floor she was forced to stand on her whole, short life…she would have loved to feel the sand beneath our feet. She made me think of my little Scooby and how I have no reason to make another living being my breakfast, lunch or dinner, when I have SO MANY other alternatives available” says Anderson.
After the opening ceremony, activists, beach-goers, tourists and enjoyed free vegan food, music, yoga and a fashion show featuring vegan fashion. Meggan walked the runway wearing the fashions of Marina DeBris from her ‘Washed Up’ collection where DeBris uses “pollution reborn as art” from trash she has collected from beaches from around the world. Meggan also modeled fashions from Flying Colors and Kentaro Jewlery.
At a special reception at South Florida’s gourmet vegan restaurant Sublime, PETA recognized Meggan Anderson for fearlessly doing whatever it takes—including stripping down in the middle of a Russian winter—to draw attention to animal rights. Anderson received PETA’s Nanci Alexander Award, given in honor of Sublime owner and Animal Rights Foundation of Florida founder Nanci Alexander.
Anderson’s award was presented by supermodel and Dancing With the Stars alumna Joanna Krupa. Other guests in attendance included pro surfer Karina Petroni, Telemundo’s Natalia Villaveces, and El Talismán‘s Pablo Azar. Photos from the event are available here.
“If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Meggan Anderson—whose volunteer efforts have appeared in photographs in newspapers around the world—has spoken volumes in behalf of animals,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “PETA is proud to recognize this brave young woman for doing whatever it takes to bring animal rights issues into the spotlight.”
Anderson’s participation in PETA demonstrations—from dressing as a bikini-clad “Lettuce Lady” to promote vegan meals to crashing the stage at a fur showcase at Bloomingdale’s—has landed her photographs on E! and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, among many other media outlets. And when Anderson stripped down for a “Bare Skin, Don’t Wear Skin” anti-fur protest in Moscow, she was arrested—and she ended up on the front page of The Moscow Times. Anderson has also volunteered to speak out against abusing exotic animals in the circus, KFC’s cruel chicken-slaughter methods, and many other issues.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
Tarboro Native Arrested In Moscow Protesting For Animals
TARBORO — Tarboro native Meggan Anderson and an associate were arrested by Moscow district police officers in October when they attempted to “strip down to bikinis on a cold October day in central Moscow to drive home PETA’s message” according to the Moscow Times, an English language newspaper published in Moscow, Russia.
The women were detained temporarily at the local precinct where they were denied access to their Russian translators, then transferred to a nearby court. Their release was granted when a judge failed to appear to hear the case.
Upon her release, Meggan’s European tour continued in Tallinn, Estonia, and Helsinki, Finland, after which she returned to the U.S.
So, how did a small-town North Carolina girl end up in the ‘pokey’ in Russia?
Anderson, a 2002 graduate of Tarboro High School lived in Tarboro from the age of 2 until she graduated. Upon early graduation from Tarboro High, she moved to California to attend college in San Diego at California State University San Marcos. Throughout this time, Meggan was actively involved in volunteer efforts for one cause or another, particularly PETA.
“I have been volunteering for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for over eight years now and we do tours nationwide and in this case internationally,” Anderson said. “We go out and do outreach to people for various animal issues. The focus of this tour was ‘fur’.”
Anderson’s volunteer work got an early start in 1999 when she volunteered for The Salvation Army during the flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. Four years later, Anderson stumbled across PETA’s video “Meet Your Meat,” which provides a no-holds-barred look into the meat industry. Anderson, a true Tar Heel who grew up eating pork with almost every meal, went vegetarian on the spot.
“For me, becoming a vegan was the biggest thing I could do for animals. On average, one vegetarian saves around 90 lives of animals each year, by simply not eating them” says Anderson. “It’s ethical, environmental, political, and healthier.”
According to Adam Miller, Media Coordinator for PETA, Anderson has been one of PETA’s most active volunteers since 2004.
“Anderson’s passion for speaking up for animals has led her to participate in some of PETA’s most captivating campaigns and demonstrations,” Miller said. ”She has dressed as a bikini-clad “Lettuce Lady” to promote a vegan diet, stripped down to prove that she’d “rather go naked than wear fur,” crashed the stage at a fur showcase at Bloomingdale’s, and appeared as a shackled and beaten “elephant” to protest the arrival of the Ringling Bros. circus in Dallas. Anderson’s activism has landed her on local and national television broadcasts multiple times, including alongside another PETA-supporting Anderson—Pamela Anderson, that is—on whose show for the E! Network Meggan has appeared.”
The protest that landed her in hot water in Russia was called the “Bare Skin, Don’t Wear Skin” anti-fur protest in Moscow. The police made their arrest as Anderson and her associate began to undress in the frigid temperatures.
In 2008 she received from George W. Bush the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work with PETA.
Anderson, a trained classical flutist, is also a highly successful model and actress in Los Angeles where she now lives.
The 5’10” striking redhead landed a runway show both with The Gap and Express. She also modeled for companies such as Von Zipper, American Apparel and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
As far as her acting career goes, she says, “I do mostly television and independent films.”
Meggan’s acting credits include numerous films and television shows such as Fashion House and Zeke and Luther. As a student of The Groundlings with a knack for comedy, Anderson also has made appearances on comedy shows such as MAD TV, Chuck, and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! She also has made an appearance on the web series The Rascal on Sony’s comedy site Crackle.com. Currently she has been filming comedy sketches for FunnyOrDie.com and co-hosts LIVING LA, a weekly podcast for Geekweek.com with over 30k viewers weekly. Anderson has starred in numerous Independent films such as Starked Out, Red Menace and Louie Laragon and the Mysterious Magical Box. She also has been a bikini model on Deal or No Deal.
As far her passion for the work she does for PETA?
“It is a good group to volunteer for. I have always loved causes, but this is the only one I have been arrested for” she said.
MOSCOW – You can strip for the president in Moscow, but not for animal rights.
Two American protesters with PETA learned that much firsthand on Wednesday, when they were detained at the World Trade Center on Krasnopresnenskaya Naberezhnaya before they could even remove their white fuzzy earmuffs.
Tracy Patton and Meggan Anderson intended to strip down to bikinis on a cold October day in central Moscow to drive home PETA’s message, “Leave animal skin to animals.”
The place was well chosen, given that four out of five Russians wear fur during the winter months, according to RB Media Group figures. But Patton and Anderson failed to take into account that the city is also full of police who do not look kindly upon unauthorized public events of any kind.
Patton and Anderson were nabbed by officers as they were unzipping their jackets and promptly whisked away in a police car in front of a dozen cameras.
“The two women were detained for an unsanctioned demonstration,” a district police spokeswoman told The Moscow Times.
PETA sent a fax and e-mail three weeks ago to the City Hall to register the event but never received a reply, said Yelena Nadyozhkina, a member of Safe Animals, the organization assisting on the Russian side.
“I do not know where we are. We did register, but I’m not sure what happened,” Patton wrote in a text message to The Moscow Times some 30 minutes after their arrest.
Police did not let the Russian translators for the two women speak with them at the precinct, nor provide any of their own. The activists were then shipped off to a nearby court, where they were unceremoniously released after a judge never appeared, Lindsay Rajt, associate director of campaigns at PETA, said by telephone.
This is not the first event of this kind seen by Moscow this year. In August, a group of young female supporters of President Dmitry Medvedev undressed to their underwear in Pushkin Square in support of his anti-beer legislation, proposing that passers-by pour out their beer into a bucket and stripping off items of clothing for every few liters collected that way. The event was not sanctioned, but police made no attempt to intervene.
The sport is even more popular in neighboring Ukraine, where members of the radical feminist group Femen regularly strip topless in public to protest a variety of issues, from sex tourism to the outcome of elections. The protesters, however, are usually detained by police after a few moments before cameras.
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