Meet Yankee, The Amazing Rock-Pop Duo You Should Be Listening To Right Now

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In a few short days, Pinque Pony RIDEs again with our kickass, tribute to the music of that California canyon lady herself, Joni Mitchell!

One of the incredible acts we have lined up for this mega-awesome night is a new friend of Pinque Pony that we met performing at Hump Night at the Apollo Theater.

Yankee made us laugh our pinque asses off and stomp our feet with their ingenious combination of wild-fun drum beats and guitar, whip-smart songwriting and winning delivery.

Yankee is a music project between two childhood friends from Wisconsin, Josh Vaughn and Caleb Price, and you can learn more about them at yankee.bandcamp.com. So click that link like it’s the only way to cure your cancer and check these awesome dudes out!

 

And in their own words:

 

 YANKEE is the effing latest visceral music project from Josh Vaughn and Caleb Price.  Childhood friends from Wisconsin who moved to Chicago in order to kick their fear of humanity, but also thrive and write catchy, fun, driving rock-pop.

    They succeeded.
      Their new self-titled L.P. brings dynamic, funny, human insight into micro-macro circumstances of everyday life.  From “friends who are bad guests,” to “a pilot from Japan who has the utmost positive mental strength,” “an eerie acoustic ballad about a tired relationship,” “satirical mentions of food culture, religion, the love-hate relationship we have for mainstream society.”   
       YANKEE‘s debut album is a warm-hot-cold mesh, endearing, honest; telling of a suburban-dark-comedic upbringing.  Through racy guitar licks, drums that are organic, and a lyrical originality, a bond, a togetherness not seen or heard in so many groups today.
        Siamese almost, synchronized, melded, “an utter nonsensical joy, this record is.”  That quote is from, you guessed it.  Yoda. 

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RIDE the Pony From Both Sides Now

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Another month, another RIDE approaches!

This month, we are celebrating the music of the best thing Canada the human race has ever produced, Joni Mitchell!

It’s no surprise that Pinque Pony loves them some Joni, she of the flaxen hair and deep-yet-chirpy, summer-drive-along-the-California-coast-y voice. In fact, hanging in our office is a huge picture of a Joni Mitchell impersonator (no, not John) that Andy saw in Provincetown and loved oh so much.

In fact, on a given Saturday morning, it would not be odd to find us sipping coffee, writing and having uber-deep thoughts while listening to Joni’s Blue album, or Court and Spark.

So, in tribute to Joni, we’ve assembled another fantabulous lineup of talent to perform sketch, sing songs, play covers and tell amazing stories.

We have two superstars from the sketch group Close-Up, Jenna Steege and Christopher Woolsey, weaving their magic!

We have the storytelling genius of the wonder-mazing Deanna Moffitt!

We have ALL NEW PINQUE PONY SCENES!

We have sneak peek scenes from sketch sorcerer and sorceress Josh Lanzet and Lindy Voeltner, on the eve of the opening of their new show Adults Embracing Failure!

We have the kickass, hilarious and f*cking great music of Yankee (Josh Vaughn and Caleb Price)

And we have a very special, instrumental Joni Mitchell cover from the very talented Jason Beaumont!

MUSIC! JONI COVERS! STORIES! SKETCH! A CLUSTERFUCKY IMPROV SET!

RIDE HAS EVERYTHING YOU LOVE AND EVERYTHING YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU LOVE!

June 18th!
8pm!
$10
Public House Theatre!

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(Friends of Pinque Pony, the super duo Yankee)


Get Ready to Ride the Pony!

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On  May 21, we’re kicking off our monthly variety show RIDE at The Public House Theater! Holy shit!

What is RIDE? Why should you care?

RIDE is a variety experience in two acts, inspired each month by a different music icon. In the first act, there will be music, sketch and storytelling wholly or gently influenced by the music icon in question. In the second, all participants are invited to
“Ride the Pony” and perform a long-form improv set also inspired by that month’s musical genius.

Our first show is inspired by tiny, towering music maven PRINCE!

 

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There will be covers! Stories! Sketches! Some Prince-tastic, other just hilarious. It will be a redonkulously fun evening, hosted by Pinque Pony, and we swear it won’t be longer than an hour and fifteen minutes.

Come on out! Wednesay, May 21 at 8pm! Tickets are a slick $10!

Ride the pony! Ride it hard!

 


Pinque Pony on The Sketch Review!

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We have been lucky enough to be featured on The Sketch Review, a great web site dedicated to all things sketch in the Chicagoland area. John interviewed with Fin Coe, the site’s creator, and discussed the history of Pinque Pony, why we chose to do a show in 1969 and our penchant for really fantastic wigs.

Check out our interview here!

Also, stay tuned as Pinque Pony will soon be on the radio. More details to come!


Meet Our Director: Tyler Dean Kempf

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Throughout the process of our new show 69, our fabulous director Tyler Dean Kempf has challenged us, pushed us, supported us and patiently put up with reading the roughly four dozen sobbing housewife scenes brought in by John.

But who is this Tyler Dean Kempf? Turns out, he’s an uber-talent. Not only does he skillfully direct gay couples who want to play women and/or climb on each other in every scene, he’s also an ace teacher at The Second City, an accomplished playwright, and has his very own production company: Lucy Cooper Productions

Basically, everyone should work with/hire/have dance parties with Tyler if they get a chance. He’s our hero! Thank you for all your hard work and guidance!


Come On Everybody, Let’s 69!

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Sketch duo Pinque Pony returns with “69,” a long-lost comedy show from the summer of 1969!

The moon landing. The Stonewall riots. Woodstock. Angie Dickinson face-down in a pile of cocaine. We all know what happened elsewhere in the summer of 1969, but what was happening in Chicago?

Pinque Pony (real-life couple Andy Eninger and John Loos) boldly answers this question with 69, a recently discovered “lost” sketch comedy revue that explores the iconic summer of 1969 through the eyes of our beloved Chicago, a city perpetually a step behind.

69 opens Feb. 7 at 10:30pm at Donny’s Skybox (1608 N. Wells) and runs Fridays in February through Feb. 28. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 312-337-3992 or clicking here.

Using New York’s Stonewall riots as inspiration, 69 weaves a tapestry of twisted, winning Chicagoans all on the cusp of major transformation. From murderous proto-feminists to surly laundry lesbians, bar-raiding cops, catty Marshall Field’s fops, insanely tragic Partridge Family singers and even infamous Cubs manager Leo Durocher, Eninger and Loos balance the bizarre with the beautiful and draw parallels to today’s uncertain, restless times.

Did we mention there will be an appearance by maniacal theater goddess Mary Martin?

Pinque Pony is a two-man sketch duo consisting of real-life couple Andy Eninger (head of The Second City Writing Program) and John Loos (GayCo Productions, The Second City Network). Eninger and Loos have been a couple for nearly seven years, and have been performing as Pinque Pony for four. Together, they’ve performed at Second City, Annoyance, Davenport’s and as far away as Alaska, New Mexico and the Caribbean.

69 is directed by Tyler Dean Kempf (Second City, Lucy Cooper Productions). For more press photos, please check out our Press page!

See you at Donny’s Skybox!


What To Expect From Pinque Pony’s 2014 Sketchfest Show

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In one week (Jan. 10), Pinque Pony makes its Chicago Sketchfest debut. This sure to be the most important thing to happen since Beyonce sampled the Challenger explosion in her XO song.

Chicago Sketchfest, for those who don’t know, is the world’s biggest sketch comedy festival and one hell of a fun time. Pinque Pony, for those who don’t know, is the world’s biggest purveyor of sobbing lady characters played by unshaven men and one hell of a fun time.

But what to expect when you all come see our show? We’re hard at work to make sure it’s the most talked about show not just in Sketchfest history, but human history. Take that, any random episode of Match Game where everyone was tanked.

Here’s what you will see when you see Pinque Pony*:

 

– An accurate recreation of the last musical number of Xanadu, complete with costumes, gold pants and 700 coked-up extras on roller skates

–  Shelley Winters’ reanimated corpse singing the entire Pebbles songbook

– A half-cure for typhoid

– A love letter/hate letter to Broadway legend Mary Martin

– A live narwhal whale that’s confused as fuck

– TV’s Julie Bowen

– A free timpani for every audience member

– Artificial snow-making machines that make the entire set look like a cheap ski resort in southern Wisconsin

–  A short program and a long program, both with a risky triple-axel, double-loop combo

– Festive outerwear

– Finally some Truth being laid down about the possibility of humans living in the upper atmosphere of Venus like some Lando Calrissian sky city bullshit.

– A 4-hour retrospective on Not Another Teen Movie, including Q&A with Maya Angelou

– Glampons

– One single, solitary LeBron James supercock

 

*Only one of these things will probably be in the show. Maybe two.


6 Surprising Facts About Introverts

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Introverts are a beautiful, weird, wonderful bunch. More than just “shy” or “quiet,” introverts are actually very successful in high-intensity, social careers, and love being around people, albeit in different ways than the typical, life-of-the-party extrovert. Did you know some notable introverts include Steve Martin, Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln?

In fact, at least one member of Pinque Pony is an introvert, so we’d like to clear up some misconceptions and share some surprising facts about who introverts are and how our brains are wired.

Here are 6 surprising facts you may not know about introverts, and should remember next time you’re at a party with one:

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SNL Has An Adorable Gay Couple Problem. Here Are 5 Adorable Gay Couples They Should Hire

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It’s hard to believe that in its nearly 40-year history, Saturday Night Live has only had three adorable gay couples in its cast.

The first adorable gay couple was Gilbert Gottfried and Joe Piscopo in the early 1980s, followed by Victoria Jackson and her giant head bows/latent racism in the early 1990s. The most recent adorable gay couple to be feature players on SNL was Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz, almost a decade ago, who were known for playing stereotypically giggly gay men who can’t just read their damn lines off the cue card and not break in every single goddamn scene goddamnit.

Not helping SNL’s adorable gay couple deficiency are the recent comments by Kenan Thompson, who said recently in a job interview with a temp agency that adorable gay couples “just aren’t ready” to swish their way onto the iconic sketch comedy show.

However, if you only look for adorable gay sketch comedy couples in the white, straight bromances of the improv world, there’s no wonder you can’t find any. Because there are plenty out there.

Here are 5 Adorable Gay Sketch Comedy Couples Who Are Killing It Right Now:

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Move Over, Terry Gross: Andy Eninger is the Hottest Thing On NPR!

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Pinque Pony’s very own Andy Eninger is officially an NPR superstar! He was recently interviewed by Dan Weissman and featured for his series “At What Cost?”, a look at sacrifices notable and interesting people have made to attain their goals.

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