Hinges St. Patrick’s Day Show Recap

31 Mar

OK, I know I’m a bit late in the game for this — blame procrastination — but let’s do a quick recap of the Hinges Shamrock show from Saturday, March 19th at Porter’s Pub on the UCSD campus.


The night kicked off with a trio of awesome stand-up performances from Dan Simmons, Greg Sanchez & Chip Nicholson. Each had the audience rolling with laughter for stretches, which meant a warmed-up audience for us!

Here’s a quick run-down of the show:

1. Halftime

  • Antonio Salinas
  • Gio Tejada
  • Harold Randolph

2. Minus One

  • Adam Rudder
  • Jason Amunwa
  • Jess Mandeville
  • Kevin O’Connor
  • Vanessa Anton

3. Pan Left, Pan Right

  • Aaron Bornstein
  • Jenna Carlson
  • Sean Fitzgerald
  • Tim Goggin

4. Long Form A

  • Adam Rudder
  • Antonio Salinas
  • Jason Amunwa
  • Jenna Carlson
  • Jess Mandeville
  • Sean Fitzgerald

5. Long Form B

  • Aaron Bornstein
  • Gio Tejada
  • Harold Randolph
  • Kevin O’Connor
  • Tim Goggin
  • Vanessa Anton

6. No Minor Characters

  • Everyone

7. Slideshow

  • Jess Mandeville (narrator)
  • Tim Goggin (narrator)
  • Everyone else (slides)

8. Harold

  • Adam Rudder
  • Gio Tejada
  • Jason Amunwa
  • Jess Mandeville
  • Kevin O’Connor
  • Tim Goggin
  • Vanessa Anton

9. Irish Jig

  • Everyone

In lieu of the standard play-by-play breakdown of each scene, I figured it would be best to ask some of my fellow Hinges for their favorite moments from the show. What follows is an actual email exchange:

My favorite moment was Kevin breast-feeding on Tim’s breasts (in the 2nd Long Form), which shocked the audience. Also Antonio holding me upside down (in Halftime and Slideshow). And Vanessa downsizing me (also in the second Long Form).

– Gio Tejada

The most awkwardly fun moment was Tim and Harold making out (in the 2nd Long Form). And of course, Halftime kicked ass… I loved how you started the game at 30-second speed and really upped the bar.

– Adam Rudder

I loved the Pillar of Light group game (in the Harold) where everyone shared the ridiculous things they do when they see someone cute in a bar. Many a truth is told in an improv scene :)

– Jess Mandeville

In Pillar of Light, I also loved the crazy moments:

  • Tim: “When I’m in a bar, and I see someone cute, I think about what I’m going to say to that person… And then I don’t say it.”
  • Jess: “I try to hide my crazy so they would like me.”

– Gio Tejada

Haha Gio/Jess! I said I throw up my arms and run out the bar like a little girl, to which someone in the audience heckled me and said to grow some balls!

– Adam Rudder

I love how I got hit in the nuts (during Halftime) and still continued the scene! THE SHOW MUST GO ON!!

– Antonio Salinas

Did anyone say anything about the facebook long form? I loved how confused Jess was about the whole concept of Facebook. Oh and trying to send attachments through Facebook as well. Antonio would just not get any work done until this was possible.

– Vanessa Anton

Dude, Gio getting turned upside-down in Halftime was huge – the crowd loved it, and I think it really kicked off the show’s energy.

– Jason Amunwa

As for my favorite moment…

I nearly lost it when Adam and Jason were the last two people left in ‘Minus One’. Each completely altered the mood of the scene hilariously by turning a polite pre-date phone call into a catty gossip conversation. We later heard from Adam that he couldn’t quite make out what some people were saying in early run-throughs of the scene, so he was forced to guess when he later took on the roles of eliminated cast members. Lucky for us because that turned into a really funny moment.

Like ’em or love ’em? Share your favorite Hinge moment from the St. Patrick’s Day show in the comments below!