Articles Comments

COLD HEAT NEWS » Culture & Arts, Entertainment, Featured Article, People » Jake O”Flaherty and Bryan Rasmussan’s band of comedic “anamaniacs”, makes the old vintage Saturday night Live Jealous as they shine in “Whitfire Theatre’s, “Winter Shorts”!!

Jake O”Flaherty and Bryan Rasmussan’s band of comedic “anamaniacs”, makes the old vintage Saturday night Live Jealous as they shine in “Whitfire Theatre’s, “Winter Shorts”!!

  Jake O’Flaherty(CSI:NY, Weeds, Eagleheart), producer-actor, and director-actor,(Mentalist, Southland, 24) Bryan Rasmussen’s  band of comedic “anamaniacs”, consisting of talented playwrights  and actors, makes the old vintage Saturday Night Live crew—Lorne Michaels, Belushi, Chase, Akroyd, ect——-jealous as they shine so very brightly at 13500 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423,  8 pm on Tuesdays at  WHITFIRE THEATRE’S ,  performing 10-10 minute plays called The “Winter Shorts”!! The suave irreverent loaded gun between your eyes style delivery, which SNL,  wielded via a second city , improvisation nuanced dynamic, burst onto the 70’s network comedic scene—with no rivals—-and shoved down America’s thought process served as a wakeup call; “We are the new deal, funny and will talk about and show you what no one wants you to think, laugh at, or whisper about…..Are you Alive?”——–Just like the cast of Winter Shorts.
  The New blood and  soul of the Winter Shorts, much like Galloping Pnuemonia  is alive and running wild to packed houses in Sherman Oaks, CA; They do indeed seem poised to snatch the baton from SNL and align themselves with far reaching fame and notoriety. Snonymity with brilliance, which 2nd city has achieved, may be the new persona of The Whitfire Theatre’s seasoned, almost loony tuned—-anamaniac— high hybrid caliber comed1ans, as their modality is slick, fast, high energy, unlike that of any novice.

    Mary Jo Wells, Devin Caldarone, LauraLee O’Shell, Victor Dante-(family setting daughter up with sex offender)

Duos , such as Lennon-McCartney, and Hall and Oats,  have etched their names into entertainments’ landscape,  and now producer O’Flaherty and director Rasmussen, have thrown their hats injto the ring. In my opinion, The Winter Shorts may find its way onto cable or network television. and certainly launch careers in  the process.

Their brand of comedic delivery eviscerates one from political correctness—as they don’t observe it—and removes one from conditioned responses, mores, parochial private school rearing, strict or otherwise,  prompting   desensitization to learned “incarcerated” spontaneous responses——and makes one almost break ribs guffawing—–, resulting in laughing one’s ass off!

Certainly, there are taboos and straight out “no can do’s  such as  pedophilia, same sex marriage, murder, laughing at the dead,  but the magic of the Winter Shorts, is their ability to combine sensitive issues, make fun of it, while making a statement———————–“we will make you laugh ferociously and don’t give a  f- – k  what anyone thinks type of  mentality!!

Their jokes  are like a carefully hidden pill given to fido; He tastes  the pill, otherwise too bitter to ingest, masked by the snack. Similarly,  These 10 minute shorts makes one see and infer, within  the joke, that which may be masked by familiar surroundings,  a little bit more easily and clearly.  Winter Shorts comedic vehicles  offer laughs which suggest  alternative endings, some bizarre and unconscionable but a different view for your jocular palate; Makes you think,  that is if one is Capable, what is really going on? These comedic gems ARE ON FROM JANUARY 19TH–FEBRUARY 23RD, 2016


Written by— playwrights Elizabeth Bliss, Toni Perrotta, Kelly Goodman, Thomas J. Misuraca, Allie Costa, Jim Geoghan, Tony Nunes, Lyn Woodward, Ralph Odierna, & Steve Emily. Starring:—– Ericka Atwell, Heidi Appe, Elizabeth Bliss, Nicholas Bocek, Devin Caldarone , Victor Dante, Ori Dula, Joyce Fidler, Tatyana Figueiredo, Ben Furney, Kelly Goodman, Gordon James Jr., Paul Lauden, Jonny Loquasto, Milia Mae, Aubrey Manning, Suzanne Mayes, Ilmar Molder, Linda Nile, Tony Nunes, LauraLee O’Shell, Toni Perrotta, Chris Pipkin, Erin Poland, Terrence Prince, Johanna Rae, Joe Sacemo, Nina Sallinen, Bette Smith, Aaron Stall, David Svengalis, Jylian Sy, Rose Wakesho, Mary Jo Wells.

Written by

I was born in Fountainbleu in Paris France to an army family. My father ,Ruben Smith, and my mother Nancy Smith, worked for the Army and as a school teacher in France, respectively.We are originally from the South. My father’s people from Misissippi and Alabama and my mom’s from South Carolina. I am an avid sports fan and I attended and played sports----football, wresting, and track----- at Bishop England High School, in Charleston, South Carolina; my mom chose both a Catholic high school and an elementary school, Immaculate Conception, for my sister and I. Initially, I wasted a lot of time in school pursuing sports and partying but nevertheless,I went to the College of Charleston, The University of South Carolina, where I majored in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, with a minor in Theatre and Speech. I finally graduated from The University of Redlands, in Redlands, CA with a degree in business management. I managed to get into SAG-AFTRA, mostly as an extra, but I have done an occasional speaking stint here and there—CD-ROMs, experimental and industrial films, and voice overs in radio. My most recent endeavor was playing a doctor on "Grey's Anatomy". I like horror, love, thrillers, and I like to read. Weightliftingand jogging are some of my hobbies also. Interestingly enough, my family prepared me for a life on the move, as I have been to every state in The USA except for Alaska and Hawaii. I have an older sister who chose the teaching profession and is doing quite fine. What was i like as a child? Well I tend to think that I existed and flourished within "a culture of hate"--------however South Carolina has ceased and desisted with both "The jim Crow Laws' and flying the Confederate Flag------------I witnessed "colored only" bathrooms, and was in establishments where the Klan showed up. I stayed at hotels where my family and I found pounds of raw CHITTERLINS---hogs guts----- at our doorstep!! But don't get me wrong, as despite these ugly truths about the South, I grew up with some very cool whites, mexicans, Filipino's and other races. But it is what it is. It has Metamorphosized into being a cultural and real estate melting pot, as many from other states are recently flocking there for the cheaper home prices, very stable, safer lifestyle and "bible belt" mentality, and affordable education. I too have Metamorphosized , as I am not the militant little athletic, and partying freak I used to be and have settled into writing for Cold Heat News and assisting We Care for Humanity with their charitable functions. Consequently, I am pretty much a normal army brat who has realized that life is what you make it and people and things are subject to change. So change with life and let by gones be by gones. My dad has since passed away, and my mom and sister and most of my cousins are still alive, but their positive,significant influence, along with the impact my elementary and high school friends have had on me continues on;infact, I believe, where it not for my childhood friends, my high school football Coach Jack Cantey and occasional teenage battles with my dad, I would have become a gang member! Thus my personal manifesto is, Live hard, party when it is time, and utilize both education, and Love for God, and know that FAMILY AND FRIENDS are most important;They're one's conduit for a viable and happy life. ALSO, A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND---NOT A "FAIR WEATHER"------INDEED.

Filed under: Culture & Arts, Entertainment, Featured Article, People

Comments are closed.