Playing drums in Lala Lala for some of these dates around the country! I'll be in Nashville, Carrboro, Baltimore, and Chicago (also a little date in Cincinnati). Excited to drag my bones across the country!
Did some art direction with the incredible INCREDIBLE One Tree Forest Films the last few months on these videos for GNC's social media.
https://secretosdesantamonica.com/ for tickets & bios & more. Very fun show, I share my popcorn with you!
"By the time "Blueberry Seed" begins spinning, Boo’s tendrils have wrapped you securely in a kaleidoscope of reflective synth and drums that either makes you want to ponder over a cup of tea or dance by yourself all over the living room." - Naheige, Gamma Prince
"Silly yet strangely existential, the music video's sound reminds me of a more vibrant Sun Kil Moon. Salazar slowly dances on the line between nonsensical ramblings and poetry, but manages to still hit the mark for a solid indie rock song." --Review of my new video from Hooligan Magazine. Watch below!
Well, here's a great development! The first Latina was hired at SNL and the great people at Paste had me over to write a history of Latinos at SNL. This was very fun to research, important to consider, and reminded me of some writing chops that'd gone a little gamey.
Sometimes words are collected by the thousand. Read the article here.
I've had the opportunity this summer to direct the film camp program at Improv Playhouse in Libertyville, IL. This job provided endless rewards, one of which is the movie I'm linking below. I was not given any structure other than that we had to "make some movies" which was great because it meant I could teach a class all my own.
We had to make something from nothing, so I drew on my experience directing improv in college. This meant fostering specific ways of thinking: fearlessness in ideas, justification of craziness, A to C thinking. Picasso said that children are the real geniuses and he's right, they have the raw creativity buzzing around to make something truly unique and fiery. Rival food stands, a communist bully, a tomato being eaten by a pizza, the kids' ideas all came from such a fun part of the brain. All I asked was that they justify that crazy. The fun so often came from making it all make sense, giving it intent.
We had limited resources so we used cardboard to make bees wings, bags to make hats, and paper and markers to make cop uniforms. This kind of resourcefulness gave each movie its own honest charm. Some of it made me really feel like a big kid again.
I taught 4 different classes at two week spurts. Here's one movie from my final class. The idea is that Trump hates Shrek so then the Church of Shrek, well...you'll see. The Lynchian dream sequence. Oh man. Enjoy!
Well it's been announced from Broadway World! So now I can finally share that I've been cast to play Bill Nutting, the brassy 1970s tycoon, in the new play MERGE produced by the New Colony. This is a really fun role, one that pulls on my ability to play big, shiny characters and my love for diving into research. The New Colony allow their actors great agency, especially with a new premiere, and I'm excited to work with such great fosters of artistry (bad band name: Fosters of Artistry).
For the last few months, I've been working as a camera operator for Good Evening with Pat Whalen, a late-night talk show sponsored by Jackalope Theater. Every month, I learn something new about Chicago, its local politics and its arts scene - and I do so from behind-the-camera as a part of Underscore Films. Here's a recent video of ours that I did the earliest edits on. I'll be sure to upload more as it comes up. This show sells out every time, so if you want to come make sure to buy in advance!
Well, that's a wrap on me working as the set costumer for Hope Springs Eternal. I learned so much about wardrobe, set dynamics, acting, not resting, and filmmaking overall, not to mention met a lot of fantastic people. Since I was always on set too, they often had me be the go-to-extra so look for me as a random high schooler in a few scenes ;)
Here's a little documentary I made about my trip to Phoenix with Los Secretos De Santa Monica for a few preview performances. Very excited to go back next month for our full run and with this you can see why! Enjoy...
Allow me to reintroduce myself as Robertito Salazar, little Robert Salazar, and my first album "Apple Store." There's a lot of people to thank for helping me with this, too many to name here. I know you'll know who you are.
Recorded almost entirely in my home in Ukrainian Village, this is an album about little things. Everything I could write about when I wasn't writing about love. Please take a listen to my last few months.
Listen Up! Click on the numbskull photo to listen!
So in case you need to know how to sell antenas parabólicas for AT&T, I might be the guy to tell you...in a series of sporty costumes. Huge thanks to And Media for having me on this very fun shoot.
Every time I get to do something like this, all I can think is how lucky I am to be doing it. 700 people? They oughta get me nervous, right? Truth is, it's hard for me to choke because I love this job so much. And when you're happy and your job is to be funny, it's all gravy. Steve Martin mentions in his memoir that his stand up years are where he "felt funny." I'm feeling like I'm at the beginning of those years, man. It feels great.
That feeling can be a trap though. I've sat through plenty of comedy shows where nobody laughed, where instead everyone is just thinking, "Wow, this guy sure thinks he's funny." Personally, in comedy, I always remember the crowd is talking to me. When no one's reacting, I don't think, "They're wrong, I need no adjustment," I adjust.
With Los Secretos, that adjustment was grounding my character's discomfort, listening to my scene partner, the wonderful Elsa Monroig, and letting my improvisations be about our relationship, not about me getting a cheap laugh. David Mamet says, "Every line is a character trying to get what they want." I just wanted to get to the Mayors house and find a girlfriend. All the best lines came from people seeing me struggle .
It all comes back to theory. Freud said we laugh because we feel superior. Latinos don't get to feel "superior" to gringos so often - look at our current climate. I was a gringo who couldn't colonize. Sometimes in losing you win. That's comedy.