Monthly Archives: November 2011

We’re All Gonna Die…Might as Well Laugh Before You Do

Face it: we’re all going to die. Whether you believe in fate or not, there’s one fate that none of us can escape and that’s death. Our Second City show this year—Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies—is thematically focused on the twists of fate that propel our universe. We all know the ending of our personal stories, but what do you do before you get there?

In this tradition, we’ve started a “Know the Facts” campaign during the run of the show. You’ll find lots of facts and statistics about the surroundings that you’ll interact with in our lobby, as well as in the playbill. I don’t want to spoil any of those for you because they’re so fab (and stay tuned for a future blog post), but I decided to put together a list of the most interesting/weird/funny statistics about death that I could find on the Internet.  *Note: not quite sure how credible the sites I got these from are…nonetheless they are entertaining so read on!

Here we go:

  • More people are killed each year by coconuts than sharks (150 by coconuts, 40 by sharks). Falling from a height of 80 feet, coconuts can build up an impact speed of 50 mph.
  • Dr. Alice Chase, who wrote “Nutrition for Health” and numerous books on the science of proper eating, died of malnutrition.
  • You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.
  • 899 deaths a year are caused by people falling from household furniture.
  • On average, right-handed people live nine years longer than left-handed people (I take offense to this one, lefties unite!)
  • Similarly, over 2500 left-handed people are killed each year from using products created for right-handed people. (Don’t get me started! Scissors = my enemy)
  • A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated.
  • When a person dies, hearing is generally the last sense to go. The first sense lost is usually sight. Then follows taste, smell, and touch.
  • The owner of the Segway company died when he drove one of his devices off a cliff near his home. (This one’s definitely true, check it out here)

Have any interesting facts you’ve found? Want to let us know what you think about death and/or fate? Tweet to us using the hashtag #EverybodyDies, and follow the conversation surrounding the show!

~ Brooke Miller, Press and Digital Content Manager


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Woolly and Second City: A Match Made in (the South Side of) Heaven

When I volunteered to write a post about Woolly Mammoth and Second City’s collaboration, I initially thought I would epically chronicle the three year history of our companies working together from Barack Stars: The Wrath of Rahm to Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies. The problem with that being I was not here for Barack Stars. The first time I ever set foot in Woolly’s theatre was to see A Girl’s Guide to Washington Politics last year, which was the second of Woolly and Second City’s collaborations. In fact, that show was my first exposure to both Woolly and Second City, which I think may make me the only person in the office to have met both theatres at the same show. After stopping to acknowledge how unique and special I am, I got back to contemplating my blog post and I decided I would need the perspectives of some of my fellow Mammoths in order to complete my assignment. The following interviews with Woolly Mammoth staff members are the results of my quest to find the history of Woolly Mammoth and Second City:

Doug Eacho, Assistant to the Artistic Director
Me: What was the first show you ever saw/worked on at Woolly Mammoth?
Doug: Appropriately, How Theater Failed America by Mike Daisey. One of the best pieces of performance I’ve ever seen. People talk about how smart Mike is – and that’s true, and apparent when you watch him. But the actual theatrical working-through of his monologue was subtle and stunning.
Me: What was the first Second City show you ever saw?
Doug: I’m a newbie. I was planning on seeing Spoiler Alert in June – not knowing that Woolly would be taking it on – when I was in Chicago. But then a friend recommended this vegan restaurant on the other side of town and we went there instead.
Me: If Woolly Mammoth and Second City were each cocktails, what would they be?
Doug: Woolly: a tart, strong Whiskey Sour (fun, flavorful, and serious). Second City: an Irish Car Bomb (not sure why, just seems right.)

Jeff Herrmann, Managing Director
Me: What was the first show you ever saw at Woolly Mammoth?
Jeff: Dead Man’s Cell Phone, during my interview weekend.
Me: What was the first Second City show you ever saw?
Jeff: SCTV…ooops, I’m sorry, I mean Barack Stars.
Me: If Woolly Mammoth and Second City were sports teams, which would two they be?
Jeff: Nationals and the Capitals: non-competitors, mutual admirers, and friends, both of whom have very bright futures ahead of them.

Jenn Sheetz, Properties Master
Me: What was the first show you ever worked on at Woolly Mammoth?
Jenn: I worked on Stop Kiss in 1998
Me: What was the first Second City show you ever saw?
Jenn: Barack Stars
Me: If Woolly Mammoth and Second City were prescription drugs, what would they be?
Jenn: Percocet, I never know what it’ll do to me!

~ Cameron Huppertz, Literary Assistant

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Social Media Fundraising: Can We Do it Again?

If you readers are dedicated Woolly fans you might remember just over a year ago our former Director of Marketing & Communications Alli Houseworth made a bet with our former Director of Development Tim Plant, which turned into a highly successful fundraising campaign that raised money for the theatre using ONLY social media. In case you’re pressed for time (but really you should read the whole blog post) I’ll summarize the results of the campaign:

In addition to raising all this money without merely doing more than posting on social media we acquired 66 new Facebook fans and 66 new Twitter followers (slightly higher than average), the link was re-tweeted 135 times on Twitter and the Facebook post was re-posted on others’ walls 172 times.

Pretty cool stuff right? Well once wasn’t simply enough for us mammoths. When we learned about today’s Give to the Max Day, we knew we had to be a part of it. In case you haven’t seen the ads on the Metro or the “Twibbons” on Twitter, here’s a little info about today’s fundraising campaign:

Give to the Max Day is a day for Washingtonians to come together to raise as much money as possible for area nonprofits in 24 hours, starting at midnight on November 9 through midnight on November 10. Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington is trying to break the national record for the best online giving metropolitan region event, showcasing the Greater Washington region’s strong community. By using this platform of online giving, Give to the Max Day also aims to “provide funding for nonprofits during tough economic times, and help them engage with millennial and other digital savvy donors.” There are also additional monetary prizes for the nonprofit that raises the most money, has the most individual donors, and other criteria.

If you love Woolly and support our work of producing innovative and provocative new plays, our Connectivity efforts including the “total audience experience,” our Pay-What-You-Can performances, our blogging and social media efforts (shameless self-promotion), etc. etc. I hope you’ll join the efforts today and make a donation to us here. If you donate to us today, you’ll be entered to win 4 tickets to Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies, the hilarious performance by Chicago’s The Second City running at Woolly December 6- Jan 8!

Donations start at just $10! Remember, it’s not the size of the gift that matters, it’s your Klout score. Just kidding…but really…

~ Brooke Miller, Press and Digital Content Manager

PS- Today is my birthday so like, for my present you should donate to Woolly 🙂

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