Pennsylvania Comedy Duo Invites Viewers in for Sunday Visit
WILKES-BARRE, Pa., April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — WIth all that is available to fill people’s free time today, the Sunday visit with friends and family has become a thing of the past. Even for those who have the time to travel to friends’ and families’ houses, so few money for gas? But who wouldn’t agree that the absence of the fun and camaraderie that comes from Sunday visit has cast a pall on many lives?
Chris and Shivaun O’Donnell, (aka Shivstopher), a couple from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has felt the impact of that absence, and has launched “Sundays with Shivstopher,” a weekly video blog to address this loss. They invite all to join them every Sunday. “People enjoy it whether they know us or not,” says Shivaun O’Donnell. Explaining the premise, she says “In five or ten minutes, we catch viewers up on the week’s happenings of Northeastern Pennsylvania as well as our little microcosm of the world,” says Shivaun O’Donnell.
Guest appearances have been made by Chris’s mother, the cat, the comedy troupe One Laugh at Least, and the frying pan from Shivaun’s first marriage. They’ve also covered they “Spring Break in Key West,” trip and have documented their weight loss competition.
How is it being received? “So far, so good, even though we haven’t actually publicized, it except for an occasional Facebook posting,” Shivaun reports. “One week someone sent us a message that said ‘It’s Sunday, I’m waiting….’. Another we we got today referred to how much they enjoy our ‘weekly show.’ It made it sound so official, we figured it’s time to get it officially launched.”
Chris O’Donnell worked as a comedian for many years, before chucking life on the road for law school. He now works as a defense attorney in his home town of Wilkes-Barre. With Shivaun and two others , he founded the original sketch comedy and improv troupe One Laugh at Least,” in 1997. The group grew to six members and Chris wrote for and performed with the group until it recently disbanded due to the relocation of a member.
“Shivaun and I are working on an act with just ourselves, and had the idea to start it with a weekly video blog,” Chris says. Armed with a FlipCam and shooting from various locations, including the basement ‘studio,’ local restaurants, and the beaches of Key West, they’ve quickly made their idea a reality.
Does he write the material for the blog? “No, it’s totally different from our stage performances and my life as a stand-up. While sometimes we have a few things written down to talk about, it’s not scripted, and we are never really sure what’s going to happen. Our local newspapers provide a great springboard for conversation, not to mention some of Shivaun’s experiences around town,” he explains. “Who knew a trip to the butcher could be so entertaining,” he adds referring to a recent episode.
An entertainer at heart, Shivaun O’Donnell’s has made a living primarily in information technology and business management, but in the past also worked several years in radio. Besides working with One Laugh at Least, she has acted in community theater for many years.
“We started ‘Sundays with Shivstopher,’ to stay connected with friends and family, and people are enjoying it so much, we want to invite more in for the fun.The best part about is that it’s free, and can be seen at anytime, so it fits in everyone’s schedule one way or another” says Shivaun.
Sundays with Shivstopher comes out weekly, sometime between 10 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., and can be seen any time at www.sundayswithshivstopher.com.
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