Fringe 2009: Returning favorites—Laura Bidgood and Curt Lund

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by Matthew A. Everett | 7/13/09 •

Rockstar Storytellers adjacent #5

It is a testament to how much I like Curt and Laura’s storytelling that they are the (probably sole) exception to my theatergoing mantra, “Given the choice, rather than see another show about an artist’s day jobs, I’d put a gun in my mouth and pull the trigger.”

I have two day jobs. I go to the theater to think about something else, anything else, something more substantial. Please. I beg of you. However, it’s Curt and Laura, so they get a pass on this one. They could make even this, my least favorite subject matter, entertaining.

single white fringe geek is the blog of matthew a. everett. in addition to being one of six bloggers covering the minnesota fringe festival for the daily planet, he blogs throughout the year about theater and culture.

Though they perform just fine on their own, they make some of their sweetest (and funniest) music when they perform together in the same show. It’s two Rockstars in one handy Fringe package, as Laura Bidgood and Curt Lund bring us their latest storytelling duet

Slow Jobs – Serving America at $12 an Hour

Overworked and underwhelmed? Punch the clock with Fringe favorites Laura Bidgood and Curt Lund as they relive first jobs, creepy coworkers, minimum wage, office romances, and doing whatever it takes to pay the bills. What did you want to be when you grew up? And what the hell happened instead? From the nerds that brought you the Fringe hits Boys Don’t Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses, Take a Left at the Giant Cow: A Beginner’s Guide to North Dakota and Two Queers and a Chubby, Laura and Curt are proud to present the premiere of their new comedy storytelling dorkfest that will tickle you with real life observations from the nerd perspective.

These two are on a roll. The Fringe lottery has been mighty kind to them, four years running…

They delighted me with 2006’s

Two Queers and a Chubby,

which guaranteed them a spot on the following year’s Top 10 list, where 2007 brought us

Take A Left At The Giant Cow – A Beginner’s Guide to North Dakota.

Last year, my Fringe show had the fun of sharing a venue with them and watching them pack the place yet again, this time with

Boys Don’t Make Passes At Girls Who Wear Glasses.

And now they have their own spiffy website – www.trueenough.com/curtandlaura/, full of glowing press and audience reviews that’d make anyone blush with pride. (I must say, I’m a bit envious.)

I also must say that I’m flattered that Laura begins her bio on the Fringe site with…

“Brilliant and gorgeous and funny without ceasing.” (Matthew Everett, Twin Cities Daily Planet theatre columnist)

And I stand by that. Her first impression on me holds true today, bless her fabulous heart

(You’re fabulous, too, of course, Curt. Again, I’m envious. What great partners in crime they are. What fun they must have.)

Thankfully, they let the audience in on the fun every year at the Fringe. Mom’s already gearing up for her third visit to one of their shows.

Matthew A. Everett is a local playwright and three-time recipient of grant support from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Information on Matthew and his plays can be found at matthewaeverett.com.

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