ALIEN COMMENTARY: POSTERS

When I started performing I would always make a poster to advertise my show.
I always tell my Performance students that the first thing you do is: get the gig, and the second thing is: do the advertising, and then you can worry about the show. Putting up a poster commits you to that show. It also gets your name out there. Even if the show is over, if the poster is still up, it’s doing its job. Maybe the person who sees it will want to come to your next show.

Back then all of the Rock bands put up flyers as an inexpensive method of P.R. and by doing so contributed a plethora of underground imagery to neighborhoods. Many people in the ’80’s, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, knew about “Alien Comic”, but had never seen one of my shows. Because I would paper the neighborhood before every performance. Playwright/director John Jesurun says that Ethyl Eichelberger and I were the champs of the downtown poster plasterers.

I enjoyed making the graphic, then running off a couple hundred copies, and then I’d get a bucket, and some wheat paste and a brush, and go out late at night, and slap ‘em up. I was usually accompanied by a friend, who could help and also be a lookout since I wouldn’t want to get stopped by the cops. It was a thrill to walk around the next day and see my flyers hanging. More often, they would only last a couple of days, because someone else would cover them up with their poster.

Alien Comic - Trash Valentine at Chandalier
Alien Comic - July High - with Jo Andres, Mimi Goese - Elliot Sharp - Dancenoise - Ethyl Eichelberger at 8 B.C.
Alien Comic with Sue Ann Harkey at Chandalier
Alien Comic in the Heat of the Full Moon Show - with Jo Andres, Mimi Goese - Dancenoise - John Kelly - Chazz Dean and James Siena at PS 122
Alien Comic Halloween Show with Cowboy Girl - Godwin Brothers - Scott Heron at the Club at La MaMa
Alien Comic at Shuttle
Alien Comic at Folk City
Alien Comic St. Patricks Full Moon Show at Limbo
Alien Comic at Franklin Furnace
Alien Comic at Limbo
Alien Comic at 8 B.C.
Alien Comic at Pyramid
Revenge Full Moon Show with Alien Comic - Pop Tarts - Dancenoise - Jo Andres - Mimi Goese - Anne Hickman - Steve and Mark at PS 122
Television starring Andy Some, Holly Hughes, Tom Murrin, Michael Nesline and Katherine Davis by Tom E. Hawke, directed by Tri Garraty at 8 B.C.
Alien Comic at Limbo Lounge
Alien Comic and Dancenoise at Limbo
Alien Comic at 8 B.C.
Alien Comic at Limbo Lounge
Alien Comic at Chandalier
Alien Comic at 8 B.C.
Alien Comic at Chandalier
Alien Comic and Dancenoise at Chandalier
Alien Comic at Chandalier
Alien Comic and Suzy Schneider at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Alien Comic and Stan Baker Space Burgers at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Alien Comic and Polly Holiday at Darinka
Alien Comic Full Moon show with Jo Andres Dancenoise Frank Maya Mimi Goese and Fast Forward at PS 122
Alien Comic The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church
Alien Comic at PS 122
Alien Comic Full Moon Show with Jo Andres Mimi Goese and David Linton at Siberia
Alien Comic, Ethyl Eichelberger, Polly Holiday Trio and Lisa Kron at La Mama
Alien Comic at Limbo
Alien Comic at Pyramid
Alien Comic Halloween show with Holly Hughes, Doug Skinner, Blue Man Group at The Club at La MaMa
Alien Comic Christmas spectacular with Jonathan Ames, Sherry Vine and White Knuckle Sandwich at La MaMa, Etc.
Alien Comic Full Moon Show with Jo Andres, Gogo-rama, Giveaway Sale at 8 B.C.
Alien Comic at World
Alien Comic at Chandalier
Alien Comic at Chandalier
Alien Comic meets Karen Finley at Darinka
Karen Finley in Theory of Total Blame with Tom Murrin
Alien Comic at Chandalier
Alien Comic at Wah Wah Hut
Alien Comic at CBGB
Alien Comic at 8 B.C.
Alien Comic Full Moon show
A Cs P-HS
Christmas Spectacular
Alien Comic with the 5 Lesbian Brothers at the Club La MaMa
Alien Comic at Surf Reality
Alien Comic Trilogy of Terror at Dixon Place
Alien Comic in the Sexual Misadventures of Jack Bump with Anne Iobst and Mike Iveson at Dixon Place
Alien Comic at Dixon Place
Moon Brand Tomato Paste
Alien
Film Makers Cooperative Benefit with Richard Foreman, Michael Kirby, John Zorn, Quentin Crisp, Taylor Mead, Diane Torr, Matthew Courtney, Phillip Johnston, Aaron Beall, Yoshiko Chuma, Scott Heron, Lenora Champagne with MC The Alien Comic at Two Boots
Alien Comic Rosh Hodesh Adar
Moon
Alien Comic at PS 122
Alien Comic with Penny Arcade, Dueling Bankheads, From Good Homes at the Club La MaMa
Alien Comic at Poetry Project, St. Marks Church
Dixon Place Aids benefit with Alien Comic and Lisa Kron
Alien Comic at Surf Reality
Crash Test Comedy at PS 122 with Idris Mignott, Paige Martin, James Godwin, Salley May with Susanne Poulin, Matthew Courtney, Mo Angelos and Peg Healy, Alien Comic, Scott Heron, Deb Margolin, Basil Twist, Patricia Hoffbauer and Dancenoise
Alien Comic and Mark Mitton at Dixon Place
Alien Comic Full Moon Show with Mimi Goese, Michael Portnoy and the Elementals at Axis Co.
Alien Comic at Surf Reality
Alien Comic at Dixon Place
Alien Comic and Salley May at PS 122
Alien Comic at Surf Reality
Alien Comic and Stephen Holman at Track 16
Tom Trash Murrin at CBGB with John Cale
Alien Comic with Brian Woodbury, Leigh Clark, Tim Chambers, Marty Pottenger, Irving and Catch 22 at Gusto House