Mark & Jonathan’s Fireside Chat Returns May 17!

Did you miss the first Fireside Chat show at Arcade Comedy Theater? Never fear! The series is back May 17 with a whole new lineup.

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Check it out Friday, May 17! Click the image above for more info.

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Brand Spanking New: Arcade Comedy Theater!

You may have heard that a new comedy theater is opening in downtown Pittsburgh.Arcade Comedy Theater will be a hub for all varieties of funny in the Burgh, from sketch, improv, and standup to music, vaudeville, and experimental comedy. I saw a juggling yo-yo guy at the “friends & family” event last weekend and it was Fan. Flipping. Tastic.

We’re thrilled to be a part of their Grand Opening events and hope you can make it out to at least one of the whopping FOUR shows they’ll have that weekend!

Below are the two where you can see Bait & Switch. Information for the other shows can be found on Arcade Comedy Theater’s website.

Grand Opening: Friday 8pm Show with Pittsburgh Dad
Grand Opening: Saturday 8pm Show with Gene Collier

Check it aht, yinz guyz!

Don’t Call It a Comeback

Is this a dream? Where am I? Everything is spinning. Why am I soaking wet? And wearing a weird (yet oddly arousing) seashell bra?

Bait & Switch has been on a bit of a hiatus. Half of us got married this summer (Congrats, Switch!), and the other half may or may not have stowed away on a Disney Cruise ship and pulled the ol’ switcheroo on an innocent little 19 year old they just hired to portray Ariel.

I’m gonna get down from this rock and put on some damn clothes. You have plenty of time to take a disco nap, grab a shower, and eat some fiber before FNI tonight at 11pm in Pitt’s Studio Theater — which will cost you only $3!

See you there, suckers!

– Bait

Video: I’m On a Love Boat (Live at First Night)

Remember that boat we just could NOT shut-the-eff-up about? Well, one of the songs we put together for that gig ended up being a perfect set-closer, so we dun’ kept it. It seems a little odd to sing about boats when your feet are firmly planted on dry land, but have you met us? We’re odd.

In all its glory from the First Night event, courtesy of the video magic that is Eric & Erik (have you guys considered going into business together?), Bait & Switch proudly presents:

“I’m On A Love Boat” (Live at First Night)

Again, major props to Erik Truby and Eric S. Donaldson for video & audio, and Eric D. for editing and uploading to the Tube for us.

Anyone else still feel like they’re on a boat? No? Just me then.

Our First First Night

We had an absolute ball playing for First Night! Both audiences were wonderful and responsive. They totally got the joke, and it seemed as though they appreciated the music, too. That’s a winning combo in our book.

We sold a couple dozen of our buttons and a few new fans have found us on facebook and here on the site (hi guys!), so we’d call that a smash success.

We really want to thank all our friends and fans, old and new, for supporting us. Thanks for everything!

We’re working on some audio and maybe even some video from the first set. We’ll keep you posted.

Happy New Year, yinz.

XOXO
– Bait

Things We Wish We’d Thought Of First: Bad Lip Reading

If you have not yet jumped aboard the Bad Lip Reading bandwagon, GIT ON UP HERE. These videos are fantastic, but not just because they’re funny. The songs are incredibly well done, which I think may often go unnoticed. People are so caught up in how funny the video part is that they fail to appreciate the music and all the hard work that had to go into it.

Even if you’ve watched this already, I urge you this time to pay attention to the original song they wrote, recorded, and produced.

Kudos to the creators!

Top 5 Album Covers to Live In

In the first couple days of my freshman year of college, some girls from my dorm were hanging in my room. I had just gotten Sublime’s self-titled album, which had a photo in the liner notes of Bradley Nowell singing to his baby.

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I had the liner notes on my night stand and one of the girls said, “Oh, is that your baby?” in the sincerest, non-judgiest way possible. (Like, less judgy than you are right now about me saying “non-judgiest” a second ago. Judgingest? ANYWAY…)

As much as I love that album (still, I know), I would not have wanted to live inside it. A new baby with a dude who would die a week after we got married? Ummmmmmmno.

No, my friends, there are far better album covers that I’d rather beam into. You know… if that were… a thing. (Is that a thing? Not yet? Right, right. Soon, though?)

5. Nirvana – Nevermind

Who wouldn’t want to swim in a pool that has money floating around in it? Also, the album just turned 20, so in one more year it can legally start drinking and then start brooding and writing angsty music and get super depressed and suicidal and wait a minute…

4. Meatloaf – Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose

I highly recommend googling this one so you can get a closer look. Or you can just take my word for it that aside from a loose monster, it’s got a dude in tight jeans with a sword on a motorcycle that looks like a sea creature AND a mostly nekkid lady with wings who is obviously in distress despite the fact that she could probably just fly away and save herself but where is the fun in that? Also, I almost wrote that the monster is a dragon, until I realized at the last second that it is actually a bat. Out of, um, Hell.

3. Herb Alpert – Whipped Cream and Other Delights

That’s fine, just keep saying you’ve never wanted to wear whipped cream. I believe you.

2. Whitney Houston – I’m Your Baby Tonight

That’s Whitney herself perched upon a motorcycle, y’all. In white jeans. AND KEDS. And if that’s not enough to convince you she’s ready to party, just read the license plate.
SPOILER ALERT: it says “NIPPY.”

1. The Beatles – Abbey Road

No big deal, it’s just one of the most iconic album covers ever from the most famous band in all of the history of time EVER. Probably the most parodied album cover, too. Yep… so that’s important and stuff… oh, who am I kidding? I just want to find out if George stuffed his tight pants with a cucumber.

Honorable Mention!

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland

When I asked my husband what album cover he’d want to live in, he chose the one with the most tits. I couldn’t not mention it.

What album covers would YOU want to live in?

Pittsburgh rules, and that’s church.

Hey kids. Addi here. I usually try to write these posts from the POV of the band, but this week it’s really just from my perspective. I know, I know, get my OWN blog, right?
I’m working on it…

You can probably tell that I have an affinity for the Burgh. Why else would I have agreed to do so many Pittsburgh related parody songs? It sure ain’t for the money, if that’s what you’re thinking (don’t get me wrong, the money is great, it’s just that you grow tired of a private yacht after a while. Right, Beyoncé?) If Pittsburgh were a man, I’d marry it. If it were a woman, I’d probably make out with it, but only a little, and only if we were both drunk at the time (but we’d totally still be BFFs after that).

What I’m trying to say is that I LOVE Pittsburgh. I love it so much that I traded my beautiful singing voice to a sea witch just for a chance at living here (it’s working out just fine, why do you ask?). I love the view from the Duquesne Incline, where I eloped last February. I love the one-two punch that is coming through the Fort Pitt Tunnel for the first time. I love Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the Steelers, our 400+ bridges, that stupid accent, and all you jagoffs out there, too. I love the cruddy, steel town history that we labored through to become the city we are today, recognized for education, medicine, and technology (Psssst, Google? Call me).

It’s not just the clichés and tired old touristy stuff that do it for me, though. I also have an affection for the comedy scene and the arts, and there are a couple great blogs out there in the Steel City that are worth following. The most prominent is probably That’s Church, a funny, thought-provoking, and often charitable blog written by the force behind PittGirl of yore. She’s alright in my book because she uses her powers for good and for awesome. She just posted a nod to our “Pittsburgh State of Mind” parody, which is what got my I-Love-Pittsburgh juices flowing again. Bait & Switch produced that recording with Mike Moats because we love this town, and to have someone else who loves Pittsburgh share it with her plethora of fellow Pittsburgh Lovers pretty much put the cherry on top of the proverbial pierogi. So thanks for that, Ginny.

In the future, I will try not to gush so much. I just had to get this out there so as not to burst. Thanks for listening. And hey, if you ever meet a half-woman, half-octopus, this blog post never happened…