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I Am Google (2012)

comedy · kingswell productions / combined artform · Ages 12+ · one person show · United States

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BILL RATNER certified reviewer June 19, 2012
If Rush Limbaugh is a big fat liar, then Craig Shaynak is a wide bowl full of funny. For 45 minutes Shaynak struts, frets, sweats, and makes delicious fun of the naive, wrong-headed pomposity of today's super-cyber-brands that run our lives. He is Google in absurdist slo-mo, manically answering old-fashioned dial phones, rifling through trivia books, calling his barely-reliable pal Wikipedia on the sly - all in an attempt to process the billion searches that he processes every day, and all the while keeping tabs on the audience as only the best storytellers do - looking us in the eye, remembering our names, copping our personal data like a dirty cyber-uncle, and pining for his sweet, gone gal Twitter. If you want to watch an experienced imp... full review
RICHARD ADAMS certified reviewer June 19, 2012
RICHARD ADAMS, The World Socialist Website Now and then a show comes along that changes the way we look at the world – in this case the online world we all increasingly spend so much time in. Craig Ricci Shaynak turns a premise that, in lesser hands and under the sway of a less manic mind, might provide a stand-up comic a few sharp observations, into a very full full-hour comedy. That premise? What if Google were a real person, in this case, a big, pizza-fueled obsessive researcher in a sweat-soaked t-shirt who hasn’t been out of his lair – or even taken a walk! – since 1998? He’s even got a genealogy: his great-great-grandfather was the Oxford English Dictionary and his French great-grandmother was named Roget. His hyper brother is Yah... full review
BOB LEGGETT certified reviewer June 19, 2012
If there was a Fringe award for the most determined self-promoter, the award would go to Craig Shaynak. He was everywhere, talking to participants and people in general, handing out flyers, in his large white "Google" t-shirt. How could I not check out his show? Good thing I did, cause it's a riot! From the moment I entered the venue, where Craig was handing out Oreo Cookies, cause "cookies must be accepted if you want your browser to work." Craig had one pun after another lined up to demonstrate our complete dependence on all things internet. He provided very colorful characterizations of such web presences as Bing, Yelp, Yahoo, and all of the Google apps and features. With the help of the audience, he improvs and demonstrates ev... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 19, 2012
Very clever, fast paced one man show. I loved the bits of improv based on audience responses. You'll laugh through the entire show!... full review