Roommates: 4 Years Later

Roommates: 4 years later By Chaz Bolte

“Being Roommates is kind of like sharing a wagon in Oregon Trail. Ya know sometimes people just fall off, than you go hunting, than you write something funny on their grave.” ~ Chaz Bolte “Roommates”

In 2008, Greg Ernzer and I had our own show on Slippery Rock University’s WSRU-TV. The following is our unplanned masterpiece, Roommates. Personally, I didn’t even think this was the best thing we did that semester but for some reason, maybe because it aired for three straight weeks, people adored it. It was very, very real and for good reason, a lot of it wasn’t scripted. This was the daily life of two Polish kids from Pittsburgh who were bored as shit going to college in the middle of nowhere and a lot of people could relate.

After the success of Pittsburgh Talk, McNear had to take the next season off to be the lead in Macbeth, which was probably a good call.  Greg and I took the opportunity to move away from recycled WDVE humor that was Pittsburgh Talk (p.s. Pittsburgh Dad sucks) and began being our weird, silly, and non-reality based selves. Each week we tapped into new characters.  We started by selling a goofy looking kids Dreamcast screaming “he must be crazy!”, became a goth band, where high school interns telling dick jokes and then we did this. We went to class in the morning, I waited tables at a Chinese resturaunt in the afternoon and we wrote this at night. Life made a lot more sense than.

We went from the normal quiet kids in class, to the normal quiet kids with a Steelers show, to the weirdo’s dressing like vampires and reciting bad teenage poetry while petting ceramic cats at a frightening pace. This was the beginning of the Secret Party Room and it was happening before a semi-captivated campuses eyes. It never quite worked out for us as a comedy team afterwards, probably because I ran off to Colorado. Now 4 years later we are back with a website and I guess that is a start.

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Hot Ish from P-Town —> Red Hands

Red Hands (L to R): Andy Mayer(drums), Dave Yarkovsky(guitar), Tyler Kirin(vox), Justin Campbell(bass)

I found out about Red Hands when looking up another Pittsburgh band that had broken up, A Voice Like Rhetoric. AVLR was a post-hardcore, mathy-type outfit with dueling finger-tapping guitarists, a sick drummer and a groovy bass player that rocked my socks off every time I saw them. I fell in love with AVLR while studying at Slippery Rock University and since they were from that neck of the woods, I got to see them often and continued to see them as much as I could post-graduation. However, their shows became infrequent and they eventually got into other projects. I still remained facebook friends with Erik Pitluga, one of AVLR’s guitarists. I had worked with Erik at Movie Gallery in Slippery Rock, which of course went out of business with the advent of the Netflix/Gamefly/Gaming System/At Home Entertainment singularity destroying the concept of rental places.

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