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And that is the big news, folks!

“But what does that mean,” you ask? Well, let me explain.

You may remember that my recent spec script, Saving Charlie Chaplin, made it on the Black List last December. That was a huge honor for me, and I felt humbled just being included on the list.

A few weeks ago, the Black List reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in turning my script into a live event. Uh… yeah? The result of that initial conversation will take place live on stage in Hollywood on June 10th.

Every year, the Black List chooses a handful of scripts from its list and turns them into a live-read event. A live-read is an event where actors are cast in roles, and then, instead of acting out their parts, they do a full read-through of a script in front of an audience. Last year, the Black List produced seven of these events. This year, Saving Charlie Chaplin will be their third event.

What this means, in a practical sense, is that on the evening of June 10th, eight actors and one narrator will take to the stage and read my script out loud to an audience. Since I wrote the script, I will be directing the read/evening.

I also have a say in casting talent, which has been a remarkable journey so far. We already have a couple people cast, but we’ll be officially announcing them as we get closer to June 10th, so be sure to keep checking back for updates.

Trust me when I say this, though: It’s not often that a guy gets to work with both childhood idols and talent he holds in high regard. On June 10th, I will be fortunate enough to do both of those things.

Unfortunately, this event will not be streamed or recorded, so you have to be in Los Angeles to witness this live, one-time event. If you’re able to make it, awesome. If not, I totally understand.

For those of you who are interested, here are the details:

The Black List & Warby Parker
Black List Live!

Saving Charlie Chaplin
Written & Directed by Justin Shady

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 @ 8PM
The Montalban Theater
1615 Vine Street, Hollywood

You can reserve your tickets here.

Learn more about the Black List and their live events here, more about the Montalban Theater here, and more about Warby Parker here.

There will be a ton of updates in the next couple weeks—cast announcements, poster reveal, etc.—so be sure to keep checking back.

Until then,


…proposed to K.B. Specifically, in a car parked in front of an L.A. Fitness gym.

L.A. proposal spot!

And that other spot in L.A. where I carved our initials into freshly poured sidewalk cement. Specifically, in front of our first apartment at 8635 Cashio Street.

L.A. carved concrete spot!

They’re both still there,


…to get back to L.A. a few weeks ago, where I ran into Kelsey at LAX (on her way to Dublin, via Berlin, where we would meet up again later)…

Kelsey at LAX!

…and then hung out with friends for a Super Bowl Food Night at Suephus’ place.

Suephus' Super Bowl Food Night!

Miss all you guys,


Come on, buttered popcorn!

But sadly, the jellybean didn’t make it.

Guess the point is moot.

Kind of glad it didn’t,


Five days later, on Sunday, November 9th, we “held” our first L.A. Food Night.

Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. While KB and I did cook the meal that night—chicken manicotti—our friend Denise hosted, and the group was admittedly small. It was us, Denise, Lille, and two people we had just met, but would soon become close friends with: Mel and Kyle.

Here’s a photo of them with KB from that night:

KB, Mel, and Kyle on the first L.A. Food Night: Sunday, November 9th, 2008.

And here’s another photo of the three of them nearly seven years later, shot during our going-away party on September 24th, 2015.

KB, Mel, and Kyle at our going-away party: Thursday, September 24th, 2015.

Our last official Food Night in L.A. was held on Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Unlike the first L.A. Food Night, a bunch of folks came out including our good friend Theune…

The final L.A. Food Night: Sunday, September 20th, 2015.

…Dima, Mana, and Greg…

The final L.A. Food Night: Sunday, September 20th, 2015.

…and a whole slew of other folks we love and miss dearly.

The final L.A. Food Night: Sunday, September 20th, 2015.

They’re all the best,


…when we moved.

Specifically, this old Red Carpet Lanes bowling ball…

Bon voyage, bowling ball!

…and this rubber band ball, which I had been adding to since 2000.

It's been real, rubber band ball!

At the center of that ball is a bloody Band-Aid. Gross, I know, but true.

I brought my other balls with me… all three of ’em,


My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

I meant to post this in October, but… you know. Life.

That lasted seven months,


…and was even more fortunate to hang with these folks while there.

L.A. friends!

More L.A. friends!

And even more L.A. friends!

I miss those kids,


…back in October! Mostly because of… you know, life.

After flying to Chicago with KB, Grey, Meatshake, and Heisenberg on September 26th, I then flew back to L.A. to wrap up our packing/moving, grab Mr. Fabulous, and then make the long drive back to Chicago.

When I got there, I found Beth waiting to pick me up at LAX!

Surprise chaperone at LAX!

It was an awesome surprise, especially since I had just helped her move up to San Anselmo a few weeks prior.

I was only in L.A. for an insanely hectic four days, so we had to use our time wisely. To be read: We went to Disneyland…

Disneyland surprise!

…with all of these folks, who played hooky from their jobs/lives to hang out.

Yeah, buddy!

We even went over to California Adventure and rode California Screamin’, which we pondered intensely.

California... Screamin'? Hmmm.

It was a great way to leave L.A. That is, until I went back a few weeks later.

Thanks to Beth for making the long trek to surprise me, and thanks to all of the folks who came out to Disneyland. Miss and love all you guys!

I know some pretty amazing folks,


…you should know that this car belongs to The Count.

This car belongs to The Count! Whoever that is.

I know this because his name is written on the back,


Old Poop!