Paul and Ben, also known as gude/laurance, have been performing together since June of 2000. They contributed regularly to Annex Theatre’s monthly late-night cabaret Spin the Bottle from March 2003 to October 2014. Below is the definitive list of each one of their performances. All performances took place at Spin the Bottle unless otherwise noted.
June 2, 2000
Improv Slide Show: Paul improvises a story to random slides pulled from Ben’s family’s photo slide archive.
April 7, 2001
Nice Guys and Fast Women: Paul and Ben present their monumental opus in front of the Spin the Bottle crowd.
October 4, 2002
Deconstructing Improv: Paul dreams he and Ben did improv at Spin the Bottle, so they decide to make the dream come true; only it turns out to be a nightmare filled with duct tape, marshmallows, and John DeShazo.
December 6, 2002
I Love Oatmeal: Bruce Hall is the host of a Jerry Springer-style show where Ben owns a can of oatmeal that Paul is in love with. But soon the Pop Tart storms on stage and all hell breaks loose!
March 7, 2003
This Is Me, This Is My House: Paul and Ben debut their new electronic music band “Glitcher,” complete with slide-show accompaniment.
April 4, 2003
Introducing gude/laurance: Paul and Ben introduce their new performance art duo, with Ben on ukulele supporting Paul the angry poet.
May 2, 2003
Welcome to the New Space: Spin the Bottle has a new home at Freehold Theater, and Paul and Ben are the first to welcome the audience.
June 4, 2003
Market Research Theatre: At the time, Annex was producing a piece of theater based on market research. Paul and Ben decided to steal the concept.
July 3, 2003
Hai Kee Do: Spin the Bottle falls on a Thursday this July, thanks to Independence Day taking up the first Friday, confusing Paul and Ben.
August 1, 2003
This Is Me, This Is My House – DVD Commentary: Paul and Ben sit down with Stephen to offer a commentary track for their wildly popular first video. Things don’t go so well.
August 29, 2003
Fucked – An Evening of Theatrical Atrocities (Open Circle Theater): Paul and Ben are pig janitors, cleaning up the messes between short plays which attempt to out-gross the previous one.
October 3, 2003
The Cutest Couple: Paul and Ben’s friend Josef tries to convince them that they are indeed a “couple.”
November 7, 2003
Extreme S’Mores: Paul and Ben modify a familiar campfire snack, making it violent and grotesque.
December 4, 2003
Letter To Paul: Ben can’t make Spin the Bottle this month, and so sends a letter to Paul which he reads for the first time on stage.
January 2, 2004
Jumpstart the Funk: Paul and Ben present an instructional song about how to jump start your funk in the wintertime.
February 6, 2004
The Rise and Fall of Dr. Egas Moniz: Dr. Egas Moniz was a pioneer in the field of brain surgury, championing what he called a leucotomy. A pre-cursor to the lobotomy, a leucotomy severed the frontal lobes from each other, rendering a previously “insane” person docile and manageable by the psychiatric staff. He subsequently won a nobel prize in medicine, and was seriously injured by a former patient. Paul and Ben re-enacted this short history in three minutes in clown.
March 5, 2004
Pants, Motherfucker: Paul and Ben, with friends Zack and Rachel, debut their new agro-pop fusion noise band “Orange Drink,” and their fabulous new song. Sadly, no evidence of the song exists to this day.
April 2, 2004
The Murder Files – Part One: Street Justice: Two detectives on a stakeout have an interesting conversation.
May 7, 2004
Winner Takes None: A silent battle of wits with a devious villain, a crafty woman, and a vial of poison.
June 4, 2004
Inside Joke: Two angels discover the humanitarian atrocities the US military has been doling out on the people of Afghanistan. Notable as it’s the first instance of Paul getting naked (or mostly naked) on the Spin the Bottle stage.
July 2, 2004
I’m Gonna Smash My Ukulele: Ben flies solo this month, smashing his ukulele to celebrate the occasion.
August 6, 2004
Telephone: The first video produced by gude/laurance – a video homage to the popular parlor game “telephone.”
September 3, 2004
Foxy/Proxy: Ben is flying solo again for Spin the Bottle, and decides to give the audience what they want, Paul and Ben making out – in the form of two girls.
September 17, 2004
Deconstructing Improv (SketchFest Seattle): Paul and Ben do a rare reprisal of one of their performances for SketchFest’s late night alternative cabaret PUSH.
October 31, 2004
The Lagrudchi Brothers (ACT): Two vaudevillians haunt ACT Theater as part of Annex Theater’s “Ghosty” series.
November 5, 2004
Another Mouth To Feed: Paul, along with friends Stephen, Josef, and Sonya, take Flat Stanley on a tour of downtown Seattle. Things don’t go so well.
December 3, 2004
After The Shootout: Paul and Ben have become famous and have taken on an intern, Mike.
January 7, 2005
Blood Blood Blood: Paul and Ben play a song, the lyrics of which came to Paul in a dream.
February 4, 2005
Naked Dead Guy: Paul and Ben had noticed that their friend Chris had been doing two things lately in all of the shows he’s been in: Getting naked and getting killed. So, they invited him to come be a naked dead guy in one of their performances.
March 4, 2005
Skates or Blades?: Paul and Ben determine once and for all which is better, roller skates or roller blades?
April 1, 2005
Let’s Throw A Fish At Josef: Paul and Ben spend Easter Sunday looking for just the right type of fish to throw at their friend Josef.
April 1, 2005
The Ballad of Nut: Paul and Ben have a small part in another Spin the Bottle performance.
June 3, 2005
Midnight Road Trip To Tacoma with Paul and Ben: Paul and Ben hold a contest to drive one lucky Spin the Bottle audience member to the Denny’s in Tacoma. Things don’t always go as planned with gude/laurance, however.
July 1, 2005
Virtual Bruce: Paul and Ben host Spin the Bottle, with a very virtual Bruce as a co-host.
August 5, 2005
The Debate Show: Paul and Ben debate the US Space program.
September 2, 2005
A Star-Rated Toilet: Ben provides a summary of his recent visit to China, while Paul eats a random selection of exotic foods from Uwajimaya.
October 7, 2005
Five-Minute Bachelor Party: Ben throws a bachelor party for Paul at Spin the Bottle, complete with a very unusual stripper.
November 4, 2005
Sweat From My Balls: Paul and Ben try to rap during the very first edition of Spin the Bottle’s “60 Seconds Max.”
December 2, 2005
Paul and Ben Fucking Rock: Paul and Ben present a brand new gladiator-style form of combat.
December 20, 2005
XTL: Paul and Ben participate in the Xtreme Theater League.
January 6, 2006
I’m On Fire: Paul and Ben demo their new band – Notorious Big Tool Madonna – with Paul on guitar and Ben on drums.
February 3, 2006
This Day In History: Paul and Ben determine what happened on this day in history.
March 3, 2006
Scenes from Fatherhood, parts 1 and 2: Paul describes in detail what the brain of a new father feels like.
April 7, 2006
The gude/laurance Joe Adcock Theatre Review Mad-Lib: Paul and Ben poke a little fun at a retiring Seattle theater reviewer, using words from the audience.
May 5, 2006
Ninja Exterminators: A couple finds that their house is infested with ninjas. And of course, when you find one ninja, there are sure to be more in your crawlspace.
June 2, 2006
Paul and Ben – Dashing Sportsmen: Paul straps his newborn child to his chest while he and Ben have a marshmallow eating contest. An audience member storms out of the theater during this performance.
July 7, 2006
Human Pinata: Paul and Ben host Spin the Bottle, culminating in Ben beating the crap out of Paul.
September 1, 2006
How To Eat Bread: An instructional video
September 4, 2006
The Best of Spin the Bottle: Paul and Ben revisit some favorite pieces from the previous years.
October 6, 2006
Froggypants!: Paul and Ben debut a new character, Froggypants, and invite the audience to take pictures of him and send them to Paul.
November 3, 2006
I’m Gonna Punch You In The Face: Paul and Ben, along with their friend Bret, debut their new band The Schoolyard Bullies, at Annex Theatre’s 60 Seconds Max.
December 1, 2006
The Froggypants Song: Paul and Ben show a crowdsourced video starring Froggypants.
January 5, 2007
The gude/laurance Annual Gift Exchange: Paul and Ben present presents to each other.
February 2, 2007
Koko Found Erotic Poetry: Paul and Ben, along with the help of Bret, read some found erotic poetry from Koko the Gorilla.
March 2, 2007
Competitive Telephone: Teams of telephone players vie for handfulls from the box of candy.
April 6, 2007
Spin the Bottle – The Game Show: Paul and Ben improvise a scene based on props brought in by the audience.
May 4, 2007
Open Air Markets and You: Paul and Ben lead you through the highs and lows of operating an open air market fruitstand.
June 1, 2007
Puppet House: Long-suffering Paul discovers his roommate – the puppet Captain O – might actually be a danger to his safety.
July 6, 2007
Velcrosity: Paul and Ben have the audience throw ping pong balls covered in velcro at them.
September 7, 2007
Welcome to the New Space, Redux: Paul and Ben ring in the new Annex space with bats and candy.
October 5, 2007
Tacoma Smut: Paul and Ben have the smut slot, and rap about it.
November 2, 2007
The Harvest: If the harvest is to succeed, a sacrifice must be made.
December 7, 2007
Replica: Paul and Ben take up residence in a motel room on Aurora Avenue for 18 hours and produce a video.
January 4, 2008
The Story of Mary Gartside: Paul and Ben with special guest star Becky Poole enact the first ever appendectomy.
February 1, 2008
Cannibal Martian: Paul and Ben rock out at Spin the Bottle.
March 7, 2008
Strange State Laws: Paul and Ben describe some strange state laws with occasional vocoder.
April 4, 2008
Sleeping Bag Sumo: Two sleeping bags enter, one exits.
May 2, 2008
Naked Ladies Excerpt: Paul and Ben perform a scene in advance of the opening of their full length show.
May 16 – May 31, 2008
Naked Ladies: Paul and Ben, along with their friends Bret and Becky, write and produce a late-night show for Annex Theatre. Two vaudevillians find a briefcase in the desert with “Naked Ladies” written on it, but since neither of them know what a naked lady is, they have no idea what’s inside. All they know is they have to keep it away from that pesky coyote.
June 6, 2008
The Joe Adcock Naked Ladies Theater Review Mad-Lib: Paul and Ben re-hash an old bit where they have the audience fill out a mad-lib review in the style of longtime Seattle PI reviewer Joe Adcock.
June 23, 2008
Naked Ladies Excerpt: Paul and Ben perform a scene for the SketchFest Seattle fundraiser.
July 11, 2008
Full Contact Reverse Tug-of-War: A performance combining live action and film, culminating in Paul’s head exploding.
August 1, 2008
An Amazing Breakthrough in Kitchen Technology: It’s the latest and greatest in kitchen technology. It also might harm you.
September 5, 2008
Death Perception: A maniac with a vendetta goes against a cop with a secret.
October 3, 2008
Nana’s Muff: A song about a bygone artifact of clothing.
November 7, 2008
I Love A Rainy Night: Ben sings and Paul pours water on his head. Performance art!
January 2, 2009
A New Year’s Spectacle: Paul and Ben ring in the new year with a chorus, cannons, and magic.
February 6, 2009
The Werehouse: Part man, part house.
March 6, 2009
Biography: Paul and Ben tag-team. Paul reads a biography, Ben fawns over SnorgTees.
March 29, 2009
Sleeping Bag Sumo: A re-hash of a familiar bit for Spin the Bottle Jr.
April 3, 2009
User-Generated Art: Paul and Ben wander around the theater and have the audience paint on a canvas.
May 1, 2009
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Paul and Ben cover Cyndi Lauper, with girls dancing in slow motion.
June 5, 2009
The Murder Files – Part Two: The Wire: The two detectives listen in on a peculiar phone call.
June 21, 2009
Skates vs. Blades: A re-hash of a bit for Spin the Bottle Jr.
July 3, 2009
Cereal Killer: Two roommates do battle with tools they find inside their cereal boxes.
August 7, 2009
Nature Boy: Paul sings while Ben runs around foolishly.
September 4, 2009
It’s A Good Thing You’re So Cute: Paul and Ben debut their new childrens song at StB.
September 5 – September 7, 2009
Spin the Bottle, Jr: Paul and Ben rehash a couple bits at Spin the Bottle.
September 21, 2009
Nana’s Muff: Paul and Ben play a song at the opening night gala for SketchFest 2009.
September 24, 2009
SketchFest: Paul and Ben do a full set for SketchFest Seattle 2009
October 2, 2009
Name That Erotica: Paul and Ben debut their new game show where the audience has to guess which public figure wrote a piece of erotic fiction.
November 1, 2009
Comte’s First Annual Birthday Fundriaser: Paul and Ben let Chris Comte throw a bucket of candy into the audience.
November 6, 2009
Paul Yells at the Audience: Paul yells at the audience about V being an allegory for Obama while Ben chugs a beer.
December 4, 2009
Video Resume: Paul and Ben need a job. Can you help them?
January 8, 2010
Highschool Stalker: Paul and Ben cover Hello, Saferide.
February 5, 2010
Mexican Radio: Paul and Ben cover Wall of Voodoo.
March 5, 2010
March: A new song and music video for a new spring.
April 2, 2010
Table Read: Paul and Ben perform a new piece, that happened to make it into a student documentary film about comedy.
April 9, 2010
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Misadventure: Paul and Ben disseminate Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure while drinking slupees.
May 7, 2010
Close Up Eyes: Paul and Ben cover the literal video version of Aha’s “Take On Me.”
May 18, June 4, 2010
Expulsion From Paradise: Paul and Ben perform as Sgt. Rigsby’s JV squad.
July 2, 2010
Cobrastyle: Paul and Ben cover Mad Cobra.
August 6, 2010
Alice: Paul and Ben cover Tom Waits.
September 3, 2010
buCAKEe: A pastry experience that’s not for everybody.
October 1, 2010
The Mystery Hole: Are you brave enough to reach into The Mystery Hole?
November 5, 2010
60 Seconds Max: Paul once again screams at the audience while Ben drinks a beer.
November 14, 2010
Comte: We have Chris throw ping pong balls at Paul, then do “Candy For Hugs.”
January 7, 2011
Christmas Light Jump Rope: Paul and Ben ring in the new year with lights, pillows, and girls in pajamas.
February 4, 2011
The Murder Files – Part Three: The Wrong Side of the Tracks: The two detectives find themselves in a precarious situation.
March 4, 2011
Wolf Like Me: Paul and Ben cover TV On The Radio
March 6, 2011
Mutt and Jeff Improv: Paul and Ben improvise to an old Mutt and Jeff cartoon.
April 1, 2011
Space Oddity: Paul and Ben cover David Bowie
May 6, 2011
Let’s Throw Stuff at John: Paul and Ben invite their friend John on stage so they can throw stuff at him.
June 3, 2011
Ava Adore: Paul and Ben cover the Smashing Pumpkins
July 1, 2011
Empty Them Dreamcatchers: Paul and Ben pay tribute to the goSuperego podcast with a very inexplicable physical spectacle.
August 5, 2011
Guy Talk: Paul and Ben wrestle.
September 2, 2011
Deadweight: Paul and Ben cover Beck
November 4, 2011
Paul Apologizes: Paul can’t make it to Spin the Bottle, so Ben has him apologize to the audience via speakerphone.
December 2, 2011
Jumpstart The Funk: Paul and Ben produce a video for their song.
January 6, 2012
Gunfight Epiphany: Paul and Ben cover the theme song to the TV show “Terriers.”
February 3, 2012
12 Angry Ninjas: A jury must decide if Killer Robot should go to prison.
March 2, 2012
The Ransom: Two villains find that holding a hostage for ransom might not pay out the way they expected.
March 3, 2012
Sleeping Bag Sumo: Paul and Ben remount their enormously successful hit at their friend’s 40th birthday party.
May 4, 2012
I’m Just Like You: An inexplicable performance featuring sandwiches, domokun, and friendship.
June 1, 2012
Paul and Ben – Dashing Sportsmen Part 2: Paul and Ben remount a performance from years ago to see if there were any lasting effects on Paul’s daughter.
July 2, 2012
Location: Paul and Ben go on a quest to find locations for their upcoming film.
August 3, 2012
Unanswered Questions: Paul, Ben, and friend Lindsay try to answer some unanswerable questions.
September 7, 2012
Grendel’s Mother: Paul and Ben cover the Mountain Goats.
October 5, 2012
The gude/laurance Spin the Bottle Contract Rider Mad Lib: Paul and Ben phone it in and have yet a third mad-lib.
November 2, 2012
Acting vs. Punching: For 60 Seconds Max, Paul and Ben determine the easiest method to get out of a paper bag.
December 7, 2012
Two Headed Boy: Paul and Ben cover Neutral Milk Hotel.
January 4, 2013
Based on a True Story: Paul appears out of a recycling bin as Ben chases him with a bat.
February 1, 2013
Quite Contrary: Paul and Ben produce a music video for Matthew Morgan and the Lost Brigade
March 1, 2013
Debrief: Breaking Bad meets large monkeys.
May 3, 2013
Sleeping Bag Food: A mischievous rabbit lures a sleeping bag.
June 7, 2013
American Doctor Who, Episode 1: The Doctor lands and defeats a strange alien.
July 5, 2013
Ben’s Just Playing The Drums: Paul sings while Ben just plays the drums.
August 2, 2013
The Big Sketch: A sketch from almost 20 years ago resurfaces at Spin the Bottle.
September 6, 2013
Actor’s Nightmare: Paul and Ben recreate an actor’s nightmare.
October 4, 2013
War Pigs: Paul and Ben cover Black Sabbath.
December 6, 2013
American Doctor Who, Episode 2: The Doctor picks up another willing companion, but this time a journey to a far off world doesn’t end as planned.
January 3, 2014
Paul Sleeps Through Spin the Bottle: Paul has to wake up early the next day, so he sleeps on stage during the whole show, and Ben sings a lullaby.
February 7, 2014
Five Minute Book Launch: Paul and Ben present Paul’s new book in a five-minute book launch.
March 7, 2014
Dinner In Hell: Paul eats a steak in hell.
April 4, 2014
7 Minutes in Heaven: GudeLaurance participate in speed dating.
May 2, 2014
Just Two Dudes: Paul and Ben cover Survivor.
June 6, 2014
At The Lake: A serene day takes a strange turn.
August 1, 2014
American Doctor Who, Episode 3: The Doctor meets his nemesis, Da Masta, and ends up looking into the Timex Portal. Regeneration ensues.
September 1, 2014
Seattle People Doing Sketch: Paul and Ben perform some of their greatest hits at Bumbershoot.
September 5, 2014
Badminton Battle Royale: Paul and Ben invite the audience to play badminton.
October 3, 2014
Extreme Trick or Treating: The final regular GudeLaurance performance. Paul thinks we’re doing a bit, but Ben surprises him.
December 5, 2014
Bret’s Last Show: GudeLaurance provide a “Bretrospective,” if you will, in honor of Bret’s last show as curator of Spin the Bottle.
July 3, 2015
Feelin’ Good: Paul and Ben cover Nina Simone.
June 2, 2017
American Doctor Who, Episode 4: The Doctor enlists the help of some companions to help him out of a tricky situation.
December 7, 2018
GudeLaurance in St. Louis: Paul and Ben take a playful romp around the City Museum in St. Louis.