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Alex Fay 99-03

NAME: Alex Michael Fay, son of Faye Fay (the most famous mother on Rice's campus, and one of the two honorary SC members)


FAVORITE GAME: Mystery Line was always fun, but I gotta go with Murder Chain.

GAMES YOU REMEMBER PLAYING: You want a list? I'll just give some of my favorites. 5 Things, Cheese Party, Mr. Know It All, Mystery Line, Blind Line, Script, Hoe Down, Do Run Run, Murder Chain, Wordmania, Historical Ballet, Beep

FUNNIEST GAME DONE IN PRACTICE: Standing Standing Dragon was awesome. I also really liked Ed Hits On Someone, and the Two Nouns game, where we got two nouns, made up the rules for the game on the spot, then played it. Good times. Oh yeah, and there was the time that I played Debate with Jeff Bishop, and made him rip on himself for 2 straight minutes, because the topic of the debate was Jeff Bishop, and he had to argue against himself the whole time.

FUNNIEST GAME PERFORMED ON STAGE: Murder Chain, Philharmonics joint show. Hands down. What was the murder weapon? Andy Perez: "I killed him with God." Jonathan Shepard: "It's one of two things. Either A) the congo river, or B) the Oracle of Delphi." Oh man. I still laugh at that shit. For the record, it was the Titanic.

BIGGEST INSIDE JOKE: Ah, so many to choose from. "Shut the fuck up, Andy," in SPACE, feeeeeet, with dogs, etc. But my favorite two both revolve around Jonathan Shepard. First, any time he says, "I just murdered two people, let's go have a snack." Second of all, that crazy "Super crazy happy Japanese gameshow extravaganza!" shit was hilarious.

Five Things, freshman year owl weekend. I was the guesser, and we got 5 out of 5, and the audience went nuts. It was really sweet. And, one of the locations was Sid Rich, and I swear, I had no fucking clue that it was Sid until it literally came out of my mouth as a complete guess. It was tight.

There was also the time freshman year when I was playing Blind Line, and Elaine Lockshin (sp?), who was my insecure girlfriend in the scene, said to me, "Why did you even like me in the first place?" And I said, "Well, I'll tell you why." And I picked up a slip of paper, and managed to get out with a straight face what was written on it: "Sometimes people are just insanely attracted to donkeys." Holy shit, the house came down.

My other great memories all came from this year. I think the single best/most important show that SC ever did was the Philharmonics joint show in the fall of 2002. My reasoning:

  1. We made $400 (and a can of soup) for charity. Always nice. Hopefully, it's the first of what will become an annual event.
  2. It had never been done before, and it opened the door for musical games for the first time ever.
  3. The Philharmonics were great, but we were absolutely fantastic and outshined them. I mean, the mentos game? Hilarious.
  4. Because a bunch of Phils fans showed up, we increased OUR fan base by leaps and bounds.
  5. It produced the Murder Chain story mentioned above.
  6. Simply put, it was a ton of fun.
  7. I met my soon-to-be hot freshman girlfriend Searcy at that show. No, we're not still together, but seriously. She's way hot.
  8. Most importantly, it got us to think big for the first time.

Traveling to St. Louis to film the pilot didn't work out exactly as we had planned, but let me say that again. **We travelled to St. Louis to film a freakin' TV pilot.** That is simply bad-ass. And we did it on the university's budget.

And the Owl Weekend show this year (2003) rocked. Faye Fay made an onstage appearance, the Historical Ballet was the conception and birth of Alex Fay (which was in the top 5 most hilarious games I've seen in a performance), and there were 400 people in seats plus three rows of standing-room-only people along the walls in the back. Simply awesome.