Who: Stand-up comedian Cody Parr will portray John McClane in a staged live reading of “Die Hard” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at 2nd Street Theater in Bend, presented by AMZ Productions and Stage Right Productions. Parr is also the presence behind Beertown Comedy, his own production company with ambitions of uniting area comics and, maybe, one day becoming a television series. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, which opens at 6:30 p.m. The cast will also do a meet and greet on Friday at the late-night “Die Hard” screening at McMenamins. Contact: 2ndstreettheater.com.
Q: Are you a fan of “Die Hard”?
A: Big fan, yes. I’m a fan of that whole franchise.
Q: Do you think of it as a Christmas movie?
A: Oh yeah, it definitely is.
Q: Do you have a favorite line that John McClane says in the movie?
A: (Laughs) I think a lot of people would say it’s “Yippee ki-yay,” so that’s probably my favorite. It’s so subtle when he says it, and it has so much impact.
Q: Have you done a live staged reading before?
A: No, I have actually not done any theater-style performances ever, other than stand-up comedy.
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about Beertown Comedy?
A: Yeah, it was meant to be a digital platform — or a digital brand for comedians to develop an online presence. I try to educate other comedians about how big of a deal it is. It’s not about who you know; it’s about who knows you. We’re in such a small pond as comedians in Central Oregon, we have to reach other people in a different way, so I wanted to help comedians to create a digital identity, to where we could write sketches, film sketches and put them out that way. But the demand for producers to (make) more shows available was just so high I eventually started producing live stand-up comedy shows. … But there’s another level, and there was another intention. … I wrote a television show based on Bend called “Beertown.” And I based it off of real people and real places here in town. I wanted to build a brand on top of that that had an audience that would be familiar with the style of comedy in the show. I wanted to do it with real comedians in this town, from this town.
Q: Have you filmed a pilot or shopped it to networks?
A: The beginning of next year we will be shooting a few scenes from it to create a pitch campaign to try and fundraise for it. I do have a friend whose wife is one of the executives at Disney. He has a lot of interest in me coming there and showing her the project, kind of bringing it to the networks there.
Q: Keep us posted on that. For people who don’t know, can you describe what the live staged reading of “Die Hard” will look like?
A: (Laughs) Oh man. There’s going to be a back projection of Nakatomi Plaza, and I believe from what I understand that it’s actually going to break apart as the show progresses. We’re going to be bloodied up. … Things are going to be happening in the movie, but we’re just going to be sitting still reading the script. A lot of the action is going to come from our stagehand, who is going to be applying wigs and makeup and giving us props as the performance is happening. It’s going to be pretty funny.
— David Jasper, The Bulletin