September 9th, 2010
Update Oct 14 2012, Ya Gotta Go Higher the film we didn’t know we had until we were accepted in this years La Femme Film Festival. It debut in the Renberg Theater on the property of the Gay and Lesbian Center, which is the biggest screen they have on that property. Right away we knew this was the perfect place for our film to debut since I was the principal performer in this film. They’re using french dialogue LaFemme(I was born in France). Femme means females no one likes females more then me I was in heaven around all these creative, beautiful women. And last but not least of the clues this was right for us the festival took place at the Gay and Lesbian Center.(and I am a lesbian trapped in a black mans body). So you see it seemed ideal for me, we had a lot of fun rushing to make a directors cut.
The director also one of the writers and producers Ms. Danita Jones. It was her desire to take the presentation screener we made out of shooting the twenty live stage shows and string that footage together to create what we like to call a docu-film .
We were in the documentary category on the film festivals menu. Film festivals weren’t on our menu but it was a great surprise and an honor to be accepted. Oct 13th the movie came up on that big screen in front of a quaint audience filled with mostly friends, family and fans but not many film festival participants or industry folk.
So I don’t know what I feel about the entire experience other than gratitude for the possibility of something great happening for the project and meeting some really fabulous women. My daughters, and nephews were really proud of the piece that just might be enough for me to say that our work touched somebody… We really appreciate the opportunity from all of us at Shoshin Entertainment.
Update July 18 2012, Well, we had a deal, to shoot a series of “Out of Time” shows for a subsidiary studio at the Warner Center and they faked. We call it a 57Fake in Los Angeles, it’s a football play and street term meaning “subject to change without notice”… And they did.
Update Oct 25th 2011, I will do as many shows as I can on topics the news is so afraid to keep their eye on. I believe the news media is against reporting the world is “Goin’ Higher”… Right now all over the world people are choosing to go higher with their thoughts and actions. And the current status quo is refusing to do so… Occupy Wall St. has spread all over the country bigger then the tea-party and the news refuses to do any in depth reporting on it and I don’t remember any tear gas or bullets or billie clubs at the tea-bagger rallies. Except for the ones the tea-baggers brought on their own person.
Well “Ya Gotta Go Higher” with Yul Spencer will keep it’s focus on Us…U.S. A webishow made just for the internet.
Update: Oct 17th 2011, We have put six shows in the can and are now in an editing marathon to get them out to you.
Coming soon Ya Gotta Go Higher with Yul Spencer this show is being made just for the internet where I don’t have to whimper down to censors and political correctness…I can say anything I want and challenge whomever I want and that is cool. Of course until the internet police is created but until then all of us who create shows for the internet get to spread our wings and go higher. lol.
On September 10th we will begin taping the first episodes of our webishow Ya Gotta Go Higher with Yul Spencer.
To give you a short description of what the show is about is to know my three t.v. heroes.
Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert these guys are my t.v. heroes because they ‘re all comics who get to make a great living doing comedy with a purpose. That’s why I’m doing this show Ya Gotta Go Higher I’ve chosen to do my comedy with a purpose as well but not for the same paycheck. Yet!
I always have done my stand-up routine with a purpose. With the many t.v. hours I have logged in as a stand-up comic. I’ve always used the mic and stage as a forum to create thought, action, and most of all laughter. After all that’s why I’m on stage to make you laugh to entertain you.
So now because of the world wide web and some eager producers. I can now do a show like this for all of you. The t.v. heroes of mines the big three I like to call ‘em seem to have the lock on these types of shows and make huge pay checks from television studios.
Well that’s not me, I’m more like you, struggling to be a billionaire.
It’s true I’m just like most Americans concerned about the future of our families and country. Not that the big three aren’t they just make a shit load more money doing it. I’m closer to Americas problems and I will do all I can to entertain you with them.
We’re not strictly a political show we will cover anything and everything we feel beating at the heart of America. We will cover topics such as the first black serial killer, the price of gold and water, the end of the world to the re-election race for the Presidency.
We will go higher in our thinking and actions because we ‘re of the thinking if you want to have a better day then today… Tomorrow …Ya Gotta Go Higher !
A Seriously funny thanks to all who support comedy and the reason for laughter.
Your host Yul Spencer
Los Angeles, CA-April 3, 2009: Many will recognize actor/comedian Yul "Spencer" from the hit shows Comic View, Make Me Laugh, Cisco and Ripple and his film's Funny FutherMuckers and Two Can Play That Game, not to mentionnumerous TV and stage appearances, most recently The Shield, Friends and Lovers, and TV's Funniest Commercial's: Burger King Steakhouse spot. But none have ever seen him like this!
In his highly anticipated, uniquely personal stage play, "Ya' Gotta Go Higher," the versatile actor/comedian, shows us how he transformed trial into triumph and trouble into truth revealing his 15-year odyssey to stay recovered, stay in show business, stay married... "Oh hell, stay alive!" While making choices to go higher in all ways, he reveals a side of his life so intimate and relatable, it'll have audiences enjoying more than a comedy show, but nodding with understanding the many trials we face trying to quit something we love. Through laughter and tears, audiences will find companionship on what appears to be the lonely road towards healing. And if there's any truth in jest, let the mending process begin here!
Audiences will especially enjoy hearing about his relationship with the great Richard Pryor, as Spencer forged his early acting and comedy career thinking he had to be as high as Pryor and the rest to get ahead. Then as comics started dying, Spencer witnessed it all, from Sam Kinison, Chris Collins, to Charlie Burnett. Says Spencer, "There used to be six of us, comics and actors, black and white buddies who hung out and got high together...five of 'em died. I knew God knew math, too. I was number six... so I quit."
At the same time, he was attempting to have the idyllic family life that was anything but; and just as his career started taking off, his wife divorced him, and he went deeper and higher, followed by the inevitable crash & burn. Spencer also tells funny tales from his tough early childhood in Oakland, incarceration, having a family, Hollywood, politics, and of course, the college of getting' high. His true-life experiences and keen observations on the unspoken truths and allure of worldly temptations strikes a universal chord. And no one better to bring it to the stage than this all-around performer whose comedic elucidations will resonate with audiences everywhere. His is a fascinating story of life and seeking a higher ground to play on. And, with humor and some pathos, how he arrived at his "Ya' Gotta Go Higher" decision to truly survive.
Spencer's audiences alternate between Comedy Clubs, his news and political blog: FSNToday.com and standing room only appearances in recovery groups across the country. His comedy speaks to those familiar with the iconic "Twelve Step" program, as well as to civilian audiences. Since anonymous recovery groups such as AA started back in 1935 by Bill Wilson "Bill W" and Dr. Robert Smith "Dr. Bob," people recover all over America with no discernable figures for "graduates" or outer forum to celebrate.-- In Los Angeles' "naked city" alone, the figure could be tens of thousands with everyone recovering from something--whether it's alcohol, cigarettes, food, sex, debt, greed, exercise or any number of afflictions & disorders. "Ya' Gotta Go Higher" will dare to take audiences for a knee slapping ride on that slippery slope One Show At a Time.
Co-written and directed by Larry B. Scott (Revenge of the Nerds), writer/producer Danita Jones (Frasier, Celebrity Rehab) and co-produced by Gemstone Talent's, Diane Yslas, Spencer looks forward to LA Theatre audiences joining him on this exhilarating journey and his quest to laugh, reflect and think of ways they too can "Go Higher." Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.ygghtv.com or throughwww.eticketfarm.com .For more info: visit www.YULSPENCER.com ####