Passion = Truth? How Jeffrey James Francis Ircink Sees The World? I love when people are passionate about something. That surging of emotion is the one honest measure of what truth is. It's a truthful display of how a person really feels about something or someone at that particular moment. That passion IS truth.

About me...

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Greendale, Wisconsin, United States
Ex-producer of THE REALLY FUNNY HORNY GOAT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, playwright, actor, singer, outdoorsman, blogger, amateur photog, observer & bitcher, Beach Boys groupie, Brett Favre fanatic, lover of everything Celtic and forever a member in the Tribe of HAIR. Spent most of my life in the Village of Waterford, a small town just outside of the Milwaukee suburbs. After 12 years in North Hollywood, Bel Air and Culver City, Cali, I moved back to Wisconsin in September 2009. No regrets - of moving to LA OR moving back to WI. Have traveled to Belfast, Ireland, Dayton (OH), Manhattan, Seattle, Cedar Rapids, New York, Miami and Sydney, Australia with my plays. Moved back into the Village of Greendale where I was born. Life is good.


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Plug For a Band That Deserves a Plug

AEROSOL HALO. Their favorite place to practice is in the white room with black curtains at the station, awah-wah-wah, wah-wah-wah-wha, wha-wha. This is my buddy, Nick's band, outta Cedar Rapids and Chicago. Alternative stuff. Original music. Nick wrote a piece for my play, STAN'S ADDICTION. By the way, Nick's the one shading his eyes. I think they have four CD's out - if you have any suggestions as to where they can play, let me know. If you don't, then go to HEEEEEEEELL!!! I'm kidding - come on, that's musician talk, man.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

"Twas a Year Ago Today..."

A year ago today, April 21, my friend Tina and I left Chicago for Dublin. If you've never seen the photos and are interested, let me know.

That's all I'm gonna say on that subject.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

This is really dumb, but...

The new phone books came out here in CA and, alas, I am no longer listed as living in Bel Air. What you see is from an old phonebook. It's kinda sad - 'cause I miss my very hot 2-story guesthouse on 7 acres. It's good because I don't work "Idiot" anymore. Long story. Check my July post for more details. Let's just say that I hope "Idiot" rots in hell.

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On A Lighter Side...

Thought the world could use something to take its mind off recent events in Virginia - check out this "exercise" I found on actor Jeff Bridges' website. It's actually one of the cooler sites I've seen -

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Beach Boys - Don't Worry Baby

They say you can tell a lot about a guy by what kinda car he drives, or the shoes he's wearing, or his clothes. So - you think you know what I'm all about? Watch these two videos and you will have the essence

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Dennis Wilson's "Forever"

Dennis Wilson, one of the three Wilson brothers of The Beach Boys, was an unsung creative force. How I miss his energy and PASSION.

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Saturday, April 7, 2007

"Theeeeese little town blues...", or "Stan's Addiction's" Headed to Broadway, Baby (well, Off-Off B'way)!

More breaking news...I confirmed yesterday that I'll be flying out to New York in May for a private, two day reading of "Stan's Addiction" by the Bleeker Street Irregulars Theatre Company - sorta between Greenwich Village and the lower east side of Manhattan. A theater-friend of mine from Iowa, Michael Harrington (we were in A Chorus Line together) is one of the partners in this production company, along with the former president of NYU. Barring any unforeseen hitches, Bleeker Street will put up an Equity Showcase run of the play late summer. Stay tuned for more updates!

Hey - wait a second. That means - BROADWAY, BABY!!! Well...Off-Off Broadway, but hey - who's really gonna bust MY chops, right NOW? And I said I had no interest in ever visiting the Big Apple...

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Friday, April 6, 2007


I received official word that "Pass the Salt, Please." - my 10-minute erotic play - won BEST OF SHOW in the inaugural juried show, UNcover: An Art Exhibition with An Erotic Vibe, which was last weekend in Cedar Rapids, IA (see below post from April 2). Wow! So-o...I'd like to thank my actors - Gary Benser and Julia Corbett (who were fantastic, by the way), Casey Kasparek, artist and organizer of the event (and those who helped him), and everyone who attended the event and voted for us. In particular, thanks to my friends who showed up. It was fun, wasn't it? It would've been a different experience without you. My mother thanks you; my father thanks you; I thank you.

If you missed UNcover, and are curious as to what all the hub-bub's about concerning "Pass the Salt, Please.", I'd be happy to email you a copy of my "dirty play" - keeping in mind plays "read" much better when seen "live". Or go to my play site:
for a sampling of "PTSP." The website for the event is at:

It was a wonderful event and I hope Casey puts it up next year.

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Stan's Addiction in American Theatre magazine

The April '07 issue of American Theatre magazine features an ad for my play, Stan's Addiction - page 86, lower left corner. Pretty cool. This national publication is widely read by theater professionals across the country (or we hope it is), so - we'll see. The ad includes an excellent quote by Leslie Charipar, director of the Urban Theater Project of Iowa, which first read Stan's last year (just click on the picture and it'll open up in a bigger window). And that's Scott Humeston tak'in a drag (which is part of the cover of the play book). I met Leslie and Scott in 1994 at Theatre Cedar Rapids in Iowa while the three of us were performing in a Broadway review called, Echoes.

Oh-h come now - don't tell me you haven't heard of Echoes???
(c) Copyright Jeffrey James Ircink

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Director Bob Clark 1941-2007

Sad news.

The Associated Press -- LOS ANGELES -- Film director Robert Clark, best known for the beloved holiday classic "A Christmas Story," and his son were killed (Jeff says, 'murdered') Wednesday in a car wreck, the filmmaker's assistant and police said. Clark, 67, and son Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, were killed ('murdered') in the accident in Pacific Palisades. The two men were in an Infiniti that collided head-on with a GMC Yukon around 2:30 a.m. PST, said Lt. Paul Vernon, a police spokesman. The driver of the other car was under the influence of alcohol and was driving without a license, Vernon said.

The driver, Hector Velazquez-Nava, 24, an illegal alien from Mexican who was living in Los Angeles, will be booked for investigation of gross vehicular manslaughter after being treated, Vernon said. The motherfucker was 3x over the legal limit. A female passenger in his car also was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Director Bob Clark helmed the modern holiday classic A Christmas Story and was the writer-director-producer of the film, Porky's, which became the highest-grossing film of 1982 and one of the highest-grossing films ever in Canada. The director of the 1974 cult horror film Black Christmas as well as the 1980 Jack Lemmon drama Tribute (which nabbed Lemmon a Best Actor Oscar nomination). The 1983 film that would become his most memorable was based on humorist Jean Shepherd's short story collection In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, A Christmas Story - which Clark directed, co-wrote and produced) was the nostalgic and humorous tale of a young boy named Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) growing up in the 1940s who yearned for the ultimate Christmas gift, a Red Ryder BB gun. It was a modest success in its initial box office run but gained a strong and steady following through the next two decades, becoming a TV staple during the holiday season and a consistent seller on DVD. Clark's other films included Rhinestone, Turk 182!, From the Hip, and the two Baby Geniuses movies. -- Mark Englehart, IMDb staff

Here's a recent photo - Warner Brothers held a special cast reunion screening of A Christmas Story at the Pacific Arclight theater in L.A. Left to right, here's R.D. Robb (Schwartz), Ian Petrella (Randy Parker), Peter Billingsley (Ralphie), Bob Clark (director/co-producer/co-writer), Scott Schwartz (Flick) and Zack Ward (Scut Farkus).

This hits home as A Christmas Story is one of my favorite movies (it's a family favorite of the Ircink's). I heard about this accident while driving to work this morning as drivers were being warned that some lanes were still closed on the PCH. Funny how the drunk driver/murderer always seems to live. I hope the little bastard rots in hell.

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Monday, April 2, 2007

UNcover was the Tits - Tops, I mean

HUGE success! More details to follow on my long weekend in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for UNcover: An Art Exhibition with An Erotic Vibe. Between 350-400 attended over the two days and the crowds loved the event. "PASS THE SALT, PLEASE." - my 10 minute erotic play - was a SMASH! Honestly, it was a second-hand tick away from perfection, and...AND they wanted to do an encore later Saturday evening as the crowds were changing throughout the night but my actress had already left. No problem - anyway, an orgasmic thanks to Gary Benser and Julia Corbett for their hard work (my actors). You BOTH stared controversy in the face and said, "Pass the Salt, Please.".

Like I said, more to follow when I get my pictures in. You're gonna wanna see these.

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Jeff's Movie Tip #1

THIS IS SPARTAAA!!!!!! If violence is no biggie, go see it. Go see it right now or WE WILL BOTH DINE IN HELL!!!! (That's a line from the flick.)

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