Jesse Mercury

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Featured Guest: Anica Cihla

AnicaBorn and raised in Wisconsin, Anica is a Seattle based comic and erstwhile SciFi enthusiast. She began her comedy career in the back of a Thai restaurant, so she’s pretty much got this multiculturalism thing on lockdown. Anica’s comedy is an approachable blend of pop culture references, chemistry puns, and self-deprecating anecdotes. She has spread her love of language and Game of Thrones all along the west coast, having performed in Seattle, Portland, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Her comedy has been described as “smart and personal,” “well-constructed, bait-and-switch jokes,” notable in that she “really talks about incest a lot.” Anica has performed in the Redwood Comedy Festival and the HIGHlarious Comedy Festival, and one time performed in the back of a defunct sex shop in a strip mall in Las Vegas. She can be heard in episode 9 of SciFi with Jesse Mercury reading and discussing the Harlan Ellison short story, “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream,” and will return soon to analyze the film Brazil.

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, it’s for your own good.

SciFi with Jesse Mercury #010: Be Cool

Be Cool

Jesse is joined by Lindsey Leonard and Randy Wood, AKA Kenzie Kenzington and Chloe Bluntzer-Hurst of Super Famous. They discuss a wide variety of SciFi topics, including Randy’s growing disinterest in the genre, contrarian love for Jar Jar Binks, and shooting lasers from your butthole. Featuring the debut of their new track with Jesse Mercury, ‘Be Cool.’

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Apex Film Festival


My music video Relativity (or: How to Stop Worrying and Love the Computer) has been selected for inclusion in the first ever Apex film festival, taking place Saturday, August 29th in Rochester, MN. I am beyond excited to have been selected from 400 submissions. According to festival coordinator Avai d’Amico they are only showing “the best of the best.”

As if things weren’t exciting enough, the festival was written up in the Rochester Post Bulletin today, and my video is featured.

Check out my listing on the Apex website.

SciFi with Jesse Mercury #009: I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

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Jesse’s guest this week is the lovely Seattle comic Anica Cihla, lover of intellectual science fiction and the #Poopstagram. Together, they read and discuss the Harlan Ellison short story ‘I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.’


I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing

I spent my childhood hating the movie Armageddon and this song by association, but I think it’s one of those things where you can’t really understand a good love song until you’ve gone through the experience. I recorded this for Barton and Val’s going away video at Jean’s instruction, and discovered in the process that this song is actually pretty wonderful.

Mugatu’s Final Performance

The final Mugatu show was by all accounts an incredible event. To everyone who came, thank you so much for helping make this one of the best nights of my entire life, and hands down the best rock show I’ve ever been a part of. Special thanks to Butt Dial and Chaotic Noise Marching Corps for joining us, and especially Lu Badu who arranged their participation. Although I will miss this band terribly, I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to go out in such epic style.

I left a camera and sound recorder perched above the mixing station at the High Dive, and edited that together with footage taken by my friends Carlos Rodela and Justin Minich to create this video of the intro and first set. If you weren’t there, this will give you a taste of the magical evening. #MugatuForever

SciFi with Jesse Mercury #008: It’s Definitely Great White Buffalo

 Podcast 5

Jesse and Audri continue their discussion of Star Trek: The Next Generation season 2. Riker holds his own, the Borg get nasty, and Data is consistently adorable. The writers strike is discussed, culminating in an abominable clip show. Also, Jesse plays a sad song, and tells a sad story. Part 2 of 2.

SciFi with Jesse Mercury #007: Guinaaaaan!!!!!!!

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Jesse Mercury and Audri Tapia (the newly christened Bonnie Quest) discuss season 2 of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Doctor Pulaski gets her fair shake, and Whoopi Goldberg is adored. Part 1 of 2.

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Mugatu Farewell Show

Be there as the greatest glam-punk post-everything rock band in existence erupts into flames for the final time! We have some special treats planned, it will be a once in a lifetime experience that you don’t want to miss. 9:30PM at the High Dive in Fremont, $8, 21+.

SciFi with Jesse Mercury #006: Synth Mantacular

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It’s time to dive into The Great Pacific Garbage Vortex! Jesse’s venerable musical collaborator Barton McGuire is an electronic tinkerer and architect of bizarre soundscapes, building chaotic reverberations for his solo project based on homemade circuits. The boys sit down to discuss his latest collection, inspired by famous SciFi locations.


Come see their final performance as Mugatu at the High Dive on August 8th with Chaotic Noise Marching Corps and Butt Dial, show at 9:30PM. As long as Jesse doesn’t shed his corporeal form, he will also be playing in the Johnny Unicorn Jam Unit at SeaProg on August 9th at the Columbia City Theater at 3PM.

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