Meet the almost heroic crew of the Time Ship Simultaneous: led by the charmingly gregarious Lucky Mulligan, the champions of the Aether Brigade are a flawed and mostly well-meaning crew who work to avenge, defend and educate from beyond the inky veil of time itself. These unique protectors could be great, but they would rather stew in their various lunacies. You might be better off without them, but they’ll “help” anyway!
Hear their definitely-not-dubious advice! Converse with them and ask questions! Participate in their stories of adventure and calamity! Divert their ennui with the games they play on their long voyages! Toast to something, already! These time-traveling heroes are here to save the world and if they can stop indulging their neuroses long enough, they just might.
These witty twits come dressed to impress, as they have disguises native to all regions of past and future history, including such themes as space station 1999, the Summer of Love, the Roaring 20’s, Jurassic cowboys and more!
Defining the Aether Brigade
The ensemble-created humor of the Aether Brigade is conveyed across multiple platforms, including live performance, radio theater, video and more. In addition to working together to create our science-fiction props and historical costumes from various past and future eras, our performers utilize a technique inspired by Commedia dell’arte, meaning that the characters have rich, established relationships that inform sketch comedy. Boozy, bawdy, ribald humor is our forte.
Reactive, adaptive and evolving during live performance, we are known for using a stage properly, which is to say that we torched the fourth wall and left it to die in a gutter in El Paso: we talk with the audience, not at them. But if you want, we can pretend to be a TV. Pretending to be a TV costs extra.
* Stage performance: Live comedy and music, interactive murder mysteries, or immersive theater.
* Emcee/MC/Master of Ceremony: Lucky Mulligan and his ukulele can keep your crowd warm and excited!
* Walkaround performance: Also known as character walking, this is environmental, interactive and immersive theater.
* Artistic services: Illustration, character design, world building, and comedy script development, costume design, prop construction, set design, graphic design and more.
“The show is a steam powered, time traveling, Who’s Line Is It Anyway on Viagra and steroids. The physical comedy was just as titillating and side-splitting as the sharp wit of the ensemble cast who takes ‘Thinking on your feet’ to a whole new level; 6,000 feet into the aether.”
— Dr. Brassy Steamington of Steampunk Designs by Dr. Brassy Steamington
“Such wit! Such tact! Such aplomb!”
— Mary Crawley, High Desert Steam
“Your equipment was top notch and production brilliant! Quite a group of characters, your crew. Not a loose nut among them though I suspect a few rivets short of watertight just to keep things interesting.”
— Commander Nicholas W. “Whiskey Nick” Triton of Kelly’s Heroes
“I engaged Captain Lucky (Corey) and the Aether Brigade to cater and entertain my wife’s 50th steampunk birthday on the Sunol/Niles railway line. Despite the extreme heat, Captain Lucky and the Aether brigade were a resounding success and made the day a delight to the birthday lady and guests. The catering was delicious and absinthe service a huge hit. The entertainment on the train was fabulous and they Brigade even unveiled a special bomb prop and worked the birthday lady into the script to defuse the situation.
“All in all I would not hesitate to recommend Captain Lucky and the Aether Brigade – they are professionals and deliver a very exciting and differentiated experience.”
— Phil Montgomery, Identiv CPO
Some of The Cast & Crew
Mr. Holden plays his ukulele every day, and created the Aether Brigade, originally. He continues to guide the project’s evolution as director and producer. An award-winning performer and artist, he plays a frequent crowd favorite character “Lucky Mulligan” drawing on his experience as an international circus clown. He holds several degrees on subjects ranging from Computer Science to Liberal Arts, and enjoys sacrificing his sanity to his Dark Lord and Savior, Cthulhu. H̷̤̖͙̻͔̥̜̳̖͔̪̗͙̘̭̤́è̢͎͔͚̰̭̭͔̟̱̬̖̩̟̕͟͠ͅͅ ҉̷̝̟̳̣̦̘̬͔̜̬̺̺̖̙͓͖̰͍̞̀w͉͉̪̗̭̗̮̱͇͘͟͜͞͝h҉̳̜̬̰͜ó̡͚̠̬̥̳̹͖͖̭̹̫͈͔̕͘͟ ̷̢̀͏̭̞̪̟̟̪͙̘͉̦̲͙̙̲s̴̵̡̯̘̞̦̟̤̫̤̭̩̳̭̩̺̟͍͟͡ͅͅl҉̵̪͇̟̯͚̪̗͇͕̞̥͕̥͓̺ẹ̸̫̬̼̱̜̝͜e͏͏҉̴͔̰̦̭̲̘̭͕̫̠̺̱̝̱p̷҉͔̟̹̟̼̮̗̭̟͈̗͇͓̬͍̘̳̗͜͠s͇̻̜̩̤̮̫͖̙̯̼͉͔̻̀͘͜͝͞ ̨͟҉̯̘̖̻̜̯͍̳̬̬̦̩͈̫̩͓ͅų͟͝҉͚͍̜̯̲̪ṉ̷̢͓̪͚̦͇̱̜͉̙̖̖̣̭̙͡ͅd͏͟͏̡̙̼̩̬͉͎̻̯̲̦̹̩͚̝̪e̢͈̼͓͕̦̣̫͠ŗ̴̷̡̫̙̤̪̦̤͔̹̱̳͇͍̤̮͔̭̠̜͢ ̴͔͚͕͙̰̻̪͖̝̝̘̹͔̪ͅͅa̷̢͕͕̪͇̹̣͕̘̙͞͞ ̲̗͕̩̻̱͕̻́͟m̦͕̯͖̞͍̮̘͔̰͚̖̟̗̫̱̦̼͉͜͡ǫ҉̼̱̠̲̭̳̘̺̮͟ṳ̵̰̞̱͍̪̻̘̳̣͠͡ͅǹ̨̰̭̟̥̝̜̝͔̙̪̜̖̞̭̰̖̀͠͡t̷̡̯͕͍̻̀a̶̧̛̜͓̯̲̭̕͢i̛̟̬̩̞̼̪̳̹̥̩͠ͅn̢̢̖̼͎̣̣͚̺̜̱͍̖͎ͅ ̥̫̞̺̲̀͡ǫ̵͈̳̥̝̼̥̗̜͍̼͈̕͢f̸͈̝̭̫̟̺̺̫̲͓͈̠̩͝ ̷̣̠̟̪̠̘͎͎̝̫̣̺̝̜ͅͅͅc̢͙̦͍͇̟̜̠̖͖̺̤̩͙̳̱̬̱͙͎͘ǫ̵̧̟͙̺̮̣̥̠͔̤̳̻̠͇̻͈r̘̰̣̻͈͖̺͕̗̯̮̫̩͔̣̞͟͡ṕ̴̧̧̭̠͓̼̭̻̱̲̥̟̲̱̟͍̮̥̜̩͘s̭̜͍̬̖̦͟͞͠ę̶̶͚͇͍̮͕̦̳́͜s̹͇̻͎͉̪̩͞ ̧̹͇̗̻̩͚̥̠̫͙͉̠̞̱̻̭͔͘̕
Hasn’t got me his bio, yet. (hint, hint)
Trained as a gifted ballerina, Tamara is both an exceptional dancer and has a nack for being a disdainful “Vanna White.” As “Lucky Stars,” she and Lucky Mulligan make the musical comedy duo, “Lucky, Too!”
Technical Sergeant Livas is a USAF Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician who loves to create artwork and laughter when not busy saving the world from IEDs. Sgt. Livas plays “Sgt. Quintus Emanuel Washington”. While not busy protecting the real world with the US Air Force, he enjoys trying to reign in the Aether Brigade’s antics as Technical Director for the “Aethercast” series, audio improvisations from the Aether Brigade as well as constructing props such as “Patches” (the mechanical parrot who we can nearly certify is not a listening device for the Pinkerton Detective Agency).
Formerly, Technical Sergeant Moon played “Sgt. Igor Korvanski” in live performance as well provided superior photography, however, he has since moved across the country and now joins the Brigade strictly for radio theater. Like Sgt. Livas, Sgt. Moon was a Technical Sergeant in US Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal but has since moved on to R&D rather than field duty.
Miss Tavares is on hiatus. Miss Tavares was a founding member of the Aether Brigade and played “Toppy” the mad and precognitive pilot. A natural comedienne, sculptor, and illustrator, she is deeply missed by the Aether Brigade. We hope to work with her, again, some day.
Mr. Jack Tittiger – Talented maker of many gorgeous props.
Mr. George Anderson – Some film photography and editing. Owner and operator of Ripper Studios who made or spiffy opening and closing film sequences.
Mr. Gene Forrer – Backdrop structural architect. Cultural Ambassador and Founder of the Steam Federation (Bay Area Steampunk Association).
Mr. Sean McCaffrey – Photographer and former Artistic Director of Ladies of Steampunk Magazine and has since moved on to head up Clockwork Magazine.
Mr. Tom Banwell – Photography and digital production. Owner and Operator of Tom Banwell Designs.
Ms. Shelley Prevost – Photography. She is an award-winning, independent filmmaker.
Mr. Art Koch – Photography.
Mr. John Fitzpatrick – Assistant and fabricator for Mr. Tittiger’s creative visions.
Mr. Rod Ayers – Found object sculpture design & construction.
Alumni of the Aether Brigade include: Kate Martin, Shelli Frew, Jen Smuda, Greag Brown, Jerusha Simon, Mander Zander, Ruth Sears, Aaron Reagan, Spencer Stecko, Michael Hoff, Dylan Hoy-Bianchi, Nichoel Thorne, and Daisy Knight.
Awards & Honors
February 2016 – Guest of Honor: Captain Lucky Peddycord (Corey Holden) at the Sacramento Steampunk Society’s Steampunk Emporium & Bazaar
April 2015 – Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Award (Best Performance Artist – Captain Lucky Peddycord (Corey Holden))
April 2014 – Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Award (Best Group Performance (non-music))
December 2013 – Invited to exhibit & perform at the Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, CA by curator Ann DiNapoli
October 2012 – Airship Award: Potpourri category (the catchall category for stuff that didn’t fit other categories) winners – awarding body: SteamCon IV
September 2012 – Daily Deviation – awarding body: DeviantArt.com for “Unhallowed“, photo by Spencer Stecko, model Corey Holden
December 2011 – 1st Place, 5th Annual Steam Explorer’s Consortium – awarding body: Le Legion Fantastique (a now defunct but well-respected performance troupe from the Great Dickens Christmas Fair that portrayed characters from Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and other Victorian science fiction authors)