I’ve been away from the blog for a long time, sorry you devoted reader.
I really want to get back in the swing of it all and this is a good year for that.
I finished my 29th year of living about a week ago and now I want to focus in on some stand-up comedy goals to aim for in my 30th year. I know some of them may be a little ambitious but I like to aim high.
1. Do a feature spot on the road.
2. Get a manager.
3. Perform on Whiplash.
4. Perform a 30 minute 1 man show in NYC.
5. Win a major comedy contest.
Some non standup comedy goals
1. Weigh under 140 lbs.
2. Cook most of my own meals
3. Play 5 songs (on the guitar)
Let’s just review some highlights for this year past year
1. Performed my first long sets (20 min +)
2. Went on a mini tour in CA
3. Feature spot at a Festival
4. Handful of paid gigs (probably totaling like 300-400 dollars)
Before I talk about the tour I want to mention the 1 year anniversary show, Wednesday June 24th, for New Young Comedians. Please check it out, the show features some of the best headliners from this past year. Free pizza for those who show up early!
So, I just got back from a week of shows in California. I did a few shows in LA, a couple in Bakersfield, one at Moorpark College, and one in San Miguel at The Ranch (a restaurant and honky-tonk).
I spent Saturday afternoon chatting it up with Dave Greek, Arthur Carlson, and Kurt Vegas on their weekly podcast The Checkspot. Please give it a listen, and if you like it please subscribe to their podcast, it features a new set of funny comics each week. There’s quite a bit of adult language so if you’re are sensitive to bad words or thoughts then watch out.
Chesley Calloway was also a guest on the podcast. Check him out his weekly show at Kabin, he’s got some great comics on each week.
Click below to listen to the podcast, LANGUAGE WARNING:
This was one of my favorite shows as a kid and the theme just makes me happy. I’m going to bring back the phrase “How you living?”, I hope next time you see me you’ll respond with “What?” or “In living Color”. I prefer “What?” cause then i can repeat and we can just sing the whole song.
I normally don’t repost but this is a great article by one of the creators of The Wire, reposted from will hines:
“A depressing story from The Wire’s David Simon about how the destruction of newspapers might mean public officials get off the hook. He used to be a police reporter for The Baltimore Sun and a few weeks ago, he was so incensed about the lack of coverage of police shooting a civilian that he covered the story himself!
The most interesting part to me was his story of how when he was a reporter he used a friendship with a judge to strong-arm police representatives into giving him access to police reports — something that the law requires them to do! But when Simon reported, he needed a judge to do it. What if there’s no judge? What if the reporter isn’t around long enough to know the judge?
In the last season of The Wire, the Baltimore Sun is laying off the older reporters. And when a big story breaks, it’s one of the older reporters who has sources inside the police department. Relationships are the oil that help institutional processes run smoothly. Simon uses a phrase “institutional memory” at the end of the article, and it’s one that I like. “