Comedy Store Bits
Hey. I know I just posted a video/post yesterday and it’s kind of out of character for me to do two in a row, but I actually have something to post and am too eager to wait any longer. I mean, I’ve got to get it out there right now so that twelve people will listen to it and marginally enjoy it or I’ll never forgive myself.
Anyway, it’s a bit of a mash-up of material I performed during both of my shows at the Comedy Store. I did more time on both occasions, but I’ve cut out both the stuff that you’ve heard/seen before in my other videos and the stuff that just didn’t work because only I thought it was funny or I messed up on stage (though I did leave one mess-up, because I’m pretty happy with what I did with it).
Yeah, so here’s that. Sorry for the shitty audio quality on most of it. The bits were recorded on my iPod and during the first show, the iPod was in my pocket so I didn’t have to make people wait while I set it up, but I learned the next time and put it on the stool to get better audio. God, this is boring. Why am I telling you this?
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the bits. I hope to go up again soon at the end of February with pretty much all new material. I have to wait because I’m working on a feature all next month (doing craft services, so don’t be too impressed).
I guess that’s it. Orphanette’s playing The Good Hurt again on my 29th birthday (February 9th), so come see us there and buy me drinks. We’re also playing next Saturday at some art show in downtown LA, but I don’t have the details yet. I’ll tweet them when I do.
So, I was on the Opie & Anthony Show and I’m writing a movie with Kevin McDonald
The proof is in the pudding. Actually, it’s in the video (I don’t even have any pudding), so watch it, then continue reading below.
Okay, so I know this isn’t quite what I said it was. But it still counts! And I swear to god it’s true – I was wearing a WOW (Whip ’em Out Wednesday) shirt that my friend Kyle gave to me in the hopes that I could get Opie to sign it, but I chickened out and didn’t want to bother the dude. I was working as a Production Assistant on the show. The photo in the video was taken during the time where we filmed the “pranks” Opie mentions, and I was wearing the WOW shirt when Opie came back to shoot the staged portions and presentation. That’s why I’m not wearing the shirt in the actual video/photo.
So, while the title of this post might be somewhat misleading, it’s still kind of true and big deal to me. One of my dreams as a comic is to one day do something cool enough that it warrants a visit to the Opie & Anthony Show (preferably when Norton’s in), so I can just “shoot the shit” with those guys and inevitably be the least funny guy in the room. I kind of look at this as the first step in that direction. Most of my favorite modern comics are regulars on that show (Jim Norton, Louis CK, Patrice O’Neal was before his untimely death, “Fat” Bob Kelly), so to be on that show for real some day would be a serious dream come true. And I’m obviously a fan of Opie and Anthony themselves. In my opinion, their show is what radio should be – honest and edgy.
Anyway, yeah, I got to have this amazing experience because I was working on “Who Gets the Last Laugh?” as a Production Assistant, and I also had another completely awesome experience on that show – I got to drive Kids in the Hall’s Kevin McDonald to and from set in my car. Holy shit!
If you’re not familiar with Kids In The Hall, first of all, I don’t care about you because they’re one of the greatest comedy troupes of all time, and second of all, go Google them and change your life.
I grew up on Kids in the Hall and, very honestly, their comedy had a serious influence on my own. I was too young to catch them at their prime, but me, my brother, Nick, and some of my friends in middle school watched the re-runs on Comedy Central any time we could catch them, and more importantly, I owned (and still own) their movie, Brain Candy, on VHS and must have watched it 30 or 40 times between the ages of 12 and 15.
So, when I got to pick up Kevin McDonald and talk to him about Brain Candy, it was pretty god-damned spectacular. He told me about the original ending to Brain Candy that got cut after test screenings (I never knew they had one!); sang The Pixies’ “Monkey Gone to Heaven” acapella in an effort to make me listen to me listen to more Pixies (which I’m doing as I write this post); gave me a list of movies I needed to watch based on our mutual tastes in comedy (which was almost completely Terry Gilliam movies I haven’t seen); and talked to me in-depth about writing comedy. We both decided we write real, dramatic, oft-depressing backdrops for our comedies because we’re both in the school of thought that you can’t really have a good, cathartic laugh without real dramatic stakes. After coming to that conclusion, he joked that the two of us were meant to write a movie together, and I acted way too eager and possibly scared him a little, but oh well.
So, again, perhaps a little bit of overstatement being used in this post, but also again, fuck you. I don’t care. It was a big deal to me. I have his contact information, and as he was getting out of the car to go home he said, “I have a feeling it won’t be the last time I hear from you.” Whether he meant I was going to stalk him or I was going to succeed in comedy, I’m not sure, but I’m going to hope it’s the latter.
Speaking of which, Russell Peters was also on the show, and if you remember correctly, I “opened” for him back in November. I met him again briefly and he was a really nice guy (and well-dressed, I must say). But what I’m really getting at is that I’ll be posting some audio from that Comedy Store gig and the following one in the coming days.
Hello, boys and girls. Sorry, that was a stupid way to start a post. I hate doing this self-promotion shit and having to address my “audience.” It feels so fake and self-indulgent. Probably because it is. What makes it worse is it’s not like anybody’s paying attention to this crap.
Anyway, here’s one of the sketches I promised a little while back. It was performed and recorded in February (that’s how much of a lazy shit I am). To be honest, I did another edit that plays a little better rhythmically, but decided this one’s still a bit better on the whole. God, why would you care about this. I’m shutting up.
But before I do, here’s the sketch. It stars Christopher J. Cassetta as Tom and Deborah Emmanuel as Renee. And that’s me doing the voice of mom mom. Also, tell your friends about it, whether you like it or not, or I’ll hate you forever. That’s a promise.
I’ll post another one that you won’t watch pretty soon.
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Hey. Here’s another sketch I was involved in. Care.
It’s by my good friend Will Buckingham. You can hear my dumb voice, but not see me. That’s probably for the best.
Well, enjoy. Mine will hopefully be here next week.
Felicity (by Su Ching Teh)
Hello out there in Shitsville, USA. I have no idea why I started the post with that, it just amused me for two seconds while I typed it, so now it’s staying. Anyway, here’s Felicity. If you look very closely, you’ll see a very familiar, lanky, giraffe-looking thing in the background playing the out-of-tune guitar… poorly. It was a sketch/performance piece by a friend and schoolmate of mine at TischAsia, Su Ching Teh, for our sketch show, The Redhill Antisocial Club. I helped her write the music (and obviously performed it).
There’ll be videos of my own pieces soon as well within the coming week or so, I just have to finish editing and exporting them. They’re funnier than Su’s. God, I’m an asshole. And I’m obviously just kidding. Not that I’m an asshole, that mine are funnier than Su’s. I mean, I’m obviously biased. But I like hers. Jesus Christ, I’ll shut up now.
Anyway, watch the stupid thing and like it and all that.