“Tyrion’s relationship with Cersei is…oh God, it’s really difficult…They’re constantly battling one another. Unlike my relationship with Lena Headey, the actress playing the role – I’m really good friends with Lena, and we’re very upset that we don’t have more scenes together this first season. But it’s really tempestuous because both of them see through each other’s veneer and pretensions and all of that. Tyrion and Cersei are both fraught with those. So I think people who see each other for who they really are have a hard time being around each other in pleasant company…”—Peter Dinklage, discussing Game of Thrones. *nerd swoon*
I just found out that I am indeed performing at Schtick or Treat. Which means I have three days to put together an Eddie Izzard impression I thought I didn’t have to do.
My game plan? Figuring out which bit to do tonight & transcribing it for memorization. Tomorrow I will have to buy a mandarin collared shirt, pleather pants, platform shoes and a blonde man wig after work and before my first mic. Tuesday, I will just have to rehearse it before leaving the house for all my mics. (eeks!) It should all work out perfectly as life always does.
Can someone please erase this week’s SNL digital short from existence? The popular teenaged girl who is a paraplegic who speaks through a computerized vocoder is the main game in a sketch I wrote a year and a half ago. Now I can’t ever submit it in a sketch packet again because people will think I ripped it off from SNL. NOOOO!!!!
You guys, it was one of my best sketches and now it is dead.
I’m not sure I have a “FUN FACT” for each of you, but here are some notes:
»This is my 600th Post!!
» I only started tumblr in May after moving to NYC, and I’m really happy I did. There are some awesome people here. Seriously. I’ve even made some of my best IRL friends in NYC through tumblr. I’m looking at you, luckypaperstars & buildingaladder! So, thank you guys for just being yourselves on here.
» If you are a comedy nerd outside of NYC and if you ever want more info (more details on jokes, what your favorite NYC comics are developing, etc.) on a stand up or improv show I’ve seen (like Whiplash, Comiskey), feel free to ask! I try to give polite little overviews of the shows that don’t spoil too much about what these guys are working on. Why? Well, the writing might change, the joke might get scrapped, or if it’s AMAZING, I don’t want to spoil it for you. However, I know some people have to wait ages for an album or TV special to learn what their favs are doing, and if you want to know now, I’m happy to spoil you in a private message.
That’s all I wanted to say in this post. Just—keep on being so kind and awesome!
I’ve been fighting a sudden shock of depression, loneliness and self-loathing for the past 19 hours. I think I’m starting to get the upper hand, but it’s hard. At least I wrote the rough draft to my sketch this morning?? And it’s not as bad as I thought it would be??
No, let’s focus on that. It actually has potential. Also, being productive is the best way for me to combat depression. Because then, even if everything else still sucks, I can feel good about not being a waste of space. I think this is the reason I’m happier now than I was when I had a balanced, healthy life in Boston (ha!). I’m actually getting shit done. Sometimes it doesn’t feel that way, but when I reflect on what I’ve done since May, I’ve got to be fucking proud.
Last night I finally had a decent set at Motel Luca. That mic always induces a minor panic attack in me for some reason. Last night, though, when I told a more experienced comic that I was really nervous, he shrugged and said, “Just get up there and goof around.” Well, it worked.
It’s kind of frustrating that I keep having to relearn the same lesson in comedy: have fun. It seems once a month I have to make that realization all over again with my stand up. I get so focused on the material, and the scene and impressing other people that I forget to goof around. The crazy thing was that was precisely the critique Ashley Ward kept giving me at the PIT. I need to let go and have fun. What’s nice is right now my best new joke is about how tightly wound I am, so I can deal with it head on. Blarg.
Also, it never ceases to amaze me how the lessons of Center Stage apply to my own life.
I’m “supposed” to write a father and son sketch by Friday, but I can’t get inspired. Any time I’ve tried to write male-dominated sketches they suck. I just don’t know how men talk or what they could do that would possibly be funny. So, I gender switched it to a mother and daughter team and now I’m kind of giddy with the possibilities.
Because it looks like there was one, and then it was shut down, and then they opened another one that might be shut down. So, now I have to ask myself: Are there any open mics? Can I do five minutes of George Orwell jokes at a poetry slam? Are there poetry slams in Idaho?? Is there going to be any way for me to practice stand up while I visit my mom for a whole week and a half? Or will I actually have to take a legitimate “vacation” from comedy at Christmas time???
Let’s be real, if it came to that, I’d find a way to make it to Seattle for a day or two. My mom would come home from bowling and I’ll have left a weird note saying, “Dear Mom, I love you, but I need a microphone right now. Merry Christmas.”
Peggy: Can you believe it? Joan: Happens all the time. They’re all just between marriages, you know that. They’ll probably make her a copywriter. He’s not going to wanna be married to his secretary.
Peggy: Really? Is that what he meant? “She admires you”? Jesus.
Joan: That’s the way it works for some. Peggy: You know, I just saved this company. I signed the first new business since Lucky Strike left. But it’s not as important as getting married. Again.
Joan: Well, I was just made Director of Agency Operations - a title, no money of course. And if they poured champagne, it must’ve been while I was pushing the mail cart. Peggy: A pretty face comes along and everything goes out the window. Joan: Well, I learned a long time ago to not get all my satisfaction from this job. Peggy: That’s bullshit.
I want to reblog these two all night. Alas, I must sleep.
Edit: I can’t think of anything better to be my 800th post! :D
So, looks like you are a fellow Ice and Fire aficionado ... what's your favourite House and character?
Ooo! Nerd time! I LOVE A Song of Ice and Fire!! Favorite house is tough because GRRM writes every character in a way that you feel like you understand why each and every one does the things he or she does. I love the Lannisters and Targaryens, but if I’m being honest, I do adore my Starks. You have to root for them the most, right? Jon Snow is my favorite character. I want him to take me to the cave. Seriously. I love most all of the characters (except the really disgusting ones on Arya’s list), however, I don’t like reading Greyjoy characters. As a friend of mine from Boston so eloquently put it, “I don’t give a fuck about those fucking vikings!”.
Aw, thanks. As bummed as I am that my shows have been canceled or didn’t pan out, I’m not too torn up about it. Like I said, it’s not a reflection on me as a comic so I just have to take it in stride. I’m in my first year of doing stand up comedy and I’m doing it in New York. I can’t expect any bookings or gigs right now, so it’s not really a huge loss. I just have to stay positive and keep working. And that’s what I’m going to do. I have good reason to think that if I keep on doing that, really fun things will happen. Plus, I’ve learned from a variety of sources this week that it seems people are noticing all the hard work I’m putting into this. That’s really awesome. It’s cool to think at this stage, comics I respect are rooting for me—or even know I exist. It’s tough. Stage time is so important. But I think right now—for me, at least—I need to focus on honing my material at the mics so I can book really good spots down the line. When I do get in front of an audience, I want to know I earned it and that I’m prepared. So, actually things are going really well for me right now. But thanks for the kind message! I really appreciate it!