I’m working on a new bit today that I’m legitimately excited about. It’s kind of the most challenging thing I’ve written so far, but I think it has tremendous potential. Maybe not. I don’t know. Too bad I can’t really perform it for another week, but by then I should have a good handle on it.
I’m a smart girl, but it’s absolutely comical how TERRIBLE I am with telephones. I always botch up transfers, sound like ditz and can never smoothly express what I need to say. IT’S EMBARASSING.
Which means from 1pm-2pm (that’s right now) for the next four days I am in HELL. I’m covering my company’s reception desk so the receptionist can get lunch. Soooo not fun.
The great irony of my life is that since high school people have say my cute, chirpy voice is akin to that of a 1930’s operator. No, seriously. That is a compliment multiple people have given me independent of one another. I was even specifically cast for it in a production of “Sorry, Wrong Number”. WHY?!?!?
I must go to an open mic; Enjoy the red carpet friends!
As much as I’d like to live-tumblr the Emmys tonight—complete with "What ever happened to class?" ending every post—I must away to the Village. Karma mic time. A drink and five minutes of dying on stage. The things I do for my craft.
Look what you just rolled! A clip from 10 years ago on the set of Will & Grace. NPH and Molly Shannon were guesting. You used to visit the sets of TV shows that didn’t star Kardashians. What ever happened to class?
Okay, so it looks like I have a really good shot at getting into “Schtick or Treat” this year. It’s this show stand up comics put on for each other at Halloween where for three minutes they do an impression of another comic and do their set. It’s kind of a fun way to give homage, flex impressionist muscle, and be silly. I asked one of the producers if it’s just stand ups, and he said, “Of course.” Which means I can’t fall back on any of my decent SNL lady impressions (according to my friends I do a mean Target lady).
So…what are some very recognizable, good, underappreciated lady comics that could make for a fun impression? I have been told it’s better to do someone underappreciated or that you personally don’t try to emulate anyways. So, that probably strikes someone like Maria Bamford right off the list. I was thinking maybe a young Joan Rivers or Paula Poundstone. I can do dudes, too, but I have a high voice and I don’t think I can pull off a dude. Maybe Eddie Izzard? Actually…Izzard could be fun.
What are your thoughts? I think I need to decide soon.
The show was a success! I had a really fun set and people laughed. I’d like to thank Aleksey, Abel, Mark, Dan, Charla, Stephanie and Chris for coming out! So much fun! And yes, waitresses wearing bikinis…hmpf…
WARNING: With the exception of one short joke in the middle (that didn’t even get much of a laugh), all of the material is stuff I’ve only written in the last week. So, I know some of the punchlines and tags still need work or I dropped delivery in a few spots. But this is a little glimpse into what I am doing right now…if you are so interested in listening. Oh, and there’s the whole “I’ve only been at this for 3 months” disclaimer.
SECOND WARNING: The material is definitely girlier than usual.
TRIPLE WARNING: I’m scared uploading this actually worked. Yikes!
It occurred to me that I don’t really have any good video of me doing stand up yet (still a baby!), but I now have a shit ton of audio recordings on my iPhone. Theoretically, I should be able to post them on here, right? Would people even be interested in hearing my stuff? There are a lot of comedy nerds on my tumblr. So, maybe some of you could offer feedback or maybe some of you are interested in what the silent hell of an open mic sounds like.
I have the most obstinate wisdom teeth ever. I wasn’t even supposed to get them, and then one started coming in last November. Worse, they are coming in super slow so the dentist can’t even do anything about it. “How slow?” you ask. The original one isn’t all the way in still, and the one below is finally coming in now. That’s just one side of my mouth. No word from the other side, but I’m sure it’ll start when I’m close to 30. But yeah, I’ve basically been teething for the past 24 hours. I would get one of those frozen teething rings babies use, but it wouldn’t fit far back enough to do anything. Woe is to me!
“All women doing comedy are making feminist comedy, whether they choose to define it that way or not. Being a comedian and a woman is a feminist act, because there are so few women in comedy, because the environment in general for women in comedy is fairly hostile. Not just from the audience point of view, but from the other comedians. For a woman to be a successful comic, you have to be twenty times better than any dude. That’s just a given. You have to be so much better than any guy to get anywhere. To get any stage time you have to be killing it. It’s a hard thing. Feminism and comedy, within comedy, it’s synonymous, you can’t have one without the other. Women who don’t identify as feminists, I think that’s weird, but if you’re a comic you’re a feminist.”—
I’m not going to speak to her point about “hostility”, because I don’t know if audiences and other comics have been any more hostile to me because I’m a woman. I would think inexperience is more likely. I will say that being a female comedian is a feminist act because you are saying that your point of view is as valid as any male’s. It’s about saying Lisa Frank notebooks are just as valid a topic for jokes as a Batman villain. What I’ve discovered is men might not have the same level of interest in “feminine” things as I do. The trick, I think, is to write a joke so well that it doesn’t matter what I’m talking about. And fuck yeah, my “joke of the night” nomination last night was a line from my unicorns/Lisa Frank joke. I’m not sure I have to be 20x as good as a man, but my writing has to be amongst the best and most creative. That I’ll buy.
I am a dork. Last night I got my first ever nomination for “Joke of the Night” at Bring It, the PIT’s open mic. I’m so dorkily proud of this minor achievement that I’m posting about it on tumblr. NERD ALERT!