“Because if smart women who know how smart they are intimidate men (and they do), and beautiful women who know how beautiful they are intimidate men (and they do), there is, logically, nothing more intimidating than a woman who is fully aware that she is both smart and beautiful. I mean, maybe a room full of tigers with machine guns! That could be scarier! Or, a smart and beautiful lady who makes jokes.”—
It’s from an intriguing piece she wrote for Tiger Beatdown discussing the problems casting Liz Lemon as our modern day feminist role model presents. I’m not saying I agree or disagree with all her points—you should definitely read it, though! However, I adore this part. Hmm…I wonder why?
I have next to no knowledge about New York politics, being that I moved here in May and have been literally obsessed with only comedy, but it’s really cool watching Bloomberg on Letterman as a new New Yorker. I’m starting to legitimately feel NYC pride as a New Yorker.
Also, as much as I feel total and complete guilt when I miss a mic, it’s a good thing my mom is coming this weekend. We’re going to do cheesy, but fun & glamorous, New York things. Maybe I should just enjoy myself and the wonderful city I live in. I’ve been so busy with comedy it’s easy to forget I live in the city of my childhood dreams.*
I’ve been putting more effort into writing witty tweets ever since I realized other comics might be following me, and now I’m on some public list of “comedy types” AND strangers have retweeted my tweet about making “muppets” a slang word.
Oh, I’m also megsokay on twitter. Follow me there, too! (Please.)
“I think that one of the functions of literature is to remind us of the beautiful. I like the moments when I’m reading and I pause and there’s something that has so moved me or so alerted me to the texture of the real that I feel I just have to stop and think about it. My sense is that, in the face of all that oppresses us and all that implies that we are meaningless and that our words fly away as we speak and mean nothing, there are moments when language causes this pause, and that’s what I strive for. I mean, no writer ever succeeds in the way they want to; we always feel our own insufficiency, but it’s a striving, an aspiration of much writing I think.”—Gail Jones (via reveillerlimagination)
FUN FACT#13: My favorite drinks are gin & tonic (preferably Tanqueray 10 & tonic) and cheap merlot. I have the same taste in alcohol as an old lady who swans around her empty, but luxurious, apartment trapped in memories of the “good old days” when Broadway was King and beautiful men would sleep with you because they were trying to hide being gay. I’m cool with that.
Thanks for your nice replies regarding my pilot idea last night! I actually started free writing today at work—simply out of boredom—and I think I have a good 5 - 7 pages of script written. Of course, it’s unformatted and out of order, but it’s a really good start! I wrote a pilot last Fall and I already think this one is better simply because of all the things I’ve learned this year at the PIT, Magnet and UCB. Hopefully, this means I’ll have a first draft finished within a week or two.
One big thing I learned at the Magnet and UCB is that it’s important to have things like sketch packets and spec scripts already up your sleeve should any amazing opportunity suddenly come up. You don’t want someone to see your stand up, ask for a writing sample and then be scrambling to come up with something to impress them. In situations like that, you want stuff you can edit and hone to fit the assignment. So, I would definitely like to have a more finished sketch packet and a solid original pilot in my back pocket by the end of the year. So, actually, it’s a blessing I won’t be taking any more classes for a month or two. I can focus on all this hoo-ha.
Body Sense & Scents is totally a good satiric take on the name "Bath & Body Works", right?
I’m considering actually writing a pilot I’ve been brainstorming for over a year. It’d be about a 20-something who loses her office job and then has to move back home and take her old mall job to make ends meet. So, it’d be a premise with actual timeliness (the lost generation of the recession) and with a lot of funny ladies (the female employees and customers coming in).
Uprightcitizens started following! Welcome! This is cool. I think I’ve followed or been aware of your tumblr since I started my blog. So yayz!
I never know if I should keep explaining this or not, but I’ve started offering “Fun Facts” about myself for every new follower. I’ll make it more of a fun fact story…
FUN FACT #12 (story time): The Devil Wears Prada is my good luck film. Before I moved to NYC in May I was freaking out about job opportunities, so I tried to boost my spirits by watching The Devil Wears Prada. Halfway through the movie, I checked my email and had a message from a staffing firm. That same staffing firm got me my first job interview. I won’t go into the crazy ordeal around that interview, but when I got to the office, I was flabbergasted to discover it was in the McGraw-Hill Building—the same building where Andi works in The Devil Wears Prada. Here’s the crazy part of the story: I landed the job. I only had one job interview before I moved to NYC for a job and I got it. And it’s an amazing job. And yeah, the craziest part of the whole thing is the McGraw-Hill Building is a part of Rockefeller Center. So, I get to visit 30 Rock everyday. For an SNL nerd, it’s like living next to Mecca.
So yeah, no matter what happens in my life, I will always have a fondness for The Devil Wears Prada that goes beyond my enjoyment of the film itself. I truly feel there was something karmic happening there. I suggest if ever you are in dire straits, watch that film.
I know Abby has been there longer, but for me, I felt that Nasim’s contributions to the show have been greater and more in keeping with SNL’s sensibility than Abby’s. I don’t know.
I see what you mean, but I think one of them had to be promoted, and it would look really odd if Nasim was given preference over Abby. To be honest, I think they’ve made equal contributions. Nasim has contributed good character work and Abby good impressions. I’m actually rooting for these ladies to pull it out and give us some great new stuff this year…
…which leads me to my own (I’m sure will be) unpopular opinion:
As much as the fangirl in me LOVED seeing Rachel, Maya, Tina & Jimmy show up last night, I was actually disappointed. I’m all for nostalgia, but there are SO MANY NEW & CURRENT CASTMEMBERS who barely featured last night. When I watch a premiere, I want to see what the new guys are bringing to the table (Jay Pharoah was the only one who really delivered here—props to him). I’ve seen “Bronx Beat”; can Abby & Nasim create a sketch like that for the 2010s? I want to know that the people on the show now can put on as fantastic a show as the players from 10 years ago. I really thought the Betty White episode was supposed to be the nostalgia episode, but whatever… Still, I’ll take it if last night was kind of the passing of the torch. If starting next week, we do see the new people shine without help from guests. You know? If last night was the closing chapter on that golden 2000’s era—I’m happy.
So, yeah, call me weird. Everyone was referring to the show last night as “classic”. I’m the bizarro who wants “innovative”.
I think I saw the real-life inspiration for Nicholas Fehn at a mic today. Or maybe his act was based on Nicholas Fehn?? Either way, my mind was blown by his two minute set ‘riffing’ off the front page of the New York Times.
I have no idea what’s happening in Rockefeller Plaza. They’ve erected crazy stuff before. There was the Better Homes & Garden’s Kitchen or whatever—total eyesore in front of 30 Rock. However, they’ve closed off this part of the Plaza for the better part of this week. There are these weird iron helixes outside 30 Rock. There’s a stage in front of the statue and they are working to erect some kind of temporary roof over top.
Something for the UN/Obama thing that’s happening this week
Something for SNL?
Jeff Zucker is doing one last pain in the ass thing as a last hurrah
FUN FACT #10: I was one class short of being a Classical Studies minor in college. I dropped Mystery Cults in my first semester of my senior year because the professor was so boring and then rather than take an Ancient Warfare course the last semester of senior year, I took a class in Morris Dancing. You know, the “put bells and ribbons on your body and hop around a Maypole and inspire a Loreena McKennitt song” kind of dancing.
FUN FACT #11: So we gather I like Ancient Greek and Roman history, right? One of the biggest disappointments of my life was going to Pompeii. An Eyewitness book on Ancient Rome led me to believe there would be dead people preserved in volanic ash on the streets. There weren’t. They were kept behind iron gates. At 13, this was a bummer to me.
Have I mentioned yet that I’m very weird?? Are you gathering that at all from these “Fun Facts”, followers?
Ugh! I waffled on signing up for the next Level 3 class at the PIT, and now it’s sold out. Does this mean I’m supposed to hold off for a month and save up some money? Or is the universe trying to convince me to go back to the UCB and take Sketch 201 with Rachael Mason next month?? Hmm…I will consult my horoscope on this…any ideas?
"And this one has entirely ruined her disposition with books."
That’s Aunt March from Little Women (1994) discussing Jo. It could also be normal people talking about me. Remember how I was only a few chapters into The Hunger Games yesterday? I’m now more than halfway done. Okay, I’m liking it.
Also, sorry if there are people reading this who don’t agree with me care, but as of page 214, Kaya Scodelario is my Katniss. I’m not saying she’s perfect for the part, but it’s easier for me to picture her doing the things Katniss has to do than any other young actress I can think of. What I’ve always liked about Kaya on Skins—and this is also why she’s my dream Lyanna Stark—is that she is breathtakingly beautiful, yes, but the reason you can’t stop watching her is because she’s got this lone wolf-like quality. She’s menacing and damaged, mischievous and vulnerable all at once.
Two answers: 1) It’s mostly likely going to be at the Yippie Museum at 7pm. You’re welcome to come, but this mic is more like a chill workshop than a showcase mic. Jared Logan is in the bullet spot, however, so if you do come, you’ll get about 8-20 minutes of great stand up from an established comic. I will warn you I’m working on new stuff this week. If you want to see me do a real set, I am doing a show at Eastville Comedy Club on October 12. There are going to be a lot of great comics that night as well. You should come! 2) I usually yoink gifs that I like from other people. All of my Florence + the Machine ones come from howl- . The ANTM ones come from this LJ post. Everything else, I input “gifs” in the search box and looked through all of tumblr.
I saw Rachel Maddow AGAIN on my lunch break! Different location, though, and I didn’t freak out nearly as bad. What weirded me out is that on Monday she was steezed out in this hip geek chic ensemble and today she was just wearing a black t-shirt - wait for it - that looked identical to what Seth Meyers was wearing when I saw him on Monday in the Concourse! Secret lovers? Hell no. But wouldn’t that be amazing? I’m creating an insane soap opera in my mind based entirely on celeb sightings in midtown. It’s a better way to spend my time than actually working on work stuff or writing jokes.
Do you remember Book It! at Pizza Hut? That was the best. I wish more restaurants fed you for being literate.
Anyways, I finally decided that I need to read a book again. I have a ever-growing list of novels and non-fiction tomes that I need to catch up on, so I made the wise choice to pick the least dense and most juvenile title to start with: The Hunger Games.
Okay, I’m only a few chapters in, and here are my preliminary thoughts: it’s Battle Royale meets Twilight, but without the panty shots or sparkling vampires. Which also means it’s really engrossing without being exceptionally creative. I know they are developing a movie version right now and fans are trying to “cast” it. Usually, I’m really good at this sort of thing, but for now, I’ve got no one. Let me get another 50 pages in or so, and maybe I can give you my ideal Katniss, Peeta, Gale and so on.
By the way, I say it’s like Twilight because the style of writing is very similar. Also, it moves fast and you’re hooked without intellectually knowing why. However, it is NOT like Twilight because the heroine is the anti-Bella Swan. She actually takes initiative for herself. Also, there’s a promise of violence. I’m hoping that Suzanne Collins doesn’t pussy out on the violence, but I’m worried she might. I certainly don’t want Battle Royale levels of gore, but if you’re promising me a novel focused on a bunch of teenagers killing each other and our heroine can supposedly fuck shit up, I want her to fuck shit up.
I want to stay home tonight, watch TV and sip wine...
…but I will still be dragging my ass out to a mic. My new sketch/improv team isn’t meeting tonight, so that means I have no excuse. So the plan is do a mic and then go home and watch my DVRed episode of America’s Next Top Model. With a glass of wine. See? Women can have it all. (Sort of. With compromise.)
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FUN FACT #9: One of my favorite mother-daughter bonding experiences growing up was whenever my mom would pull her Elizabethan history books off the shelf and explain to me the line of succession from Henry VIII to James I. She would especially emphasize the role of women in that time period and as a result, I knew far more about Henry VIII’s wives, Bloody Mary, Lady Jane Grey, Mary Stuart and Queen Elizabeth than any little girl should have. British history made for a vastly more entertaining soap opera than anything I ever saw on TV.