I finally signed up for Level 3 Improv at the P.I.T. last night.
So, now in addition to trying to get back into the rhythm of doing at least 7 mics a week, working on various writing assignments for websites, challenging myself to write at least 25 jokes a day (this is a new thing, but I need to discipline my joke-writing), and having a full-time day job*, I am also trying to get back on track with my improv training.
Half of me is super intimidated and half of me knows I can do it. I’m going to try to focus on that latter half of myself.
The thing is, I can’t name a single comedy film starring primarily women that someone couldn’t dismiss as merely a “chick flick.” For instance, even though Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion is hilarious and boasts the talents of Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Kudrow and Justin Theroux, it’s somehow weird to call it a pure comedy. Because it’s about girls and because it’s about high school and because it has a snappy 80’s soundtrack, it becomes a “chick flick.” Female comedies don’t deserve this short shrift from the comedy mainstream. They are not only funny, but they also inspire girls to want to be comedians.
Hey, so I started the week with this article for the Women In Comedy Festival Blog, and I’m ending it with this article for Splitsider for their “Women in Comedy” week. All in all, a very “women-in-comedy-blogging” week for me.
So I have NEVER heard of this period film which is SHOCKING, but after reading this article on The Hairpin, I want to see it IMMEDIATELY. My use of CAPSLOCK should prove my sincerity to you. Apparently it’s at Film Forum?? Caitlin,Meredith, anyone, can we do this??
I'm going to be in the same room as Jennifer Ehle today.
If I somehow get a chance to speak to her via Q&A, I really hope I can restrain myself from being all, “OMG, I love your twitter and I’m bummed you’re not in Game of Thrones but I understand it might have been artistic or maybe you want to spend more time with your kids and I love your twitter and I love you and you’re Lizzie Bennett and you act circles around Gwyneth Paltrow in Possession and I love your twitter and you’re so pretty and you’re so amazing and I love your twitter and you deserve a TV show like The Good Wife or just basically you deserve Julianna Marguiles’s career and I love your twitter and no you deserve Cate Blanchett’s career and I love your twitter and we have the same birthday because we’re both born on December 29th and that’s what sharing a birthday means and I love your twitter. CAN WE BE FRIENDS?”
Hey! New follower here, and one of my followers posted your article about being a woman in stand up, so I just wanted to say thanks for writing it! I'm currently studying/performing improv so everything you said was really relatable and helpful to me :)
Oh my gosh, you’re welcome! I’m really glad my article helped you. And thank you for following and studying/performing improv! We need more fun and funny ladies in comedy.
I guess what it’s taken a long time for me to say is that if I’m doing poorly, I never want to blame it on being a girl. There’s no problem with me being a super girly comedian because there’s nothing wrong with being super girly. If I’m not getting the laughs or spots I want, I have to examine why my comedy isn’t working — not my gender.
Okay, so I wrote this article for the Women In Comedy Festival Blog. It’s essentially about how last summer I was freaking out about being a total girly girl in the NYC stand-up scene and what I learned that helped me deal with that and own it.
As a fun footnote, the interview I cited in the article was actually conducted by a dude comic who is now my friend—the awesome gonzaloisgod.
I’ve finally figured this out because in all her globe-trotting, bed-hopping and baring her flesh to the elements, Serena van der Woodsen has never had a cold. At least I don’t recall her having one, and if she did, I bet she’d blow her nose into an Hermes scarf and her snot would be diamonds.
You know who does have a cold? This girl. My second one of the season. And yes, I’m at work on a day that was supposed to be a snow day for all of the Northeast. Why? Because I am a grown ass woman with responsibilities and I deal with shit.
hi! i just stumbled onto your tumblr, and i love it, but i have no idea what your name is other than megan, inhibiting my abilities to properly google search you.
i'm always looking for new female comedians to listen to. do you have an album/stream of youtube videos i could watch all in a row?
also, do you have any other comedians that are on yo top play/view list right now?
Hey! Thanks so much for following! That’s super nice of you.
I’m going to do the unprofessional thing and level with you and say I’m still really new. I’ve only been doing stand up for 7 months so I’m still a bit too raw to have good tapes* yet. That said, I did just get a Flip Cam for Christmas. I was planning on taping my set tonight at Positively Awesome (8pm, Cellar 58 - Is that how I’m supposed to do this?). If the quality doesn’t suck and if it’s not a traumatic bombing experience that I would never want online, I will post it sometime this week. Is that a deal?
As for other comedians you should watch, it’s tough to give a list without knowing what you’re into. My favorite big ones right now are probably Louis CK, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Maria Bamford, Kristen Schaal, Sean Patton & Anthony Jeselnik. I’m grouping all of them together because they all have enough tv credits that it should be super easy to find them online. There are also a lot of up and comers in the NYC whom I know and love. Of the girls, I’d say definitely google Annie Lederman & Subhah Agarwal. They’re both really hilarious and have tremendous work ethics, which means it’s a good bet they’ll be big down the line.
* There is a ton of stuff on youtube from my time at Boston News Net a few years ago. I did it before doing stand up or taking sketch writing classes, so I can’t vouch for the quality. Also, my job was to be the bitchy gossip reporter so all jokes and performances were done in character. In fact the whole feel of it is 180 degrees from what I’m doing now. I’m really selling this, aren’t I? In all honesty there’s some good stuff there. It was a great show and a fantastic learning experience. It was like a hands-on course in writing topical humor, roast jokes, celeb snark bits, and performing from a teleprompter in front of a live studio audience (which *is* a skill). It was also a valuable learning experience in terms of what hair and make-up combinations work best on camera.
Hope that helps!
Oh, and my full name is Meghan O’Keefe. (And my twitter is also ‘megsokay’)
I will be performing at Positively Awesome at Cellar 58 tonight at 8pm! You guys should try to check it out. Here’s the facebook page (please note I am not on the schedule as I just found out this morning. Last minute bookings FTW!)
Also, I’m doing a show in Park Slope next Wednesday but I do not have the venue or exact time confirmed yet & I believe I am performing on Saturday as well. However, that is not yet confirmed. I will try to get all these details ASAP!
Sorry this is late. I tried to write it Tuesday but then I fell asleep. Then I tried to write it yesterday but my computer connection failed and I was hopscotching throughout NYC trying to find a mic. But yeah, I saw Aziz Ansari live for the first time on Monday night…
“Patti called me delusional and I took it as a compliment. Truly successful people have to be somewhat delusional. Only delusional people change the world. Being realistic is the easiest path to mediocrity. People thought getting in a metal tube and flying around the world was unrealistic, but the Wright Brothers didn’t think so. People thought flicking a switch and filling the room with light was delusional, but Thomas Edison didn’t think so. As a young woman, I run one of the most successful beauty and fashion PR firms in New York, I own a fabulous apartment in Manhattan, I drive a Mercedes and live the life I love. Most people would think those goals were delusional, but luckily, I am go after my dreams.”—
— Robin, the plus-sized millionaire whom Patti called “delusional" on last night’s Millionaire Matchmaker*
Hear that guys? If you have delusional goals, just be go after your dreams.
*which I did not watch because I was enacting my own version of Black Swan. Good news! I haven’t fought my evil doppelganger yet!
Hey, so maybe two of you remember that I wrote an article for The Apiary a month and a half ago where I gave a list of men I would have preferred had received People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” honor over Ryan Reynolds. Well, I’ve been thinking it over, and I would like to retract that.
I need to apologize to Mr. Reynolds…so here it goes..
Or at least, that’s what someone thought last night after seeing me at a mic for the first time. In her defense, I did have a new joke with a punchline that included the word ‘rape’. And she’s right, my joke that cites George Orwell is really cerebral. However, calling me ‘edgy’ is like the most random compliment I can receive since I usually feel about as ‘edgy’ as Allison Brie in the above gif. Then again, I think she was trying to politely suggest that I should be less “alt” with my comedy because I’m so new. But then, when I ran down all my jokes with her, she said they were all good. But that I should use safer material with audiences. I’ve only been doing this for 7 months—I have ‘safer’ material?? I have material that’s funny and a lot of material that’s not funny. Apparently the funny stuff might be too edgy outside of NYC and Boston??? All in all, I am confused.
I’m just going to interpret it as a good thing and move on.