I love interviewing nice and funny people, especially when said nice and funny people can’t decide which one of them is the Blanche Devereux in their relationship. Read up! And see the show! It’s delightful and funny!
“The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone. You don’t argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner. You don’t punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don’t argue when a women tells you she’s only making 80 cents to your dollar. It’s the path of least resistance. You save your energy for more important battles.”—
I’d love to say this makes me enraged, but I look at misguided sexists the same way I look at toddlers and the mentally handicapped. You know, it’s not their fault they can’t understand certain things. I have to save my energy for more important battles.
ETA: Per the replies—I don’t believe this is a satire, but it could be. I’m still piecing together the timeline of Adams’s comments. The thing that is damning to him is what he says in his own defense later. The article I linked to is a really fair critique of all of his arguments.
The episode also makes the argument that the survival of scripted television is dependent upon writers and talent working together in harmony. This isn’t just true for TGS, but for 30 Rock itself. Since 30 Rock‘s beginning, the show has been lauded for its writing, but its writers are making the point that without its great ensemble of acting talent those jokes, characters and stories could never come to life.
Okay, so…writers need actors. Or something.
I wrote this.
P.S. The site has not been hacked yet this week! WIN!
Yeah, that’s one of the biggest things for me in the Boston scene. People will just sit and stare like assholes, that’s why when I do an open mic and there are a table of non-comics, I always make sure I’m playing to them.
I feel like this is something that is universal for open mics. I try not to see it as a bad thing, though. Maybe because I’m a woman, it’s different, but I’m aware that if I continue my career as a comic, in a few years time I (hopefully) will be doing road gigs in places where people will hate me the minute I walk on stage for no better reason than I’m a woman holding a microphone. So, my feeling on the whole “jaded silent treatment” is that if I can’t handle a couple of assholes who really have no ill-feeling towards me—they’re just bored—then how will I handle a drunk and confrontational heckler down the line? I mean, I try to take EVERYTHING as a valuable learning experience, which is cheesy, but it’s my only defense for keeping my head up when things get rough.
I think the thing that’s personally getting me down (and I feel hesitant to discuss this, but here goes…) is I feel very acutely like many people were more supportive when I first started. Like, they expected me to move up the ladder faster for some reason, and because I haven’t, they have no time for me. I’m really interested in having a long career in comedy. I want to pay my dues and use my first few years to experiment. What’s weird is that people give me shit for trying a different approach or for writing a weirder punchline. Like, I’ve literally been mocked on stage by other comics more than once in the past week (singular week) for trying new stuff. And then, when I do have a good set (and I know it’s good because people who don’t know me are laughing and tell me later it was good), it’s like those same people still have shit to say about me. To my face. So I feel very much as though there’s a whole block of people who have decided what I can and can’t do on stage, and that’s very demoralizing. And I feel like many of them have decided that I shouldn’t do comedy.
Still, I’m trying to summon strength from all of this. Because I think that by going through all of this so early (I’m only 9 months into stand up, for Christ’s sake), it’s going to set the tone for the rest of my career. I’m learning that I have to do stuff that I believe in.
ETA: I want to add that I know a lot of this is just me being super-sensitive and paranoid and that I’m not some special person on the scene people actually care about. I’m probably taking a lot of people’s slights way too personally. In fact, many of them are probably unaware they’re even doing things that are hurting my feelings. I hope what comes across is that I’m at a point where I’m learning to let this stuff go. However, I can’t really do that until I confront what I think is happening in my head and tell these silly feelings to fuck off.
I continue to be utterly bewildered by the NYC comedy scene
I think I’m starting to figure one thing out, though: I’ve got to learn how to let go of caring what others think and just do stuff that I love. It’s frustrating, though, when you do stuff that you’re proud of or you try new things or just have fun and people still think it’s shit. I get frustrated because I feel like I could be pooping a unicorn and they still wouldn’t be impressed.
That said, I’m finally excited about stuff I’m doing on stage. I just have to have faith that other people will get excited, too. I told my mom last night that I’m trying to embrace the stuff that makes me unique, and that makes things harder in the long run. I’m trying to let go of the kinds of goals that are about impressing others and embrace ones that are about just finding myself creatively. I’m not sure where my comedy is going, but I know it’s going somewhere. I just have to be open and have faith that I’ll finally find my way.
But it’s still soooooo frustrating. It’s really hard to not care about what people think of your work when your work is getting people to laugh and smile.
I just found out who I'm scheduled to open for at Geek Week
I want to divulge it, but the schedule’s still tentative and I don’t want to look like an ass. Suffice to say, I saw them at last year’s Geek Week and they became…like…my favorites. So, opening for them is going to be super amazing. You know, if it happens.
I’ve been very lucky in the last year to interview a lot of awesome people for The Apiary. Rose is a great, hilarious gal whom I’ve met doing open mics and seeing shows in NYC. What makes this interview really special is that the show Rose is hosting and producing isn’t just about making people laugh; it’s supporting an amazing cause.
This Sunday’s show is to support Planned Parenthood and it has a CRAZY line-up: Jessi Klein, Joe Mande, Andrea Rosen, Sara Schaefer & Jared Logan. I am definitely going (remind me to pre-order my tickets online during lunch!). If you live in New York, love comedy, and believe that women shouldn’t be denied affordable check ups, birth control and cancer screenings, then you should also go. And please spread the word!
Leila Cohan-Miccio shares her theory that — after Leno (actually) retires — Ellen DeGeneres could take over as host of The Tonight Show.
DeGeneres’ talent and skills, however, aren’t even the top reason I’m convinced she’ll get The Tonight Show. To put it mildly, last time Leno “retired,” it didn’t go so well. When he gives the show up for real, NBC is going to have to control the narrative. Moving Fallon to 11:30 would set up some uncomfortable parallels: Leno says he’s retiring, the eccentric guy beloved by college kids gets The Tonight Show, but is he ready? We’ve all heard that story before. If DeGeneres got the job, however, the conversation becomes about the first female (and the first openly gay) host – a much more satisfying narrative.
I’ve heard a lot of names tossed out by people about who’s going to replace Jay Leno and I’ve heard a lot of silly reasons to go along with those names. This is the first name and the first argument for that name that makes sense.
It’s also the first one that doesn’t make me want to shoot someone.
This unique umbrella has a special holder that fits comfortably over your shoulder and under your arm so you can keep both hands free in the rain to easily carry babies, groceries, packages, suitcases, etc.
to easily carry babies…carry babies…carry babies…babies…babies…babiesbabiesbabies…
Does anyone know how to set up alerts for low ticket prices? As a follow up to my spastic entries from yesterday, I need to look for my cheapest options flying from Philadelphia to Chicago at 6am on July 11 and flying from Chicago to NYC late on July 17.
My immediate reaction to news of Elizabeth Taylor’s death on twitter (because twitter is where immediate reactions matter), was thus: You know how after a death people say, “Well, she lived a good life,”? Well, Elizabeth Taylor lived the BEST life.
She did. She kicked the shit out of life. It didn’t just happen to her, she embraced the things life gave her. She owned the things she did wrong. She enjoyed the things she did right. She enjoyed the shit out of Richard Burton and jewels and yachts and eyeliner. Maybe life just happened to Elizabeth Taylor, but she didn’t squander it. We shouldn’t squander ours either. Life happens, and maybe if we embrace that we can really have an amazing adventure.
My high school best friend is getting married and I’m in the wedding. So I thought it was classy to send her a facebook message basically saying, “Hey what TIME are you getting married/having the reception? I’m looking at flight options and possibly doing an improv intensive in Chicago (I know I’m psycho! har har har) the following week. Hope you’re well!”
See, the thing is I really really really REALLY want to go to Chicago for a week this summer and do an intensive specifically at the Annoyance Theatre. iO’s intensive is for five weeks. Second City’s is only in the morning and won’t guarantee who your instructors are. Annoyance is 6 hours a day (3 in am/3 in pm) for five days and these are your instructors: Mick Napier, Mark Sutton, Susan Messing, Rebecca Sohn, & Rich Sohn.
Here’s the problem: I’m a bridesmaid in a 7/10 wedding in Delaware, and the only summer intensive dates are either 7/5-7/9 (which wouldn’t get me to Delaware in time for the rehearsal dinner) or 7/11-7/15. I *can* take a late night flight to Chicago from Philly on 7/10 or a 6am flight on 7/11, and then cab it to Annoyance with my luggage to just barely make the 9am class start time.
I’m in the process of emailing the Annoyance Training Center to find out if the class registration is open now or not until April 10 (it’s confusing on the website).
Did I mention I can’t really afford this since I had to buy a new phone?
And I still don’t know what time the wedding is?
I am an awesome human being.
«appropriate image of Kristen Wiig playing a terrible bridesmaid in Bridesmaids is appropriate»
I started this weekend with the best of intentions. I was going to eat candy, have fun and basically just chill the hell out. Then I lost my iPhone. Then I lost my self-respect. Then I got a terrible migraine. Then I was unable to get up on stage at all this weekend. Then I went home and felt bad about myself. Then last night I had two weird nightmares (in one I was being attacked by a Maine Coon and in the other I missed an international flight—I have strange fears).
But you know what? Today I don’t have a migraine. Today I’m going to buy a new phone and today I’m going to regain my self-respect. I’ve known for a few weeks now that I needed to suck the venom out of my life. That’s what I’m doing. Fresh start, bitches.