I live in New York. I am a comedian, writer and actor. My day job is blogging for VH1.com. I write about the silly things celebrities and pop stars do, so you know...God's work.
You may have seen my writing on many other reputable websites (McSweeney's, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, xojane.com, The Hairpin, Splitsider, The FW, etc.). I also write crazy blogs about Game of Thrones, Magneto and Jeff Goldblum.
Life's weird, right?
Tonight at Totally Requesty at the PIT, I did my Self-Sufficent Spice character and discovered that it’s still a fun idea and it’s funny enough to keep working on. Which is a win.
However, I also discovered that when you don’t practice a routine in a year (look, when I did last year it was half written, half improvised and it was awesome, so I just assumed…), it’s very easy to find yourself up a creek without a paddle when your audio track isn’t actually instrumental, but half instrumental/half original track.
But then, I just stayed in character and tried to make it work even though I was dying inside and it turns out that NO ONE KNEW I FUCKED UP WITH THE TRACK. My whole performance career I’ve aimed to be able to hold it together when things go wrong and I apparently did it tonight. Oh and actually, what ended up transpiring might be the real bit for the character.
So, I consider it a performance success…even though I still totally fucked up.
I have three cool shows this week and it would be delightful to see people there! Also, I’m debuting a bunch of new jokes!
2/27 - 11 pm - School Night - UCB Chelsea - FREE (Stand up)
2/28 - 7 pm - Fifth Estate - Brooklyn - FREE (Stand up & Improv with Shark Bait)
3/1 - 9:30 pm - Having A Ball Having It All - The Tank - $10 (Stand up with some awesome ladies)
Please come and laugh at me.
Okay, now that’s interesting! Can we talk about that?
I actually had a weird conversation tonight pertaining to this point that I’m still trying to unpack.
I went to a storytelling mic and was discussing the differences between telling a story as, well, just a story, and telling it in stand up. The storyteller (who does sketch and improv, but not stand up) I was chatting with told me that she believes that in storytelling, because the point is to be honest and vulnerable, but not necessarily funny, the audience wants the storyteller to “win”. She added that in stand up, you can be honest and vulnerable, but the point is to be funny. The stand up comedian is a descendant of the court jester, which means a comedian has to have the balls to hold court, but has to also be a figure that you relate to, but the comedian shouldn’t “win”. Otherwise you risk the audience member feeling lesser than the stand up. And then the audience member can’t relate or laugh.
I’m not saying I agree with this perspective, because I think it’s an overly simple view of stand up that neglects a lot of genius and nuance, but it’s interesting to consider when sitcoms are often dramatized versions of stand up, or “jester”, acts, and as the New Yorker piece and Rachel point out, it’s a trend in sitcoms for stars and creators to be “humbled” versions of themselves.
Also, I once had a boyfriend who told me I could talk about him on stage, but maybe I shouldn’t, because being a smart, attractive, and employed female in NYC, I needed “one flaw” as a comic because otherwise no one would relate to me or like me…he said… I don’t have the time right now to unpack that, but there it is.
I’m singing Christmas carols tonight at Maude night at the UCB Chelsea. It should be cool. I was cast on my great talent of walking down 7th Ave at the same time as Siobhan to whom I said, “Hey! How are you?”, to which she replied, “CAN YOU SING?!? YOU CAN SING RIGHT?!?!”