July 21, 2021

Maryam vs Kelly

Tonight I went to the open mic at The Comedy Spot again. I mostly got my ear talked off by Kelly Browne. There was like a thing going on with names. She kept making jokes about her real name not being Kelly. I asked her what it was, and she said it was Kelly, it was just pronounced slightly differently. Maryam Mousavi was hosting the open mic. She once told me that her name was pronouced Mare-E-im, like “one day I’m gonna marry ‘im.” So, when Kelly told me that it’s actually pronounced Mar-E-um, I didn’t know who to believe. I had to ask Maryam after my set, which way was right. She said it actually was Mar-E-um, but she had only recently begun the work of telling people the actual way to say it, and admitted that she used to tell people the wrong way.

My set started off pretty quiet. Let me just say this too: it’s hard to perform in front of a whole audience that’s wearing masks, because you can’t see their facial expressions. You know, sometimes even if people aren’t laughing, you can at least tell if they’re enjoying your set a little bit if you see them smiling or maybe even trying not to laugh because they’re afraid to be the only one or something like that. But with the masks there was none of that. And people weren’t laughing much at my Ginger Bread Party monologue. I just kept going because I was already into it, and I wanted to see what would happen at the end. It finally started to work a little bit at the end, and then I said some other funny stuff about how I might finish the rest of it on my next booked show, and believe it or not I actually do get booked on some shows. They laughed at that. Then I explained that Maryam was going to come back, AGAIN, and bring up the next comedian.

I stayed and watched a few more people. I was conflicted because I wanted to see a few more that were at the end, including Amy Nelsen because she’s cool and was on my Tonight Play show once, and I haven’t seen her do standup before. She does improv and it’s always interesting to see how improv people approach standup. Unfortunately, I also had the urge to go to the home box store and buy more fence improvement supplies, and I had to wrap up work for the day too. Hopefully another time!

July 21, 2021

Concord Grapes

Mead Dave said I could do this Concord show, so I put it on the calendar. It was last night. I carpooled down with four other comedians. Buddy Rahming, Ed Mena, Jacqui Pirl, Joey C, and me. Jacqui drove us down there in her 5-speed VW Jetta. I sat in the middle in the back, […]

July 18, 2021

Something In The Lawn

“There’s just something in the lawn. I don’t know if it’s the type of grass they used, or what.” This was my review of the venue that I performed at last night. It was in Tina’s backyard. She calls the show, The Dope Room. Who is Tina? She is a comedian here in the local […]

July 14, 2021

The Number 22

I went to The Comedy Spot again tonight for their Tuesday open mic. I got the same slot as last time: 22. So I went for a walk again. This time I called my friend Sheli and caught up with her for an hour or so while I walked. I didn’t see the Taco Tuesday […]

July 7, 2021

Bicycle Group on K

I went to The Comedy Spot tonight for their new Tuesday Open Mic. The first one was last week, but I forgot to go. This time I made it. I hung around and said hello to a few people and talked to some other old friends, like Robert Berry. He told me that he had […]

October 22, 2016

Y – MCA

Last night I went to On The Y, and I bombed. But it was okay. I met a cool lady who liked my set, and I wrote a joke about On The Y. In the joke I claim that The Beastie Boys played at On The Y in the ’80s, and one of them left […]

April 21, 2014

Dance Video

I decided to try some other things besides standup for a while and see how I like it. One of them was this dance video that I made last weekend and through a little help from some friends and social media, we got it up to 728 views in one week. I was impressed by […]

September 18, 2012

Three mics

Last night I did three open mics in Sac. I did the comedy spot scramble. I’m dropping the what do you guys wanna do bit for short sets so I can focus on joke writing. So I did my reader character from back in the day. Gave me back that experience of getting an imediate […]

October 11, 2011

Monday Open Mics

Last night I went to Po’ Boyz. I knew I might not make it, so I didn’t even shower after my brief run. Cheryl said I could try. I ran in from my car, and turns out there was no mic and no backdrop. Everyone knows Cheryl for her backdrop. Backdrop it like it’s hot. […]