The heart of Iowa is going to get a pretty great comedy festival come Mar. 28th-30th with The Green Gravel Comedy Festival featuring Jackie Kashian, Ryan Singer, Kevin McDonald, Junior Stopka, and more.
Tickets are on sale now and we suggest that you get them ASAP if you’re planning on going (and you should be if you can).
I saw Cormac McCarthy & Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” on a flight recently. It had been really poorly reviewed, but I wanted to see a film where Cormac McCarthy had personally written the screenplay, rather than written a screenplay-length book (No Country for Old Men) for the purpose of being…
Hopefully, none of you chucked your PS3 for PS4’s too quickly as HBO GO is now available via your PS3. You can watch your favorite HBO comedies such as GIrls or Veep via your gaming console of probably the last few years.
Don’t get too excited though as you can’t just sign up for HBO Go on your PS3 without a subscription just yet because, well, actually, we don’t really know.
Memorize this: -Jim Gaffigan's brand new comedy special Obsessed will be airing on Comedy Central on Apr. 27th. -The full, uncut album is now on pre-order on iTunes and Amazon. -The CD/DVD as well as the download for the special for $5 will come on Apr. 29th.
A perfected balance of improviser and stand up is found in only a handful of comedic performers and Greg Proops is one of them. That’s why he’s one of the best to ever do improvised stand up on Set List.
I’m reading Nicholas Blake’s (née Daniel Dad Lewis via Myq Kaplan) “Minute for Murder”
What started as pulp murder mysteries he wrote, for money, in the 20’s have turned into fascinating glimpses into WW 2 reminisces in England; surrounded, of course, by pulp mystery/spy novels (written in the late 30’s/40’s). The first spy novel I read “The Smiler with a Knife” was published in the thick of the war. This one, “Minute for Murder” is published as it winds down and our hero, Nigel Strangeways, is working for the propaganda dept. So, it’s ruminative, like all of Cecil Day Lewis’s work. Full of references for great poets and playwrights that I wish I got but am unwilling to crack down on the classics. There’s always great writing with Daniel Dad Lewis, but there’s a great paragraph about the people who fought for England in WW2, reflecting what you can get from people if you really can sell a just war:
"It was pleasant to reflect many of his sort this war had thrown up. The long-haired, sensitive types, who had voted at the Oxford Union that under no circumstances would they die for king and country, and a few years later had gone up into the air with the professionals of the R.A.F. And helped win the Battle of Britain, fighting with the same skill and abandon as once they had speechified. The conscientious objectors, who refused to kill but performed prodigies of valor during the blitzes as members of rescue squads and fire brigades. The clever little dons, who vanished one day from their universities and were next heard of having dropped by parachute into occupied territory, organizing the resistance, dynamiting bridges, standing up to a firing party in a squalid backyard. The anonymous-looking scientists, who walked up to unexplored bombs and coldly took them to pieces, as though they were demonstrating an experiment in a laboratory, and generally were not blown to bits. All the eccentrics, the amateurs, the people who did not believe in war and went into a cold fury when it interfered with their private lives and were then extremely dangerous to anything that got in their way, whether it was a German or a piece of red tape. The people who proved so much more disconcerting to the enemy because they did not wear their toughness on their sleeve, and because their minds would keep jumping the rails so earnestly laid down for them by Teutonic students of the English character. " -Minute For Murder by Nicholas Blake
Previously, our hero gets his paperwork delivered by a veteran of the Last World War and we see the fears of what to do with all these “killers” we’ve created,
"You mark my words, sir. When peace comes, as you might say real peace, there’ll be (chaos) in this country. Proper (chaos)."… "Stands to reason. Millions of young men trained to kill. Proper artful too…" "Now after my war, it was different. All killed off we was. What come back, we’d ‘ad enough; anything for a quiet life. Cowed, that’s what we were. You may think it’s a harsh saying of mine, sir, but this war ain’t killed off enough" (British soldiers one assumes he’s speaking of).
The other books are full of awesome paragraphs that reflect the tension of the war, the psyche of various people. I just thought these were interesting. They certainly took a sec for me to type. So there.
A record company is getting royalties for a couple tracks on an album I didn’t know I recorded. I performed for a battered shelter. The royalty people decided in favor of the label. Is this email too harsh? “He’s got the contract I, supposedly, signed? Well…I hope some of that money is still going to the battered shelter I performed for. Or it’s another smack in the face for some stupid bitch who just doesn’t listen. “
This was the exchange w the guy, just today:
Him (polite, firm):
As I told you ** had each one of the Comics sign off royalties as these CD’s were for her cause against domestic violence. I personally saw each and every one signed. My contract is with ** and I do not have the right to just give you a copy. Are you in contact with **? I am not. There has been zero income from this project for a very long time.
I doubt if there is enough money involved here to make paying a lawyer worthwhile but do what you want. I hope that you joined Sound Exchange and received whatever $ was coming to you airplay.;
Me(polite, firm, trying to keep it light and professional):;
I am not in contact with ** either.;
I totally agree about the lawyer but, as a comic, I’m a one man band over here. No one is looking out for me but me. i.e. I have to check these things. I wrote the jokes… I believed I was giving them, one night, for a cause. If I’ve given them in perpetuity to a cause, I should know that - and if I’ve given them in perpetuity to you I’d like to know that.;
If there is so little money involved… you might want to bail and I would love to have my jokes back. ;
But it’s cool if the tracks are yours too. I just need to know. So, 13 years ago or not… there should be some documentation I signed that someone should get to see (I think me, just cuz I sposedly signed it, but I’m fine with it being SE).;
we’ll figure it out and I’ll move on. Promise, Jackie;
Him (purposely not getting me and slightly condescending):
Hi Jackie, FYI, the jokes are yours. ** owns only the sound recordings. I will show you my signed agreement with ** if you’d like to see it, in fact I’ll buy lunch. I do not the doc you signed for ** BUT I did see it and all of the others. But to be clear, ** does not own the jokes, only the sound recordings.;
Me(ladysplaining my light comment, but still being polite and giving him an out):;
Sorry, should have clarified, “the recordings of my jokes that aren’t making a great deal of money but are on the radio rarely but occasionally.”;
Know that I’m doing this with ALL of the sound recordings that I don’t have record of signing away. It’s not YOU or **… it’s ME and keeping on top of my business.;
Him (less polite):
Well Jackie you did sign away the rights. I saw the signed document. And I have a signed agreement with **. Also my recording engineer was there in plain view. Sorry your memory has failed you on this but it is in fact real. And to come out about this 13 years later ? I think you should hire an attorney.;
And the email I NOW want to send but will not: “there’s a lot of witnessing of signatures going on and no handwriting being produced. I’m not interested in hearsay…you and yer buddy saw me sign something. Great. Pony it up.”;
And recordings of comedy I JUST found out are being sold and produced, wherein the original benefit is long gone and now just some rando company is making money…yeah, that should be ME not making any money. Or not. But let’s see something with my signature on it. ;
"…it dawned on me that you were the woman I saw on an episode of Comedy Central Presents. …you were the woman that got on national television in 2003 and told a joke about Final Fantasy Legend. I played that game for hours and hours when I was 5 years old. Think of the attention span a young, nerdy brain has for video games. I devoted all of it to FF Legend. Climbing that epic tower and rebelling against God for being such an asshole was forever etched into my brain as a child.
That experience was never shared with anyone before you told that joke. …That joke, for me, was hilarious and nostalgic and even validating in a lot of ways. It basically blew my mind at the time. I say this with the utmost sincerity: Thank you for that joke.”
I love this email. I get it, via email and guys coming up to me after shows, a few times a year. It’s great. Makes me want to play MineCraft and write something. But, dude, it wouldn’t be organic… so maybe not ;)
The Podcast is out! The Dork Forest hosted by Jackie Kashian has plopped for the week and features an enthusiastic endorsement of Firebird Jim right in the intro. The premise of the podcast involves guest/s (often comedians) discussing their biggest obsession with Jackie and the listeners. This…
I read this and it’s dark and fun! (on my kindle app on my phone, but you can read it on yer computer, nook, kindle… any machine. http://www.amazon.com/Firebird-Jim-Jeff-Fullmer-ebook/dp/B00GZQBA6Q
I’m re-reading Michael Caine’s Acting in Film and it might be the best guide to “how to work for others and yourself” ever. It’s SO great. Just snippets of treating others well, being on time, valuing yourself as a worker, valuing the people you work for and with. All good. read it. Even if you work in an office or Kinkos. It’s great.
It’s been a couple weeks so I thought I’d let you in on what we’ll be catching up on. This is not comprehensive as different titles come out staccato-like, and I only do THIS once in a while. But these are all so good :)
MARVEL Xmen by Wood, Dodson Dodson & Keith Nova by Duggan Medina Vlasco & Curiel Gaurdians of the Galaxy by Bendis Maguire & Ponsor Black Widow by Edmondson & Noto Daredevil by Waid Samnee & Rodriguez The Superior Spider-Man by Slott Gage Ramos Olazaba & Delgado Thor God of Thunder by Aaron Garney Lupacchino & Svorcina X-Factor by David Di Gianomenico & Loughridge Captain America by Remender Pacheco Taibo & Rosenberg Hawkeye by Fraction Wu & Hollingsworth Iron Man by Gillen Padilla Hanna Guru Seekers of the Weird by Seifert Monline & Beaulieu
DC Huntress & Power Girl by Levitz Silva Weems & Winn Animal Man by Lemire & Albuquerque VERTIGO Astro City by Busiek Anderson & Ross Unwritten by Carey & Gross
IMAGE Pertty Deadly by Deconnic Rios Bellaire & Cowles Sattellite Sam by Fraction & Chaykin Velvet by Brubaker & Epting Chew by Layman & Guillory Alex & Ada by Luna & Vaughn
ARCHIE COMICS Afterlife with Archie by Auirre-Sacarsa Francavilla & Morelli DARK HORSE B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth by Mignola Arcudi Harren & Stewart
Zinc- Baltimore so great!
Steve - we are totally reading that!
“Then I thought: What the hell, it’s just a pronoun. My daughter wants Bilbo to be a girl, so a girl she will be. And you know what? The switch was easy. Bilbo, it turns out, makes a terrific heroine. She’s tough, resourceful, humble, funny, and uses her wits to make off with a spectacular piece of jewelry. Perhaps most importantly, she never makes an issue of her gender—and neither does anyone else.”—
It was so close you guys. And you can cherry pick YOUR dorkdom or YOUR fave comic by googling “Dork Forest” and the “Name” of your crush or dorkdom.
1. EP 172 Janeane Garofalo, Maria Bamford discuss BEADS! 2. EP 177 Greg Proops on Ancient History (his baseball ep is great too!) 3. EP 198 Dork Panel with Karen Kilgariff, Bamford, Murray Valeriano & Dave Anthony 4. EP 151 Craig Shoemaker enjoys The Wizard of Oz 5. EP 199 Michelle McNamara still likes True Crime (2 other eps on this. so great) 6. EP 189 Moshe Kasher knows some Religion talk 7. EP 150 Gina Yashere loves ghosts and KNOWS about elevators8. 8. EP 207 Matt Mira talks about his surrogate father, James Bond 9. EP 203 Ryan Stout fascinates on Traffic Court 10. EP 167 David Huntsberger knows Horses.
Here’s TEN eps where I couldn’t get people to cleanly STOP talking about their dorkdom. Perhaps this is the dorkdom you’ve been waiting for.
EP 200 Andy Peters & Mike Schmidt on Wrestling almost 2 hours EP 168 Jake Johannsen on JAZZFEST in New Orleans EP 159 Scott Rogers on Disneyland EP 202 Matt Weinhold, Shawn Sheridan & Dana Gould on MONSTERS EP 190 Cameron Esposito on TV/Movie portrayals of Lesbians. So great. EP 157 Mark Anderson/Melora Creager on SHAKESPEARE.or… the Earl of Oxford? EP 165 Felicia Michaels on collecting Lunch Boxes EP 164 Diva Zappa on Knitting. EP 195 Robert Hurt on SPACE. Cuz he works for CalTech/JPL/NASA EP 183 James P. Connolly on ELVIS
Now I just want you to listen to them all. Here are eps that I didn’t KNOW were going to be awesome. Music eps scare me a bit. No offense to anyone’s dorkdom. #safespace
EP 188 Kurt Braunholer on Psychogeography. EP 188 Fred Armisen on Paul McCartney EP 191 Fielding Edlow on STICKERS EP 193 Bradie Posey on SKA MUSIC (first “type of music ep” I “got”) EP 176 Tracey Ashley on the one video game. The Sims. EP 204 Rhiannon Archer on stuffed animal Taxidermy.
and the last two eps that got to be voted on didn’t get their due. Brandi Brown could have talked forever about MANY things and Leann Olsen got cut off about Doctor Who. Clearly more Doctor Who dorks are needed and Leann to come back. Go to her website and check out how her dorkdom manifests… heh. www.geekiana.com
I really love doing TDF and I’m glad you guys like it and I’m looking forward to another year of listenin and larnin whatever people are into.
So I got an email from a booker, who also does comedy, today:
“Hey Jackie, I took your joke off that website. Wrote something that works for me so I took years off. I just thought I would give you an update because I didn’t not like using other people’s material without prior permission. Anyways, happy new year and I hope all is well. Sent from a stolen phone”
I emailed him back…what?
See, I didn’t know that he was using one of my jokes for anything…I think someone must have recognized it and he was afraid I would hear about it from another person so thought he’d clean slate it.
It turns out that he was using a really old joke of mine for his Book-A-Comic-ForYourCorporate Website.
The joke was the bidness line my dad “said.” It’s the “give a man a fish…” line.
I didn’t know whether to tell this story… But it’s weird, right? And funny that his sig line is “stolen phone.” I don’t think he was ever going to book me again anyway, he hasn’t for over three years. But I usually like to keep a line open.
I’ve accidentally said other peoples jokes then called and admitted it. And vicey versy. Gotten calls from comics saying, “it just came out, I’m sorry.” And I did it just two years ago w a Laurie kilmartin joke…said her punchline, then said to the audience, “you really want to hear that joke done right, see Laurie Kilmartin.”
Now, it’s good he took it down and admitted that he was using it. But he had the weirdo guts to ask, now…after… If he COULD use the joke for the website. But with a “credit.” Wow. No.
He didn’t offer ME work. He didn’t offer to buy or pay me for the joke for future use. Or offer to pay me for past use. Which, if he did, I’d feel obligated to give the money to the friend who wrote that bc he heard my dad’s voice in it. (Side note; my father thinks he DID say that. That’s how good that joke is:)).
I haven’t had anyone steal a joke, then confess and stop, then ask if they could use it anyway. Gutsy stuff. Hellova an ego to just go for it. Good grief.
Another new year is upon us. Traditionally, this is time of introspection, where people make resolutions to cut back on bad habits or become better people. Unfortunately, I cannot participate, because I am already perfect, but here are 11 characters from pop culture with some big plans for 2014
Okay… You can vote for as many of the shows as you liked this year. The survey is just set up by months because… it was the template. Vote for the shows you liked. I use the “data” (why “”? it IS data) to recommend shows for noobs! So vote early. vote often. Another 4 days I say to vote.
Day 6 Standings:
1. Proops - Ancient History 2. Janeane/Bamford - Beading/SuzeOrman 3. Live Podfest w Kilgariff/Bamford/Anthony/Valeriano - Salad 4. Moshe Kasher - Religion 5. Michelle McNamara - True Crime 6. Ryan Stout - Traffic Court
Others doing GREAT: Gina Yashere - Ghosts/Elevators Craig Shoemaker - Wizard of Oz Matt Mira - James Bond David Huntsberger - Horses Andy Peters/Mike Schmidt - Wrestling Cameron Esposito - Lesbians Matt Weinhold/Dana Gould/ Shawn Sheridan - Halloween
Comments made in the last two days:
*Shoemaker never disappoints! *That Toronto show was GREAT. *Any discussion that leads people to Shakespeare is a winner!
*Deb & Sean: what’s better than stationery, pens, and books? Live Panel: Because listening to Sue more than holding her own against the Augie & TJ onslaught made me smile all day. “F*** you hahdah” has become my end-of-my-tether go-to insult
*Horses love David Huntsberger!
*It’s Janeane - she’s the perfect embodiment of smart and funny.
*I love me some Janeane Garafolo!.
*Huber Beer! (Kojis ep)
*He’s so educated about everything but still manages to make it hilarious! (Proops) *Because the image of Maria playing for the Packers made me burst out laughing so hard I scared the neighbor’s arthritic corgi; and because I bet Janeane would like to be Suze Orman. Because Greg is always more interesting than pretty much anyone else— although this episode didn’t have enough baseball.
*Greg is always a favorite! *I also enjoy the works of Paul McCartney! *Wood panel Oldsmobile station wagons! I can say no more. No, wait, I can: Old Tim-Dog, and that tool bag of a human being.
*The TiVo episode was awesome because Jackie learning stuff is so much fun.
*LOVED Kelly Anneken. Whenever Michelle McNamara’s on I have to listen to ALL of her DF episodes.
*I always enjoy a good discussion of lesbians! *Maria is everyone’s favorite— everyone who isn’t a tool bag like Paul, that is. Listening to Michelle talk unsolved crime is fascinating, and makes me want her to succeed in solving the EARONS case more than anything.
*The Cameron Esposito was one of my all time favs - true passion for something so specific = definition of dorkdom
*Always love Michelle
*Two words: Dana Gould! *Leann is the greatest and anyone who meets her and doesn’t lover her is a dick!
*Mike & Andy: Because up to 90 seconds into this podcast I could not have cared less about wrestling, and now I’m hoping there’ll be many, many more wrestling episodes with these two. Leann is awesome, and we definitely need to spend some more time with her!
*Too many good shows to choose from. Keep up the good work! Hoping to donate more in ‘14.
Remember, you can vote for AS Many eps per question as you wish. It’s a free survey format, I just needed to put all the eps in the survey.
This is for fun, this voting biz…but I DO use it for people just starting to listen, “hey, these were earlier year’s most popular eps, try these if you like.” (Like, here’s the “best of 2012” list http://jackiekashian.tumblr.com/post/54106763329)
Day 4 of voting and the standings are at:
Live at Podfest LA w Bamford/Kilgariff/Valeriano/Anthony
Also showing well are the next ten, pretty close:
Andy Peters/Mike Schmidt
Dana Gould/Matt Weinhold/Shawn Sheridan
You can vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7ZLMJ2R
Current running for fave eps of the year are:
Greg Proops on Ancient History Janeane Garafalo and Maria Bamford on beading/Suze Orman Panel at LAPODFEST w Maria, Kilgariff, Valeriano & Dave Anthony Michelle McNamara still loves True Crime Craig Shoemaker on the Wizard of OZ Matt Mira and James Bond Gina Yashere on Elevators and Ghosts Scott Rogers regarding the Land of Disney Felicia Michaels collects Lunch Boxes. Oh Yes.
You can vote (and comment) here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7ZLMJ2R
Lots of AWESOME COMMENTS from the First day of Voting! (clarity or my comments on your comments)
Who doesn’t love the Wizard of Oz? (Craig Shoemaker)
Much as I love all things Oz, if forced to choose between these two Gina wins hands down. I enjoyed the two of you so much, in fact, that I think I’m gonna download it and listen again. (Gina Yashere)
I just can’t choose, they were both cool! (Craig and Gina)
It’s hard for me to get behind ghosts and elevators are almost as bad as escalators. (Gina)
Loves the elevator dorkdom! I love specific unique dorkdoms. (Gina)
Panels are fun and wander (not a criticism). Sean and DeDiGe (deeg) are from Toronto. I live within spitting distance and love them both. Wished we could have done more romance novels w Deb. You two would really make a meal of that topic. Also Shakespeare Not ep was really really interesting. I sort of was left wanting another ep and with slower more careful chronology.
Lots of great stuff this month, but I found myself wishing I had this podcast before I went to Disneyland. When you going to have him back?! (Scott Rogers… one day… he wants to!)
What’s not lot love about puppets? Seriously they are one of the best things man has created. (Wyatt Cenac)
Because Auggie Smith is the balls. (Live with Aug, TJ Miller & Sue Costello)
I like to learn while being entertained. (this could be in reference to any ep 153-162)
I knit but not like Zappa. I am from a long line of british knitters and her methods are … uh … unsettling in the way of when you first find out that rules can be broken and people do it all the time. Lunch Box ep was fantastic because - omg - full props for the deep, dorky abiding love that she has. I had a lunch box first day of kindergarten and lost it. It’s a thing that big kids beat you up with and so I never really thought it was a good idea to use. Still … a loss is felt even now. NOLA episode was really really interesting because a) a lifestyle I will never know or be able to pursue and b) travel! Travel episodes are very very cool. (HA! Diva is great and Felicia is awesome)
A white guy talking up jazz fest. Recipe for douchy. But Jake seems to respect the town, the people and the culture and by the end I liked him a lot. (SAFE SPACE BUDDY… White guys get to like things).
Creating new things to do from your own brain for others to enjoy is always good. (Alex Edelman reference?)
I can relate.
I can relate to anyone who collects stuff. Its all about the hunt! (Felicia Michaels)
There’s a history theme here. And, because Proops.
Greg is #1 because it’s Greg Proops and I do love him so. He is another towering dorky expert but with nice suits and shined shoes. ;) Lisle W because W T actual F stories she has. OMG. Another travel-type show and insights into another culture. Super cool. Garafalo because she is just epic to listen to and beads. I have an extensive bead stash and I vibrate on that bead-loving harmonic. Also - Bamford reminds me of a nervous, but earnest one eyed squirrel. She makes me laugh.
Man, beading is super specific and esoteric. But I laughed a lot and found myself thinking, “I see why she enjoys this!” (Garafalo)
Oh MAN! Do I really have to choose between these two? You and Bamford are ALWAYS hysterical, and having Garafolo included was like icing on a delicious cake. But the one with Proops was FASCINATING! He awoke the inner history dork I didn’t even know I was.
Greg Proops ep was my favorite. I could listen to him talk about ancient empires all day long.
I really enjoyed Greg’s other episode on baseball as well and history has always been entertaining to me. The transformers episode was a blast from my past. The movie was insane to watch as a kid. Knowing now it was all a ploy to get my mom to buy toys takes a bit of the shine off but the discussion was amazing.
Janeane Garofalo knows more about beads than she does her own OCD. Love her!
Garafalo+Bamford+Kashian=Heaven. +Orman=Overload. I want to live in Tracey Ashley’s SIMS neighborhood.
I … I don’t remember any of these. :/ I feel like my homework is to go re-listen to them. (re 180-189,… do that J)
Carrie and Fred were just so nice I had to vote for one so I went Carrie because she had the added pressure of going live. Degree of difficulty!
The TiVo talk one will always hold a special place because that was the episode that converted my wife from a sometimes Ranger to a full blown one. But Fred dorking out about Paul was awesome
Live show with Graham, Al and Dayna, cause that’s where I learned you can have cremains made into a bullet.
I was never a big DC fan as a child but you know what? This discussion on the DC Universe peaked my interest on a few titles. Which is sort of the point I suppose. The Religion episode was a close third for this bracket behind my favourite topic of all time WRESTLING!
My geekdom is religion as well. Fred Armisen was disarmingly fangirl.
Kelley and I went to the same university, so that’s pretty rad.
This is the first episode of the podcast I have listened to and I loved how tonally all over the place the conversation is. I also always love to get insight into Adomian’s life and political thoughts. (James Adomian)
This may make up for the slow summer. Stickers. OMG. I found this one hysterical because she CAN ACTUALLY PART WITH THEM!! I can’ t give mine away. However, I have a *serious* job. Everyone has a numbered black book for all notes. My books have the front covered in stickers in an artistic way. Everyone knows my book. Ska ep was fun because I never knew it existed. And since then I’ve heard it about 17 times. Cool. Hair metal was another music ep. I am not a hair metal fan but a good friend is. So insight … and right era for me. The True Crime ep … lawd … she approaches Proops level dorkdom. Really interesting. (Michelle McNamara true crime ep… oh yes)
Michelle’s just one of my favorites. You could have her on once a month and it would never get old!
I REALLY enjoyed the Michelle McNamara episode. I can’t wait to read her book about EARONS.
Duh! More Cameron please (Esposito!)
Michelle McNamara. I’m the girl that will leave the marathon of Snapped on all day, ha!
Conversations about space are amazing, having talks about space with someone who works on space things is even better! (Robert Hurt)
Anything Maria is the bees knees. I never knew someone could love stickers that way…I started to think I love stickers! (Fielding Edlow!)
I like many types of salads. (LA Podcast fest w Maria, Karen, Dave, Murray)
Based on wisdom, gleened. If its enough for me to repeat at a party it got a vote. Keep up the good work!
OMG. Traffic court. That. Was. EPIC! Such a fantastic story that kept going and going and going. Life lesson: never, EVER piss off a comedian. Total stand out episode. Bond Ep was fun. Have solid working knowledge of the movies and so could follow along quite nicely with the commentary. However - Mira is an idiot. Connery is the *only* bond. Daniel Craig is a close second. Spies are not goofballs, Matt. (Ryan Stout)
I’m a huge wrestling dork and have been waiting for someone to do it properly. God, the skipped a lot, but until they pointed it out I didn’t notice. Their passion was contagious and they represented us wrestling dorks so well. (Mike Schmidt, Andy Peters)
I want to buy ALL THE THINGS from geekiana. Please have LeAnn on again. (Attainable GOAL!! www.geekiana.com and yes)
Stuff animal carcass disposal. Too funny (Rhiannon Archer)
The traffic court ep was comical and very entertaining but can’t hold a candle to the Mac Daddy of all dorkdoms WRESTLING! There needs to be a part 2,3,4,5….! There isn’t enough hours in the day, days in the year to encompass how awesome Pro Wrestling is. They barely scratched the surface MORE! (Mike and Andy)
Because we all feel like we get screwed and Ryan has decided to do something about it. And Dr. Who is a really great show…(call back to Garofalo from Reality Bites)
So many great eps this category. Jane Edith Wilson is DA BOMB. I want a traffic ticket so I can go to court and fight! I’ve always loved SCOTUS. (Brandi Brown)
Filming Hour long Special December 26, 27, and just CD taping on Saturday. BUT, so cool, on Thursday and Friday - 4 local Minneapolis Comics will do 7 min in front of me (so THEY can have sweet HD video of their sets) and here’s that Lineup. Come on out to Acme Comedy Company, Minneapolis More info and Tickets HERE: MN http://acmecomedycompany.com/comics/headliners/jackie-kashian/
Earl Elliot is the MC for all of the shows.
Ben San Del
Then Saturday, Shannan Paul will just do her sweet 30 to feature.
You know how you clean your closet to find that gift you bought for someone ages ago? I just did that, reminding me that, you guys… BUY stuff. I’m over the storage at this time and everything is in stock (INCLUDING the thing I said would NEVER be in stock… TDF Zip Hooded Sweatshirts). So. Buy them. You claimed you wanted them… you have dorky loved ones… then they will not be here, they will be out in the world and I will have money. Merry Christmas.
If that’s something you do… you sit down at your computer, you get in your car/bus or bike (please. get IN your bike)… feel free to shop at http://www.jackiekashian.com/store.php Merch thing.
Know, backordered Brown/Green TDF shirt people… I’m getting them tomorrow according to UPS and ALSO… I know I said I wouldn’t… But I’ll have 2 of each size Small, Med, Large, XL, XXL of TDF zip-hoodies if you want them.
I’ll ship everything ordered before I get them (including backorders) Friday. Everything ordered on Friday-Tuesday I’ll ship the next day. Now do you see why I don’t do Kickstarter? I already HAVE two jobs ;)
Just before I have a temper tantrum about something TINY I, luckily, have trained myself to have an out of body experience and see myself. It lets me see, from Jafar, how ridiculous I am being. I NEVER regret Not-Snapping.
I note, that, if I let myself be enraged that, for example, there isn’t a bathtub in my glorious hotel in NYC (something me and the Japanese are the only ones to care) I will only have to apologize for my words, actions and attitude.
I just got a bit snippy with the flight attendant (I Am Online In The Fucking Sky - to quote CK) because I’m chilly and he forgot I asked for a blanky.
Now…I mock myself but I’m not completely unsympathetic to myself. I’m on my own side too. By no-one’s opinion could I be called a doormat.
I travel so much lately that I know there are things that make the travel easier… Makes the work easier. I feel I deserve a bathtub in my hotel and, the airlines carry blankets for the very reason that it’s cold in the sky.
But there have always been irritants to constant travel. But I’m also keenly aware of how fucking blessed I am to get to do what I do…and at the level I’m at, the irritants add to the absurdity of what I’m mad about. I’m not fighting bugs and cigarette burns in the blankets at the hotel. I’m not living offa subway punch cards for a day as I drive 14 hours so I can get home so I don’t have to sleep in my car on the way home from a gig.
So…the “problems” that I get mad at are, when I can arrange the out of body experience, before I act, hilarious. And I can laugh at myself and not make someone else’s workday any harder tha it might be already.
I keep trying to write an article to bleed (pun intended! gross. sorry.) into this interview, but I cannot put into words what I love so much about Jackie’s material and stage presence. Jackie is always honest, pumped, positive, passionate, quick, grounded, and curious. This all comes across…
I said stuff and I’m pretty sure I stand by all of it. Sure. And then there’s the story at the end.
The great Jackie Kashian is coming to you this Wednesday night at The Virgil! Jackie is one of the more sharp-witted and lovable comedians working today. Her very real and personal style never fails to draw in audiences and have them demanding for more.
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I was unreasonably mad and disappointed at myself last night after open mike. Because my newish jokes didn’t kill. Oh Jackie. You so silly. Chock full of pride and outrageous belief in my own skills to do well with jokes that are the sort that DO & WILL need months of work, I was hoisted upon my own petard (I can’t find where that came from) but I came to my senses this morning, while waiting for my plane.
I’m working on two, long, not very punchy yet, bits. They didn’t go very well. The punchlines that ARE there worked. But, not surprisingly, the parts of the jokes that need work did not get laughs. That was the reason I was doing open mike… to work on those bits. Afterwards… I was mad. Unreasonably disappointed in myself and doubting the material.
I’ve said it before and, even knowing I know what’s happening, I still fall for it; “only a good set can fix a bad set”. It’s part of a sewing project for my twilight years. I can stitch that on a pillow. And these, “A good set can fix a bad day.” “Sadly, a good day can’t fix a bad set.” It just has always been true. I wish it weren’t. But…that’s comedy.”Only a good set can fix a bad set.”
I slept poorly and woke slightly bummed. Heh. And then I remembered something Patton Oswalt said…14years ago at the old Largo.
That show was VERY alt-y… Lotta stories, not a lot of punchlines. Personality driven comedy (because the expectation was, that, you would do material that was ALMOST ENTIRELY NEW) It’s truly a learned skill to work on material like that.
The audience was PARTICULARLY judgmental that night. A guy went up…Canadian comic…funny guy…but it was his first time in the room and he did his material …I guess like some sort of ASSHOLE, he wanted to do well, and thought jokes with punchlines was the way of it.
They watched him for a minute and then started talking amongst themselves, like he was a band, or something. He did his time, got off and probably went on to hate “alt comedy.” Sigh. The emcee got up and MADE FUN OF HIM. Making ME almost hate “alt comedy.” The emcee said, “I love it when club comics try to do these rooms.” Then he introduced Patton.
Patton got onstage and you could tell he was irritated. He, remember, 14 years ago, was one of the darlings of these alty folk. Not everyone could have called this crowd (or the emcee, another darling) on their bullshit. He said, “Yeah. I hate it when comics, who make a LIVING doing standup try to come to a music club and want to entertain people. What an asshole.” Then, “You Know what I love? When an alt comic tries to do the road.” Pause. “You know…they’re telling jokes about their friend Jeremy and no one gets it….and he gets all HEY! I’m talking about Jeremy! Or it’s a not fully written bit but the crowd is hoping for punchlines. That’s hilarious.” Patton went on to kill for ten minutes.
Last night I was milking the crowd of their good will, surprised that they didn’t love my half developed premises as finished work. The jokes ARE there. They just need work. Hence open mike.
An hour ago I was reminded of that Patton story and now can’t stop laughing at myself. “You GUYS! Jeremy! I’m talking about Jeremy!”
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Jealousy and bitterness exist in just about every pursuit, and especially artistic ones. I can only speak from a comedian’s perspective, but I’ve watched it ruin people. I believe that if you are going to pursue stand up comedy as a career, you have to understand that there is no clear cut path to “making it.” You can’t let yourself think that paying dues leads to anything except the lessons and experiences that you take away. You can’t start believing that another person’s success is your failure. You can’t become so jaded that you write off the entire industry because of a few perceived injustices. There’s always someone who has more of a right to complain than you do and chooses not to. Falling into cynicism about things outside of your control can poison everything you do and derail you from honing your craft, which is always THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.
Make sure Sunday night, specifically 7PM, on September 1st is free to catch the amazing Karen Kilgariff’s live album taping at The Bootleg Theater near Echo Park. Tickets are only $8-$10, which is well worth hearing what we think are songs that both perfectly represent this generation as well as hilariously satirize it.
Boo! I’m out of town! But everyone else EVER should go.
Andy suggested that, since people DO NOT KNOW how to book comedians at professional and business events that I write up a quick reference guide. I laughed and laughed. It’s hard to get people to read my contract when they’re paying me.
But, sure… here’s some basics. Grandma Kashian’s guide to Hiring a Comedian for your function:
Let’s start with
“What the comic will Need” to go on stage with a happy outlook:
1. KNOWLEDGE, within an hour of sitting around time, Of WHEN THEY WILL GO ON STAGE. (Dinner is at 7, awards at 8, comic at 830 - give or take a half hour… so the comic should be at venue by 730/45 so up by 9pm). 2. A place to park. 3. A place to hide/chill out before the show: A small room off the banquet hall/showroom would be great. With some water/sodas in it is sweet. It’s NICE of you to offer the comic a meal before the show but some comics don’t eat before shows and almost none of them want to, nervously, sit around with the people they will be performing for, BEFORE the show. Any meet/greet should be AFTER the show. 4. A bottle of water/soda for before and/or during the show. 5. A MICROPHONE and stand on the “stage.” NOT a podium. Never a podium. Comedy is not a podium activity. 6. A stool or tiny table, on the stage, to PUT said water/soda. 7. SOMEONE to Introduce the comic. Short, sweet, succinct.
Now… You want to hire a Comedian. First and foremost, lady who is in charge of finding a comic that appeals to 700 politically, ethically, and religiously disparate individuals, YOU are fucked. If you go too “dumb/simple” you lose all cred as a “fun party lady” … if you go blue or dark… you get an article about you in the LA Times. If you don’t want to PAY the comic… you get a beautiful trifecta of blue, dumb and lame.
So here’s the best suggestions to protect yourself and troubleshoot your choice:
1. PAY THE COMIC. The LOWEST amount of money, for a comic with NO CREDITS/FAME/SENSEOFWORTH is $1-$5 a person attending. (plus air/hotel and ground travel if the event is out of town). For people with one of the things listed above it’s $5-$10 a person attending your event. The more well-known a comic people, think more along the lines of $40-$100 per person.
If the people that booked Edwin San Juan for the Sheriff’s luncheon (a third party to my knowledge) did not pay him $600-$3000, as I have never heard of him, then they deserve what they got. You get what you pay for. A comic making money works to make sure everyone is happy. A comic working for beer and dinner MIGHT want to have more fun than you. Make a note.
2. ALERT the people attending: Comedy is an ADULT sport. The comedian will be as clean as you want, but you have to tell them. Basic “corporate dress” for comics at these events is, what is called, “TV Clean.” Cable/Primetime. Some swearing (not the f-word and, certainly not a joke using the N-word… Jesus Edwin. And sometimes not Jesus ;) is “TV clean.”
TOPICS are going to be adult. Not graphic description of sexual acts but… adult topics. If the people attending are hot house flowers… WARN them. They are not seeing a children’s show. Private shows are different than going to a comedy club with your friends and spouses. We should all understand that. But tell the comic what you like or hate. Hopefully you’ve done some research so you know what kind of comedian you’re getting.
on that note:
3. Pick a comic that you like several of the samples you saw. Get their album. What the heck. Do some research. Watch a lot of YouTube videos. But with a grain of salt.
If the video you are watching is set in a club, and you like the majority of the jokes but the comic is swearing and working on their rape chunk, know that that is NOT what they’re going to do for you. You can even tell them that. Because comics are people with brains attached to their mouths. Especially if you state clearly, “No f-word. No rape jokes. Adult topics I get… try to keep the racial and sexual stereotypes to a minimum. This is an event for DOLE… try not to go too deeply into the betrayal of Liliuokalani,” or whatever.
4. You THINK you want the comic to do 60 minutes of comedy. You do NOT. Think about how long these people have been hanging around this night. They work together all week. Or… their boss is sitting right there, WATCHING how many glasses of wine they’re drinking…
The crowd has had a. before dinner drinkds/hor d’ourvres. b. dinner c. an awards/chatty magoo session celebrating their work and, finally, d. some entertainment. NO more than 40min. My contract says I will do 40-60 min “depending on what the market will bear” (see what I did there? That’s FUNNY… a capitalism joke for the corporate types). You do the 40… you get the hell off - unless the comic IS having the time of their lives. In which case, everyone is pleased anyway.
5. PAY THE COMIC. In my contract I insist on “check in hand” before I go on stage. Why? Call it superstition from the 90’s when I had to fight with bookers to pay me… Call it I want to finish my set and be able to leave after a SHORT time of meet and greet, not waiting for you to sober up enough to “find” my check. I get paid before I get up to quell MY nerves of WHEN I will get paid. Everyone is constantly telling me that I’m so brave to do standup… well, getting paid before is my kevlar. I get a check to be reminded why I’m at your luncheon, you give me a check to remind me that you value my work. If you hate it after… cancel the check. But I’m doing the job. Pay me.
Well. That was long and cathartic. I should probably read it before I post it. But I’m not going to. There.
I don’t know how to respond to comments on tumblr…but I bet clowns would appreciate this too! Heh. ;)
The most amazing thing is just happened I was listening to a recent episode of the Dork Forest with Greg Franklin In my truck when someone pulled alongside me at a red light and overheard your voice, They gave me a strange look and asked If I was listening to the dork forest? After a brief bonding moment about one of our favorite podcasts the light turned green And we went our separate ways. I just had to tell you about it. Love the show keep up the good work.