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Archive for October, 2009

Git ‘er Dunham

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

The title of this post is stolen shamelessly from the Hijinx Ensue comic, which offers us this brilliant commentary on Comedy Central’s new Jeff Dunham Show: Some of the widespread jeering is undoubtedly due to envy over Dunham’s lucrative popularity (see also: Dane Cook, Larry the Cable Guy, etc.). On the other hand, the video […]

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I got a job

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

No, not a stand-up comedy job. Not yet. I got a part-time day job, as in “don’t quit your…” I had hoped to put this off until sometime in 2010, but my recent faceplant and subsequent dental work forced the issue. Also, a comedian needs a car, and that’s something I have to start saving […]

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New jokes through the wringer

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Last Thursday night was my first time back on stage after a hiatus of about two months, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I hadn’t lost too much in the interim. My stage presence wasn’t as confident as I’d like, but the stagefright beforehand wasn’t very bad at all. It helped that I […]

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The power of the joke tag

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

I ran across this quote today, from the Zucker Brothers (of The Naked Gun, Airplane! etc.): It’s always easier to keep people laughing than it is to get people laughing. This is why the joke tag — the punchline after the punchline — is such a potent weapon in the comedy arsenal. For more about […]

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CJ Alexander is not Miss J. Alexander

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

I took a look at my traffic stats last night, and a small but noteworthy number of people are finding this site while searching for the similarly-named Miss J. Alexander of America’s Next Top Model. For the record, I’m a pretty sexy bitch, but this is definitely not me: This is Miss J. Alexander, runway […]

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