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Archive for November, 2009

Winter doldrums

Monday, November 30th, 2009

It’s that time of year again, when open mic audiences at Giggles dwindle to a mere handful of people. Last night there was literally no audience and the open mic was canceled, which was a bummer. I’m not exactly sure if it’s that specific venue or what, but open mics at Giggles were pretty sparse […]

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“Why do you do comedy?”

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

When asked why they do comedy, every comic under the sun will give a different answer. I get this question fairly frequently, and I believe that there’s a common root cause underlying all of our reasons for doing comedy: quite simply, a comic has a larger-than-normal need for the approval of others. This emotional neediness […]

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A great story about Carrot Top (really)

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Overheard Backstage peers behind the curtain (or brick wall) into the offstage area where comics gossip, bicker, and make each other laugh. My friend Andrew recently wrote about a story that he and I were told while hanging out backstage at Giggles. His long, thoughtful post made me think “goddamn, I wish I had written […]

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Karma is a bitch

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

By sheerest luck of the draw, I was introduced at Sunday’s open mic by my friend Devin, the comic who hired me at my new job and is therefore also my supervisor. So when he introduced me as his bitch, I took the mic and made a comment about my boss being an asshole. I […]

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TV’s best new comedy: Community

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

One of the ways I like to unwind at the end of the day is by watching television. It’s almost as relaxing as my other hobby, stabbing hobos. Joel McHale is best known for hosting The Soup on E!, but Seattle natives mayrecall his brief stint on the beloved local sketch show Almost Live. My […]

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