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Archive for January, 2010

Conan gets (very briefly) serious

Friday, January 29th, 2010

I really enjoyed Conan’s final Tonight Show, especially his parting message (embedding disabled, unfortunately, or I’d include it here). I fully endorse the thoughtful posts that my friends Andrew and Eva made on the subject.

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(NOTE: In yesterday’s post, I talked about an entry level job I once had at UPS, and how the outrageously high employee turnover kept employees from being accepted, among their co-workers, until they had been around for a while. The situation with stand-up comedians is much the same. This is part two; here’s part one.) […]

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Socializing backstage with other comics (pt. 1)

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

About three years ago, after some early years as a suit-wearing corporate tool, I went a little nuts in the opposite direction and got one of the most menial jobs imaginable. For a year I worked as a package loader at UPS, on the overnight shift, in the most notoriously crazy section of their busiest […]

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Zack Galifianakis works a tough crowd

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Dedicated fans of stand-up comedy knew about Zach Galifianakis long before his breakout role in last years The Hangover. But did you know that, before he grew the crazy-Jesus beard, he briefly had a late night show on VH1? Here’s an old gem from Late World with Zach: Zach Galifianakis does stand-up at a pre-school

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Climbing the comedy totem pole

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

There exists a fairly rigid hierarchy among stand-up comedians, which I’ve discussed before. Simply put, stage time for open mics and weekend host/feature spots is largely based on seniority — and since experience and talent tend to be roughly equivalent in stand-up comedy, this is a system that benefits the audience, too. At my home […]

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