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Archive for August, 2010

Discographies: your favorite band sucks

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Sometimes good things come in small packages. Such is the case with the Discographies Twitter feed, “a definitive guide to an artist’s body of work (studio albums only) in 140 characters.” It’s pretty amusing. Here’s a sample: Rage Against The Machine: 1-3 (thud-thud! sqwee!) Noam Chomsky, motherfuckers! (sqwee!); 4 carbon footprint reduced by recycling old […]

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Louie, Louis C.K.’s new TV show

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Are you watching Louie, the new show by stand-up comedian Louis C.K.? It’s on FX on… some night. I’ll check… seriously, does anyone still watch TV when it’s actually on?1 … There it is: Tuesdays at 11pm. The show has been compared to Seinfeld, which is a lame and reductive comparison. It’s true that both […]

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More on jokes and success through failure

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Only a few hours after my last post about joke brainstorming, I found myself reading this interview with Ira Glass, where the host of This American Life makes a similar point about success through failure (emphasis below is mine): I had this experience a couple of years ago where I got to sit in on […]

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What joke brainstorming looks like

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

I recently started learning to play the piano, which means that I currently suck out loud in neighbor-terrorizing fashion. On the way to my lesson today, I psyched myself up by repeating the simple trick for learning anything: embrace failure. We can’t be good at something until we’ve first spent a lot of time being […]

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Having spent the past year as an aspiring — fancytalk for unpaid — stand-up comedian, with only a part-time job during the day, the only medical plan I had was “take an aspirin, rub some dirt on it, and stop being such a pussy.” So I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Washington State has […]

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