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Archive for December, 2010

Consider the Elephant

Friday, December 24th, 2010

I am less than fond of talking on the phone, in the same way Hitler was less than fond of upper lip waxing. I would 100% support a national program to round up all of our nation’s cell phones and fry them in a racist series of ovens. I’ll still spend plenty of time on […]

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I enjoyed reading the following in a book review of the new Autobiography of Mark Twain (emphasis below is mine): It is clear from this Autobiography, however, that Twain experienced the ups and downs of his life as a orator much more viscerally than he did the joys and pains of authorship. By all accounts, […]

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Learning to distinguish audience reactions

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

I should have also mentioned, in my post about bombing the other night, that “I just wasn’t funny” definitely could have been a factor. But I don’t think that was it, at least not primarily. Which isn’t to say that I’m so damn funny or awesome at stand-up or anything; I’ve certainly told my fair […]

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Don’t open with your edgiest material

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

All good things come to an end, and last night my longest streak (to date) of solid performances was punctuated with a crater. I bombed it by forgetting a fundamental rule of building a set: you have to win the crowd over before doing potentially divisive material. One of my newer bits comes from the […]

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Fashion watch: fuck-me boots

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I don’t really understand how fashion works, but I thoroughly support the trend of women’s boots creeping up higher and higher on the leg, lately even as tall as the knees. A few of my friends and I have been calling them fuck-me boots, but I don’t think that’s the precise technical term. Whatever it’s […]

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