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Archive for February, 2012

[NOTE: In Part 1, I suggested bringing a cheap digital camera to your shows, a recommendation that gave me an excuse to make fun of some Evergreen State hippies. This is Part 2, which shares several photos from the night and skips any attempt to be practical or helpful.] I should mention first that there’s […]

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Pulled over while riding a bicycle

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

My friends often roll their eyes when I recommend against driving in my current hometown of Edmonds, if at all possible, between 2 and 4am. The local police force is too well-funded, too hyper-vigilant, and too willing to pull anybody over on the slightest pretext — like if you’re suspected of Driving While Under 50. […]

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Patrice O’Neal’s amazing crowd work

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

In its review of Mr. P Patrice O’Neal’s latest and final album, Slate reminds us that at the end of his career, Patrice liked to open his sets with an extended series of crowd work. He makes it hilarious, and he makes it look easy. It is not. New comics, do not try this at […]

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Social Media, explained on a whiteboard

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

After this site had a recent mishap with a social media plug-in, I got several comments amounting to, What’s the point of that stuff, anyway? I didn’t have a very good answer until today:   I would only add eBay: “A++++ donut arrived promptly, would stuff into face again!!1″

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Patrick Keane’s timeless joke from Genesis

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

When I was just starting out in comedy, I saw a comic on TV do a hilarious, insightful routine about the myth of “the good old days,” a bit that became an immediate and obsessive favorite of mine. I went on to mention or paraphrase it at least a dozen times in various conversations, to […]

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