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The downside of featuring vs hosting

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The only downside to performing a feature set, in comparison to host or emcee work, is the video review session. Since the set itself is 2-3 times longer, watching my performance afterward is that much more excruciating. And in reality, the whole ordeal takes far longer; given a 25 minute set, the review often takes […]

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Partying sorority girls do something clever that a lot of us should emulate, is an actual sentence that I just typed. It’s true, though: when they go fratting they’ll bring a cheap digital camera,1 and make a point of taking periodic snapshots in order to memorialize the carefree fun of being young, blackout drunk, and […]

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Headliners Go Home

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Want to see a show by a successful national headliner who used to be a struggling local comic? Check the local comedy show calendars during the winter holidays. The comics who originally hailed from somewhere nearby may have moved on to LA, New York, or “the road” — but they still have family in the […]

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The remarkable power of “Yes!”

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

When my friend Andrew asked if I wanted come to his last-minute feature gig this weekend, my first instinct was to say no. I was exhausted from work and not really in the mood for a long drive to Tacoma.┬áBut the fact that it had been so long since we caught up tipped the scales […]

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Tonight’s my first night back to the comedy clubs in some time now.1 I should be nervous, but I’m actually quite excited. I feel confident in the material I’ve been honing, and I’m mostly just really looking forward to seeing everyone again. Except, uh oh… I just remembered that whenever I’ve been calm, confident, and […]

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