OK, I'm going to have to make this short because I'm at a Starbucks in Tampa right now and I only have a few minutes to blog before I have to leave, eat some dinner and do my first show tonight...at 6:00!
Seriously, six o-fucking-clock! Apparently it's going to be crowded, but God knows what kind of crowd they will be.
Actually, that's not fair. So far this week at Sidesplitters has been great. All the crowds have been so amazing and I even came up with two new jokes on the spot! I love it when that happens.
It's also been nice because I've gotten to see some friends...one of which I hadn't seen since 1992! A real mind-fuck there.
And the big bonus about this weekend is that I'm spending it with Ally. This is some of the last time we'll be able to spend together before I leave to Sweden in a week. So I'm enjoying every second with her...my God, I'm turning into a real pussy here, aren't I?
But let's be realistic, I've never been a "macho-douchebag" kind of guy who doesn't express himself. If you peruse this blog over the years, you'll read some dark shit about women that I've felt, but more than likely, you'll read a lot about how I want love and a real relationship...now I have it and I'm happier than I've been in a long, long time.
Anyway, so like I said, this week has been fun. I love this club because I allow myself to just be in the moment and let my mind go if the urge hits me. That's how those two new jokes came about. I was in the moment, I had a thought and I ran with it. Moments like that make me realize even more how much I love doing comedy and (ego moment ahead) how good I am at it.
OK kids, I'm off to eat and then entertain the early birds. Talk to you later.
Anyway, after that I have a week off and then I'm going to Sweden for 6 weeks! I'm excited and a little bummed to tell you the truth. Bummed only because I have a girlfriend whom I love very much and to be away from her for that long just bums me out. :(
But, it's all part of the life that I lead.
I'm a bit pissed right now, well not pissed, more annoyed. I'm flying Spirit airlines and I checked two bags...now online, I swear it said, "2 bags, $25", but when I get here, it's $25 PER BAG! Fucking blood suckers. Look, I understand the economy sucks, but don't take it out on us you cocksuckers! We're all hurting.
What kind of logic is that?
"Hey, you know how everyone in the country is really feeling the pinch of the economy? Yeah, and how they can't afford to spend as much money as before? Why don't we charge them more money for luggage????"
OK, we're about to board so I can't continue this rant. See ya on the east coast.
Well I am in Mill Valley, California to perform at one of my favorite places, the Throckmorton Theater. I came up here a day early with Ally to make this a working vacation. And tonight at the theater, my comedy idol, Robin Williams, was playing, and we got to see him.
So fucking amazing!
If you've kept up with my blog or read my description of first meeting him on my Picture Page, you know what an influence he's been on me as a comedian. So it was just unreal to see him do almost 2 hours and then...THEN...we got to hang out with him in his green room!
Ally was (literally) silent from excitement...trust me, that's a rare thing. Just kidding honey. :)
I did a bit of my Hawkins impression, and he was dying...not Stephen Hawkins, Robin. Just to see Robin Williams laughing at one of my bits is such an honor...and don't worry, he can't do the voice, so he won't steal it.
For those who don't know, Robin has a reputation of "borrowing" jokes from other comedians. And actually tonight, I recognized one bit from Ray Ramano...literally, verbatim. A little sad.
Anyway, we're just winding down and we need to get up early to site see. So I apologize for the short blog, but...uh...well shit, no reason. I'm just tired of typing.
OH, if you want to hear something new, I just uploaded some new clips; one was just a fun moment with an audience member and the other is an old prank call from a college radio show I did with my friend, Blackout called 'Static', my name on the show was 'Velvie'...cause I'm so cheesy. Guess nothing's changed.
OK, just an FYI, I started writing this blog about 5:30 this afternoon and it is now 1:20 in the morning. I got sidetracked and then had to go do a show (a lot of fun). So now, I guess I should continue.
Uh...hold on, let me reread what I wrote...Oh yeah, the merch.
Still haven't heard back from the promoter...I suggested we rent another car so we have one vehicle for merch & luggage and then another vehicle for us. I just hope he understands that selling of merchandise is where I (and the other comics) make the bulk of our money.
You know what, I'm sure it's going to work out fine. I do this a lot, I stress and stress and in the end, everything turns out ok. So let's just send those positive vibes and know that everything will be ok.
I know a lot of you must be thinking, "Jesus Flip, you're getting a free trip to Europe for a month and a half AND you get to perform...shut the fuck up about your merchandise!" And to you people I say, "You're right...but that still doesn't change my opinion of the situation."
Well kids, as I just said, it's late and I'm exhausted so I will bid you a good night.
So yesterday I headed out to the Orange County Fair with Ally (my gal-pal) and we had an amazing time. We got to see the Al's Brain exhibit and it was great. Oh, and speaking of Al, this weekend I also attended my first "Weird Al" fan convention called Al Fest. That was really a great time.
I was surrouned by fans like myself...actually, there were fans there nowhere like myself. I mean I'm a big fan, but there were some people that were BIIIIIIIIG fans. Again though, it was great. I was part of a "Weird Al" trivia contest called 'I Lost on Jeaporday'...and I did, in fact, lose. :)
Then they had a celebrity panel there from the Al movie UHF with some cast and the director; that weas really fun to see. But the coolest part of all was when they showed the movie along with a 'shadow cast', ala Rocky Horror. And we, the audience, yelled things back at the screen. I don't want to brag, but I got some good ones in there.
I uploaded some pics onto my MySpace Page, but I'll be putting some up on this site soon.
So what else to report...well, I'm getting myself both mentally and 'comedically' ready for my 2 month tour of Europe. God, I can't believe that I'm going back for that long. It's weird, the last time I went was only for a month and it was great, but exhausting. But I really didn't have much to miss about going. You know? Like I missed my apartment and some friends back in LA, but that was about it. Now that I have a girlfriend, this is going to hurt a lot. I'm sure time will fly, but I know that there will be moments when I have some time to myself over there and I'll just miss Ally so much.
But, she knows that this is my career and as sad as she about the long tour, she's supportive and completely understanding. I tell ya, she's amazing.
OK, so there's one other development going on, but I don't want to say anything on this blog to jinx it, all I'll say is please send positive vibes this way. I'm telling you though, the potential in this development is beyond anything. OK, enough of that.
Otherwise it's been very dull in my life. I dunno, I've been in a very "blah" place lately. Not depressed or anything, just "blah". I know that I haven't gone to the gym lately and I think that's part of the problem. When I was going regularly, I had energy and felt good. I just need to motivate myself more. Gotta give myself a kick in the ass.
BTW, how do you give yourself a kick in the ass?
Anywho, I'm going to try to motivate myself out of my apartment and do some shit before a set later tonight at the Saddle Ranch.
See ya'll later.