Whew, getting the last July blog in just under the wire!
Been a fun few weeks, but damn, I'm ready to get back to LA. I admit, as much as I wanted this tour (and as much as I'm loving it), I'm also missing Ally and LA. Well, more Ally than LA. Hi honey.
OK, that was gay.
Speaking of which, here's a new video from the other night at McCurdys:
Seriously, can you believe some people are still like that. And, as I said, if you're against it, that's fine...but why would you do that in a place where (obviously) EVERYONE else was fine with it. Fucking idiots.
Anywho, this last week has been fun. I'm working with my buddy David Nickerson. Always great to work with friends. Merch sales are going well.
Well, gotta cut this short. Need to get back to the condo to get ready for our 2 shows tonight. See ya in August!
Oh, just because I'm a proud uncle:
SOOOOOOOOOO gorgeous...and she's pretty cute too, no? :P
I have a HD (hard drive) video camera that I love. I've been using it on this tour to tape all of my shows for posterity and an occassional clip to upload. Well, after last nights show here in Atlanta (which was great), I realized that I was almost out of space. So I tried to upload it to my laptop, and my laptop is very short on space. Then I tried to move them to my portable hard drive; again, no room. So I went and bought a memory card for my camera.
I get back to the hotel and the card isn't working. Can't figure out why. So I take the card out of the camera, but the camera is still "thinking" the card is inserted. So I try to futz (a technical term for "fuck around") with the camera and accidentally delete EVERY FUCKING VIDEO on my camera!!! Every one!! Gone!!! Fucking gone!!!
Now I know that the shows were just for posterity...except for one which I really wanted to save, but oh well.
Then when I go to the store to figure out what went wrong, I come to find out that the card wouldn't work in the camera anyways! It's only good for pictures on my camera; it takes video only for a flash drive camera.
So the point is...I DELETED EVERYTHING FOR NOTHING!!! I don't even have a memory card that will work. I could've not gotten a card at all!
I'm more pissed at myself for not realizing I was deleting the videos rather than the videos being deleted. I feel like a huge idiot.
Again, the shows were only being taped for posterity. There were also some home movies but I can still record more of that when I get back to south Florida.
OK, there are worse things to happen.
I'm watching the news right now about Hurricane Bonnie, or tropical storm; whatever. And they're halting the gulf clean up. I understand why. But it's still frustrating.
I can't imagine how bad this is going to affect us in the long run. Between the oil and the chemicals and how the reefs, wild life, economy; everything is really in a fucked up spiral.
Oh, and how dare anyone blames Obama for this is beyond me. I mean he should bring harsh charges against BP and regulate off shore drilling to a more stricter degree. But if anyone is truly blaming him, that's insane. He wasn't doing the drilling, he wasn't responsible for the equiptment malfunctioning. That's like blaming the Jews for the Holocaust. "Well, if they weren't Jewish.."
OK, that might've been a bit too much.
Let's change the mood. Check these out!
OK, I'm going to get on with my day. I'm really getting antsy to get back to LA now. Less than 2 weeks people!
Oh, if you're in the Atlanta area and want to see some shows for free, follow these instructions. Later.
After the show, we (myself, my brother and a friend) went to the green room. Now, I have met Al before, but I always figure that he meets so many people, he just can't keep track. But much to my delight, he sees me and says, "Hey Flip!" Procedes to sit down and shoot the shit with us for a bit.
HOW FUCKING COOL IS THAT!?
No matter how old or successful (or friendly with Al) I become, I will still, deep down, be a devoted fan. And a little bit of an 8 year old kid. :)
OK, bed time. See ya in Atlanta.
"Ah...good morning world. Time to get out of bed and start my day - Ooo, Planet of the Apes is on! I'll just stay in bed until it's over..." Cut to 3 hours later, still watching TV in bed.
Tonight I start my week of shows, first at Mickey Finn's in Port St. Lucie then at the Miami Improv.
OK...I kinda stopped writing this and am now continuing a few hours later.
I'm going to be honest about something. I was just in the middle of blogging about my frustrations with this business, and as I was typing the words, I actually looked at them and saw the negativity just oozing out. I can't keep doing this to myself.
I can't keep asking, "Why not me?" I have to have faith in myself and my talent, keep pushing and know that my time will come. My time has not come and gone already. It has NOT!
But what I need to do is take control of my career. Cut out things that aren't working and really concentrate on what I want to do.
Fuckin-A, I need to just go for it all the way. And I think the way to do that is to go to New York. Not necessarily forever, but for a month at least. Do spots around the city (as both myself and Skippy.) I feel myself being drawn there. That's where Comedy Central is, that's where comics are real and get really noticed. Not that LA is bad for that, but it's not the epicenter that New York is. I really think I'm going to do that.
It's time to do something drastic.
I need to shake my life up a bit, ya know? Everyone needs it. Just take a chance and go for something before it's too late.
I'm not old, not really. I'm older than some, but younger still than others.
You might be asking yourself what brought this feeling up. I was reading the blog on Doug Stanhope's website, and he was very scathing toward some aspects of the industry...also entertaining as hell. I love Doug; love his comedy, his honesty and his pure "fuck it" attitude both on and off the stage. And I agree with the essence of his blog (which is that "Stand Up" classes are bullshit).
But that just put me in a negative attitude toward this business. Then from that site I linked around and found myself on the website for a big comedy festival and I saw comedians on there that (INHO) I feel I'm better than and whom I've been doing it longer than. And that just really pissed me off.
SIDENOTE: I've had these aggravations before.
So I was starting to blog about that, and then I stopped and erased it and started over.
This blog is supposed to be my honest thoughts, but I don't want to put negativity out anymore. I don't want to think about why they got the deals and I'm still struggling for it, I just want to be happy for them and know that my time is coming. I mean it has to be.
This has been my focus since I was 8 years old. I can't be done now. I can't be throwing in the towel, so to speak, but being bitter and jadded. I refuse to be one of those comics who say, "Oh, I had it in my twenties and then nothing came of it! Fuck the industry!"
No, fuck that attitude. I need to just keep going, keep pushing, keep writing, keep striving.
It's the law of inevitability; sooner or later the brass ring will come.
But seriously, what is the 'brass ring'? How can one measure success?
I think I'll feel truly successful when I don't have to stress about money and working. If I can work steady off of some high profile TV gigs, I'll be happy. If I can support a family without feeling overwhelmed finacially, I'll be happy.
I know in this economy, that's a tall fucking order, but what can I do? I have dreams and why can't I be entitled to them.
I've achieved some already, others are just trickier. But they are not unattainable.
Wow, this blog is turning into a Tony Robbins seminar, isn't it.
(in a really deep & scary voice) "If you believe it, you can achieve it...Grrrrr!"
Actually, here's a bit about Mr. Robbins:
That's from my Getting Them On The Chain DVD. (Little secret, I never went to Tony Robbins, I just needed a catalyst for the 5 Things joke. Although the joke did come from real pain. He he he...)
Well I feel spent now. Gonna do some writing; I'm working on a new project for Skippy. But I'm seriously going to put that NY idea in the forefront of my thoughts.
Translation: I'm gonna do it.
My week at Sidesplitters finished wonderfully. I posted a few videos from those shows, check'em out:
Oh the hilarity.
Other than that, it's just been time spent with friends and family. Especially Lily. That girl is soooooooo fucking beautiful it's killing me. Here's a pic I took today of her after I told her my latest joke:
Seriously, could you just devour that kid???
And don't worry, I didn't get too close to her. The last thing I want to give her is pink eye. Though I reguarly give her the stink eye.
This trip, so far, has been pretty cool. I mean it's always tough being away from home, but when I'm in Florida, it's still my home, ya know? I've got my family and some great friends here, but again, I don't have Ally...or good weather. Fuck is it hot here!
After this week, I'll be doing two more weeks on the road (not to mention I'm going to see "Weird Al" in Orlando next week!) and then I go back to LA. After that, I've got some college gigs and that's it. Whew, gotta start booking again.
Any bookers out there want to take over for me? I'll give ya the standard 10% cut. I'm seriously getting too old for this shit.
Alright, I'm off kids. Talk to ya later.
Well the last two nights have been fun. I did a spot at the Ft. Lauderdale Improv on Tuesday and last night at Sidesplitters. Both sets were taped for a submission video. Both were good shows, but the Improv show was just a little better, so I used that one. The problem was that the audio was a bit scratchy and pitchy, but then again, I'm just a perfectionist. I got some good clips from that show that I'll try and post on the site.
So the show tonight at Sidesplitters starts in an about a hour, so I've gotta hurry this here up. If you're in the area, come on down and get 2 for 1 admissions with the JEWPON.
Well kids, I'm off. Happy July.