Tuesday, April 11, 2017

meeting children

This is what I got recorded the other night in Idaho.


I've been "hibernating" or something this winter. I hadn't done any serious comedy or storytelling or anything since February and even longer before that. That all ended this last week. I went to a storytelling retreat up in Washington with a real live traveling companion! We had a great time!

On the way home, we stopped at the Crescent Brewery in Nampa, Idaho. I posted about it beforehand and was surprised to find out my dad, his sister, all his brothers another aunt and a cousin were in town. They all piled into the bar to cheer me on! My dad even got on stage for the first time, too.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

vampire butt


Tonight I demonstrated what happens when I talk to children about what they think made me the way I am. Kids are awesome little genius storytellers. Thanks Niff, Joe and Luke!

I recorded this at Wiseguys Comedy in Salt Lake City on Dec 7, 2016.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

arms party


I tried a new story-style set Wednesday night at Wiseguys Comedy Club. It came out pretty good, but I can see where it slows down and already have ideas to punch it up.

A while ago, when I was starting comedy, Marcus Hardy hosted the open mic one night and gave me the initial idea behind this story. My buddy Joe, who rides to school with me each day, helped me flesh out some of the backstory, you could call it.

I've been trying this idea of writing a little story for open mic each Wednesday when I'm in Salt Lake City. Two weeks ago, on Nov 2, I tried the first one of these. I heard my best reviews ever from other comics that night. I didn't get a recording, but I am planning to tell an expanded version of that story at Tellabration in Olympia on Nov 25.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

street money


At open mic at Wiseguys, I mostly worked on arranging material. Except for one new joke, I was using older material, but playing around with tightening up bits and seeing where it all feels best. I need to do this a bit more often at some of the open mics that let me have longer than three minutes.

It's definitely an art! I like experimenting and just generally practicing being on stage. I'm told I'm going to hate these videos in a while. We'll see... It's good for other beginners to see how long it really takes to get good at comedy, I think.

Also, the comic before me spent her 3 minutes saying the word "pussy" 15 times, so I had to comment on it right up front.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

church kids


Woops! It's been way too long! Here's the video from last night's open mic at Wiseguys.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

zen cleaning


Hey there! It's been over a month since I got an open mic set recorded. This was at Wiseguys Comedy in Salt Lake City, UT. I was just trying to get back into it, so I threw out a couple stories.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

growing up


Here's what I got March 30, 2016 at Wiseguys open mic in Salt Lake City. I spent some time perusing and adapting t.rex jokes I found on the internet.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

new relationship!!!


Big new!! A new friend in my life! Finally, after years of thinking it would never happen again! I told everyone about it at Wiseguys open mic on March 23, 2016.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

lesbian wine?

Always have fun at Wiseguys open mics! Didn't get video this time, but here's what I was working on that night.

lesbian wine?

from my comedy channel on archive.org

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

teaching ASL


Stuck to some basics at open mic the other night. This was Feb 24, 2016 at Wiseguys in Salt Lake City, UT. Have you noticed I'm actually standing up for most of my sets lately? I actually felt just a twinge of weakness towards the end of this longer set, but all went well!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

why wine?


I was talking to my nephew about stuff and wondered how wine became an industry in Italy. This is some of my wondering, plus a little story-let about it. This was from open mic at Wiseguys Comedy in Salt Lake City, UT on Feb 17, 2016.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

old man butt


Had fun earlier this month at Wiseguys Comedy in Salt Lake City, Utah! Found out I'm disabled! Who would of thought! This was from Feb 3, 2016.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

hobby hands


Here I am back at Wiseguys! This was from Wed, Jan 20, 2016.

It's almost the exact same routine as a couple weeks ago, but I got video captured this time. The wording is a little different as well as a different audience. I'll have to work out which parts are better between the two, but I really like the concept. There may be more like this soon.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

ice climbing and teaching ASL

My camera slid down just as I was getting on stage, so no video, but I recovered the audio from my set at Wiseguys open mic Wednesday night. I was rambling on about my latest adventures.

Here's what I got recorded.

ice climbing and teaching ASL

from my comedy channel on archive.org

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

my friend Tracey


I've known my friend Tracey for 23 years now. She's the inspiration for some funny stuff over the years!

Friday, November 13, 2015

meeting Portland

Friday the 13th isn't always as bad as all that. This last one, I got to meet some comics at an open mic in Portland. "Portland Love" is a real thing! I can't wait to get up there again!

Here's what I got recorded.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

bad days



ah!! Conedy! Open mic is fun. A place to try stuff out. I'd been doing the same stuff for a while now, but the whole time kicking myself for not having new material.

In my other world as a storyteller, I've been learning all about the need to be true to myself and vulnerable. Last night I learned it can work in comedy, too. Even talking about bad days. This video starts with whining a little about how rough my life has been, which I'd been feeling the last couple days.

In the end, my nature is to just pick up and move on. Mom taught me that. when she would tell us to clean up a mess. Like all kids, the instant reply was "...but I didn't make the mess!"

She just said, "I didn't ask how the mess got here, I asked you to clean it up!" The focus isn't on blame, or how I got where I am -- the focus is on what do I do now!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

hitchhiking


Wednesday night open mic at Wiseguys Comedy in West Valley City, UT! Mic drop! Mixing up the jokes!

All my videos are up on my YouTube channel: a t.rex walks in...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

gadgets & kids in sports


No actual video, this time, but a couple fun stories from Wiseguys Comedy open mic the other night.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

baby bird


I have been lax in recording the last couple weeks. This last Wednesday, though, I got a good recording from open mic at Wiseguys Comedy.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

popcorn popping


Still having fun at open mic night at Wiseguys! Tonight, I tried an audience participation joke that went quite well! I'm thinking no more shorts, though.

I'm stashing my comedy videos on their own YouTube channel (link: a t.rex walks in . . .) if you're interested in perusing all my old videos. I watched them newest to oldest, and it made me depressed. I'll have to make sure and review the other direction so I can see improvement!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

little johnny


Had fun doing a jokes for open mic at Wiseguys again.

Before t.rex, way back when I was much skinnier, my buddy Cody said I looked like the Homo habilis he was learning about in school. That's the evolution guy who can't quite stand fully upright in the ages of man pictures.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation%E2%80%93evolution_controversy


Little Johnny was the homeless guy I talk about. He ended up pointing us to where we could find some hookers if we were still bored!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

hobo zoo


haha! Just noticed emcee Marcus said "Aaaah! That was funny! Give him a hands!"

Another good night last Wednesday at Wiseguys Comedy in West Valley City. Tried a couple new bits. I'll keep honing them. Fun as always, though!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

am I ableist?

I haven't been recording every open mic at Wiseguys Comedy lately, but I got another one tonight. I didn't really try anything extremely new. Just the bit at the beginning about me and this other dude being "ableist" which I hadn't heard of before. Had a little fun with Jay Whittaker, the emcee, before and after, as well. Here it is:


Thursday, June 18, 2015

awkward moments

Another night at Wiseguys Comedy last night!

I started with "pay attention" as I set up the stool, then announced my dad was a t.rex. It went over well. The idea came from Jacob Leigh, and went as well as he promised! The rest of the time I kind of just had the theme awkward moments. I talked about the kid at the drinking fountain, and also getting put into a cop car at the school break-in.

It felt really smooth finally. Don't know what the difference was. Maybe just practice and experience. I didn't record it, either, so no video this time. I wonder if that frantic setting up recording right before is what made the difference.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

driving poorly



Another night at Wiseguys open mic in SLC. I really thought this went worse than it did. I'm glad I record these. It'll help me see progress and already helps me not be so hard on myself.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

meeting people (open mic video)

So here's last night's performance! Well, sort of. My battery died, so the last minute cut out. I recorded the ending separately and attached it at the end this morning.


I thought it went pretty well. If you compare my notes (the last post), you'll notice I completely missed my t.rex joke!

As always, let me know what you think!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

meeting people (notes)

Tonight's notes for open mic at Wiseguys Comedy in SLC. Video hopefully later!

So you may have noticed I’m … uhhh … you know … recognizable??
If you see me on the street tomorrow, you’ll know you saw me here tonight.
Me? I’ll be wondering who the hell you are. Plus, I’m old, so it’s even worse!

When I first moved here, I went to Taco Bell one day. They were polite, and the food was ... yeah ... Taco Bell. The exact second time I went, though, the manager goes:
I’ll just GIVE you the drink.
You’re here all the time!

Free stuff is always good!
But you all keep me laughing, as well! People really stumble over how to just ask the obvious question:
What’s wrong with your hands?

A couple weeks ago, Christopher Titus straight up asked me.
He’s the rare adult, though.

Kids are waaay better at it. They just ask ... and ask ... and ask!
I usually just patiently say:
I was born like that.

One time, though, I didn’t warn a friend that I’d gotten sick of being polite about it. So when some poor kid asked the usual:
What’s wrong with your hands?

I started in on how I’d been in a horrible plane accident.

The kid was impressed, but my friend tried lecturing me about how rude I was.
Right??

Now, thanks to my new buddy, Jacob Leigh, I have an even better response:

I’ll just look them straight in the eye and say:
WHAT!!!? So my mom slept with a T.REX! What do YOU care?

But sometimes even the kids are shy. Especially when they have someone eles to ask.

I went to church for the first time with my new roommate, Mike. He’s one of those cool guys who all the kids loved.

After the meeting, I headed to the bathroom, and apparently, all the kids gathered around Mike.
They all started asking him questions about me.
Is that your new roommate?
What’s his name?

Then, of course, they got to the usual:
What’s wrong with his hands?

Mike didn’t really know what to say, so he said:
Nothing, why?

One of the boys dropped his jaw in horrified wonder!
HAVEN’T you NOTICED?

So I’m Mitch Nelson. Thanks for coming out tonight!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

second open mic!

I was traveling, so I missed open mic night at Wiseguys last week. I got up again last night, but didn't get a recording. I started by specifically telling the audience to watch while I got the stool and mic set up, then talked about how I look like a T-Rex. Did a couple waves (hi, peace, flipping off, etc.) then tried out the story about finding the zen place and the road rage while scrambling to get to it.

People were polite and laughed at some parts. Wish I had it recorded, though. I'll go back again next week and generally keep at it.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

comedy virgin no more!

Another hobby! Comedy!

I've been to a couple "open mic" nights and the Wiseguys Comedy here in Salt Lake City. The other night, I actually tried it!

Here's what I got recorded: