This is my story and I'm sticking to it! haha! I might tighten it up in places, but it was fun telling everyone why I call myself a t.rex even though I have no tail. This was again at Vomity, on Feb 13, 2019, in Olympia. I only got audio recorded, but I added some surprises in with my feeble editing skillz!
This was my set at Olympia's comedy open mic called Vomity on January 30, 2019. I admit to an addiction and get pulled over by the police.
There's a whole channel for this open mic, called of all things the Vomity Channel. Click it to see other Olympia comics. Only comics who sign waivers are published on the YouTube channel, so to see the full glory of Vomity, you'll have to show up Wednesday nights at 9 at Le Voyeur (Facebook) in Olympia!
It's been a while! This is a little story I tried that needs some love eventually. It came from Jan 23 at Vomity in Olympia, WA. I only got audio recorded, but tried my hand at dubbing in some actions that make the audio clearer. There'll be better versions after a while!
Had a bad spill in December while I was leaving Walmart. I told Vomity about it on January 16, 2019. Cameron from Nuances Films captured it well, as usual! Other comics from that night can be seen on the Vomity YouTube channel.
Anyone who knows me will realize I really love kids. I'm way more patient than most adults and love their curiosity and fresh look on the world!
I talked about kids in this set, but none of it was what I had planned to talk about and then time ran out...
.. eggs.. out of a chicken butt
.. okay.. tasty.. anything else?
wine persian story
.. girl was kicked out of harem
.. she was depressed
.. .. unlike Olympia women
.. decided to kill herself
.. but with what
.. found a bucket of rotten grapes
.. ate it to poison herself
.. just made her fun again
I got on stage again! I noticed it's been over a year. Hope you all enjoy this little bit of fun I had last night! My friend was recording for me and changed orientation in mid-stream. Don't get dizzy! haha!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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:
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.
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!
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.