Wednesday, August 7, 2019

talking about privilege

There's this funny thing about art.. I've drawn a curve really well, then tried to repeat it to match another part of the drawing, but the second curve never matches up at all! In storytelling and comedy, the same thing seems to happen. Below, you can see what I mean. On Thursday, August 8, I tried to repeat what happened just the night before. There was a different energy, and I was trying to "clean up" the material, so I'm not shocked at the differences, but more just fascinated that trying the same thing could come out so differently two nights in a row.

710 $how August 8, 2019

This is the second time I tried this material. I like parts of the first try better. You can see it below. It felt more natural, mainly. I do like the underlying idea, though, and you'll see this stuff again soon.


Vomity August 7, 2019

Had a decent set at Vomity here in Olympia on Aug 7, 2019. I talk about some privileges I enjoy, and some I am jealous of.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

sad puppy.. again!


Just the audio from Olympia Vomity on July 31, 2019. I've done this story before, but it's all good practice.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

sad puppy story


It's been a long time! Here's a little story I told earlier this month about me and this sad homeless dude. This was at the Vomity open mic in Olympia, Washington on July 3, 2019.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

live a good life

710 $how

My friends Tobey and Bret came to see open mic last night! It was a thin crowd. Five or six depending on how you count workers at the bistro taking breaks. We had a bit of fun, then spoke at length about comedy.

I did some of my arms jokes, talked about mountain climbing, hitch hiking, killing with CPR, some other stuff I might have forgotten, but finished the set with my vampire butt story. It was great. I was still feeling a bit under the weather, so didn't really work on anything new or whatever.

The good stuff happened after. Bret and Tobey left, and a new guy named Haimy (sp. hi-me) tried a couple off the cuff ideas. We talked most of the rest of the time about next steps and beginning comedy. Sara was working on material for a show this coming weekend. She was also talking throughout about what she was trying and how it was going for her. What struck me the most was a quick comment. She said simply "live a good life" and you'll have plenty of material.

It reminded me what I had noticed about writers and movie makers. There's a certain set of artists that do only their art. They write about writers. They make movies about making movies. It's what I've already been noticing in my own life. I have considered comedy and storytelling my main activities for a little while now, but I'm bored. I really do need something else. My favorite stories are often from work and other times when I'm really having a good time.

I think that's it. It's a decent lesson.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

dreaming of geese

Technology sucks! I've had the same audio recording app on several phones in a row now, but it really doesn't like the new phone. I really just needed to change some settings, but didn't catch all of them even last night. I got a recording last night at Vomity, but when I turned the screen off and put the phone in my pocket, it muted the mic, as well.

I started talking about my being sick with a head cold and how that's really similar to being drunk or high. The guy before me made dead baby jokes in a song, so I started with how glad I was I had no kids.. because if they were boys, they'd be sons of Mitch! HA! I know.. whatever.

Then I tried telling about the goose dream I had where Ken and I stopped to pee and my keys flipped out of my hand and off towards some geese. For some reason, one started running towards the keys and I knew I wouldn't get there in time. I was able to step on the string part of my key ring, but the goose broke the key off and swallowed it anyway. I told Ken, but he was still busy and thought I was making up crap anyway. I looked back and thought I had lost the key-eater in the flock, but one of them started throwing up. I didn't know how I'd reach down to pick up the key, but as I thought or said that, the goose ejected the key right by my knee so I could just pull it out of his mouth.

Weird, right? That's what they all said, too.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

open mics in Olympia

I didn't get any recordings this week. I did go to two different open mics this week. I just got home from the second, and decided I should at least write about them if I don't get a recording.

Last night was Vomity. The camera guy Cameron who had been there for some time has scheduling problems now, so I'm back to recording my own sets. I told two old standby bits.. New Relationship and Gadget Guy. They went really well, and some of the opening and in-between stuff was newer, but nothing stands out now as particularly amazing. I did apparently impress a dude who spoke with me for some time after. He was a little drunk, but it was definitely a confidence booster that he was so impressed with my stuff.

Tonight was my second time at a new mic called 710 Show. It's in Lacey, at the Green Lady weed shop. After everyone does a set, we did some workshop type stuff.. trying really new material.. asking and answering questions.. generally discussing comedy and stuff. I hemmed and hawed a bit, but did the same set as last night. I then told the good news/bad news story about the son who lost horses, found new ones, broke his leg, then missed out getting drafted for war. People had heard the story, but thought generally there was hope for livening it up into more funny versions. After others had their turn I told the one I've told before about the Arms Party where I ended up stuck with small arms. It was a fun night.

I'm thinking I need or would like to try really rough material at the Thursday workshop style open mic and then work on the material all week until the Wednesday mic. That would put me working on spicing up the good luck/bad luck story some and keeping it fast at three minutes. Let's see how that goes!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

telling all


I'm finally admitting it. I have acted like it's all a joke, but I'm older than you think.

I tried this out at Vomity, Olympia's comedy open mic on March 13, 2019. You can see some of the other comedians on the Vomity YouTube Channel put together by Nuanced Films.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

lost arms


Another silly story? Yeah! I know you love these! This was from Vomity in Olympia WA on March 6, 2019.

Cameron from Nuance Films caught a bunch of us that night! See everyone on the Vomity YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

frozen liver


I've told this story before as Why the Three Pigs Had to Go, but at Vomity on February 20, 2019, I just told the truth.

Thanks, as always, to Cameron Coly of Nuanced Films for his great work recording us all. See some of the other comics on the Vomity YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

tail of woe!


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!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

give a guy a hand


Another great video by Cameron at Nuanced Films. This was me at Vomity two days after my 49th birthday begging for robot arms at one point!

There are some other comedians on the Vomity YouTube Channel.. or come to Le Voyeur in Olympia any Wednesday at 9pm.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

hands up!


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!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

reach!!!


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!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

falling in WY Walmart


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.