Thank goodness Derrick learned his mutant power was a forcefield. It gave him license be far more careless around giant predators.
I just spent a decent amount of time looking up videos of lions trying to eats kids at zoos. I started feeling really bad for the lions.
Rory Scovel in The Humourdor.
I really like this quote. I feel like I’ve read a lot of things pushing new comics to focus on YouTube, Twitter, promoting and marketing. Personally, I think the most important thing is to learn and to have fun.
Once you start getting a bit of attention, then maybe it’s not a bad idea to really pursue that stuff. But it’s weird managing a career before you even have a career to speak of. It’s weird trying to build a fanbase before you’ve built a skill.
Photo by: Mindy Tucker
Yannis Pappas walked out of a nightclub called NV on the Lower East Side.
He followed his friend, a dodgy club promoter known for carrying thousands of dollars in cash, back to his car to head home after the club’s hip-hop night. NV, before it was shut down in 2005, was known for being “thuggy” and full of ex-cons and drugs. Yannis describes it as “a real bad scene.”
He had just opened the car door when he saw him; a man in a black mask and gloves appearing seemingly from nowhere behind a darkened vestibule. He approached quickly. He’d clearly been waiting for them.
Yannis leaped into the car and tried to close the door on his side to protect himself but the assailant was too close; the man fell half-way into the car and his hand got stuck in the door.
That’s when Yannis saw the gun.
Do you guy’s know Yannis Pappas? He’s very funny and my friend and Mish Mosh co-host interviewed him.
You refine language. You’ve got to put things in a perfect way. You have to be economical, and yet you have to let shit string out. You have to know how to load a spring of tension and release it.
Me and Chris try to study a lot of different kinds of people, not just comedians. We both love Bill Clinton — Clinton is America’s headliner. One of the greatest things I ever saw was him at Coretta Scott King’s funeral. Jimmy Carter, George Bush Senior, Hillary — all these people making speeches, and then Bill Clinton goes on and he says, “Let’s all remember that that is a woman lying right there.” And he points at her.
It was audacious. “That is a woman who had her dreams and her pain and her passions,” and I think he said “lust.” He said really personal shit about her and you immediately heard the black people go, “Yes!”
He says, “There’s her family — think about what they’re going through today, and everything that’s happened to them since their daddy got shot. The burden that must have been hers.”
Holy shit. I hope to have any of that skill as a comic. He just found this short circuit. You try to have this nature the way water does — finds the lowest place and spreads the fuck out. That’s what he did.” —
This is a really great quote. I think there’s quite a bit in it I don’t totally understand, but in a good way.
This is mainly to The Comedy Bureau, but my email address is Gonzalo.R.Cordova@gmail.com. Everyone else, please feel free to email me your mic suggestions in LA!
I’m in LA for a few days. Anyone have suggestions for open mics that won’t make me want to kill myself?
[UPDATE: My email is Gonzalo.R.Cordova@gmail.com]
Anonymous comment for The Woodshed mic entry at Bad Slava. (I run that mic with Subhah Agarwal).
I like the idea that The Woodshed is the worst mic in New York, especially when I consider how many mics I’ve been to that are just three dudes taking turns to talk about their cum.
New York really is full of nooks and crannies to be a terrible comic in, which is kind of what makes it wonderful.