I did an open mic way back and I don't think I sucked in the sense no one told me I sucked, but no one was really there so it doesn't matter. Used to do theater stuff, figured it'd be simpler than it was. But you know, fear of failing means fear of trying and so on.
iO Chicago is closing down. Huge bummer for me, I've been writing and performing on a show at iO since November and it was a real blast. Lots of really cool names in comedy came through that place. Not surprised it went under, though, that place did not exactly seem like it was firing on all cylinders. They still owe us a check, pretty certain we'll never see it.
The comedian—who was supposed to star in a new prank series with D'Elia that was abandoned in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against D'Elia—has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women.
Things are getting kind of normal-ish in Chicago. I did a live streamed show from a smaller club on Saturday, and I've done some rooftop stuff. There are some mics in public parks and on the beds of pickups. Both Laugh Factory and Zanies are opening back up. A lot of comics are being pretty judgmental towards those doing these shows, which I guess is predictable.
Rob Schneider wants to remind people that he started his career as a stand up comedian. Long before he was on “Saturday Night Live” alongside Adam Sandler, David Spade and Chris Rock, Schneider was writing jokes and mailing them to the “SNL” offices in the hopes of being discovered. “I remember...
I youtube a lot of 6-10 minute standup bits when unwinding, finding a lot of funny people to follow on the various platforms. Sean Patton briefly lived in New Orleans, told a few relatable stories, and then launched into a story about pronouncing "Cumin" as "Cummin'" to annoy a room mate to near homicidal rage over time.
Another funny segment I saw was from Kelsey Cook. She shared a story that apparently she looks like an adult actress named Jessie Rogers (in some angles this is true) and how fans of the adult actress will approach her to express being a fan of her work and she's forced to play this game of "do they know I'm a comedian or do they thing I'm Jessie again?" During this particular bit, Wife's in the room and says, "Hold up, people know enough about porn to pick a performer out on the street."
*awkward pause* Finally I say, "um, hi, have we met?" Friend nearby is giggling like Homer Simpson saying "titmouse" and finally bursts "FUCKING EXACTLY." So, I guess, don't worry. I overshare that shit in my personal life too. (But I'm doing better, unfollowed all of them but one retired person who we're chums now).
There's another up and comer out of California Ali McKofsky who is MOSTLY funny, but sometimes her deadpan just comes across as an Aubrey Plaza derivative and not original. Her podcast, resting bitch face, definitely reveals its not an act, though. She really talks like that. I think she has the potential to be good with the right promotion (and I think she's got Rogan backing).
I did a show with Ali Macofsky right before the shutdown in Boston. Definitely seems like she has breakout potential...erm, if comedians are going to break out after this is all done. Actually defied her reputation and stage persona and was v. nice in my limited interaction with her.