Well, today is St. Patrick’s Day so it is the one day a year where I stop getting “You’re half black???” from people and get “Didn’t know you were half-Irish!” But not only do I have the heritage to lecture all of you, but I also live in Turtle Bay, an area of Manhattan with a median age of 23, the most common ethnicity is Bro and there is a bar for every 6 residents, so I have actual field studies over the last 6 years to call upon. And lastly I am a comedian, which means nothing really, but at least I know a few jokes that are overused. So here is how comedians should act today (and some of these can apply to civilians as well):
1) Do Not Tell This Joke – I was guilty of this early in my career (first two years so I say this from a “don’t make the same mistakes that I did” perspective. But let’s retire this joke (I knew when I did it and it got laughs, but a few shows later I heard a terrible comedian do roughly the same joke that I realized it was easy and lazy):
How crazy that we drink on St Patrick’s Day! We don’t do that on other holidays. We don’t tip 5% on MLK’s birthday! We don’t rape Native Americans on Thanksgiving! We don’t fu*k donkeys and sever people’s heads on Cinqo de Mayo! (granted I updated these from what I actually said when I was doing this joke in 2005, but let’s just not do it.
2) Stay away from firefighters and cops. This is generally good advice, but I have never been out for SPD and not seen these groups have either inter and/or intra squad fights. This is for men (given the demographics of the FDNY and comedians this is like a day when heroes get amnesty to pop off on condescending, nerdy Jewish dudes in this city so watch your mouth). For women who are into FDNY don’t let me stop you – this is like Fleet Week for angry, fit Irish guys (who might be even angrier this year due to all sorts of “diversity” efforts). Just don’t be mad when his wife knocks on the car window while you are blowing him in the middle of his description of his cross fit workout. And if you are married to a cop – he is not working 16 hours of overtime tonight.
3) Get a Shamrock Shake – They are delicious and at under $3 well within a comedian’s budget of $7 on food per day. Unless you are a comedian (or civilian) constantly posting about a great new diet you are on that is changing your life, in which case you should go talk a bunch of sh*t to some drunk firefighters.
4) Listen to this podcast episode – Comedian John Moses sat down with me last year to chat about St Patrick’s Day (my aversion to its American representation outside of the parades) and it became, in part, an excellent discussion of drunken escapades and bar fights he had been in. You can only hear it HERE
5) Get Ready to Hear the Dropkick Murphys and House of Pain. A lot.
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