A lot of big things in September that can potentially lead to incremental success as a comedian or months of bitter regret. I have not done any new writing since returning from Denver in a hopes to avoid what is often the death-knell for me in any audition/competition in the past. It goes something like this: I think of a funny premise, which will be funny in a month, a week before an important show. I then say to myself – this is my best joke! I then do it and it ruins part of a set that would have been good, but for the prematurely born joke. I then punch inanimate objects and write about my frustration. Not this year. Here are my upcoming trials:
The Boston Comedy Festival – August 30th-September 6th. This is aspirational. If I am performing on September 6th it will have been a success. If I am not angry on September 7th it will have been a huge success/possible miracle.
An Obamacare Tale– We just finished filming my latest spoof/video and not only do I think this will be the best, but also actually semi-relevant. Imagine a health care town hall with all the worst elements of Obama haters, then imagine a guy who looks like Beck playing Joe Biden and the best Obama impression you’ve ever seen by a member of my family. Then model it after the scene in A Bronx Tale where Chazz Palminteri beats up a group of bikers. What do you have? A video that should go viral and be on Olberman’s Countdown and launch my new career as SNL’s Obama. What will it actually get – 14 Facebook comments and 500-600 hits. But it should be up this week and will make me momentarily happy.
San Francisco Comedy Competition September 9, 2009 – November 4, 2013– This is a prestigious comedy competition that lasts for a very long time if you are good/lucky. I hope to go far (it actually ends October 3, 2009 – see Boston Comedy Festival above for similar description). I have never been to San Francisco, but I hear it’s a nice city. I am sure I will enjoy my friend’s couch and the nearest 24 Hour Fitness club and Starbucks. But don’t worry, I will tell everyone that it is awesome when I return, the way people returning from Europe trips show how much they were changed by experiencing Europe by saying things like Barthelona.
Hope to have good news to report in September/October. Probably will be more entertaining if I don’t. Stay tuned.