Category Archives: Life as a comic

No longer listless

Thirty-five years ago (ish), I met my great aunt Frieda’s cousin, Edie. Who ended up being the oldest person I’ve ever met as she lived to be 104 (ish.) She lived through a great swath of humanity, or human evolution, or human progress. Came across the plains in a covered wagon a bit after theContinue Reading

Three things no comedian needs: heat, hecklers and hubris

Stage time is often golden time. This stand-up comedy show-biz “thang” needs to be kindly cultivated and given adequate time for random thoughts…to become jokes…to build an act…to land  a gig…to (maybe) sustain a career. I see it this way: There’s the thinking and deciding what’s funny (or not), there’s the writing and picking wordsContinue Reading

Cosby and his influence

In my act, on stage, and in my thinking about material off stage, I leave out the people that make the news, and rarely call up a name. I may’ve had a few instances where I’ve used “Einstein” as a substitute for “smart,” and I do one joke where I use JFK and Reagan (airports)Continue Reading

New Orleans Normal

Happy May Day! That’s what they call the first. Still, I’m pretty sure there’s actually gonna be 31 of these May Days this month, I don’t want to be “day-ist” and put one day above another. So for the Politically Correct crowd I mean Happy May Days. Y’know, I like to think of myself asContinue Reading

On the move…

Los Angeles is like no other place on Earth, so full and rich. Thanks to managers, agents, bookers, close calls to brass rings, and so many good times, I have enjoyed living here. But for many years, my work (cruise ships and corporate gigs and such) has been something I fly to, so my “off”Continue Reading