Category Archives: Writing

Homework, Clubwork, Brainwork

The important shows are always different. A little money used to be important.  Then big money became  the most important show on my calendar. Then it got to be the big opportunity. These days, the important performances are personal. Like the first time back at a home town comedy club or a speech at my daughter’s wedding.

I’m preparing for an important show later this month. (Details below!)  A gut-clenching, nerve-racking, nail-biting important show…in my hometown. The audience will include people I attended school with, played ball with, and practiced my fledgling funny bits on.

Those people who “knew me when” are going to spend their hard-earned money to see perform. I want to make sure I’ve come a long way—in the right direction—since my wise-cracking high school days. That means I’ve been writing and rehearsing a lot of new material in the last few months to prepare.

Ironically, my cruise ship and corporate gigs don’t really allow for workshopping new material. I can squeeze in a new joke or a different twist to a stage-ready set, but if I really want to work out new material, I need to hit open mics. And with less that a week until my hometown show, I needed to Hopmonk Tavern’s open mic last night.

That’s me in the photos with my notes in hand. (Let the younger comics read from their fancy smartphones. I prefer old-school paper and pen.) Thanks a million to the Sebastopol audience for their laughter which will help me fine-tune the material my chums will hear next week. Special thanks to hosts Jon Lehre and Jefferson Mars for making the mic work for all the comedians who take the stage.

I gained a bit of confidence last night which calmed down the butterflies in my stomach. In comedy, there’s a crazy balance of writing and performing, and of ego and anxiety. Sometimes all you need to carry the day (or night) is just believing you can do it.

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If you’ll be near St. Helena or Santa Rosa, California on January 25 and 26, get tickets here. If you missed my radio interview on The Grind, give it a listen!

My resolutions of hope for 2018

I hope to do more things that matter in the long run. I know I’ll see more friends and so hope to solidify those friendships, but hope also to make new friends, too. I hope to listen to more music, and laughter and most of all reason. I hope to write a ton and performContinue Reading

Confessions of a minor league pack rat

I’m heading through my garage in a plan to pack for a move. Crawling through memories of comedy and life, trying to organize such, so that when I look at the boxes again in four months, I have a better clue and a more modern memory as to the “where” and “what” of all that’sContinue Reading

Comedians, watch your step(s)!

Recently someone (Thanks, Stephanie!) asked me if I had any advice for a new (-ish) comic, and like most people I have an opinion on most things. Unlike most people, I have little filter about giving it. Here are the most important things I can think of when it comes to pursuing stand-up comedy: 1. WRITEContinue Reading

Progress is my co-pilot

I’m not sure anyone can do everything right. I know I can’t, or at least I haven’t (so far) And I sure hope it’s not my “can’t do” attitude that keeps me from this perfection. (i.e. the doing of all things right) The important thing (or at least the comforting thing I tell myself) isContinue Reading

Grief is part of life

Fall is usually a darn good time of year for me thanks to celebrating many family and friends’ birthdays. (Oh yeah, including mine!) They’re mostly all “happy” birthdays—until you start adding all those ages together and think: “Wow, that’s a lot of years!” I do realize our only hope as a civilization is that asContinue Reading