What has influenced me as a comedian?

I want to share some things that have really influenced me.

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My house show tour is in full swing. For the next few months I’m going to be performing nonstop in people’s living rooms. I’ll tell embarrassing stories from my life in hopes of getting everyone to do the same.

You know how in Super Smash Bros. if you play as Kirby you can swallow other characters in order to use their abilities? Here are some things I wish I could swallow to use their abilities while I’m doing house shows.

INVISIBLIA’s “The New Norm”

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This podcast episode is about how men on an oil rig learned to cry and open up about their feelings and it made the whole rig more productive and safer. Like, it made them all better at their jobs because they didn’t bottle up their emotions. It’s a crazy story and really entertaining. There’s one part that made me lose my mind. Just wait for the part about the guy forgetting who he is. HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?!

http://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/481887848/the-new-norm

Chris Gethard

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I always had this picture in my head of what I wanted my live shows to be like but I never knew how to put it into words. I needed an example I could point to, but I couldn’t find anything like that. Until I found Chris Gethard and The Chris Gethard Show.

It’s weird. It’s experimental. It’s honest. And it’s not afraid of anything. Chris Gerhard’s willingness to be open encourages his whole audience to be just as open about the kind of things the world makes us feel like we should keep to ourselves.

This is 12 minute documentary about him and shows the really special relationship he has with his audience. https://youtu.be/7ZWIasVzjiw

Tig Notaro Live

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It’s one of the best comedy albums ever made. Tig opens the album by surprising the audience with the announcement that she has cancer. People can’t tell if it’s a joke or not. And then they realize it isn’t. She was just diagnosed with cancer a week ago and she’s going on stage to process what she’s been going through. She’s open. She’s honest. And she makes it really really funny.

You can find it on Spotify. Here’s a youtube clip of how her opening with “Hello, I have cancer.” https://youtu.be/9Kz-lV4t-3w](https://youtu.be/9Kz-lV4t-3w

Notice a pattern?

I just love honesty. I love when people open up and share their craziest or most embarrassing stories. We’re always trying to hide parts of ourselves because we’re afraid if people knew they’d never want to talk to us again. But something magic happens when we open up and share: other people look at us and say “me too!” It’s such a relief to find out you’re not the only one. And it’s even more powerful when you’re able to laugh through it.

If you can laugh about it, you’re not scared of it.

I know I’m not going to be able to change the world with a house show. I’m not saying I’m starting a revolution by telling stories about all the times I’ve pooped my pants as an adult.

I just know there have been a few people and performers who have had a real impact on my life.

Chris Gethard let’s me know it’s ok to be weird and sad and talk about depression.

Tig Notaro let’s me know my dad’s alzheimer’s isn’t too big and scare to laugh in front of.

I want to swallow them both, Kirby style, and hopefully on this house show tour I can do a fraction of what they’ve done for me.

Favorite Youtube Video of All Time

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Here is one of my favorite youtube videos of all time.

It’s a man singing and smoking in the shower.

If I had to make a list of the times I’ve laughed the hardest in my life, this video would be toward the top.

Watch it once. Then we’ll go into an intense break down of what is happening in this clip. It’s only 25 seconds long but I’ve watched it over a thousand times so I’ve got a lot to say. Continue reading “Favorite Youtube Video of All Time”

Why do a house show tour?

I’ve been doing stand-up for 8 years now. It’s taken me this long to feel like I’m starting to get the hang of it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really proud of some of the stuff I did to get me here. But now I’m about to start this stand-up tour and for the first time I feel like I know what I’m doing.

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What is this tour!?

It’s called the TELL A GOOD STORY tour. I’m going to travel around performing stand-up comedy in people’s living rooms. They’re house shows and they’re the coolest.

The shows are small and intimate. I tell a bunch of stories from my life and get people int audience telling their stories too. So if I talk about my first kiss I’ll ask if anyone else has an embarrassing first kiss story. And we go from there. Continue reading “Why do a house show tour?”

When I am Insecure

A while ago I posted a video about living in my van.

Some times I feel weird telling people what I do with my life because I feel like they’ll look down on me. Like I failed or screwed up and that’s how I ended up here. I know it’s not true but I can still feel insecure.

It reminds me of a blog I wrote 4 years ago when I was about to graduate from college. I was freaking out about my future and jealous of everyone else’s plans in life. This what I wrote:

Continue reading “When I am Insecure”

My New Horrible Videos on Youtube

I’m writing this as I sit in a Starbuck in Amarillo, TX. I’m on my way to Colorado for a weekend of performing and I stopped here to shower and use free wifi. Well, I showered at a Planet Fitness. Not at Starbucks. Although, I once bathed myself in a Starbucks sink. It was a long and sad process and I’m sure the rest of the day people could tell. I had the look of someone who spent the morning scooping water onto my naked body from a public bathroom sink. Why am I telling you this? I don’t know. I’m sorry.

Continue reading “My New Horrible Videos on Youtube”

See Stephen Colbert’s Greatness

Stephen Colbert is a thoughtful and thought provoking comedian. He also has the sense of humor of an 8th grade boy.

My fellow Americans, last week I had the pleasure of being a guest on the film and television podcast Seeing & Believing. They brought me in to shine a light on a subject I am a bit of an expert in: “not being able to shut up about how great Stephen Colbert is.”

In fact, the whole reason I was invited onto the show is because of something I tweeted out in desperation.

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Stephen Colbert takes over The Late Show tonight. If you’re not all that excited for it, let me share some of my favorite Colbert clips to help explain why this show is going to be so great.

Continue reading “See Stephen Colbert’s Greatness”

Should I be Scared to Die? [video]

We’re all going to die one day and that’s terrifying.

I think about death a lot and now I’m going to talk about it with you so you can think about it a lot too. Hooray for death!

Isn’t it crazy that you could die before you finish reading this post? That means either you’re an impossibly slow reader and it takes you 40 years to get through 100 words OR it means you could die at any minute.

How does that make you feel? Does it freak you out? Are you ok with it?

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