I can’t believe I had never seen this video before. This is the most relatable content I’ve ever seen on the internet.
I have this same conversation with myself at least once a week.
I’ve mentioned before I’m lactose intolerant but I didn’t know it for the longest time. I just thought what was happening to my body was normal. I thought everyone’s butt fell off every time they ate a lot of cheese.
Here’s me talking about about bathrooms on my stand-up album, DON’T PANIC:
I started a new ritual this year.
Any time I’m feeling insecure before performing—I’m so certain the audience is going to hate me or something will go wrong and it’ll turn into a complete disaster—I will watch this video of Andrew W.K. getting kicked off stage at The Gathering of the Juggalos.
It is one of the most inspiring videos I’ve ever seen. It’s a beam of pure light and it makes me fearless.
The Gathering of the Juggalos is a notoriously hostile festival for performers. If they don’t like you WHO KNOW what horrible things they might throw at you. Empty bottles? Glass? Their own poop? If they don’t like your show they will try to ruin it.
In the first few seconds of the video you can tell the audience isn’t on Andrew W.K.’s side. He’s dancing like a weirdo and sharing a positive message. He’s not trying to be cool. He’s not trying to impress anyone. He is being 100% himself NO MATTER WHAT.
They throw empty cans at him. Doesn’t faze him.
You can tell by even just the little you see the crowd that no one seems into it. Doesn’t stop him.
He’s giving it his all. He’s not giving up.
Eventually some security guard comes and pulls him off stage. It’s over. I guess they realized that no matter what happened out there Andrew W.K. wasn’t going to back down and if they wanted it to stop they were going to have to stop him.
Some times we’ll do a school assembly at a high school where it feels like nobody cares. It’s like every student decided they were going to check out the moment they sat down in the auditorium. You feel like you’re speaking to wall. It’s so easy for that to throw me off and get in my head. But if I picture Andrew W.K. just GOING FOR IT no matter what, it inspires me to keep going.
It might feel like 99% of the audience hate you and everything you’re doing, but even if there’s just one person connecting to what you’re saying, it’s worth it. I’m sure there were a handful of people who were absolutely in love with what Andrew W.K. was doing at The Gathering of the Juggalos. They were worth performing for.
Want more? Here’s a clip of Andrew W.K. talking about his experience of that performance.
Welp. I guess I was on the radio today.
Thanks to KHEA Radio for letting me hang out on Pushstart.
I noticed that whenever there was a lull in the conversation, Gardy would reset, saying the time and whatnot. At the beginning he was having to do that every few minutes and that threw me into a panic. That meant I wasn’t being a very good guest. So it became my goal to see how long we could go before he’d reset and say the time.
I had fun. Hope I get to go back.
This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever made.
I kept seeing reaction videos of people losing their minds over the new Smash Bros game trailer and I thought it would be funny if they were reacting to something incredibly mundane. It was an idea in my head for a couple of weeks before I finally sat down and filmed it. I kept saying “this is so stupid. Nobody cares about this.” But it made me laugh so I kept going.
Do dumb stuff that makes you laugh.
"Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done."
Romans 1:28 (NLT)
Christians have a lot of weird ideas for how to get people in to their church. I think I’ve come up with a great test to help figure out if your method of inviting people is weird or not.
I think a really easy way to invite someone would be to say to friends you’re hanging out with “Hey, you want to come to this free comedy show?”
That doesn’t seem too strange at all.
Churches should think about hosting comedy shows. HINT HINT HINT.