Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I'm Alive

I have been a very bad blogger the last week or so. So I'll catch you up on recent events.

Last Thursday night I had a gig in Tiburon at a restaurant/bar. My parents were in attendance, along with a certain young lady friend of mine. The audience was tough - very quiet crowd. There was this one white guy with dreadlocks who didn't crack a smile. Are those things correlated? White-guy-dreadlocks and no sense of humor? Maybe it was just this one guy. Anyway.

I didn't have a great set, but it wasn't terrible either. I didn't find too much fault with myself, so I felt pretty good afterwards. Put it this way: I don't think my parents were cringing much. They've seen me a half dozen times or so, and they've yet to see me have a truly *good* set. It would be nice if that would happen.

Friday night I had a show for a church group in Santa Cruz. Yes, a church group. It was a young adults group, so ages ranged from 18-35. Politics ranged from right to slightly more right, which in Santa Cruz, puts you on the fringes of society. The minister told me that not only did I have to be "clean," I had to be extra "clean," because the head minister was there. I was a little worried about this because, while I don't do a lot of dirty material, I have some bits that at least involve some racy subject matter. And I didn't want to repeat an experience I'd had before, which was launching a bit, giving the setup, and midway through it, realizing I couldn't tell the punch to this crowd. Not good times.

Anyway.

I figured out my "clean" set, and it went very well. They were a very responsive audience, and appreciative. I had a great time. I was a little nervous, though, because ahem, I tend to pepper my daily speech with terms that would offend this crowd. You know, words like, "damn," "ass," or "Democrat." So I was looking out at the crowd thinking to myself, "did I just say shit? Did I? Is he looking at me funny? What did I say? Did I just curse?" Well, I managed to avoid offending, and they were very receptive. And... I got paid. Woot-woot! Okay, so it was only $50 bucks, but that's better than nothing.

On the way back to SF from the gig, my friend Tom and I were talking about the greatness of Richard Pryor. I even said, "I think a lot of people think he's already dead."

Next morning, I find out Richard Pryor has passed away. So Tom and I aren't going to talk about our comedy idols anymore. The next drive we take together, we will talk at length about the greatness that is Pauly Shore.

7 Comments:

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good set, bad set, bad Pauly Shore joke...how about some some riffs on having a girlfriend and being married? I know that being married might be only in the technical sense, but I'm sure there is some material in there somewhere.

 
At 1:05 PM, Blogger Alice said...

heehee... i liked the pauly shore joke, personally :-)

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger Ish said...

Anonymous (if that IS your real name), here's the deal. Material that is personal is funny and engaging because it's real. Perhaps the best example of this that I know of is Pryor talking about setting himself on fire while freebasing. But here's the thing: it can't be funny until you've processed it, and you're okay with it. Otherwise, you run the risk of swerving across the double yellow line that separates funny from sad. So the simple answer is this: I'm not ready yet.

 
At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

got it! and that is my real name.

so, maybe you can update the 'not real news' with stuff about Angelina's lesbian lover or something.

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger haji-o-matic said...

heh heh..I'm ALL about talking up some Pauley....
His only claim to fame is being a member of the lucky sperm club.

Hey ISH... what accident burned off all YOUR hair...just askin...don't be a hater...peace.
(I was formerly known as ANONYMOUS...but I went Anon Anon..(where no one knows your name) and I got better.)

 
At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Haji -

Makin fun of the lack of hair? Ugh. Leave the witty comments to Ish, even if he hardly ever writes anymore and totally ignores us and never calls or visits. oh never mind, I just turned into my mother.

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger haji-o-matic said...

Hair bit was a gratuitous Richard Pryor reference.

Given to you at no extra cover charge......

Pauley Shore?? Is an oxygen thief!!

 

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