Monthly Archives: July 2017

Just slightly overbooked?

I’m writing this from a hotel in Buffalo, on my way to Chautauqua tomorrow for the “Comedy and the Human Condition” week. No, it’s not a ‘how to do comedy’ thing, but more of a ‘why do we laugh’ thing. Then again,  Lewis Black is one of the speakers, so you never know.

On the two flights to get across the continent, I found myself making notes for stories I want to write, one of which might be suitable to turn into a Fringe show. Nothing solid – I’m purposely not committing to anything yet. It felt good to just sit and write for a few hours.

Between my last post and tonight, I did get on stage twice – once for the Comedy Heights Pride show in San Diego and once for a show on Melrose in Los Angeles. Great audience at Comedy Heights (I could say “as usual”) and I tried a few new bits that seemed to work pretty well. The LA show audience was mostly other comedians (it was a Monday, after all) and I struggled a bit in comparison, especially on the new stuff. Still, it is important to introduce new material regularly, so I’m glad I did it.

We got confirmation that we will be going to Burning Man this year, so after I get back from Chautauqua, preparations for that trip will pretty much mean that I won’t be on stage the rest of August. Oh, and I’m doing an art project for Burning Man. 

As usually, I’m just slightly overbooked. But as Leonard Bernstein said “To achieve great things, two things are needed – a plan and not quite enough time”. Maybe something great will come out of all this.

Fringe Final

Between the show at San Diego Fringe and some standup + MC + sketch commitments with the IAGSDC Square Dance convention in Palm Springs, I put about 600 miles on the car over July 4 weekend. I guess that’s what real road comics feel like.

Most of my Fringe shows went well. I got some of the script severely out of order on one, so it became a real exercise in improvisation. I had one show with literally two paying audience members (hey it was 10PM on a Wednesday – who wants to see a drama then?). Overall, though, it went reasonably well.

There are times when you just need to see an idea through. I started writing the Fringe show with an idea I wanted to explore. Three major (as in “throw out the old script and re-start”) iterations later – a short play festival submission (didn’t get selected), Tucson Fringe, and San Diego Fringe – I think I’ve worked it through to a place that I can move on to other projects.

So, it’s back to stand up…. Two shows in July and the Burbank Comedy Festival in August.