Back In The Stand-up Comedy Saddle Again!

Yeah, I know that because saddles are made to sit in that the metaphor was doomed from the start, but that’s what I had to work with, so stop complaining, voices-in-my=head!

Anyway, I decided to get back to doing something that I had stopped a number of years ago – open-mic standup comedy. I remember it fondly, but I made the mistake of going to mostly one place all the time. After a while, even your most true-blue friends stop coming to see you, and the crowd is nothing but you and the other comics in the line-up. Most of them have heard all of your jokes a million times at that point, so most of them aren’t laughing anymore. It was totally depressing, so I moved on to other interests.

But lately I started missing it again (well, not that last bit so much), and decided to find some groups that were hosting and sign up with them. My first one was last night at Fire Station 1 in Silver Spring, MD. It was a good crowd of about 30-40, and they were definitely there to laugh. I took a joke routine that I had used back when and reworked it, in fusing some new stuff. It was received pretty well, though I have already thought of ways to tweak it further. That’s the thing about a comedian’s jokes – they are never truly done.

Anyway, I hope to do it about once a week just to keep it fresh. Unless it gets depressing again, then I will drop it like a microphone.

Student Films Are How I Give Back

I just got done shooting a comedy short for a film student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. While they don’t generally pay, and usually doesn’t add to my reel, I feel it is still worth my time when I can spare it.

I like to help give the student real-world experience, by offering advice when they ask for it (which they do often enough). As a member of SAG-AFTRA, my involvement also gets them ready for an important part of making a film outside of college – paperwork. Every well-run film has paperwork, and the SAG Student Film Agreement is a great way to break them into that habit. They will also be very grateful for your help, and are almost always really nice. You really get the impression that they are happy you are there, as opposed to some productions that treat actors as a necessary evil.

And I don’t want to get sappy here, but these kids are the future of film making. If we don’t get involved and help out, what will happen to our industry? So, students of film, fellow actors, and movie-going audiences everywhere – you are welcome.