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Tech Comedy

Last night at The Setup we had a tech themed comedy show called "Comedy vs Nerds". As I mentioned yesterday, I have no idea what this means. I've tried thinking about it which just causes your brain to fold into itself until you get tired. It was started by Michael Makarov so you'll have to ask him, but he only talks in riddles so that causes another issue. I wore my Yahoo "Summer of Service" shirt on stage. It has hot air balloons in the sky and two people kayaking. You know, technology.

Doing a comedy show for people who work in tech brings up questions. There is a backlash against tech from the comedy community. Most comedians come from middle or lower income backgrounds. But if we want to make money, we have to serve the existing demographics. In San Francisco that means tech people.

I've been thinking a lot lately about the function that comedy serves. Like comedy as a tool. Generally when you get paid decent money to do stand up, it's for a corporate event. It's funny because value is closely related to money. They paid me X so this performance must be worth X. Is that true? In a way. You can get as hippy dippy as you want, but at the end of the day bills need to get paid. As I get more serious about comedy I have moved away from "am I properly articulating my voice?" to "how do I make money?" I used to think that I would never do a commercial, and now I am actively seeking opportunities to do them. As if it's easy to get a commercial. I was in the offices of Vikki Goggin Casting recently and man is the struggle real. I walked by a casting call for some sort of modeling job and damn. Everyone had their clothes on but I still felt like I was at the beach.