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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.

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Bolt Bussing

Right now I'm taking the Bolt Bus from Hollywood to San Francisco. I do this every week. I usually take it on Sunday from SF down to LA and then back up on either Thursday or Friday. I just paid $6.99 for "High Speed Internet" which should just be called "Usable Internet". I paid that money just to write this. Priorities. I'm coming up today because my friend Michael Makarov is producing Comedy vs Nerds at my venue. I honestly don't know what the name means and I'm afraid to ask. It's just a stand up showcase with a focus on jokes about tech. Anyway, Michael told me that he promoted the show to mostly women so that I could potentially meet them. What a sweet gesture. I think I do too many jokes about being single and undateable. I'm going to start thinking about cultivating a more attractive image on stage. Anyhow, I just listened to this album while staring out the window. He's a rapper named Lute who is signed on J Cole's label. He's awesome. He talks about real stuff like not having enough space for his daughter's toys. That's my jam.  

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Moved to LA for no reason

Everyone said hey, you have to go to LA. So I moved to LA. Now I'm here living in West Hollywood. What's next? People say go hang out at the Comedy Store. Ok. I hang out at the Comedy Store. Not famous yet. Waiting for further instructions.

I signed with a commercial agency to try and get some $$$ while I'm scratching at the stand up scene. I signed with Pacific Talent (pacifictalentandmodels.com) and they have been awesome this far. They got me an audition my first week with them. I auditioned for a commercial for Clash Royale. I had to pretend that the monster I saw in the game had actually appeared in real life. I don't think I got it. Also there were 10 other people in the waiting room who looked just like me. Welcome to LA.

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