Big Ups

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I just wanted to throw a big shout out to my friend Bart Kias who last night did standup for the first time in twelve years. One great draw to L.A. aside from walking green carpets with Steve Carell is that many many of my comedy buddies from Chicago and Ohio reside here. We all feel we’re not trying hard enough and have been keeping each other motivated in a good way, we’ve shot a podcast that I’ll be putting up at some point, Dave and Paul are collaborating on a screenplay, and all of us have pow-wowed to go to standup showcases and get a feel for the scene while trying out bits on each other. Bart had put together a six minute piece that was basically a big monologue with various comedic tangents and last night he nervously took the stage. We’ve attended this showcase in Culver City that seems pretty low pressure, it’s mostly people with sheets of paper in their hands going down a bullet-pointed list of jokey jokes. None of us are all that into jokey jokes, airplane food and the lot, so Bart went a different direction and the crowd didn’t quite know how to react to a longer flowing conversational piece that Bart did but I was impressed. I almost didn’t make it but I was glad to be there to see Bart make his triumphant return. Now he’ll just have to do it again and again until it’s great. Them’s the breaks. On a bonus note, my very favorite obscure pop cultural reference showed up to the set. Barry Sobel. The 80’s rapping standup star of Revenge of the Nerds II. Paul Rudd, Barry Sobel, who’s next? Schadenfreude.net Reader, who do you think I’ll see next?

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I just wanted to throw a big shout out to my friend Bart Kias who last night did standup for the first time in twelve years. One great draw to L.A. aside from walking green carpets with Steve Carell is that many many of my comedy buddies from Chicago and Ohio reside here. We all feel we’re not trying hard enough and have been keeping each other motivated in a good way, we’ve shot a podcast that I’ll be putting up at some point, Dave and Paul are collaborating on a screenplay, and all of us have pow-wowed to go to standup showcases and get a feel for the scene while trying out bits on each other. Bart had put together a six minute piece that was basically a big monologue with various comedic tangents and last night he nervously took the stage. We’ve attended this showcase in Culver City that seems pretty low pressure, it’s mostly people with sheets of paper in their hands going down a bullet-pointed list of jokey jokes. None of us are all that into jokey jokes, airplane food and the lot, so Bart went a different direction and the crowd didn’t quite know how to react to a longer flowing conversational piece that Bart did but I was impressed. I almost didn’t make it but I was glad to be there to see Bart make his triumphant return. Now he’ll just have to do it again and again until it’s great. Them’s the breaks. On a bonus note, my very favorite obscure pop cultural reference showed up to the set. Barry Sobel. The 80’s rapping standup star of Revenge of the Nerds II. Paul Rudd, Barry Sobel, who’s next? Schadenfreude.net Reader, who do you think I’ll see next?

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