The week has finally arrived. It wasn’t he last night’s debate I was talking about either. However, I did enjoy seeing two grown men try to act mature when you can tell how much they hate each other. No, I’m talking about this Sat night. Please join me for one night of uncensored comedy and storytelling at Harvey’s comedy club. Doors open at 4:00 PM and the show starts at 5:00PM.
Every show I do right now is a warm up to my DVD recording in 2013. What better way to rehearse the material I want to showcase in my next DVD than to do it on an amazing stage alongside comedian Bahiyyih Mudd (her debut hosting performance at Harvey’s Comedy club) and Susan Jones.
What I would like you to know is Sat is the show I would like you to attend because I get a portion of the door on the first show of the evening. There is no better way to start your Sat night of Halloween party after Halloween party than attending the first show of the night as your introduction to what I hope will be an entire evening of debauchery.
With that said, if you cannot attend this show there are plenty of chances to see me perform because I will be there all week long. Wednesday through Saturday You’ll want to call and reserve your seat in advance, this show is expected to sell out because the entire night will be pact full of great comedy.
Tonight is the big night folks. I will performing my headline set and in a way it is sort of a dress rehearsal for an upcoming event and recording of my next DVD which will be announced later this month. This theater, its staff, the owner, and the lovely people of Ridgefield, WA are absolutely one of the reason why comedy became my love. This venue and its stage is one of the best places I’ve had luck to set foot into. Todd Armstrong who puts this show on and one of my favorite comedians to work with has given me the opportunity and I must say, I’ve been looking forward to tonight’s show for a long time. Thank you Todd, you’ve been good to me.
What can you expect from me to tonight. I will be opening with a bit of a surprise. I will begin the night talking about something I have had to get comfortable with but comedy is always how I confront my fears, by shining the bright light of humor into the face of my fears and self-conscious vulnerabilities. Tonight will be no different. It will be one honest story after another and sharing my life with all of those who show up.
Every year there is big change when it comes to my style and my overall goals in comedy; after all, each year my life changes. So why in the hell should my act and opinions of life and comedy be any different? Now when it comes to the business, in a future post, I’ll have a lot more to say on that subject, especially local scenes but for now let us just focus on me for a second.
This year I have a lot going on. I’ll be returning to Harvey’s Comedy Club at the end of Oct as their one of two R rated comedian for the year. Some may be thinking, who cares; you’ve already headlined a special event show every year since the ban was lifted. Not true, my little cunnys. I have only done two special event shows at Harvey’s since the lift because I wanted to keep it hugely successful and attendance high. What makes this different, I am returning to headline the club for the entire week’s performances, something I have never done since the ban or even before. I can assure you, it is something which will be, not only big, but needed: A local comedian who will breathe a breath of fresh air of honesty into the club since, well, probably Doug Stanhope. I’m replacing comedian John Fox, whose act died long before his real death plus, let’s face it, John wasn’t very good at being human.
In March of 2013 I will also be recording for the first new DVD/CD since the release of Cripple xXx in 2007. This will be an amazing event but I will need your help. I am going to launch a Kickstarter Campaign in the beginning of 2013 to help fund the project. This is where you come in.
I began thinking about how important you are in the big equation of my career and I’ll be honest here; you are the root to it all. With that in mind, a rebirth of my fan base in this phase of my career is more important than any other time in my 23 years of doing comedy. I need your help, not just to help raise the money for the project but because the one thing I have realized is that you are the very reason why I have been so successful. We have always had a very close connection, a bond from the stage I stand on to the seats you sit in to watch me perform. You were the reason why I was able to return to so many clubs who feared booking me. You are the reason I have kept the ball rolling despite the fact the comedy industry has been reluctant to get behind my type of act. I am not a comedian festivals beg to have in; I am not a comedian every mainstream club wants to headline, but yet I still perform, I still draw and still win major contests. You are the factor which has helped in this.
I know now that I need to get back to the grass roots of what helped build my career. I need to build my future success from the ground up. I will never get praise from the mainstream industry. I will only get it from the people who really enjoy my style of comedy, you. The funny thing is if I can get enough of you to shout my name, the industry cannot ignore me. So 2013 and beyond is all about you. I need your feedback on what kickstarter incentives I should put into place as rewards for your donations and support. Please voice your ideas and help create an intimate dialog between the two of us so I can give you things you really want and have you actually be a part of my next DVD project. Maybe you would want an exclusive and private email, or podcast episode made to you, a credit in the DVD package, a one of a kind signed poster or a chance to rant in a segment of From The Nook Podcast, a VIP seat at the live recording, a drink and dinner with me, a phone call to a loved one or an enemy, a private performance in your living room or just a simple acknowledgement that you were a factor in my life’s work. The list is limitless but I need you to be involved voicing your ideas. It starts by you commenting here or join me on Twitter or Facebook and let’s do this together. I want to have a chance to tell all my critics they were wrong and you will be the secret weapon which allows it to happen
It is tough being a dad of two boys. I’d like to think I’m doing an alright job but as my boys get older it is getting increasingly more difficult. There are many challenges ahead for both of my two boys, what with sharing a life in two households, following two different sets of morals and rules, my oldest starting to go through puberty… Or so he thinks. Yeah it is tough, and yes you are twelve now but puberty doesn’t pore into you like a fresh cup of morning Joe. Plus did you know there is more to puberty than growing pubic hair and getting your new rich deep radio voice? You also get a zit face. Oh, and the idea you are growing into a man, well you have a long way to go on that front, I’m fine with this too. For me, there is no rush, but trying to get you to believe that you are still a long way off the mark; now that is the real challenge I have as a father.
In this episode I discuss:
He thinks he’s going to get lucky with someone just as weird
Facebook update from my son (Oh La La)
Puberty doesn’t work like that
He can always play air guitar
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Look, I’m not leading the way in political commentary nor is my podcast the defining resource for current events, if you want that, listen to NPR for the real news. However, when someone speaks out and what they say is loud enough for us all to hear, you can bet your ass if I think it is funny, I’ll be talking about it in an episode of From The Nook. How is it though that Daniel Tosh can’t make rape funny but Todd Akin, a GOP candidate for Missouri’s upcoming senates race, not only makes it funny, but coins a new phrase in search engines across the internet, “Legitimate Rape”?
In this episode I discuss:
The Rules at a campground
Good for you Lonnie Bruhn
It takes a Vocational Village to raise an education
My wife is getting married
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How would I describe my feature act Kristine Levine? Well let’s start by clearing up something. She is no feature act at all. She is a headlining act who puts on a one woman show every time she steps on a stage. Some have said she is the new Roseanne Barr. I can’t agree with that only because even Roseanne still keeps a secret or two, Levine keeps none at all. For me it is easy to describe her, she simply shines. Kristine is a bright shining star and one who beams with raw talent. She loves, she hates, and she gives you every morsel of her being while on stage. This year she also has made quite the stink on the scene. Levine has been seen in two seasons of Portlandia and will be taking her full one woman show to this year’s 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. I couldn’t be happier to have her on my bill this weekend at Diablos Downtown Lounge this Friday night. We have not had the pleasure of working together on the road in more than 5 years. By no means should you take my word for it,check her out yourself: www.kristinelevine.com
Also on the bill is Andy Andrist. This show is going to be more than just a great night of comedy. It is a reunion of a few of The Unbookables and that means anything goes, and anything can happen. It means you better be ready to deal with the honesty of the lives we have lived because telling the truth is what we do best, we are storytellers and our stories are more from the Brother Grimm style.
Join us Friday night June 8th in Eugene, OR at Diablo’s Downtown Lounge. Doors open at 8:00 PM, tickets are $8.00 in advance if you call (541) 343-2346 and ask to be placed on the list for advance ticket price. Otherwise it is $10 at the door.
See you Friday night Eugene, and leave your ultra-liberal attitudes at home with the babysitter there is no room for judgment at this event.
So I got some bad news late last night from my old road hog, Joe Fontenot. The great John Fox lost his bout with Cancer; at least I think he did, because sadly, he couldn’t even get press on his own death. When I Googgled (can you believe that’s a verb now) John Fox dies, nothing of importance came up; that fact is depressing because Google gives us searches we were not even interested in until we typed two words together. “Does hitt” brings up “Does hitting a dog work?” I’m sure if it no longer works on women than dogs caught on too. “Will Hum” brings up “Will Humans live forever” No, and John Fox proved to us that at some point even God had seen enough of his 40 year old act and gave him the proverbial light…Time to get off stage. What would have entertained me is when I put, “Did John Fox die?” into Google; it came back with “Yes, for the last 10 years.”
Am I being insensitive? No, I am not. This is John we are talking about. He was as insensitive as they come. Any female comedian who had to share a condo with him would certainly give you their two cents about that subject. That is, if she can even talk about it pending the ongoing investigation.
R.I.P. John Fox was the facebook update Joe gave us. That stands for Rest in Peace, which is an odd thing to say about him because if his soul lives on like he did in life than I can assure you, not only will he not rest but neither will anyone left in the same area of Heaven. I hope Heaven has a bar that stays open late.
Here is the thing: It is a loss, but we lost him long before his death. He was a legend in the comedy community. His act was legendary both on and off the stage. He started doing his rated “R” act his way but unfortunately it never evolved, it just grew as tired as he did. He didn’t know many comics by name, but not because he was an ass, he just stopped caring. His stories from at the end of the bar were amazingly colorful. I personally would have loved to have heard those stories hit the stage, sadly they never got there.
He had an impact on us though; at least he had one on me. He wanted to do it his way and he couldn’t give two shits about what the industry thought he should be doing. He had his big moments mostly in the 80’s and certainly gave us a performance at every show.
Audiences loved him. From stage, John was that character at the end of the bar named Red with a gravelly voice, a drink in hand, and pocket full of standards “jokes” that everyone in the room could enjoy. You would laugh hard because he was simple that way. There was no complex style and depth that sometimes ruins comedy, he was just a longshoreman telling us a joke that maybe we had listened to a thousand times before, or maybe we had never heard it before at all, but it never mattered. It never mattered because he had mastered the way to tell it to us. Some people have a knack for that, usually it is that guy at the end of the bar but in Fox’s case, he just took it one step farther; into the showroom and from behind the mic.
In my honest opinion John went on stage to hear laughter, he didn’t want to be an artist, he didn’t view his act as artistic, he just wanted it to keep it simple… make them all laugh and in the end, that in and of itself is an art.
A toast to you John Fox for the all the laughter you brought to the people. “Two firemen are butt fucking in a Smoked filled Room…” Indeed, Mr. Fox, “How do you think it all got started in the first place.”
A message from John Fox in his last months. It is original, honest and heartfelt. In the end he wrote something new and hopefully it has impact
There are two big shows I do in the Portland area every year; this Sat night is one of those shows. I’ll be at the Wichita Bar and Grill with my new hour set “It’s Personal” with special guests Brady Echerer and Derek Tippner. Join me at 9:00 PM. All details are on the poster and in my tour dates.
Sat May 19th at 9:00 PM for only $4.00
I have had more fun this year than in many years past. My act is once again evolving to a new level. I’ve been seen by new faces, started a new personal podcast that has done wonders for my writing, pushed myself to perform in some tough situations to prove to the comedy community I can still play by their rules and won a major comedy contest under their comedy laws. Why did I do it, because it’s not about me being a dirty comedian with a raunchy set like my critics think, it’s always been about being true to myself and honest about my life. It has been about telling a great story and making people laugh because we all deserve it. People think I am trying to cross lines and push buttons; it has NEVER been about that, life crosses lines and is offensive so why should my comedy be any different. I walked into this world wearing a fucking orthopedic boot with an A.M. radio attached to it just for an incentive to move my ankle. That was the opening scene to my play, how could I not become who I am today?
There is no feeling sorry for myself, there is only what I have always loved, the connection with you the fan and this weekend I’ll be doing it once again building up for the new DVD later this year. Jon me and two special guests sets from a couple of comedians that are just now beginning their journey into the world I love. This will be a year to remember.