Well, it’s a lazy Sunday and I’m bored out of my mind, so I’m glad I remembered that I can spill words that nobody reads here instead of Reddit for once.
I’ve been quite busy with my full-time job (music therapist for adorable little old ladies with dementia) but I’ve also continued with stand-up comedy. It’s been progressing at a pace only a sloth could envy… My skills and reputation are slowly improving but shows were hard to come by this summer, and are sparse in general. Y’see, from a comedy standpoint, I need to get out of Connecticut, because it really is a dead-end scene and getting deader by the day. I have my first show next weekend at the esteemed Dick Doherty’s Comedy Den in Boston, and have other shows in Northampton and NY, which I suppose is exciting. But without living in one of those cities, I’ll never get a real footing, so I’m trying to make things happen.
I’ve also been writing for my friend’s baseball and fantasy baseball site Pitcherlist.com every week since March, writing about minor league baseball players the only way I know how. The site has accrued a sizable viewership and it’s been fun, but I’m going to enjoy having more free time this offseason.
My old comic websites Short Attention Span (collaborative webcomic) and Chutzpah! (Jewish humor webcomic) have gone the way of the buffalo and rode off into the sunset. But while I think it’s unlikely that I’ll keep this going regularly, I’ll still post comics whenever I can, and try to work it more into my routine… I still have time-wasters I can cut out to make room. Thanks to anyone who’s still here!
Holy crap, it’s been a full year since I’ve been regularly drawing and posting comics! Um, sorry! I did mean to continue with it… I haven’t given up on that completely yet. Perhaps once or twice weekly I can manage at some point.
So what HAVE I been doing during this time? A hell of a lot of stand-up comedy. And let me tell you… it is a GRIND. I’ve been hitting multiple open mics a week, and moved from open mic-er status to getting on showcases regularly, but I still have a long way to go. But for my first year in comedy, it’s undeniably gone well as the first year is generally pure hell for most comics and mine was only mediocre-to-heck. But I have had some awesome shows for big crowds in Connecticut and NYC, and had one of my songs air on the Vinnie Penn show on a New Haven radio station!
But I think I will be combining some comedy songs with cartoons, early-youtube-music-video-style. I posted a preview of one of these comics, even though they weren’t really intended to be comics, but hey, I need content. Maybe this will get me drawing again. Maybe!
Over the past month, things have really started to pick up steam! I just did a comedy contest at Joker’s Wild in New Haven last night, and now my new comedy song “The Chosen People will air, possibly as soon as this weekend on Vinnie Penn Project on New Haven’s 960 WELI!
I guess I’ve found my niche in musical comedy although I still do some stand-up as well. I’m hoping to still do occasional comics when I have time but based on results it’s hard to justify. But I still have some ideas that don’t translate well to anything but comics so when I’m bored you’ll get a comic.
If and when I figure out how though, this site will also be used to display video, news and other media that involves stand-up. But I’ll see if I can make it it’s own page on the site with my limited website design know-how. I have this website hosting for at least 2 more years so I gotta make the most of it, ya know?
So comics been coming round these parts as often as earthworms on a dry, sunny day *tumbleweed* And they probably won’t be updating more than occasionally. I’ve been pouring more focus into stand-up comedy and musical comedy as that currently seems like a more promising route for me, since:
- I can’t draw well and probably never will
- I don’t particularly enjoy drawing
- I’m terrified of digital rotten tomatoes.
However, now that I’m single again (and stopped playing video games and fantasy baseball), I have a bit more free time, and I have some ideas that only work in comic format and not in stand-up format, so I’ll try to at least draw those ones. Since April when I stepped back from comic drawing, I have written over 100 comedy songs! Some of those will never see the light of day, but some of them will and I hope to find a way to post them here. This weekend I did a show at Stand Up NY that went awesome so I’ll try to post more about it soon.