Due to a lack of interest from my intended publisher, I have decide to present to you the long awaited interview with Nate Heller, in its entirety. Nate Heller is a Bay Area musician, whose projects include the band She Beards. She Beards will be performing at Snob Theater @ Dark Room Theater on October 28th. 10 PM. $10. More information: Here. Thank you for your patience. Thank you Nate Heller for the interview.
[Note: This interview occurred Spring/Summer 2011]
Courting Comedy: What was the first instrument you learned to play, what’s your current instrument of choice and what’s an instrument you wish you knew how to play?
Nate Heller: Mom put me in piano lessons when I was about four or five years old, with our neighborhood teacher Amy (whose son Andrew happened to be my best friend at the time). Shortly after that Andrew and I went into the Piedmont boys chorus a couple of days after school. It was wretched. I hated it so much that I often faked being sick to get out of going (I liked faking sick a lot as a kid). This totally backfired when I feigned illness on the day that we got to perform the National Anthem at an A’s game. I must have forgotten that it was happening cause I was a huge Ricky Henderson fan and would have given my undescended left testicle to meet him.
Currently guitar is my primary instrument (and voice I guess), although I own a banjo, a piano, and an accordion. I can still play keyboard okay, but I’m pretty piss-poor at all the others. It’s still fun to mess around on them anyway. I guess I wish I spend more time learning accordion, cause the one I have is a really beautiful one that my friend Gabe gave me a few years ago. His dad gave it to him, and when we lived together I played around on it so much that he gave it to me for my birthday.
Brian Krans writes an interesting depiction of open mic comedy in the Mission District. While marred by errors, the article gives a distinctly truthful depressive perspective of the sadness of the stage.
[Note: This article does a disservice to Andrew Holmgren with joke thievery accusations. Andrew’s joke is extremely simplified in the story and gives false witness to Holmgren’s originality. “You get the joke now motherfucker?!” Apparently Brian did not.]
“I don’t need your blog anymore. Somebody else who likes my material and has actually gotten me followers. But thanks for the support, it was nice… and obscure to be featured.”—Charlie Ballard @ Deco [Paraphrase]