“Thanks to Tony Sparks for all the stage time. I still follow the basic tenets of stand up you laid out for me after that very first open mic in the Tenderloin.”—Louis Katz liner notes for "If These Balls Could Talk"
Hey folks, welcome back. I know, it seems just yesterday that the blog went on hiatus. One might assume the brief break was a presumptuous misstep, a short-sighted call for attention or a smoke screen for a holiday. Alas, as quickly as it returned, Courting Comedy was dead.
In the midst of a lovely conversation at the Brainwash, the very fruits of my entertainment (a glass of Pabst Blue Ribbon) became the ultimate source of chaos. One false move and the amber nectar splashed a leaky, lethal injection onto my laptop. My laptop, the pride and joy, crux of my creative and professional endeavors, the keeper of my passwords and past words, was finished. To properly frame the predicament: not only would I cease to work, I would cease to eat; I would cease live.
I live on a diet of stale bread, student loans and spaghetti. My income is more modest than a rural mime. I planned to shuffle around town, shave my head, grow out my beard, write notes on napkins that I would never post for people who would never read them. My love of comedy would have melted away into bitterness and eventually I would watch the stage with dead, sunken, joyless eyes. Worse, it was my fault. Such mistakes, such regrets, such shame only enhance listless loneliness (different story, different day), and I was completely ready to give up.
Thankfully, I’m blessed with some remarkable friends. One such compadre is David Cairns, a man I’ve admired from my baby steps at the House of Shields to the James Browning at Madrone Art Bar. Love is a depressingly shallow word for what I have for David, the George Harrison to my Monty Python. He saved my life (no exaggeration). Funny, yesterday he stated that he was a “business man” and that my work was his “investment”. Now I shall work even harder to warrant such generosity. Those who know gasp at that idea; I’m a tireless servant to San Francisco Bay Area comedy. Personally, any other life is a not a life worth living.
Thank you. Love you. Laugh you.
P.S. When you see David Cairns ( @davidcairns ), give him a big hug on behalf of Courting Comedy.
Some serious shop talk goes down when Jake Johannsen gets together with Marc in the garage. Few people have better insights into the lives and experiences of stand-up comics than the prolific and vital Jake Johannsen. Marc and Jake try to get to the bottom of what it really means to be a professional comedian.
[Essential Listening for Bay Area comedy fans. Talks about Dirty Trix (nee Holy City Zoo) in intimate detail as well as comedy snobbery and the importance of being ahead of the times/curve/bend.]
Boars, Gore and Swords: A Game of Thrones Podcast. Episode 5. “The Wolf and Lion Shave Their Chest” Featuring Red Scott and Ivan Hernandez. Download Link: Here.
Ivan and Red cover “The Wolf and The Lion” in the last of the Season 1 GoT episodes directed by Brian Kirk. We’re introduced to the Knight of Flowers, some hill people, Varys the big gay cat, giant dragon skulls, and the ultimate attachment parenting. We also cover the shaving of chests and smuckers jam in more depth than was strictly necessary. Intro music is “Learning to Fly” by Arkngthand.
[Great episode. This might be the turning point of spinning my interest into patronage. Thanks Ivan and Red for flaring up a potential obsession.]