August 31, 2009
I’ve advanced to the semi-finals of the Boston Comedy Fest. Semifinal Round 4 is this Friday, 9 PM, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Faneuil Hall. Come support! You can get tickets here.
August 17, 2009
This weekend I’ll have the privilege of opening for David Alan Grier. He was one of my boyhood sketch comedy heroes when he was on In Living Color, and now I’m going to get to do some raps so that audience members will be more ready to hear his stand-up. Grier and I last crossed paths at the Montreal Comedy Festival in July – here we are with comics Shane Mauss and Maggie Macdonald, as well as Shane’s little brother Justin:
DAG and I will be at the Chicopee Comedy Connection on Friday night, and the Wilbur Theater in Boston on Saturday. Come to our (his) show!
August 10, 2009
I’m pleased to be opening up for Mike Birbiglia at the Newport Yachting Center in Newport, RI this Saturday night, as part of his “I’m In The Future Also” tour. I have dug Mike’s work since way before I was MC Mr. Napkins, and this is going to be a really cool show. If you live in New England, you should come to this! Showtime is 730 and tickets are available here.
August 4, 2009
Recently, The Dollar $tore, a Chicago-based live lit show, came to the Brookline Booksmith. Here’s how the show works, according to the Dollar $tore website:
…Each writer is given an item purchased at a local dollar store (mundane to insane) and a month to craft a story (fiction or non-) that involves the item as directly or obliquely as the author wishes. The item is then put on display during, or incorporated into the performance.
Through a very kind friend who works at the Booksmith, I was invited to perform on the show (except instead of writing a story, I was asked to do a rap). Here is a picture of my dollar store item:
Lucky me! I already have a rap about the USA and the states in it. But in addition to “Official State Mottoes,” which I’ve been performing for over a year, I wanted to take up the challenge and write something specifically for the occasion. So I challenged myself to solve a different 100-piece puzzle: creating an anagram of the two-letter postal abbreviations for all fifty US states. Here are those abbreviations:
AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY
And here is the anagram I came up with – it’s in the form of a dialogue between Person One and Person Two.
Fact: Many-state land is world’s most rocking. Know which land?
I know! Hmmmm… Damn.
“Damn?!?” Ninny! Putz!
J.K.! Viva America!