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2017-02-14 :: dave

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a comedy show before like the one I saw at Doc’s Lab last night. Typically, standup showcases are hosted by one guy (usually), himself a comic, who does 5 or 10 before bringing out the first comic, and then maybe a joke or two in between. The host is […]

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Comedy
2016-06-14 :: dave

I. Early Sunday, as everyone knows by now, a man went into a gay club and shot more than 50 people with an assault rifle. I woke up to the news. I tell myself not to go online before I’ve gotten out of bed, but that morning I did, and I saw the news, and […]

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Comedy
2015-09-01 :: dave

With little fanfare other than a daily Tweet about it, the comedian Josh Fadem has been writing a short story every day for a year, and then posting it to his blog. On the whole, the stories are funny, sometimes bawdy, and sometimes sad or even heartbreaking. Often uplifting or inspiring. One of my favorite […]

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Comedy + Endorsements
2015-05-27 :: dave

I’m afraid to write this post because I’m going to get it all wrong, because so little about what makes this guy amazing looks good on paper. Like, you’ll never see Comedy Central turn him into a lousy tweetmacro. This “problem” with Fadem will I hope slowly become the very thing I want to champion. […]

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Comedy + Very Good Paragraphs
2015-02-23 :: dave

This one’s from Jim Gavin’s incredible story “Elephant Doors” in his debut collection, Middle Men. I recommend this book to anyone who likes stories that continually run the border between funny and sad. “Elephant Doors” is about a PA on a Jeopardy-like quiz show who also does standup open mics around LA. If there’s ever […]

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Books + Comedy + Endorsements + queers
2014-12-05 :: dave

Reading O’Donnell’s Find Me (2002) for research. Here’s a bit from the book’s brief Acknowledgements: Anne Lamott, Nora Ephron, Dave Eggers, Fannie Flagg, Pat Conroy, and Anne Rice for writing as they do. Take that, McSweeney’s generation.

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Comedy + teaching
2014-11-21 :: dave

I. Tuesday night in Uses of Humor in Writing we talked about Larry Wilmore’s notion of dominance as a standup comic. You have to immediately show dominance in front of an audience, but you also need to be self-deprecating. How does this work? How does this translate to our jobs as writers? You show dominance […]

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Comedy
2014-11-04 :: dave

I’m asking myself, mostly. How can I explain this? Look here: This is funny and I laughed at it, and I was delighted to laugh at it because child abduction is something we should be making lots and lots of jokes about. Lots. Of the number of children who are abducted or kidnapped (the Dept […]

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Comedy
2014-08-03 :: dave

Among other things going on in our apartment, we’re watching CMT’s broadcast of the Starsky & Hutch remake. I thought about tweeting this: It seems the Ben Stiller character just messed things up irreparably. (Watching every Ben Stiller movie at once.) It was unsatisfactory, because this is just a sarcastic and convoluted way of saying […]

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Comedy
2014-01-21 :: dave

I. @midnight is a show on Comedy Central that combines the worst characteristics of two things I enjoy—standup comics and Twitter—in a way that with repeated exposure I’d be forced to swear off both. I watched one half of one episode, featuring the great Rory Scovel and, one of my favorite comics, Jon Dore, and […]

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Comedy
2013-12-13 :: dave

Maybe you noticed the opening sentence of my last blog post? It’s an ad. I got paid to write that sentence and link it to a Web-based proofreading service. Word-for-word, it’s the most money I’ve ever made as a writer in my entire life. I need money these days. My and N’s flights to Virginia […]

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Comedy
2013-11-19 :: dave

MFA-app season is coming up. In search of other documents, I found the personal statement I wrote in 2002 the first time (of three total times) I applied to graduate writing programs. It’s complicatedly awful. As a kind of aid for others, it’s posted here, word-for-word: On a trip across the country in a car […]

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Comedy
2013-10-22 :: dave

10: 1 to change the lightbulb, and 9 to wrestle with the giant gecko in the bathroom! A: Two, one to hold the giraffe, and the other to fill the bathtub with brightly colored machine tools. Spoon. Potato. Fish. Two. One to change it and one to throw a bucket of water out the window. […]

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Comedy
2013-09-25 :: dave

How did I miss this incredible bit of James Adomian doing an dead-on impression of Louis CK? (Check ca. 00:30, 00:50, et al.) I’m reminded of the rise of “What is the deal with X?” mock-Seinfeld jokes back in the mid-90s, except CK is so much harder to pin down vocally. “I want Kleenex and […]

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Comedy + Reviews
2013-06-13 :: dave

Around 5pm the power at my folks’ house went out, just minutes into a windy thunderstorm. Too few trees felled to cause such havoc, but it seemed to make tonight the night to check out the new Comedy Club of Williamsburg my mom had excitedly emailed me about two weeks ago. Turns out it just […]

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Comedy
2013-02-17 :: dave

I love everything about this relic: I love that Bill Hicks is still alive, and that Carlin gets interviewed with some amazing TV production effects. I love that the animated bumps make fun of hack comics as though hack comics aren’t part of the actual show (Elon Gold, I’m looking in your 1990 direction). Gold’s […]

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Comedy + Endorsements
2012-12-18 :: dave

From the OAD’s entry on dalliance: • brief or casual involvement with something: Berkeley was my last dalliance with the education system. I love that person.

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Comedy
2012-12-06 :: dave

From my 10th-grade creative writing class journal: When I’m a teacher, I’ll be sure that my students get something out of everything we do. I will be sure to put variety in my teachings, and my kids will never be bored. Also, from my obituary (d: Feb 29, 2052), in the same notebook: “Angry at […]

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Comedy
2012-08-30 :: dave

Just a quick post, because I just got this news, and it’s the second best news I got today. Which means the other news was super great, because this news? Jesus! TIG NOTARO’S “I HAVE CANCER” SET’S COMING TO THIS AMERICAN LIFE! For those not obsessively following standup news, a few weeks ago the very […]

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Comedy
2012-08-29 :: dave

I’ve been thinking a lot about this xkcd comic: Short version: sex tarp is so much funnier than sex dungeon or (for God’s sake) sex party because it’s something we’ve never heard before. That is: either universally or for a certain portion of the comedy audience, laughter comes as the result of invention and novelty. […]

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