Category Archives: Comedy

Summer Comedy: Feel the Burn

Come down the shore and soak up the comedy. I know it’s tempting to just stay home and watch BoJack Horseman on Netflix, but if I was you, I’d be saving stuff to watch for winter, when it sucks outside anyway. For real, you’ll thank me.

I’m peeling myself off the couch for a guaranteed all killer no filler live stand up comedy show in San Diego this month.

The show is gonna be Friday, August 14 at Westy’s in Ocean Beach with headliner, San Diego’s Funniest Person 2015, Dallas McLaughlin. Dallas is not only very funny, but he gave me the single best piece of fashion advice I’ve ever heard: Don’t be afraid to mix patterns.

I always look great now.

RSVP here & after the show I’ll let you see the scar on my elbow I got surfing that one time.

Stand up comedy at Westy's in San Diego

Man, I’m still pissed at Jeremy for letting me go out on a board with no leash. That’s just a messed up thing to do to a first timer, you know?  I could’ve fully died or something.  I’m thinking of getting a body board, just to fuck around with, you know? I don’t have time to really get good at surfing nowadays. Some fins and a body board would be chill, just mess around after work, blow off some steam.

Parking by the beach sucks, especially on the weekends, and especially in summer, so I suggest you ride your long board down there, maybe get your friend Heather to tow you with her beach cruiser, the one with the teal glitter paint, white tires, and plastic woven basket on the handlebars.

Just don’t let her have a second sugar free Monster before you guys head out. You know she gets all spazzed out if she has two Monsters, and then she starts talking about how much she hates the new hostess at work, and she gets all pissed and just keeps pedaling faster and faster. I don’t want you to get speed wobbles on Sunset Cliffs and eat shit on your way to the show. That would be so lame.

But you should totally come.




Netflix The ’90s: 3rd Rock From The Sun

3rd rock cast

It was the ’90s. Colors were brighter, food tasted better; the future was something we looked forward to, not a doomed hell scape we prepared for by buying 20 pound buckets of freeze dried food from Costco. You may find this hard to believe, but at the time, NBC had some good sitcoms! Among them was 3rd Rock From The Sun, which aired from 1996 to 2001.

No banjos? Not a single beard? How is this even a band?
No banjos? Not a single beard? How is this even a band?

How ’90s were things in the ’90s? Well, the 3rd Rock theme song is by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a zoot-suited swing revival band. If the movie Swingers wasn’t still available for streaming on Amazon, I wouldn’t believe that the whole swing revival really happened. Bands with horn sections, guys wearing suits, and learning to dance?! That’s got government-spiked-the-water-supply-with-mind-control-drugs written all over it.

The premise of the show was that a team of alien explorers comes to Earth to pose as a normal human family to study life on this planet. Dick Solomon is the leader of the crew, the High Commander, posing as a middle-aged, widowed college physics professor. Dick is joined by his young son Tommy, his hot, 20-something sister, Sally, and the odd odd-man-out, Harry. Harry serves as a human transmitter, going into a trance to relay messages from their boss on the home planet, The Big Giant Head.

The cast was stacked with heavy hitters, including versatile film star John Lithgow as patriarch Dick Solomon, and original SNL cast member Jane Curtin as his love interest, Dr. Mary Albright.  The adorable tween version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt played adorable tween Tommy Solomon. A perfect ’90s glamazon, ala Cindy Crawford, Kristen Johnston embodied the frighteningly sexy Sally Solomon. French Stewart rounded out the family as Harry, a squinty-eyed, Technicolor homage to classic physical comedians like Charlie Chaplin.

Film reference! Classy!
Film reference! Classy!

3rd Rock won a crap load of awards during its six year run, and with good reason. The show managed to pull off everything from the absurd physical comedy of pies-in-the-face to ambitious Fellini homages.

3rd rock cast glasses

The whole series is available for streaming on Netflix, and has aged very well. Except for the fashion, which is already cycling back around. Choker necklaces, crop tops, and baggy pants only worked back then because everyone was high on the great economy and Zima. Please, let the past stay in the past.


Live! Nude! Stand-up comedy show!

My next stand-up comedy show will be Friday, February 13, 2015 at Winston’s in the grungy, disoriented paradise of Ocean Beach, San Diego. Multi-talented Dan Venti and Rob Deez will be co-headlining. *Nudity not actually guaranteed, but anything is possible in OB.

Check out the event here on Facebook.

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Comedy at the beach! Fun!


Eric Andre Live Show

The Eric Andre Live Show is coming to downtown San Diego during San Diego Comic Con 2013. On Saturday, July 20, Adult Swim is bringing a live version of the bizarro talk show to the House of Blues in the Gaslamp District.

In addition to host Eric Andre and co-host Hannibal Buress, the live show will include a DJ set by Los Angeles electro-pop duo, Yacht. Beyond a very loose talk show format and the music, it is difficult to predict what to expect this Saturday night. Andre has been know to strip down, go up in flames, crash through desks, and rain burgers down on the audience. If you’re coming to the show after Comic Con, you may want to change out of your costume if it isn’t waterproof.

“We’re going to destroy everything. We interview fake George Clooney, fake Russell Brand, and we’ll have some surprises, ” Andre said.

Andre and co-host, Hannibal Buress are both experienced stand-up comedians, with Andre planning a show in Brooklyn this summer to commemorate reaching the ten-year mark as a comic. They will be doing stand-up at the American Comedy Co in the Gaslamp on Thursday, July 18.

Photo by Gijs van der Most

Photo by Gijs van der Most

In addition to the late night show on Cartoon Network‘s Adult Swim lineup, Andre was a regular on the ABC network’s “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23.” The show, edgy by prime time network TV standards, was recently cancelled. The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim, however, is coming back for another season.

“We finished shooting, we’re editing now. We’ll be back in October,” Andre confirmed.

Andre is also a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and collaborated with Yacht on a mixtape, Dr. MDMA, M.D., which is available to download on Soundcloud.

Comic-Con Daydrinking with the Workaholics

I didn’t go to Comic-Con this year, but I still managed to engage in plenty of geek gawking, zombie watching and celebrity sighting. I went to a happy hour party hosted by my favorite show on Comedy Central, Workaholics. It was at Float, the roof-top, poolside club at the Hard Rock Hotel. It was on Friday afternoon, so I developed a 24-hour flu and got in line solo at 1:30.

As with most things related to Comic-Con, it was a long line, and there was no guarantee I’d even get in. It would have been super boring standing in line except for the endless parade of cosplayers, some dude in a DeLorean, and Shaq rolling past in an Escalade. My phone was fighting the other 200,000 phones for a signal and I couldn’t get on Facebook, twitter, or even send texts while I was in line. Within a few hours, my fully-charged battery would be totally dead.

Thankfully, my battery held out through the Workaholics party, and I got pictures with Uncle Blazer, Ders, and Adam. Since I was flying solo, I had no choice but to engage in conversation with other people,  so I’d have someone to take the pictures for me. I met a young couple who didn’t seem like they’d try to get me into some weird furry three way, and agreed to trade photography duties. They were adorably star-struck by the basic cable celebrities we were meeting, and I think if anyone more famous walked in, their heads would’ve exploded. That kind of enthusiastic fandom is probably the best part of Comic-Con. Well, that and the hosted bars.

So here are the photos of me and the guys from Workaholics. workaholics comic-con swag IMAG0894 IMAG0891 IMAG0890 IMAG0896

Christmas video! Gifts for kids!

Here is my first comedy video. It’s just me on my couch, sharing ideas with all you other childless trainwrecks on great Christmas gifts to buy for other people’s kids.

There will be more comedy videos to come. Hopefully, the next one will be in-focus and with better lighting (Is my hallway haunted?).

Thanks for watching and sharing. And, hey, if the fine people at Jack Daniels Whiskey, Ruffles potato chips, or Beats Audio would like to offer me lucrative sponsorship deals, I ain’t allergic to money or merchandise. I am allergic to cats and penicillin, so please do not send me either of those.

Now go finish your shopping and I’ll see you in 2015.