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Washington D.C. may not be a city that embraces comedy with open arms, but you knew that already. That is why you found us. Here you can get information, interviews and insights on the best local stand-up, improv and sketch comedy this city has to offer... 4 Now. You can reach us at dccomedy4now(at)gmail.com. LET'S DO THIS, DC!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Tonight. Awesome.

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DC Comedy Spotlight: Mike Way

For over two years now, Mike Way has been delighting audiences on the local circuit with his “relaxed yet focused delivery style and intensely structured writing”. All I know is that this guy is the one with the jokes. He’s serious about his craft, working painstakingly on getting his delivery just right. That is what you can expect from Mike. He’s not going up there to waste your time. He is there to share his love of comedy with you.

Plus, the guy is too amicable not to like. Seriously, I dare you to not like this guy once you've see him.

But, it’s ultimately his hard work and dedication that shines through. He is currently an audience favorite at the Bethesda Hyatt and is a regular M.C. at the DC Improv. He has opened for such acts as Daniel Tosh, The Sklar Brothers, Jeff Caldwell & Frank Caliendo. He was also crowned The Grand Champ at the DC Improv 2007 Showcase Finals, which was broadcast on XM.

Mike is a perfect example of how you don’t have to be an asshole in this town to get noticed. Come out to one of his performances and give him some love. Lord knows, he has has given plenty back already.

Tonight, you can catch him at the Topaz Hotel @ 8pm.
Saturday Night see him at The Riot at the Hyatt in Bethesda @8pm.

DCC4N: Where did you first perform?

Mike: Soho Tea & Coffee house, December 19, 2005. My brother was the only person I invited to see that set, I was so convinced it was going to be terrible. After the show, the only thing to say was "well, the first one's out of the way..."

[Hit the jump for more of Mike’s interview!]

When did you realize that you wanted to do comedy?

Really starting taking to comedy somewhere between high school and college. Often used my humor to break the ice on the first day of school, enjoyed it especially because some of the things I would observe in my daily life would really depress me, making jokes about it allowed me to get stuff off my chest while making people laugh, seemed like a win-win. The older I got, the more it seemed like
something I should seriously try to do.

Who were some of your earliest influences?

Loved Damon Wayans, Cosby and Sinbad as a kid, really enjoyed "In Living Color" and whatever clips of Def Comedy Jam I could see without getting caught by my folks. Sinbad has a lot of critics but he was cool to me as a kid because I could watch him with my family, I think laughing with my parents at stuff like that still ranks as some of my favorite bonding experiences and that stayed with me into adulthood. I personally enjoy being adult and risque onstage but try to skirt as close to the line as I can while still seeming somewhat fit for mass consumption (though the line does get blurred from time to time). In my teens, got hip to Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, and later on comics like Ellen Degeneres, Bill Burr and Tommy Davidson. Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld had a huge effect on how I approach standup, would probably cite them as my two most significant influences.

What about them captivated you?

I love the structure and polish of Seinfeld's work, how it's so well put together it seems effortless. He can talk about just about anything he wants, whether the theme be mundane, adult, culturally sensitive or even just plain mean-spirited and find a way to make it seem innocent, interesting and palatable to the maximum number of people possible. Chris Rock, aside from just being a tight tight writer and brilliantly observant, goes for the throat more fearlessly than anyone I know of except maybe Patrice Oneal and Bill Burr. He takes no prisoners with his material and makes you the audience an unwitting accomplish to his comedic reign of terror. There have been times when I've been watching him and even while I was laughing my ass off I was literally sweating because what he was saying was hitting so close to home; wasn't quite comfortable laughing at it or being seen laughing at it. In that feeling of powerlessness came freedom, freedom in the truth, and that stuck with me from the first time I saw "Bring the Pain" on.

What was your first paid gig?

Did 20 minutes at the Bethesda Hyatt June 3, 2006, for like $50 or $75. I promise this is the one time Curt is not putting me up to plugging him, but I really do owe Curt Shackleford for that opportunity, was my first time getting to put that much material together in front of that many people, set was an absolute blast, confirmed in my mind that comedy was what I want to do with myself long-term.

Do you prefer to write on or off stage?

Never had the confidence to work out a joke onstage, especially in the beginning I never felt like I had a reason to be in front of people taking up their time if I didn't have a punchline for them, the guilt and fear would be written across my face whenever I tried. Tend to write stuff on post-it notes, index cards and in my notebook, and then go onstage to test the idea and work out timing and delivery

Do you enjoy the process of writing?

I love love love writing but feel like I have very little control over my best stuff. The ideas come when they come, sometimes I'll get a dozen or so solid ideas in a day or 2 or I might have nothing new for 3 weeks or more. Feel like my most successful ideas just come as inspiration, almost like I'm taking dictation, so the discipline for me is being patient enough to wait for the idea and whenever it comes I have to stop what I'm doing and write as much as is in my head until it's all on paper. There is a rush you get when you feel that flow, when there's so much idea you wonder how your hand can possibly keep up, that's definitely my favorite part of writing

What about performing live do you enjoy?

When you hit the end of a line that you think is funny and the laughter's there to confirm it. It's like being one with everybody in the room. That is as close to invincible as I think a non-athlete can feel. Every time I take a chance and get a laugh, it's like someone just gave me a trophy, on any given night the laughs mean more to me than the money

Do you ever want to convey a message?

That we can all laugh together and have a good time. That almost everything we would hold dear is silly in one way or another so why not laugh about it and stay sane? That we're all human and dynamic, we all come standard equipped with countless vulnerabilities and stupid idiosyncracies, but as long as we have the courage to face up to our vulnerabilities and foibles, they will never get the better of us.

What's hacky to you?

Unimaginative execution. I'm not sure I believe any premise or theme is innately hacky, I don't have a problem with people talking about airline food, relationships, bodily functions or differences between races, but the more familiar a topic you choose to write or speak about, the more creative you have to be with how you frame and/or present your ideas. When people don't rise to the occasion and opt to instead do something we've all seen and heard dozens of times before, that's hacky and I feel like comedy loses in those situations, in a way we all lose.

Where do you plan on moving next?

At this time, I kinda resent the idea of New York, LA or any other city tacitly presuming to be the gatekeeper to my dreams. Those cities are fine, but I love this city, this is my home; have decided that for the time being, I'm staying here and am gonna build my own launchpad to infinity and beyond.

How do you feel about the comedy scene in DC?

I love the DC Comedy Scene. People are creative, smart writers and everyone's perspectives are diverse. There are a solid 2 dozen comics, maybe more who I would bet on to go the distance in standup and to me that's a lot considering how small DC is and how few rooms we have to work with.

What would you change?

More interest on the part of DC residents who make for great audiences but seem largely unaware of how much cheap quality entertainment is here for the taking. More rooms to work out in, more work opportunities, more access to agents, more media.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A San Francisco Treat

On January 20th I embarked on a great comedy journey with three other fine DC comedians. Our destination was San Francisco. I was joined by Kojo Mante, Jason Weems, and Mike Way. This was to be our vision quest to see if indeed the grass was greener on the other side of the fence/country. It turns out that San Francisco doesn't have a lot of grass (unless it's medicinal! That was a pot joke.)

Our week was full of comedy performances and the most stereotypical touristy type bullshit. And I loved it. From performing at open mics and local showcases, to the 3 times we drove down Lombard Street, San Francisco treated us well. We were outsiders that were embraced like kindly, even though our hotel room constantly tried to vomit us out of the room. It was very tiny. If you slipped in the shower, you'd have fallen in the toilet. Plus, after my traveling mates ate 8 meals from Burger King, the room started to smell. Anyway, here is the break down of the comedy shows that we performed on. Click the link and enjoy!

Sunday night was our first show and we performed at an Italian restaurant called Figaro's. The "show room" was actually outside in covered tent area. It was by far the worst show that we did. The show itself I was told had potential, but with the conference championship football game one TV, the crowd was a little lite. The best part of the show was when the host of the show performed. It was 8 mins of a amazing. He brought a toy plane and a toy sheep on stage, and the rest is burned into my brain. Also, there was a very creepy old guy in the crowd who sketched all the comics on the show. I think he was one of those old gay guys who've watched Titanic too many times.

Monday was supposed to be a "showcase" show at Club Deluxe. But, when we arrived at the venue it turned out to be "Ladies Night", and I didn't pack my vagina so I didn't perform. However, we stuck around for the open mic that followed the show and we all did well.

Tuesday was the best show of the entire trip. The four of us split headlining time, and did about 15-20 mins each. The show was on the campus of Stanford University at a place called The 750 Pub. The booker of the show Mahlan Parker, was the nicest guy in the world and extremely kind to give us that amount of time without ever seeing us perform. We didn't let him down. I'd say there was close to a 100 students jammed into the place and we crushed. Everyone did so fucking great. It was awesome to get to a longer set in front of a really smart, young crowd.

Wednesday we went to Sunnyvale and performed at the comedy club Rooster T. Feathers. It was also a lite crowd, but I had a lot of fun on stage. There was a table full of cows sitting right up front and who loved to talk. As soon as I touched on the subject that one of them HAD to have been in an abusive relationship...well, I could clearly see I had hit close to home, much like their relationships. The black guy who went right before Kojo was awesomely bad. In the words of words of Jason Weems, "Kojo, you're gonna have to save the reputation of Black Comedy." Funny.

Thursday we went to the SF Punchline and saw Bill Burr. He actually remembered all of our faces (or so he lied) from the Improv in DC. He had an entire NEW HOUR of material. What a fucking machine. I had only heard one joke and that was his closer. The guy is so amazing at handling a crowd. I can't imagine how hard it is to carry around that credit of "being that comic who yelled at those retards in Philly" cause that seems to be what the ignorant masses want from him. And it's a fucking shame because he's so much more. He could make the reading of a Will funny. He handled 3 cunts properly, without yelling and giving them what they wanted. I think it should be acceptable to hit your woman in a comedy show if she can't get it through her thick skull, that no one gives a shit if she adopts puppies from the pound. THWACK!

The trip was a huge success in my book and really sparked a flame of interest in seeing more of America's comedy scenes. While we probably weren't performing in the best rooms, with the best comics, and the best crowds...we did get to share our comedy with a new town, and they welcomed us with loud laughter and that's the best feeling in the world. More importantly I made some great memories and took some amazing photographs with 3 of my good friends. The trip was good.

Quote of the Trip from a homeless hippie woman to a black guy with an afro: "Hey, man that's a great haircut man...that is awesome. I really dig your hair man...can I have your bagel?"
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Monday, January 28, 2008

"Romantic Comedy" to become the first show to ever sell out in the history of the WORLD!!!!

We are putting on our second showcase at The DC Improv Comedy Lounge on Valentine's weekend combining the sweetest standup and improv comedy just for you, that's right, you snickerdoodle. Our First showcase, "Clash of the Titans" sold out (unlike any show that has ever been produced by any person or persons in any medium!)and we are celebrating by putting on another local comedy showcase with twice the heart, with TWO shows @ 8pm and 10:30pm. Hey pumpkin-pudding, you deserve nothing but the best.

Fall in love with stand up from:
SHOTGUN DENNY TOMM (winner of 2007's "Funniest Person in Baltimore,")
NICK TURNER (jerk from NYC and [little-seen] National Commercials)
JAY HASTINGS (Comcast On Demand)
JASON WEEMS (Last Comic Standing, Comcast On Demand)

And Long-Form Improv/Pillow Talk from:
HOURLY RATE HOTEL f/ Topher Bellavia, Natasha Rothwell, Dan Hodapp (Washington Improv Theater's "161" and "Caveat" )
THE JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION f/ Dave Johnson, Mikael Johnson, Jason Saenz-Johnson (Washington Improv Theater's "161" and "Jackie")

And hosted by the debonair but cuddly JASON SAENZ (member of WIT's "Jackie" and "iMusical)

What: DC Comedy: 4 Now Presents: "Romantic Comedy"
When: Saturday, February 16th @ 8:00 and 10:30pm
Where: The DC Improv Comedy Lounge
Cost: $10 at the door or go to http://www.symfonee.com/improv/dc/home/index.aspx.

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The Black Comedy Experiment

Hey guys, some fantastic comedians in New York have started a blog about the comedy that excludes me. And I am all about exclusivity being that I am still waiting on line every night trying to get into Studio 54. There's still a chance! People, I'm talking about The Black Comedy Project.

Spearheaded by Elon James White who has been making shit happen for a long time with his comedy collective Brooklyn Comedy Company. The blog attempts to take a critical look at where black comedy is heading as well as how it got here. If you want to get right to the salacious posts, i suggest you start with Elon's post about the latest incarnation of Def Comedy Jam. The ridiculous number of comments on the post prove that the blog is making an impact and is definitely worth checking out. (by the way the super-poster Todd Lynn is no stranger to controversy)

They are taking things one step further by announcing a "Black Comedy Experiment" Festival taking place in New York City February 28th–March 1st. It will include all the comedians that rocked your face off during the "4 Shades of Black" show at last year's DC Comedy Fest (Elon, Michelle Buteau, Baron Vaughn and Jordan Carlos) as well as homegrown comedic superstars such as the hilari-train known as Erin Jackson and the hilari-caboose known as Jason Weems. I say let's get the carpooling plans in order sooner rather than later.

(Hit the jump to see the token)

Also a side note, I talked to the festival's only white performer, Charles Star, who said that he got in because he has previously performed in one of the festivals shows, "Laughing Liberally." But I still think that it is because of this photo I found floating around the internet. He's gonna get his ass kicked.

(and no Jay, this does not mean we can start our own "White Comedy Project/Experiment Festival," because every day is "White Comedy Project/Experiment Festival" day)

*also, who the hell does your websites because they are soooooo good lookin'. It make me want to flush our website down the toilet. Also, that's not physically possible.
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Thursday, January 24, 2008

TJ Miller is on David Letterman tonight

Who is TJ Miller? Sheesh...really? Well, if you saw the lastest JJ. Abrams blockbuster "Cloverfield", he was the only character anyone cared about in the movie. Yeah, the actress who played Beth was incredibly, unworldly hot ("New York AND my penis are underattack!" -Me) but TJ's performance as the guy behind the camera was great.

I f'ing loved the movie. Now, I'm a big TJ Miller (and the actress who played Beth) fan. Seriously, the movie kicks all sorts of ass. You'll love it. As long as you are not like John McBride and don't need to know the answer to every question raise in the movie. "No, John..I don't know why the monster is mad...okay?"

Tonight you can catch TJ on David Letterman @ 11:30pm ET, along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Super Furry Animals.
*UPDATE! The clip of his interview after the jump.

Did You Know?(TM) that TJ Miller is an alumni of GWU's sketch group ReceSs? Uh huh, it's true. ReceSs still keeps kicking ass, even without TJ, with a new show this Friday.

Keep supporting local comedians and the local groups that make national comedians!


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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

DC Comedy Spotlight: Michael Bass

Michael Bass is a Comedic Renaissance Man(tm). Since joining Washington Improv Theater's One-Sixty-One in 2003, he has been a part of several of WIT's biggest productions, including; the one-of-a-kind improvised movie Neutrino, the recently sold-out Seasonal Disorder, the political-spoof POTUS, the festival-crushing Dr. Fantastic and the improv "Titans" of D.C., Superbest.

That is what Mike likes to do. He keeps his audience guessing on what he will do next. You may swoon at his relaxed and easy going approach to the stage, but don't let your guard down. His quickness to the punch is lighting fast, it is up their with the city's best.

Outside of improv Mike is also heavily involved with some of the city's best film making, which includes production, editing, and performance work in several award-winning 48HFP projects. He also continues to work with his buddies from college, The Big Honkin', who produce web shorts - Jesus Christ Supercop, and currently, The Defenders of Stan.

The Defenders of Stan is the longest running series in the history of Channel 102 and on Feb. 4 in New York the latest episode will be screen (and will become available online at Channel 102 and The Defenders of Stan Website).

Whether it is on stage, behind or in front of the camera, Mike continues to have success. He'll be back onstage beginning Feb 19th, 2008 when his team "Polygamy" enters into Washington Improv Theater's 2nd Annual F.I.S.T Tournament.

When did you realize that you wanted to do comedy?

Well I've always been a performer of sorts – I was the ham as a kid and always liked making people laugh. I figured out in college that comedy really was a skill that one could study and hone. I found that I enjoyed thinking about what was funny and why.

[Hit the jump for the rest of Mike's interview, plus the latest "The Defenders of Stan" video.]

Who were some of your earliest influences? What about them captivated you?

I discovered late night TV in 7th grade and started quoting Sandler, Meyers, Farley movies with my friends. It was edgier comedy than I'd seen. A lot of it was just silliness, but it showed me a new way of being funny, I guess.

Where did you first start doing improv?

I first started doing improv in college – at James Madison University. The first troupe we put together was specifically for a run of shows at an on-campus restaurant attempting a dinner theater. We rehearsed a bunch of games and the crowds dug it. I actually remember doing a game called "emotional symphony" and I was assigned "elation". So my first big laugh was essentially channeling Meg Ryan's fake orgasm from When Harry Met Sally. It was hacky, but I was assigned "elation" every night of the run.

What do you enjoy bringing onstage?

I think my style is pretty relaxed. I've learned to not try so hard in scenes but rather let scenes develop naturally and assist the comedy of any given situation to come out naturally. I also find that I'm very reality-based.

Do you enjoy the process of writing? How do you think your improv training has effected your writing style/process?

I don't really. Improv has really developed my skills as a storyteller and given me a great understanding of HOW to write – even though I don't. Improv teaches me how to establish patterns and when to break them. It teaches the importance of pacing, scene dynamics, and believability. At the same time, I think improv has made me lazy. Why take the time to write something when I can just make it
up? I've never been good at motivating myself to write.

What about performing live do you enjoy? Do you ever want to convey a message?

The energy from a live audience is the best. It's a shared artistic experience between performer and audience. One does not exist without the other.

Convey a message? That there's more to improv than "Whose Line is it Anyway?" And that there's more to the DC comedy scene than Capitol Steps.

What's hacky to you?

I think that not playing to the highest level of your intelligence is hacky. OR taking advantage of an unintelligent audience is hacky too. See "Blue Collar Comedy Tour". And by "unintelligent", I really mean "uninformed". Telling a bunch of fart jokes to an audience that's never been exposed to anything better than fart jokes
is hacky.

Credibility is key.

It's relative to the individual. Anything that makes you feel dirty or guilty is hacky – and we're all guilty of that from time to time.

How do you feel about doing comedy in Washington DC?

DC is an awesome and unique city. The Arts community here is really supportive and does quality stuff in dance, theater, and comedy. I like doing comedy here. It's a big city, but has that small pond kind of feel. Besides, it's our nation's capital for crying out loud. I think it'll be even better when the rest of the country realizes that DC is more than just a bed of corruption and politics. And I think it's getting there.

What is your day job?

I do video production. I work for the cable company, putting commercials up on TV and producing PSAs, etc. Not a bad gig at all.

Were your parents supportive of you doing comedy?

I've been really blessed to have supportive parents. They never dissuaded me from pursuing comedy or performance opportunities. Thank God they didn't want me to be a doctor or take over the family business, etc.

Where do you plan on moving next?

Probably NYC, but I'm not sure when. I'm a NOVA native, so I'm feeling the itch to change my scenery. My wife is a dancer and would love to pursue the dance world of New York too. It's tough though - the older I get the less energy I have to really "hit the pavement" of a new city. We'll see what happens.

I want to state, however, that I wish DC was not such a transitive town. There are plenty of wonderful reasons to stay here. And if we continue to build the arts/comedy communities here, I think we'll start attracting more positive attention to DC.

THE DEFENDERS OF STAN- The Gift Of The Magi(c Cards)

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

“Top Shelf” Pops Off Tonight at Solly’s Tavern!

Comedians in suits who are not Paul F. Tompkins are gonna be laying on the charm tonight in the first ever "Top Shelf" at Solly's Tavern. You may have seen these performers in suits before but that was only because you were all attending a funeral and laughter was out of the question.

Chris White (Last Comic Standing, DCstandup.com)
Jake Young (Host of The Awesome Room, Geek Comedy Tour 3000)
Brandon Ivey (Jimes)
John McBride (Host of Rendezvous and 18th & Red comedy shows)
Larry Poon (Funniest person in Baltimore, knows Cameron Diaz)
Nick Turner (Owns a suit, knows Larry Poon)
and hosted by Aparna Nancherla (finalist in NBC's Standup for Diversity, knows too much)

Top Shelf
Solly's Tavern
1942 11th St. NW (11th & U St.)
January 22nd (and 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month thereafter)

Hard-to-follow-turns-of-phrase running rampant in City’s leading papers!

“Ease the post-holiday-return-to-work-blow with a chuckle at Solly’s” –Express

“The blog-cum-awkwardly-punctuated-comedy-collective DC Comedy: 4 Now sets up at twice-monthly standing gig at Solly’s Tavern.” -Washington Post

***Also, yeah, I get it, it's gonna be cold and possibly rainy, but what are you, 1000 years old? Tonight is nothing a fine brandy can't fix. And fine it shall be. Come hang out with your friends.

(hit the jump for more pictures of comedians in suits)

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Writing New Stuff When You Barely Have Old Stuff

My transition from being a "new comic" to a "beginning comic" might not seem like that big of a leap, but there are important milestones. One, I am no longer scared shitless of going on stage. I feel comfortable enough that I can look at myself more critically and begin to absorb what worked and what didn't onstage. That's good. But, the more I tell the same jokes with some regularity, the more that nagging voice that all comics eventually deal with starts to get louder.

"Write some new shit!"

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Listen, I barely have a set as it is. I feel like my jokes are good, but I want to continue to work on them. I want to get up there and try new stuff; try a different angle, try a character voice, riff on this element, etc. But, these are all excuses for me to continue telling the same jokes basically. So yeah, I have about 10 minutes of okay stuff, but after that it is like I've hit the edge of the world, like my jokes fall off the side of the planet. "oh..this voyage is fun. I wonder where we will go.....oh, are we are falling into...a gang bang joke!?! NOOOOOOOOoooooo!"

And I have to ask, is it harder for a comic to develop new material in D.C., than say...other city? I mean, I have friends here that have been doing it a lot longer than I have. They get sick of hearing the same jokes from each other. Is this a just a reality of writing that I am going to have to deal with?

What can ya do? There is only a handful of open mics in the city. If you go out to the majority of them you are bound to see the same folks. No escaping that.

So how do you strike the balance between trying out new material for the sake of being fresh and improving upon the jokes that you are telling now? Sometimes, I'll just have a shit-storm of new stuff to spout out for my entire set at an open-mic. I kinda like that approach. It gets me into a mentality where I don't care as much and I tend to hit ideas quicker that way. Other times, I might just have one joke to throw in a totally new joke in the middle of practiced set. That is always a fun lesson in how to recover.

I suppose that I will know when a joke is done when I get there. In the mean time, I'll see everyone @ Chief Ike's tonight! Where we can all fish for new material in a sea of complacency. I might try out a new lure or two. When I land one, I hope it is a keeper.

Lastly, please go out to Dr. Dremos this Wednesday night @ 8pm and support the last show of one of DC's best open mics.

P.S. For any comedy veterans who were bored by this newbish post, eat me! For my all my fellow upstarters, holla back!! Or contact Nick Turner. He loves NEWBS!!
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Friday, January 18, 2008

Hero of the Decade: Curt Shackelford

When you think of a “hero”, you probably think: Firefighters, Cops, Military Men and Women, Doctors, and Teachers. Not me. My definition of “hero” is much looser and doesn’t play by Webster’s rules. That is why I have selected Curt Shackelford as my HERO of the DECADE (Curt, I’m available on January 30th for a set at Dr. Dremos)! A hero is someone who produces a product that leaves our society better off then how they found it. What has Curt Shakelford produced, you nay-sayers may ask? Curt is responsible for 87% of the laughter generated in Bethesda, MD on Saturday evenings. He would have 100% of the laughter, but there is a trick shot golfer who really hams it up for the country club types. But, that’s not really important….FORE!!!

To read more about this GREAT man...click the motherfuckin' link!

Curt has also produced some of the greatest comics that have ever come out of DC. (Curt, I’m also available to feature at the Hyatt on Feb 9th) No, he did not create Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black, Wanda Sikes, or Martin Lawrence. He’s not god. However, he is very clean which is super close to godly. But, who cares about Dave Chappelle, when you’ve got Rory Scovel, Ryan Conner, Justin Schlegel, Jon Mumma, Danny Rouhier, and Dawn McClear. That’s right…HE CREATED THEM!!! (Curt, I can’t do FEB 16th because I’ll be performing at the DC Improv that night) Curt’s natural ability to recognize raw talent (without it hitting him in the face) is second to few. When Rory wrote a fantastic joke…Curt was there. When Ryan gave his personal insight to a social issue…Curt was there. When Danny made a funny voice...actually, that was Curt. Anyway, the point being is that without Curt, where would the DC Comedy Scene be? (Curt, I’m also available as of now, the entire month of March) I don’t want to think about where this scene would be without the likes of Mr. Greg Estrada.

The venues that Curt created helped advanced the “chosen” talent very, very, very quickly. Dr. Dremo’s on Wednesday and Topaz on Thursday night; the Big 3 were there; practicing and getting better. New comics also flourished, as long as their friends didn’t have to work late. You got to hand it to old Curt…Dr. Dremo’s was the best open mic in America for as long as I remember. That’s right…AMERICA. Can anyone else tell me where you’ll regularly find over 100 people at an open mic? (Seriously, my March is WIDE open Curt. You do know that I am actually funny, right? I’m not Dave George funny…but I’m trying.)

So, for all the ups and downs we’ve had along the way we all really do owe Curt a great big, “Thank You”. No matter if you’re a Rory Scovel, Hampton Yount, or some horrible, piece of shit new comic who doesn’t deserve any stage time, or if you’re a veteran who has put in their time, argued and fought with Curt, kissed made up, and still NEVER get booked….we still all owe him at least a “thank you”. So, THANK YOU CURT! (Also, the entire month of April is wide fucking open for a Hyatt show.)

In closing I would just like to say that without Curt Shakelford I would not have had the fast start to my comedy career in DC. He put me up often and allowed me to perform in great rooms like Dr. Dremos. I’m very sad to see that place go. It’s where I cut my teeth. It’s where I shed my fear of the stage and it’s where I smoked a lot of pot and drank a lot of beers. I’m sad I won’t be performing there again, but when God closes a window, he always leaves a door unlocked for a sexual predator.

Thanks Curt.

***Sorry it took me so long to write this blog, but I wrote the entire thing backhanded.***

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Pen(ultimate) Is Mightier Than the Bulldozer: Come Out and Support Dremo's!!


the place is sadly closing due to highrise-ification, which is a term i use bleeding-heart liberally.

it's a free open mic with a rich history, but more than that, it's an upstanding institution for stand ups.

approaching the end of an era...8pm tonight.

2001 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

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There are other websites besides this one!

Chris White expands DC Standup into Philly with the launch of PA Standup

Speaking of Philly, Ryan Conner names its mayor (a close personal friend of Questlove) "World's coolest Mayor"

Improv Everywhere's first DC "No Pants Ride" fails to stir up controversy (Fortunately, that is not it's intention)

Justin Cousson's blog gives DC comics a peek into the scene from a beginner's perspective

W.I.T.s Winter classes start this week. Don't worry, there are still a few last minute slots available.

Jermaine Fowler encourages the yelling of racial slurs to make white people uncomfortable

Oh where oh where can our blogspot be? This blog becomes a website!

If you've ever read the Apiary then this post looks familiar. The Apiary is required reading for every comedian!!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

DC Comedy Spotlight: Tim Miller

This week's Spotlight focuses its beam on one of DC’s long-standing favorites, Tim Miller. Born in Waco, TX (ex-attorney general Janet Reno’s favorite town) he took an unusual road to comedy. It wasn’t until after he served in the US Army for 8 years (most comics are pussies!) that he decided he wanted to take a shot at the stage. He since has crushed at local clubs such as The Laughing Lizard, Riot Act Comedy Club, Cafe Rendezvous, The Hyatt in Bethesda, Wiseacres, Baltimore's Comedy Factory, Chief Ike’s, Dr. Dremos, Topaz Hotel and the DC Improv. Tim also currently works in the White House. Didn’t think someone with that type of job could become a successful comedian, did ya? Well, wrong again, WORLD!

He is currently being featured on Comcast On-Demand through the 9th of February. If you have that cable provider, take a peek. It’s FREE!

You can also catch him at the DC Improv MC'ing for Pablo Francisco, Jan 24th thru the 27th.

*Where did you first perform?

Wiseacres Comedy Club in McLean , VA. I remember my first performance being nasty. I did a joke about the pygmies in Africa being very short with long dicks. Before I first got on stage I said to myself I would make fun of a loud group that was up front heckling everyone. That worked out pretty good but after that my set was downhill. I remember driving home in my car and going over the jokes I did, (by the way I never did any of those jokes again) realizing I had probably embarrassed myself but also having such a tremendous weight lifted off my shoulders I had to embarrass myself again.

[Hit the jump for the rest of the interview with Tim, plus a video!]

When did you realize that you wanted to do comedy?

I always thought about it but it wasn't until I went to a live comedy show at Jillian's in Arundel Mills Mall that I said "I can do this"

Who were some of your earliest influences?

Murphy, Pryor, Jamie Foxx. Later on after doing comedy I got into Cosby, Seinfeld, and Chris Rock! I liked the way they commanded the stage. They seemed conversational up there.

Do you prefer to write on or off stage?

I think writing on stage is better for performance reasons. The audience can give you an automatic reaction as opposed spending time writing at work or wherever and then going up on stage to have nobody like it. I enjoy the process of brainstorming but the actual writing is not my favorite thing.

What about performing live do you enjoy?
The creative aspect of being on stage and having those ad libs that just come to you aside from your written material.

Do you ever want to convey a message?

Just concentrating mainly on trying to be funny and maybe in the future when I can sustain an audience I'll drop some knowledge.

What's hacky to you?

Hard to explain and also I wouldn't want to type it all the way out. I guess in short someone stealing another comics' persona on stage. I think that right now we all are just redoing some of the same ideas as previous comics did (relationships, racism, etc) just from a different angle. All art is subjective and I think we seem to be very critical of each other.

How do you feel about the comedy scene in DC?

The DC comedy scene is like high school to me at times. There's different cliques and groups but depending on who you are that might not matter. I don't think you can stop shit like that because the entertainment industry is built off of it. People putting their friends on even if others are more talented. If I was in that position I would too. Everyone has a motive for doing what they do. Do you question that or do you accept it and wait for you time to come. This is not just the DC comedy scene, it's any comedy scene. Remember most comedy shows, clubs, and etc. are run by comedians. To understand that you have to understand the nature of a fucking COMEDIAN. Comedy comes from some kind of pain but when you have a comedian that pain has manifested into a need for attention.

Any advice for newbies starting out in DC?

For any new comedians starting out I would say get up as much as possible. Find early what your trying to do with your career and write your jokes accordingly. I mean are you it in for the money, the fame, or do you want to be the funniest comedian ever. Humble yourself and you won't get bitter (so fast). Good luck and I hope to see you out there.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

New Google Ranking: 10!

Well I don't know how the fuck this happened. I was anticipating a slower climb to the front page since our last two ranking updates occurred at #193 and #145 but as of right now, when googling "DC COMEDY" our blog is on the front page. So instead of our usual retrospective on the website that we bumped to get to our new spot on the list, we are looking forward, to the number 9 spot and the next website to fall at the hands of the asshole jerks that run this shitblog. (it doesn't come more self-deprecating than that, folks)

Coming in at number nine is Washington Comedy which has the most interestingly narrow-broad focus I've ever seen for a website. Its focus seems to be listing comedy clubs for both Washington State AND Washington, DC as well as promoting comedians from Dallas, TX(?). Please go to this website because I need someone else to tell me that it is actually what I think it is. Also it gives me a great idea to start a car dealership/pickle vendor that specializes in psychotherapy. (that joke was not difficult to write)

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

4 Then Interview: Ryan Conner

Have you ever thought: What has Ryan Conner been doing since he was last in DC, crushing at Poonanza 5? I asked myself that question and then I asked Ryan. That is how I do. Enjoy!

Since leaving DC for the dream of being a famous comic in New York City, Ryan Conner has performed at such notorious clubs as The Comedy Cellar, Caroline's and Comix. He can also be heard regularly on XM radio.

Ryan returns to DC this weekend to feature for Dennis Regan (Thursday, Saturday and Sunday Nights) @ The DC Improv.

Also, Crucial Element, a fake rap group that he is in will be performing at DC9 with Larry Poon and Jimes. Get tickets on the DC9 site. They're only $8.

What have you done since leaving DC?

Hm. I got a new iPod, an 80GB. It was a huge upgrade from a Generation 4 iPod. It's not technically HD, but it looks close enough to me. I'm also on the verge of becoming "very good" at guitar, after being "pretty good" for a while. I can do more pull-ups than I've ever done in my life. In middle-school and high-school, I would have got the Presidential Physical Fitness t-shirt every year, if I could do more pull-ups. I think I only go the shirt once, or maybe twice.

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How long were you performing in DC and what were your favorite rooms?

I performed in DC for three years before moving to DC. Aside from the Improv, my favorite room was Dr. Dremos. Every Wednesday, for well over a year, it would have a packed crowd that was ready for comedy. Topaz was either really good or really shitty each week. I had the same routine for both shows. I would go to Rory's house to hang out for a while before going to the shows. When I arrived at his house, he would either be jerking off in his room, or trying to make me think he was jerking off. About once per week, he would try to trick me into looking at his mangina. He only got me once. Those were erotic days. Anyway, Curt Shackleford's rooms (Dremos, Topaz, Shula's and Comedy Spot) were Crucial Elements (marketing) in my development.

This is going to sound crazy, as I think I'm the only person who would say this, but I really liked Murky Coffee in Arlington. It was a coffee shop open mic, run by Paula Dellert. The crowds were small, but attentive.

Soho was great for two years. And for the last year I was there, I had to be talked out of killing myself every time I left that place.

When did you decide it was time to move?

I didn't really have a choice. Someone referred me for an audition at the Comedy Cellar. A couple weeks before the audition, I got lucky and the GM of Caroline's saw me and passed me. Then I went for my Cellar audition, probably more nervous than I was before my first show, and had a strong set. Seconds later, I was told I passed the audition, and that I could start calling in my avails. That changed everything. If you pass the Cellar when you've only been doing comedy for two years, you move and figure everything else out. I was unable to actually live in NYC until Feb 07, but I called in my avails at the Cellar every week as if I lived in NYC starting in Feb 06. I drove to NYC for 15 minute sets each week until I moved.

How did your time in DC prepare you for performing in a bigger market?

There's industry in NYC. DC doesn't prepare you for industry sets, which are short and cheesy. DC prepares you to be a good, original comic, which I think is more important than doing a killer 7 and getting TV credits left and right, which is what NYC and LA prepare you for. But I don't look at NYC as a bigger market. A show is a show. It doesn't matter what the city is, or how many people are in the crowd. Sure, some shows are great, and some suck. But most are just shows. You just do your thing regardless of the circumstances. To quote Magic Johnson, and I think DCComedy4Now is due for a good Magic Johnson quote, "Basketball is basketball." And while we're at it. "Everything is everything." -Lauren Hill

What are you now able to do that you couldn't do in DC?

I can spend two hours traveling as little as three miles. That's the walking speed of an old, fat person. It's also the speed of a car in NYC, and public transportation. Greatest city on earth. I also have the privilege of going outside, closing my eyes, inhaling and thinking that I'm in a landfill, or a piss garden. Other things? Let's see... I'm able to allow complete strangers be a complete asshole to me for no reason. Oh yeah, I get to park a little over a mile from my apartment too. Parking over a mile from my apartment is my favorite.

Pizza is good.

And performing at the Comedy Cellar is great. Performing at other places is very good.

What do you miss most about DC?

I miss being able to determine my own comedy schedule. In NYC, I'm at the bottom of the food chain. So, I take whatever shows people can give me. Sometimes, people don't have shows to give me. In DC, everyone who runs shows has been very good to me and given me stage time whenever I'm around. Also, I really enjoy hanging out with comics in DC. Many DC comics are some of my closest friends. In NYC, it rarely feels like you're hanging out with people. It usually feels like people are networking. Not always the case, but often. While I'm mentioning NYC comedy, here are some comics there who I find funny, who you might not know about (in the order in which I type them): Kurt Metzger, Kevin Williams, Sean O'Connor, Jeremy Schachter, Vince Averill, Jesse Popp, Gabe and Jenny, Craig Baldo, and other people.

Word to your mothers.

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Become a Myspace Celebrity!

Via The Apiary

DCC4N has taken on the challenge, you can track our progress of our three measly videos at our video page here

*UPDATE: Well, it kind of works. For me anyway, it only clicks up if you are watching that window at the time that it refreshes. Multiple windows won't get you more views and you can't do anything else on the computer while you are just watching your views go up. Hardly seems worth it. Let us know if anyone can get this to work like Dan did.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Changes to Chief Ike's Sign-up Process

Due to the overwhelming demand of comics who show support for the 4 Now: Open Mic @ Chief Ike's it has been decided that the best course of action will be to officially move to a pre-show sign up process by email. This is to assure that we A) keep the show tight and not wear out the nice Chief Ike's crowd and B) continue to allow new comics a chance to perform.

If you wish to perform at Chief Ike's you must email us @ dccomedy4now[at]gmail.com.

Thanks, DC!

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Divine Secrets of the Ha-Ha Possehood

i'd like to broach a topic that is half-serious and half-mysterious.

some of us get into comedy because we like telling jokes.

some of us get into comedy because we like writing jokes.

and then, there's all of us who get into comedy because we want freebies.

what kinds of freebies?

  • validation (for parking)!

  • compliments (in the form of free food and drinks)!

  • money (for gas)!

  • and best of all...

  • an entourage (i.e., "friends" who love us for what we have and who we are on the outside, not so much who we are on the inside...which, let's be honest, is a work pending approval)!

  • a biker gang: solidarity in numbers and air pumps
    photo courtesy of Flickr and pixietart

    so baby grrl 'parna (potential new stage name) presents...

    the top 8 benefits of having a comedic entourage*

    *my entourage's current members: sharky mcgee, botox, and conjoined fashionista twins madcow-D and soy

    8 they create the illusion of feeling powerful and popular

    7.5 sharky mcgee's uncle works for a health insurance company, WINK

    7 you never need to use a coaster because the twins have an extra arm for carrying your drink at all times

    6 there's no such thing as an awkward dance move because anything you do "out on da floor" is immediately aped by 2+ other people thus instantly becoming a new trend, and/or they form a protective elephant security circle around you to prevent unwanted small talk

    5 you can get into any and all bringer shows

    4 you always had a GREAT SET

    3 hecklers will be handled with the discretion and smoothness of KGB intimidation tactics

    2 they have great ideas for bits, most of which never come to fruition, but free labor is cheap

    1 they will blog for you, as you

    Famous Posses:

    goes without sayin

    also duh

    no doubt

    uh huh

    that's what i'm talkin about
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    It's Raining New Shows!

    Third new show announcement in three days, people! I just read in a fictional version of Variety that Hollywood was thinking of moving here to capitalize on DC's ambition. They are going to clean us out faster than they cleaned the phosphate out of The Republic of Nauru!(Where my This American Life listeners at!)
    This announcement comes courtesy of Steve Henry and concerns a new open mic in Fredericksburg, which might make it a bit difficult for car-less District-dwellers(like the DCC4N staff) to make it out, but a show is a show is great for everyone and three cheers are in order. Perhaps someone wants to start a carpool? Any questions can be sent to Steve at skhenry@whmo.mil and here are the details:

    When: Every Tuesday, 9pm, starting on Feb. 5th
    Where: Bogey's Sports Bar in Fredericksburg, VA
    Why: Because only the best people create rooms
    Who: Me, you and the world
    What: A place where dreams come true/Open Mic comedy show

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    Tuesday, January 8, 2008

    Announcing "Top Shelf" at Solly's Tavern

    DC Comedy:4 Now proudly announces the marriage of stellar comedy and sophistication at an exclusive new comedy show.

    Starting January 22nd, our newest creation is a twice-monthly showcase of the very best comedy this fine city has to offer. On the first and third Tuesday of each month DCC4N will be hosting only the most erudite of comedians in U Street's most stately establishment, Solly's Tavern. The audience is free to come as they are but we assure you that the talent will be dressed to the nines in their Sunday best (and that's not a joke).

    The Resplendent Lineup includes:

    Chris White (Last Comic Standing, DCstandup.com)
    Jake Young (Host of The Awesome Room, Geek Comedy Tour 3000)
    Brandon Ivey (Jimes)
    John McBride (Host of Rendezvous and 18th & Red comedy shows)
    Larry Poon (Funniest person in Baltimore, knows Cameron Diaz)
    Nick Turner (Owns a suit, knows Larry Poon)
    and hosted by Aparna Nancherla (finalist in NBC's Standup for Diversity, knows too much)

    Top Shelf
    Solly's Tavern
    1942 11th St. NW (11th & U St.)
    January 22nd (and 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month thereafter)

    for more information email dccomedy4now(at)gmail.com
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    DC Comedy Resolutions 4 2008, Part 3 (The beating a dead horse edition)

    "1. write more jokes
    2. perform jokes from previous resolution
    3. maybe write a blog or 2"-Kojo Mante

    "1.squish other open-mics
    2.charge comics $ to get on
    3.move more product"-Curt Shackelford

    "Talk less, write more. Be sincerely ironic. Turn up the heat on my burns"-Hillary Buckholtz

    "My resolution for 2008 as it pertains to comedy is to murder every mic I touch, continue to avoid negative mf's, keep talking the shit that means something to me and to bring "the industry" to us"-Jason Weems

    "more shows, more money, more travel, more pussy, more drugs, more stories, more friends, that's it."-Jay Hastings

    "You should probably take me off this list."-Zhubin Parang

    (There is nothing more to read)

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    Monday, January 7, 2008

    I Blog Here But Also There, I Brag in Both Places Too

    i got some phenomenal news recently. i thought i should share it since it's a new year and i want to come clean with both the bad, but the good as well.

    self-congratulatory backpatting begins

    i have a monthly blogging spot on here for a year, and other good news also revealed on this page (wear yer disbelief suspenders). thank you everyone for being a lovely and supportive community. you make me feel happy and lucky to be part of such a great thing! and i am excited for all the fantastic news i will surely hear back sooner rather than later about all the great things everyone else is doing! so thanks, DC. i hope to do you proud. yes, that's right, do you proud.
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    DC Comedy Spotlight: Mikael Johnson

    When it comes to personal favorites, few top my list higher than today's Comedy Spotlight. Mikael Johnson is one of DC's most unique comedians, known most notably through his incredible character-driven improvisational work with The Comedy Pigs, Comedy Sportz and currently WIT's Jackie. He also is an experienced sketch writer, director and stage actor having been a ensemble member of Maryland's MET for several years. He is also a past producer of the Mid-Atlantic Comedy Smörgåsbord, which featured the area's best stand-up and improv talent.

    This guy produces more "you had to be there" moments than any DC performer I know. He has a way of capturing an audience's attention, without deterring from what others are doing onstage. He also has one of the most twisted senses of humor I have ever witnessed. Try to turn away...you can't. Audiences outside DC love him as well. As a member of WIT Mikael has performed at several of the east coast's biggest comedy festivals including the Charleston Improv Fest, Dirty South Improv Fest, Chicago Improv Fest, DC Comedy Fest and the Philadelphia Improv Festival.

    Mikael also is a established teacher and is currently instructing a long-form improv class through Washington Improv Theater. If you have performed improv in the past and would like to learn more from one of the masters, then definitely sign up for his class.

    [Hit the jump for an interview and videos from Mikael!]

    When did you realize that you wanted to do comedy?
    When I was 14 I was Bill Cosby in my English Class for this project. It got a huge response. I think I have been chasing that ever since.

    Who were some of your earliest influences?
    My two older brothers and my parents. They f'd with me all the time—lie to me with a straight face sort of thing. I could never get a straight answer out of anyone. I know that definitely rubbed off. Also: Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Kids In The Hall, South Park, Monty Python, and Mel Brooks (Spaceballs).

    What about them captivated you?
    If I could make someone in my family really laugh, who were all older, it was a good feeling. South Park, Kids In The Hall, and Monty Python have always been my favorite. I like anything that is silly and smart, plus KITH had nudity in their first few seasons on HBO.

    Where was your first performance?
    First student class showcase at Comedy Sportz in Arlington, VA was my first show in front of a paying audience. I was mortified. I remember sweating a lot but eventually relaxed. I really don't remember my first gig with the Pigs, I remember thinking, "I got through it".

    What would you say is your improv-comedy style?
    I like to find a character or an emotion and just go with it. I just hope I'm having fun and not sitting inside my own head. If I'm taking things too seriously, then I need to find something else to do.

    Do you enjoy the process of writing?

    Yes and no, I love writing, what I find difficult is revising and editing. I hate it when I don't hit it out of the park on the first try, which is all the time. Basically, with writing, and improving on any discipline, the toughest part for me is any act that involves "follow through".

    How do you think your improv training has affected your writing style/process?
    I am more open to take chances on stage with just an idea or exploring something through a character. Also, there are other things to do on stage other than premise-set-up-punch.

    What about performing live do you enjoy?

    All the sex you get after the shows.

    Do you ever want to convey a message?
    I really don't care enough about anything. The late great, Richard Jeni, has a great bit on this concept, you can find it on Youtube.

    What's hacky to you?
    Anybody who doesn't respect their craft, a paying audience, or their fellow artists.

    How do you feel about doing comedy in Washington DC?
    I love it most of the time but you have to make your opportunities. It sometimes feels like a way station, people come through here with great talent but if you're going to work you have to move to NY, LA or Chicago.

    Were your parents supportive of you doing comedy?From day one, though my mother would harp on the, "This is your ______ year in a row without medical insurance, you just can't keep gambling with your future like this". And I was like, "Mom, I'm drinking vodka every day, and I continue to feel as if I am being swallowed--I'm fine".

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    Hero of the Week: Jake Young

    Everyone knows that we need more quality comedy shows here in the DC area, but few of us are actually doing anything about it. Well the announcement came this week that one such comedian has stepped into the role of producer and is about to give comedians more stage time and fans of comedy more to laugh about with his new monthly show, "The Awesome Room.". We spotlight this fine gentleman in our first "Comedian of the Week." (I'm sorry if you think this title implies that there will be a new comedian of the week each week, but there's no way we could keep up that kind of grueling schedule)
    We recently met with Jake Young over a shared pancake topped with delicious Ethiopian food to discuss why anyone would be so amazing as to start their own show. Little did we know that Jake only grants formal interviews to "traditional media," so we were left with this decidedly non-traditional interview.
    (Jake's new show premieres on January 31st at 9pm at McGinty's Public House in Downtown Silver Spring. More info at theawesomeroom.com)

    -Why did you decide to produce your own show?


    (Marvel at the rest of the interview from this DC Comic after the jump)

    -Why a booked showcase rather than an open mic?


    -What about the venue appealed to you?


    -What do you hope to accomplish with your new show?


    -Do you forsee any personal benefits to having your own show?


    -I'm sure you are about to be inundated with booking requests from local comics. How do you go about booking the show?


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    Friday, January 4, 2008

    Jay's 2007 Comedy Year In Review

    I hated to see 2007 go, but I love watching 2008 walk my way. The waning months and days of 2007 treated me very kindly. I had a lot of quality shows, I wrote some good jokes, and raised some money for cancer through comedy. (yeah, I am a generous, humble person who doesn’t do things for recognition.) 2007 marked my second anniversary in comedy. I had more shows in 2007. I traveled more in 2007 for comedy. I met more comedians and became friends with more comics in 2007. My mom got cancer in 2007. I made $78,000 doing comedy in 2007. Guess which one was the only downer in 2007? And guess which one I just lied about. Anyway, for the most part 2007 was a benevolent year that smoothly transitioned me through another year of my life. There was some downs, but mostly there were ups. I’d like to tell you a little bit about both. Hold on tight cause The Ghost of 2007 Past is warming up his story-telling voice.

    [Hit the jump, sons!]

    FEB 1 – 3: Rory Scovel and myself performed together at the Baltimore Comedy Factory. It was a good time and I remember performing stoned the last night, just to see if I could do it. I did it and it was super duper fun balls. (I don’t do that very often, but it was fun)

    FEB 28th: Performed a guest set at American University for the DC Improv’s Funniest College Student Competition. Imagine performing comedy in front of retarded kids in a glitter factory. It was not fun, but it was made fun by watching Jon Mumma yell at the stupid college kids. Hilarious!

    March 1st: Performed at the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse. I ate a MONSTER of a cock. I shit the stage. It was awful.

    MARCH 3rd: Saw Zach Galifianakis at Lisner Auditorium with Rob Cantrell. It was great!

    MARCH 26 – 28: Rory Scovel and I got booked to perform down in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina at the Hilton Resort. They gave us each our own $500 a night suite. The downside was that there was no one in the audience with a properly functioning prostate or a moist vagina. Hence, there were a lot of awkward moments. However, I got a blowjob that weekend and it was lovely.

    APRIL: Had a smattering of shows that did not really put a wrinkle in my brain. I do remember performing at Georgetown University and there being a very hot Asian girl in the crowd. Also, the DC Comedy Festival happened. I met a lot of comics from Canada.

    MAY: I got into a fight with Curt Shakelford via email and got banned from ALL of his shows. Boy, did I get a good laugh out of that. Also, I didn’t loose ANY stage time.

    JUNE: My sister got married and my mom got cancer. YAY then BOO!!!

    JULY 20 – 21: Justin Schlegel, Jon Mumma, and myself performed at Riot Act Comedy “Club”. John X the owner stiffed me on my pay quoting, “I don’t pay emcees”. He also shorted Mumma on his pay, only to pay him the full amount months later. He also tossed me $50 for my 4 show effort. THANKS JOHN!!!

    AUG 3 – 4: Rory Scovel and I sold out The Warehouse Theater in Greenville, South Carolina. It was an amazing show. Then on the 4th we played J.C. Fiddlers, which is a little hole in the wall bar. It was not great. No air conditioning, plus warm beer = shitty time for audience and short attention spans. They did not care for us.

    SEPT: Nothing really happened. I taped a thing for Comcast, but who doesn’t get picked to do that show?

    OCT: I got to open one show at the DC Improv for Daniel Tosh because Tim Miller had some car issues which caused him to be late. Thank you Tim’s shitty old car!

    NOV 9th: I got to perform in Norman, Oklahoma. I got to open up for my friends rock band “Galapagos” and it was a blast. I got heckled during my last joke and I burned him down. He just kept saying, “You ain’t funny!” After the show he told me, “Jesus don’t like to be made fun of, and I don’t like you makin’ fun of Jesus. Dat type-a thang can get yo ass kicked!” Then he pushed me. What a faggot. BOMMER SOONER!!

    DEC: This month was CRAZY! First we kicked off with Rory Scovel’s DVD taping at Dr Dremos. Kojo Mante, Jon Mumma, and myself were “special guests”, because otherwise Curt would never have Kojo and I on a show. Next up we had POONANZA 5! That show kicked ass. I once again took my clothes off and embarrassed my families good name. Then Justin Schlegel, Jon Mumma, and I rocked the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse. It was a really fun show. Then Rory Scovel and I went back down to South Carolina for our annual Christmas Show. We selected a charity to donate 50% of ticket sales to. The charity was Clement’s Kindness and it goes to help families with children with cancer. That show was the best performance I’ve done and it might just be the best thing I’ve ever done. It feels good to give something to anyone. And once again Justin Schlegel, Jon Mumma, and myself performed New Years Eve weekend at the Baltimore Comedy Factory. We destroyed that fucking place. From Thursday – Saturday ( 7 SHOWS ) we CRUSHED! It was a blast.

    So, that was the highlights of my 2007. I hope you enjoyed it and learned something. I know I did.

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    Called Out by the WaPoPo!

    hey y'all, so that show tonight! clash of the tetons or whatever!

    check out the buzz lightyear (shankoo to the helping hands dat made it positively possible):

    my favorite part is highlighted in yellow...for obvious reasons...

    for the record -

    slow-witted = intellectually "behind"


    naif = guileless child

    at first, i thought it all meant something far worse.

    but this is far better press than i ever could have imagined.

    so eat it, brit-brit! no, but speariously, feel better, grrrl.
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    Thursday, January 3, 2008

    DC Comedy Resolutions 4 2008, Part 2

    "Learn from other's successes, as opposed to being jealous of them."-Justin Schlegel

    "I resolve to risk revealing more of myself in my improv."-Amanda Hirsch

    "A) Quit blogging forever. B) Move to an even smaller city with even fewer shows. C) Stop fighting with my half-brother Bryson"-Nick Turner

    "I want the world to log on and wise up to what we're doing with
    original video content. WIT's new website will hopefully give us a
    cool place to do that."-Tyler Korba

    "A personal goal: taking bigger artistic risks."-Mark Chalfant

    "Write more jokes and Superman more hoe's and shit"-John McBride

    "In the new year, I'm going to resist the urge to murder my scene partners."-Joe Uchno

    "I plan on pushing myself even harder in 2008. I don't want to rest on my laurels. I want to eventually move to another city that will best suit my talents, but before then I want to stretch myself and find out what I most want to do."-Jason Saenz

    "I resolve to take my comedy skills, honed in DC, to the mean streets of Chicago as I start the push to make a living in the world of sketch writing and improv performance. I will leave this city behind for now, but one day when I'm sort of rich and not that famous, I'll come back a conquering hero."-Dan MacAvoy

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    DC Comedy Resolutions 4 2008, Part 1

    "2006 was about learning how to be funny, and 2007 was about seeing where I am on the food chain, finding myself onstage and learning how to consistently have a good time. In 2008, I am going to make a serious effort at laying the groundwork for a real career so I can quit my day job." -Mike Way

    "Perform. Perform perform perform perform perform. Also, in 2008 I resolve to bleed less."-Mike Blejer

    "Start going to the gym to get more material."-Aparna Nancherla

    "Get Colin Murchie off his ass and involved in this two-man show we've been planning. Finish my one-man show and, at the very least, stage a reading of it..."-Shawn Westfall

    "This year I'm working harder on trying to bring out the elements that are naturally funny about myself. I started off with a heavier writing influence, but I'd like to be a little looser on stage. I want to experiment more with improvising, and get back to the joy of experimentation I had when I was starting."-Jimmy Meritt

    "I think it's probably advisable that in 2008, women start washing their pussies."-Diana Saez

    "My #1 resolution for 2008 is just to avoid apathy when it comes to stage time. Too many times I find myself sitting at my house at 7 at night thinking, "Eh I'll do a show tomorrow night." And then I see people who are getting up 5,6,7 nights a week and I'm disgusted with myself. As far as goals, short term I'd like to win an Improv Showcase and long term I'd like to start getting booked by the local clubs, if I can make that happen by the end of 2008 I'll consider the year a great success".-John Conroy

    "Do more jokes about fat chicks."-Sean Gabbert

    "Resolution 1: Try and get on shows (By any means necessary; Malcolm X said that, the star of Malcolm X in the Middle)
    Resolution 2: Avoid laziness and write more (To achieve this I will get rid of my good job and nice girlfriend. Angry dick jokes here I come!)
    Resolution 3: Stop letting a bad crowd get to me WHILE onstage (It's THEIR fault I'm not funny)
    Resolution 4: Try and travel to some other cities to do comedy (Hampton's Big Adventure 2: Boner Parade)"-Hampton Yount

    "I plan on being resolute, when it comes to performing. Also, I resolve to get better, during performances. Now, if someone can tell I what resolution means... does have anything to do with household goods, and cleaning-up??? Resolve."-Haywood Turnipseed, Jr (Scratch that, I plan on laughing louder; peace.)

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