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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Holiday Season's Three Wise Men

December 9th: Illinois Governor, Rob Blagojevich (pictured middle), was arrested by the FBI on conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as well as solicitation of bribery. Blagojevich was caught on tape (with the same inflection Alec Baldwin uses to talk to his own daughter) talking about what he wanted in exchange for President-Elect Obama's Illinois Senatorial seat. In the best interest for himself and himself, he has decided to not resign.

Blagojevich Gets Warm and Fuzzy this Time of Year: During a wiretapped phone call, a frustrated and financially strapped Blagojevich referred to Obama as a "motherfucker" and said that he would not appoint an ally of the President-elect to the Senate vacancy if "I don't get anything." Referring to Obama, Blagojevich exclaimed, "Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him." *thesmoking gun.com

December 11th: Bernard Madoff (top) arrested for securities fraud, in the simplest terms, he was running a 50 billion dollar Ponzi Scheme. Give me a $100 bucks in 30 days I'll give you a $150--tell your friends and eventually I'll use the money that your friends are giving me to give to you, etc....this from the Mike Damone, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", School of Finances.

Holiday Cheer from Madoff (regarding his now defunct business): "It was all one big lie". New York Magazine

December 30th: Former Tennessee GOP Chairman, Chip Saltsman (pictured bottom), was in a competitive race for the national party chairmanship until he sent GOP committee members a Christmas CD that contained the parody song "Barack the Magic Negro."

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Free “Intro to Improv” Workshops

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to speak and act with spontaneity, confidence and humor without a second thought? Improv gives you the tools to get yourself out of bad situations and into awesome ones. These free, low-stress workshops focus on creativity, communications and teamwork and are taught by our enthusiastic and professional instructors who establish a fun and trusting atmosphere.

Free Intro to Improv Workshops:

Monday Jan 5 7:00 – 9:00pm

Tuesday Jan 6 7:00 – 9:00pm

Wednesday Jan 7 7:00 – 9:00pm

Thursday Jan 8 7:00 – 9:00pm

Sunday Jan 11 7:00 – 9:00pm

Location: The Children’s Studio School at 1301 V St NW is located at the corner of 13th and V Sts, NW - one block north of U Street-Cardozo Metro Station (13th Street exit).

Info/registration: topher@washingtonimprovtheater.com or 202-204-7772

Also:

WIT’s Winter Class Session begin January 12th

Introductory class sections on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday at 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM.

Location: The Children’s Studio School at 1301 V St NW is located at the Children’s Studio School at 1301 V St NW

Cost: $240, with a $20 discount for early registration.

Go to washingtonimprovtheater.com to browse courses or register.

WASHINGTONIMPROVTHEATER

Topher Bellavia | Managing Director

Topher@WashingtonImprovTheater.com

TEL 202.204.7772

www.washingtonimprovtheater.com

1835 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Auditions for Hexagon 2009: What So Proudly We Bailed

Hey everyone, In case any of you are interested... I was in the Hexagon (Satirical political revue) show here in DC last year, and now I'm writing coordinator this year. I can say without reservation that the show this year, as far as the material goes, is several heads above any other Hexagon variety show. and given a quality cast, will be an incredible show that I can't wait to work on. Please see below for an email from my friend Mel talking about auditions!


Tyler


Details are: Hexagon is seeking singers, dancers, actors and impersonators for Washington's only original, political, satirical, musical comedy review. Auditions will be held at 4233A West Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895 on Saturday and Sunday, January 3 and 4 (noon-5PM), and Monday, January 5 (7-10PM). Please prepare 16 bars of music and a short monologue and come dressed to dance. We are looking to cast 20-25 adults of all ages.


Rehearsals start on Wednesday, January 7 and continue through Thursday, March 5. The schedule is Monday-Thursday nights, and Saturday/Sunday as needed. All rehearsals will be held in Kensington until we move into our venue on February 22. Shows begin Friday, March 6 and run Wednesday-Saturday nights and Sunday matinees until Saturday, April 4. Website: http://www.hexagon.org/

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Top 10 Christmas Movies of All-Time


Its a Wonderful Life--George Bailey drinks himself into a parallel dimension in order to avoid being arrested for embezzlement from his bank. While transversing through altered dimensions, he is reminded that if your going to commit white collar crime learn how to live a life where no one notices a single thing you do, to the point where they doubt you even exist. Bailey thinks he returns to third dimension but actually returned to the 133rd where people wish each other Merry Christmas by storming into each other's house plopping down what little money they have in hopes that you will give it right back to them.

Miracle 34th Street--The real Santa Clause, acting on account of jealous rage, exposes the drinking problem of the Macy's imitation Santa. Things are going as planned until it was revealed that while he may act and look like the real Santa, he may have gone through private personnel files of Macy employees to expose the other Santa. No matter whether the fake-Santa was "naughty or nice", Claus's actions were illegal and he arrested and put on trial. Eventually, it is discovered he is the real Santa Claus where he is promptly arrested, detained, and charged with 324 billion counts of "Breaking and Entering".

Bad Santa: Billy Bob Thorton experiences a change of heart for the world through robbing department stores and sodomizing women in dressing rooms.

A Christmas Story: Two maniacally passive-aggressive parents keep their children in line by conducting their child rearing through various acts of bizarre behavior, including: 1.) The father threatening to leave their mother for lamp in the shape of woman's leg, 2.) Having their oldest child suck on a bar of soap for saying, "fudge", 3.) Trying to slowly suffocate their youngest one with his own winter clothing 4.) Planting the seeds of a self-fulfilling prophecy ("you'll shoot your eye out") in their oldest son's, Ralph, psyche with his most precious desire, a BB gun, until he is able to do so, 5.) Taking them to a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day and forcing them to watch the beheading of a duck.

The Grinch that Stole Christmas: A green baby turd runs off with a town's presents and toys the night before Christmas while befriending a small child. This classic was actually the mega-company “Johnson and Johnson's” first attempt at using a visual media to help parents potty-train their small children.

Christmas Vacation: Chevy Chase, in his most complex role ever, stars as a deeply troubled man who becomes intoxicated with materialism and falls victim to an obsession for a swimming pool. When he realizes he will fall short, he starts to act out by electrocuting his mother-in-law’s cat, attempting suicide on a sled in front of his children, and finally ordering the kidnapping and execution of his boss. He was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Academy Award.

Home Alone: A husband and wife realize they have left their son Kevin, “Home Alone” while traveling to Paris. They face multiple charges of child abuse and neglect, so the mother, Kathleen O'Hara, hires two men to go inside their house and kill their son to rid themselves of any evidence of ever having a son, “Kevin”. However, O'hara, who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, has to leave Paris, to go home and make sure the job is done correctly and also to flush the toilet 49 times all the while comedic holiday-hilarity ensues.

White Christmas: An instructional video in the genre of a dramatization, Bing Crosby details his plan of world domination through the commercialization of Christmas and his plans for the future of the "Master Race".

Scrooged: Bill Murray wakes up every day to the same recycled Christmas story, "A Christmas Carol", over and over again until he finds the true meaning of his career by having a "miracle" running-into with film director Wes Anderson.

Loose Change or Zeitgeist: Biggest Christmas present any of us will ever recieve: the truth. You’re welcome. Now wake-up you sleeping sheep, the manger is not controlled by the "Inn Keeper".



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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Locations, Locations, Locations

Anyone else shooting any sort of short or anything for the web? The well is running dry with my current project as far as locales that are in my immediate social circle. Well, I'll ask the 7 of you, if you know of anybody that has the following, I'm looking to shoot some footage (In fact if you know of or have access to a place that is quirky and unique that would be cool too):



  • Office, preferably one with a front desk/waiting area

  • Restaurant, the more upscale the better

  • Auditorium

  • Inside of any airplane

  • Apartment or any place with a roof-top view of Washington, D.C.

That's about it for now...oh, yeah and I have no money. But I'm willing to bargain for some sort of exchange be it advertising the establishment or whatever you might have in mind--even if its dirty.

*Is this picture misleading? I think, but its cool and edgy. That's what happens when you surf Google Images wearing a beret.









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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Yes, Revernend, I'll Get You the Money

Every time I fall for this scam, well read the ad with hope, I hear Eddie Murphy's character from "Coming to America". The same guy that is doing this scam is also sending you emails about your new and plentiful savings account in Mozambique. I was suspicious this time right off the bat. However, I am still a fool and inquired anyway but got pretty much the same response last time. The add this time was for 2 bedrooms, in Cathedral Apartments for $1000, and then in the ad it went to $1300...here it is:

ADDRESS :1001 L Street NW, Washington, DC Region: Northwest Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms Bathrooms:1 Bathrooms Price: $1300.00/MonthLease Term: as Long as you which Deposit: $1300.00.refundable.Application Fee: $0.00

Highlights from the Ad:
The letter from the man:

"It is a great pleasure that you are interested in my house...Thanks for your email and it is my gladness hearing from you.I am Rev.Matthew Zablub,the owner of the family home you are making enquiry of.I and my wife and our 15 years son are presently in West Africa working in an AIDS orphanage with missionaries from our chruch.as the lord says in his word(matt 24:14 and this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations,and then the end will come)so i hope you will solicit to take very good care of the house and maintain it,so we can be rest assured that we finally found a caring one to take good care of our house do it like just your own.So get back to me on how you could take care of our house. perhaps, to examine the experience you have in renting homes. Hope you are okay with the price of $1300(per month) with hydro,heat laundry facilities,washer,heat air condition,Dryer and so on"
Also it asks:
IF YOU HAVE A PET,NAME OF PET: _____________
HABITS DO YOU SMOKE? ______________ DO YOU DRINK? ______________ DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ___

What people can do to prevent themselves from getting scammed by this little operation:

1.) Keep your head free from the inside of your ass while looking for apartments

2.) Know, that you will only get a studio apartment for under $1000 in Washington DC; and a 1 bedroom, with the square footage of a matchbox is going to start out at $1500 (cheapest).

3.) Know the signature voice of these ads: (I love this guy's attempt to deliberately sound like someone who speaks and writes broken English) "It is a great pleasure that you are interested in my house...Thanks for your email and it is my gladness hearing from you.I am Rev.Matthew Zablub,the owner of the family home you are making enquiry of."

Do people outside of America not use spaces between periods and the start of a new sentence?

Notes to Scam Artist:

1.) You're going to need to change-up the game plan here, start asking for more money. Refundable deposit? Who does that? Go non-refundable deposit. The prices you are listing are too good to be true. Let’s just shoot for a cool $2000, maybe even $3000. Shit, DC is full of jaggoffs that will pay this kind of money for an unreasonably small apartment, not only will the price seem more realistic but you're going to make more money in the end. You may even want to test the waters of the $4,000-$5000 range.

2.) Quit the "Coming to America" act, its tired an insulting to Africans. If you want to be insulting and successful, make it a Reverend from West Virginia who is going to go to "The Africa" to work with "The AIDS".

3.) The quote from the Bible too is a bit of a turn off. Nothing to do with the religion itself but the type of person who would put something like that in the ad, is more than likely a real Ned Flanders, a "sticklier-stickler do" to the rules, no leeway on a party that went too late, a friend that needed to crash a week or two, or won't even split the half-a-million dollars that we could have earned by subletting the apartment for this ridiculous inauguration. I see [that] in an add and I get the same dull thud in the gut of my soul, similar to when someone announces that "we're all going to this Christmas Craft's store first, before we head home".

4.) There are too many amenities for the price, its too perfect. Again jack-up the rent, and tell them that there is a lovely laundry mat via the Red-Line to the Orange/Blue Line at the GW Foggy Bottom stop where you can share laundry facilities with the most expensive university in the country.

5.) Really, you need the "Name of Pet"...I guess you're a reverend and all, don't want to see everything be peachy with the application, then only to find out that the cocker-spaniel's name, is "Tiny Hole".

6.) Smoking fine, understand...drinking, ok, I get it, you're playing the religious end. But do you work "late at night", you went too far, you passed naive and innocent went straight to moronically creepy/"what the fuck is it any of your business, I'll get you the rent"/over-doing it.

7.) Finally, learn from you "Banking" and "Lotto" cousins, you all are just being too ingratiating. You need to be more curt, mysterious, or maybe even trying being pricks. Like:

"Apt. Massachusetts Ave., $800 a Month"

"Hi, I saw the posting regarding the apartment; I would like to set up an appointment to come see the place"

(5 weeks later)

"Sure, what time?"

You can't seem so desperate, like me when I saw the ad.



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Monday, December 8, 2008

LIVE HUMANS at PALACE OF WONDERS

TYLER SONNICHSEN tomorrow, and TIM AND RACHEL BURNS next tuesday, all at the Palace of Wonders.


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Friday, December 5, 2008

I Can't Stop Watching This Clip

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Washington Improv Theater Holiday Show Run Starts Tonight!


Whether you love or loathe the holiday season, there's nothing you can do to stop it.
Traditions abound; the lights, the decorations, the shopping and WIT's seventh run of its smash hit show, "Seasonal Disorder". But that's not all that's waiting under the tree this year... all of WIT's troupes are ready to reveal the good, the bad and the ugly behind your favorite holiday celebrations with brand new slate of seasonal shows.
If you're tired of the "Nutcracker" and "A Christmas Carol" and need a good laugh just to get through December alive, WIT has just the right present for you.

Seasonal Disorder
Fri/Sat 8:00 12.6 - 12.27 $15 Buy tickets
Your extended family, distant friends, your teenage nephew who likes "emo" - they're all invited, and you can't turn them away because it's the holidays.... [ more ]

An iMusical Christmas
Sat 9:30 12.6 - 12.27 $15 Buy tickets
Every Friday night in December, WIT will be tickling your funny bone with "An iMusical Christmas," in which some of your favorite members members from iMusical... [ more ]

Caveat's Rockin' Eve!
Saturdays 9:30 12.6 - 12.27 $15 Buy tickets
2008 is on its way out the door, and this year Cavet is just the troupe to say the goodbyes! Bring your potential New Year's resolutions with you and watch... [ more ]

How the JINX Saved Christmas
Saturdays 9:30 12.6 - 12.27 $15 Buy tickets
Your little brother, Jimmy's only Holiday Wish is to have a new frisbee. Sounds like a piece of cake for you and a buddy to accomplish, right? [ more ]

Jackie Presents: The Miracle
Saturdays 9:30 12.6 - 12.27 $15 Buy tickets
Great moments are born from great opportunity. It's that time of year again. That's right - Hockey season! Hockey season invariably drums up memories of the triumphant 1980... [ more ]

An iMusical Christmas Matinee
Sat 2:00 12.21 - 12.27 $10 Buy tickets
For the last two Saturdays in December, WIT will be tickling your funny bone with special matinee shows of "An iMusical Christmas,"... [ more ]

DMG: HOLIDAY TRANSITION TEAM
Thursdays 8:00 12.4 - 12.18 $10 Buy tickets
DMG kicks out the cobwebs of holidays past and builds the holiday of the future... [ more ]

Vic Speedboat: Worst. Holiday. Ever.
Thursdays 8:00 12.4 - 12.18 $10 Buy tickets
A new bicycle. Meeting Santa for the first time. Having the whole family together at Pop-Pop's log cabin. These are your favorite holiday memories... OR ARE THEY? [ more ]

Season Sixmas
Thursdays 8:00 12.4 - 12.18 $10 Buy tickets
Close your eyes and think back to the best Christmas you ever had. Look a little closer and you'll see in the background the gang from Season Six, arm in arm with Santa... [ more ]

Improv Jam
Thursdays 8:00 12.4 - 12.18 $10 Buy tickets
Why keep all the fun to yourself? WIT is proud to present its ongoing series of Improv Jams - by the people, for the people. If you've been dying to get... [ more ]

The Lodge
Saturday 11:00 12.6, 12.13, 12.27 $5 Buy tickets
Founded on an audience suggestion, a secret society is born and the performers create a show exposing the secret rituals of this new society, its double dealings... [ more ]

Rich Spain
Saturday 11:00 12.6, 12.27 $5 Buy tickets
Let's be honest, you're life needs some direction. Rich Spain wants to help. The best selling author of the self-help book, "A New You for You and Me Too!"... [ more ]

Deuce
Saturday 11:00 12.6 $5 Buy tickets
Long time roommates and improvisers, Greg Pokusa and Patrick Gantz return for one night only to drop another load of their signature two man show... [ more ]

Mythical Newsroom
Saturday 11:00 12.13 $5 Buy tickets
Mythical Newsroom gets the hard facts when Bigfoot, or any of his relatives, comes to town for the holidays.
Mythical Newsroom: Fairy and balanced... [ more ]

Bullsh*t Holidays
Saturday 11:00 12.13 $5 Buy tickets
Bullsh*t has seeped out of its nine-to-five constraints and crept into the holidays. For one doomed-to-be special night, Mikael Johnson and Patrick Gantz focus... [ more ]

Reindeer Games
Saturday 11:00 12.20 $5 Buy tickets
WIT players of the past and present unite to perform in this new holiday show staple. Performing as elves and reindeer, the cast goes behind Santa's back to show the nuanced lives... [ more ]

SPAM FOLDER
Saturday 11:00 12.27 $5 Buy tickets
Alone again this holiday season? We understand. Hi. We're your spam and we're here to make you feel attractive, desired and unique this holiday season. Us, lonely? [ more ]




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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Addendum

I really didn't want to get into a back and forth over in the comment section. Mike, Jake, I appreciate your comments; it made me think a bit more. Justin, there are no arguments to make. There is nothing to discuss. Though, I’m about to make an argument and discuss it at length.

I'll be the first one to admit, that when it comes to provoking posts on this blog, I lack more balls than ice hockey; and maybe it’s because my analogies are terrible that I retract from doing so. But here we go.

Before I became this blog's lone contributor, I made a modicum of additions to it but mainly was a reader. I was really pleased when I moved back to DC to see Jason Saenz and Nick Turner really pounding the pavement along with the keyboards to get things going for themselves and others in the DC comedy scene. However, my one beef with the blog was the negativity and the bickering back and forth. My great dear friend and fellow performer, Jason, I could have slapped upside the head for his blog regarding Mike Metz (see: Sorry Bill Burr) in which he detailed how he couldn't stomach the opening-act and left before Burr took the stage. It sounded out of character for Jason but was becoming the typical tone of the blogging. Then there was all the venom spilled out over: is DC a place for open-mics, or what people are not doing, this guy is an ass, Nick Turner sucks, shut-up Blejer, etc.. There is place for negative stances/vents but it was just becoming repetitive, there was no discourse just idiocy. It was a blog that was doing nothing for the community but hurt it, in fact embarrass itself. The blog had just become one big typical Youtube comment section. Add the all the spite regarding the DC Comedy Festival and we just continued to sound like an unproductive whiney community. So as I gradually was passed over the duties of the blog, I deliberately took it in another direction. Everything, for the most part, has been soft and fluffy. However, I did invite people to contribute to the blog via posts, email and in public. And what I got back was just above nil. And honestly though, I didn't care, I do a bit more now--but not much. If anything, it reaffirms the reasons people move out of the town to pursue comedy elsewhere.

The point remains the same, you want to know what is wrong with the DC Comedy scene? Get up right now and go look in the mirror. Until we are under direct threat from the likes of the Stasi, it will always be the case. There is never a lack of demand for comedy. People never want to go out for the evening and not laugh and not be entertained. For fuck sake, that is what America is turning into, a country whose prime contribution to the world economy is LIESURE.

Not getting enough time for an open-mic, that's your problem. The guy that hasn’t gotten a laugh for 3 years but continues to pursue comedy annoys the fucking shit out of you? Your problem. Riding the improv class system with the most annoying person on the planet? Your problem. Not enough open-mics? Your problem. Audience didn't laugh, that's your problem. You crush every time. Your problem. Got a spot on the "Tonight Show", that’s your problem. Rolling in money, it’s on you. Can't think of an idea to write about, it’s on you. Got too many ideas? It’s on you. Whether the DC scene sinks through the sewer or blasts through the crotch of Richard Pryor in heaven, the responsibility is yours to take care of it. The responsibility to do, write, watch, see, read, listen to comedy is always your problem.

That’s really end of story.

If you need help along the way, get it. Make some good friends and be a decent individual that people want to work with on a regular basis. If things really start to get hard, take somebody aside that you trust and ask them,

“What are my delusions?”

The paragraph in yesterday's post about challenging the audience was a subject that I really wanted to write more about. Topics like: Rape, Homelessness, AIDS, Cancer, and Abortion better be fucking funny. There is also a ton of elitism going on right now, the homeless, poverty stricken, people born into any unfortunate circumstance, get the living shit kicked out of them at some local shows that I have been to over the years. No subject is taboo but are you really being edgy or just an asshole? The comics that you’ve heard get away with it, through fame and fortune, have earned their audience. You start taking on topics that are sensitive, have a stance, have a perspective about the injustices. You want to be George Carlin, listen to George Carlin's old interviews, what did he want when he took on a sensitive topic? Justice. You are not challenging the audience when you rip into those who do not have a voice.

At Chief Ike’s one night with the usual 4 audience members , I watched a comic pick on a guy with one-good eye in the audience, the audience member was wearing an eye-patch, and after he got off stage, the next comic came up and congratulated him for the funny observations. Maybe I don't get it. Was the guy wearing the eye-patch heckling or saying anything? No, he was watching the show, in fact he was a comic that stuck around to watch the other sets. Wonderful, great vibe we created there. Unless it is a show lets say at the Apollo or the stage has chicken wire in front of it, leave the audience alone. If something happens, you have to call the moment, or you're enduring heckling, by all means, go for it.

Maybe I don't get it. Fine. The "Cringe Stuff", the outrageous stuff, can be funny; but you have to earn the audience's approval. It may work in New York, but remember this is Washington D.C. where your PC audience member just got off their job at the Non-profit International Institute for Peace, squeezed in their yoga class before an organic dinner from Whole Foods with their best gay friend so they would still have time to buy some gum at CVS, with a 20, so they would have change to give to the 3 or 4 homeless people they would pass on the way to your show. Over-generalization? Yeah. But something to keep in mind. And yes, I know--thats my problem.



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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

DC Comedy Scene, This Blog, Declares Recession

And just like our country's own economy, the comedy scene, along with this very blog, has been mired in the recession for over a year before anything was ever declared. The chief difference between this comedic recession and the one taking place in the economy is that the Commander-in-Chief of our country takes blame in one (monetary) while helping reduce the other recession (comedic). Top analysts point to the perpetual outsourcing of talent and jobs to New York and Los Angeles, while Chicago with its storied improv scene has been gobbling up the young delusional college graduates for years. Experts too point to places like Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington as places where much of the comedy is being outsourced--Austin, Texas is to comedy as to what Bombay, India was to the tech industry a few years back. While DC has not been able to hold onto its product, the little product they do have, is divvied up between Baltimore, Maryland and Northern, Virginia, two markets themselves that are struggling to keep their own comedic identities afloat.

There is perhaps a larger comedic recession underway throughout the nation in television, film and on stage, D.C. is perhaps a microcosm of what is going on nationally. Some artists and analysts will point to the increasing amount of humor that is available online and as a result comedy has become more about grabbing the attention rather than anything of substance. Ironic sound-bites have become the contemporary humor staple. "List" shows that started around the turn of the century, found their way into "Best Week Ever" which has now produced a yapping litter of offspring on "The Animal Planet", "Tru-Tv", "E", "Bravo" and even some local programming. The explosion of different vehicles for media in recent years certainly watered down the overall landscape. When cavemen for car insurance are garnering the highest hopes for the first decent sitcom in years, audience should have raised their middle-fingers rather than their hopes.

With an so many outlets to choose from, some say the comedic artist has become desperate in order to stand apart from the crowd, i.e. trying to be the next "Andy Kauffman", "Bill Hicks" or "Jon Belushi" but as a result, only end-up recycling old material into more often than not, a lame excuse for a comedic product. Chief comedic economists say that trying to provoke the audience has become the most misunderstood concept in the entire genre and is sadly over-used by the unknown and underused by those whose audience could benefit from being challenged.
Back here in the District, critics in the community point out that there is a strong constituency of talent and desire but comedy in the nation's capital just finds a way to Plaxico Burress itself, whether it be the lackluster supply or the apathetic demand (see: DC Comedy Festival '08, current open-mic community, palpitating improv, and erratic sketch community).

Still the community can take solace in that tired line the local media always "DC is funny--really!" or that its "funny but just not intentionally", the fact being, that this city is not supposed to cultivate any of its own comedic product. So if that’s the case, there is no recession, there is actually a budding community because there are those living in the District who are working everyday at it. And most likely they can rest knowing that just like the economy; DC comedy lives in cycles as well. There is ebb and a flow and whether were in “ebb" or a "flow", that one is going to go back to the other in a matter of time--when would that be? Comedic analysts are not sure but say hindsight will be the key.













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