Monday, June 23, 2008

Very sad news

As many of you have probably heard, George Carlin passed away yesterday, which has sent waves of sadness through the comedy community.  The biggest thrill in my career was opening shows for him over the past several months and getting the chance to meet, work with and talk to a comedy legend.

He and the people he worked with treated me and each other like family and I always felt welcome and taken care of.  Though it did take me about 10 shows to work up the nerve to ask to get this picture with him.  His manager took the camera, George put his arm around my shoulder and said, "ah, couple-a assholes."  I couldn't have been happier (though you'd never know it from my stupid expression because I was explaining which button on the camera was the shutter.  I totally choked).

I know I share my sadness with fans and performers around the world, and I hope we can continue his spirit of questioning, challenging, and calling out the stupid shit we do on a a daily basis in politics, religion, and everyday life.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Really funny book

My friend has a new book out and it's really, really funny. I went to the book release party on Tuesday and he did a reading and it was hilarious. If you're looking for a read that will deliver a lot of laughs this summer, I highly recommend checking it out.

It's called You're a Miserable Excuse for a Hero and it's in the style of those Choose Your Own Adventure books we used to read in grade school, but it's written to someone in his early thirties who's "done everything [he] can to commit to nothing for fear of limiting [his] options."

There are 30-some-odd possible endings and it's hysterical. The author, Bob Powers, is one of my favorite writers and is the guy behind Happy Cruelty Day! Daily Celebrations of Quiet Desperation.

Happy June, everyone!

P.S., here are links to the book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.