I’ve been all over the place, but growing. Maybe not but. And. AND!
I just got my second scholarship at Denver Center for the Performing Arts. I’m taking 3 more classes in the spring, mostly focused on VO. Voice Over II and Audio Book Narration, plus a Film in Colorado sampler. It’s has been amazing to explore acting for real, rather than as a byproduct of stand-up comedy. I’m finishing up a class now that helping me find the right monologues to use for auditions. Somehow stand-up got me in that door, but now I’ll be able to have a range of pieces to use depending on the audish.
I finally joined TikTok like 2 months ago. I was reluctant for all the reasons you hear: it’s brain poison, your personal diary will be read by Xi Jinping, you might actually like it. But if the people want lil’ tiny videos, so be it. I have assembled a giant well of content from which to pull, and started cutting up videos to be 10-40 seconds.
It worked. Say what you will, but I got more views in the last 2 months than the last 10 years on YouTube. It was nice to get some appreciation on videos with barely any views. I’ll continue posting a few a week, while remembering I’m shoving fistfuls of dopamine cotton candy into my mouth eyes.
Soon I’ll have a professional commercial voice over demo, and until then there is tons of opportunity online. I’m excited to start auditioning for audio books, anime, and a-frickin-video games. My home closet studio sounds GOOD.
I had a bunch a great live shows now that I’m back doing stand-up again.
I did an amazing 420 show where I called out a group of delightfully old people ignoring me by saying “thanks to the grandparents from Willy Wonka for leaving their giant 4-person bed to be here tonight…”
I did a renaissance festival where I had a hilariously fun loose set doing crowd work. I polled the audience on whether I should circumcise my hypothetical son, and it was a resounding “nay”. So if you’re reading this in the future, that is why.
And I got to play the villain Mr. Freeze in a roast of Batman at the Comedy Fort in Ft. Collins, CO. It was an amazing night that was fully filmed and will be available soon! I worked on the jokes a few weeks in advance, sometimes live on stream with the audience, and created a full cosplay glam twist on the character. Here’s a peak
Pam Bruno has done comedy for decades, and much more. Right as she was starting her one-woman show, Covid broke the rhythm of a performer’s life, and she struggles to find it again. She found a creative outlet as an author, and turned cartoons she’d always been drawing into a charming book called Why Wait? Laugh Now! We also talk no regrets, transcendental meditation, and the famous summer of ’69.
A live, festival edition of the show with two amazing comics and a tipsy Daniel! AJ Finney & Ben Kronberg headline all over the country, and we’re lucky they are based here in Colorado. Both embody a wandering spirit and their third eyes are wide open. These experienced comics have lived through many of the themes we talk about on this podcast, and maybe even figured some out. Recorded live at the Chief Bicycle & Comedy Festival in Trinidad, CO.
Jake Lloyd Bacon wanted to do everything, and is. Stand-up was on the list somewhere after musician, actor and filmmaker, but no less important. Does having too many passions prevent you from excelling at one, or does it enrich everything you do? Topics include: balancing passions, name changes, never finding your clique, moving for love vs career, being sober in comedy, and his feature film, Pinch.
Jean Antoine doesn’t regret leaving stand-up, but still wonders what might have been. He made tough choices about sustainability, family, and his future. As time goes by, stand-up comedy becomes just another thing you can do, but it never leaves you alone. The itch to go back to comedy is strong, and even though Jean said this interview was therapeutic, it also made that comedy itch scream out for a scratch.