After 20 years in the Denver scene, Dick Black has watched it grow and change just as much as his own life. After weathering personal struggles and rebuilding bridges he’s burned, a huge conflict in the Denver scene led to Dick avoiding comedy altogether. Sometimes you can feel like a stranger in the scene you helped create.
Thanks for listen-watching. As Dick said, “take care of your mental health.”
Brad Galli stopped doing stand-up to work and go to school. What was supposed to be a small break stretched into years before something pulled him back onstage. He’s got a different mindset about comedy now, but starting over has new challenges. We talk expectations, hanging out vs. wasting time, and how “nothing in comedy is worth your soul.”
You want my two cents but you’re only offering a penny for my thoughts? Capitalism sucks.
I thought of this, immediately googled it and found it was a Steven Wright joke. Not diminishing his greatness, but it’s not a giant leap to connect two contradicting penny-related sayings. I estimate I am the 33,000,005th person to get there, most didn’t have anyone to tell. I’ve learned not to be mad the joke isn’t “mine”, I’m happy my brain could connect the same dots and see that picture.
Comedy is full of little witty jokes like these, especially online where they become memes. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen the Jesus did Crossfit joke or 2% milk — what’s the rest??? You’re still clever if you think of these on your own, but you weren’t first (or who people credit as first). It gets complicated.
Maybe one day there’s a joke search engine where you can see how original your concept is and then post it along with the parallel-thought versions from some dead unfamous comic’s tweet 100 years ago. Of course it relies on the honor system, so I’m guessing the site would be mined by hacks.
It’s strangely poetic that jokes in early stand-up were easily exchangeable (steal-able), then coming into the age of ownership and parallel thinking, and now watching so many comedian’s jokes become memes, erasing their fingerprints and returning the humor to a free-form magic spell that anyone can share to cast. Much of stand-up has evolved to more personal (harder to steal) jokes, but witty one-liners never go out style and I know too many comics screwed out of credit and money for their ideas.
I made a new video. It’s a byproduct of exploring Twitch this year.
I’ve always loved videogames, and that’s why I stayed away from Twitch until now. Why would I watch other people play when I could?
As a single player-type, videogames can be solitary. It’s been nice to see the more community-focused aspects of gaming found on Twitch. I finally started chatting while watching and it adds another level. It’s like filling your Sim’s social meter and fun meter at the same time…
Jessica Anderson never stopped loving comedy. Performing in Miami as Jessica Gross, she appreciates the skills, memories, and friends she made – while working through the lows of moving to NY and back, getting trapped in a comedy festival fiasco, and personal tragedy. Her priorities shifted and these days her comedy takes many forms through her new creative project, MamaLovesTo.
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