Daniel Reskin

Daniel Reskin

Comedian Daniel Reskin

Casa de Haha – the Ellen episode

The next episode of Casa de Haha is here!

We will pay tribute to everyone’s favorite de-generous comedian, Ellen!

Join us as part of the live studio audience!

Saturday, June 17 at 1pm

Denver Open Media – Studio A

More details, click the picture below!

Saturday, June 17, 1pm at Denver Open Media, Studio A

Contests and Con-Tests

TL;DR – Dando had a hot night. The Miami comedy scene is a charming wasteland. Denver’s Comedy Works club is a model that could help terraform bad comedy scenes into sustainable laughitats.

ComedyWorks New Faces Contest 21 – Round 1, Week 2 –
Anthony Armstrong, Daniel Reskin, Patrick Richardson, and Christie Buchele

 

This week I advanced to the second round in the Comedy Works New Faces contest!
 
I only mention it (humblebarf) for perspective. Back in my comedy-hometown, Miami, the current controversy is comedians using stolen/internet jokes to win contests.
 
If that sounds unbelievable, congratulations on having a good comedy childhood. Sadly, this is a regular crime in smaller scenes and outsider contests. The less connected and valued the comedy scene, the less that place will care about originality, creativity, and variety – things that true comedy scenes hold both sacred and basic.
 
It’s like how we can’t move forward with fighting climate change because Republicans won’t concede it’s a thing. The same goes with any scene that doesn’t reward originality, and see it as a foundational aspect of modern stand-up.

 

Comedy contest in themselves are curious beasts. I’ve never enjoyed them but learned to see their value – exposure, getting used to pressure, and getting used to failure. I’ve done a swath of dubious contests often because those were the only gigs available. I learned to see which contests were purely money-making schemes. I learned to Google random great jokes from stuttering first-timers. I learned sometimes they win anyway.

 

I’m not trying to brown-nose the club, but to relay to you my relief that business doesn’t always corrupt art. Sometimes it’s a trellis to grow juicy joke-matos (to later be thrown). A club that cares about who is on stage before how many are buying drinks is one of the pillars for a solid scene. It’s not a novel concept, but considering there are no surviving comedy clubs in South Florida – population 6 million – even the obvious ideas are spread along the beach like seashells, easily appreciated and forgotten.

10 Years in Stand-up Comedy

Recently I’ve been so enveloped in the new Casa de Haha, I forgot to post this milestone here last month. We love our round numbers, and must give them significance in our decade-based lives. A few thoughts.

My first dreams of stand-up comedy

 

10 years of stand-up comedy? Feels like only yesterday (for audiences)…
I made this picture in college after reluctantly trying a stand-up competition. I performed a few minutes of something resembling comedy, outside in the grass, in the dark, before the weekly Movie on the Lawn. I remember a joke about a rising Illinois Senator whose name sounded like a game on the Price is Right.
“It’s time to play OBAMAAAAA and win a brand new car!!!”
It was enough. I was in. I stopped the half-hearted grad school applications and got a job working lights and sound at SideSplitters, a Tampa comedy club. Over the next 10 years I’d have hustle times performing every night, my slow times performing a few times a month, work terrible road rooms, host a ton of shows, BINGO nights, and dove into acting, writing, podcasting, and production. Just embracing life as a creative (and waiter/cook).
I have too much to say about comedy, and it might never have anything to say about me. That’s part of it. I don’t have a hunger to be famous or “the best”, which probably works against me.That’s okay. I do have a fire in me to create things for people to enjoy.
I’m gonna! Thanks to all the comics and audiences for your lessons.
p.s. Now I don’t have to make a big post until 15 years!

10 years ago I was doing stand-up for the third time in this college contest. I made it to the finals so a lady dressed me in $200 of American Eagle clothing, and looks like I wanted to wear it all at once. No salt yet in my pepper. Almost my entire set is about donating blood. What is this kid thinking?

Casa de Haha – Season 2

Things are shaping up for Season 2! Casa de Haha will transform into a different talk show for each episode!

I love this concept! I also didn’t realize it might be extra slow to create a new TV show every time!

But don’t worry about that!

No more exclamation points.

Please enjoy this clip from the first episode of the new season, where I chat with Colorado comedians Jacob Rupp & Cody Spyker, the hosts of the popular podcast Ice Cream Social…

..in the style of Charlie Rose.

I’m Danny Tulip. Please enjoy.

Casa de Haha RENEWED FOR SEASON 2!

That’s right! We did it! The suits upstairs* were tight-lipped about the show’s chances, but despite clashes with the producer*, creative differences with the director*, and diva host* — it looks like Casa de Haha will be back for a very different season 2!
Until then, check out the first season. 4 episodes in a season? The Brits get away with it.

*all, me

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