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?
I almost posted this yesterday, against the Bowls (Sup & Pup). That’d’ve been dumb! I would’ve cut viewership by half of my family.
Thanks to guests Cody Spyker and Jacob Rupp, & Jeremiah Zentz, Nicole Ryan, Wally Wallace, & Denver Open Media!
Thanks and apologies to Charlie Rose.
The next episode will be The Daily Show, with Dan Jewart.
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.
My public access TV project in Denver is chugging along. Tonight we are shooting episodes 3 and 4, and it’s exciting how the show is evolving rapidly. The 2nd episode features Denver’s local comedy super group, The Fine Gentleman’s Club. Here’s a taste of the madness, the full episode is linked below!
There is a man that sounds very similar to me in this radio spot. It’s a segment called War of the Roses where they pretend to send somebody roses to catch a cheating spouse. In this case, Jeremy’s wife Brianna has been spending too much time in intensive practice with her guru. Is something up?
The new Casa de Haha talk show is here! Please enjoy the first episode, with four amazing Denver comedians known as the Pussy Brothers. I can’t embed the video here because you watch it through the Denver public access site where I created it. If you vote (5 little stars if you can spare them) then the show gets put onto actual TV, channel 56, 57, and 219 here in Denver.
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