Tl;dr – Casa de Haha is back! And in its original form – a monthly live stand-up showcase. Join us on the last Saturday of every month, 8pm at Mutiny Information Cafe. January 26th is the first show.
I ran this comedy room at my sister’s indie record store, Sweat Records, in Miami for almost 7 years. It helped me grow as a comic, try new things, showcase comedy I loved, and provide a cornerstone for a small comedy scene.
I should have continued it the moment I moved to Denver, but I saw a scene stuffed with showcases and experimented making it a public access TV show. I should have done both. Regrets aside, the Denver comedy scene is more spacious these days and I can’t wait to contribute.
Casa is a stand-up showcase, but there are themed nights where comedians are creatively challenged to experiment. Some of my favorites were…
Sets with Pets
I didn’t’ call it that but should have. With all the animals, we were on high alert for stage pooping, luckily only done in joke form.
aka Last Comic Misunder-Standing
Each of our comic judges had different personas (overly agreeable, wishy-washy, asshole) that judged comics, sometimes getting in their heads. The podcast version is available here: http://danielreskin.com/07-casa-gots-talent/
This became our annual standby. Comics do sets as created characters. It’s where I was Australian shock comic Raniel Deskin, slam-poet Truth Particles, and the smart-phone mime Deangelus Applesteam. Other comics also were stupid.
We had a Hahathon for Hydration Awareness. We weren’t telling you to drink, save, or clean it. We just needed to make sure you know.
Here are some of the new themes I want to try this year:
a VR comedy night where the comic navigates a virtual world while doing comedy
“Odd Alan” tribute night where comedians karaoke their own parody songs
THEODORE Talks, way better than TED
a Fitness night where the audience is in a workout class with comics leading the exercises.
The best part is the show will be moving from my favorite record/book/coffee/culture store in Miami, to my favorite one in Denver – Mutiny Information Cafe! A perfect fit.
Speaking of perfect fits, Casa de Haha will be snugly tucked before the 10pm show, the long-running music video comedy party, Comedy Saved the Video Star, run by JD Lopez.
Denver – your last Saturday of the month free comedy power block is ready!
There’s healthy controversy surrounding Michelle Wolf at the White House Press Correspondents’ dinner. Did she go too far? Is the Fox headline true that she bombed because of cheap jokes about appearances and petty personal attacks?
As a public comedic service, and in the spirit of explaining jokes until they are no longer funny, here is a breakdown of the main controversy – four jokes made about Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
1. “We are graced with Sarah’s presence tonight. I gotta say, I’m a little starstruck. I love you as Aunt Lydia in the Handmaiden’s Tale.” (This joke, while a physical comparison, is in no way negative. She simply connects that SHS looks like an actor from a show. The humor is that the show is about a women-controlling dystopia many have related to the administration’s tone.)
2. “Every time Sara steps up the podeum, I get excited because I’m not really sure what we’re gonna get – a press briefing, a bunch of lies, or dividied into softball teams. ‘It’s shirts vs skins, and this time don’t be such a little bitch Jim Acosta!'” (This joke compares SHS to a common character, the tough coach. It is a valid comparison watching SHS’ no-nonsense style at press briefings.)
3. “I actually really like Sarah, I think she’s very resourceful. She burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.” (Another joke involving physical appearance, but not disparaging it. Smoky eye is an eye-shadow technique. She is actually complimenting her make-up while calling her a liar – bonus points.)
4. “And I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Is it Sarah Sanders is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is It Cousin Huckabee, is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders…? Like, what’s Uncle Tom but for white women that disappoint other white women? Oh I know, It’s Aunt Coulter.” (This joke is about holding SHS responsible for the lies and spin she tells, and the damage it has done to women’s causes. This is especially ironic for those criticizing Wolf for “taking down another woman”.)
You can debate if these jokes are funny. You can debate if her grounds for her opinions are valid. You should really debate what comes out of Sarah Huckabee Sander’s mouth.
But you can’t say Michelle Wolf punched down.
Here’s a video I made with writer and producer Nicole Ryan who is also my girlfriend, for the 2017 Phone It In Film Festival. The festival is run by the very funny comedian Zac Maas and features content shot entirely on phone cameras.
We managed to pull a win over an amazingly produced road warrior tribute. Kitties over post-apocalyptic murder scrambles, y’all.