I wasn’t in a great mood today to begin with. I’m sick, one of my cats is sick, and it’s just generally been one of those weeks when it feels like nothing is going my way. But this New York Times article that came out today about Louis C.K. was really the frosting on my bad mood cupcake. It’s not that it was a surprise. After Tig Notaro turned against him, it seemed like only a matter of time until the other shoe dropped. Reading about the extent to which C.K. used his status to sexually abuse women, though, is just stomach turning. Continue reading
I quit comedy today. I quit because I love it and I felt like it wasn’t loving me back. I quit because it’s hard, and sometimes I just want things to be easy. I quit because I was depressed, and when I’m depressed I can’t imagine ever being funny again. I quit because I’m tired. I mean really, existentially tired. Continue reading
Last year for my obligatory year-end “best of” post, I wrote about the best songs of 2013. It had been a pretty damn good year for music, so it seemed like a natural choice to focus on that. In 2014… well, I was a bit underwhelmed by most of the music that came out. Not all of it, mind you, but there just wasn’t as much great music as the year before. So to mix it up for the new year, I’m branching out a bit and writing about all of my favorite things of 2014.
As a performing comedian, I’ve gotten to see a lot of other comedians perform whom I probably wouldn’t have paid attention to otherwise. That’s not to say they’re bad comedians (although, believe me, I’ve seen a lot of bad comedians). They may just do a different type of comedy than what I’m typically into. For instance: crowd work comedy. Like any form of comedy, there’s both good crowd work and bad crowd work. When it’s done well, it’s transcendent. Well it’s done badly, it makes me want to bash my face in with a brick. Continue reading