Here’s where I’ll be the next few weeks. Keep checking back, I’ll be updating the schedule regularly from now on! Email me with any questions at Brian.Comedian@gmail.com. We’ll do coffee.
Nov 21, 2013 Thur 8pm - Governors, Long Island NY
Nov 23, 2013 Sat 7:30pm AND 10pm - The Brokerage, Long Island NY
Nov 24, 2013 Sun 9pm - Dangerfield’s, NYC NY
Nov 25, 2013 Mon 8:30pm - Baby Grand, (Soho) NYC NY
Nov 29, 2013 Fri 8pm - Governor’s, Long Island NY
Nov 30, 2013 Sat 7pm AND 9:30pm - Governor’s, Long Island, NY
Dec 1, 2013 Sun 8pm - Three of Cups, NYC NY
Dec 5, 2013 Thurs 8pm - Governor’s, Long Island NY
Dec 6, 2013 Fri 8pm - Grisly Pear, NYC NY
Dec 8, 2013 Sun 7:30pm - Governor’s, Long Island NY
Dec 9, 2013 Mon 9pm - Broadway Comedy Club, NYC NY
Dec 10, 2013 Tues 9pm - New York Comedy Club, NYC NY
Dec 12, 2013 Thurs 8pm - The Brokerage, Long Island NY
Dec 12, 2013 Thurs 10pm - Creek and The Cave, (LIC) Queens NY
Dec 19, 2013 Thurs 8pm - Old Man Hustle, (LES) NYC NY
My daily morning commute. #puntacana
This is insane. I’m getting moist.
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This is what happens when ppl leave me negative comments on social media. #ImTheOneWhoKnocks
I actually shrieked “Omigod omigod!” when I saw this
I know… It’s only rock n’ roll… But I like it…
In character; former gang member sketch.
Photos from Comedy Outliers-8/17/13! Photography by Phill Gdanksi!
Ok ok it’s time for a haircut. I get it.
I used to get my ass kicked in these. Now I can live in one!
Architecture Student Converts School Bus into Cozy Home -
Its been almost two weeks since I got back from Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival. The high and euphoria are still lingering, but I’m definitely back down to earth for the most part. What’s changed? Not much. One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is, “Has anyone approached you? Did some big shot Hollywood type come up to you and ask you to be in a movie or sitcom??" And of course, the answer is No. But I did get a lot of nice words and very useful advice. Some little slivers have creaked open, I won’t lie, but nothing has swung so wide that would constitute "flood gates." I’m still struggling to rub two sticks together in this here ol’ comedy game from a BUSINESS stand point. Its very important to differentiate that from your comedic (artistic) stand point. Comedically/artistically, the glacier crawls ever forward. Slowly but surely, so long as you keep working. Business wise? Eh, whatever happens… happens. I had a good conversation with a buddy of mine, and we agreed to drop all the expectations and just create the art we always wanted to create [Easier said than done]. Sometimes relationships go bad, perspectives become jaded and you lose sight of the important things, but if you can remember what made you love that woman in the first place, maybe happiness can be preserved and sanity restored.
I should be more aggressive approaching people for opportunities. My very nature has always been to be polite, courteous and not be a nuisance. I see how swamped by annoyances comedy club owners and bookers can get. I have always done my best to avoid adding to that irritation but sometimes I think I go too far the other direction. I’m TOO conscientious of avoiding to bother people where I fall off the radar and go unnoticed. That’s not good either b/c I come across as some aloof jerk off who thinks he’s too good to talk to people. Ugh, I can’t win!
Montreal: Day 3 and 4
Saw Colin Quinn’s Unconstitutional. Home run.
Ryan Hamilton killed me. Tom Papa ditto.
Did my second show and felt much, much better than the first.
Partook in my second open bar in as many days.
Got a much better look and understanding of the “business” of comedy. In truth, in an environment like this, all you have to do is shut up, and you’ll be amazed at what you learn.
(One personal shocking moment: there were two shows scheduled at the same time and I could only attend one, The Alternative Show and The Nasty Show. I looked at the lineup and immediately opted for the ‘Alternative’. I knew it, I’m an Alt Comic at heart.)
In conclusion, and at the risk of sounding cheesy, this has really been an unforgettable 4 days. Got a chance to talk to some people I’ve always wanted to share more than two words with but in the past circumstances hadn’t allow it. I hope to come back to Montreal someday, but it’ll never be like the first time.
Unbelievable weather today. Woke up to gorgeous view of Montreal. Ready to take on the world!
First order of business: the Keynote speech by Colin Quinn. If there was ONE thing I wanted to see more than anything, it was this. Highlight: “To open mic’ers in the audience: you all think you’re great, but you stink. It takes 5 years to really find out who you are. And to all you been doing it more than 5 years, it takes 10 years to really find out who you are. I was lying about the 5 years.”
(Hear the entirety: http://www.laughspin.com/2013/07/25/listen-to-colin-quinns-keynote-address-at-comedypro-conference-at-just-for-laughs-exclusive/)
Walked in on the Robert Kelly YKWD podcast, where Gary Gulman, Kurt Metzger, Pete Correale, Joe DeRosa, Amy Schumer, Bob Kelly proceeded to trash Colin’s key note speech.
Had my first show at 9pm. It was fun, though I felt like I was playing 18 holes from all the golf claps. Whatever illusions of grandeur I had of being “discovered” that night went right out the window. Silver lining: I still qualify for next year’s Unrepped Show!
Was told beforehand by more people than I would imagine “You’re Asian, they’re looking for Asians! They’re looking for Asians!”
Who is?? INS? Nobody’s looking for Asians. I don’t know what “they” are looking for, but being Asian hasn’t automatically gotten me anything. Don’t make anyone think; make them see you fit a pre-existing mold.
Spent the rest of the night getting drunk at the hotel bar, watching cool people looking over each others’ shoulders while talking about something unimportant. Really got to get over that lack of desire to socialize. Sigh.