This year’s NCSFest will unofficially kick off with my favourite comedy show in the world, Picture This!
I’ve had the privilege of being part of PT since its beginnings in 2013, and will be drawing AND performing in the show on Wednesday, May 15 at the Old Crow Smokehouse. Details in poster below. See you there!
I haven’t really done many book recommendations on the blog, but there are many I’d recommend for anyone interested in humor, writing or cartooning.
The best book I ever read on comedy wasn’t a ‘how-to’ or a compendium of interviews with comedians, it was an autobiography of someone who found something truly unique at a time when nobody else was doing what he was doing.
The book is Steve Martin’s “Born Standing Up". It charts his life from early childhood through to his perseverance as a magician, parlaying his skills into live stand-up comedy at a time when nobody else was able to parody what the newly formed ‘norms’ of comedy were.
It’s hear-breaking, funny, riveting, and one of the most memorable books I’ve ever read. I had absolutely no idea Steve Martin started as a magician, much less a touring comedian, when I was coming up as a comic in Australia. I just though he was a goofy rom-com movie actor who did silly films about being the Dad at weddings.
The absurd story of him being forced to perform to no audience so that people might look into the window and ‘see that something’s happening and might come in’ is only topped by the story of his audience that refused to leave, so he took them all outside into an empty swimming pool for an encore.
Interestingly, (and I think about this a lot), When Jerry Seinfeld asked Steve whether he would be successful if he did his act now, he said, “No.” and continued “It was of a time and a place, and that time has passed.”
I would highly recommend watching The Jerk before reading this book. —and if you have any inclination whatsoever to delve into the life of stand-up comedy, read this book before any other book. (You can take his Masterclass over on masterclass.com, too, but that’s a different story.)
Anyway. You can find the book here.
#NY 4th year anniversary!!! SAT 4/20 7p at Union Hall (702 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
COMEDY BY: Josh Gondelman, Larry Owens, Clare O'Kane, Karen Chee, Calise Hawkins, & Robert Dean! ANIMATION BY: Bryan Brinkman, Dan Pinto, Jason Chatfield, Patrick Hosmer, Victoria Elena Montes, Rachel Gitlevich & James Sugrue! HOSTED BY: Ian Fidance!
$8 online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/picture-this-tickets-571204417…or $10 at the door🚪
Episode #42: Live NYC Podcast with Ronny Chieng (Video)
April 9th @ Caveat, New York City.
Welcome back to a very special episode of Is There Something In This? with your old mates Scott Dooley and Jason Chatfield featuring our good friend, star of the new CBS sitcom "Super Simple Love Story" along with Comedy Central's The Daily Show, and the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians... Ronny Chieng!
You can also view the video to this episode on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/usEB7I4qmV8
This show was filmed in front of a live audience in New York.
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Thank you to everyone who came out for the live podcast last night, especially so late on a school night. —and a huge thank you to our friend, and special guest from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and the multi-award-winning film Crazy Rich Asians, Ronny Chieng!
Ronny was an hilarious addition to the show, which will go out in the next week.
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Last weekend I got to perform on what I think is easily the best comedy show in Brooklyn, co-produced by the very funny Ian Hunt. Ian and I also got to collaborate on a crazy one-pager in the up-coming April 16 issue. Check out his podcast “Suicide Pact” with his girlfriend and fellow comic, Catherine Zini.
If you're ever looking for a guaranteed good night of comedy, book ahead. He had me on his show last weekend and it was madness. So much fun. (Photography by Mindy Tucker)
New York-based Australian comedians Scott Dooley and Jason Chatfield return for their first live podcast for 2019. The guys will be joined by a HUGE special mystery guest: a Hollywood movie and TV celebrity to be revealed on the night. Other Live Podcast guests have included Comedy Central/Netflix’s Roy Wood Jr and long-time New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff.
Come along for a show full of jokes, live cartoon drawing on the big screen and deep rumination on New Yorker cartoon ideas over a couple of beers, along with cartoon live idea suggestions from you, the audience.
Doors 9:00 PM, show 9:30 PM.
Tickets $10 Presale at bit.ly/ITSITApril9 or $15 @ Door
This event is mixed seated and standing room. Seats are first-come, first-served.
REFUND POLICY: Tickets maybe be refunded up to 24 hours before the event. Within 24 hours we may take exchanges for other events at our discretion. No refunds after the event.
This will be great fun! I’ll be appearing at the Satire and Humor Festival in New York for The Weekly Humorist - Tickets here.
The first-ever satire and humor writing festival in New York, featuring writers and editors from print, TV, web, and film! Come join us for a full weekend of panels, workshops, readings and fun. Check out our festival events and workshops throughout the weekend.
Festival Passes on sale now! The Satire and Humor Festival Pass gives you access to all Satire And Humor Festival events at Caveat!
Register for workshops on topics from cartooning to creating characters!
All workshops are held at our festival partner Magnet Theater’s Training Center. Click the links for workshop descriptions, instructor bios, and registration details! All workshops are NON-REFUNDABLE.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
10:00am - 12:00pm: JOKE IN A BOX taught by Emily Flake
10:00am - 12:00pm: PUNCHING UP taught by Taylor Garron and Eva Victor
12:00pm - 2:00pm: HUMOR WRITING FOR INTROVERTS: LOOKING INWARD taught by Elissa Bassist
12:00pm - 2:00pm: CREATING CHARACTERS WE LOVE TO HATE taught by Chrissy Shackelford
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
10:00am - 12:00pm: THERE’S NO “I” IN “SHORT HUMOROUS PROSE” taught by Luke Burns
10:00am - 12:00pm: LET’S GET SPECIFIC, WEIRD, AND TIGHT taught by Kimberly Harrington
All workshops are two hours and $50.