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Howdy, friendly reading person!
I'm on a bit of a hiatus right now, but only to work on other projects -- one incredibly exciting example being the newly-released kids' science book series Things That Make You Go Yuck!
If you're a science and/or silliness fan, give it a gander! See you soon!

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Two Years of Yuks

In the early autumn of 2003, soon after I started this site, I had a lot of time on my hands. I’d been laid off from my job, couldn’t travel while I looked for work, and was riding out my severance package and hoping to hell another job would come my way before I had to go back to mac ‘n’ cheese and Ramen noodles.

(It did, thankfully. But that’s not the point.)

So I did what any out-of-work, disenfranchised, bitter old smartass would do — I signed up for a standup comedy class at a local adult education center. That class was taught by Rich Gustus, now a good friend and after-show drinking buddy of mine. Even if all he drinks is soda water. Sheesh.

‘Graduating’ from class entitled the students to two slots at local standup venues — a ‘Sacrificing Virgins’ show at The Comedy Studio in Harvard Square, and a spot in the room Rich runs at the Emerald Isle bar in Dorchester, MA. To commemorate the events, I bought a cheap-ish videocamera and taped those shows. Then I converted the clips to web format, and posted them for all to see, with a short commentary.

And with that, I was hooked on standup.

Over the next two years, I took the stage 94 times, at twenty-five venues in four New England states. I crafted a few bits that worked really well — and tried many, many more that didn’t. And where I could, I continued to record, convert, describe, and post. Why? Was it to learn from my mistakes? Pride in my deliveries, often to a handful (or less) of ‘civilians’? An uncontrollable need to make people laugh — even if it’s at me, rather than with me?

I can’t really say. All I know is that there are 50+ clips below of me doing standup, along with my thoughts on each show, and you’re more than welcome to have a look. I’m on a self-imposed ‘standup hiatus’ at the moment, so maybe there’ll be more someday, and maybe there won’t. Probably, it’s best just to check these out, and keep that hope alive for the next batch soon. I’ve even included a legend code, so you’ll be able to find just what you’re looking for. Now put those hands together!


* – Shows I’m proud of, for one reason or another; proof positive that anyone can do this

! – Scary and/or depressing shows; use to dissuade yourself or others from a career in standup

11/13/05: Comedy Studio

10/27/05: Comedy Studio

10/05/05: Comedy Studio

09/28/05: The Office

09/10/05: Comedy Studio *

09/09/05: Comedy Studio *

08/30/05: Evos Arts

08/28/05: Comedy Studio

08/27/05: Yerardi’s

08/17/05: The Office

08/03/05: Comedy Studio

07/23/05: Liquid Blue

07/21/05: Grand Canal

07/14/05: Comedy Studio

07/12/05: Evos Arts

06/25/05: Comedy Studio

06/22/05: Skybar

06/08/05: Comedy Studio

05/30/05: Backside Tavern

05/25/05: Comedy Studio

05/21/05: Liquid Blue

05/18/05: Acoustic Coffee

05/17/05: Evos Arts

05/11/05: Emerald Isle

05/08/05: Comedy Studio

05/01/05: Comedy Studio

04/30/05: Goodfellaz *

04/18/05: Backside Tavern

04/14/05: Pine Needles

04/12/05: Evos Arts

04/11/05: Cantab Lounge

04/09/05: Comedy Studio *

04/05/05: Midway Cafe

04/03/05: Comedy Vault

04/01/05: CCF Dinner Dance

03/28/05: Kennedy’s

03/26/05: Emerald Isle

03/21/05: Kennedy’s

03/09/05: Emerald Isle

03/07/05: Kennedy’s

03/05/05: Putnam Elks Club

03/03/05: Comedy Studio

03/02/05: Emerald Isle

02/27/05: DeVille Lounge

02/21/05: Backside Tavern

02/16/05: Emerald Isle

02/09/05: Comedy Studio

02/02/05: Emerald Isle

01/28/05: Comedy Studio *

01/21/05: Emerald Isle

01/14/05: Comedy Studio

01/12/05: Emerald Isle

01/10/05: Cantab Lounge

01/05/05: Emerald Isle

12/15/04: Comedy Studio

12/13/04: Cantab Lounge

12/11/04: Emerald Isle *

12/08/04: Emerald Isle

11/18/04: Comedy Studio

11/17/04: Emerald Isle

11/15/04: Cantab Lounge

11/04/04: Comedy Studio

10/17/04: Comedy Studio

10/06/04: Brewery Exchange

09/27/04: Cantab Lounge !

09/22/04: Comedy Studio

09/06/04: Comedy Connection *

08/30/04: Cantab Lounge

08/18/04: Emerald Isle

08/16/04: Cantab Lounge

07/28/04: Comedy Studio

07/18/04: Comedy Studio

06/09/04: Comedy Studio

06/06/04: The Vault

05/05/04: Emerald Isle

04/14/04: Emerald Isle

04/01/04: Comedy Studio

03/10/04: Emerald Isle

03/03/04: On the Hill

02/22/04: The Vault

02/18/04: Emerald Isle

02/15/04: All Asia Cafe !

02/08/04: The Vault

02/04/04: Emerald Isle !

01/31/04: Chops Lounge

01/28/04: On the Hill

01/25/04: All Asia Cafe

01/22/04: The Times

01/18/04: All Asia Cafe !

01/08/04: The Times

01/07/04: Emerald Isle

12/17/03: Emerald Isle

12/03/03: Emerald Isle

11/16/03: Comedy Studio

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