Well it’s been awhile since I’ve been here, but there’s been alot of stuff happening in 2012 for me. Some of it has been personal triumph mixed with a bit of failure. Every bit of it has been amazing. Let’s just go down the list. First I started taking classes at the world famous Second City in Chicago. Some of you might know about Second City, but for those of you that don’t, I’ll be brief. It’s an improvisational theater in Chicago where Chris Farley, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, and countless other stars got their start. This season (38) of Saturday Night Live alone picked up 3 new cast members from Second City so that should be an indication of the firepower that this place has. Classes are exciting and very different from doing stand up. Speaking of stand up, I started the year off a bit slow, but then things got rolling a little bit which led to my greatest accomplishment as a comedian. I was asked to audition to be a writer for Saturday Night Live. Through some freakish set of events, I had the pleasure of working with a very funny and super nicecast member of SNL. Through the week, we riffed and improvised characters and got along great and through his generosity I was allowed the chance to send a writing packet in to the producers of Saturday Night Live. This cast member deserves alot of credit, especially for putting up with me constantly asking him questions and bugging him via text. When I get super nervous/excited, I tend to become a bit overbearing and annoying. Although in my defense, I’ve dreamed of being on SNL since I was 6, so to get that close was a huge moment in my life.
I did have a job as a manager at a movie theater while all this was going on. It was fun job other than dealing with stupid people everyday. I’m usually pretty good about being super nice to people, but with the SNL disappointment and other things going on in my life, I let my temper/humor get in the way. I was fired from that job for calling a manager at a McCallister’s Deli a “cocksucker.” Ok, so here’s what happened. I called the guy to ask if we could trade movie tickets for food vouchers and the manager there was extremely rude and hung up on me. Well that didn’t sit right with me that day so I called him back and told him that the next time he answers the phone to “not be such a cocksucker about it.” Now, should I have called him that, probably not, but I did immediately feel great. I’m not sure why it’s “unprofessional” to let someone know they are being a dick head. He wasn’t a customer and I wouldn’t say anything like that to a customer. This guy was just a cocksucker being a cocksucker and I felt it was my responsibility to let him know. My manager didn’t think you should and he did what he had to do. I have no hard feelings towards them and I enjoyed the people I worked with and as soon as the ban is over, I’ll go say hi. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I’m banned from that place for 6 months. I shouldn’t have been such a cocksucker.
Either way I enjoyed writing the sketches for my SNL packet and I had 2 weeks to get 3-5 sketches written. If I get a chance, I’ll post the sketches that I sent in for everyone to read. I was extremely proud of what I wrote and was happy that I got the chance. Now I did not get hired to write which was very difficult for me at first, but just to be given the opportunity was amazing. There will be more chances. One great thing that did come out of these sketches was a character I call Typhoon the Headliner. For those of you who have seen me perform, then you have seen this new character in action. He’s an ex-def jam comic who’s entire act is pointing at people in the audience and saying they look like something they don’t. The things he says they look like are so ridiculous that they don’t make sense (Don’t this guy look like the answer to the question, “are you uncomfortable?” Do he? He do!). My stand up schedule is slowly starting to pick up and my classes at Second City are going fantastic. I’m almost to the Conservatory, which is the professional program and I’m really looking forward to it. There is a major divide in the stand up/improv community and I’m not quite sure why it exists, but that will have to be another article. Anyway, I just wanted to take a moment and share how this year has been for me. It’s been fun, rough, sad, happy, crazy, and pretty much every emotion possible. For the first time in a while, I’m looking forward to what the future might bring.