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So I figured out how to do that tweet pic thing I was asking about, and with that I offer some advice…

Apr 6

How do I do that thing where I post a tweet and it actually shows the tweet as a pic in a blog post? That’s a thing tumblr can do right? Do I actually have to take a screenshot of the tweet? Not saying I won’t, but you know, be nice if I didn’t have to. How’re you guys? Doing okay? Can I get you anything? Anyway I guess I’ll deal with the tweet thing later but in the meantime follow me on twitter @licensetowill and make me feel somewhat validated if you want. I love all of you (cept you. You know who you are).

Apr 4

#tbt ‘bout God and stuff

After seeing Louis CK’s SNL monologue last Saturday I was reminded that I did my own monologue last year where I also touched on the issue of God.  I was opening/hosting for two very funny comedians, Kieth Lowell Jenson and Johnny Taylor, when they brought their “One Full Beard Tour” to the Blue Room in Chico, CA.  The promotional material for the show really hammered it home that the two comics were Atheists, so I figured it’d be fun to throw together some of the Agnosticism jokes I’d been working on at the time.

I was only about a year into the whole stand-up thing when this was made.  The video sat unlisted on YouTube account for no apparent reason.  It starts with a marriage equality joke that’s now dated but I still like it anyway.  Some of the jokes don’t get the laughs I want, and I flub some premises here and there, but damn did I have fun performing this set and hosting the show. 

Anyway, here’s me talking about Gay Marriage, Facebook, Game of Thrones, and God all while being like 20+ pounds heavier.  Enjoy…

Mar 4
I like this style a lot.  Does it have a name?
How well do I pull it off?*
Should I start a Tumblr called Comedians-With-Collared-Shirts-And-Hoodies?

*Pic is from a year ago when I was much fatter.  I’ve lost at least half a pound since then.

I like this style a lot.  Does it have a name?

How well do I pull it off?*

Should I start a Tumblr called Comedians-With-Collared-Shirts-And-Hoodies?

*Pic is from a year ago when I was much fatter.  I’ve lost at least half a pound since then.

#DTLA

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This is an Instagram shot I took last time I was in downtown LA.  My friend and I took the metro from North Hollywood with the specific purpose of going downtown, checking the place out, getting drunk, and coming back, all without having to worry about driving.  We only went to two bars but I still consider the night a success as we both still got drunk.  We even took the wrong subway coming back (we still made it back safely).

Point is I’m obsessed with DTLA.  Chico didn’t have all that urbany city tall ass skyscapery lights and stuff.  That’s something I love about large metropolitan cities.  There is always activity.  Things are always happening, always moving.  You can be lonely without actually being alone.  Maybe it’s the other way around.  Either way they are places where you can actually feed off the surrounding energy.

It’s the same reason why I love to be around stores and people during Christmas time, just as long as I’m not participating in the shopping.  (Oh BTW that’s a thing I love to do).  I love to feel the energy of the hustle and bustle, without dealing with its stress.  Large cities have that energy, and you can absorb it any time of the year with little to no effort on your part.

I find it very cool that that picture isn’t just a picture.  It’s a place I actually entered.  I can look at an awesome photo of DTLA and not just stare at it in wonder, but actually choose to go there.  I can drive to it, then through it, find a place to park within it, get out and walk along its streets, see the sights, see the people, feel bad for the homeless, feel the terrible air quality fill my lungs, stay a little bit longer before feeling a bit uncomfortable, get back in my car, get the fuck outta there, go home, and then sit comfortably on my couch while looking up more pics of DTLA on Instagram.  Fact is I still have that choice.

Technically I’ve always had that choice but it’s a much easier choice now that I live here.  Speaking of which, now that I’m living here, how long before I take this shit for granted and get all jaded?  I’ve been here about two and half months so maybe another few months before I start reacting to DTLA with a simple “meh.”  Is that when I start becoming a hipster?

So I live in LA now.  So that’s a thing.

A few months ago, preparing for show outside The Last Stand Comedy Venue in Chico, CA (Taken with Instagram)
Original photo taken by Michael Hoopingarner.

A few months ago, preparing for show outside The Last Stand Comedy Venue in Chico, CA (Taken with Instagram)

Original photo taken by Michael Hoopingarner.

Sep 1

This is a video I almost forgot about.  It was recorded by a fellow Chico comedian (Phil from Chico) on the very very last Last Stand Comedy Venue open mic.  It is the second half of my set.  The first half is me describing why one can never actually pull off the ol’ penis-in-the-popcorn trick in a movie theater (one of the first stand-up bits I ever wrote).  I then describe what actually happened when attempting the penis-in-the-popcorn trick on a date.  The latter is what you see in the video.

That night was incredibly bitter-sweet.  All the local comics came out to pay their respects.  The night lasted like four hours, and everyone had terrific sets, but it sucked to know that after that night the Last Stand would be no more. 

This video is for you Last Stand! *raises glass* May you live on in the hearts and minds of the audiences you entertained and the comedians you inspired!

Sep 1

I’m changing…

…the way this blog looks.  If anyone knows a better way to incorporate my twitter please let me know.

Also, please follow me on twitter: @licensetowill  My twitter feed isn’t that great, but occasionally I tweet something better than mediocre.