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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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