Monday, May 26, 2003

Went to Adam Hunter's Big Birthday Bash out in Longbeach, Long Island today. Joining me were such great comedic minds as Mike Tsirlkin, Mindy Raff, Warren Holstein, Bob Jergins, Eric Bronstein and Meghan Hanley. The day was filled with beers, burgers and lots of verbal sparring at each others' expense. There are few things more hilarious also painful as a bunch of comics ripping each other apart during a road trip. Highlights included Bob telling Warren he stole his famous farting bit, and Tsirlkin threatening to "turn this car around" if we all didn't shut up when we got slightly lost after getting off the Long Island Railroad.

I think I have this apartment all locked up, which would be nice seeing as I have to move out of this apartment in 5 days. These bastards want every piece of paper that I ever filled out in my life. Social Security number, W-2 forms, Savings Account number, etc. etc. That's all well and good, but when they asked to see my permanant record from elementary school I knew something was fishy. What do they do with those permanent records anyway? I hope they destroy them otherwise some of those incidents back in third grade could come back and haunt me.

The Nets are in the NBA Finals and the Spurs are up 3-1. I'm gonna make a crazy prediction here and say Nets in 6.

ComedyWorks continues to get better. Looks like we're adding a late show on Tuesday now too, which brings the weekly show total to 11. I'm getting up on every show, about 20 minutes per show, which translates into a lot of stagetime. I just wish I knew some good jokes. Actually, the comics keep calling me, "The comic with no jokes", so why should I fight it?

Big thanks to Steve and Laruen Giordano, the brother/sister combo who handle all the technical stuff here at Rubinville. They have bigger plans for the whole site but they are putting up this temporary version cuz I harass Steve at work constantly via Instant Messaging. Thanks guys.

Time to hit the sack, well either that or go to bed. G'nite.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

I�m sitting in Central Park on one of those green benches around the loop of the Great Lawn. I�ve become one of those people who take their laptops out to Central Park, which, I guess I is better than one of those people who take their laptops out to Starbucks, but in all honesty, I once was one of those people as well. I�m guessing that it�s about 80 degrees outside, and there is barely a cloud in the sky � by far the nicest day of the year so far. Actually, it�s so sunny that I can�t even see the computer screen at all, so I�m guessing there will be plenty of typos in here, but I have spell check on this computer � pretty fancy, huh?

Looks like I finally found an apartment the other day. A little 2 bedroom on Amsterdam and 83rd. Its pretty small, but brand new inside, and the price, 1650 per month for a 2 bedroom, is pretty damn good in this city. My roommate Mike is finishing up the paperwork as I write this. People are always doing paperwork. I don�t think I�ve ever done paperwork, nor do I ever want to do paperwork. At my last office job I spent most of the days shifting papers around the desk to look busy, but somehow I don�t think that�s what people mean when they talk about paperwork. Either way, paperwork just isn�t for me.

ComedyWorks is still going great. As of this week we have added a 2nd show to Wednesdays as well, which now brings us up to 10 shows per week. I�m getting on stage and doing more time than I ever have, and am feeling quite hilarious in the process. I�m working on this new bit about how when I am with my extended family I like to look around and see who did what psychological damage to who, and how that affects everyone else in the family. As I�ve done that more and more I�ve been able to take it up generation after generation and as I see it, everyone is messed up because 2 monkeys weren�t sharing a banana way back when.

Our basketball team won again last night and are now on a season long 4 game winning streak. With 2 games to play we�re looking pretty good for the playoffs barring major disaster. Blake turned his ankle yesterday, though some team insiders claim played it up just for the camera.

I bought new sneakers a couple days ago in my first purchase of anything besides shoes in probably about a year. I went with Blue Pumas after a very intense five minutes of deliberating at the local Athlete�s Foot.

My second purchase was a 6 dollar shirt that I bought at the Salvation Army while with Bob Jergins, Bob has mastered the art of shopping at the Salvation Army and was thrilled to bring me into his little world. I do like the shirt, I just hope I don�t start smelling like old man stink now.

I wonder how long a laptop can be out in the sun before it melts.

Thursday, May 08, 2003

So I'm in a full-fledged apartment search these says. I won't go into all the hack jokes about how small and expensive New York City apartments are, but let me just say thats New York City apartment are very small and very expensive. There is a certain beauty in being able to get a drink from the fridge, take a dump on the toilet and be able to open your front door all at the same time, though.

Comedy Works goes to 2 shows on Thursdays starting tonight. We've had so much success on the Friday/Saturday shows, that we figure why not on Thursday too? We'll see how it goes, anyone know a good joke?

They're saying that Al Queda is working on another stirke the size of September 11th. CNN was showing that some people are actually making "safe rooms" in their homes, that would protect them from a chemical or biological strike. Can you imagine being locked in a room with your family during a terrorist attack? Talk about a dysfunctional breeding ground My Dad would be complaining that the guy didn't paint it right, my brother and my sister would be punching each other, my mom would be crying while asking them to stop fighting, and I would be in the corner, writing it all down. We'd kill each other before the anthrax would even have a chance.

Pardon the Interuption on ESPN is one of the best shows on TV. I don't have enough time or tolerance to watch an hour long Sporstcenter anymore, but in a half hour these guys catch you up on everything going on in the world of sports and entertainment and make it amusing. Plus, Tony Kornheiser went to Binghamton - I wonder if we got our weed from the same guy.

Justin Timberlake is now doing a segment on TNT's playoff basketball coverage. What planet am I on?

That's all folks...

Sunday, May 04, 2003

Hi, everyone, we have a great blogger for you tonight. Don't you hate it when late night talk show hosts say "we have a great show for you tonight"? I really can't stand that. I mean 9 out of 10 times they are lying. And even worse than that, they seem to have the need to tell you that instead of proving it. So I was kidding when I said we have a great blogger for you tonight. Cuz, in truth, ladies and gentlemen, its a fantastic blogger. And here we go...

So we had 4 kick ass shows this weekend at The Comedy Works. One thing I think its really hard to do in life is sit back and realize when you have done good work before its too late to realize that you did it in the first place. That sentence was grmatically horrendous, but I think you get the point. The thing is, that only like 6 weeks ago, me, Adam, Melissa, Bob, Warren, Mike Singer, Mike Tsirklin, Tarun and others were stuck at Gladys' doing all kinds of good comedy but with really no finacial or otherwise tangible return. Basically, I went crazy one night and Adam and I began the hunt to find a better place to do comedy. Joe Franklin's has just been a great match for what we wanted. Joe is an old timer in the industry and we are the young, hungry up-and-comers. That usually makes for two things - good comedy and disturbing porn.

Spring is in full effect now so I took a leisurely stroll through Central Park today. Lots of people walking dogs and/or pushing baby carraiges. The people who do both at the same time must have some real need to be cleaning up shit constantly.

I actually fell asleep tonight during a new episode of The Simpsons. I think thats the first sign that I'm getting old.

Speaking of getting old, time to go to bed. G'nite.

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Hi there, long time no read. So my new operation, Comedy Works at Joe Franklin's is going in full force these days. I started the room with Adam Hunter, my friend who ran most of the shows at Gladys' Comedy Room. Basically, we were being treated like shit over there - not just us, but all the comics - so Adam and I decided to do something about it. After a couple weeks of searching for a new room, we finally were able to work out a deal with Joe Franklin's and the rest is history. Opening night was about 2 weeks ago and everything has been great so far. The room looks great, the crowds have been excellent and the comics are all re-engergized and feeling good. We've really brought in some great comics including Bob Jergens, Warren Holstien, Melissa Rauch and Tarun Shetty. Now its just a race to see who can get discovered first. Or who goes crazy first, we'll see.

Lemme think what else is going on. Oh yea, I hit a game winning runner last night in my Urban Pro basketball game. Our team, "Full Court Depression" (Good name, right?) is now 2-2 and back in the playoff hunt. I think if Kobe and Shaq both get injured we just might have a chance to go all the way.

In other news, I got my laptop back from the good people at Gateway. I don't know why you would consider that news, but I just report this stuff, I don't make judgement calls.

I'm looking for an apartment now, which, if you have never done in NYC, is not fun at all. I thought we were in some kind of recession or depression or something like that yet you can't find a two bedroom for under 2200 bucks. I'm considering a studio on the moon if my credit check goes through.

I had another falling out with the people over at Subway today because I requested turkey instead of ham on the Italian BMT. There is a lot of tension when I go into that place. I think there is a picture of me in the back room. What's worng with these people? The guy told me that the meat is on inventory in the computer and that's what they can't do the switch. Wonderderful...Subway, eat fresh, just not what you want.