Chicago comedian and writer Andy Boyle produces a fascinating podcast about how people make/have made their living. It’s all about jobs and careers and is called The Working It Podcast. He was nice enough to have me on to discuss my life as a Missourian, my [short-lived] career as a teacher, and my other random jobs I’ve had. It was a really fun chat and Andy does a great job, so I hope you’ll give my episode a listen, and also check out the whole catalog online!
Hey pals! I’m thrilled to announce some new shows, which you can find just to your right on the sidebar of this very page! This includes We Still Like You’s inclusion in the Green Gravel Comedy Festival! I’m very proud to take our shame-filled, booze-fueled storytelling show to Iowa City on Saturday February 28th at 6pm. This show will feature comedians and storytellers John Eide, Omar Shaukat, Geoff Asmus, Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers, and headliner Dan Friesen. Click this link for more info or to buy tickets!
Throughout my short career I’ve been lucky enough to work with and meet some great comics who are also incredibly creative writers and producers. This certainly isn’t a complete list by any means, but I’d like to throw some love to some of the projects of my very talented friends.
I’m gonna arrogantly start with my own show, We Still Like You. We have a NEW WEBSITE! The webpage was designed by comedian and artist Meredith Kachel (Hoo HA Comedy), and the logos were designed by comedian and artist Rudy Shultz (Fancy Beer Comedy Hour). We Still Like You is also celebrating its Year Anniversary in February and we have a poster I’m super proud to present, drawn by our producer and live artist, J. Michael Osbourne (Two Hour Comedy Hour). The poster features portraits of a great deal of the people who have told stories for us over the past year.
On Friday night…or, rather, Saturday morning, my leg was broken in a bicycle accident. I won’t go too into detail, but I will say that I’m lucky I only got as damaged as I did, and I’m keeping in high spirits. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to attend my shows in the upcoming weeks, but I think I’ll still be able to hobble around. So come watch me hobble to stage, lean against a stool to tell jokes, and then hobble away this week! Here is where you can find me!
Proxy Morons is a weird show that has asked me to branch out several times over the last year, giving me reasons to do material less sincere or story-telly than I normally would.
Tomorrow is their anniversary show and I’m very proud to headline that show. They’ve asked me to do standup, play banjo, and basically do whatever I want. I hope you’ll come get vulnerable and weird at the same time with me. 7pm/Free.
It’s a new year and it’s a happy one thus far! If you’d like to catch the remaining shows I have booked for January, here is where you can see me do standup and comedic storytelling. *EDIT: MORE SHOWS ADDED!*
1/7 – GOD, SEX, AND DEATH @ Schuba’s Tavern
1/12 – Set To Scene @ iO Chicago
1/13 – Comics Of Steel @ Kryptonite
1/16 – [Headlining!] Proxy Morons @ Blokes & Birds
The following is the extended* edit of an essay I read at Chicago’s The Paper Machete, a live magazine which takes place every Saturday at 3pm at The Green Mill. I was lucky enough to be selected to read for the 12/20/14 edition of the show. My essay is based on something entirely real from that week’s news.
Just 445 km south of the nation’s capital, the village of Kalachi, Kazakhstan, has earned the nickname “Sleepy Hollow,” but not for the reason you think! Pumpkin-based murders are out; falling asleep mysteriously, suddenly, and seemingly for no reason whatsoever, is in!
That sounds insane, but you heard correctly: Residents and visitors of Kalachi, which has a population of fewer than 700 people, are spontaneously falling asleep. This, of course, is followed by falling down, being discovered and taken to a hospital, failing to be woken up by anything, and just as spontaneously waking up several days later without remembering anything. This occurs so often that those it effects are referred to as “sleepers,” and some villagers have started carrying packed bags with them in case they suddenly wake up somewhere else and in the future.
Involuntary sleep could strike anywhere—in one’s home, at work, at school. There are reports of children just “falling down in the streets,” which medically speaking, is pretty funny.
Don’t worry, though, no one has died from these somniferous surprises. Well except for maybe one guy, but not exactly from the sleep sickness. Locals fear that before the epidemic was regularly diagnosed, they may have at one point accidentally buried a sleeping old man. Which, whoa, that’s some Edgar Alan Poe shit. Do they not remember if he was breathing or not? Anyway, they are too spooked to go dig him up again.
WE STILL LIKE YOU is back tonight! You don’t want to miss this great show/party.
It is with a very heavy heart that I write and publish this essay. On Tuesday I learned that a friend of mine, Rick Haegg, passed away in his home on Sunday. According to his wife, Abigail, on Facebook, he passed peacefully, surrounded by friends and music.
Music was incredibly important to Rick, and his skill as a guitarist was one of his most impressive and identifiable characteristics (in addition to others like kindness, compassion, and supportiveness). He was my guitar teacher throughout all of my high school years and the beginning of my college experience. He’s the reason I made studying and understanding music such a massive part of my life for so many years. It wasn’t just his technical skill as a musician that I learned from, but it was his enthusiasm for learning. It seemed there was nothing more thrilling to him than picking up a song by ear as quickly and accurately as possible, or than bending a string to its limits to screech into the exact right note, or than discovering the perfect tone. He was seemingly never satisfied, and his indefatigable pursuit of knowledge made him happy. He was always happy, any time I saw him.