So every once in a while people ask me how long I’ve been doing comedy, and my standard answer for a few years has been, “I don’t know, six, eight years?” Last week it struck me that I went down to my first open mic ever in November of 2005, so I’ve officially been at this for a full decade. I’m as shocked as you are.
In honor of the occasion, I dug up the MySpace blog archive that they emailed me when they deleted all their blogs. This is the blog I published to MySpace nine years ago, to celebrate a year of performing at open mic nights:
(I also appear to be pretty excited that my MySpace blog has had 2,000 hits. Pretty generous of MySpace to call ‘pageviews’ ‘readers’.)
Anyway, back to the present: This weekend is the wonderful Beatles Festival in Dublin. There’s lots of stuff you should go check out. I will be performing a (very) small part in the stage play about Pete Best on Sunday.
Well, I was lucky enough to get to perform at some unbelievable festivals this summer – Longitude and the Vodafone Comedy Festival. Lots of love and appreciation to Danny Dowling, Colm O’Regan, and Barry Murphy who put me on their shows.
September looks like a lot of fun – I’ve got a spell at the Laughter Lounge, which is always a treat, and I’ve been invited to perform at the Trinity College Law Society Debate, which is a thing that I am greatly looking forward to, because I do not completely understand what it is.
A couple of cracking gigs in Donegal and Waterford last month; back in Dublin this month for festival gigs! I’m playing on the Sunday of the Longitude Festival. If you get to play a festival on the last day, be sure to bring toilet paper. Even if you don’t use it you can barter it for booze.
Well, I’ve apparently exhausted the gigs in Dublin, because I’ll be doing some decent road trips in the next few weeks – first 240 km north to Donegal, and then 170km south to Waterford. That’s about as far as you can go in Ireland while still being in Ireland. I’m also doing a slot in Belfast, which will be my first ever gig in Northern Ireland. I only need a gig in Wales to complete the set.
Well, I’m watching Twin Peaks. I’m halfway through Season 2 and I can’t stop thinking about it. So much so that in the latest episode of my NBA Playoffs Podcast, I pick which players are which characters from Twin Peaks. (Spoiler: LeBron James and JR Smith are Ben Horne and Jerry Horne. Ben’s the town big shot, rich, powerful, pulling puppet strings all over town, but his plans might not work out as he hopes; Jerry is his emotionally unhinged brother. (Also: Jerry Horne is played by the same actor as the famously lied-to Sully from Commando! How do you not love this stuff?)) Follow @TheTrashBros on Twitter for basketball-related hijinks:
(Note: No, I don’t work for twitter. I just think it’s a good way to stay on top of where people will be. I know nobody visits websites anymore, and I think we can all agree that Facebook invitations get roundly ignored these days.)