It’s late Friday night and a comic hears a knock at his hotel room door. A half dressed cutie stands there and says, “I saw your show tonight and got so turned on that I want you to make love to me tonight!“. The comic asks, “Was it the early or the late show?“.
There is nothing a comic takes more personally than bombing. Most would rather be accused of a crime than to be exposed to the uncomfortable stares of entertainment inadequacy. You never see it coming. The Bomb assumes its position when you least expect it. There is no clue as to its arrival, no prep for its ire and certainly no remedy for its results. Pre-bomb symptoms often take on flu like qualities. They include a sudden hot flash, a tightening in your vocal area, watery eyes, confusion and that one bead of sweat that develops somewhere in the middle of your back and rolls precisely through ass crack center. No matter how physically comedic or rhetorically gifted you are nobody is outside of its realm of influence. Many years ago I performed at the HBO comedy festival in Aspen and watched George Carlin stop in the middle of a taping and opt to close a showcase show later that night because the audience just wasn’t there for him.
Somewhere over the Rainbow…. If George Carlin can bomb, why oh why can’t I.
There are many ways to handle the Bomb, but as a comic who has experienced it few times and witnessed it many, I wanted to offer a few options as to how to address the humiliation with your head held high.
Throughout my interviews with Houston Comics who’ve been around for more than ten years, one comic’s name pops up a lot, Matt Kirsch. With a list of jokes and industry credits as big as the state of Texas, to say Matt is a Houston comic’s comic barely scratches the surface. From his Humble beginnings in the late 1990’s to present day, Matt has crossed paths with all levels of the entertainment industry. Currently Matt is in charge of Comic Relief 2.0. Matt took a moment from his busy schedule to catch up with us.
1986 after a friend had entered him into a comedy competition at Froggy Bottoms Comedy Club in Lubbock Texas Scott Kennedy started his comedy career at an open mic. Shortly after that he made Houston, Texas his comedy home. And then he moved on to Los Angeles and then to Austin.
Scott Kennedy had an impact on many lives. Look at his Facebook page and you will see how loved he was. He recently passed away. A great article by Dave Holmes was written in the Huffington Post recently highlighting his life and some of his accomplishments. There should be one more honor bestowed upon this American hero. The Presidential Citizens Medal. We can all nominate him by going to the official website. The deadline to nominate him is March 31. You need to fill out some information on the page about him.
Name: Scott Kennedy
Explanation of why he should be considered…
If you knew him, that should be easy. If not, just read the Huffington Post article. Official Website
Get the word out about this nomination. Together we can make it happen!
A new comedy club has opened up. It’s not in Houston, but it’s close. The Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club in Beaumont had its grand opening on Friday, August 17th. Here are some pictures of the new comedy club.
A graduate of both The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and Houston’s legendary Comedy Workshop, Andy Huggins is a thirty-year veteran of both clubs and concerts. He has opened for acts ranging from Ray Charles to Billy Gardell. In addition, Andy has written for Bill Hicks, Jay Leno, and Billy Crystal on The Academy Awards.(Source-www.rooftopcomedy.com) In the 1980’s he was one of the Texas Outlaw Comics, which also included Riley Barber, Steve Epstein, John Farneti, Bill Hicks, Jimmy Pineapple, and Ron Shock. He still writes and works on his craft. These days you can see him perform Mondays in Houston at the Houston Comedy Unions’ open mic held at Sherlocks River Oaks. He is a crowd favorite that never disappoints. Here are 10 questions with the man himself after the break. Interviewed by Kevin Farren.