Gift Ideas for the Comedian in Your Life 2019 Edition

Here we are once again! It’s that time of year where you stave off that existential crisis and the ever approaching collapse of the universe, by celebrating the birth of a guy that was probably born in the spring because some pagans were winter humping or something…anyway, here is this years’ list of items I think the comedian in your life would love!

Shure MV88+ Premium Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone Video Kit with Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod

If that comedian in your life just started out they may want to record themselves and put it on YouTube and make a million million dollars. Well, tell them not to do the second part, but they should do the first part. Recording your set is valuable and all of us carry a recording device with us all the time. Just connect this to your phone and BAM! You have a nice setup to record yourself in the corner of a dank bar.

Tascam DR-22WL Portable Handheld Recorder with Wi-Fi

If they don’t want to see themselves in that dank bar get them this. Then they can hear themselves while they head to the next open mic. Laughing by yourself in public is always seen as a good thing.

Rode Microphones VideoMic NTG On-Camera Shotgun Supercardioid Microphone

If they love cameras and have a nice one (more on that later) then get them this. A shotgun mic aimed at the stage is a better idea then a camera’s mic that will pick up everything in the room. I have a model like this from Diety. I would put the link in here, but I am wasting valuable Call of Duty time typing this.

Samsung Galaxy S10e Factory Unlocked Phone with 128GB

If they need a new phone so they can look all cool around other comedians then get them this. Now that can send all their avails to bookers that will ignore them.

Apple iPhone XS Max, 256GB, Gold

And how can I forget the Apple folks. Besides getting more sex and being more well off than Android folks they want to walk around with a gold phone. Well, here it is. Call Tim Cook and tell him I said Hi.

Saramonic Blink 500 B3 Ultracompact 2.4 GHz Wireless Clip-On Microphone System with Lavalier and Battery-Free Dual-Channel Lightning Receiver for Apple iPhone and iPad

If they have plans of doing even more funny stuff then these are what they need! They are lav mics that transmit to a phone (they have android and ios receivers)! So they can film sketches without spending a ton on audio equipment. I have a model from Rode which works great as well, I would link but you know…lazy.

Panasonic HC-VX981K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder

If you want to kick it up a little bit get them this. This is a great camera that captures a 4k image so all your pratfalls will be glorious. With some of the more pricier models, they can connect their shotgun mic to it and record themselves in 4k. They can be the Michael Bay of static comic shots!

Rode Microphones RODECaster Pro Integrated Podcast Production Console

If they have dreams of becoming the next Joe Rogan then get them this! It has everything (except the mics of course) an aspiring podcaster could want. They can have sound clips assigned to the buttons and they can connect their phone to it to receive phone calls from all their adoring fans. Or they can sit in the basement and talk to themselves…either or.

Fujifilm X-T3 26.1MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens, Black

If you really love that comedian in your life you can get them this! This will capture all their antics and when times get tough they can pawn it or use it to club a crazed fan.

I hope you enjoyed this year’s list of items. I like tech so that is why most of what I posted is tech related. If you were thinking clothes or something…get em a top hat. I hear that is the newest trend of 2020. The one thing every comedian would love from their loved ones though is encouragement. This is a bumpy road just to make ends meet, so if you love them enough to pay $75-$1700 on a gift for them then encourage them to get out their and make their dreams come true.

My Favorite Things…of 2017

This is not my typical post.  Instead of comedy, I am going to be listing my favorite things, so from gadgets, to comedy specials, to movies, I am listing it here.  I will have links if I can, so you can see it up close if you want.  Here we go!

Sony A7RIII:  Granted, this is not cheap, but if you are into cameras then you can not go wrong with this.  I love the 4k, I love the photos that I have taken with it.  It is an excellent camera.

Panasonic GH5:  Still expensive, but is cheaper than the above camera, the GH5 is a great stills camera, but an even better video camera.  It is light weight so you can take it with, and I recorded my documentary with it.

Dave Chappelle’s Specials:  These were both great and an awesome comeback from a legend in stand-up.

Jerry Before Seinfeld:  I loved the insight that he gives about his process and his life, and the material was awesome as well.

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King:  This was a touching stand up special as well as funny.

Michael Che Matters: He does more than just read teleprompters people! Great special.

Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog Gossip and Trickery:  We got a lot of specials from heavy weights in the comedy industry and this was another great one.

Rory Scovel Tries Stand-up For The First Time:  This may have been one of my favorites.  Going in, I didn’t know much about him, but his style won me over.  I am not a big fan.

Split:  Great movie, with a nice little twist at the end.

Logan:  It is the end of an era, but what a great way to go out!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2: What can you say?  Perfect summer movie!

Wonder Woman: As you can see I like super hero movies!  This was maybe the best of the year.

Nintendo Switch: I love video games and this was one great console.


Thanks for checking out the blog this year.  I hope you continue to do so, and if you know of someone that wants a little more insight into comedy, then send them this way.  Thanks and see you in 2018!

Let’s Just Chat

This blog has had it’s ups and downs.  It started out very weakly, until a friend told me to keep at it.  I made it a mission to write something about my experiences with comedy.  My experience is that of an 11 year comedian that lives in Spokane, WA and makes barely enough from comedy to be considered poor.  I have not been on The Last Comic Standing or have been on any late night talk shows.  I am the average comedian just trying to get more work and support what I love very much.  That is why this blog doesn’t cover things like forming your late night set and working at The Laugh Factory.  I’ve never done that.  I have performed in a club in the woods of Northern Idaho.  I have performed in bars where a fight broke out before and after the comedy show.  I have performed in front of 900 people and I have performed in front of two people. I have driving through deserts and I have driving through snow storms.  I struggle to get the email addresses of bookers, and I am afraid of asking my comedic friends for favors.  That is what this blog is about.  The struggles of the comedian that just wants to do what they love for a living.

A lot of things I do are not truly popular.  I have a podcast, a photography business, and comedy and they would all be considered…meh.  This blog gets about 100-200 readers a month.  I book about 1-2 photography appointments every couple of months and my podcast is listened to about 40 people a month. I get booked about 2-3 times a month.  Most people would consider that an utter failure.  I don’t consider it that because it is what makes me get out of bed in the morning.  I like to write (even though I should write more so I can get better at it) I like to do my podcast, and I like to get on stages and make people laugh.  I may not be making 60k a year from comedy, but I enjoy this more than sitting at a desk. That is not to knock people who have normal jobs, that is just to say that I personally could not do it knowing that what I really love to do, what drives me, is right there.

I started writing this blog because I would get newer guys asking me how to do things that no one ever told me how to do.  No one told me how to write a bio.  I had to write it up and see that it was terrible and then read about it and then work from there.  No one told me how to get in contact with bookers.  I was giving an address and I mailed my stuff to them (what I thought they would need).  No one told me what I needed to do to make sure my feature set was something that wouldn’t get me booed off the stage.  I had to go through the stares and sad looks myself.  I’m not saying I did this all on my own. People gave me advice, but I had to ask for it.  So, I decided to just start a blog that people could turn toward and get that info.

If I am an expert in anything it is how it feels to fail.  I have failed a lot.  In love, marriage, parenting, finances, military career, I have sat with my head in my hands, trying to find a way to keep pushing when I was pinned to the ground.  I have given up a lot.  I have, for some reason, gotten back up more. That is life though, not just comedy.  Life is just a series of kicks to the nuts, and it is up to us to decide if we will let it or if we will keep going.  The only reason I have kept going at comedy, and writing, and acting, is because it is one of the few things that brings joy to me.  I can not run away from the things that make me who I am and you shouldn’t either.  I may never be the comedian that I want to be.  I may forever stay booked 2-3 times a month to sparsely attended bar shows, and I may forever be “random guy #2” in a straight to Netflix movie, but those are the things that make me feel alive, and if I turn away from that what would that mean for me?  What do I do when I give up on the things that I love?  This blog does not have all the answers.  It can’t ensure you that one day you will be in a movie with Kevin Hart.  All it can do is help you out and inspire you to keep pushing.  Happy 4th to everyone and have a great week.

Where Snakes Go For Good Fitting Pants

I have been trying to stay busy this year, but I have been getting a case of the “tireds”.  I have to force myself to sleep then when I do wake up I am still tired, like I wasted eight hours of my life.  I do have this thingy from the VA that is suppose to blast me with blue light to give me that kick of Vitamin D my body’s been craving, but sometimes I forget to turn it on when I get up, or I do and I forget that I have to be near it.  Doesn’t work when you are in the other room watching courtroom shows.

I have teamed up with a local comic to put on debate type shows.  I was reluctant to do this because wrangling comics is not one of my strong suits.  I also didn’t want to get blamed for anything if things fell through.  We are doing it monthly, which we will see if something like this can be sustained monthly.  The problem with running a show is maintaining the momentum that you initially had.  Sure, the first month is great, but what happens when in month four, you don’t do as well?  That is when a lot of lesser willed people would start slacking off…I guess we will see if I am one of those people.

Photography has slowed down, so I have been trying to better my technique and start up some projects.  I think I want to get into stock photography and fine art photography a little more.  Hell, I live in the Inland Northwest! Some of the most beautiful land in the states!  I need to get my name out there somehow as someone that can deliver good photos, but like most people that are doing a lot of things at the same time, I bounce around and can’t really focus on the one thing.