This weekend, I was solo since Wednesday at my house, as Ash and her mom were on a trip to Utah. I had to take care of 3 dogs and a cat, so if I went and did something social, I could never be gone too long. At first, I invited the idea of being solo for the first time in a long time, just to try and be creative and get some random goals done. But, for 5 days of zero communication at home with anyone other than pets, it kind of sucks. The dogs don’t laugh at a new joke. They just want me to drop anything other than a tagline on them so they can eat it.
What did I do since Wednesday? Well, Thursday I went and checked out King Trivia at a bar called The Famous in Glendale with my friend Hank from work and a comedy buddy Dave Swan who hangs there a lot. I had never played King before, and I think it’s always good to check out what the “pros” are doing with their trivia nights. King and Action Trivia are the big West Coast companies that nail it, not to mention Geeks Who Drink, which I figured out makes a few million a year in friggin’ trivia hosting. What did I like better about King? I kind of like that you can double or nothing every round. That made it kind of exciting, until we decided to do it and missed one question and got ZERO for that round. We would have won 1st by a landslide if we got it, but we finished in 5th, no prize. Their questions were pretty good, but it’s all just on a mic that was very hard to hear, and no interaction with crowd. After doing it my way for 3 years now, I don’t see how it’s worth it for a bar to pay $150 a week for just someone to come in an read questions. The service being provided could be done by ANYONE, which really makes me glad that mine cannot. Sure, another comedian could do a good job on a given trivia hosting night, but I’d like to think that the people that like my trivia nights like me a bit, too. At least that’s what they tell me through drunken swearing and shot buying.
Friday afternoon, I had lunch with my old pal Mike Lebovitz from Chicago. He was in town for a week to check things out and do some shows. He met me at my house for my lunch break from Ridiculousness and brought In N Out, what a swell guy. We talked about LA vs Chicago’s comedy scene, which could go on for an ungodly amount of time, and then we shot some goofy footage for tomorrow’s #HOTICECREAM video, which is a lot of fun. It’s a Buzzfeed parody with my dog Spock, and I’m almost worried it’s not enough a parody and an actual quality Buzzfeed flick. I’ll send it to them and see what they think.
Friday night, I dived into more trivia, this time hosting a trivia party at a friend’s house in Covina, CA. Sean Arenas, who has been playing at a few locations over the past year, won a trivia party I gave away a few weeks back and hosted it at his house for a friend’s birthday. It was fun, I got free beers and pizza, and gave out some cards. It’s exactly what I hoped to get out of offering a party as a prize in the first place, so I’ll keep offering them down the road. There was karaoke set up in between rounds and I got to pick who sang what, which was also a hoot. There was lots of Spice Girls and Limp Bizkit, if you know anything about my “let’s make a person look foolish” tastes.
Saturday I went into work for 4 hours because we get time and a half, and I had nothing else to do. I sourced some clips and pitched some good ones of a weirdos playing weird instruments. They were fun to find. If I ever complain about my job in any way, please slap me, prominently. Saturday afternoon until the evening I finished editing the sketch from this week, featuring 8 great friends and talents that I can’t wait to show everyone. Then I played Hitman: Absolution, a game I’ve gotten back into recently. It’s great stealthy, murdery, fun. Saturday night, my friend Mike Epsenhart invited me to see the new Kevin Smith movie TUSK at the Hollywood Arclight Theater, with a live Q and A with Smith afterwards. The movie was fun and campy, but not nearly as scary as I thought it would be based on some early reviews. The whole “guy turning into a walrus” premise is intriguing and the costume and effects were really rad, but I don’t know if I loved the film. I had no idea it was based on a random riff from Smith’s podcast, so I assume I would have loved it more if I knew the back story. The best part was the Q and A. I got to ask him a question when Clerks II came out about 10 years ago, and it was a really cool moment for me, so this was great too. He spit out a lot of advice how anything is possible if you just keep going with it, which was good to hear. He’s making a Canada-horror trilogy with some of the same characters, and I really feel like the goofy B movie nature of all three was a cool way to reinvent his career. I didn’t like Red State, but I liked this Tusk movie enough to definitely check out the next two.
It’s Sunday now and today, I’m walking the dogs for a while just to get some exercise and get out of the house. I’m also writing this blog. Then I’m going to my pal Greg Kashmanian’s to watch the Night of Champions PPV. Then I might do a mic at The Palace in Loz Feliz and hop over to Greg and Paul Laier’s show Cash Laier at The Corner Bar in Burbank, because it’s great.
Things on the horizon:
- Getting my 25th Anniversary of Roadhouse poster finalized and listed online
- Designing a new TRIVIA WITH BUDDS t-shirt based on the look of a retro NES game
- Figuring out what sketches to put out next Monday and Friday, only have one left in the bank and Wendi’s hand is jacked
To end, if you ever feel lonely on a weekend, go out and try and do a lot of shit. It helps a bit. Sometime I think about how great bachelorhood might be, and then I look around and realize I don’t want anything that I don’t have right now. I’m a family guy, and I like a lot of shit and people in my house at all time. I get that from my dad. Thanks dad.