Here are three random pics of me from the last week as a sleeping fella, a grammar Nazi, and Capt America with a Nerf shotgun.
I play dress up a lot.
I posted a soft joke about doing a show at a strip club in Vegas next month. My mom, who is only setup on Facebook to be able to see the newsfeed and pictures her kids post, commented with this:
Hehehehehe. I’ve never heard he say the phrase “tear it up” in print or real life, ever. Also, this is like her third comment on FB ever, and all three have been encouraging. Thanks Mom!
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Hey friends, my sister-in-law Wendi Starling and I just embarked on a new twice-weekly sketch web series together!
The first sketch will be out Friday Aug 1st at 9am PST, and every Monday and Friday after that we’ll put out another one.
Most of them are really short, rarely every going over 2 mins, so we hope you’ll take a tiny portion of your day to watch them!
Here’s a teaser for the first ten coming soon. Enjoy, and please share with a friend who might like them!
If you’d like to help us promote these sketches, please shoot me an email at email@example.com!
Here’s a great video I got to work on and contribute some jokes to with my pals over at Bitsville U.S.A. It’s called Dr. Dealer. You will enjoy it. There’s weed in it.
Check out all their great videos at their Youtube channel, and stay tuned for lots more great sketches with them every month!
Here are some more snaps from the shoot:
Here’s a very short set I did at Flappers in Burbank recently, teasing a new chunk of jokes I’m working on about the upcoming kid we can’t wait to meet.
I’m trying to ditch a bunch of old stuff and focus on brand new material, so please let me know what you think! New jokes, new screenplays, and new sketches from Hot Ice Cream all coming before sumner’s over.
What the hell is Hot Ice Cream?
It’s a new sketch group that my sister in law Wendi Starling and I formed after years of talking about working on something together. This past weekend, we filmed 10 sketches for our first “episode.” We’ll be releasing them in the next few weeks individually then as a whole.
Here are some pictures from sketches called Morning Sickness, Would You Rather, and Bedroom Secrets:
Stay tuned for more Hot Ice Cream action!
EMAIL BLAST: Week of 7/14/14
Hey friends! Thanks for signing up for my email list either just recently or some months ago. I’m going to start emailing out the rounds and a hint at a question every week on Monday morning. If you don’t want to get these emails, just opt out at the bottom! But if you dig #triviawithbudds, these will def help you win every week!
We’re going to keep ass-kicking trivia up on a weekly basis, so get some new friends and family out to join your crew this week! Any new emails you give me for your team will get you bonus points, so keep spreading the word.
Here’s a peak at a question from this week! Study up!
Help promote this event! Here’s how:
Mondays: Chatterbox, Covina, CA 10pm-12am
Tuesdays: Rendezvous, Covina, CA 8pm-10pm
Wednesdays: Lee’s4Cocktails, Northridge, CA 10pm-12am
Thursdays: Jimmy’s Place, Burbank, CA 8pm-10pm
See you this week. Drink and drive safe!
Hey friends, every Tuesday I will be posting five trivia questions right here on my website. The first person to email me all the answers at firstname.lastname@example.org will receive a 30 Min Standup CD: Featurable by Ryan Budds.
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Skip Google and use your brain! And make sure to tweet me ideas for future trivia rounds. @ryanbudds
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My dad and entire family are in our yearly vacation spot, Monticello, Indiana at the ever-dying Indiana Beach amusement park. It’s old, dated, and maybe it’s not even fun anymore, but every childhood memory I have in the summer starts and ends there. They’ve been going for over 30 years, too, and I really wish I was with them all today!
Here’s a tweet/FB post I threw up over the weekend that helps me feel like I’m actually there.
This is one of my favorite pics taken with the pops from our wedding rehearsal on 09-10-10. Good times in Lemont, IL the home of dominatrix/screenwriter Diablo Cody!
The first time I actually talked to my now wife was on Myspace.
We had and English class together, and I had wore these ridiculous plaid pants like a golfer in the 40s for some reason. She messaged me on Myspace to say:
“Hey, aren’t you in my class? Sweet pants today, by the way.”
And that was it, we got married the next day. JK, but it did happen eventually.
Back in the mid 2000s, Myspace was all the rage. I had just started doing comedy, I didn’t have a website yet or anything, so I thought, what should I hand to to people to promote after I do an open mic or set somewhere?
Here’s what I went with:
Yeah, it’s cheesy, but if it worked on a sign I used to get elected as Deputy Mayor of my 8th grade class, why wouldn’t it work for the comedy career?!
Save the Date Studio’s owner Steve Scap whipped it up for me and we got like 100 printed. I still have like 5. When I die, I don’t want those prayer cards handed out. I want replicas of this sticker on everyone breast pocket.
As long as I can remember, my family has made me laugh more than anything on the most occasions. I’m the youngest of five, which is a great vantage point for humor because you get to see all the people that are older than you (and supposedly smarter than you) screw up time and time again. Those screw ups, miscalculations, and general laugh-out-loud moments were apparent in my own household through people like my repetitive dad (asking guests at our annual Christmas party if they want more chicken or beef at least a dozen times each) or my slapstick brother (who made a habit of fake-bouncing his head off of our kitchen cabinet doors on a daily basis for my amusement.)
But sometimes, the funny took place in other sectors of my extended family, in this case, my Uncle Jim. Quick background on Uncle Jim; he’s a hunter, he’s very tall, and he used to rent VHS tapes from the library and set up his enormous home video camera in front of the TV to make a copy for later viewing. Don’t tell the feds, but there may be a completely unwatchable copy of Jaws 2 in a basement somewhere in the south burbs of Chicago with tracking issues so bad it may look like it’s snowing and Jaws has taken the mountains.
I wasn’t at this particular outing, but the story goes that my Uncle Jim and his family went to a buffet in Missouri while they were all visiting the state. At the buffet, everyone got their plates and plates of food, but my Uncle was completely focused and addicted to this soup at one end of the buffet. He ate bowl after bowl of the soup, and only the soup, until the pot was completely empty. I never knew it, but the guy must love soup when he finds a good batch.
Jim went over to one of the workers, empty bowl in hand, and demanded that they put out more soup. The worker stared at him quizzically.
“Yeah, more soup. That’s the best soup I’ve ever had!”
“…We don’t have soup.”
Jim didn’t understand. What did they mean? Did they misspeak and mean they didn’t have more soup?
“But, what about that pot of soup I just finished off at the end of the buff–”
“THAT WAS GRAVY.”
My Uncle Jim’s face turned white.
He had just finished off a cask full of gravy.
I’m not sure how the story ends, but I imagined he tried to down at least a few plates of mashed potatoes to even it out. If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s to always assume that soup might actually be gravy. Teach your children the difference. Test them with tomato soup and bowls of ketchup at home. And always make sure to check all buffet labels, especially in the sweet state of Missouri.
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I was looking through some old messages with my pal Eric Kallenborn, a good comedy buddy that I’ve worked with on a ton of projects over the years, and I came across this gem we recorded a few years back.
My voice narrates the grossest burger ever made. I hope you like ham.
Give this a share if you know anyone who likes food. And make sure to check out all my other videos on Youtube!
Thanks for all the likes and support on this joke, friends! It’s true…we’ve got a girl on the way. She’s already a huge nerd because I’ve been reading her comics through the belly. A good mixture of The Punisher and Jughead; she should turn out great.
If you want to read more baby updates check out my wife’s blog at Married to Comedy!
There’s lots to think about when you’re getting read to have a baby. You have to think of names, parenting techniques, tons of doctor stuff, etc. But more importantly, you have to think about cake.
Cake is the universal way we express that something is happening. Whatever occasion, anytime, anywhere, there’s usually cake involved. So as soon as we decided to tell people about this baby, my wife and her mom were full speed towards the kitchen to make/bake/decorate a cake as fast as possible to bring over to Grandma’s.
Our original due date was Nov. 6th, 2014, the day before my birthday. Ashlee and her mom whipped up a cake that was half blue and half pink since we didn’t know the sex of the baby at the time we were telling people. We hopped in a car and drove out to Grandma’s, about an hour away, and walked in with the cake (covered) and put in on her kitchen table to reveal the big surprise to her and some other relatives.
Ashlee said, “We have a surprise!” and removed the lid, showing the cake in the direction of Gram and friends. I stood next to her, grinning like an idiot:
Everyone looked puzzled. Aunts wrinkled their brows in wonder. Grandma tried to figure out the sweet treat in deep thought. We stood there going “Eh? Eh?” like they should have gotten it immediately.
Then Grandma spoke up.
“Is it a…9-11 Cake?”
Our jaws dropped. What? How could it be a…oh.
We were holding it upside down.
Our beautiful, decorated, seemingly innocent birth announcement cake took a terroristic turn in the form of a cake celebrating our nation’s biggest tragedy. Upside down, the 11-6 due date definitely read 9-11. The star sprinkles didn’t help, matching perfectly with the duller colors of blue and pink to make a quick image of an American flag. And, the two rectangle shapes formed the image of the Twin Towers on their sides. Yikes.
After careful examination, how could this NOT be a cake celebrating the remembrance of 9-11? In March. For…some reason.
We quickly turned the cake around, explained it was a due date, and everyone applauded. Everyone forgot about the cake’s weird first acknowledgement and we celebrated by eating the entire thing.
Doesn’t my Grandpa look like Anthony Hopkins? I think so.
In the end, everything was well, and a great cake was chowed. In a brash cake reveal, we made a mistake that turned into a funny memory, a memory that most of us will “never forget.”
Working on a crazy show like MTV’s Ridiculousness, I sometimes get bizarre emails from random folks asking me for wishes, hopes, and other general batshittery requests.
Here’s my favorite one as of late. I love the subject line.
Even if you were a huge Bruno Mars fan, why would you need to see him on a show where we play internet clips?
If you have any Ridiculousness guest requests please email me at my first email address, email@example.com. Be sure to include your A/S/L.
Since I moved to LA in October 2012, I’ve had a great time making new friends inside and outside the comedy scene from doing mics, showcases, and general hanging out. Coming up on my 2 year anniversary out west, I really do feel like a proper Angelean transplant, but not a day goes by that I don’t about the Chicago comedy scene and all my friends back home that are doing amazing things both in the suburbs and the city proper.
So, every so often, I’d like to give a quick profile on a relationship I have with one of the Midwest’s best. The first nominee?
WHO DAT: Jamie is a fantastic comedian/improvisor and helms 100 Proof Comedy at The Comedy Sportz Theater in Chicago.
HOW WE FRIENDZ: Jamie and I have done countless shows together in Chi-city, most memorably his late night talk show Talk Hard. I also remember doing a couple of spots at his Rush and Division Mother’s Bar show with a sketch group called The Wood Sugars a few years back, which were always a good time. Jamie’s also a huge wrestling fan, someone I can always chat with about goings on in the squared circle.
Here’s a great snap of us on the cover of Inside Lakeview mag:
WHY DIS ONE: Jamie is one of the fastest, funniest actors and comedians I’ve ever worked with. Some friends and I wrote a pilot called Life Support the summer before I moved from IL and we cast Jamie as my character’s new best friend, a guy who had the worst luck in the world. He wore a neck brace most of the shoot, and as soon as we yelled action, he was downright silly.
Here’s the trailer for that pilot we shot, check out Jamie hitting Megan Gailey in the face with a steel chair. (Watch whole pilot here)
I’m a big fan of Comedy Central’s @midnight, and occasionally when I see the #hashtagwars going on in my feed, I get very excited and play. One of my favorite ones of recent memory was the game #FratAMovie where you had to take an existing film title and give it the ol’ frat makeover. Here were my tweets from that day, I hope you chuckle at them.
Follow me on Twitter @ryanbudds for more fun and games.
As a comedian, people always ask me who my biggest inspirations and favorite comics are. I think they do this mostly so they can somehow find a way to like you without hearing your set, i.e. if I say I like Louis C.K. and they’ve seen Louis C.K. they can justify liking me in the conversation. I’m okay with it! But honestly, I almost never give a real answer to the question of my favorite comedian because it’s just something I don’t think about too often.
However, I watched Jim Gaffigan’s newest special Obsessed over the weekend, and I think I can proudly say he’s my absolute favorite.
I was at Gaffigan’s Beyond the Pale special taping in Chicago at the Vic Theater in August 2004 with a few friends, and I laughed hard. This was a few years before I even started doing standup, and I was still toying around with the idea of how to be comedically calculated like many of the comedians I was listening to. At the time, I was listening to a lot of Birbiglia, Gaffigan, and David Cross, and those were three very different comics that I wanted to be like. I went on to see Gaffigan live two more times in college for a total of 3 different hours of standup. About a year ago, I watched his special Mr. Universe on a plan at 8am and laughed so hard the stewardess had to keep asking me if everything was alright. Every time she raised her eyebrows to me, I just pointed at my iPad and whispered, “it’s just so funny,” while wiping my eyes with happy tears.
Before I did standup, I would do this thing where I listened to comedians I liked and transcribed their jokes on to a sheet of paper. I’m really big on the whole “learning by example” thing; if I can see someone that’s done it before me, I’m way more likely to succeed in trying that thing. I try to use this method in most aspects of my life and usually I can complete whatever activity’s at hand if I can just follow someone’s lead. So, I’d write their jokes out, look at them on the page, and see how I can write my own jokes that fit the cadence of these jokes that I just saw being successful. Keep in mind–you shouldn’t be trying to write jokes in the voice of the comedian you’re studying. The point is not to do what they’re doing, but to analyze what they’re doing and how they’re doing it to help create your own successful jokes. I think it’s a great exercise for new comics to try, but also for working comics to implore. My goal in a comedy career is not to be the best comedian in the world; I want to be the comedian that keeps getting better, that makes myself laugh, and that always tries new things on stage.
I was reminded of all these practices pre-standup when I watched Gaffigan’s Obsessed this weekend because after a specifically hilarious 2 minute chunk, I snagged a legal pad off my desk and immediately did the transcription game again. 2 minutes of Gaffigan jokes fill up one single page, but there’s probably a great laugh every 15 seconds. I don’t do this to figure out how many laughs per minute I should have, or how many jokes in a set amount of time, but I think it’s undeniable how great those jokes have to be to get those results. That’s what I’m interested in. I want to have an act that mimics Gaffigan’s only in quality, because I think he’s great. Seeing his jokes on that single page motivate me like no other to get my shit together and bust out a new solid chunk of bits.
What will my next jokes be about? I’ve got a kid on the way, I’m living in my first house, and I watch people falling down over and over again for a living on MTV. I’m sure I’ll think of something.
Buy Jim Gaffigan’s Obsessed right here! It’s only $5.