Posts tagged stand up comedy
Posts tagged stand up comedy
I have a lot of favorite comics. In a world saturated with stand-up, some stand out more than others. I have two comics that are at the top of my list, in a sort of 1A, 1B situation. Those comics are Louis CK and Christopher Titus. Both have qualities about them that differentiate the two, yet both share one quality: they’re totally and utterly honest on stage. Titus is more so out of the two, because he shares some SERIOUSLY crazy stories; the kinds of stories that might keep a person from winning a public office or having a park named after them.
It is through the magic of Twitter (follow me there; www.twitter.com/ar_dizzle) that I was able to contact Titus and ask him if he would sit down with me for an interview for this very blog. EXCITING, I know. I may see if he’s okay with doing a little more (podcast anyone?), but I don’t want to push my luck.
It is with that, Tumblrlers (?), that I ask you: what questions should I ask the fantastically hilarious Mr. Titus? Send me your funny and creative questions. Here is an example of a question that I’m going to ask:
“I listen to a few podcasts, but my top three are yours, Marc Maron’s, and Bill Burr’s. Out of the three of you, who do you think would win in a fight?”
That is an acceptable, funny, creative, not boring question. Questions like these will totally be asked. Below, I give you a bad example:
“How big is Stacy Keach’s dick?”
See? Not cool. Submit your questions to me by Sunday, March 23rd, and I may just ask Big T (I call him that; it’s gonna stick).
Hello Tumblr, you porn infested, meme hoarding, comatose inducing blogosphere! It’s been some time, hasn’t it? I apologize for my leave of absence. I took a job on a sail barge prawn fishing off the coast of New Zealand. In our second week, we hit some terrible storms and our ship was hit by an 80 foot wave, tossing me from the ship like a rag doll into the abyss known only as “the drink”. I was out in the ocean for three days, only to be rescued by a party yacht filled with absinthe and hookers. I met George Clooney, Pitbull, and Diamond Dallas Page (a weird trio to be hanging out together, I know). We sailed back to Denver (?) and here I am.
I’ll be here a lot, too. I have some sweet things coming up in the future, so expect more posts. I thought it best to start here…
I’ve been mad a lot lately, and since I don’t own a punching bag or a wife that condones domestic violence, I’ll take to Tumblr and express my anger in a segment I like to call…
“Expressing My Anger with Andrew Raschke”.
Why is it that in the year 2013 a restaurant can’t have both Coke and Pepsi products? Is it that big of a deal? Because honestly, I’m tired of having this conversation:
Hi sir, can I get you a drink?
I’ll have a Mountain Dew.
Is Mello Yello alright?
No. If I wanted Mello Yello, I’d drink my kids’ bath water after they “accidentally” pissed in it.
I also really hate reality television. Do we really need a Kardashian spin off show starring the same fucking Kardashians? More importantly, do we need Kardashian shows period? Granted, I understand that Kim’s ass is so big, it could use two shows. “Last week, on ‘Kim’s Back Door’, Kim’s asshole spews just as much shit as her mouth hole, and Kanye probably had his dick in both.” And is this REALLY what constitutes a celebrity these days? Because if banging black guys makes you famous, I have a gay uncle that deserves a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
I also hate seeing old women trying to dress like their in their twenties. Hey Old Mother Hubbard, what made you think the sweatpants with the word ‘juicy’ across the ass was a good purchase? That thing hasn’t been juicy in 25 years! Try ‘lumpy’. Or ‘saggy’. Or ‘celulite’. ‘Cottage Cheese’ maybe? How does that shot with you?
And have you ever noticed the women who buy those stickers for their cars that say things like “sexy” or “goddess” are usually the furtherest thing from it? Look Bertha, just because they sell the sticker down at the Walmart doesn’t mean you should buy it. Guess what? They also sell Taebo DVD’s and low fat Choco Tacos, but I don’t see you buying that shit!
… and this concludes “Expressing My Anger with Andrew Raschke”.
An internationally touring comedian, Luke Francis will be performing as part of Colorado’s Most Wanted Comedy Showcase 7 p.m. this Sunday, June 10 at The Toad Tavern in Littleton. Hailing from Glasgow, Francis blends stand-up and music in his live act and his recently-released comedy album,…
I’m part of this show. Yeah. That’s right.
My buddy Jay Mohr and I. No big deal.
I haven’t posted in awhile and I have a lot of new things going on. HERE’S WHAT THEY ARE!!!
I, along with two very other awesome people involved in the comedy scene here in Denver have started a company called Trifecta Entertainment. Right now, we’re looking to start booking some shows, from open mics in bars to showcases and fundraisers in theatres. We’re really looking forward to some of the stuff we have planned, and for those in Denver community, keep your eyes out. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Now for the big thing I’m excited about…
Trifecta Entertainment, in association with Red Rocket Productions, are making a film. It’s a documentary called “Coming to the Stage: an Inside Look at Denver’s Comedy Scene”. I’ve talked to a lot of different comics around and one thing is certain: the Denver comedy scene is blowing up like no where else. The film will not only be showcasing comics through interviews, but the places where it happens and the shows that are run. The vision is to also show the struggles comics go to in trying to reach the upper-echelon in the comedy community.
I am super stoked for this thing. We’ll be putting up a project page at Kickstarter in the next week or so. Follow the project on our official website (which is Tumblr for now), Facebook, and Twitter. We would love that shit.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the CD release of one of Denver’s top comics and an all-around rad dude, Ben Roy. Ben just released his first CD, “I Got Demons”, and it’s fucking rad. You can download it HERE. Do yourself a favor and do it.
That is that for now. Thanks ya’ll!
The year was 2006. One of my good friends took me to a bar for an open mic night he had been going to for a few months. “You’re funny Andrew, you should try doing stand-up” people told me. That to me was always a rad thing to hear. I always enjoyed making people laugh. I had always done whatever it took to get a laugh. I rolled down a steep hill in the dead of winter after a blizzard in a t-shirt and shorts for a laugh. I licked the bottom of my shoe in high school for a laugh (and $8). So, naive and maybe even a little bit cocky, I went to this open mic thinking I had an arsenal of jokes and a crowd I could win over, and did it all in a few short days.
I was wrong.
I failed. I failed miserably. I told four total jokes, got one laugh, wasn’t even on stage for two minutes, and felt like an idiot. I left with my tail between my legs and a bruised ego.
For the next five years, people continued to tell me they thought I was funny and should do stand-up. I kept thinking back to the embarrassment I felt from my previous outing and would make excuses. “I don’t really have the time” I would say. That was bullshit though. Pursuing a dream is all about making time. Maybe I didn’t know then that it was a dream. I finally decided to stop being a quote-unquote “vagina” and step up. So in January 2011, I signed up to be in a “Bring It On!” competition at Comedy Works downtown. For those not familiar with this competition, you pay $10 and compete against other comics. The crowd judges the comics’ performance and the winner gets all the money. As soon as I received an email giving me my night to perform, I started preparing. I wrote joke after joke after joke, finally picking the best ones to make up my three minute set. I practiced every morning in my car on the way to work and every night coming home. I had my three minutes down, and when Sunday, February 27th, 2011 finally came, I was ready. I remember waking up at 6am and feeling nervous. I thought back to that open mic five years prior and told myself this was going to be different.
I felt good the whole trip downtown, and felt even better when I walked in and saw all the support I had there. Friends, family, and co-workers all came to cheer me on. It was an absolutely fantastic feeling to have that kind of support system. I went to the back, introduced myself to the other comics, and eagerly awaited my opportunity to perform. The emcee for that night was Denver comedy great Chuck Roy. It amazed me how great Chuck was at interacting with the audience through the entire show. To hear how energetic and enthusiastic the crowd was made me that much more excited. Chuck came and told me I was next, and that’s when my stomach dropped. That’s when I realized I was about to get on stage in front of 100+ people in one of the best comedy clubs in the country and hope that my jokes were funny.
“This is his first time performing, so don’t be too hard. Give it up for Andrew Raschke.”
I walked onto the stage feeling like a nervous wreck, but as soon as I got my first joke out and the place erupted, I felt like I’d been doing comedy for years. It was an amazing feeling. To sound overly cliche, it was a high no drug could offer (BOOM! I said it and have no qualms about it either!). I walked off and the applause kept going. I walked backstage to be greeted by one of my now favorite Denver comedians, Vic Alejandro. “Nice set” Vic told me. All the comics finished, Chuck told the audience he would go over everything and decide who comes back for judging, and Vic went out to do his set.
The moment of truth finally arrived. Chuck went back out on stage and announced he would be bringing out six comics for judging. The nerves were back. I was the fourth out of six he brought back out. The audience judged by applause, and when it was time for me to be judged, I was shocked by the outcome. People were on their feet screaming and applauding for me. Chuck then chose two comics to be judged for a final time: my now friend and hilarious comic Derek Bolton, and me. I edged Derek out and won the competition.
I don’t think there could have been a better way for my comedy career to start. I am more thankful than I can even describe that I found something that I love doing and the opportunities I’ve been given. I’ve met some amazing pro comics who have helped me and given me great pieces of advice, like Chuck Roy, Deacon Gray, Ben Roy, Lori Callahan, Vic Alejandro, Hippie Man, and many more. I’ve also made a lot of friends along the way. More than I can even name. I made it to the Wild Card round of Comedy Works’ New Faces contest, which was a lot further than I expected in my first year. I’ve been given opportunities to appear on a comedy podcast twice, host shows, and produce a show by the great Michael Powell from The Comedy Buffet.
But most importantly, it opened up the door for me to finally get my comedy group, Red Rocket Productions, off the ground, and I owe a big thanks with that to my two comedy brothers, Derrick Rush and Aaron Maslow.
This last year has been exciting, and I can only imagine what the next year holds for me.
What up ya’ll’s?!
That’s a new conjunction right there. You’re free to use that if you feel the need. You should feel the need.
Anywhozle, here are dates I’ll be performing for the next month:
March 30th Slam Bar Starts at 7pm | On stage at 7:30pm
April 6th Slam Bar Starts at 7pm
April 17th Comedy Works South Starts at 7pm
April 20th Slam Bar Starts at 7pm
April 27th Slam Bar Starts at 7pm
These are all places here in Denver, CO, so come on by if you live here. Addresses are below.
Slam Bar 9660 E. Arapahoe Rd. Greenwood Village 80112
Comedy Works South 5345 Landmark Pl. Greenwood Village 80111