Posts tagged comedy
Posts tagged comedy
Since moving to LA almost two years ago, I’ve struggled with a handful of health problems including the worst bout of depression I’ve ever had. A few months ago after a lot of therapy, Celexa and support from loved ones, I finally stopped doing things like crying at the 99¢ store when grandmother types complimented my hair.
Since August I’ve experimented with trying to write & talk about that time in which I actually related to Lars Von Trier films. Sometimes I’ve been able to do it in a funny way, but other times I start to make a joke about it and then my throat closes up instead and I reprimand myself for ever trying to leave the house when I could just nest in a pile of polyester clothing and watch Robocop for eternity.
Now is a time where I’m feeling like I could maybe be on stage again regularly so I’ve been forcing myself to do so. It’s actually going really well, and not once have I curled into the pouch of my sweatshirt and disappeared like a cartoon kangaroo.
In fact, I’m going onstage tonight at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade for the first time in awhile and I’m really excited about it. What I love about the UCB long form is it’s commitment to grounding ones characters and scenes in honesty. Since I started studying at the theater in 2011, finding the truth and honesty of the scene has been a struggle for me because I’ve had such a hard time just being able to actually feel regular balanced human emotions. As I’ve worked to pull myself out of depression, I’ve had to confront it head on and push back on the shame of it. In learning how to confront my own feelings honestly, I find myself becoming a stronger comedian with a fuller presence.
So as I continue to stay above the tide of bleakness, I am trying not to hide anymore and I’m trying to push myself creatively again because I think it’s the only way. The internet still makes me feel gross a lot and sometimes I never write back to people I love who reach out to me because I get overwhelmed by how much I miss them. But as I work to ground myself in reality and find the honesty in my own life through writing and performing, I’m hoping the rest will get easier, too.
You can see me at UCBTLA tonight at 6pm and hopefully more places soon.
xo - LTB
Tank you Rebecca Joines Schinsky of Book Riot for the kind words!
“I Can Barely Take Care of Myself by Jen Kirkman (Simon & Schuster, April 16)–I dove into this as soon as it arrived a couple weeks ago and have been…
So excited to read this book by one of my favorite comedians on the oppressively taboo topic of living child-free by choice.
Today is certainly a day to celebrate.
Obama got re-elected!
And I got elected #10 on BuzzFeed’s list of Most Tired Election Day Trends on Instagram.
This is the funniest thing that has ever happened to me. Also, I think it’s cute that BuzzFeed thinks that they are the first to roll their eyes at my hyperbole.
Today I walked past a conversation that went like this:
"I’m ready to munch on some brunch"
"Yeah let’s brunch munch!"
And Daria, my spirit animal, appeared.
LADY to LADY is back TONIGHT at 8PM! As always, we have an amazing show in store for you! Come on out & see Barbara, Tess & Brandie talk hot topics, unladylike moments & uncover some motherfucking TRUTH, with:
Special Guest Lauren Ashley Bishop!
PLUS!A Dance from Baron Vaughn!
Guest Chet Jeff Wattenhofer!
Relationship Advice Expert Erin Lampart!
An all new video from our Woman on the Street, Amber Kenny!
And get there on time so you don’t miss our amazing warm up comedian, Dave Child!
Plus don’t forget our monthly giveaway to several lucky audience members. AND FREE BOOZE & LAUGHTER & WE’LL PROBABLY BE WEARING SOMETHING LOW CUT OR WHATEVER, SO BE THERE OK?!
Wednesday 8/29 8PM - leading in to HAMCLOWN AT 10pm!
The Little Modern Theater
6476 Santa Monica Blvd.
This is excellent. Go support these hilarious women.
Here’s some improv I did at the UCB. It’s pretty good. It might even be bitchin.
Here’s my set from Slutwalk LA yesterday. The best part is when I ask if people in the back can see and hear, and no one responds, and I just move on like “whatever.”
And I’m going to be doing some slutty stand-up. Come watch…this is a good place to hoot and holler.
This Sunday August 5th I’m doing some trampy feminist stand-up at Slutwalk LA! Join me in Pershing Square Downtown from 1-5 and dress like you don’t give a fuck about giving lots of fucks.
(Photo: Me and my best hussies at Slutwalk DC 2011)
I can’t afford to take improv classes AND get my hair did, so I’m taking classes and telling everyone how much I love Madonna.