It’s COLD. It’s cloudy – foggy – whatever – in the 50’s with some drizzle and it’s COLD.
Thank goodness for the people of Berkeley its now called ‘climate change’ because showing up to an August global warming rally in a sweater and mittens would have seemed ridiculous.
Anyway, Rick Overton is playing at Cobbs this weekend. I put up a podcast of our spot on LA radio. Rick is one of those ‘comic’s comics’. He’s the guy that other comedians like to watch. But unlike musician’s music – that is really complicated to play and really painful to listen to – comic’s comics are entertaining to the laymen as well.
As a working comedian, I’m also a student of comedy. I study and watch other comics work. Comedians are big on mentoring other comedians. What you get as a feature act – isn’t money – it’s the opportunity to have time with the headliner. Someone gave them pointers and so they give it away. With those pointers is the often unspoken agreement that you will in turn do the same. Now, imagine a people that are egomaniacal enough to think that them on stage by themselves – with no set dressing and the only props being a stool and a microphone stand – would be captivating enough for ‘date night’ – having to balance that with a mentorship agreement. Sometimes it works beautifully – and sometimes it ends up as a pissing contest as to whose needs to be coached more.
I just keeping telling myself that they aren’t paying me what I’m worth – but I’m happy to have the work. Treat every gig like it was my last – because it could be. Balance that bit of humility with some complaining. Hey look – I’m a typical comedian.