I can never think of clever, funny, or thoughtful titles for my entries. That bothers me. But then I think of New Order, one of my favorite bands from my youth…not a single one of their song titles had anything to do with the actual songs…”Blue Monday”…”Everything’s Gone Green”…? So I think it takes some of the pressure off of me…which makes me think of something I realized about myself recently: I’m always in competition with myself…You know how you tell kids, “don’t be so competitive with each other”? Well, I tell my step-kids that all the time…sometimes it is just not that important who wins at Yahtzee…sometimes…
Anyway, I was thinking, (bad idea), and it hit me: I am in a state of constant competition, with myself. It is impossible for me to be happy with anything I’ve done, and I always work hard to best my last effort…so being in a movie like Stand By Me when I’m 12 isn’t exactly the best place to start…I’ve been trying to best that one for years. Somehow I think “The Curse” just didn’t quite do it, do you?
I bring this competition thing up because tonight I rehearsed with my sketch comedy group for this big show we’re doing at the huge Vegas 30th anniversary of Star Trek convention. I pulled together some of the best sketch comedians I know, who are also great improvisers, to do this show. I’m really excited about it, because the Star Trek fans are going to see something that they really don’t expect.
So we’re working on it tonight, at the ACME theatre, where I just finished a wonderful sketch show, that was really fun, and VERY well reviewed, if I say so myself, and I got to thinking about how hard I worked to get my funny in order for the show I did there, and the funny that I couldn’t get together for the newest show (I’m not in it). And I realized something, I have to stop competing with myself, because either way, I’m not going to win…I mean, how do you beat yourself? (Well, other than the obvious, impure-thoughts way that seems to be so popular on the internet) Isn’t there a movie where the hero can’t fight the villian, because they’re really the same person, and each knows what the other will do at any given time? Not Face/Off. I mean a good movie. If it wasn’t, then someone should write one, dammit. And I want a free T-shirt from it. And I want to be invited to the premiere, but I won’t show up. I’ll be drunk at some skeevy bar around the corner…that’d be cool.
Sorry, I digress. I do that a lot.
Today, Anne and I cleaned out our entire kitchen. Top to bottom. Holy shit, the junk we’ve accumulated over the past year is staggering. Even more staggering were the hundreds of those icky meal-bugs that like to get into your flour and hang out. Gross. After we cleaned it out, I was standing in the kitchen, and the whole place just felt better…now stay with me here, because I know this sounds lame, but swear I could feel the energy just flowing better in there, you know? Like I’d cleaned out the place, so the Chi could flow more smoothly…or maybe I’d just left the gas on in the oven. I’m not sure.
Tonight, I rehearsed the show, and it went really well, all things considered. Like all great shows, we have not enough time, and not enough props and all that, but I think we’re going to put on a great show, a show that we can be proud of. Hey, if it works, maybe we’ll take it on the road, or something.
Oh, and if anyone cares, you can hear me on KXLU 88.9 FM here in LA, tomorrow night at 9PM PDT. Keith and I are promoting the charity J.Keith vanStraaten show that we’re doing Thursday.
Some good news, mixed in amongst the bullshit: The guy who runs Surly Heckler emailed me about my first Killoggs post, and wanted to reprint it at his site, which is really cool, because his site is REALLY funny…I hope I don’t become the butt of some cruel joke, though. And the guy who linked to me as hell offered some sort of I think apology, but I’m not sure.
I also found this really, really funny page…
and this really, really cool interview with the creator of quite possibly the greatest comic strip ever, Bloom County. I put Bloom right up there with Fox Trot and Doonesbury, next to The Far Side. I also just noticed that this dumb little site I made is currently number 1 at blogdex. I have no idea why, or what that means, but being number one on anything is really, really cool… and kinda weird. =/
I’ve gotten lots of cool emails from people since I left this afternoon. You know who you are, and you have touched me, again.
Not that way, sicko. In the good way.
Jeeze! That’s not what I meant, either. God! Damn! Get your mind out of the gutter!
Sheesh. I’m going to sleep now.
Oh, stories I wanna tell: The origin of “Uncle Willie” the story of Ferris, and how Anne saved me from getting eaten by a bear.