Yeah. I said it. I “came out” to my parents that I’m serious about comedy. Let’s be real here: I have no real comparison to what it might feel like to have to “Come Out” to my parents in the traditional, sexuality sense. But I’d like to think that telling my parents that I’m taking “joking” rather seriously was like a close friend of a distant cousin to the real “Coming Out” experience. I started doing comedy a couple years ago. After a few months I realized I liked it and will pursue it while I kept my day job. So I figure, I should probably tell my parents, cuz that’s what a normal adult child would want to share with their parents when they make a large time commitment to a new hobby that brings them joy.
Read more at my new podcast website creativelifepod.com. And check back soon for details of my podcast launch real soon!
Everything I need to know about life I learned from American Idol, season 10. Contrary to what the condescending, hybrid-driving, Pellegrino-sipping, bi-coastal liberal elite might think, there are some serious, hard-hitting lessons revealed through the “reality” competition drama that is American Idol. You’re welcome, America. You’re welcome. (Spoiler Alert)
1) Episodes 1-7-The nation-wide auditions. The star power of new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez dazzles aspiring Idols.
Once you get past age twenty-five, develop a gracious facial response to hearing “I’ve looked up to you ever since I was a kid.”
It takes a lot of years of cocaine to give you free license to rhyme like Mother Goose and still sound like a creepy, oversexed uncle. (Side note: The non-sequiter-jokes-that-only-make-sense-in-your-own-rockstar-dimension predates Charlie Sheen and Twitter. Give credit where credit is due.)
2) Episodes 8-10-Hollywood Rounds. Group competitions weed out the weak.
Without respected, and mature leadership, letting random strangers figure out how to group themselves and perform will always lead to hurt feelings.
Left to our own devices, “Lord of the Flies” survival of the fittest will always rule: the chubby, underdeveloped outcast will be left out.
3) Episode 21-Casey gets saved by the judges.
Being an independent-minded underdog won’t take you to the finish line but will sure help out along the way when the chips are down.
4) Episode 25-To everyone’s shock, Pia Toscano gets kicked off.
Being likeable will get you further in life than ACTUALLY being talented.
5) Episode 38-Lauren and Scotty are in the top two.
The kids who you’d think will win prom king and queen WILL always win prom king and queen.
6) Episode 39-The Idol Finale Results Show.
Who to invite to the party need not make sense when butt loads of money are involved. Judas Priest, TLC (without the L) AND Jack Black? (Don’t forget: Kung-Fu Panda 2 in theaters now.)
Blind confidence and swagger will get you further in life than playing down your gifts and being the vulnerable damsel in distress.
The ULTIMATE Girlfriend Moment: If there is ONE girlfriend I’d like to have on MY side while I go through a messy, public divorce with a cheater, it would definitely be the girlfriend of ALL girlfriends, Oprah.
The BEST unexpected moment out of all the over-the-top tributes during the two-part finale shows was Maria appreciating Oprah for always giving her “love, support, wisdom, and most of all, the truth.”
Oprah grabs Maria’s hand triumphantly and declares, “Here’s to the Truth!” with a knowing smile while the crowd breaks into applause at the clear jab at Arnold.
Oh, it’s great to be able to talk with just “us chickens” but it’s even BETTER when the chickens include a powerful mother hen with broadcasting power. (Originally written for The Morning After tumblr http://tmaonhulu.tumblr.com/)
Roseanne is so fierce it prickles the backs of my knees. Read this article. She talks about the woefully unrepresentative popular media…even refers to respecting Dave Chapelle for taking himself out of the ratrace to get sane. This merits a longer blog post.