So … I wrote a Banksy sketch over a month ago. And we shot it around then. Then like a week later the prolific street artist showed up in NY for a month. Here is the sketch …
As you may have noticed, I have a sketch comedy group that goes by the name of KOKOMO. The first written piece that I ever made for that group was from over a year ago, and it was a sketch called “Sully. The Terrible Bartender.” It was cool because it was beautifully shot (Thank you Lev Gartman) and just the right kind of ridiculous. To this day I am very proud of it.
See Sully by clicking here.
It was something cool. A nifty calling card. And THEN, today I decided to look at the website for the new Pete Holmes show. I did this because he’s one of my favorite comedians. He’s so fucking great it hurts my heart. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this.
I am not mocking or being snarky here: Their. Bit. Is. So. Funny.
It’s purely coincidence. I know that. It’s linear thinking. It’s easy to come up with. Our bit was by no means genius. It was absolutely expected that one day someone would do another bad bartender bit. This was the product of a pitch session probably called “What could Pete be bad at?” That’s all. I’m willing to bet dollar bills McGee that he never saw our sketch. He’s never even heard of our bit. That’s not the bummer though. What is a bummer, is that a more famous comic came up with a strikingly similar idea and it will absolutely be seen more for that reason. I love Pete. I love Matt. I hate being jealous.
I should feel pretty cool that I had the same idea for a bit as one of my favorite comics. A fella I have worked with and even had the pleasure of hanging out with once or twice. He’s my Radiohead friend. And this post is by no means meant to be accusatory. It isn’t at all. He’s the best. Top drawer indeed.
Maybe I’ll get a residual view or two by tagging him. Maybe he’ll actually watch our bit. If not - cool. If so, bang on Radiohead friend. I can’t wait to see your new show. Our Ryan Gosling sketch “Cute Girls Talkin Dirty" is right up his alley.
Sketch the third from our KOKOMO: Atlanta show. Cross dressing! Near nudity! Ladies and gentlemen … Sleepwalker!
The second of nine new live sketches from my comedy group … KOKOMO.
On August 9th, 2013 my sketch comedy group performed an hour long live show in Atlanta. Lots of people came. We played egg russian roulette at the after party. It was all in all a success. But a lot of people couldn’t come to the show for whatever reason. So we are going to release all of those new sketches this month for those people (or the people who saw it and just want to see it again.) Every Monday and Friday in September a new KOKOMO sketch… with a special surprise on the last day of the month. So, without any further hesitation: Sleep.
I genuinely love this. Even if rap/hip-hop isn’t your thing… It’s so unique. Jay performed the same song for six hours straight and interacted with writers, dancers, actors, fans, artists and major figures in the art world. My friends know that my musical taste is usually just Radiohead. In reality it’s Radiohead, Jay Z & New Order.
I just finished the book “High-Status Characters” about the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre, it’s founders and many of it’s performers. The book provides one of those weird moments for me where I feel strangely part of something even if it’s only at it’s tiniest and most minuscule form. I’ve completed basic sketch training at the UCB training center and have been approved for advanced training (waiting on a class that will meet my schedule.) I’ve even taken a level 101 improv training class. I go to shows as often as I can and have even volunteered for the past two years running at the Del Close Marathon. I say minuscule for a reason. Oddly enough, that work that I have put in hardly scratches the surface on the work many people put in at that theatre. Am I being too lazy? I feel like I may be. New York is a monster that swallows people whole day in and day out. I haven’t forgotten the stand-up or storytelling. I just don’t do it enough, because I’m pouring everything I have into this weird thing that is immensely rewarding to me. Does that make me lazy? It’s inspiring to see the story of how this little sonic boom of comedy grew. Without the training center I wouldn’t have met two of the members of my sketch team, who have turned out to be my two closest friends in this city. Without moments like performing in front of twenty people at one in the morning on a Friday with said sketch team on one of the most respected comedy stages in the country, I probably would have surrendered, packed it in and moved back to Atlanta. I’m thankful for it. I probably owe it more than I’ve given it.
Am I being lazy?
I saw Holy Ghost! open for New Order last night in Williamsburg Park. New Order was great. Impressive that at their age they can still make an audience dance their asses off. An audience of people vastly older than myself as well. A genuine all ages show if you will. But man oh man. I’d never heard Holy Ghost’s stuff before. I’m an immediate fan. So much fun. Very much so an 80’s synth sound. So much of it feel’s like montage music from an era oft made fun of or adored by the likes of comics on Vh1 for an entire afternoon. Tremendously fun.