My opinion column garnered more reader responses than any other contributor in the paper's 40-year run. As a stand-up comic, I performed in 16 countries & 26 states. I've written 2 one-man shows, umpteen poems, songs, essays & chronologies.
Nineteen years ago, I secured an audition for the Gameshow Network’s family-friendly program “Lingo.” As the game was played by teams of two, the PA with whom I spoke instructed me to procure a partner. Having been in LA all of a year, I could hold hands with every member of my social circle at the same time. What’s more, the audition was held on a weekday, during regular business hours, making finding a partner who wasn’t a showbiz aspirant that much harder.
Religion & Politics
Prologue Circa 16 years ago, I embarked on my first Armed Forces Entertainment tour. AFE, a subset of the ARMY’s “Moral, Welfare, and Recreation” network, is analogous to yesteryear’s USO. GIs, deployed to perilous Hoth, Dagobah, and Tatooine-like posts for what feels like a Game of Thrones winter to them, are particularly prone to boredom, depression, and suicide. As a countermeasure, AFE books comedians, country musicians, MMA exhibitions, et al, to enliven their spirits.
AINS Preface I’ve taught professionally, in several capacities, for the last eight years. I currently teach English as a second language four evenings per week. Translation errors are to comedy gold what the Spindletop Gusher was to black gold. On one particularly memorable occasion, I conflated miel de abeja (honey from a bee) with miel de vieja, Spanish for “honey from an old woman.”
06/30/23 Prologue 6 months ago, I quit my part-time delivery driver job to make room for a full-time collegiate course load. I left on good terms, as evidenced by my former employer asking me to stay on “ad hoc.” Long story short, when my successor’s out sick, or on leave, I score some quick cash by stepping back into my old shoes.