Comedy shows in D.C. are so much fun. I think because of the intense area that is connected to politics that people need, they need their down time. D.C. audiences are almost universally praised by comedians.
I’m a nightclub comic. That’s what I do. I work in the clubs uncensored because my mind is uncensored, and those are the thoughts that I have. I do the kind of comedy that I would enjoy seeing.
But it’s hard for a chick to do comedy. It’s not as open for them.
I think comedy because of the Internet it has a bigger audience, a bigger fan base. It has fans that understand comedy more than any generation before because there is more guys like you, more guys like me, more guys like Louie CK who talks about it a lot. When you get a chance to see perspective that I don’t think you ever got to see before.
I was like, “This is a new thing that the gay people have decided? That’s the gayest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.” You can’t do that. You can’t decide that a word is forbidden now collectively amongst your group of human beings, that the word is a slanderous evil nasty word about homosexuals. It’s not, the word doesn’t mean that. And sometimes it’s a good word to use in comedy. That’s what your friend has to realize when he’s at a bar just yelling out the word.
I’m really happy that I’ve been able to make people laugh and distract them from their day to day bullshit at a comedy show or because they enjoyed one of my CDs or TV specials, but I don’t know how many people have actually had life changing thoughts because of it.
Comedy is a funny thing, and it’s really not like any other art form in that it’s very specialized and varied in it’s content, but generic in it’s title. You would never go to a club just to see “Live music,” you would go to a jazz club to see jazz, a blues club to see blues, etc. But when you go to see “standup comedy,” if you don’t know the performers material, you really don’t have any idea what you’re gonna get.
Comedy is really not like any other art form in that it’s very specialized and varied in it’s content, but generic in it’s title.
I’ve been involved in mixed martial arts since 1997 when I first started working for the UFC.
The best way to pursue any discipline is the martial art way.
I’ve done jiujitsu a huge chunk of my life, and I try to spend a lot of time educating people on the nuances, the subtleness of the ground game. It’s a big part of mixed martial arts.
There’s a very famous Miyamoto Musashi quote. “Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things.” The idea is once you understand what excellence is all about, whether it’s in painting, or carpentry or martial arts, that you see how that excellence manifests itself in any discipline. I think that all the different things that I do enhance all the other things that I do.
You’re just part of the soup of the universe, so just try to enjoy what’s good about it.
The Universe rewards calculated risk and passion