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What I Learned in Acting Class

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In my ongoing quest to become a great actor and marry Angelina Jolie, I recently took an acting class at a local university. When the class first started, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Quickly, I realized that learning to act wasn’t going to be easy. However, it was great fun and hugely educational. To spare you (and Me) unwanted boredom, I won’t go into EVERYTHING I learned. I don’t want to type that much, and I know nobody wants to read a bunch of “thespian” talk.

1. Pantomiming – Pantomiming is the technique of conveying emotions, actions, and feelings by using gestures without using speech. Basically, telling a story not by talking, but acting out the actions of the story in a very precise way. Our first major assignment was to perform a scene with only 3 lines. The rest of the time we had to be “interacting with our environment.” For example, pretending to open and close a refrigerator, opening a bottle, or turning on a stereo. It’s a skill that’s already proven beneficial to me in my comedy performance as well as auditions.

2. Stage Blocking – As a comedian, the only “blocking” I’ve done is holding my hand up when somebody throws something at me. However, in acting I had to sit down with my acting partners and block-out some scenes. It’s a rule that you must use the entire stage, and good blocking is important so that the actors can figure out how to move throughout the scene making everything flow naturally, while at the same time not upstaging their fellow actors or turning their back on their audience.

3. Script Memorization – One of my weaknesses for sure. I’ve never had the ability to memorize something quickly and retain it…which is why I almost failed high school. However, now I’m a lot better at retaining and remembering the material. Now I just have to get better at the actual “acting.”

4. Developing a Character – Once the lines are learned, there’s so much more that goes into developing a character. Basically, you must think about how the character carries himself physically, his/her life history, and his/her goals and motivations. It’s a time consuming process that pays huge dividends when performing. I now have a whole new respect for actors who can play a convincing characters. It’s not easy…not easy at all.

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I’m stopping now, because like I said, I’m not trying to bore everybody to death. For the class final, I had to perform a scene from Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” with a partner. It’s a play about a woman who ultimately leaves her husband and children to find a life of her own. (Sorry to spoil it for you.) It was a hard scene to learn and perform but my partner and I pulled it off. Now that it’s over, I’m humbled, educated, and confident that Angelina Jolie will soon be wearing a vile of my blood around her neck.

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Chevy Malibu ā€“ 300,000 Miles and Counting!

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I’ve reached a true milestone in my comedy career. My 2005 Chevy Malibu Classic has rolled over 300,000 miles, which officially makes it the coolest car of all time.

A car is to a comedian what a horse is to a cowboy. Road comics love their cars. A comedian’s car travels all over the country to get us to gigs. We sleep in them, eat in them, and often times we live out of them. A person can become very attached to the car after spending that much time in it. This is why I’m so excited to tell you the story of mine.

It was 2006, and I had to buy this car after my previous Malibu broke down beyond repair. That car was awesome too. It had logged 278,000 miles and it literally fell apart on me. I was 1000 miles away from home and I knew that I had to buy a car immediately, or be stranded in Colorado indefinitely. My girlfriend (now my wife) rented a car and drove 8 hours to where I was to help drive me around Denver in search of a new ride. We ended up at a Chevy dealership where I found my “Silver Bullet.” It was way out of my price range at the time, but the interior looked exactly like the interior of the car I was trading in and I loved it. It was a very stressful situation for me, and looking back, I think it was comforting to have a car that seemed so similar to mine.

The salesman explained to me that this car was a year old and had previously been used as a lease car. It only had 25,000 miles on it. Like I said, I didn’t have the funds to be making such a huge purchase but my mom helped me out and the deal was made over the phone. The dealership let me clean out my old car and drive the new one off the lot. Like I said, the interior was the exact same so it felt like I was driving my other car, but a lot better. The best part is that it got great gas mileage (33 miles/gallon) and still does.

Since that day, my car has driven through 25 different states. It has been through the mountains, on the beach, and in the sub-zero temperatures of North Dakota. One morning in ND, I woke up and outside was -20 degrees. I got into my car expecting it not to run and to my surprise it started right up! It has been involved in a couple of fender benders too, but it still was able to run and get me to wherever I needed to go.

I know that one day soon I’m going to have to get a more reliable ride. Even now, I’m weary of driving it more than 5 hours away because I’m afraid of it breaking down. It will be a sad day when I finally have to retire my faithful and reliable vehicle companion. One thing is certain, no matter when that day comes, my 2005 Chevy Malibu has lived up to it’s name: CLASSIC.

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My Mucocele

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Recently I had a surgical “procedure” done to remove a mucocele from my lip. What is a mucocele you ask? Simple, it’s a Latin word for CHICK MAGNET.

Actually it’s a “mucous cyst of the oral mucosa”, which is fancy talk for huge mucous zit. It was located on the inside of my bottom lip. I’ve had it for a long time but in the past few months it had started getting bigger. The doctor said it was the result of a ruptured salivary gland duct which could have been caused by me biting my lip.

I finally go to the oral surgeon. Yuck. I walked in with a smile on my face and walked out looking like Rihanna after a “date” with Chris Brown. It was awful from the get-go. First, he numbed my lip with novocaine by jamming two huge needles deep into my lower lip. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that sort of pain in my life. Then, after I was good and numb, he proceeded to cut, poke, and pull my lip. Finally, after about 15-20 minutes he was done, and I had no idea how much pain I would have when the drugs wore off.

It took about 10 days to heal up to a point where it wasn’t bugging me anymore. I still have a scar and probably will for a long time. Good news, nothing makes a guy feel sexier than not having a snot filled bump on the inside of my mouth.

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Tap ā€œNā€ Run 4k

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On September 26 I took part in my first Tap “N” Run 4k. Usually the idea of exercise makes me cringe, however this “race” involves drinking beer before and after, so I thought I’d give it a try. If a marathon involving costumes and drinking sounds like fun to you, that’s because it is!

The race took place in Louisville Kentucky on a beautiful September day. I did it with my wife and friends. At first I wasn’t sure if I would have a good time but I was pleasantly surprised. We all had a drink (or two) before the race and then the Tap “N” Run people provided beer afterwards. According to their website, there is normally beer stations throughout the race but due to Louisville drinking laws, they were only allowed to give us beer at the end. It didn’t matter to me though. It was fun hanging out with old friends and making new ones.

One thing I noticed was that on the website it says the following, “Running in a long straight line is getting old. Plus, all of those races have brew at the end anyway to help forget the monotonous pounding your knees just took. So join us for Tap ‘N’ Run and be sure to Pace Yourself!” Unfortunately, that’s exactly what this race was, a long straight line down a boring street. It would have been nicer to have a route that had better scenery and was maybe just a little more challenging. My knees didn’t ache however because I walked most of the way. If you do it, I would recommend you figure out a way to have alcohol with you during the race…it will be great times.

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October News 2012

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Happy October! Autumn isn’t my most favorite of all seasons but October is always fun. Football is in full swing, the leaves are changing colors, and of course Halloween is always awesome. Holidays that promote eating candy and scaring the dung out of people are the best.

Last month was incredible. Not only did I get to perform in some of my most favorite venues, but I also made a return visit to Vincennes University which is my favorite college in America at which to perform. Also, I was lucky enough to work with the very funny Jim Norton at the Columbus Funny Bone. I’m still laughing at some of the crazy stuff he said. He is hilarious.

This month isn’t as busy but it is equally as exciting. I start on October 10 in Port Huron Michigan at Lynch’s Irish Tavern. It’s a great Irish bar with the walls decorated in dollar bills. The next day I make a quick jaunt over to Williamsburg Michigan to work at the Turtle Creek Casino. Casinos are usually decent gigs, especially if they provide free food. Then for the weekend I will be returning to one of my favorite clubs, Wisecrackers in Merrillville Indiana. The club is located inside of a huge luxury hotel which includes great restaurants and an indoor pool with waterfalls.

The week after that I stay super busy. On October 16 I make my debut at the University of the Cumberlands in South-eastern Kentucky. Colleges are usually a blast and I’m really looking forward to performing at this one so close to home. For the weekend, Oct 18-20, I will be making my headlining debut at Loonee’s Comedy Corner in Colorado Springs. I’ve been to Loonee’s several times before but this will be the first time that I’ll be closing the show. Not only is it a fun club but Colorado is a beautiful state, especially this time of year.

After that, I’m off for about a week except for a couple of small corporate events. I may have some more club dates pop up so stay tuned.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank all of my fans for your support!! I’d like to welcome all of my new fans from September as well!! It never gets old to have people following me on Twitter and Facebook. In an effort to get even more of a Facebook following, I have started offering digital downloads of my comedy album, “Happy Go Lucky” for only $5!! Simply CLICK HERE!

Finally, I’m proud to announce that I have partnered with Dee Mura Enterprises to help in the advancement of my career. Dee has been in the business for a very long time and is very knowledgeable in all things comedy. With her guidance and teamwork, I expect that big things will be happening in the not-so-distant future!

If you are reading this then I thank you again for you support. I hope you have a stellar October!!!

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