Hey, year end lists are just a bunch of self-congratulatory masturbation, so let me be the most masturbatory of them all. Here are ten of the coolest things that Comedy brought into my life in 2014.
1. I INTERVIEWED BILL BURR
I have never been more nervous in my life than the 3 minutes before I dialed his number, but as soon as he picked up and said "Ay, this is Bill!" we were off to the races and talked about a whole bunch of different things, including his special, who are the hot up-and-comers and cellphone videos of comedians working out.
The only other time I was that nervous was in the spring when I got an impromptu interview with Dave Attell outside the Comedy Cellar. Literally half my brain kept going "You're talking to Dave Attell!" a quarter was saying "Shut up, stupid brain!" which left only a quarter to be remotely intelligent, though we somehow managed to get into a deep inside the industry chat that didn't seem like the right conversation to use to promote Comedy Underground, so I kind of punted.
2. I moved to New York
Not only did I discover that the comedy scene is both really pretty much the same, but also totally apples and oranges vs LA, but I've been able to see waaaay more women than LA is giving stage time to and I got to fall in love with comedy all over again.
I also got to get involved with three amazing shows & we've had something like 32 comedians crash in out tiny NYC apartment!
3-6. It's About Time You Put Out An Album!
Three of my dearest longtime LA friends and one of my newest favorite people put out long overdue albums this year.
- Sam Tripoli actually released his second album, but the first was never digitally distributed, so it still counts for this
- Nick Youssef released his first album, and even made it available on vinyl!
- You can now add joy to your day anytime, anywhere thanks to Steve Simeone's debut.
- And longest of the long overdues, Greer Barnes put together an album from his regular sets at The Comedy Cellar.
8. Talking to Cool People
9 Watching Friends Blow Up
I got to watch everyone at Caroline's and a bunch of people in Montreal loose their shit that they were in the same room as Chris D'Elia & Brent Morin. Saw Leslie Jones go from being "one of the black girls they hired to write for SNL after that whole thing" to being a featured cast member and household name thanks to some well-timed controversy. Between Neighbors and his Spike Lee directed special, Jerrod Carmichael is no longer just beloved by other comedians. I even got to eavesdrop on some folks waiting for Ari Shaffir's special rehearsal who were confessing that his podcast announcing the special taping made them cry.
Speaking of Ari & Jerrod's specials...
10. The Evolution of The Comedy Store
I'm watching from afar as my home & family transforms itself. I might have more mixed feelings if I were deep in the thick of it, but for now I only have warm fuzzies about The Store finally allowing Regulsrs to film specials there, getting a new talent coordinator, and bringing in a bunch of new Regulars and Friends & Family (unpaid regulars in the "feeder" development system) from the well-established to inside the family to some of the long-ignored but hugely talented alt kids.