A Lesson In Compassion

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I was out today for my day-after-Christmas walk, really just looking to get outside and see if the fresh air could help relieve my near-traditional Christmas holiday illness, which actually began a few days before, accelerated during my Isle of Wight gig, and sort of hit full force by bedtime Christmas Eve. I was worried […]



The Eagle Knew

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Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been a godsend for comedians around the world, and his latest escapade involved an American bald eagle who wasn’t comfortable in The Donald’s presence. The eagle attempted to nip at Trump’s arm while the man was posing for a Time magazine “Man-Of-The-Year” photograph (Trump was third in Time’s poll, Angela […]



What I’m Thankful For

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Here it is again, possibly the most misunderstood holiday on the planet, only wholly celebrated in the USA, and with negative stories about its origins surfacing frequently. The latest accounting is a complete dressing down of the Pilgrims, whom we were told fled to America’s Northeastern shores in the early 17th century to escape religious […]



30 Years Ago Today, and a New Career Unknowingly Born

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The autumn of 1985 was one of great uncertainty, as I was looking at being single on two different fronts. In September, a long-term relationship ended, and shortly after, my stage partner had decided to move to Sacramento in preparation for a move to Kentucky to get her Ph.D, so the act was going on […]



Journey From Hell Part 2

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When we last left me, I was on US 93 a few miles from Interstate 40 after a half hour under police scrutiny. I would wind up seeing a lot more of US 93 than I thought. My goal was to reach Tonopah, Nevada, a town of less than 10,000 up at near 6,000 feet […]



Journey From Hell Part 1

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This is a two-parter, as two separate delays made a trip from Scottsdale, Arizona to Tonopah, Nevada, a distance of 518 miles and about 8 hours drive time, go nearly 700 miles and 12 fucking hours! The two things are so unrelated, it makes sense to put them in separate blogs. I left Scottsdale at […]



Comedy and Gunfire? Yeah, That Makes Sense

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After this past Tuesday’s show at LA’s Comedy Store, a man was shot dead in front of the club’s patio area, which several of the club’s comics had the misfortune to witness. Amazingly, the shooter was able to escape, and as far as I know is still at large. Sadly, this is nothing new at […]



A truly great inspirational lady

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of my mother’s passing, amazing that the time went by so quickly, and even more amazing that my dad, who was older than her, is still around, though he seems to have forgotten that she’s gone. I got to see her four days before she died, at which time her […]



My Dad Continues to Defy the Odds

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Yesterday I was informed that my aunt, my dad’s younger sister and my only direct blood relative other than him still around, passed away yesterday. I believe she was 87. In my direct family, the only other living relative is the widow of my dad’s brother. On my mom’s side, she was one of three […]



You do a gig, you get paid, right? Maybe not.

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Thank goodness I’m going to US next month and doing reputable gigs where you are paid as soon as you’ve finished the final show. That’s the way it always was back in the day, and remained for a long time. Clubs usually paid in cash, but even those that wrote checks rarely wrote bad ones. […]