Tag Archives: Stand-Up

Last Shows of 2016!!!

18 Dec

Wow, what a year it’s been.  I know that most people are over 2016, but I am cocky enough to say that I had a great year!  It’s still 2016, and I still have more shows.  Come out and support live comedy!

December 2016 Shows Poster.jpg

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Art Weingartner Lives On Forever: Rick Ducommun Dead at 62

20 Jun

Perhaps best known for playing nosy neighbor Art Wiengartner in the cult classic film The ‘Burbs, Rick Ducommun’s career started in stand up and lead to a string of supporting comedic roles in the 1980s and 1990s.  Rick Ducommun died on June 12, 2015 at the age of 62, due to complications from diabetes.  Ducommun’s performance as Art was a comedic triumph and a delight for anyone who saw The ‘Burbs.  Art Wiengartner was the perfect overzealous neighbor, inviting himself to eat at Ray Peterson’s house and sharing his theories on the new neighbors who move into the Klopeck house down the street.  Ducommun’s comedic timing was on point, especially with the delivery of his most quoted line: “Satan is good, Satan is our pal…”.

The Burbs - Art

Here is a best of compilation showing some of Art’s classic moments:

The ‘Burbs was a film favorite for me in my childhood, but Ducommun also appeared in movies like Little Monsters as the villain Snik, and as Gus, one of the bar patrons who spends his night with Phil Connors over and over again.  He also appeared as the limo driver in Blank Check.  Ducommun was also an accomplished stand up comedian, with an HBO special airing on HBO called “Rick Ducommun: Piece of Mind”.

Groundhog Day - Rick Ducommun

LITTLE MONSTERS, Rick Ducommun, Howie Mandel, 1989.

LITTLE MONSTERS, Rick Ducommun, Howie Mandel, 1989.

Rick Ducommun certainly had a huge stage presence, and he was a scene stealer in many of his roles.  His career never blew up like many of the stand-up comedians who went on to have their own sitcoms or starring film roles, but Ducommun is memorable, and I certainly count him among my comedic influences.

Pour one out for Rick Ducommun.

Watch Me Perform Stand Up at the Westside Comedy Theater

28 Feb

Listen to My Interview on Nick Has A Poolhouse

21 Sep

Hello Fixed Air readers!!

Recently, my good friend and fellow stand up comedian Nick Kaufman had me as a guest on his podcast, Nick Has A Poolhouse.

Nick asks me about how having a bad set can affect my mood, how my parents’ marriage influences my the state of my current romantic relationship, why I get sad sometimes, and one of the most embarrassing moments of my life.

Please take a listen through any of the links below:

http://goo.gl/NtPRT0

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nick-has-a-poolhouse-a-podcast/id641881902

http://westcastnetwork.com/nick-has-a-poolhouse-2/

Please like Nick Has A Poolhouse on Facebook and subscribe on iTunes!!

Nick Has A Poolhouse Photo

I Am Doing Stand Up Comedy and All of a Sudden Shit Makes Sense

9 Aug

This blog has become less of a priority for me as I have begun my stand up career.  Now that I am performing stand up and putting myself out there with the possibility of being seen by someone who matters, everything makes a lot of sense to me.  I was always a fan of stand up but I never quite thought I had it in me to actually try it until recently.  I started in January, and I try to go onstage at least seven or eight times a week.  I’ve been performing regularly at open mics and some booked shows around Los Angeles, and I now feel as though I have some purpose in life and a way to showcase my thoughts and writing to complete strangers.

What I am hoping is that over time, this blog will become a website to showcase upcoming shows and my other comedy-related activities.

Here’s a clip of me performing in the Ed Galvez Punkhouse on July 2nd (the embed code does not work on WordPress for some reason, so if anyone has a tip for this, please let me know):

http://rooftopcomedy.com/watch/DatingInLA1

Please Donate to Support Caleb Medley

25 Jul

One of the victims in last week’s Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting was Caleb Medley, an aspiring comedic performer who recently moved to Denver to further his career. In a matter of seconds, Caleb’s life completely changed.

Caleb Medley

 

When gunfire rang out in the theater, Caleb was one of the patrons injured. Caleb’s injuries are very grave – he was shot in the face and has had to have his right eye removed.  Doctors have also said that he is brain damaged. He will require ongoing medical care and will be in the ICU for at least two more weeks. Caleb does not have health insurance. The huge expenses of Caleb’s care will likely be millions of dollars.

Caleb’s wife Katie was scheduled to be induced to give birth to their first son last Sunday.  Katie, who was in the theater with Caleb, was uninjured. Katie gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Hugo on Tuesday.

Katie and Hugo Medley

If you would like to help lessen some of the burden for Caleb and Katie, donations can be made to a fund at the following address:

Support Caleb Medley

c/o Canon National Bank

401 East Main Street

Florence, CO 81226

The fundraising efforts are being undertaken by one of Caleb’s friends, Mike West. You can email him with questions at westicules@yahoo.com.

I am posting this in the hope that some of my friends in the performing arts and comedy professions will also spread the word. Thank you for reading!!!