Month: March 2012

Dawn of a new day.

This is what dawn looks like from my front door.

I’ve always been a nightowl. Even as a child, I preferred to stay up late and sleep in. I know this isn’t at all uncommon, especially for Americans. Lately though, my nightowly ways seem to have magically shifted and I find myself waking up before the alarm on a shockingly regular basis. I promise you this was not planned… but I have grown to like it. Stranger still, I find myself able to really focus and write in these early-morning hours, before coffee, before checking email and facebook etc. It is almost like discovering a new muscle. I’m not quite ready to start strapping on my sneakers for early AM runs just yet… but who knows?

Creative work has been going well, even if I haven’t gotten around to posting about it lately.

  • I’m five weeks in to teaching an improv class at bang. At our theater ‘level 2’ is all about “characters” – how to create them instantly and how to (hopefully) hang on to them for the duration of a scene, or even for an entire long-form set. I love teaching this stuff because I’m not an improvisor who creates a lot of big or cartoonish characters… but even “small” characters are insanely important to a good scene or set… more important than any “plot” or “conflict” you could come up with. Create a person with a point-of-view or a consistent attitude/worldview and trust me: The “plot” will take care of itself.
  • So far this calendar year, I’ve written two spec sitcom pilots and outlined two new comedy feature ideas. That would be bragging if I felt like I could take credit for any of it. I honestly don’t know where all this output is coming from. In fact, I’m afraid to over-think it, for fear it might evaporate…. so that sound you hear is me typing as much as possible, as fast as possible.
  • Still booking shows and doing readings around Los Angeles every chance I get. This Friday I’ll be returning to The PEZ Show at Actor’s Comedy Studio. A great show in an awesome little space. Some other shows are in the process of being booked for April and May. Stay tuned for those.

I sense that some positive and long-awaited changes are coming. Can you feel it?

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New Month. New Stuff.

Starting off a new month with a new bit of fun. Last Friday night I drove across town to record another episode of the StoryWorthy podcast with hosts Christine Blackburn and Hannes Phinney. Always a fun time… and the episode is already posted and ready for downloading. You can find it at the iTunes store of course or just go directly to the StoryWorthy website… and hey, don’t just listen to my episode, check out some of the other great stories by awesome storytellers.

Meanwhile, I’ve started teaching a new “level 2” improv class at bang on Tuesday nights. Last week was the 1st of six classes, and it is already shaping up to be the highlight of my week. Teaching this stuff is always a treat, but it is even more fun when the students are this funny, fearless and eager. It is really inspiring.

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