TOUR

Tornado season be damned.

February 28
Denver, CO
Bug Theater (Grawlix 3rd anniversary show)

March 19-22
Philadelphia, PA
Helium Comedy Club

March 24-April 6
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Melbourne, Victoria (that’s in Australia!)

April 10-13
Washington DC
Improv

April 14
Richmond, VA
Strange Matter

May 1-3
Bloomington, IN
The Comedy Attic

May 4
South Bend, IN
The Drop

May 6
Milwaukee, WI
Shank Hall

May 7
Appleton, WI
Skyline

May 8-10
Madison, WI
Comedy on State

May 11
Iowa City, IA
The Mill

May 12
Des Moines, IA
Vaudeville Mews

May 13
Lincoln, NE
Vega

May 14
Kansas City, MO
Record Bar

May 15
St. Louis, MO
Firebird

May 16
Champaign, IL
Highdive

May 25
Omaha, NE
CromFest

I never studied improv. Frankly, the idea of it terrifies me. Anyone who can improvise well has my utmost respect. That being said, I’m proud of myself for doing Setlist. The idea is horrifying to me in that I always have some sense of what I’m going to talk about before hitting the stage, even if it’s a loose concept and not a fully formed bit. Lately I’ve been forcing myself to try new approaches and techniques, not just with standup, but in life. Making eye contact with strangers and speaking to them without mumbling, etc. Saying “hello” to someone on the street. Order something different off the menu. Sure, they’re little efforts, but it can lead to bigger changes for the better.

I think Setlist showed me that the things I was afraid of weren’t scary at all, but just a change to my routine. So to take that stage and find myself in the middle of a joke about a skydiving baby absolutely no idea how I got there or how I’m going to get out of it has helped immensely with the pre-written, pre-thought bits. I’m not so shell-shocked when a joke is bombing and I don’t know how to handle it. So go out and try something new today. Change the pattern. It’s fun, even if it goes awkward. Because you’re in charge of the awkwardness. I say thanks, Setlist!

emilyvgordon

emilyvgordon:

I host a podcast about video games. (We have tshirts.) I love hosting this podcast, but I feel like podcast listeners sometimes forget about the concepts of choice and responsibility.

1) It is our choice to make a podcast. We have no contract, and no one is making us do it. We love doing…

This applies to standup as well. Well said, Emily.