How is everyone? Good, I hope?
I’m going through some creative shit lately. I’ve been writing new material. It’s headier stuff, but I’ve been writing it out at my laptop, trying to get the language more precise. From my videos, I’m sure you can tell that my material can be dense. I’m making it denser. I’ve been working on something tying together masturbation fantasies with racism, the way our fantasies and fetishization of black men is an expression of our deeper anxieties. It’s an ambitious thesis so the material needs to be strong. I’m working it out.
I’ve done the set a few times, and its done well, but then something happened. I was booked on a show with a comedian I really respect and I psyched myself out. He’d never seen my standup before and I wanted it to be good, but I also wanted to run my new material. I ran my new material. It didn’t go well, the laughs weren’t coming, I was too stiff, I was looking at him the whole time, feeling that I wasn’t doing my best.
It’s a decision you make as a comic, try new stuff at open mics and save your best shit for booked shows, or run you new shit at booked shows. I tend to do my strong material at clubs, and for bar shows to let it ride, try out my new shit. A booked spot I get more time, an open mic, you’re getting 3-5 minutes, you never get to run your set altogether.
The good thing about bombing is that I came home and started writing, trying to fix it. In that sense, I should try bombing more, because it makes me work harder.
This week on the podcast I have Beowulf Jones! (http://twitter.com/iambeowulfjones) Beowulf is the LA producer for the RISK! Show. RISK! is a live storytelling show and a podcast. I’ve done the show three times so far. If you want to hear those episodes you can check them out here: http://sovereignsyre.net/media I gathered all my podcast appearances there, so you can listen to them all if you’re really into me talking. Beowulf and I talk about the storytelling scene in Los Angeles and about how to turn your life into a compelling story for the stage.
This week in comedy Aditi Mittal had her one hour special released on Netflix. It’s called Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say. She’s an Indian comic and one of the first female stand ups in India. It’s really good stuff. I get tired of stand up specials because the material feels stale. I’m really in love with the Netflix specials with comics from other countries. They don’t promote them on the front page, but there are a lot of interesting voices out there. Get into it. She’s funny and unexpected. A solid special, dirty, relatable, fun.
You can watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTLsFUk5fTk
I’m going to be running my full hour in San Diego for the Arte Pad (https://artepad.org) festival that Ash Hollywood is producing. I’m not sure which days I’m going to be there yet, I might be at the Laugh Factory on one of the days. I’ll keep y’all posted. For my show dates: https://sovereignsyre.net/shows
I’ve been listenign to Qveen Herby lately. She’s a singer from the YouTube machine, but she does an amazing cover of Desiigner. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZKpHH6IHC0
Another singer I’m really into right now is Yebba. She’s super young but already full of a soulfulness that is absolutely haunting. I just love her. Check out this performance. Get your life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXwE1G7_U9M
Interesting people to follow on Twitter:
Dr. Ben Carrington, a sociologist and previous guest on the podcast: http://twitter.com/benhcarrington
Leigh Cowart, for all your science porn needs: http://twitter.com/voraciousbrain
Reggie, ex soldier and anarchist type person: http://twitter.com/tesseraconteur
Black Feminisms, academic blog focused on Black Feminism: http://twitter.com/blackfeminisms
Spenser Wells, anthropologist and geneticist. He was the explorer in residence for National Geographic and is responsible for filling up that DNA database that ancestry.com uses to tell you how African you are and how Native American you’re not. He went around the world collecting everyone’s DNA. He’s also been a guest on the show so check that episode out. http://twitter.com/spwells
Some good reads this week:
Journal of African and Ethnics Studies: #sayhername a case study of intersectional social media activism. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2017.1334934
People Lie But Search Data Tells The Truth: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-09/people-lie-but-search-data-tell-the-truth
Author of “Everybody Lies” Seth Stephens-Davidowitz goes in our search histories and what they reveal about the character of the country.
Word of the week:
Bombinate: to hum and buzz. Have fun with that one!
That’s all for this week!
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