Maybe this is perfect. Whatever sadness lurks. Maybe this is perfect. Whatever fears. Time eating its own tail, planes and wrinkles and papers due. Maybe it is perfect. The wrong thing you said. The tooth that needs to be extracted. Who calls you to play. Maybe it is perfect. Do you know what perfect is? Maybe it is this. This thing that is in your way. Maybe it is perfect. Not all good. At all. But maybe just this way on this random day. The weight of it, the light of it, the sound of it. Maybe as it is, is perfect. It is possible.Learn More
Arizona People! I am going to be performing on Thursday night, July 26 in a super fun show that Tania Katan produces called Lit Lounge at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. That’s SMoCA to you!
“This is “The Most Of” Lit Lounge: Bringing you the Most because we’re already the Best! A special Lit Lounge on the big stage, bringing you the most engaging story-performers and musicians in the nation to share true stories fused by live music!”
I had a blast when I was there last year and I’m very much looking forward to it. Inspired by the title, I am writing a new piece called The Most that begins…”Maybe you are not like me. Maybe you were born happy.”
The next evening, Friday, June 27, I’m doing a special Comedian’s Way Workshop at SMoCA.
In The Comedian’s Way: For Writers, Performers and Other Humans I use a combination of talking, reading and writing techniques which I have developed over the years working with thousands of writers, comedians, and humans of all sorts. Therapists, teachers, lawyers, parole officers, executives, moms, singers etc! I help writers use performance techniques to push through and fine tune their unique comedic perspective and I help comedy performers – storytellers, stand up, one person show people, to get more rigorously honest and exquisitely creative with their comedy. I have helped so many creatives find their voice and choose and develop their projects.
I’m also available during the day on Friday for anyone who wants to dig deeper than we can get to in class. Privates are an hour. One on one time in class is ten minutes, which sounds short but in which a great deal can be accomplished. Plus of course in class you learn from everyone’s work.
The workshop will run from 6:30-8:30. I will give an inspiring talk filled with info and then we will have one on one time for you to do material that can be read, done from the heart, bullet points or improvised on the spot. I then give notes. I don’t always know where the notes come from, but I’m known for them:)Learn More
I love my podcast! And if you like me at all I bet you will too.
Every week at UnCabaret performers get on stage and answer the very deliciously entertaining question: What is going on with you right now? Sometimes that now is at the show, sometimes now is the day, the week, the season. Sometimes now means in this lifetime. The stories are loopy, discursive, sometimes poignant. They’re cliffhangers, tell-alls and sometimes even trips down a very present memory lane. Their stories are filled the entire beautiful palette of self discovery and personal revelation: desire, joy, resentment, fear, anger, excitement.
On UnCabaret UnStaged, I ask our guests a different question: What makes you you? What are your essential stories? Weirdnesses. Defining characteristics. Biological. Geographical. Psychological. What makes you tick? What tickles you? At the end of the half hour conversation Mitch sings our guest their own personal theme song.
We keep the episodes to 30:00 minutes, because, well we find we don’t quite have enough time, and we love a good boundary. I’ve loved getting deep with all of the guests who are my friends and I loved meeting Daniel, Lili, Ana and Brooke. Listen up!
EPISODE 1: LILI TAYLOR: FLYING HIGH
EPISODE 2: DANIEL RADCLIFF: TICKLE YOUR BRAIN
EPISODE 3: JOHN RIGGI: RIGGI ROBOT
EPISODE 4: REBECCA CORRY: A NEAR NECCO EXPERIENCE
EPISODE 5: BROOKE SMITH: ELEPHANTS CAN BE REALLY QUIET
EPISODE 6: ANA GASTEYER: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FOOD
EPISODE 7: JACKIE KASHIAN: AFTER DORK
EPISODE 8: TIM BAGLEY: CLEAN BOY, DIRTY STORIES
EPISODE 10: THE SKLAR BROTHERS: TWO FOR THE ROAD
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Over and over again I hear my Comedian’s Way students say that I give the best notes. I’m not saying I do, they are! And if they’re right, here’s maybe why.
My goal is to help each student be the best, funniest, most truthful, productive version of themselves.
To do this I set out to listen carefully and compassionately to each person who comes to me. To help them find their own voice and the ways and places to have that voice be heard. To understand where their writing, performing and human-beingness intersect. To find the deepest, most truthful funny in them – you, and to help and enlarge it. To intuit where there is something wonderful to nourish and encourage. To hug if really a good cry is standing in the way of a breakthrough.
Ultimately my job as a teacher is to respond truthfully and kindly with the idea that each person who comes to me is on the planet to do something very particular with their work, and their life, and that it is my job to help them realize that at its highest possible level.
When I am watching you I am asking myself… What needs to be thrown away? What tools do you have that you are not using? What tools can I teach you? How can you have more fun while working more effectively? How does this piece fit into your big picture? How can I make you comfortable with my most difficult notes? What assignment can I give you to push you the exact right amount for you? How best to encourage you particularly? Who do you need to watch to understand what I am telling you? Do you need to work harder? Do you need to be kinder to yourself? How can I enlarge your funny bone? Are you making progress that you can’t see that I need to point out?
And in prep I ask myself… How can I create the safest space for creative risk taking? How can I bring together groups that magnify and exponentially accelerate creative growth? Which of my biggest ideas haven’t we worked on recently?
If i give good notes, that’s why.
That and the whole 10,000 hours thing.
Next session: Mondays June 9, 16, 23, 30. 7:30-9:30
More info here.Learn More
I’m happy to get back to everything. But that seemed short didn’t it? Time is the greatest teacher that nothing is absolute. One minute is no longer than another – supposedly. Your age, your mistakes, your plan, your story. It expands and contracts. It sometimes reverses itself. Endings become beginnings. Tragedy becomes comedy. Sometimes comedy becomes tragedy. It all changes. And not always in the linear way that we expect. May the days of your lives this year be filled with surprises that delight and may you have as much of this mysterious thing called time as you feel you need.Learn More