Bear fly free!
Bear fly free!
This came out in 1940. It’s a shame such wisdom has been ignored so completely for that long.
as inspired by andy dwyer, i think instead of asking people what they’re working on or what projects they’re involved with, i’m going to start asking what people are doing for their dream.
“are you doing your dream?”
“how are you feeding your dream?”
“status update on your dream: go!”
it sounds dramatic but i think it’s necessary. i frequently lose sight of why i’m doing things and just worry about getting stuff done or getting by. in order to regain focus and perspective, i need to knock on the door of the little man who operates my brain and yell “HEY! HOW ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR DREAM?”
i’m going to start asking you guys too. so get ready to be held accountable for making shit happen.
Sitcoms are often sources of good advice. So are improv friends.
For the past few New Year’s, I have had a list of 10 resolutions, the rationale being that by casting a wide net I will be able to accomplish several goals for a particular year. The most I’ve ever achieved was 4, a far cry from a full 10 but still a fine accomplishment in my book. I haven’t reviewed them for 2012 yet, but I know I’ve accomplished at least one of them: get healthy (I’ve lost 45lbs and significantly changed my diet). So as the new year approaches, I’ve started giving consideration to my 2013 Resolutions. And then today, I had an emotional breakdown regarding the Connecticut School Shooting. I am about as emotionally detached as a person can be, so my version of an emotional breakdown involves 5 minutes of intense sobbing followed by an unhealthy amount of binge eating (ex. a whole box of Ellio’s Pizza). I find the amount of cruelty and viciousness in this world to be so overwhelming sometimes that I just want to crawl under my bed and never come out. In the wake of epic tragedies like the one today, everyone has an opinion about why it happened, how it can be fixed/prevented from happening again, and how to move on. And the discussion could never end because every day horrible, terrible things are happening all over the place. And we can all talk and talk until we are blue in the face and more than likely, nothing will ever be done to fix anything. And, as a solitary person in a world of 12 billion people, it seems as if most of us can do nothing more than just shrug our shoulders, say “what can you do?,” and pray to our respective higher powers (mine are The Great Cosmic Whale-Gods) that we aren’t stepped on or victimized by one of our fellow men. This helplessness is intensified, for me at least, by the realization that we are all just specks of dust in the history of time, mere drops in the bucket of the infinite years that have passed and will continue to pass long after we are gone. So what’s the point of all this? In my continual effort to support the power of positive thinking in my own life, I refuse to admit that this life is pointless. And, since I am alive for just this split second in time, I figure I’d better make the best of it. So, for 2013 (and hopefully the rest of my life) I resolve the following:
In the movieRoad House, Patrick Swayze plays a Zen bouncer who has three simple rules for bouncing, the third of which is “be nice.” Of course, at the end of the movie, Swayze rips out a man’s throat and kills all his enemies. Spoiler alert: not very nice. But what can you expect from a movie whose director is named Rowdy? Anyway, I am stealing the third rule and appropriating it for my own life.
I will be nice. Always. I will always speak nice of everyone. When I have nothing nice to say, I will force myself to find something nice to say. Or I will say nothing. I will avoid gossip, slander, and general trash talk. I will purge my brain of negative thoughts about others. I will be patient and welcoming to all. I will actively try to understand other people’s perspectives. I will treat others with the respect that all human beings deserve. When I have a difference of opinion with someone, I will not think less of them. I will celebrate our differences.
I will be actively nice. I will go out of my way to help others. I will always have a compliment on hand. I will practice generosity, thankfulness, and humility. I will give more than I take. I will, to the best of my ability, emotionally and physically support those around me. If I find I am not doing an adequate job at this, I will work to get better at it. I will put others’ thoughts and concerns ahead of mine. I will help others find ways to spread the niceness around.
I will be nice to myself. I will be less hard on myself when I think I have screwed up. I will treat myself with the respect I hope to receive from others. I will take care of myself both emotionally and physically. I will cultivate my creativity so that I may accurately display my emotions. I will let myself be open to new experiences so that I can capture as much life as possible.
I will let the niceness wash over me. It will permeate my skin, my muscles, my bones. It will become synonymous with my name, my being. It will radiate from me towards others. It will bring upon the change that I want to see in my tiny, microcosmic world. It will help others transform themselves into nicer beings.
So what is the point of all this? Why be nice? I’d rather ask, “why not be nice?” We have this one instant, this moment that will be gone in the blink of an eye. And we can make a choice. Are we going to fill it with strife? Or, are we going to fill it with kindness? In my mind, however naive it may be, the nice route is the only option, not just for myself, but for everyone else around me. And being nice is so much easier than filling your life with hatred and arguments. So when the Great Cosmic Whale-Gods swallow us up in their cavernous stomachs, we can at least rest soundly that we were a force for good during our brief moment here on Earth.
Please, let’s all be nice to one another.
Tonight is the return of Sandwich Night! Our annual, night-before-Thanksgiving holiday where we celebrate friendship and family by eating sandwiches together on New York public access television. Come join us at TheChrisGethardShow.com and watch live at 11pm EST.
We’re so excited to get things underway, and we sincerely hope that you join us.
Don’t eat sandwiches alone! Head over to the forums to find or organize a satellite sandwich party in your area.
Take pictures of yourselves eating sandwiches! And then tweet them to @ChrisGethard during the show. We’ll do our best to get as many of them on the screen as possible.
Come up with a better title than “Sandwich Night 2”! Something as special as Sandwich Night deserves better than just a number two tacked on after it. Reblog this post and add your much better sequel title - Something like Sandwich Night Episode 2: Attack of the Malone or Sandwich Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smoke Weed, Son! We’ll pick the best one, and make that the official episode title on the archives!
Spread the word. Join us live. Eat sandwiches.
Sand-wich Night! Sand-which Night! Sand-wich Night!
I fully endorse the spirit of Sandwich Night. Let’s make every night Sandwich Night.
Here is a video I wrote. I am kind of proud of it. It’s the very first thing I wrote in my sketch 101 class at PHIT. And now it has been produced, shown to a live crowd, and put on the Internet. I am happy it finally got made. Please watch.
You’ve been asking for it…here it is. 34 deranged tracks!
01. The Strange Ghost - The Pastel Six (1963)
02. Martian Band - The Wild Tones (1958)
03. Vampcamp - The Ventures (1966)
04. Midnight - Hank Levine & the Blazers
05. Last Ride - The Phantom (195?)
06. Ghost Walk - The Rocking Ghosts (1965)
07. Evil Eye - Al Saxon (1962)
08. It - Johnny Fraser & the Regalaires (1958)
09. Graveyard Creep - James Duhon (196?)
10. The Gorp - The Pretenders (196?)
11. Phantom Freight - The Phantom Band (1960)
12. The Phantomas - The Jet Blacks (1963)
13. Taboo - Gene Summers (1959)
14. The Cat Walk - The Playboys (1963)
15. Mr. Frankenstein - Peter & the Wolves (1961)
16. El Diablo - The Devil & his Disciples (19??)
17. The Mummy - Johnathan with Orchestra (1964)
18. Night Creature - The Run-A-Ways (1960)
19. Tarantula - The Tarantulas (1960)
20. Curse of the Hearse - Terry Teene (1966)
21. Monster Motion - Frankie Stein & the Ghouls (1965)
22. Theme From The Black Cat - Scotty McKay’s Bolero Band (1967)
23. The Cool Ghoul - Sharky Todd & his Monsters (1959)
24. Devil Driver’s Theme - The Vettes (1964)
25. Ghost Party - The Black Albinos (1963)
26. The Creature From Outer Space - The Jayhawks (1957)
27. Count Dracula - The Rockin’ Continentals (1963)
28. The Spook - The Caravans (196?)
29. Strange Man - Jim Messina & the Jesters (1964)
30. Black Widow - The Bootmen (1964)
31. Spooksville - The Nu Trends (1963)
32. Graveyard - The Blazers (196?)
33. Dracula’s Theme - The Ghouls (1964)
34. Horror Horror Dance - Horror Charly (1972)
I want to hear all of these songs.
I have so kindly went thru TCM.com’s schedule and looked up all the horror films coming on this month to get you into a spooky mood! You’re welcome! ;)
TCM CLASSIC HORROR SCHEDULE
05:00pm- Horror of Dracula (1958)
06:30pm- The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
08:00pm- The Mummy (1959)
09:45pm- The Gorgon (1964)
11:15pm- The Devil’s Bride (1968)
01:00am- The Plague of Zombies (1966)
06:00am- Isle of the Dead (1945)
07:15am- The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
09:00am- Frankenstein Created a Woman (1966)
05:00pm- The Raven (1963)
06:45pm- Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
08:00pm- The Black Cat (1934)
09:30pm- The Fall of the House of Usher (1949)
11:15pm- Spirits of the Dead (1969)
01:30am- Dead Men Walk (1943)
01:45am- Macabre (1958)
03:00am- The Devil Doll (1936)
04:30am- Bedlam (1946)
07:15am- Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)
09:00am- Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)
11:00am- DOCUMENTARY: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011)
12:15pm- Village of the Damned (1960)
01:45pm- House of Wax (1953)
07:00pm- Games (1967)
09:00pm- What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971)
12:30am- Tormented (1960)
05:00pm- 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
06:30pm- Earth vs Flying Saucers (1956)
08:00om- First Men in the Moon (1964)
10:00pm- Phantom of the Opera (1925) -silent film
07:30pm- Bedlam (1946)
04:30am- The Ghoul (1933)
06:00am- House of Dark Shadows (1970)
08:00am- Repulsion (1965)
10:00am- Dementia 13 (1963)
11:30am- The Last Man on Earth (1964)
01:00pm- The Devil Bat (1940)
02:15pm- White Zombie (1932)
03:30pm- The Body Snatcher (1945)
06:30pm- Son of Frankenstein (1939)
08:15pm- The Wolf Man (1941)
09:30pm- The Mummy (1932)
11:00pm- The Mummy’s Hand (1940)
12:15am- Island of Lost Souls (1933)
01:30am- The Invisible Man (1933)
*All listings are in PST
This makes me happy.
This week marks the beginning of another National Sketch Writing Month (http://www.naskewrimo.org/). The goal is to write 30 sketches in the month of September. 30 sketches in 30 days. I’ve completed the task the past two years and I hope to be able to do it again this year. This personal challenge has really been great for me. Some of the sketches I have written in past years have been developed and actually performed in front of an audience. I know that when I wrote them, I never thought that would happen. So this event has really prodded me to get up there and try something new and scary (to me, sketch performance is scarier than improv. It doesn’t make sense, but that’s how I feel). I’d encourage anyone who wants to try sketch or anyone who has trouble forcing themselves to write to take a stab at this challenge. I did, and I am all the better* for it.
*better is relative
This picture has a lot of things in it that I approve of.
(Source: , via swampthingy)
THIS IS GOING TO BE GOOD.
I don’t often get excited, but when I do, I get excited about this kind of stuff.
Please don’t sue me, Dos Equis.
Thanks to everyone who watched my special and said nice things! Here is the encore I did with Eban Schletter the night the special was recorded.
Let’s take the rest of the weekend off! Then on Monday I’ll get back to asking you to buy the full version of the show. Night night.
Funniest guy on the planet.
Right now, at this very moment, I am the busiest I have ever been in my life. I am in two improv groups who have very active rehearsal and performance schedules. I am teaching a level 1 improv class. I am enrolled in a level 2 sketch class in Philadelphia and a level 2 improv class in New York City. I am writing sketches with a new group that is just getting off the ground and I am part of a long-range sketch project for this year’s Fringe in September. Outside of comedy, I am also trying to train for a ten mile run that is happening in two weeks, to have basic contact with family to let them know I am still alive, and to do all the things a normal human being does to survive like laundry and grocery shopping (hasn’t happened in over a month). Oh, and there is a full-time job squeezed in there too.
My only reaction to all this? Bring on more.