Friday, November 30, 2007

Wanted For Murder

Or at least we should be, because last night we KILLED. It was a packed house, if not a sell out then damn near at least. The audience was most enthusiastic and all the comics turned in a top shelf set. This very much ruled. Can't wait to do it again.

The odd thing is, I wasn't all that nervous before the show, and I'm usually a very nervous guy even for small shows. I have more confidence in this than in just about anything thing I've been involved it and that confidence has proven to be well founded.

Big thanks to everyone who came to see us. Especially my mom, who was the subject of quite a # of jokes.

Clip from our appearance on KCRA

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Watch us on TV tomorrow

Sometime after 7:30 am we'll be on MY58 in the Sacramento area. I'll do my best to get a clip of the interview up soon after.

Update 11/29/07, 4:23pm:
John, Tapan and I went down to KCRA/My58 today and were interviewed. It was quite cold out, at least by California standards, and yet they decided that it was a good idea to do the interview outdoors. Ah well, it gave me a good excuse to wear my rainbow scarf.

I think the interview went very well and they didn't just abandon us with an "Okay, now fill three minutes." like some other stations I could mention.

Tonight we rock the Punch Line. This is our biggest gig so far, but I say its just the beginning. Onward and upward. WOO HOO!

They're talking about us in Iran?

Wow. Tissa just pointed out to me a comment left on the Sac Bee article about us.

bluebear2 writes:

"I live here in Sacramento yet I became aware of this show from a tip from my friend Homeyra in Iran.

What a small world indeed!"

That's way cool. I'm guessing there are pictures of me all over the place in Iran with headlines reading "Who knew that atheists could be so good looking?" Why, I'll bet the ministry of culture invites me over there for a visit in the near future. I will of course accept. And, if Tissa is very nice to me, I'll let her come with.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

A Great Review from a Friendly Atheist

Click here to read it.
Thanks Friendly Atheist.

From Today's Sacramento Bee

Funny, They all just get along
Coexist? Comedy Tour exercises faith and fun

by Jim Carnes Read it at SacBee.com

Photo by Erik Schorr

A Muslim, a Hindu, a Christian, a Jew and an atheist walk into a comedy club. It's not the beginning of a joke, but it is the start of an evening of holy – or unholy – humor.

The Coexist? Comedy Tour features five comedians of different (and no) faiths, talking about their beliefs and about each other's. The group will perform Thursday at the Punch Line in Sacramento.

The show is the brainchild of local comedian-videographer- provocateur Keith Lowell Jensen (the nonbeliever) and is the outgrowth of discussions he had with his friend and fellow comic Tapan Trivedi, the Hindu.

"Being an atheist and coming from a religious family, I've always thought that people from different religious backgrounds can get along," Jensen said in a recent telephone interview. "Although," he quickly added, "I see it happening less and less."

Jensen said, "I was hanging out backstage at a comedy show one night, chatting with my buddy Tapan, and we were laughing that here we were, an atheist and a Hindu, about to go onstage before a roomful of Christians and tell jokes.

"It hit us what a cool thing that actually was."

Jensen said that shortly after that, he began talking onstage about his being an atheist, and atheist material became a part of his stand-up routine.

The next time he encountered Trivedi, "I told him how much I enjoyed it and how well I thought it was received."

The pair decided to expand the congregation and explore the comic potential.

"I had previously performed with John (Ross), the Christian, in our Funny/Peculiar shows at Luna's, so we recruited him. Chad (Lehrman), our Jew, was an acquaintance, too."

They advertised for their fifth member and found Muslim comic Tissa Hammi via an ad.

"She sent us a tape, and we reviewed it and really liked it," Jensen said.

The group was complete, although he conceded it might be nice to add a Buddhist, a Mormon and "whatever else is out there" to the mix – "if they're funny."

Jensen generally plays master of ceremonies in the shows. "We usually come out onstage together; it's a nice way to establish things, present a united front before we spend the rest of the evening bashing each other," he said.

As the atheist, Jensen said, he enjoys the opportunity of "destroying their sacred cows – figuratively, but sometimes literally" – although the real purpose is not to ridicule another's religion so much as to try to understand it.

"It's kind of an interfaith thing," Jensen said. "You don't see a lot of atheists being invited to interfaith meetings, and it's true that we're not a faith, but we do have something to contribute to the discussion."

Audiences have been very receptive to the shows, the comic said.

"We did a four-show test run at the Geery Theater here and it was a hit from the get-go," he said. "We knew immediately it was something special."

The group then appeared at a club in Los Angeles and the show sold out.

"We did a 90-minute show and then probably spent another 90 minutes on the street outside talking with audience members," he said.

"You get a lot of questions from people just asking what it is you believe, or why you don't," he said. "You soon realize that a lot of people don't interact with a Hindu on a regular basis.

"It's neat to see people get together and talk about religion."

The group was invited by the Punch Line to perform here – and at its club in San Francisco (that show will be Dec. 10). Other dates in other cities are in the works.

"In our culture right now," Jensen said, "it's all about divisiveness. Divisions are newsworthy. This is something that is not divisive, and it's nice to see that it's being accepted.

"When you hear from a Muslim on TV, you just don't hear them say, 'Here's some joy I want to bring you.'

"We'd like to change that."

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Omen

I ran into Chad on the street last night. I think it's an omen, but I'm not sure for what. Keith, any thoughts? Atheists believe in signs, right?

Friday, November 16, 2007

KLJ on Manswers, Spike TV

Just in case anyone is still unclear on this; You're reading our blog. This is not our main site. Visit www.CoexistComedy.com for updated show information and all that good stuff and then click on "Blog" to get back here and see what ramblings we've rambled lately.
As for me, KLJ, the resident Atheist, I was on Manswers, an obnoxious new Spike TV show, talking about panhandling. Here's a clip:

To find out more about my panhandling visit www.WhyLieINeedADrink.com. Thanks

Monday, November 5, 2007

Thanks Zuda Yoga Center

They're nice folks those Zuda Yoga people. I must thank them because a) I write material durring Yoga instead of focusing on my breathing which I maybe shouldn't admit lest I end up owing them royalties.
b) They have helped us spread the word by putting our flyers with their own, right on their front counters.

Support the community that supports you seems to be their philosophy and I couldn't agree more.

Now I must also curse them. They're brand of Yoga is an intense work out and my muscles are burning still. Argh, how dare you make me recognize how out of shape I've become. Ah well, I'll be back there today for more. I'm a glutten that way.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Street Team Action

Everyone has a street team these days. What is a street team? A street team is usually made up non-paid fan types who want to feel like their a part of whatever cool entity they're a fan of. So, they work for free distributing fliers and posters all over town and in exchange they get into the show free and maybe they get a t-shirt.

I thought it was cool when a few independent bands would encourage their fans to do this kind of street promotion, real DIY type stuff. But, like most good things, the corporate fat cats got a hold of it and hung it and now it's become a stupid parody of what it once was. Metalica doesn't need a street team. They've got billions. I'll pass out their fliers when they pass me some of that moo-lah (or when they make another album that's worth a damn.)

Even major studio films have street teams these days. It must be on their list:
  1. Make myspace page
  2. Hire "indy" seeming blogger
  3. recruit street team.
  4. do a few laps in swimming pool full of hundred dollar bills

Yuck.

So, wanna be on our street team?