Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Our friend and SF Atheist in good standing, Lenny took lots of pictures and we will share some here soon. Right now I am CRAZY busy with Christmas goings on. Yes, I am one Christmas loving atheist and I hope you all have a merry one.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Now for the show itself.
We were almost hindered by an act of God from being there - Atheist
We made it there despite a HUGE act of God from being there - Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist.
It snowed over the grapevine and it was impossible to get to Los Angeles the normal route. So all the members except the New Jew had to drive for about 12 hours leading to the second car with the Hindu, Muslim and the Buddhist reaching the Hollywood Improv about 4 minutes before showtime . AND WE GAVE AN AWESOME SHOW !
There were people there who really enjoyed the show and let us know about it. There were students from UC San Diego and UCLA who want us to do their school - which is AWESOME ! Hit us soon school students before you graduate or we get so busy that you can't get us anymore .
Thanks LA for such a great time !
Monday, December 15, 2008
"Last year, bagelicious Chad Lehrman represented the Tribe in the Coexist? Comedy Tour, which pits the world's major religions (in the form of stand-up comedians) up against one another in a battle of sarcasm, self-ridicule, bigotry-bashing and warm-and-fuzzy tolerance. This year, the ensemble added another faith, Buddhism, to the lineup, but was "between Jews" throughout the fall tour, until Moshe Kasher came to the rescue to represent the people most desperate for peaceful coexistence. The just-added comedian will have to make up for lost time on the stage, but from what we've seen on his myspace page, the dance-happy Heeb will do well in representing us. Thu. 8 p.m. $14. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (323) 651-2583. http://www.coexistcomedy.com."
Saturday, December 13, 2008
What a perfect homecoming.
Looking forward to LA and SF next week and then looking forward to a bit of a break. :)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Of course we have had some wonderful Jewish comedians perform with us. Chad Lehrman was there for our first season. Brian Malow did an amazing set with us in Stockton. And now...
We're very happy to have Moshe Kasher as our very special guest Jew for the evening when we play The Hollywood Improv on December 18th. Moshe has long been a favorite of mine and you're going to love him.
Monday, December 8, 2008
The guest before us was Adam Shepard, a young author who wanted to see what he could do starting with nothing but a sleeping bag, the clothes on his back and $25. He seemed like a pretty cool kid and the book sounded interesting.
Tissa and I went on and did a brief appearance with clips from our show included.
That afternoon I met up with John and Tapan to appear on Insight with Jeffrey Calison, a show on our local NPR station, KXJZ. I laughed when I saw the guest who would go on before us, book author Adam Shepard. Again he discussed his book, Scratch Beginings and while he and I differ politicaly in many way, me being a lunatic fringe liberal and all, he really impressed me. Here was a kid who took all the theorizing and intellectualizing and went out to really experience a life different from his own. Good job Adam. I bought his book and went to his reading tonight.
So, our PR is coming along nicely and I hope we cross paths with Adam again in our travels.
You can listen to Adam, The Coexist? Comedy Tour and more on Insight here:
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
The world watched with interest for 60 hours as major TV networks broadcast the terror that unfolded in Mumbai as 10 Pakistani trained terrorists unleashed a hail of terror on Mumbai - which is not just the financial capital of India but the quintessential crockpot that defines a major metro in India. The writer's mom grew up in Mumbai (then Bombay) and his sister and two aunts still live there.
There are several things that come out of the incidents .
1) The Taj and the Oberoi hotels . The terrorists came prepared and asked the residents of their passports and whether or not they were from the U.S. or Britain .
It took a siege and the best trained Indian commandos about 60 hours to finally finish them.
2) The Nariman House and the Jewish Meditation center where they mercilessly killed about 5 people - mostly because they were Jewish. Once again the commandos had to intervene to take hold of the situation.
3) The Chatrapati Shivaji Railway Terminus - where they killed about 83 innocent civilians. The most interesting part about this situation is that this is where one of the terrorist was captured alive and the MOB captured him. Civilians. Not the police, not the commandos , not uniformed authorities of any kind - just a mob of angry mofos who just couldn't take it anymore.
That is quintessential India. When the authorities fail us - as they consistently have - we take charge and make it better. And I say what I have said many many times before 'Salaam India !'.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
He asked me if I'd had a long day. I said no. He asked me if I'd had a good day. I said yes. He asked why it was good. I said why not. He asked my name but instead I just looked at his nametag and asked if he was a Mormon missionary. He said yes.
He asked if I'd talked to other Mormon missionaries in the past. I said oh yes, on the subway, on the bus, on the street. He said, maybe God is trying to tell you something. He offered me a card with a link to a free DVD about his church, but I declined. I told him my friend Julie is a Mormon, so I already know some stuff about his church. (I didn't mention that Julie is an ex-Mormon. Damn I lied to a Mormon. Does that mean I'm going to heck? Maybe I should have taken his card after all.)
Anyways, I told him I was a stand-up comic, then I wrote down Bengt Washburn's name for him and told him to look him up.
Incidentally, why is it the Mormons send out such cute, young boys to convert you? They are clearly preying on the vulnerabilities of desperate middle-aged women like me. So unfair.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The Hostel was really cool but unfortunately they only had three beds open so I stayed at my friends Bob and Irina's place. Thanks guys.
Here Sammy and Tissa provide an answer to anyone who wants to know what love looks like.
This is actually at The Bagdad Theater where we played in Portland. There is a restaurant attached with lightbulbs that threaten to burn Tissa's arm as she eats.
Here we have our happy Hindu Tapan hanging out with comics Andy Peters and Billy Wayne Davis. What they're so happy about is that they succeeded in getting our sweet, innocent Christian drunk.
This of course is said Christian, quite drunk. John is a funny drunk.
When I look at pictures like this though, it really surprises me that I'M the one who listens to The Smiths.
Click here to see more, including some rather revealing (read- indecent) pics of Buddhist Sammy Obeid.
It worries me that he and John were taking cheese cake pictures at my cousin's house in Seattle while her lovely children were just one floor up (they kept us in the basement.)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
This is a wonderful week and I can't wait to get on stage and do our thing in this charged excited atmosphere.
WOOOHOOOOOOO! Seattle, Portland, here we come!
Friday, October 24, 2008
How The Atheists Stole Christmas
Well, apparently the PC Liberals, atheists, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, etc. are trying to steal Christmas, bastards that we are. Yes, we've gone and forced the stores to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas, at gun point if memory serves. Too bad we weren't as effective in trying to get their red, white and blue "We love a good war" decor down during the rest of the year.
I caught wind of the story while watching the evening news. I'm amazed at what can be considered newsworthy. There's a war on for Christ's sake, oops, sorry, already mentioned the war, guess I'm being redundant.
At any rate, say Merry Christmas if you'd like. Nobody will stop you. If a store wants to say Happy Holidays, and thereby wish the Christians a merry Christmas, The Jews a happy Chanukah, the Muslims a solemn Ramadan and the Hindus a festive Diwali in the most efficient way, how on earth could you find a problem with this?
One woman, interviewed on the news last night, said "This is the first thing the communists did, getting rid of religion!" HA! Lady, we're not afraid of commies any more, at least not until the ones in South America get a bit stronger. It's all about terrorists now you silly woman. One must keep one's hysterical fears up to date now. And remember, the first thing the terrorists do is to push their own fanatical religion ON the populace. My point? Quick, push your own religion first, they're coming!!!
In closing this rant let me assure you, I will not insist that the stores put up "Happy cold, noisey, crappy music, consumer-hell season!" if they want my business. I'll just assume that this is one of the sentiments they intended to cover when they said, Happy Holidays.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Morning Edition, October 16, 2008 · Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers sought an injunction against God last year for widespread death and destruction. Judge Marlon Polk threw out the suit, saying there's no way to properly notify the defendant. You can't serve papers on a suspect with no address. Chambers says he may appeal. He says God is aware of the charges because he is all-knowing.
This brings up a couple of interesting points.
1) They let God go because they couldn't serve her papers ? How about recruiting the Pope to be a server ? He already has all the disguises he needs.
2) Does Mr.Chambers have to fear an 'acts of God' towards him ? This would , atleast , solve the problem of whether or not the God he believes in is a vengeful one or not.
The most important words in 2) above were the words 'acts of God'. It is the power of language of fine print that the insurance companies have levied upon us that we associate a NEGATIVE feeling with the words 'acts of God'. Why ? Everytime a tree gives a fruit its an act of God. Everytime anyone gets a good blowjob its an act of God .(If it is really good then you WILL remember God !). Everytime a puppy takes a tumble after a sneeze , its an act of God.
The Atheist argument that loss of faith is warranted because of all the death and destruction in the name of God. Here is the fallacy in the same . It is a human choice to do the things in the name of God. They could do it in the name of anything. Stalin killed about 20 million in the gulags in the name of 'progress'. I don't see any atheists saying being progressive is bad.
The advent of organized religion is at the most 8000 years back. Before then everyone was spiritual. There were still a LOT of killings that went on in those days. Heck , mankind came down to about 300 people once due to all the killings that went on. If they didn't believe in any Gods then atheism should take responsibility for almost destroying mankind - I don't think relegion has done that - yet !
We are working on a guide to the holidays from all religions. Keep an eye out for the same !
Thursday, October 16, 2008
And then the younger candidate said, "You eat pieces of poo for breakfast!?"
Oh man, that was AWESOME!
Then my wife got home and pointed out that the debates were on a different channel and I was apparently watching Happy Gilmore.
So, I switched over to the actual debates.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Then in the new year, some well deserved and much needed rest as Tapan heads to India for a spell (a spell as in a short time, not literally a spell, not as far as I know anyway.)
Information on all of our shows HERE.
Can you help? Of course. We aren't a big budget, motor home having, entourage and hanger on sporting tour. We can use your help getting the word out. IF you've seen the tour, or if you're just excited about what we're doing, PLEASE, post to your blogs, send out e-vites, organize friends to come out and I promise, we'll do our part and bring the funny.
See you at the shows.
Monday, October 13, 2008
* Both come from cold lands.
* Both hate their children -
Palin said yes to the VP seat when her Down's syndrome baby was just a few months old.
Stalin let his son die in a concentration camp. When his son shot himself and failed Stalin said ' He can't even shoot straight.'
* Both are white and had alliances with men near death . Stalin with Lenin and Palin with McCain
* Both could see Russia from their house !
Posted by Tapan
We hit Sunnyvale, Fairfield, San Diego, LA and Stockton. Thanks to everyone who came out to laugh with us. We had a great time at each of the shows and I really enjoyed performing with our special guest Bryan Malow, one funny Jew.
We've had some great articles written about us and my favorite was written by Aaron Davis for 209 Vibe. Here it is:
The five members of the “Coexist?” Comedy Tour hadn’t previously discussed the possibility of a group field trip to go see Bill Maher’s new world religion documentary “Religulous.”
I suggested the idea. They loved it. And that was the end of my contribution to the conversation when I joined “The Christian,” “The Hindu,” and “The Atheist” at Peet’s Coffee in Midtown Sacramento last week. The rest of the interview was the three of them keeping me in stitches for 40 minutes.
With help from two other religion reps, the three form the “Coexist?” Comedy Tour, which started with small performances in Sacramento and has since become a religion-jabbing sensation.
The five members of “Coexist?” perform at the Empire Theatre on Saturday, October 11. The Empire is at 1825 Pacific Ave on the Miracle Mile. The show gets rolling at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20. For info, call (209) 943-SHOW or log on to www.brownpapertickets.com.
“It wasn’t like, ‘let’s tackle the challenge of seeing if we can get along, let’s do something with the fact that we do get along,’” said Keith “The Atheist” Lowell Jensen. “But people getting along doesn’t make the news, people fighting makes the news. So, we added an element to the getting along; we get along, and we’re funny.”
What began as a series of local performances at Midtown’s Geery Theatre quickly turned into a local craze when these five comics of different religions began taking jabs at each other with gut-busting results.
Oh, and by the way, it’s not an “act” and the comedians aren’t playing characters; they actually are of their respective religions.
“When we saw (the popularity of the shows), we realized we were on to something,” said Tapan “The Hindu” Trivedi. “You can’t really do a lot of religious material at an open mic, it just doesn’t resonate, and you don’t have that confidence where it’s going to work every time.”
“I struggled with that as well,” said John “The Christian” Ross. “When we first did the Geery shows, they were awesome and the crowd was ready to hear God stuff, so you start thinking you’re a really great comic. Then you go to a bar and people aren’t even sure what they’re going to hear.”
Throw Tissa “The Muslim” Hami and Sammy “The Buddhist” Obeid into the mix, and it creates a safe forum for the five to take swipes at each other’s system of beliefs. The five will frequently check each other on the accuracy of their individual material, and live and die by the criteria that, quite simply, it all has to be funny.
“We’re not saying ‘everybody is right, we can all get along because we can all be right,’” Jensen said. “No! It’s written into the religions that you don’t believe they’re all right; there is no God but God. Our point is, you don’t have to water down your own beliefs to get along.
“If you laugh at something with someone, nothing connects you more with each other than that.”
“That’s why it’s ‘Coexist,’” Trivedi said. “We accept you for who you are, we just want to coexist with you. We don’t want to change you, we just want you to see where we are coming from.”
“At the same time, I feel like it gives me a safe place to question and be honest with my fragile religion,” Ross said. “I can see sometimes how ridiculous some things with Christianity are as well, and I have a safe place to do that.”
“Even my family has said you better be careful, don’t get sucked in,” Ross added. “But, we’re five comics, we’re not the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”
“That’s because we haven’t gotten horses yet,” said Jensen. “I get to be Pestilence!”
“If five comics are supposed to bring about the end of the world,” Trivedi said, “then it’s a good way to go.”
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The National Geographic today reported that a female blacktip shark was pregnant without the aid of a male shark.
Two very important conclusions - this goes on to show that even in the animal kingdom - sharkdom - the importance of males have gone down. In humans you know that males are purely accessories with the advent of sperm banks , Jiffy Lube and reasonably priced jar opening devices.
The other conclusion is that the VIRGIN BIRTH i.e. the Immaculate Conception that is one of the miracles of Christianity might actually be the sign of evolution. I don't know but I am proposing a theory that while the holy mother Mary was a young girl the men in her town were all horrendously ugly and thus she actually started the process of parthenogenesis in her body. Later came the marriage to Joseph who she found a OK. And then the virgin birth actually took place.
This actually might be the closest that creationism and evolution will come together. Next to Hanuman that is.
Friday, October 10, 2008
The Pope has announced that money is relatively worthless compared to the word of God and he decried the materialism that has enchanted the world.
He then took off all of his gold and put it immediately up for auction. Next to go were his fancy slippers, ostentatious living quarters and finally he will be parting with the platinum spinner rims recently installed on his Pope-mobile.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Bill Maher starts the film off in a "Trucker's Church" and it seems he will indeed take the snooty "Smart guy makes fun of the stupid people" approach that I was loath to waste much time with.
But he is compassionate with the men in the church. He tries to have a very sincere conversation, of course with his sense of humor in place, and then he allows them to pray over him. He establishes that the every day religious people are not his enemy, even if he find fault with their thought process.
Then he jumps to talking with a human genome scientist who is Christian and establishes that yes there are smart religious people.
From here, he mostly visits with people that he wishes to ridicule but they're not the stupid people or the smart believer, they're the people who are getting rich off of selling faith or who are embroiled in religious conflict and violence. These are people you like seeing ridiculed.
But Maher doesn't give them a fair chance to speak, he makes rebuttals in the editing room that his interviewees have no chance to respond to. So, for the most part this is like illustrated stand up comedy. But it is GREAT comedy. Maher makes strong points and does so hilariously.
And some of his guests, particularly an older Catholic Priest (I may have his honorific wrong) who is the funniest most charming person in the whole flick, steal the spotlight at times.
Maher does not stray from the big three religions and considering how many Hindus there are in the world and their role, both good and bad in the world's religious conflicts I thought this was an unfortunate omission. Not to mention the Bahai (my favorite target for ridicule) Buddhists, etc. I know he couldn't cover them all but I would have touched on these before Scientology which is one of the few "other" religions he lays into.
At movies end, Maher makes it clear that he is in the "No hope for human kind so long as religion remains" camp with a an impassioned speech in a dramatic location. Unfortunately it seems not to have occurred to him or the filmmakers that this is the scene where Maher's humanity was most needed. The camera angle and the bright sun and Maher's dark small eyes leave him looking like a demon from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
I saw a movie that says many things I've heard before but am glad to see being broadcast to wide audience and I laughed my ass off.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
When I offered, on our facebook page and elsewhere, to "Rock the Rooster" at last nights show at Rooster T Feathers I assure you I had NO idea that this expression had another connotation.
So, to those of you who showed up with your "rooster" at hand expecting to have it "rocked"I am sincerely sorry. I will avoid use of that phrase in the future...
...except when auctioning off dates with our Christian comic John Ross, who will happily rock the rooster of the highest bidder(s).
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Hindu comic Tapan Trivedi is now an educator—in a way. He is one of five interfaith comics in the Coexist? Comedy Tour, which aims to diminish religious stereotypes and prejudice through laughter.
Click here to read the rest at India Currents' web site...
Just letting you know that my parents will be coming tomorrow, and if they here one curse word or reference to sex they won't let me be in the troupe anymore. Anyway, just a heads up...keep it "church clean". K, Thanks!
Oh, and they don't like political or religious stuff.
K, sleep well!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The Coexist? Comedy Tour
An atheist, a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu and a Buddhist walk into ... oh c'mon, how did you expect us to introduce these guys? Give us a break. The five aforementioned zealots, better known as Keith Lowell Jensen, John Ross, Tissa Hami, Tapan Trivedi and Sammy Obeid, make up the Coexist? Comedy troupe, a group of comedians benefiting from the no-P.C.-equals-new-P.C. trend, devoted to uniting others by poking fun at our differences. Genius, right? Yeah, we thought so, too. The Coexist? Crew has toured the state, including multiple sold-out shows and earned themselves rave reviews by turning troubled waters into fine comedy wine. Don't miss their next local gig at the Crest Theatre, a couple of weeks before Christmas--if you're into that sort of thing. www.coexistcomedy.com. K.B."
Cool. Thanks News and Review. And congratulations also to The Crest which got Readers Choice for Best Movie Theatre. I guess we're two great tastes that are going to taste great together.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Way to go Tapan! Way to go us! Thanks Sacramento Magazine.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Posted by Tapan
--If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're"exotic, different."
Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessentialAmerican story.
-- If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.
--Graduate from Harvard Law School and you are unstable.
Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
--If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the firstblack President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registrationdrive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a ConstitutionalLaw professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district withover 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health andHuman Services committee, spend almost 4 years in the United States Senaterepresenting a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills andserving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairscommittees, you don't have any real leadership experience.
--If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2beautiful daughters, all within protestant churches, you're not a realChristian.
If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left yourdisfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.
--If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including theproper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no otheroption in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teendaughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.
--If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in aprestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community,then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don'trepresentAmerica's.-
If your husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least oneDWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.
So the Church of England will make an official apology to naturalist Charles Darwin for criticising his famous theory of evolution. This brings about TWO very interesting points.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Now comes a case from Italy where an Italian comedian - a FEMALE Italian comedian Sabina Guzzanti supposedly insulted the Pope and Italy has laws against this. Sabina is facing FIVE YEARS IN PRISON for this. The crowd at the show where she did the joke LOVED it.
The joke consisted of her saying that the Pope would be in hell being tormented by homosexual demons , and very active ones , not passive ones.
The joke clearly shows how irreverand Sabina is ! Gods, I want to work with her .
This is what makes the U.S. of A. the best place in the world to do standup. Even an immigrant like me can come into the country , sign up at an open mike and do the most atrocious joke about the leader of the U.S. of A. and he goes home scot free.
Don't try this in China. You make a joke about the premiere of China or any nation that China is doing business with you will see you eye being gouged out by a hot spoon faster than you can order #43 on the Panda Express menu. You try this in India you get assaulted by mass populi and your body is swept up on the street the next morning.
But why is it that in the supposedly advanced nation like Italy (and I hold you personally responsible for Starbucks and Mussolini) you don't have the freedom to do a joke about what is perhaps the most controversial religious head of our times. It is important to note that the first words out of the mouth of the current Pope Benedict , son of Poached and Omlet, was actually a joke. I actually saw his inauguration and he said something to the affect of 'Hello Everyone, my name is Cardinal Ratzinger. No wait , that was my old job. Some habits die hard. I am the new pope.' This Pope gets his advise from the best. He used what we in the business call a classic aside. Of all the comedic instruments available to mankind an aside is one of the lowest. Next only to juggling puppies and baby eating jokes.
So why is it that when a seasoned comic like Sabina makes a joke about the Pope that takes his act to a higher level (pun intended) she faces 5 years prison time instead of getting lifetime royalties and a secure place in heaven.
Your holiness, if you should be so kind to read this note I have but one suggestion for you. In this day and age when religion is under phenomenal pressure to succumb to the whims of the mighty and every major religion is losing thousands of believers to death and atheism - humor is the best marketing technique to win them back and if you strike the right deal with the Almighty - even bring the dead back to life. Embrace humor - you have a standing invitation to come on down to any of our show and do a 5 minute set. If you are any good you will have a regular spot on our show - even if we have to fire our regular Christian comic Mr.John Ross.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I say reminded, but for most of us it was a completely new feeling and a terrible one at that. I can't help but tear up as I think back to that morning.
In the days following it became clear to me that I wanted to talk about reality in my comedy, I had to in fact. For a guy who grew up on Steve Martin, Andy Kaufman and The Unknown Comic this was not the direction I thought I'd be heading. I always enjoyed nonsensical, silly comedy with costumes and vaudeville type goofiness the most.
Of course I had later in life discovered Carlin, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Dick Gregory and Bill Hicks so I wasn't without mentors.
Looking over these Mentors in light of the dark times I found myself in I was most touched by the gentleness present in Bruce, Pryor, Gregory and even Carlin's early (really mid) stuff. I knew that I wanted to take the anger and despair and find the humor and humanity in it and share it, not just with like minded individuals so we could fuel each others rage but with the very folks I'd have trouble getting along with but who essentially had the same peaceful, loving goals at heart.
So, I started writing, trying to balance the critiques I had with the compassion and empathy I felt. I dig Bill Hicks and Lewis Black but I didn't see that the world needed another angry man yelling at them in hilarious ways.
This led me to return to the stand up comedy stage (I had focused primarily on writing, performing and directing sketch for the past few years) and I landed on a stage with a Hindu friend of mine, Tapan. I did my atheist material, much of it dealing directly with 9-11, for the first time. This was about five years after the attacks. Within a month of that performance Tapan and I were putting together the Coexist? Comedy Tour.
I know the other comics on the tour were effected deeply by the 9-11 attacks as well. Tissa cites them and America's response to them as being a major catalyst to her going on stage at all. And today, as I think about the horrible thing that happened and I feel a renewed need to respond and to respond carefully and correctly. I'm very happy about this tour. I really believe in it. This is a beautiful thing that I'm very lucky to be a part of.
So thanks John, Sammy, Tissa, Chad Lehrman, Cheese, Bengt Washburn, Mikhail the White Russian and anyone else who has performed with us. And thanks to all the audience members who have and who continue to support this effort.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
It's a childhood story about how my Girl Scout troop leader tried to convert me to Christianity. Sorry John, but she didn't win. But she came awfully close. :) Read the story to find out how and why.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
It's kind of funny how I found out about this airing. My friend Lara, who is in Tanzania doing refugee relief work, suddenly IM'ed me and said, "omg omg i just saw you on TV here!" Way to go, Lara! But maybe you should be watching less satellite TV and tending more to the refugees. I'm just sayin'.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Sure there are slow nights, but I went yesterday and it was hopping. This audience paid five bucks, got to see some very promising newcomers but also got see a great number of professional comics in to work on new material. And mind you this was in Sacramento, NOT LA or SF or NYC. The highlight for me was a late night set by the always amazing Mike E. Winfield.
And, I got to say, I did pretty darn good my own self as did John Ross, our Christian. I was stoked at doing almost all new stuff and having it hit hard. Good times.
I'll be hitting another open mic tonight. See you there?
Monday, August 25, 2008
This is Tapan Trivedi - the Hindu writing. I did a show at the altar of the Atheist's place of worship - namely the Playboy Mansion, The House that Hugh Heffner built.
It was a surreal experience to say the least and I saw more skin than Buffalo Bill on a good hunting day. After a couple of mishaps regarding where to be picked up we i.e. Brad Williams from Mind of Mencia, his friend Tia and myself reached the Playboy Mansion.
He walks towards me and points to my drink - a plastic up filled with Miller lite (as most Coexist followers know I am a lightweight) and says ' Are you gonna drink that ?' I pick up and chug it all in. He smiles and says' Give this man another one'. He puts his elbows on the bar and asks me where I am from. I tell him and he asks the usual how long have you been here etc. Then I tell him I am a comic and that I am working the week with Paul Mooney . "Paul Mooney says Hi" I tell him. His demeanor changes instantly and a genuine smile replaces the 'working' smile that he had one before. He ponders for a while . Too long. Long enough for me to think he may be having a senior moment. He says 'Tell him Hugh said Hi !' Then he pats my back and says 'Enjoy yourself !' and walks off to another guest.
There that was my playboy mansion story ! I could write about the crazy things at the grotto but I won't. Ask me after a show - I will be more than happy to share them.
Mikhail stood in as our special guest Jew for the day. He is one funny Russian.
It is pretty interesting playing outdoors with dogs and kids running around. A little different than doing a nightclub. John Ross was heckled by a ruthless heckler. She was he worst kind; the kind that is funnier than the person on stage. And the fact that she was his five year old daughter, well that was the killer.
And then there was the awesome two year old bulldog who decided to roll over on his back and roll back and forth in irresistible display of cuteness. How does one compete with cute dogs and cuter kids? But we did our best and I'd say a good time was hall all round.
Chris Anaya of An Angle performed after us. It was really cool getting to see an acoustic solo set from Chris. The opening act, Matinee Idols were great as well.
Thanks to City Life Church for putting the event on. I hope lots of money was raised for The Birthing Project.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Dana, seeing we didn't have a Jew in our current line-up decided to draw herself in. See the results at left.
And check out Dana's myspace here.
After the show I was passing out fliers and Dana was selling thongs (she has funny thongs for sale, check it) and she asked one lady if she was wearing underwear. The lady says, "No, never do." and with that she flipped up her skirt and revealed that she weren't lying!!! Her boyfriend giggled and said, "She does that everywhere we go."
Dana hasn't drawn us a picture of that yet.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Here are a few assorted heckler stories that I have started putting up on here and other places.
Heckler Stories :-
Heckler ! What constitutes a heckler ?
The American Heritage dictionary describes :-
heck·le 1) To try to embarrass and annoy (someone speaking or performing in public) by questions, gibes, or objections; badger.
2) To comb (flax or hemp) with a hatchel.
3) An asshole , usually drunk, who tries to interrupt my fun of telling jokes with his/her own shouts which are usually unfunny.
A heckler is an annoyance at any comedy show. However , a heckler is also a double edged sword. While a heckler can ruin an inexperienced comics show an experienced comic can successfully turn the crowd against the heckler and take the show to a much higher level by adding the element of vigor and energy which makes a live show better than anything you can see on TV.
Here are my heckler stories :-
1) Venue :- Pepperbellys in Fairfield,Ca.
Week :- July 17th to 20th
Heckler Classification :- Drunk and disorderly.
Story :- Shane Murphy is hosting and Dat Phan is headlining. The guy that was drunk even before he entered the club heckled Shane intermittently through his set. Shane announces me and even before I say a word I hear 'Hey where is your turban ?' I have to acknowledge that. There is no way one could NOT acknowledge that as the audience gasped when they heard that. So I very calmly said ' I left the turban in your mom's bedroom. She is waiting for me to come back and treat her like the queen that your dad never did.' A good way to start the show if the fantastic applause was anything to go by. After about 10 minutes he piped again and I used my standard line about how I am going to fuck you in more positions than you can count and after that the bouncer took him out.
2) Venue :- San Jose Improv in San Jose ,Ca
Date :- Pundits with Punchlines date on July 24th.
Heckler Classification :- Intelligent interested customer.
Story :- Right after I did the first half of the joke about the Israeli Palestinian conflict two guys from Israel sitting very close to the front said something to the affect 'Hey you be very careful now.' I told them I was not afraid of their Krav Maga and that you should be thankful to Hindus for having the most peaceful swastika around. Then did the second part of the joke and they said 'We love you.' Nothing like Jewish guilt soaked love. Seems like their mama's raised good kids.
3) Venue :- U.C. Berkeley , Berkeley,Ca
Date :- July 21st
Heckler Classification :- Cutesy Underage Jailbait
Story :- Performing in front of a mainly high school crowd of International students a late comer to the show ( I went up about 45 minutes into the show) waved to me . I asked her 'Why are you late ?'. To which she replied ' Oh . I was in a class. Sleeping 101.' My answer 'Sleeping 101 is not offered after you pass the 7 year mark. You are much more suited for sleeping around 101.' The crowd response was GREAT however in retrospect I should have checked what her age was before making the joke. She was 19 as I found out later so I am in the clear.
4) Venue :- Laugh Trax Live in Stockton,Ca
Date :- August 1st
Heckler Classification :- Clueless person who went to a comedy show 20 years after her first one.
I was headlining the Laugh Trax Live yesterday and while doing the joke about frying a pet a woman in the front row shouted out 'Don't do that I am a dog person.' I had to respond to that. So I asked her what kind of dog she had . To which she replied 'Siberian Huskie'. Siberian Huskie in Stockton where the temperature was 95. I think you ARE frying the dog. The applause break lasted for about 55 seconds. I talked with her after the show and she was the nicest lady ever. Thanks for coming to my show and spending your entertainment dollars on my show.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
This triggered Tapan and I to write tags all the way home. Mark, you rule. I've done that joke a hundred times and it never occurred to me that Kellogg's was offering a better deal than one of the world's major religions. Let me put it here, in writing, if we get famous and I use your tag in our network TV special, I'm buying you a coffee (and a bowl of raisin bran.)
Saturday, August 2, 2008
We're also booked at The Comedy Store South in La Jolla.
Click here for our Shows page to get more details about these shows.
The booking process for this tour is coming along great as we approach our one year anniversary next week.
Watch for more dates to be announced soon and PLEASE if you'd like to see us come to your town click here to "Demand" a visit.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
There is no venue in Northern California that I would be more excited to be booked at than this amazing room.
Its exciting, of course but a bit intimidating too. I mean, its where I saw The Cramps, The Axis of Evil, Norman Mailer. That's some pretty hefty company to be keeping.
One of these days I want to get around to researching who else might have played there back in the Vaudeville days when it was still known as the Hippodrome.
Click here for an extended history.
Monday, July 21, 2008
The program explores the emergence of Muslim and Arab-American comedians in the wake of the events of September 11th, demonstrating how they use humor to take on stereotypes about Middle Easterners and terrorism. It showcases five performers (Ahmed Ahmed, Tissa Hami, Dean Obeidallah, Azhar Usman, and Maysoon Zayid), their comedy, and the way it is shaped by the everyday tribulations of their lives. This is the story of how each of these men and women felt the aftershock of 9/11 personally. At a time when people of Middle Eastern background were advised to lie low, they all chose to stand up and crack jokes.
Find out more about the film at:
Wednesday, July 23rd at 11pm
KQED and KQED-HD (Ch. 9, Ch. 9.1, Comcast 709)
Thursday, July 24th at 1pm
KQED-Life (Ch. 54.3, Comcast 189)
Thursday, July 24th at 10pm
KQED-Life (Ch. 54.3, Comcast 189)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Tapan spent over 30 minutes taking questions about Hinduism and religion in general. When it was my turn I was challenged on my belief that the extreme brand of Islam now troubling some parts of the world is related to the economic and political situation in those parts of the world. In fact; I was challenged on pretty much everything I said, but that is what I love about skeptics.
It was a good time and we're both grateful to the fine folks at Atheist and Other Freethinkers for having us out. For more on this group visit www.aofonline.org
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
I'm only sad because I'll miss seeing his HBO specials and because I wanted to shake his hand one day, but I'm glad for him and the amazing life he got to live. He enjoyed more longevity in his career than any comic I can think of. He became a household name and didn't get killed despite saying what everyone else was afraid to say, and I'm sure that his hero, Mr. Lenny Bruce would have been very proud to have had George carrying on that torch. Gorge Carlin will not be soon forgotten.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Click here to see lots of funny pictures of Zoolander Sammy the male fashion model.
And in all earnestness, I just couldn't be prouder to be associated with this funny, funny guy.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
We didn't get photos but we did get some great video and I'll put some clips up soon.
Until then, I'll leave you with this "White Power Yoga."
I figure that should have us turning up in some interesting Google searches.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
We got there early, had dinner and did an awesome show in the temple. We performed in our socks and the audience were seated on pillows, in fact of half the audience was lying down. Pretty unusual setting for stand up.
Afterwards I indulged in the amazing hot bath (pictured) followed by the uber cold bath and back to the hot, repeated several times. At first, I really didn't think I could get in the hot bath. It was so hot on my feet but once I'd gone back and forth a few times I got to really enjoy it.
I enjoyed Harbin over all. Beautiful place, wonderful people and I hope we get to perform there again soon. Oh, and the dinner and breakfast we had were delicious. Harbin.org
Friday, May 2, 2008
You're right, we don't do many free shows. This is the first, so don't miss your opportunity.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Way to go Tissa.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Superb Productions lived up to their name. They hosted a well promoted Coexist? Comedy show last night. The house was packed and a great time was had.
Unfortunately Tissa, our Muslim was not able to perform with us. Don't worry, she'll be back for our next show. Our substitute for the evening was Hasan Minhaj and he did a great job even if we couldn't get him to perform in a hijab.
We had another guest performer with us last night. We were again joined by Buddhist Sammy Obeid. I originally posted the picture at left on the flyer. Sammy wrote me, worried that his professors and friends at UC Berkeley wouldn't recognize that it was him since the Sammy they know "Doesn't wear robes or sit on leaves." Since he made me laugh I gave him what he wanted and put a photo of him on the flyer.
So How good of a set did Sammy turn in? Find out for yourself. We've invited this funny fellow to perform with us at our next two gigs, Harbin Hot Springs on May 3rd and then Sac State on May 8th (FREE.)
We'll be adding lots more dates soon so check back. We've got some big things cooking. Peace. KLJ
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Come on out and enjoy the show. It'll probably be our last until May since I have to go off and get married in April.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
And a new poster comes just in time as new gigs are upon us.
We're playing Sac State, UC Berkeley and the Harbin Hot Springs. I'm very excited about all three.
Starting in May we'll have a much heavier gigging schedule and that's taking shape already. Watch for more gig posting to start flowing in pretty regularly.
And please, if your college or venue might be willing to book us, let them know about us, let us know about them and help us to make it happen.
See you soon.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I went to SF for the SF Sketchfest's opening weekend and saw many great comedians. The high-lite for me was Moshe Kasher and Brent Weinbach's show "Smug Shift" which was quite a delight; Morgan Murphy was great, Brent and Moshe where great, they always are) and it was at the legendary Purple Onion. I have a Smothers Brother Live at The Purple Onion record from the sixties so it was very exciting to be there at the club.
As I've mentioned before I'm now hard at work on the Sacramento All Sketch comedy festival, see www.AllSketch.com and also my movie is premiering on March 7th. See www.WhyLieINeedADrink.com. I'm getting married too. Yes, it's a busy year, hell, it's a busy four months.