Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Great Night of Comedy

Whoever you are, wherever you are, go out and support your local open mic comedy night.
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

The Playboy Mansion

Hey y'all,

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.

As soon as we got in we were amazed by the sheer size of it. This thing is HUGE. Almost immediately we are escorted onto the Red Carpet where I am thrust into a line of microphones and cameras. I gave about 30 interviews in as many minutes. Dennis Hof from the bunny ranch was ahead of me and he says 'Hey funny guy - hang with us it will be good." and I did ! (If you don't know who Dennis Hof is go back to the rock and crawl under it or check this out http://www.bunnyranch.com/.) My first red carpet was a blur for me. It was work and I am not even on stage yet. But it was fun messing with the reporters and trying to yell out the names of the TV/Radio/Internet media they represented. Everyone from CBS Radio and CBS Mobile to Santa Barbara Arts to Ed Magik TV were there. I plug the Showtime thing (Comics without Borders on Oct 2nd ) and Coexist Comedy (www.coexistcomedy.com ).

Then its time to go partayyy! Or so it seems . I am surrounded by Daniel's 'Knockout's' . Stunning girls who are paid to wear skimpy costumes and entertain the guests. An open bar welcomes us ! There is a fantastic view of the grotto and the mansion is breathtaking from the bar and I let it sink in; I am at the Playboy Mansion. This is the bastion of the American culture. This is what the terrorists hate about us. The fact that the 'sinner' lifestyle can be made into a mutlimillion dollar business.

I go down and check out the zoo. Take a couple of pictures with the exotic birds there. Girls in 'ho'stumes surround me wherever I go. I run into a couple of people I know from the Bay. They have seen me at the SJ Improv and they tell me they look forward to seeing my show. I get invited to get into the grotto which I decline as I still have work to do.

I go on a short tour of the mansion and at the end of it Ms.July 2007 says ' I will take you inside as a special favor !'. I see that the fashion show has already started and that we may be asked to go up at any time. I go back stage and Daniel Puder tells me ' Do Two quick jokes and then wait !'. I did two of my best jokes and get down on an applause break. LOVED THAT. Seems anticlimactic but you do what you are asked by the host.

I get down and I walk up to Ms.July 2007 and she asks me to follow her . Me and one more pretty girl walk behind her. She opens a door and we are in the mansion. A security guard looks at us with the disregard. There is ANOTHER party going on in there . I am told that at any given evening there are two to five parties going on at the mansion. This one is indoors and has a dance floor. I kick it for a song and I turn to go to the bar and a door opens and in comes the MAN. Hugh Heffner is a presence. Surrounded by five jaw dropping gals he walks in completely defiant of his age. I forget my order and I just watch him as he does 'his thing' and puts people at ease . A touch of the elbow, a gentle nod, the old yet wolfish smile - everything tells me that he is still the quintessential playboy that he always was.

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.
Tapan Trivedi

Benefit Show

We did a benefit show this weekend, well some of us did. Tapan wasn't there. He was at The Playboy Mansion. Yeah, I'm sure he was really jealous of us getting to play a nice wholesome family event while he had to suffer with the bunnies. Poor guy. I feel for him, really.

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

The Hindu on Showtime on Oct 2nd


Hey Kids,

Set your TIVOs and DVRs to 10 p.m. PST on Showtime Networks for Comics Without Borders. Our own Tapan Trivedi will be on it with Russell Peters and Angelo Tsarouchas.

CONGRATULATIONS MR.TRIVEDI - YOU DESERVE IT!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Dana Eagle

I had the pleasure of seeing Arj Barker this weekend. Our own Tapan Trivedi was on the roster as well as was the very funny Dana Eagle.
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."
Hmmmmm!
Dana hasn't drawn us a picture of that yet.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Help our Buddhist Bring Home The Gold

Sammy is in a competition and he is up against two damn funny comics, but you know our boy has what it takes to win, and of course what it takes is you.
So please, click here and vote for Sammy Obeid, our rioutously funny Buddhist

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Blackest show I have ever done


Yesterday I did the Comedy on the Greene with Mark Curry and about 40 of the best African American comedians in the Bay Area and beyond. The audience of about 2000 was gathered at Oaklands Arroyo Viejo park from 2:00 to 6:00 for what was to be one of the funnest shows I have ever done. Mark Curry who is a pheonomenal performer himself set the stage and then began the cavalcade of comedians who went up to the stage - most of them doing really well . Kirk McHenry, Del Van Dyke, Tony Roberts etc etc etc. Too many to remember. Luenell , Dennis Gaxiola, Speedy,Suli McCollough all did awesome. I went up 3rd in the second hour of the four hours pre planned. I followed an America's Top Model and an actor from Tyler Perry's House of Pain . Mark had a couple of girls up on stage doing a cat walk. Then he announces me. I , have always had a fear of going in front of black crowds which has been lessening over the years.I am not as loose as I usually am but I have my set down and I am ready to rock and I am feeling the energy. I go into my set and the crowd is just as enthusiastic about my performance as anyone elses. They are into it. About 4 minutes into my set I get a little heckle from 5 teenagers in the front who wanted me to break dance. I told them my culture didn't permit it and went on. I did the blacks vs. Indians thing to end and it generated the applause break it always does. I ended the set and Mark Curry ran up and asked me to stay on and told me I had a GREAT set and asked for another applause break from the crowd. AWESOME. Upon coming down from the stage I was approached by Jamiee Foxx's manager who asked me for my card !!! YEAH ! I got down and Dennis and Del told me I had a great set and 'Why didn't you breakdance when those kids asked you to ?'. I said I had no music. They clued me in to what is perhaps the biggest lesson I have learnt in performing at black crowds - the DJ is always attentive. Had I asked for music he would have been ready to give it to me. DJs at black shows are the right hand to the show runners . I will keep that in mind .This was a personal benchmark for me as I have always said that comedy dosen't come in any colors and now I fully believe it.Thank you Dennis Gaxiola and thank you Mark Curry for everything.Tapan Trivedi

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Heckler Stories


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
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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

Two Scoops

Thanks Mark. This audience member at a non-Coexist show that Tapan and I did last night at Garbeau's shouted out "Two Scoops" when I was doing my white raisins joke. If you don't know the white raisin joke you need to come to the show. :)

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

The Comedy Store in Hollywood and MORE

The Comedy Store in Hollywood is a legendary venue and being booked there is an honor to say the least.
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.