Ka-Blahm-o! Comics No.1 was a Huge Success!

Hot damn! The premier of Ka-Blahm-O! Comics No.1 at Catsby was a success – this was a fire show with an all Latinx lineup!

I feel like I’ve really leveled up as a programmer this year, but if I’m going to be honest, I’m just lucky to know a lot of comedy superstars in the making.

It’s not just about me asking talented people to share their gifts with me and the audience; it’s also asking people to go out there and try something new outside their comfort zone and have that experience of adjusting their performance in real time to the audience’s response, the best teacher for any performer.

There was a little bit of everything yesterday, and I’m glad we just put it all out there and trusted ourselves to succeed and have fun.

I think the audience dug it, and that’s a win in my book.

Thank you to all the amazing Latinx comedians who performed last night and shared their genius with us. Thanks to Chad Damiani and Catsby for the slot and guidance. Thanks to the amazing audience who gave their full attention to an all Latinx show. Thank you to the Latinx Comedy Pachanga for the help with social media and producing.

And finally, special thanks to Frankie Estrella for doing all this crazy shit with me all weekend long. We filmed for a web series, drove up and down SoCal, had Del Taco and Fatburger, did two shows together + a workshop, and shared the glory of Ka-Blahm-O! with the world. I love you, brother. Thank you for doing all this with me.

#clown #improv #idiot #comedy #latinx #latinxcomedy #latinxcomedypachanga #LA #LAimprov #losangeles #catsby #chaddamiani #kablahmo

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Ka-Blahm-O! Is Back This Sunday 12/12 at 8:30pm at the Clubhouse!

Come Get It This Sunday at the Clubhouse

Ka-Blahm-o! Is Back!

This Sunday Frankie Estrella and I are bringing back the 2-man improv clown machine that is KBO!

Crank up the Pantera because shit is going to get wild!

Featuring
Impromundeando
Standup from Ammy Ontiveros
Victor Bryan Olivas
Frankie Anselmo & Mago
Tarot with Silvia Browns

This Sunday at the Clubhouse in block 2 of Catsby at 8:30pm. Donations welcomed and encouraged. Masks Required + Proof of Vaccination.

Produced by the Latinx Comedy Pachanga

#improv #clown #latinxcomedy
#latinxcomedypachanga #idiot #standup #taro #magic #theater

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What an Awesome Day to be a Human!

Woooooooo! I’m so happy for today!

What an amazing day!

Got to help some kids bring their scripts to life – these kids are poets and geniuses and the rockstar artists of tomorrow – and I got to do it with a super talented ensemble of actors and improvers. Thanks to Tom Jenkins for the opportunity and to Jillian Dunn for connecting me!

Hung out with the wonderful Fernanda Perez and fan girled over the new “Saved By The Bell” reboot. (Fernandx is coming back on Saturday December 11!)

Went to Canter’s – and it was awesome! That Pastrami Reuben, y’all! 

Finally, Samantha Jane and I debuted the first ever live Dazed and Confused Poetry Club at Tao Comedy Studio! We had some fire booked poets and some surprise wordsmiths in the open mic. And Bobbie Oliver did some standup for us too! It was so good we’re going to do it again.

Its days Iike these were the universe validates your life choices and gives you the energy and direction to go deeper.

Thanks to all these beautiful human beings who gave me a great day. Also, my parents rock! Do what you love and good things will happen.

#improv #writer #theater #fernandx #dazedandconfusedpoetryclub #poetry

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The Improv Life: My Thoughts on “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport

The Improv Life: My Thoughts on “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport

This book was inspired by Steve Martin’s famous quote that he uses as a ready-to-go answer for how to be successful in entertainment whenever he’s asked that question.

One of the book’s main arguments is that passion is overrated, and that chasing a career fueled by passion is extremely difficult and leads to burnout and bitterness when your dream gigs don’t arrive in the timeline you had in your head.

Instead, he urges you to collect “Career Capital” – a high level of skills and experience in a very niche sub field that you enjoy working in which allows you to leverage those skills for more opportunities to your liking.

The more “Career Capital” you can acquire, the more control you can acquire in what type of work you can do.

Finally, if you can center the work you do around a “Mission” (work that excites you, utilizes your skill, and keeps you growing through challenges) then you have it made.

It’s a good quick read, especially for anyone who may find themselves in a career slump and wants to get back to a place where they’re doing work they like.

However, one thing stood out.

It’s a little ironic that this book’s main argument inspired by the author’s interpretation of Steve Martin’s original quote – Be so good they can’t ignore you – is antithetical to the reason for Steve Martin’s success. His passion for comedy and performing and pushing himself as an artist beyond his limits is why he broke through and became successful.

That discovery eats away at me, and I’m trying to find a middle ground where the truth of Steve Martin’s original quote and Cal Newport’s twisted-but-practical interpretation can coexist and feed off each other.

This reminds me of when I heard Metallica’s main riff for “Search and Destroy” sampled for a trap song that I hated the instant I heard it. I got that some people would like it, but I knew the original song too well to accept this crap track.


This was a good book, but the twisted interpretation is going to bug me for a while.

#improv #calnewport #sogoodtheycantignoreyou #stevemartin #improvlife

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11/05/21 Birthday Show at the Improv Collective

I had an amazing birthday show on Friday night at the Improv Collective!

I was blown away by the talent of everyone who performed and shared their work:

Anatalia Vallez is a fire poet who can make you laugh and cry in a flash of a few lines, and not everyone can do that.

Book Jesse Joseph for all your magic needs – dude knows what he’s doing! (I suggest bringing Joey Shope too as your magician’s assistant!)

I didn’t know how much I missed the two man improv clown machine that is Ka-Blahm-o! Love you Frankie!

And Jac Floyd, Matt Thomas, Josh Heimendinger, and Juanito Velasco are much better improvisers than I ever hope to be, and I’m super greatful to them for playing on West Coast Selfie with me.

I’m truly humbled by the people around me, and I’m very lucky to have a front row to their gifts and genius.

In general, book all these people!

Also, it was super cool to read a bunch of my poems out loud to a group of live people – I’m going to do more of that!

Thank you to Robert Souders and Bridget Marie for making this happen, and to Chris Beal for doing tech.

I want to thank everyone who came out and supported – I appreciate you for that!

If you’re in LA today, come check out birthday show no.2 at Tao Comedy Studio at 7:30 pm. It’s going to be fun!

Do what you love as much as you can.

#improv #improvcollective #ocimprov #kablahmo #magic #poetry #clown

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