The Improv Life: Pushing Through the BS When the Show Must Go On

The Improv Life: Pushing Through the BS When the Show Must Go On

I’m a positive dude, and I really don’t talk about the negative stuff of comedy unless I’m really angry and need to vent, or if the moment calls for it, like last year when BIPOC comedians were talking about their shitty experiences at primarily white led theaters.

But there is a lot of bullshit in comedy, and how you handle it will determine your happiness in this field.

You’ll try to put a show together, and it seems as if everything is against you in having a good show.

People will flake, drop out, abandon you, make unreasonable demands, not carry their share of a project, disrespect you and your name, waste your time and leave yourself asking, “Why the hell am I doing this?”

And this is just at my amateur level; I can only imagine how it is in Hollywood when real money is involved.

But somehow, someway, I push ahead and put on a show. Win, lose, or draw, the show must go on. And I think that mantra is what’s kept me from failing to deliver a show.

Once you advertise a show, that’s a pretty big point of no return. The word is out there. People will schedule their lives around coming to your show. People are investing their time in you now, and you have to give them a show worth their investment.

That promise of putting on a show has been one of the biggest motivators for me to push through all the bullshit and deliver a program worth people’s time.

I’m telling you: something about “the show must go on” theater producer attitude gives you the strength, resilience, and flexibility you need to rise above challenges and put on a God damned good show.

I mean it’s business as well – you will lose money on a space if you don’t put on a show. But it’s also an artistic challenge to rally your team and resources to put on a good show that genuinely entertains people and provides them with a good time.

Trust me, seeing a happy audience during the show and after is plenty validation for going against the odds and delivering a great show.

See you tomorrow,

Fernando

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The Improv Life Ep.10 with Diosa – Fernando’s Improv Blog Podcast

Improv and Magic – aren’t they the same thing sometimes?

The Improv Life Ep.10 with Diosa

Welcome to Episode 10 of the Improv Life Podcast! 

My guest today was the amazing Diosa! 

Man, I got nothing but love, respect, and admiration for Diosa. 

We met through improv and I’ve been amazed by her ever since! 

She is a multi-talented, spiritual, courageous, and bold Latinx artist who will open your third eye with her insights and magic. 

She is Colombian, so I’m going to say that she has a rich and robust personality with hints of witty observations and subtle notes of goddess energy; a great person to spend an afternoon with talking about a bouquet of topics from the absurd, to the perverse, the comically tragic, and the profound- no moment is wasted when you’re hanging out with Diosa. 

And I’m lucky to call her my friend! This was a great episode, one of my favorites so far, so check it out! 

*We talk about magic a lot in this episode. Diosa and her best friend Dre have a new podcast called The Magic Babes where they talk about “Misconceptions, the occult, tarot, history, botany, and cultura.” It’s dropping soon, so follow their IG to stay tuned for their first episode! 

What an amazing episode, one of my favorites so far.

Here’s What We Talked About

  • Her new chile relleno endeavor, Mami’s Chiles – Xicana Soul Food ‘Pa Tú Go
  • Getting hit by the putasos of life – the cause of Diosa’s diverse life experiences 
  • In reference to her tragic life experiences and challenges, Diosa said, “Instead of crying over it, or making it a weakness, you know that’s what comedy does, it gives you that power back. Like, okay I have a problem. Let me laugh at it and address it, you know, obviously, but not make it me…I’m making fun of it.”
  • How Diosa has been creative her whole life – how Kid Khristian is in Mujer Khristian
  • How MadTV, Strangers with Candy, and Upright Citizens Brigade sparked the idea for Diosa to one day be a comedian 
  • How Diosa one day decided to take improv classes at UCB and begin her comedy journey there 
  • The perverse wonder, ahead-of-its-time, ridiculous Strangers with Candy 
  • How Strangers with Candy led her to David Sedaris, and that’s how she knew she wanted to be a comedian 
  • “Life doesn’t get easier; we just get better at it” – Diosa 
  • A sneak peek into Diosa’s high school days 
  • Reflections on high school for both Diosa and Fernando
  • How Latinx high school kids get sucked into adulthood too soon because of relationships, teenage pregnancies, work, or running with the wrong crowd 
  • “What’s bad for your heart is good for your art” – Diosa 
  • Diosa’s journey into magic, tarot, signs, and the supernatural 
  • Madre Monte – a forest goddess that protects the forest; how Diosa likes the fact that her Colombian culture made this story up to serve a function 
  • How Diosa loves listening to these scary stories and folklore, and how they fascinate her 
  • Diosa’s experiences with having her tea leaves read, and how it’s an example of “magic as a tool to give you perspective on things” 
  • How Diosa’s favorite auntie introduced her to the woman who read her tea and opened her up to this larger world of magic 
  • How Diosa’s mom went to the same woman who read Diosa’s tea to spy on Diosa, and how that experience turned off Diosa to magic for a while 
  • Surprising Fact: your first Tarot Deck should be a gift from a friend 
  • “Be careful what witch you trust” – Diosa 
  • “You have to believe in [magic] in order for it to happen” – Diosa 
  • How Diosa’s recent awakening to magic is due to moving in with her current roommate, who is serving as her guide to this new world 
  • “Meditation is power” – Diosa 
  • How Diosa manifested a three month run at Second City with her team Fuck Shit Up 
  • “The connection between magic and mental health is the therapy, the talking about your problems.” – Diosa 
  • My positive Tarot experiences with Nancy Martinez, aka, Bandit the Oracle – check her out! Tell her Fernando sent you!
  • Diosa drops some knowledge on her thoughts about Tarot and its function and purpose in everyday life 
  • “You have to know your dark side in order to shine” – Diosa 
  • Follow Dre, Diosa’s best friend’s Tarot IG page @buzzbunnytarot for insights 
  • “Magic is science we don’t understand” – Fernando echoing Hank Pym from the Avengers 

Thanks for being on the show, Diosa. You can follow her on instagram at @diosanojoda 

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