Last week I was in Santa Cruz working on some newer material and refreshing some of my older bits and noticed someone was filming me... that someone has posted my set online. Yup, these are the sounds of an open mic... and you will also see my shitty fashion choices.
Enjoy... not sure how long I will keep this video up. This is for you fans. Haha. Let me know what you think.
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It is almost time for my favorite season. Baseball Season. The first game of the season is on March 31, 2013, as the Texas Rangers and the now American League rival, Houston Astros, face off against each other in the only game of the day. Like any other season, there are a lot of unknowns. Will the New York Yankees be able to overcome age and lot of injuries? Will the Giants be able to compete for a 3rd World Series in 4 years? Will the Los Angeles Dodgers spending spree help them into the playoffs? These are just a few of the questions to ask..... here are my predictions on how things will end...
Oakland A's 95-67
Los Angeles Angels 93-69*
Texas Rangers 87-75
Seattle Mariners 80-82
Houston Astros 60-102
The Oakland A's, who surprised the baseball world last year by winning the division on the last game of the season will find themselves winning the division again. Their success will rely hugely on the pitching staff which will need a healthy Brett Anderson for a full season. The Los Angeles Angels have a great team on paper but their starting rotation leaves something to be desired. The pickup of Jason Vargas from Mariners was good (but bad for the Mariners) but Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton will need to prove they were worth the gamble. The Mariners will have more pop in their lineup with the return of Mike Morse to the organization. They will also need second baseman, Dustin Ackley, to rebound from a dismal .226 batting average in 2012. The Mariners have had a hard time getting wins even when ace Felix Hernandez is pitching. They'll get about five more wins this year but it won't be enough. The Houston Astros make their debut as an American League team and will have a hard time not losing 100 games.
Detroit Tigers 96-66
Cleveland Indians 84-78
Kansas City Royals 81-81
Minnesota Twins 74-88
Chicago White Sox 72-90
The Detroit Tigers shouldn't have a problem winning the AL Central again in 2013. The Tigers added an experienced Torii Hunter to their outfield which will help lead them to more wins this season. Manager Terry Francona will have the Cleveland Indians playing some exciting baseball this year and the additions of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn should help the Tribe obtain a winning record. The Kansas City Royals traded for an Ace Pitcher in James Shields who will help save the bullpen from being used in many games. After Shields though, the rotation is questionable. The Royals have a lot of talent in their system though and should compete for the playoffs within another year or two. The Minnesota Twins looks to have a healthy Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer back in the lineup this year. In the heart of the order along with Josh Willingham, they should provide plenty of RBIs. Kyle Gibson should fare well as a rookie starting pitcher but the rest of the staff will have to surprise or Morneau and Mauer will be left just looking up to the Heavens and hoping for better things to come. After good debut year in 2012 as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Robin Ventura, will have a tough time in 2013 and I wouldn't be surprised if All-Star Pitcher, Chris Sale, struggles this year after signing a big contract extension.
Tampa Bay Rays 92-70
Toronto Blue Jays 88-74*
Baltimore Orioles 87-75
New York Yankees 83-81
Boston Red Sox 77-85
The AL East should be very interesting in 2013 in a way that hasn't been seen for a long time. The Yankees and Red Sox could very possibly finish 4th and 5th in the division. The Tampa Bay Rays traded away pitcher James Shields to the Royals but got a nice hitting prospect in Wil Myers. Jeremy Hellickson is one of the guys that will have to step up to help fill the shoes of the departed Shields. Their rotation is still plenty good to win the division in my mind. I expect Desmond Jennings to step up his game as well now that BJ Upton is no longer with the club. It has been well documented about the Toronto Blue Jays and their many offseason acquisitions. On paper it looks like they are a team that can't be beat. Their lineup looks unstoppable. Will R.A. Dickey be able to come even close to repeating his CY Young year he had with the Mets? Josh Johnson has struggled recenly with injuries. Rickey Romero had a tough 2012 and hasn't looked great so far in Spring Training this year. The Orioles were a surprise playoff team last year but will fall just short of the playoffs this year. They have one of the better bullpens in the majors with Jim Johnson racking up the saves but the starting pitching leaves something to be desired. The New York Yankees have already suffered many injuries going into the 2013 season to guys like Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson - none of them look like they'll be back anytime soon either. They will possibly make or a trade or two but the injuries and their overall age will be too much to overcome. Getting rid of Manager Bobby Valentine won't bring winning back to Boston right away. The Red Sox picked up some nice veterans in Jonny Gomes and Shane Victorino but it won't be enough to contend.
San Francisco Giants 91-71
Los Angeles Dodgers 86-76
Arizona Diamondbacks 80-82
San Diego Padres 74-88
Colorado Rockies 70-92
The San Francisco Giants should be the winners of the National League West again in 2013 with their dominant pitching led by Matt Cain. If Tim Lincecum gets himself back on track too then they will practically be unhittable. It will be interesting to see if Sergio Romo can succeed as a closer over the course of the whole season. The Los Angeles Dodgers will be a lot like the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League. They have a lot of star power but can everyone click together? Can pitcher Josh Beckett return to his dominant pitching days and can outfield Matt Kemp stay healthy? Centerfielder Adam Eaton of the Arizona Diamondbacks would have been my pick for NL Rookie of the Year in 2013 but it was announced today that he'll miss 6-8 weeks with an arm injury. The San Diego Padres have decent starting pitching and it shouldn't be much of an issue in the pitcher friendly, Petco Park. Their Gold Glove third baseman, Chase Headley, will miss the first month of the season with a thumb injury. Unlike the Padres, the Colorado Rockies play in a hitter friendly ballpark, and are at a lack for pitching. It will be nice to see a healthy Troy Tulowitzki again at shortstop where he makes many incredible plays. First time manager and former Rockie, Walt Weiss, will have a tough first season.
Cincinnati Reds 93-69
St. Louis Cardinals 89-73*
Milwaukee Brewers 83-79
Pittsburgh Pirates 82-80
Chicago Cubs 68-94
The Cincinnati Reds have announced that Aroldis Chapman will not be converted from a closer to starter as originally planned. This is best thing they could have done. To have a guy like Chapman come into the 9th inning and throw 100 mph to wrap up a win is a thing of beauty. Shin-Soo Choo should have a fun time in hitting friendly Cincinnati after he came over in a trade from Cleveland. Not that far from making a big impact in the majors for the Reds is speedster, Billy Hamilton, who had a record 155 stolen bases in the minors in 2012. The St. Louis Cardinals will be without Chris Carpenter yet again this season (possibly for his career) and they've also lost Rafael Furcal to an injury. Rookie Shelby Miller should help fill in for Carpenter. A battle for third place should take place between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates will finish over .500 finally but will fall a game short of the Brewers. The Chicago Cubs will be missing the Houston Astros and will own the cellar all to themselves. First Baseman, Anthony Rizzo, should be selected to his first All-Star game for the Cubs.
Washington Nationals 98-64
Atlanta Braves 93-69*
Philadelphia Phillies 86-76
New York Mets 65-97
Miami Marlins 63-99
Will the Washington Nationals repeat as NL East Champs? Ask Bryce Harper and he will tell you "that's a clown question, bro." Harper should put up even better numbers in 2013 and there is no plans for the Nationals to shut down ace Stephen Strasburg this season. The Atlanta Braves will look different without the now retired Chipper Jones, who was in a Braves jersey from 1993-2012. The Braves did acquire brothers B.J. Upton and Justin Upton who should both make a big impact in the lineup. The Braves have been studying hard this past season to find the true meaning of the Infield Fly Rule. The Philadelphia Phillies have some concerns about the lack of speed on Roy Halladay's pitches. Starter Cliff Lee will be happy to see a healthy Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the lineup and hopefully get the wins he deserved last year. The New York Mets and Miami Marlins will have a very unexciting battle for last place and it wouldn't surprise me if Giancarlo Stanton ended up getting traded from Miami to a contender for the right price.
Wild Card Games:
Los Angeles Angels defeat Toronto Blue Jays
Atlanta Braves defeat St. Louis Cardinals
Oakland A's defeat Tampa Bay Rays (3-2)
Los Angeles Angels defeat Detroit Tigers (3-1)
San Francisco Giants defeat Cincinnati Reds (3-2)
Washington Nationals defeat Atlanta Braves (3-0)
Oakland A's defeat Los Angeles Angels (4-2)
Washington Nationals defeat San Francisco Giants (4-2)
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the play, the idea of Web Johnny is then used to prolong the life of Victor Martinez, who has died, but with the technological advances, he stays around in virtual form.
Why am I bringing this up? Today, Ruben Grijalva posted the following quote and link on his facebook page -
"Web Johnny has arrived. I don't know whether to be thrilled or file an intellectual property suit."
It is a Friday night and I'm up late, knowing that I don't have to go to work tomorrow. I have been trying to slowly quit caffeine altogether but today I caved and went to Starbucks for a Frappacino so that might be another reason why I'm still awake.
I used to go to Starbucks every morning or another coffee shop if it wasn't Starbucks. I've realized this probably wasn't the best thing for me though as I have a heart condition. I have an irregular heartbeat and the amount of caffeine I was drinking probably wasn't the best thing. I recently saw my doctor and she told me it won't be too long from now (2 years tops) until I have heart surgery. It is obviously not something I like to think about so I usually don't even talk about it as well. The surgery will likely involve getting one of my valves replaced with a mechanical valve. I've know all my life that it was going to happen, it was just a matter of when. I won't be much different from the Terminator at that point except you should still be able to understand what I'm saying.
Getting up for work in the mornings have been tougher without coffee, I must admit. In the last 2 weeks though, I've only ended up drinking coffee twice which I think is a big improvement. I also haven't had any soda over that time frame. Sometimes if I want that feeling of drinking a soda then I just end up buying a sparkling water. However, I will not drink decaf coffee.
When I first started doing stand-up comedy, I would drink 1 or 2 red bulls before I did a set. I don't have any reason to that anymore. Even on days when I am tired, I always get a natural adrenaline rush before going on stage.
Robin Williams had a similar heart surgery about 3 years ago and he still has loads of energy. I would have never guessed him to have had a heart problem in the first place - he discusses the surgery a bit in this clip -
I think what I'm looking forward to the most is having another scar. Back in 1994, when I had surgery on my stomach, I ended up with a cool looking scar. I hope the next one is just as good. Unlike that surgery, I hope they don't do any extra work while they are in there. (When I had stomach surgery for my gall bladder, the doctor just decided to take out my appendix too with no warning.)
There is probably some material that I get from this whole experience too (like Robin did) so that's a good thing.
While we are on the subject of my heart - I had a show Monday in San Francisco in which my current manager at my day job attended with her boyfriend and another friend. Well, actually, my manager's last day at work was today.
I had been doing a bit recently where I talk about my manager and how attractive I thought she is and how I did a background check on her (by that, I meant checking the back of her hand to see no ring). I knew that dating the manager at your job is frowned upon so I talked about getting her in trouble so she'd get fired but then having another job lined up for her already so I would look like a hero and she could still buy me stuff....
Now that she was at one of my shows, I asked myself, "Do I do this bit as I have been lately?" I started to go through the bit and said "She's fuckin hot" but then I stopped myself because I felt bad for the boyfriend. I had met him right before the show and he seemed like a cool guy and I didn't want him to kick my ass. Surprisingly, after the show, the boyfriend and her both told me they wanted to hear the whole bit. I didn't share it though. If they read this blog by some chance then they'll know a little more. We all ended up going to a bar after the show for a quick drink and I actually ended up talking more to her boyfriend than anyone else. We mainly talked about baseball...I guess he knew the way to my heart.
Tomorrow, February 24th, is the 85th Academy Awards Show which is award to the best in cinema. I try to see as many of the nominees as possible and was fortunate enough to see a lot of the nominated films over the past year (including all the Best Picture nominees). Here are my predictions for the winners tomorrow night. Let it be known that I saw absolutely none of the documentary nominees, full or short. Who I think will win is listed in bold although that doesn't always mean I want them to win so I've marked those picks with an asterisk.
Best motion picture of the year “Amour” “Argo” * “Beasts of the Southern Wild” “Django Unchained” “Les Misérables” “Life of Pi” “Lincoln” “Silver Linings Playbook” “Zero Dark Thirty” Performance by an actor in a leading role Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook” Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln” Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables” Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master” Denzel Washington in “Flight” Performance by an actress in a leading role Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty” Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook” Emmanuelle Riva in “Amour” Quvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” * Naomi Watts in “The Impossible” Performance by an actor in a supporting role Alan Arkin in “Argo” Robert De Niro in “Silver Linings Playbook” Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master” Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln” Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained” Performance by an actress in a supporting role Amy Adams in “The Master” Sally Field in “Lincoln” Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables” Helen Hunt in “The Sessions” Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook” Achievement in directing “Amour,” Michael Haneke “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Benh Zeitlin “Life of Pi,” Ang Lee “Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg “Silver Linings Playbook,” David O. Russell Best foreign language film of the year “Amour,” Austria “Kon-Tiki,” Norway “No,” Chile “A Royal Affair,” Denmark “War Witch,” Canada Best animated feature film of the year “Brave,” Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman “Frankenweenie,” Tim Burton “ParaNorman,” Sam Fell and Chris Butler “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” Peter Lord “Wreck-It Ralph,” Rich Moore * Adapted screenplay “Argo,” Chris Terrio “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin “Life of Pi,” David Magee “Lincoln,” Tony Kushner “Silver Linings Playbook,” David O. Russell Original screenplay “Amour,” Michael Haneke “Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino “Flight,” John Gatins “Moonrise Kingdom,” Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola “Zero Dark Thirty,” Mark Boal Best documentary feature “5 Broken Cameras” “The Gatekeepers” “How to Survive a Plague” “The Invisible War” “Searching for Sugar Man” Best documentary short subject “Inocente,” Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine “Kings Point,” Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider “Mondays at Racine,” Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan “Open Heart,” Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern “Redemption,” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill Achievement in cinematography “Anna Karenina,” Seamus McGarvey “Django Unchained,” Robert Richardson “Life of Pi,” Claudio Miranda “Lincoln,” Janusz Kaminski “Skyfall,” Roger Deakins Achievement in costume design “Anna Karenina,” Jacqueline Durran “Les Misérables,” Paco Delgado “Lincoln,” Joanna Johnston “Mirror Mirror,” Eiko Ishioka “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Colleen Atwood Achievement in film editing “Argo,” William Goldenberg “Life of Pi,” Tim Squyres “Lincoln,” Michael Kahn “Silver Linings Playbook,” Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers “Zero Dark Thirty,” Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg Achievement in makeup and hairstyling “Hitchcock,” Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane “Les Misérables,” Westcott and Julie Dartnell Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) “Anna Karenina,” Dario Marianelli “Argo,” Alexandre Desplat “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna “Lincoln,” John Williams “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice,” Music and Lyric by J. Ralph “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted,” Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi,” Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth “Suddenly” from “Les Misérables,” Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil Achievement in production design “Anna Karenina” (Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer) “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright) “Les Misérables” (Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson) “Life of Pi” (Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock) “Lincoln” (Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson) Best animated short film “Adam and Dog” (Minkyu Lee) “Fresh Guacamole” (PES) “Head over Heels” (Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly) “Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”” (David Silverman) “Paperman” (John Kahrs) Best live action short film “Asad” (Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura) “Buzkashi Boys” (Sam French and Ariel Nasr) “Curfew” (Shawn Christensen) “Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)” (Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele) “Henry” (Yan England) Achievement in sound editing “Argo” (Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn) “Django Unchained” (Wylie Stateman) “Life of Pi” (Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton) “Skyfall” (Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers) “Zero Dark Thirty” (Paul N.J. Ottosson) Achievement in sound mixing “Argo” (John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia) “Les Misérables” (Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes) “Life of Pi” (Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin) “Lincoln” (Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins) “Skyfall” (Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson) Achievement in visual effects “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White) “Life of Pi” (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott) “Marvel’s The Avengers” (Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick) “Prometheus” (Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill) “Snow White and the Huntsman” (Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson)
Folliwng the San Francisco 49ers win in their playoff game today against the Atlanta Falcons to move onto the Super Bowl, I was full of excitement and joy. The game was intense and emotionally draining.
Then a different emotion occurred. Sadness. I learned today that a fellow friend and comedian, Chris Hymes, passed away yesterday. Far too young for sure.
In 2007-2008, my buddy Brian Salwasser and I started an open mic comedy night at El Patron Restaurant in East Side San Jose. It was shortly thereafter that Chris decided he wanted to do comedy too. He thanked me for helping him as he tried to break into comedy but I shrugged it off since it was no big deal. After all, it was the comedians and myself that should be thanking him for all the stage time he provided for allowing us to perform at the restaurant. It didn't matter if the stage was only a piece of plywood on a couple cinder blocks (it was a Mexican Restaurant, what'd you expect?) because it was valuable stage time. After the open mic came to its end (business got bought by new owner), Chris had met many people through the show and through networking that he continued to perform elsewhere.
Later on, he was no longer in the comedy scene as much but eventually, Chris would have an amazing girlfriend, who also turned out to be one of my friends from Theatre in college. Every time I saw them together it would make me happy because they were happy. Chris had recently lost a lot of weight too and was updating how many pounds he was losing on facebook. It seemed like things were going well for him.
He had just celebrated his birthday on January 11th...
I'll miss you, Chris. Thanks for everything.
Here is a clip of him from Tommy T's in 2008 - his set begins around the 1:35 mark -
How's it going everyone? That's nice. I'm doing just fine myself. I hit up a couple of open mics this week as I try to get back in the swing of things for 2013. It felt good to be back up on that stage. I was going to hit up another mic tonight as well but I slept on my neck wrong last night which makes driving a real pain when looking left.... so instead, I'm writing this blog. Let's see, what's been happening in the world lately....
McDonald's Restaurants in the United Kingdom have announced that they will be making a change to their Happy Meals by replacing the toys with books. (Article here) By giving away the books with Happy Meals it will make McDonald's the number one Children's Bookseller in the UK. They might as well give away dictionaries while they are at it that include a new definition for the word "Happy."
And then there is the story of Notre Dame Linebacker, Manti Te'o', who had his girlfriend die from cancer during the season. Except wait, she never really existed? Story below...
So like the video states, people now believe that Te'o got Catfished. This is why I have always been more of a dog person. I still don't understand how he could go so long without knowing his girlfriend wasn't even real. Was he in on the whole story himself? Did he go along with it to add to his legendary season so everyone would say, "Wow, what a strong and courageous man!" I'm not sure but if he was going along with it then I don't know why he couldn't make up a better story for a fake girlfriend. Your fake girlfriend can do anything you want and that is what was chosen? If the Catfish scenario is true then yes, it is really messed up -
but even this guy recognized something fishy was going on.
With all the recent school shootings and tragedy - it was obvious that something needed to be done in America to help protect our students and staff. Not just at schools too but everywhere. I think we can all agree on that. But then there was this ad that came out from the NRA that asks a dumb question -
Am I hearing things? Did they just ask "Our Obama's kid's more important than yours?" Why do Obama's kids go to schools with guards? Good question, NRA, but you seem to forget that Obama is the President of the United States of America. OF COURSE his kids are going to go to a school with guards. The school they go to also costs more money. Is Obama going to send his kids to a public school? In DC? Ha, yeah right! I agree that all kids should be safe but asking why the President's kids have it better is like asking why Bill Gates has a better and faster computer than you do.