Posts in category "careers"

Blogapalooz-Hour: Writing, you are the love of my life

  Dear Writing, We’ve been together so, so long now. Sometimes I try to imagine life without you, but it’s beyond me. I try my damnedest to remember the times before we met, before keyboards and word processors, laser printers, dot matrix printers. Before IBM Selectric typewriters, before pen and notebook, or even pencil and... Read more »

The Comedy Super Threat

Sometimes I wake up – not from sleep, but from the cruise control that always sets in when things feel like I’m on an even keel. Comedy and writing work ebbs and flows, but I get into a program of hunting it down, and listening for opportunities, and routines usually win out in the war... Read more »

Driving Myself Insane with Comedy

I’ve driven about 4200 miles since December. Some of that is book-related, but most of it is comedy. Madison to Milwaukee to seven different towns in Michigan to Indianapolis to points mysterious and bleak throughout the Great Lakes and Midwest regions. Every single time, on the drive home – which typically falls between the hours... Read more »

Playing Possum

Pretending to be asleep was his favorite defense mechanism. In bed, in chairs, on sofas, occasionally standing up; it saved him from participating in all sorts of uncomfortable circumstances. He’d discovered playing possum as a child, watching his uncle employ the maneuver at almost all family functions. Uncle Ted didn’t care much for people or... Read more »

Balance in Peaks and Valleys

Balance is important, she reminded herself. Balance is how to stay on your blades at the end of a triple salchow. Balance is what keeps your blades on the ice. She focused on the benefits of equilibrium as she picked up speed, entered a turn, and leapt off the back inside edge of her left... Read more »

Chicago Comedy Main Event

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Today’s video post: Stand Up Throw Down is rapidly becoming one of my favorite comedy showcases to attend and perform at. Put on by a great group of people, the line ups are strong every week. Check it out, every Wednesday night at Township, 2202 N. California.

A Week of Video Posts

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After yesterday’s video, I’ve decided this week is going to be one full week of video posts. I’ll make a new video for each day of the week. Today’s video is a a tribute to my self confidence.

Chicago Comedian Pat McGann on Letterman

One of Chicago’s veteran stand ups will be appearing on Late Show with David Letterman tonight, January 24, 2014. Pat McGann, a mainstay of Zanies for several years, and one of Chicago’s finest comedians, was called up early last week to make an appearance on the show. I have no in-depth coverage to offer. I’m not... Read more »

Sometimes you have to be a spectator

How often do you read books about your profession, or observe others in your field just to see how they go about it? When is the last time you picked up a guide like Crucial Conversations, Getting to Yes: How to Negotiate Agreement Without Giving In, or the most helpful of all motivational business books, The Odd Todd... Read more »

The endless search for approval

Most people spend a significant amount of time hunting for the approval of others. Maybe parents or siblings, friends or colleagues, the Department of Motor Vehicles in Teaneck, New Jersey; there’s always a quest going on to get an affirmation for life decisions. Sure, it’s easy to believe that everything we’re doing is in our... Read more »