To Love About L.A.: Great Comedy

Chris is a huge comedy fan, and over the course of our romance he’s slowly been weaning me onto standup comedians that are my kind of humor. I’ve really come to love comedians like Demetri Martin, Mitch Hedberg, Patton Oswalt, and Dan Cummins.

As the entertainment capital of the world, there are no shortage of shows in Los Angeles. A few weeks ago, we got to see my favoritest comedian extraordinaire, Maria Bamford. You might recognize her from those hilarious Target Christmas ads.

Here’s one of my favorite jokes from her set — about how sure, cooking is easy! But not easier than not cooking.

I love comedy because it gives us a new way of looking at life.

Maria Bamford gets me crying with laughter, but what I really admire about her is that her comedy has such a strong voice and point of view. She talks a lot about dealing with family, and living with anxiety, depression and OCD — and not only makes these topics funny, but also more relatable to the audience. She brings her own perspective and isn’t afraid to share it. She’s subtle, never preachy, but she still has something important to say. I love that about her, and I hope to bring a little more of that into my creative endeavors.

Who are you favorite comedians? How about writers or creators with a voice you love?

I’m the Best Aunt Ever

I took a break from word-scrambling last night to check Facebook, and saw I had a friend  request. It was from my 13-year-old nephew, Derek.

Now let me tell you something. I’m great with kids, and it’s for one main reason: I understand that kids LOVE BEING TEASED AND EMBARRASSED (right?). This is my secret to being, across the board, the favorite aunt. And not to brag, but I have like a bajillion nieces and nephews so being everyone’s favorite is quite the feat.

Anyway. OF COURSE the first thing I do is post this on Derek’s wall:

Because if I’m going to toe the line between getting a well-deserved eyeroll or being unfriended, I’d better know where it is.

Derek replied:

Hmm. That doesn’t seem very high at all. So I try to reframe the question:

Then, of course, I started thinking of baby animals, because once they’re mentioned it’s IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO.

So without waiting for a response I googled “baby animals” and posted the first pictures I could find, complete with captions:

So far, Derek has not unfriended me. I’m taking that as a good sign that I should step up my game. Next up: pictures of Derek as a baby with food on his face. And who knows, if that goes well, I might start fabricating tales of imaginary friends and bed-wetting.

Derek, if you’re reading, thanks for being a good sport! :)