Thanks to the Comedy Community

29 01 2013

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Today I got to officially “launch” my website, http://www.marc-kaye.com. Last year, I decided that I wanted one place where I could start to collect all the things I am working on and direct people to. We’ll see how it works out. I owe a thanks to a lot of people – Cori Healey designed the site for me and was very patient through my requests and my comedy friends especially, have been encouraging to me with all the newest endeavors I have been involved in – people like Joan Weisblatt and LaTice, Chris Coccia, Chip Chantry, Chris Rich. There are people who have kept me sane and there was nothing in it for them – like Mike Eagan and Karen Faye. People who keep giving me chances, too, like Norm Klar, Byron Druss, Bobby Zee. I am sure I have missed people and I really do appreciate it.

I hope people will eventually read – read this blog, read the site, read posting, read anything and comment, engage – that’s the power of social media. We are so fortunate to live in these times if we choose to use this for positive. OK – I just used the neti-pot and I think some of those brain eating amoebae are starting to do their thing.

Check it out when you get a chance (the site, not the amoebae): http://www.marc-kaye.com

Thanks!

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Sweating the Small Stuff

28 01 2013

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I’m self-conscious. Always have been.

People who know me get it. People who think they know me but really don’t, don’t.

I really, really believe in the idea of not “sweating the small stuff.” When I started doing this weird comedy thing, I sweat a lot. I worried about hecklers. I worried about “getting found out” by all the people I didn’t tell yet (which was everyone but 4). I sweat the small stuff. A lot.

Now, thankfully, the voices that keep repeating in my head all the positives in my life – a loving family, great work, amazing friends, health- all the big stuff – those voices are louder than the small stuff voices.

I still worry but that’s my nature. It makes for some good comedy, too. I won’t lie.

Now instead of hiding my comedy addiction, I admit to it. Here’s what I would like them to know: When people find out that I am involved in comedy, inevitably someone says “good for you, you’re chasing your dream”. I appreciate the sentiment. I do. I know most times it comes with a sense of appreciation (or astonishment) for working toward something that has a low rate of return – at least by conventional standards.

The thing is that for me, at least, it’s not really chasing the dream, at all. Sure, I would love if someday in the future I could write for the Colbert Report, the Daily Show or SNL. It would be great if I could find a way to get my writing out to more people or work with a great team. Maybe that will happen, maybe it won’t.

For me, writing, doing stand-up, playing music – it’s like exercise. I feel really badly if I don’t do it.

No one has mistaken me for a body builder yet. It may be that no one ever mistakes me for the next Louis C.K. or Judd Apatow, either. But I will tell you, that not doing it doesn’t feel like an option. The only difference between comedy and the treadmill is that every so often, I get somewhere with comedy (and usually gain weight instead of lose it).





I once was a Maytag Repair Man

27 01 2013

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Anyone who knows me realizes that must be a metaphor. I can barely fix a meal let alone an appliance. But I was the guy who waited around for something to happen. It first started when I graduated college at my first job. I thought there was a natural order to things and when my time came for a promotion, it would magically appear, especially since I was in a government job and everything seemed to be pretty spelled out according to the negotiated contract.

I learned, though, that that is not how life works; a lesson others seemed to have learned a lot earlier in life. As I moved through my career I learned that the Maytag repair man would have been better planning his next steps while he was doing all that waiting. That’s what I did and it made a difference. Whether it was school, networking or just learning about different fields and jobs, it helped me direct myself forward.

When it came to comedy, those old voices re-appeared, however. Just as moving across different fields was an uncomfortable endeavor for me because I always had this feeling like I didn’t follow the same path as everyone else, I definitely felt that with comedy. I read all the blogs and websites that everyone else did. I listened to all the same podcasts and interviews as the other guys. It was just going to take time and patience. The one thing I didn’t do, however, was apply the same lesson I had learned earlier to comedy. I waited and followed-up every now and then to see if I could get stage time but did nothing to learn more about the industry, understand the business of comedy, become a better writer, etc.

Well, actually, I did, eventually. And here I am. It’s made a big difference, too. I feel like I’m not asking for as much permission anymore. I’m grateful for the help I have gotten and hope to receive in the future. I’m glad that I have been able to help, as well, and will also continue to do so. But, I won’t be able to just sit still and wait. Even if you tell me it’s going to be a while, I’m going to need to do something. Anything. Anything, that is, except repairing appliances.





The 40 Year Old Comedy Virgin

26 01 2013

There I said it. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t proud of this article…it’s the little things.

http://www.stagetimemagazine.com/2013/01/25/comedy-virgin/





Inconceivable

25 01 2013

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That’s what I want it to say on my tombstone.

Not sure how long I’m on the ride for but it would be something to have someone talk about me in passing and say “man, what he did was incredible, unimaginable, unbelievable, unthinkable” – you get the point.

I am fascinated by stories of people who just were out there. They’re the ones that on any normal day you know are the subject of endless conversation. The ones that people routinely ask “what’s he smokin’?”. I know some of these people and I am the last person to be able to tell you who are the ones that will make the cover of Entrepreneur, Sports Illustrated or Fast Company and which ones are the ones that should have taken a more practical route and been more “self-aware.”

I think I’m somewhere in the middle, personally. I’m not going to be the guy to start up the next Apple, commercialize the first flying car or land the next late-night TV hosting job. I could do something unexpected, though. We all can. We could find a way to make our short time here really count.

Inconceivable.





@CoreyCajones is the #TwitFiler for the week of January 28!

24 01 2013

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And the first #TwitFiler is….

24 01 2013

And the first #TwitFiler is....

COREY KAHANEY!

I am really excited and grateful to one of the most hysterical comedians around. You know her from he Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and a new TV special for Nick Mom.

You may have seen her as a finalist on Last Comic Standing or a ton of other programs like Comedy Central, The View or Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.

Make sure to follow #TwitFiler starting Monday to learn more about Corey! #TwitFiler








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