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I just arrived in San Diego, and Doug Benson is in my hotel room, accompanied by a film crew. He wants water – cottonmouth – and I don’t want to make a fool of myself. Benson’s filming another marijuana-infused take-off on Morgan Spurlock’s oeuvre, and our meeting may or may not be in the resulting film. I clear my throat and try to stumble through the jetlag fugue which would, predictably, characterize my time on the west coast.
Having Benson in my hotel room was a highly unusual circumstance, and even he acknowledged it. The comedian had Tweeted a photograph from an elevator that my wife and I had recognized as the one and our hotel room. I asked him if he’d like to come up for an interview. I was surprised when my phone buzzed – a direct message – with a two word message: “Got smoke?” I tapped out a reply as quickly as I could – “Sorry, brother.” – and considered the matter closed.… Read the rest
[disinfo ed.’s note: this original essay was first published by disinformation on February 20, 2002. Some links may have expired.]
“Thank you. How you doing folks? Me too. You gotta bear with me, I’m very tired, very tired of traveling, and very tired of doing comedy, and very tired of staring out at your vacant faces looking back at me, wanting me to fill your empty lives with humor you couldn’t possibly think of yourselves. Good evening.”
Bill Hicks: the Nietzsche of comedy, the most legitimate social critic of the 1990s: a renegade messiah who tried to make people laugh, but usually ended up pissing them off, or drawing blank stares.
Born in 1961, Hicks died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 32, just as his career was peaking. He left in his wake a legacy of biting criticisms against American society: no inadequacy or hypocrisy was immune to his scathing satires, but don’t take my word for it.… Read the rest
Christina Pazsitzky | The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs: Episode 12Christina Pazsitzky is a successful stand-up comic, co-host (along with her husband, comedian Tom Segura) of the popular Your Mom's House podcast, and has been seen on numerous television programs, including Last Comic Standing, Chelsea Lately, and The Smoking Gun Presents: Worlds Dumbest. In this episode of The DisinfoCast, Christina joins host Matt Staggs for a spirited conversation about comedy, vampires, goth music, family dysfunction, and the inherent problems of using terms like "girl comic."