That's right boys and girls! The Write Idea Workshop is heading to Chicago once again to attend the always amazing Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo! We'll be recording episodes every day/night of the Con, as well as doing our damnedest to get interviews and news from all manners of geekdom attending the Con! Be sure to check out the site and iTunes regularly throughout the weekend of APRIL 24th - 26th to hear about all our adventures!
In other news, Episode 69 just dropped today! A fantastic chat with comedians Dave Dillinger, Louis Fuentes and Ian McDavid! Check it out Here
Neil Gaiman (author extraordinaire, patron saint of this writing podcast) was asked to give the Douglas Adams Memorial lecture this year. A good portion of the lengthy, wonderful lecture is about discussing the nature of stories, their lasting qualities, and achieving a kind of immortality. This lecture is well worth your time if you have any interest in storytelling, Douglas Adams, writing, or thinking creatively. Please give it a watch and donate to Save the Rhino if you can. It's a great cause that was near and dear to Douglas Adams' heart.
Comedians seem to think that they are really good at telling other people what to do.
They're not wrong. Comedians generally observe people and themselves a great deal more than, I propose, the average human does. Most people just wander through life, taking it as it comes. Comedians encounter life, ask "What the fuck are you doing to me?" and move through the bullshit. The only other group of people who analyze themselves nearly as much, in my estimation, are therapists.
That's why this first book that is coming out sometime around my birthday has me most interested. Emily V. Gordon, funny lady, "comedy mom" to folks who frequent the Meltdown in Los Angeles, and general awesome lady is writing/has written a book that is supposed to be coming out in September. I don't know what it's called yet, and according to her talk with Pete Holmes in the most recent episode of "You Made It Weird" she doesn't totally know either. But! Emily was a licensed therapist who then got really interested in comedians, and even married one. She does her own funny business herself and has been featured on @Midnight quite a few times. If you have never heard her podcast "Indoor Kids" on the Nerdist Network, or her appearances on "You Made It Weird", you should look them up. She is a very insightful lady, and I for one am anxious to read her book.
Next on the list: "The Nerdist Way" by Chris Hardwick
I've read this book several times, owned it since it debuted, and when I actually follow it's advice, generally, my life gets more manageable. I've even met Chris Hardwick and had him sign a copy of this very book, but then lost it when I lent it to someone. Regardless, I bought another copy, and hope to get back in to this very soon.
MY DRUNK KITCHEN the BOOK
That's not really what it's called. I haven't read it yet. But I adore her YouTube channel, she has great advice on her non-drunk episodes, and I am very anxious to read her book. Based on the sample chapters I looked at, not only are there super cool recipes in this book that I think I could afford to make on my menial budget, but there is some really great organizational, life-progressing advice throughout the book. Or at least in the bits I read. It's out, look it up on Amazon, buy two copies. Give me one.
This one isn't so much explicitly a self-help book, but it is a very inspirational book for those of you who are interested in writing fiction, or writing comic books. Or thinking about your place in the universe in general. I can't really do it justice beyond that. This book is half creative inspiration, half memoir of Grant Morrison. Either way, it is very much worth the read.
So please, check these books out. You've heard me talk about a few of these in the podcast, and you'll hear me talk about a few more when I actually purchase them, but until then, get your learn on.
Keep on writing,
Episode 62 of the Write Idea Workshop is up!
Ryan and Justin had a great night at Mahagony's Coffeehouse and Bar listening to comedians Vince Vlaisavich, Tanner Hinds, Will Moore, Alex Rozof, Blake Hammond, Alex Leeds, Faith Mueller, Cal Jansen and Norma Nelson make with the funny. The guys also livestreamed and recorded the event, and followed it up with interviews with a lot of the comedians, Some new folks who haven't been featured before, as well as Headliner Tanner Hinds and the ever enjoyable Cal Jansen.
This is our longest episode to date, so if you have to take a long roadtrip or sit through a wicked bad commute, this will definitely get you through it.
Listen here! : EPISODE 62
Starting tomorrow night at 9pm EST, we will be Live Streaming AN EVENING OF COMEDY at MAHOGANY'S BAR hosted by Vince Vlaisavich. Additonally, we will be recording the entire show, as well and interviews with comedians to put up as a podcast at a later date.
This will be our first venture into livestreaming, and if you folks like it, we'll try to do more of it in the future. To hear tomorrow's show, be sure to be on our website, on this very page, and click on the LIVE AUDIO player above ^^^ You should be able to listen from your mobile devices as well!
Big thanks to http://mixlr.com for providing the means to livestream this event!
Episode 60 is out! Loaded with comedians such as Phil Pointer! ^^
This episode also features the very talented and funny Vince Vlaisavich, Cal Jansen and Tanner Hines! With super special guest, musician and awesome person extrodinaire, Mary Parker!
Please give it a listen. Also, big thanks to The Backstage Cafe in Covington, KY for once again providing an awesome place to meet and listen to funny people.