a priori/a posteriori

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Can a Nerd (Make the NBA?)

I wish I had time to give Bill Burr's special the proper respect, right now.

I don't.  I have a job.

And I say this, and I mean it:

It should be someone's full-time job to praise his latest special,

the historic "I'm Sorry You Feel That Way"

available on Netflix now.
When I can justify it,

I will go back and do a "running diary" of the 80-minute tour-de-force,

which is a fun gimmick that I first saw done by Bill Simmons, currently writing at Grantland.com
In terms of personal projects,

I am trying to use my comedian skills

to make it to the NBA
(National Basketball Association)
And if you don't think I have a chance,

then you gotta remember:

It's Not That Serious

Can a Nerd (Make the NBA?)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

This is NOT a review

"I'm Sorry You Feel This Way" is the greatest special in the history of stand-up comedy.
I am not excited to say this.

Maybe part of me is.  Because it signals an important moment, in an art form that I love.

But on the other hand:  I am also a stand-up comic.  And so there is certainly a part of me that isn't exactly excited to acknowledge the transcendent accomplishment, of a peer.

But this is good news for all of us.  If you care about stand-up comedy -- if you love stand-up comedy -- then this is the most exciting time to be a comic, in the past 30 years.
I already hate writing this review.  Because I want the review to be as perfect as the special.

Actually, you know what?

That's what I'm going to do.  I'm going to try again tomorrow.  And I'm going to write a review, with the same attitude and thoughtless courage that I found so inspiring, when I watched that special.

I'm going to try again tomorrow.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Memo to Bill Burr: "Fuck You" means "Good Job, Keep Going"

"Is Bill Burr the greatest comedian of all-time?"
The key is going to be:

I think that's what will eventually lead stand-up comics


and onto the other side

of society.
I think the first guy to do it will be Bill Burr.

I understand most people think it's Louis CK, right now.  Because he's become more a part of the mainstream dialogue than any comic since Eddie Murphy in the 1980s*

(in terms of being a "thought-leader" in our American culture, or whatever you call that... 'group-of-people-that-everyone-seems-to-respect.')

But I believe Bill Burr has already -- just by having the career he's already had -- vaulted himself into "The Conversation."

Thee conversation:

And yes, I'm going there:

"Is Bill Burr going to end up the greatest comedian of all-time?"

We're to the point now where I believe it's a real question.  And I intend to explore it, moving forward.

His new special (which dropped on Netflix this morning) may be remembered as the turning point.

And I think a big part of the reason it's so good (I've only seen the trailer, and I have already decided to retire from comedy, because what's-the-point),

is because it's his 4th special in the past 6 years.

Usually, it's the 3rd one.  Or at least, that's what everyone seems to say.

It's not the 3rd one.  It's the whatever-the-one-it-is, if you keep making them.

Bill Burr has "kept making them."  And because of that disciplined attitude in his life-schedule, and his entire life,

(a month before he filmed "Let It Go," he was avoiding fried foods and consciously eating healthier, because he wanted to be in better physical shape for the special)

--because of that discipline, he may have just dropped one of the greatest specials, in the history of stand-up.  Which -- and I don't know, but it seems obvious, to me -- may lead to him not only matching Louie's social relevance, in the next few years.  But ultimately, to far surpassing it.

I know that may sound crazy.  But trust your elders:  If someone works their way into "the conversation,"  --

the world can't ignore it for long.
__________("I'm Sorry You Feel That Way" full review posted Monday, December 8)
*Carlin had a consistent run of social relevance, all the way up into the 90s.  Hicks did more than most American comics realize, because he gave the world hope that Americans weren't all as bad as "America."  Kinison probably had more relevance around '87 or so, but I downgrade him because his honesty back then makes me uncomfortable, even now

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ad for "Fuck the Industry"

I say "Fuck the Industry."

And I say it with this upcoming special.  I'm going to try to become a better businessman.  Because I think the comedy industry has gotten too industry.  

(the toughest thing about italics is how many directions the 'change' could go in)

Comedians should be thought-leaders, not product-pushers.

I started looking at the footage, yesterday.  And

this is a very imperfect special.

But there's enough here.
There's enough here, for a story.

This is going to be an interesting story.

Wow, am I scared to post this.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

"There's at least 20 good minutes" -- Tennessee Drew

"a question that once someone figures out the answer, the floodgates could open."
How do you make money from a comedy special?
It's a great question.

Not a "great question," like an impossible question.  I think it's a great question, like "a question that once someone figures out the answer, the floodgates could open."

Because I think it's much more possible than we realize.

I think that once we create something, we now have the rights to sell it.

It's just a matter of figuring out who wants what we are able to make.
I want to write 50 pages right now,
to avoid watching the footage.

When I watch this footage,
I will either feel confident that I have something that has value,
or I'll feel like it's "not quite there yet."

In my mind,
I want to hurry up and have a special
worth a million dollars,

so I can make a living doing this,
and my fiance' can quit her job,
and we can start helping other artists take charge of their own careers, too.
I haven't figured out how to do so, just yet.
For some reason, I keep thinking Reddit could help.
But I don't want to wait for that.

I also need to go outside,
and start doing some
good old-fashioned
And I need to suck it up,
stop writing,
and look at this footage.

Thank goodness for Miss Butterfly (soon to be Mrs.),
who will be supportive,
and not let me make the same mistake I made last time,
of hiding from the reality of this special.

If I write again before I look at the footage, you'll know I'm just stalling.

More soon...

10 Good Minutes

"I didn't want to admit I only had 10 good minutes in my first one-hour special."

What happens when no one shows up for your comedy special?
You do it anyway.
What happens when 9 people show up for your comedy special?

You give the best show you know how to give.
So, that's what I did.  I gave the best show I knew how to give.

And now, it's time to look at the footage,
and turn it into something beautiful.

Or, something beautifully-flawed.
Which is, of course -- still beautiful.

I got a text from Marshall last night, telling me he had uploaded the footage from this past Tuesday,
and that I could take a look whenever I wanted.

It's Saturday, November 15, 2014.  12:34 PM.

I don't want to look.
I'm afraid of just how imperfect it was.
As a performer, I think we remember things better than they actually were, sometimes.

And I'm very worried that this past Tuesday -- my special #2 -- is one of those times.
However, I feel more confident now, than I did 2 years ago.

2 years ago, I felt the same fear about my first special (Undone, which you can watch and support at www.brysonturner.com)

and I waited a year to sit down and edit it.  Because I didn't want to pin down the special.  I didn't want to hold my "artistic feet" to the fire.

In short:

I didn't want to admit I only had 10 good minutes in my first one-hour special.

So, I have that same fear right now,


2 years later.

Forget how many people were there:

Was all of my material a waste of time?
Did I have anything actually worth the time it takes to watch it?

We'll see.  For right now, I have to figure out how to hook up this new printer, so that I can print stuff out.  And so she can, too.  And the kid.

So, back to work.

But talk to you all soon.  I'll let you know how the editing is going...

Friday, November 14, 2014

Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats (Part 1)

I'm 15 minutes into Chelsea Peretti's new Netflix/New Wave special.  And already, I would say it is one of the 5 best of 2014.

That's 15 minutes in.  It may end up being one of the better specials of the past decade.

It's been that well-thought out.  And that inventive.  And that playful.  And that self-aware.

As a fellow comic,

I hate her so much for making it.
I'm taking a break from watching it.  Partly because I want breakfast.  Mostly because my tea kettle filled with jealousy is whistling loudly, on the stovetop of my mind.