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Stand up comedy

Oh, AND…!

I was back at the stand-up last week, at a place in Modesto. We started with our local take-off on “Who’s Line is it, Anyway’s” “Scenes from a Hat.” We had tons of good suggestions, and the merriment seemed to go on forever.

Following that, the stand up/open mike portion of the evening began, and we all took our swings. I brought a raft of new, current events humor with me, fresh from the brain stem, including dusty gems like:

Joe Biden is giving his first prime time address tonight. He would have given one sooner, but he’s always too groggy after the Early Bird special.

– Tom Bickle

and, regarding the recent goings-on in the biggest little state in the Union, Texas:

You’ll recall, Texas suffered a crippling cold snap not long ago, Texans had no power, no heat: I guess the state turned blue after all!

The shit has really hit the fan in Texas. Which is terrible because the shit was frozen rock solid, and there was no power to the fan.

THE STARS AT NIGHT
ARE ALL THE LIGHT
CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP
YOU’LL GET AT NIGHT IN TEXAS

Tom Bickle

I enjoyed writing about the new law that Oklahoma Representatives passed, protecting drivers who “unintentionally” (wink)run over protestors. It grants immunity to someone “fleeing a dangerous protest,” and if you ACCIDENTALLY get a couple of Antifa stuck in the grill of your lifted Ford like a Junebug with a sense of social justice… These things happen, All Lives Splatter, and you won’t have to face any charges:

Call it the “Snowflakes on my Windshield” bill. Unity!

But laws cut both ways. Righties are also out in the street. Don’t forget, here in America, we drive on the right!

They could go from the Proud Boys to the “Plowed Boys” in no time at all.

Call it the “Trumpers on Bumpers” Bill!

– Tom Bickle

I have such fun, writing material with a little bite… 😉

I’ve been busy

Holy cats, what a month it’s been! Let’s catch up!

First off, I got a new job. I am in an administrative position at an industrial supplier in the area. The people are pretty great. It’s good to be there.

And…! I continue to write and record and edit with Politipod. I’ve got a sheaf of new scripts that need voicing… Oh, and also, it’s through them I’ve recently gained access to some Dylan Brody writing classes and other resources. How exciting, I’m lucky to be amongst them.

Levi Huffman, guitarist

What’s more, I have new opportunities on the horizon, and not all of them I can talk about just yet! But I’m more excited about the near future than I have been in a long time!

One opportunity I can talk about is a meeting I have next week with Lodi’s most handsome, well-traveled guitarist/flautist/awesome fella, Levi Huffman! He’s got new gigs, new ideas, and new needs for his online presence! What…! I’ve got some ideas of my own!

He is a kick in the pants to work with, and hey, he even has a gig this weekend! Maybe I’ll see you there!

My Tobe Hixx interview for Politipod

Oh, hay – I forgot to tell you!

I interviewed comedian, actor and co-host of the Dope Dealers podcast: Tobe Hixx for The Interview segment with the Politipod podcast!

Tobe Hixx, actor and comedian

Interviewing the fascinating and funny Tobe Hixx was like firing off a cannon of stories: light the fuse, and stand back! The man has been places and seen things.

From Omaha Nebraska to San Diego California; from incarceration to ‘booked throughout the nation,’ Tobe Hixx has performed with a list of household names as long as your arm, and for those serving overseas. He has spent years making people laugh, and it shows!

Our conversation covered continents! Listen in, at: https://soundcloud.com/politipod/tobehixx

Google Analytics for Beginners – Certificate Achieved

As discussed previously, I’ve been working on updating and improving my skills in the areas of social media marketing and SEO. One effort there has been the 40-hour Google Analytics Academy course Google Analytics.

I finished the course today, and have the certificate to prove it! Neato. Click below for the glorious reward/proof:

Google Analytics Academy
Google Analytics for Beginners
Certificate of Completion
Course Certificate Ribbon
Tom Bickle
Awarded for successfully completing the course "Google Analytics for Beginners"

Death is 2020 – sketch

I am happy to mention I have written a new bit of political sketch comedy, a script for the Politipod podcast called “Death is 2020,” where the “2020 baby” is revealed to be none other than the Grim Reaper himself.

I almost didn’t write the darn thing, at all. I had gone to bed last night knowing I hadn’t written nearly enough on it, with the following day being the deadline. I could feel myself slouching to inaction, but I had nothing to give it.

Up with the damned cat at 3:30 a.m., I finally sat down and promised myself some kind of cookie if would just sit for 30 minutes and push effort. So I got my coffee, sat down at the keyboard and… the laptop crashed. Like, froze, then I rebooted and twice it told me that I need to “reseat the memory.” Ay, that ain’t good. #Setback

Luckily, I have an old laptop to rely upon, so I slapped it on the desk, and pressed on.

I had about 167 words, the nugget of the idea: a newscaster loses his shit as he recaps December, 2020, and calls upon the spirit of the year 2020 to account for itself. It’s revealed to be Death, through a humorous turn of Ecclesiastic events.

Anyway. within an hour I was pleased to have dumped the newscaster idea, made him Trump and tripled the word count to the desired goal, while stuffing the thing like a mattress with jokes.

I’ll try to post the episode once it’s produced and posted. 🙂

Excuse me while I look for my screwdriver…

News Job, STAB! Comedy Theater

Last night, it was my pleasure to appear on News Job, the livestream production by STAB! Comedy Theater in Sacramento. Hosted by Heather Rogue, the show featured scripted and unscripted jokes on news and current events. Besides me, guests on the show included comedians Cory Barringer and Keith Graber.

I wrote some material in advance; there were several rounds of topical humor where all players contributed headline-news jokes “on the fly.” I’m glad to say I held up my end of the gig, and contributed worthy additions. I even got to include my Donald Trump “impression!”

More studying

I continue to study my SMM book by McDonald, mentioned earlier.

I’m finishing up the YouTube chapter. I am beginning to suffer from a lack of practical projects: grist for the mill. I am currently learning to swim from a book. It would do me well to get in some water.

But, I don’t have a project of my own to flog, and none of my personal contacts are ready with one, either. Approaching local business or charities is a slightly higher bar, and I don’t think I’m there, yet.

I’ll keep at it.

Macrophotography and spiders

I have been exploring macrophotography, and I find that bugs make fascinating subjects for close-up, detailed shots! How fun!

translucent spider on blue background

This little fella is so tiny!

I also explored working with RAW images, in getting the hue and brightness shown here. The waning sunlight of the day shone nearly clean through this little spider, which makes for a transparency and glow effect that I just love! Other angles offered a less-angelic perspective, but seeing a creepy little crawley backlit, with his eyes in bright contrast — I dig it!

New book

In my pursuit to add social media content marketing to my skillset, I called upon a buddy who is already busy in that business. He recommended: Social Media Marketing Workbook: How to Use Social Media for Business, by Jason McDonald.

I am nearly halfway through the book. If you’re looking for a yea/nay review, I would encourage you to buy it. It is clearly written, and contains enough useful information that I can recommend it, too.

Part of my current trouble is not having a business or entity to use as a test case, upon which to use these ideas. I am tempted to create my own venture to use as the guinea pig for this effort, but I don’t think I have the energy/bandwidth to create a venture AND promote it. So, I’m finding tasks and self-assigned projects to practice upon. I am confident that in time, I will find projects to use as “grist for the mill.”

New plan

I am starting the new year with new goals.

Social Media Content Marketing

I am teaching myself more about social media content marketing: the use of social media tools to help businesses or entities improve their reach and effectiveness, with their websites and social media presences. With my existing skills and education in Computer Science, website design and photography, videography, it does make a kind of sense: building on the old, adapting to the new.

I’ve always been the type of person to get “hyped” about new things, new adventures and others’ journeys. Helping someone put their best foot forward and creating content to help them reach their goals is a natural fit, for me.

I plan to journal my learning and progress here, for me and for others who might benefit from my yearning and striving. Why not!