I had a conversation with my roommates a few months ago about whether or not it’s possible to have a truly original thought. I said that I thought that all we are is everything we’ve ever encountered. That it’s impossible to have a truly original thought, that isn’t influenced or inspired by something or someone from our life. That even my comedy is an amalgamation of every funny friend I’ve had and every comic I’ve ever seen and met.
This morning I came across this quote:
“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” ― Chuck Palahniuk
I love that even my take on being original, wasn’t original.
New Episode of The Nick Vatterott Show, Nick Vatterott can’t make it this week, he’s on assignment. So taking over the show is decorated broadcast journalist, Scoop Ping. This week Scoop gets “the scoop” on ‘anger’ with comedians Pat Dixon and Chris Laker. Scoop uses his objective journalism to interview Pat and Chris on what makes us angry, what role it plays in our relationships, how to control our anger at the idiots around us, and how anger on stage could give a joke life, or lead an entire comics’s set to comedy death.
Hey Chicago friends! I’ll be recording my CD “For Amusement Only” at The Beat Kitchen on Saturday June 14th. It’s for Comedy Central Records and I’m super grateful to get to do it at Chicago Underground Comedy, my favorite room in the country, a place that’s been so supportive and instrumental in my stand up over the years. A place I was fortunate enough to be a part of it’s creation of NINE years ago. It’s amazing that so many great people have kept it going strong to this day. Its rare to have a place that you can walk on stage and just literally do whatever you want in front of an audience that will give anything a chance. Chicago you’re the dopest comedy city in the world! CJ Sullivan and Sean Flannery will be performing as well. 2 shows, only 5 bucks. I can’t promise my comedy will be good, but I can promise it will be the FASTEST comedy you’ve ever seen! Whatever that means.
THE MYSTERY OF THE PAD AND DISCOVERY OF THE PIG HEAD
I just watched ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”, such a great movie with so many great bits. What I never realized before was how much every single thing in that movie is there for a reason. Every moment is either a set up for something else, or a payoff from something previous, which I guess is a no-brainer in great script writing. Except for one thing: the deaf mute guy. In Dolores’ bar, there’s a deaf mute man that writes down things on a pad of paper to talk to people. There’s no joke to it, his pad of paper writing isn’t used to add any exposition or further the plot in any way. The fact that he writes things on a pad of paper is such a specific choice for a character, it’s so odd that it’s done for absolutely no reason. Especially in a movie where everything, even every joke, furthers plot, characters, or relationships in some way. It’s been bothering me all week. So I tried to figure out if I was missing something. I found an old script of the movie, a third draft, from 1986 (at that point the working tittle was “Who Shot Roger Rabbit?”). In that version of the script, there’s a scene where Detective Eddie Valiant takes the deaf mute to a nice restaurant and buys him shrimp cocktail. RK Maroon is having dinner with Bugs Bunny and Bugs’ agent, trying to convince Bugs to do some movie. Maroon then goes to make a phone call on the other side of the restaurant and Valiant appears to be reading Maroon’s lips, saying out loud what Maroon is saying on the phone. They then reveal that it’s actually the deaf mute that’s reading the lips, and he’s writing everything down on the pad of paper and that’s what Valiant is reading. So the deaf mute/pad of paper did have a purpose in the plot, it just got cut. I also read another article that said Warner Brothers and Disney would agree to have Bugs Bunny and Mickey in the same movie, as long as those two characters had exact equal screen time. Which I’m guessing was probobly a factor in cutting the Bugs Bunny oriented scene. I can’t imagine anyone cares or find this as interesting as I did, I guess I just thought it was great insight/reminder that everything in a good script serves some purpose. It’s also interesting to see the various stages of a story, and how they evolve to something as amazing as ‘Roger Rabbit’. Another odd scene I found in this early script was where the weasels kidnap Valiant and give him a cartoon “pig mask”. Valiant has to deal with people thinking he’s a cartoon, in fact at one point a kid asks his mom if he can hit that cartoon in the head with a bat. The kid, thinking Valiant is a cartoon, asks if he can hit him in the head with a bat so that he can see little birdies fly around his head. Valiant tells the kid that if he does, he’ll throw the kid out the window. It appears they even filmed some of the pig mask stuff, but it got cut as well.
Maybe I’ll go to this show tonight, Kareem’s video is funny, let me click on his name to learn more about him.
Oh! It’s THAT Kareem Green! Yeah I know him!
But who is this Nick Vatterott? All I know about him is that he has a name. Let’s click on it to see what his stand up is like.
Cool! It’s a link to his old MySpace account! Seeing who Nick was friends with six years ago will be a great window into what the show will be like tonight!
I’m almost sold on going to this show, but what about this Mike Lawrence? Kareem was on “Russel Simmons”, but Mike was on “Montreal”? I have never HEARD of “Montreal”, what channel is that on? I better click on his name to learn more.
Mike Lawrence is an old trumpet player that died in 1983?
This sounds like MY type of comedy show!
Dianne! Put the kids in a box, we’re going OUT TONIGHT!
We’ve all heard about the 4 horseman that will ride during the ‘End of Days’. But have you ever read the intros to the four horseman? For various reasons I’m reading Revelations today and when I read about the 3rd horseman, I laughed for about 5 minutes straight. I guess because I’ve always pictured the four horseman as the most grim, menacing characters of all time. Which is still true of three of the four horseman:
Rev 6:2 The 1st horseman on a white horse carries a bow, is given a crown, and rides off to defeat the enemy and win victory.
Rev 6:4 The 2nd horseman on red horse is given a big sword and is given the power to take peace away from earth so that people would kill each other
Rev 6:8 The 4th horseman on a pale horse is death and he is followed by hell.
But when the the 3rd horseman on a black horse was summoned it says he was given a scale and those that summoned him told him:
Rev 6:6 “A quart of wheat or three quarts of barley will cost a full day’s pay. But don’t harm the supply of olive oil and wine!”
Hahahahaha!!! Are you serious? Boy he sure got the short end of the Apocalypse.
3rd Horseman: “Ummm, could I get, like, a different one. They all got weapons, I got a scale. Could I get like, maybe a knife, or a pointy stick at least. Don’t know how well the scale is going to work while I’m riding a horse DURING THE APOCALYPSE! ‘Hey, can you guys watch where you’re ending humanity, i’m trying to weigh bread over here.’ The whole world is ending around me and I’m suppose to ride around balancing stuff? If you want me to cause famine then just say famine, but ‘3 quarts of barely is a full day’s pay’ is just me running around causing inflation. Also, who are these people that are BUYING stuff during the Apocalypse? Uh-oh, the world is ending, better buy bread!”
Also super weird they wanted the cost of wheat and barley to go up, but didn’t want the olive oil and wine to be messed with. “GO FORTH AND DESTROY THE WORLD… BUT NOT THE WINE THAT’S ALL WE GOT LEFT. AND THAT SHIZZLES GOOD! AND YOU KNOW WHAT, LEAVE SOME OLIVE OIL TOO, THAT STUFF GREAT FOR COOKING!”
So when the world ends, watch out for the 4 horseman; for one will be killing, one will be ending peace, one will be being death, but most importantly, one will be making stuff REAL pricy!
This is the tumblr page of human comedian Nick Vatterott. Check out his website at www.nickvatterott.com and his twitter that is written on post-its all over the inside of the tool shed in his back yard.