Musings and Eats with Mikey


Musing #62
December 2, 2010, 6:09 pm
Filed under: Comedy, Musing

As some of you may have figured out from some of the poorly drawn artwork that has recently appeared on my blog, I recently purchased a drawing tablet for my computer. I did this mostly because I thought it would be fun to draw some of my own stuff and not have to rely on images from the web for my blog. Some things, like the banner on the page, I spent a lot of time on (and think it looks alright), other stuff (like the pic above) I did in only a few minutes, hence the poor quality. So what’s new besides that? Well, I bought my new car. After talking about getting a new car for the past 4 years, I finally did it. I am glad I waited till I could actually afford a car I was interested in. I got a 2010 Prius and so far I am enjoying driving it. It is the first time I have had a new car and the feeling is quite nice. The car drives smooth and has a lot of cool technology (though it does not always play well with my iPhone). Other than that, work has been pretty busy this week, hence the lack of musings (or an update for that matter). On that end, I have officially been sworn in and am now a licensed member of the California Bar. Michael J, Karlin, esquire, that has a nice ring to it (haha). I have been slowly developing a website (with the help of my friends over at Open Future Media) and I have gotten some business cards made, as well as some other stuff in terms of getting my career off the ground. This of course is on top of business as usual at the office. That’s about it right now, but I’ll try to do a more interesting update this weekend when I have some time.

One last thing, yesterday was the first night of Chanukah.  That being the case, I ran over to Albertsons to get some get some wrapping paper (since I never have wrapping paper and always wait till the last moment to wrap gift) and to my disappointment, amongst many varieties of Christmas “themed” wrapping paper, I could not find one Chanukah “themed” wrapping paper. I mean come on, its 2010 Albertsons, you can’t carry one thing of wrapping paper for those who are Jewish? Anyway, I just found that disappointing.

Also, my buddies and I at Wafflesocks have released our latest internet sketch called “The New Roommate”, here it is:

Soundtrack: Ryan Adams and the Cardinals – Let it Ride (live)



Musing #62
November 23, 2010, 9:58 pm
Filed under: Comedy, Musing

For the past year or so, my friends the Vicious Brothers have been working on their debut feature length film called “Grave Encounters”. I have been involved with the film being the associate producer and doing some legal work for it. Anyway, they have released the official trailer online and here it is:

Also, my buddies over at FBRP have a new sketch online. They asked me to direct it for them. I don’t really know anything about directing, but I did it anyway. Check it out:

Soundtrack: John Legend – Humanity [love the way it should be] (live)



Musing #58
November 7, 2010, 2:33 pm
Filed under: Comedy, Music, Musing, View

New Faces, Same System

So another election has come and gone and the results tell us that we continue to be a nation “divided”. Despite what the media tells about how polarized we are, these are broad generalizations based on inaccurate statistics. We must remember that the only votes that are counted, are those of people who showed up to vote. It has been reported that voter turnout for Tuesday’s election was around 42% of those registered to vote (up from the 2006 midterm election). Basically what the results “say” about this country is based on what 42% of registered voters say. This is less than half of people registered to vote, and none of the people who are not registered to vote. Yet these numbers are often the basis for what goes on politically in this country.

I take two things away from this notion. The first is that the results of an election are a terrible (and inaccurate) gauge of how people actually feel about what is going on in the country. If the majority of people are not even compelled enough to go out and vote one way or the other, isn’t more logical to conclude the majority of people are pretty okay with how things are going? The media likes to call the results of this election a mandate for the right, yet all this election really said was the “independents” (probably more accurately described as “centrists”) decided to change to the other party (the way the seem to do every two years). For this reason, I don’t appreciate the media trying to tell me that this country is angry and thirsty for “change”, because the reality of it is that party lines remain the same and only the few (in a relative sense) people in the middle voted for something different (which begs the question, do independents have no patients for change? but that is a whole other topic). The second thing I take from the 42% statistic is that we are a pathetic group of voters. Is it that difficult to go out there and pull the lever? I mean sure I don’t know everything about everything that is on the ballot, but there is no rule that says you have to vote on everything. You should just go out there and vote for those things that are in your interest. I mean look at Prop. 19 in CA. Almost every young person you asked about it was totally for it, yet it lost 46%-54%. Only 11% of the youth vote actually voted; that is pathetic. it would have easily passed if people actually took the time to vote. Now I understand that people may have their reasons for not voting, but if you want to live in a free society, you have a responsibility to that society to be engaged at least at a minimal level. That minimal level is voting and if you don’t vote, I don’t think you have much room to be complaining about whats going on in this country. Now, I don’t like to wax on about politics, but the bottom line is that if everyone actually went out and voted, this country could be a very different place (also I continue to be amazed that the lessons I learned from the book How to Lie with Statistics seem to constantly be relevant). As for what happens now, most likely we will experience a lot of grid lock in the Congress and not a lot is going to get done for the next two years. Also, a lot of tax payer money will be wasted on things like trying to find reasons to impeach Obama and trying to repeal the Health Care Act. In all likelihood, the Republicans will end up looking like idiots again and Obama will be reelected in a landslide. But who knows, it could go completely the opposite way and the Republicans could save this country (though this scenario seems very unlikely). The one thing that did give me hope was Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Though it didn’t come down hard on one side or the other, it showed that there is a middle road and that there are a lot people out there who are united (not divided) and want rational thinking in politics, Washington, and the media.

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I just watched Kayne West‘s short film Runaway and I really liked it. It was very over-the-top and ridiculous, but at the same time it was ambitious and felt exactly like what Kayne is all about. It seemed very influenced by Fellini and Kubrick, and although Kayne’s acting is pretty bad, in a way it makes the whole thing even better. Anyway, I love the fact that he just went for it and I think it came out great; it seems like it will be a great companion piece to his forth coming album. You can check it out below:

Also, Conan is returning to TV this week on TBS and it should be good. I’ll be glad to see him back on the air. I really like this promo, I think it’s pretty rad:

Soundtrack: Strike Anywhere – I’m Your Opposite Number (off Iron Front)



Comedy #1
August 31, 2010, 2:51 pm
Filed under: Comedy | Tags: , ,

Wafflesocks has finally released the second part of the infamous Mustache Stick sketch. It is best to refresh yourself with part 1 before watching part 2. I have posted both below:

Mustache Stick Part I – The Wish

Mustache Stick Part II – Citizen Stick



Musing #43
July 12, 2010, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Comedy, Musing

Wafflesocks

For those who don’t know, I’ve been involved in the comedy group Wafflesocks for the past year or so. I produce some comedy sketches with them. We have a new sketch that went online today, aptly titled The Pastry Sketch, check it out below:



Review #28
May 2, 2010, 2:23 pm
Filed under: Comedy, Reviews

Brian Posehn with special guest Kyle Kinane live at the Improv in Irvine (4/30/2010)

On Friday I went to the Improv in Irvine to catch Brian Posehn with Kyle Kinane as the opening act. Kyle Kinane I saw last time I was at the Improv (opening for Patton Oswalt) and this time he was just as funny (despite having a slightly short set). He did some of the same jokes as last time, but he also had some new material. I enjoyed his observation that beards are just mohawks for 30 year olds who can no longer grow mohawks. Kyle Kinane is a really funny comedian and I suspect we will be seeing more of him in the future. Also I recommend is comedy album Death of the Party, it is very funny.

Most people recognize Brian Posehn as that really tall (ogreish maybe) nerdy comedian that they have seen on some tv show. Currently he is on the Sarah Silverman Program, but he has also had a lot of bit parts in many sitcoms and movies. His set was very funny, doing material that covered topics such as being a metal head, being a stoner, his love of masturbation, and how nerdy he is (amongst the typical topics covered by comedians). His presence and delivery is hilarious and he put on a great set. I recognized some of the material from one of his specials on tv, but he said a lot of the material was new and from his upcoming comedy. All in all, it was a good night at the Improv with some very funny people.



Musing #15
March 12, 2010, 9:59 am
Filed under: Comedy, Musing

A nicely animated bit from Kyle Kinane’s comedy album “Death of the Party”: