ROAD SURVIVAL GUIDE

Published on: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016  In: Uncategorized  |  No Comments »

Like most comedians, when I go out on the road, I might have three or four comedy shows spread over six or seven days. When we are at a comedy club or one-nighter show, the venue will normally put us up in a hotel or comedy condo. The off-nights though, we comedians are on our own to find lodging. It you’re a cheapskate like your’s truly, you try and avoid the expense of hotels. Fortunately, I have some great friends. This past week has been awesome being in the Northwest.

I did The Mill Casino in North Bend, Oregon last Wednesday night. I had two fun shows with Michael C. Moses who endured two vehicle breakdowns to get to Oregon from Ft Wayne, Indiana. The next night was as off-night and I stayed with my good friends, Bill Simon and Lori Cossey in North Bend. Bill used to host the comedy shows at The Mill and we have been friends for almost five years. Too bad people can’t be there for some of our off-nights. Most of our off-nights we have as much or even more fun than our actual comedy shows.

At my Friday and Saturday shows at Chadwick’s in Medford, Oregon, I got to hang out with another Comedian friend, Chris Curtis. Chris and I had a number of comedy road adventures. I took the Greyhound bus from Medford, Oregon once to meet him in Sioux Falls, SD where we worked there at the Funny Bone. Chris fed me dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday before I headed back to Coos Bay. Last night at Bill and Lori’s, we watched Deapool, where I took a lot of crap for not having watched any of the XMen movies. Deapool is a very funny movie and unless you are incarcerated or in rehab, you need to go rent it.

I have one more off-night before my next comedy show in Sequim, Washington. Tomorrow night I will stay with my comedy sister, Susan Jones. Susan is the Godmother of Northwest comedy. She and her fiancee, Larry, have sheltered more comedians than the rest of the country combined I think. We will catch up and have a ton of laughs I’m sure too.

A Great Road Trip

Published on: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016  In: Uncategorized  |  No Comments »

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I just got back from an East Coast road trip.  I had a great weekend at Cozzy’s Comedy Club in Newport News, VA.  The club is family owed and a great atmosphere to watch and perform comedy.   While I was there, my friend, Gene Swisher, a Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel,  arranged a show at the Veterans Facility.  I got a chance to do comedy for around 40 Veterans, some Homeless, some permanently disabled and other suffering from PTSD.  It was a rewarding experience and it felt great to bring some smiles to these men and women.  While I was back East, I got to visit my daughter, Alicyn.  She lives in New York City where she performs and teaches music.  Not only did I get to visit with her and do some standup in the city (Thanks Mike ) but I go to see her perform twice.

It turns out Alicyn was doing a CD Release Show for her debut album, Someone Else.  It was way beyond my expectations.  As a music fan (aside from being her dad which makes me somewhat biased), she and the musicians put on an incredible show.  Her Producer, Benny Rietveld (An amazing Bassist who is in Santana and played with Miles Davis), put together an all-star lineup.  If you are a stand-up comedy or music fan, I know you appreciate talent, passion and performance excellence.  You can sample Alicyn’s CD and buy tracks if you like it, by going to CDBaby.com and typing, Alicyn Yaffee in the search bar.  I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

ALASKA WAS UNBELIEVABLE

Published on: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016  In: Uncategorized  |  No Comments »

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 I wanted to give a huge thanks to Larence Spotted Bird and the Sitka Tribe, the Greater Sitka Arts Council and Cyndi Isaac, at Club 907 in Juneau, for bringing me to Alaska last weekend to do standup comedy along with Pow Wow Comedy Jam

The comedy gods truly smiled on me with that road trip last weekend. We had three awesome comedy  shows with some great crowds who came ready to laugh.

We got the VIP treatment from the moment we stepped off the plane. Not only do we get to the comedy shows but we packed a week of sightseeing into a day and a half.  After getting in late Thursday night,  we woke up and did radio, ate breakfast and jumped in the car with our super guide, Rachel Moreno.  Rachel took us to a Totem Park where we saw some amazing Tribal art work.  Then we visited with some canoe carvers, Steve and TJ who were working on a canoe project.
Next went to a bear rehabilitation center where we fed fried chicken to some very large brown bears.  I didn’t know bears were such fans of fried chicken.  Maybe many bear generations earlier, they ate up some cavemen’s fried chiked and passed on a love for the winged bird.  After leaving the bears, we took a trip over to the raptor rehab and saw at least a half dozen  golden eagles and bald eagles as well as several species of owls.  What great work they’re doing at the center and there have been a lot of injured raptors due to unseasonable weather.
Probably the highlight of the trip was on Friday afternoon when my comedy buddy, Gilbert and I, got to go out on Sarah’s brother-in-law’s boat to visit with the humpback whales. We probably saw at least 20 to 30 whales. Some got within 20 to 30 yards of us. As giant as those whales were, I never felt threatened or intimidated. They were amazingly graceful and serene at the same time.Another highlight of the trip had to be in Juneau Saturday night, working with Mark Gaffney and his band, Big Toe.
Mark is a very gifted guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He was born without arms but he utilizes his feet to do what most people’s arms do and much more. What a great guy too.  He is a big standup comedy fan and  also a very funny  guy with good comedy material of his own.
I can’t wait to come back up to do Comedy in Alaska and make people laugh in there again.  Thanks again, Lawrence, Sarah, Cyndi and everyone up your way for mking our Alaska stand-up mini-tour so memorable.
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On The Road With My Comedy Brothers

Published on: Monday, March 7th, 2016  In: Uncategorized  |  No Comments »

What a great week I had in the Northwest doing comedy. I got to work with two of my good comedy brothers, Adam Stone and Vaughn EagleBear. They are two great guys to travel with and very funny comedians to perform with. A lot of times I have to travel by myself. Long hours in the car and on the plane by yourself are never as much fun as when you have two comedy bros in the car. I’ve known both Adam and Vaughn for about 12 years. Adam and I met in Sacramento at Laughs Unlimited where I started comedy. Our comedy styles were similar and our family situations were too. Both of us had daughters, both of us had vegetarian wives and both of us homeschooled our kids. We became fast friends when Adam used to run the Just for Laughs Comedy Club inside the Sands Regency in Reno.

Adam was early into comedy when I met him and he didn’t have a headshot. So when he would do comedy at the club he would use my headshot in place of his. When people asked him if my headshot was his picture, he would reply, “yeah that’s me when I’m older.” Most of them didn’t get the joke. I just didn’t appreciate the joke.

Vaughn and I met at the Brickwall Comedy Club in Spokane around 2005. He was only the second Native Comedian I’d ever met in person and we joked about starting an all-native comedy tour. Two years later we stared Powwow Comedy Jam. It’s now been going for 10 years. Our first paid show together as Pow Wow Comedy Jam was at the Diamond Mountain Casino in Susanville California. Last weekend we came back and did a comedy show at Diamond Mountain again. Ten years, thousands of shows and hundreds of dollars later, standup comedy still brings me as much joy as the first time I stepped onstage and made people laugh.

My Valentine’s Bromance with Sinbad

Published on: Tuesday, February 16th, 2016  In: Uncategorized  |  No Comments »

SinbadShowI had the privilege of doing comedy with Sinbad this past Valentine’s Day at Ho Chunk Casino in Black River Falls where I have done two other Native Comedy shows before. In the past, I’ve had a chance to perform on shows with some amazing comedians, including the late Robin Williams and Dana Carvey, and it’s always a treat (a rare treat) to work with standup comedy greats like these guys. I heard good things from my friends who worked with Sinbad and all the good things they said about him I found to be true. He is a genuine, very intelligent, well-rounded and well-grounded man. And of course, unbelievably funny. The audiences from the two shows definitely got their money’s worth with two two-hour shows. His clean comedy killed. No profanity. No f-bombs. No demeaning material. I wish comedy could swing back in this direction as I believe it would help the comedy industry. Many venues and potential fans are scared off from booking or attending comedy because they think it will be too raw. The comedy with Sinbad was clean and universally funny. We had Native, white, African American and Asian folks in the audience, all enjoying two hours of profanity-free standup. Afterwards, despite a recent back surgery, Sinbad posed for pictures and autographs with everyone in the audience who waited. The classiest part of the night was Sinbad’s insistence that both myself and the other comedian, Chase Anthony (a rising comedian to watch out for), be included in all the photos that his fans wanted to take with him. That to me showed Sinbad’s true character and essence. These comedy shows will definitely go down as two of the most memorable comedy shows of my standup career.

Native American Comedian

Published on: Monday, July 13th, 2015  In: Uncategorized  |  No Comments »

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Native Americans have a sense of humor and, to experience that brand of humor, you need to check out the performance of Native American comedian, Marc Yaffee.  This Native American comedian can bring out that hearty laughter from his audience with his clean brand of comedy.  Many people were delighted at his storytelling that they are sometimes caught unaware when this native American comedian throws in the punch line unexpectedly.  You know it is a good joke when you are reeling with laughter as soon as the native American comedian deliver his piece.  It is amazing how it seemed like this native American comedian is just relating a story, no fanfare, but you still laugh silly at his joke.

No matter how effortless the performance of a native American comedian, there is a substantial amount of preparation done to get the comedy right.  Comedians including native American comedian, Marc Yaffee, go through their memory banks to relate stories that they experience.  Sometimes, a native American comedian need to explore the current issues to make the piece something that the audience can easily relate.  Because Marc Yaffee is a native American comedian, his rich culture can be source of comedy material.  It can be also a learning experience for the audience as he shares some anecdotes and characteristics of his culture.

Comedy can be clean and fun. It does not matter what your culture is, it is all in the way it was delivered. Native American comedian, Marc Yaffee, proves that everyone can have fun in a night of comedy and laughter.  If you want to experience what this native American comedian has to offer, check out his schedule in his website, www.laughwithmarc.com.   This native American comedian can also be hired to entertain special events.

Comedian

Published on: Thursday, June 4th, 2015  In: Uncategorized  |  No Comments »

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The memorable performances of a comedian are those that are well-thought of which the audience can relate.  A comedian would prepare something that is based on experience or the current trends.  A comedian is oftentimes a serious person who wants to hone the craft. One would find a comedian more intense in writing new material. There is that constant push by the comedian to come up with new material to keep up with the times.  This is very much applicable today when a comedian needs fresh ideas that will set the performance far above the rest.

Ample research can boost the performance of the comedian. Although it may look spontaneous, a good comedian practices and prepares.  Sometimes, such ideas spark at the last minute so, sometimes, the comedian runs the performance in the head and immediately delivers the punch line. Being a comedian, it requires someone to be quick on their toes. A compelling story by a comedian in a narration can be interesting. You can just imagine that even those who frequent a comedian’s show still gets that hearty laughter.  A good comedy is a harmonious balance between a good material and comedian’s performance.

Everybody needs a good laugh every now and then.  Comedian, Marc Yaffee, can help you forget about your problem for just an hour or two.  Being a comedian, Marc Yaffee chose material that is sensitive to other people’s feelings.  It is all about clean fun. No wonder that Marc Yaffee is on the most sought after performers in terms of standup comedy.  To get in touch with Marc, check out www.laughwithmarc.com for more information.

Clean Comedians

Published on: Monday, May 4th, 2015  In: Uncategorized  |  No Comments »

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We are exposed to profanities these days. We are no longer careful of what we say and this is the unnecessary effect that goes with freedom.  Same can be said about a standup comedy act. When you want to unwind, you would want to hear from clean comedies where the can generate laughter without using swear words. Clean comedians are the creative souls who have that natural sense of humor. These clean comedians have found a way to produce wonderful material just for clean fun.  Clean comedians love the idea of getting genuine laughter from the audience. Clean comedians do not rely on profanities or slapstick yet the delivery of the lines makes the performance memorable.

Clean comedians have confidence in their material that there is no need to pepper it with controversial lines or words. Clean comedians rely on their artistry. Their observant nature makes clean comedians ace their performance night after night. Clean comedians know that when there is preparation in the standup act, they have nothing to worry about.  When clean comedians perform, everyone is roaring with laughter and they feel good when they go home. Clean comedians love what they do and they feel good about their jobs that their clean sense of humor rubs on you positively.

Clean comedians are successful at what they do because they rely on just good old sense of humor. There is no need to add profanities to the performance. Many wonder if there are still clean comedians around.  Yes, they exist. Marc Yaffee is one of those clean comedians you should watch. Clean comedians may be hard to find. Good thing you can check out his schedule by visiting www.laughwithmarc.com. You deserve a break from a tiring week. Laughter can be good for you.

Standup Comedy

Published on: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015  In: Uncategorized  |  No Comments »

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A standup comedy act is quite an entertaining act to watch. From the point of view of the audience, the performances of a standup comedy act may look flawless but there was quite a process that a comedian goes through to deliver an effortless performance. While there is ample preparation done, there are situations that require spontaneity not on the delivery of the lines but on what was happening.  A standup comedy performance can assess the crowd responses and can change the lineup of performance to suit the kind of audience watching the act. A standup comedy can be very dynamic and can involve audience participation. It is must for a standup comedy act to connect with the audience when there is involvement and understanding of the process.

Sources of material for a standup comedy act can be found everywhere. Everyday experiences of the standup comedy act can already give enough substance to a comedy material. The flow of the performance is better when the content is based on actual experience. The standup comedy act would not need to memorize. Familiarization of the content would be enough for the standup comedy act to confidently deliver the punch lines.  For the audience, the performance of the standup comedy act can leave a mark on the audience. Leaving the venue in high spirits is what the standup comedy act wants to achieve from the audience.

A good standup comedy act can be seen in Marc Yaffee. His writing experience which was remarkably for the great George Carlin can already add some flair to an otherwise boring storytelling. What makes the standup comedy performance stand out from the rest is the combination of a compelling story and proper timing. For more information of the type of standup comedy that Marc offers,  visit www.laughwithmarc.com.

Clean Comedians

Published on: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015  In: Uncategorized  |  No Comments »

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We are exposed to profanities these days. We are no longer careful of what we say and this is the unnecessary effect that goes with freedom.  Same can be said about a standup comedy act. When you want to unwind, you would want to hear from clean comedies where the can generate laughter without using swear words. Clean comedians are the creative souls who have that natural sense of humor. These clean comedians have found a way to produce wonderful material just for clean fun.  Clean comedians love the idea of getting genuine laughter from the audience. Clean comedians do not rely on profanities or slapstick yet the delivery of the lines makes the performance memorable.

Clean comedians have confidence in their material that there is no need to pepper it with controversial lines or words. Clean comedians rely on their artistry. Their observant nature makes clean comedians ace their performance night after night. Clean comedians know that when there is preparation in the standup act, they have nothing to worry about.  When clean comedians perform, everyone is roaring with laughter and they feel good when they go home. Clean comedians love what they do and they feel good about their jobs that their clean sense of humor rubs on you positively.

Clean comedians are successful at what they do because they rely on just good old sense of humor. There is no need to add profanities to the performance. Many wonder if there are still clean comedians around.  Yes, they exist. Marc Yaffee is one of those clean comedians you should watch. Clean comedians may be hard to find. Good thing you can check out his schedule by visiting www.laughwithmarc.com. You deserve a break from a tiring week. Laughter can be good for you.