After the show

After the show 3 people who sat in the back called me over.

I complied cause they came to a Filipino restaurant in a strip mall to sit behind a pile of crispy pork with rice and watch comedians for 90 minutes and that deserved some recognition.

There was a son in his 20s wearing a SECURITY jacket, his mother in a wheelchair and another son? If he was he’s not the favorite as he didn’t receive the familial introduction his “brother” got.

The son in the SECURITY jacket has been thinking about trying comedy for a while now which didn’t surprise me – 20% of everyone who attends a comedy show wants to be a comedian or thinks they already are one based on the laughs they elicit at the office.

SECURITY jacket didn’t want to tell a joke but his mother pressed him and like the good son he is, he acquiesced.

The joke was about a grandson asking for a sip of beer and then a hit off a cigar and each time the grandfather asks “does your dick touch your asshole?” and while it adhered to the rule of 3 (the last time it was the grandkid’s turn to ask) it did not have a punchline.

I gave him a muted chuckle (I fake laugh, a character flaw I attained hosting a weekly, 5-hour open mic for years).

The mom said last year when she was dying in the hospital her son told her that joke and she laughed so hard her heart monitor went crazy and the nurses came rushing in ready to defibrillate.

“I almost died!” she laughed.

“I was trying to kill you,” her son joked.

That’s the punchline.


Update from the Motherland

Motherland Comedy is 10 shows old and it’s been superb thus far. I greatly appreciate everyone who’s come out, the beautiful photography by Andrew Max Levy and Phil Szeto and all the kind words that have been written. Come see a show for yourself.

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We Like L.A.: Motherland Comedy Show Brings You Big Laughs for Small Bucks in Eagle Rock

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The Occidental: Eagle Rock’s Motherland Comedy dishes out lomi and laughs

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Come to the Motherland, a new weekly showcase I’m producing with CJ Toledano & Rob Haze every Thursday night 9pm at Kusina Filipina (4157 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles) starting August 8th.

Check out the inaugural show on Thursday, August 8th featuring:

Ian Karmel (Late Late Show with James Corden, All Fantasy Everything)
Sasheer Zamata (SNL, I Feel Pretty)
Andrew Lopez (Blockers, Comedy Central digital)
Lindsay Adams (TBS Just for Laughs festival, FOX)
Brent Weinbach (Conan, Comedy Central)

Best People Watching in NYC, Clean Bathrooms


It doesn’t make sense. Basements are cold. You store your wine or deer meat down there for that very reason and yet, defying all laws of nature, NYC subway stations become saunas in the summer. So as I emerged from the downtown Canal street station the hot Chinatown air brought relief like opening the ice cream case in an air conditioned-less bodega.

Wiping the perspiration from my brow, I meandered past the fake Rolex salesmen and faux perfumeries towards the New York City Clerk’s Office. In a few short weeks I was officiating my friends’ wedding and had to ensure my pronouncement of man and wife would be legally binding.

I’d been putting off the task for far too long and would’ve procrastinated further had I not been goaded off the couch by nervous texts from the bride-to-be.

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