Cartooning Like You Mean It

Cartooning, Teaching & Living – by Tom Hart

First Class at Upright Citizens Brigade

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Ok I took my first class in troupe improv comedy at Upright Citizen’s Brigade and here’s how I SUCK:

I am too speedy, desperate, fast, harried. First thoughts are good, but you needn’t race to them out of panic.

I think what worries people often is that they will reveal themselves in their words and ideas. I worry I will reveal myself in my silences. I panic.

Anyway, for anyone interested, the rundown of the first session is a series of exercises as follows:

1- warm up game, where we learn each other’s names, pointing to people’s whos names we remember. They must respond with YES, and add to that, by telling a fact about themselves. This, introducing the super important rule of YES, AND… We did this for several rounds.

2- pet peeve game. We all get used to ranting and “using out passion” or something, which coming from a guy who rants on paper on a daily basis, I found it hard at first. So I went for NY coffee, and how you can’t pour your own milk, etc.

3- interview, in trios. We all get in chairs, and are interviewed by the instructor: “how do you all know each other?” This was fun. It was during this session that I realized everyone else were actors and I was the only housewife there.

4 – 3 lines. Introducing place and relationships in a few lines. Boy did I flub this one. Too fast too fast.

5 -Answer expertly. We all get in a circle and ask one person in the center all sorts of questions. They have to answer as completely expertly as possible. “Playing to our intelligence” as they say.

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May 14, 2006 at 11:51 pm

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joyce

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http://mybadgirlblog.blogspot.com/

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May 9, 2006 at 1:07 am

This Coblert Dude

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Who’s this Colbert jerk? Let me shake his hand! This man has balls- to test the mettle of the press corps and the President! HAWHAWAW

Look, I do not give a FUCK who the President is. It does not change my role one bit. How ridiculous the President looks is of no interest to me. I have one charge and one charge only: KEEP THE HOI POLLOI IN AWE. Keep them running.

And that’s the easiest job in the world. You throw something on TV and they flock to it. Lure em with a story, or confuse em with Dada. They flop their jello wings, hovering around that seductive light bulb that might let them forget misery, shame, fear, corpses, for 5 minutes.

In fact, I WANT a better President! Give me a “REFORMER”- I want a challenge!

These guys make it too easy to just keep the piles of dough in my circle. Make it hard! I dare you!

The ultimate prey is MAN and I want a level playing field!

America, I’ll give you a reformer President and 20 minute lead! After that, I’m coming after you!

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May 6, 2006 at 9:35 am

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Random ending thoughts

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Yo it’s been a long time since I rapped at ya, as they say.

Ok this thing is coming down to the end, and I’m writing this as a compost posting for all to hear. Random ending thoughts, here they are:

Blumer on a raft, Sean Penn meets a trapped bird- I can help I can help. Builds an ark. Is powerful and crazy. The only one who doesn’t nned more, just needs to be in a constant state of need. Or something.

Hutch: I’m tired of being angry. Tired of being furious, tired of being cranky, tired of being arrogant, tired of having to puff myself up, to define myself in arrogance and against the grain. (See what you gotta understand about me is I go against the grain… I don’t do what the mainstream does… (-Barney Banks)) I’m sick of having to be DEFIANT in order to feel my blood coursing.
New titles based on the new man:
Let’s get Pure
Let’s get our blood coursing
Let’s get easy
Let’s get direct. (Again the New Hat paradigm: poetry/art vs work/deeds.)

Oswald goes nowhere- Why? Put him somewhere.
Nora goes nowhere- Why? Put her somewhere. She bonds with Blumer. Or that’s the next book.
Dennis/Fristoe/Chork return. Chork reappears. His love of martinis cemented- he is in the upper class. (He is a bit too flip floppy in the book. Can use some editing.)

The book is mostly about (in order of singificance of arc):
Dennis
Hutch

Fristoe- a good counterpoint, but eventually doesn’t have the strength of story Dennis does.

then
Chork
Blumer

Oswald and Nora do little.

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April 25, 2006 at 1:47 pm

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Buck Owens

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A bit late, since I’ve had laptop problems.

Buck Owens died last week and yeah, his name inspired Hutch Owen’s a bit. Growing up, I watched as much Hee Haw as I did the Muppet Show, and not nearly enough POV or Left of Cener from PBS but that’s not at issue. Buck Owens was a terrific guitar player, and my family and I all watched him and Roy -aw crap what was his name- keep the craziness of Hee Haw at bay. I still find Hee Haw a terrific show.

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April 3, 2006 at 6:39 pm

Oppression, and not knowing a damn thing

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Is there any greater song than Cutis Mayfield’s NO THING ON ME? Why am I so moved by these songs of empowerment? Why is a white guy raised in suburbia sitting warm in his NY apartment that he owns – why is he so moved by stories, songs, etc about freeing ourselves from oppression? My wife and others might bring up past lives, or karma, and say that we came in this way. My life this time around is to see oppression from this side, from the outside, but still to see it.

But I don’t buy it. What am I really doing for others? Am I really working to free anyone? Am I serving in any way towards the goal of loosing people of their chains?

And what assumptions are we making when we talk about oppression? We make the assumption that one of the ultimate values of a person should be their ability to become the best they can be. (Or something like that.) Are those the right assumptions? I think they are, yeah. In America, they are. Anywhere. Ultimately, the social and violent forces that keep people from their innate instincts towards family, and self-development are those that have to be stopped, investigated, thwarted.

But maybe not- maybe the drive to steal from one’s brother is just as innate an instinct. Maybe there is no self-development innate inside of us- no chrysalis waiting to be formed. Maybe most of us are just here to get to the end and that’s it.

To get to that end safely- that should be the goals of those moved to thwart oppression. That’s all most people want. To live their lives with some sort of security.

What are our lives? What are our oppressors? Are we really oppressed by advertisers? NO. But by the companies behind them, yes. Their stranglehold on the American economy, yes. But who cares if there are 6 million nike ads everywhere? I couldn’t give a crap. But that this country’s resources are funneled, engineered to go to the top, where people run military companies and through taxes and manipulation, continue to funnel the resources of this country into their hands. Through our sweat and energy.

“I’m so glad I’ve got my own, so glad that I can see. My life’s a natural high. The man can put no thing on me. ”

He’s probably more right than I am. What action do we need to take? Find your joy and watch oppressors fall away? Sign petitions in the day and party at night? Aim our crosshairs on specific players? What the fuck do I know?!!!!!

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March 3, 2006 at 6:13 pm

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New Weekly – WornerVision

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It’s true- I’ll be offering a weekly Dennis Worner strip called WornerVision. It’s about greed, class, and marketing. The fun of being powerful. The fatigue of sharing the planet with the multidinous poor and dumb…

W O R N E R V I S I O N

I’ll be really launching it soon- for now, just getting some archives up.

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February 19, 2006 at 12:07 pm

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