Comedy Advice From Eugene Mirman 2
For the first time I met Eugene, click here.
Eugene Mirman “Do what I said. Do it.”
I ran into Eugene again! I went to go see Flight of the Conchords this past Friday at the UC Berkeley Greek Theater, which was an amazing show and probably the best performance I’ve seen them do yet.
Afterwards, I decided to hang around after the show to see if I could meet the guys. Unfortunately, I didn’t know where the stage exit was at the Greek and so I ended up wandering around for a while before deciding to wait in the front of the theater. I knew there was a 0% chance that anyone would be leaving through the front, but I figured it was better than wandering so I stuck it out.
Well, my persistence paid off and through the powers that be, I found myself with a backstage pass. I went back into the Greek into the backstage area where I saw Eugene talking to some people. I tapped him on the shoulder and he asked if I wanted a picture.
I said, “I’m not sure if you remember me, but I met you at Sketchfest back in January.”
Eugene suddenly replied, “Oh yeah! We hung out at the Eureka! And I told you to do comedy for ten years. I totally remember you now! Did you listen to my advice?”
Apart from moving to LA/NY, I told Eugene that I did listen to his advice and was doing comedy more and more. I told him that my improv group just got accepted into both the LA Improv Festival and the Del Close Marathon.
“Awesome! I’ll see you there!” he said after I told him about Del Close. I thanked him again for all the encouragement he’s given me and I pulled out a copy of his book “The Will To Whatevs,” which I purchased after the first time I met him, and asked if he could sign it.
He said sure and told me that what he wrote wouldn’t make sense unless I referred back to the first thing he wrote in my screenwriting book. I took a picture with him, which turned into a fun series:
First, me fucking up the picture because I blinked.
Second, Eugene opens the shit out of his eyes to make sure no one fucks up the picture and consequently fucks up the picture.
The third and final picture is the one at the very top of the post. It was definitely really fun to run into Eugene again and even cooler that he remembered me six months after our first meeting. It was also nice of him to reaffirm his ten year plan for success on me.
I’ve definitely been feeling good about all the shows that I’ve been doing lately with hoboFish and I’m really excited for all the festivals that we got into. Looks like my first year on my ten year comedy plan is turning out really well!
Check out my other post with Comedy Advice from Jemaine Clement!