Monday, February 28, 2011

Your House?

I babysit a 2 1/2 year old girl every morning and she amazes me with the clever things she says...for being only 2. I can have the same conversation with her as I would with a 4 year old. Impressive. What I think is funny about all kids though is how they're always obsessed with "your house". They're always asking..."Is your house far away?" "Are you going back to your house?" Or if you play with a toy of theirs it's always, "Don't take that to your house." This girl, Nicole, is also in the stage where she repeats anything anyone says so ya gotta be careful. Good thing I don't have a swearing problem. Her mom did tell me, however, that a few months ago Nicole had a habit of always shouting, "Dammit!". Kids are cute. The End.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Stand Up, Sit Down

I'm on my third week of my improv class at Comedy Sportz. There are 22 people in my class which is a little much but I've accepted it as more people to laugh with instead of less stage time. I've been doing stand-up comedy since I took a class in it back in 2008. I like improv because it just plain makes me laugh and I like doing stand up because I'm prepared and have written jokes and therefore less anxiety.

This week in my improv class we just finally started getting into performing and not just playing warm up games. Every week I laugh so hard I have to stop to focus on not peeing my pants. It really is so fun. This week we did this speech exercise where we would have one minute to give a speech on whatever topic the teacher gave us and just talk like we were an expert on it. It was to practice not filtering ourselves and to say whatever came to mind first. If you know me, then this was just a set up of hilarity waiting to happen. I got on stage and the teacher gave me a random topic to talk about which was "pineapple harvesting". I decided to act like I was giving a motivational type speech to teenagers at a high school.

"Your teachers have asked me here because some of you teenagers have been going after school, harvesting pineapples, and I'm here to tell you what severe consequences early pineapple harvesting can have in your youth. Vast repercussions... "

Here's where that unfiltered Carah stuff comes in:

"Such repercussions as HIV..."

The whole class just busted up laughing...and me too. Maybe you had to have been there but it was seriously funny. It took me a while to gain my composure because I couldn't believe what just came out of my mouth. When I'm doing improv like that I also try to use the biggest words my brain can put together because big nonsensical words are just funny. Right before the teacher said "time" for my minute to be up I said something like,

"At your young age, early pineapple harvesting can set you up for a life of vapid remorse."

Haha. Still makes me laugh. "Vapid remorse"...is there such a thing? Anyway, I think with that exercise I made my class laugh the second hardest out of everyone. The first funniest guy, Trevor, also has a background in improv and stand up. His topic was "Walruses". He started totally serious and said, "Walri. The enemy of man since the beginning of time..." So funny. I couldn't beat that!

Which brings me to the reason I wanted to write this blog in the first place. The rules of comedy. On the first day of improv class I mentioned that I do a little stand up comedy and my teacher, Tonia, went out of her way to tell the whole class, "Improv and stand up are two COMPLETELY different things." And here's my problem with that. The civil rights movement has brought us so far. Let's look at our similarities, not our differences!

Stand up and improv both strive to make people laugh. What's funny, is funny. Whether it's prepared jokes or improvised jokes. The rules of comedy don't change. So who's to say I can't take what I've learned about making crowds laugh doing stand up and apply it to improv? One part of comedy is staying in character. Like doing our speeches we weren't suppose to laugh...which I have a love/hate relationship with. Because, it's true, not laughing at something that is totally funny only makes it funnier to other people. When you create something funny and acknowledge how funny your are by laughing it usually ruins the joke. But like my HIV comment, I cracked and laughed so hard because what came out of my mouth was a surprise to the whole room but especially me.

And the problem with this rule is that people think it's cool to do off stage too and having the "I'm too cool to laugh" attitude for life is a sad way to live. My teacher, Tonia, I think has applied this to her life. I have never seen her laugh...or smile. She says funny things all the time. She acknowledges when other people say funny things like, "That's funny. That's really funny. Good job." But hello...laughter also tells us that same statement in a much friendlier way. But what it all comes down to is that...

I wish Trevor wasn't funnier than me. The end.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tickling The Ivori....WHA?!

Here's the news report I heard on the radio tonight:

"A couple driving home from their Valentine's dinner through Little Cottonwood Canyon last night careened off the road and plummeted 300 feet into the creek below."

I'm thinking, "Wow, that's sad."

Then it goes on to say..."This husband and wife are the parents of five siblings that all attended Julliard.

"Oh, that's The Five Browns' parents! How weird! That's sad." I thought.

"Keith Brown, 55..."

"Ok then it's confirmed. Totally The Five Browns' parents."

Then it gets really crazy..."This accident occurred only five days after Keith Brown was charged with one count of first-degree felony sodomy upon a child and two counts of second-degree felony sexual abuse of a child."

"WHAT THE CRAP?! ARE YOU SERIOUS?!"



Friday, February 11, 2011

Oh Happy Day

Ironic how my last blog was about how hard it is to get out of bed excited to start the day...when yesterday was the glorious celebration of my birth!

AND THE VERIZON iPHONE!

The Verizon store opened at 7am and of course I set my alarm for 6:25am but I woke up at 5:30 and couldn't contain my excitement and fall back asleep! Seriously, when you know an iPhone is approaching your grasp, it's hard to ignore. You don't wake up and say, "Oh, I'm getting a the most amazing, life changing piece of machinery known to man in couple hours. I better be well rested!" You pace the floor until it's 6:15 and then leave! Kinda like my wedding day, come to think of it. But with more apps!

Arrival: 6:40am. Sixteenth person in line. I was wondering if there would even be a line as I drove up. Upon seeing there was, I said to myself in the car, "What losers."

Verizon was great! They gave everyone hand warmers! I, of course, came prepared in full winter gear. There were about 20 employees inside that looked bored out of their minds for the store to open. The two managers outside could tell everyone was pretty bored so he asked loudly, "Does...anyone know a song?"

I hesitated for a second then said to myself, "Yeah, I'm gonna need to do this." Then I raised my hand and said, "Do you guys know 'Happy Birthday'? It's my birthday today!"

It gets better. The manager was so hilarious. He got all 20 employees to come outside and all of them and the people in line sang me Happy Birthday.

So. Freaking. Funny.

That alone made this the best birthday ever. Beating out free Disneyland daypass for my 19th birthday! So add cookies from my visiting teachers, Indian food for dinner, and Aaron being patient enough to go to Target, Walmart, Best Buy and Target again in search of the perfect iPhone cover...it was the best birthday evs!



I promise I'm not trying to be Asian sporting the double peace sign. Just my age, people. Just my age.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fervor

I wish I had more of a zest for life. I'm not unhappy. But not necessarily happy either. Situationally content, perhaps. I remember when I was at camp and everyday I could not wait to wake up. I would stay up as late as I could and even wake up before everyone else to get the most out of my day. I loved it. I would only get 5 hours of sleep most nights! I was so excited to wake up and be outside with my friends, making each other laugh, being in the sunshine. I'd never felt so happy to be alive and I don't know if I ever will again. Waiting to jump out of bed everyday? Are you kidding me?! I miss it. I want to get that excitement back. But how...

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hey Wildcats!

I spent far too long editing down HSM3 into all my favorite parts to make fun of and I don't think enough people watched it enough times. So here it is again! And I'd just like to add that I stole a couple of these jokes from Sarah Christensen...but mostly I just watched the whole thing and whatever came to mind that I thought needed to be said...I said.