Day 6: Trump vs. Bernie

Tonight I was a front row witness to a great debate: Donald Trump vs. Bernie Sanders.

Being in San Francisco, the audience vocally supported Sanders’ ideas to completely overhaul our social constructs, and booed basically anything Trump said.

And I wanted everyone to shut. the. heck. up.

Because here’s the thing: this was a PARODY debate.

Donald Trump was comedian Anthony Atamanuik in white eye shadow, and Bernie Sanders was the amazing James Adomian in a real bad wig.

What a strange experience this was. With my brand of humor, I tend to find myself amongst fellow fans of a very niched comedy. They know how to behave in a comedy performance: you keep quiet except when you need to laugh or, on special occasions, laugh-cry.

But tonight, people were actually applauding the politics.

Perhaps it was the same psychology that drives SNL viewership during election years. Perhaps it was that Trump and Sanders are two people that very well could change our country (for better or worse). But it was universally annoying as you-know-what.

Atamanuik/Trump handled it best. Whenever people booed his “policies,” or his comments on  Megyn Kelly’s uterus,  he would say things like, “I don’t understand why you’re calling this out now. Are you just finding out about this? You’re about 6 months late to the party.”

People, when you go to a comedy event, please just sip your drink and laugh. No one is going to pull you on stage and celebrate how funny you are. They are going to tell you to shut up or get out. And you won’t even get to finish your well drink.

Get out of your head

Don’t get too jealous: I recently started an IMPROV CLASS! I really missed my window of ultimate opportunity when I lived in LA, because they have really esteemed studios like the Upright Citizens Brigade and Groundlings. San Francisco isn’t really where you go for comedy like the big four: NYC, Chicago, Toronto and LA.

 

This class is so exciting for me in so many ways. First, it’s an obvious means of channeling my creative side. Second, it really pushes me to get out of my head and just DO. I’m a classic overthinker, especially in situations that don’t feel intuitive to me. In improv, you are encouraged to go with the first thing that pops in your head and believe it, while believing the first thing that came into your partner’s head too. Also, the fact that I’m finally taking a class that I’ve wanted to do for so long is SO FREEING because in LA, my job made me feel like I couldn’t pursue a passion area, even though it was on my own time. Basically, I thought that a class that started 1.5 hours AFTER the minimum “clock out” time would make me seem uncommitted. I’m so thankful to be in the Silicon Valley where work/life balance gets such a spotlight.

 

Ps, not gonna hide another benefit: great place to find people with a similar sense of humor. And if you know me enough, you KNOW I love people who can match my humor. (Sometimes love them too much, sorry.)

 

I’m taking a class through BATS in SF (they have a satellite class in Palo Alto thankfully).

 

In more important news, MY NEPHEW IS AN ASTRONAUT:

 

 

Yeah, he’s a little space genius. And you’ve never seen a cuter moon boy. Check out his tiny shoes poking out. CAN’T STAND IT, CAN YOU?

 

 

Check out this sweet Lululemon sweatshirt I bought for ohhhh just $34. Seriously. Ok, sure, it was used from the Buffalo Exchange on Haight in SF. Check out consignment shops, especially when you’re in cool or nice areas. By the way, am I the only person that wants to make sure EVERYONE can tell it’s Lululemon when I throw down mad skrilla? #shallow

 

Who has done an improv class before? Where? 

 

Lululemon fans: how can I possibly make my whole wardrobe lulu for less? 

 

Please send me cute kid pics!!! (Is that a weird request?!)