The Misunderstanding of Chevy Chase
Regardless of your opinion of the man at this stage in his life, he was and still is a comedic genius. The tremendous pressure fame puts on an artist to always perform at the highest level and to only make perfect acting decisions corrupted him. As a result, his contribution to popular culture and comedy as an art form has gone under appreciated by an entire generation of comedy fans.
I’ve had a lot of conversations with friends in their early-to-mid 20s about Chevy Chase and almost all of them think he’s not funny. Some even downright hate him. I’ll usually follow-up this response by asking if they’ve seen Vacation, Fletch or Caddyshack. They’ll usually follow-up my question by saying he stinks on Community. Well that’s not what I asked nor is that the Chevy Chase you should be basing your opinion on. 
If you’ve ever enjoyed Will Farrell’s bumbling and silly physical comedy, thank Chevy Chase. If you’ve been smitten by Seth Rogan or Andy Samberg’s goofy yet endearing comedic sensibilities, thank Chevy Chase. If you’ve ever laughed out loud at the quick-witted, occasionally back-handed, but always perfectly timed quips of Vince Vaughn, thank Chevy Chase. 
Chevy’s influence on comedy far extends past that of the four comedians I’ve referenced and for good reason, because it was comedy before comedy became fueled by cynicism. It was physical comedy that was never pushed to the point of slapstick and always came across as endearing. It was comedy that many of today’s younger comedians could learn a lot from.  
I’m not just talking about acting, sketch or improv. Stand-ups can benefit from a dash of 80’s Chev as well. Stop just standing there with your arms folded and a mic resting on your chin.  Loosen up. Move around. Be more expressive. Stop talking about all the things you hate about people, society and the government. Talk about the fun stupid things you’ve done. Embarrass yourself so the audience can feel more comfortable about embarrassing themselves. I mean, don’t not be a prick, just be one that people can laugh at and with. 
Am I biased? Absolutely. I’m 32 and love Caddyshack so much that I cried once I was finally able to see it in a theater. Which is probably not healthy but it’s also kind of beautiful. Chevy Chase has and will continue to influence all aspects of my comedy, regardless of how much more of a self-righteous dickhead he becomes. Hell, he could look me in the eyes and tell me hates that I love him and hates everything I’ve ever done.  It won’t matter. It wouldn’t make what I love about him any less funny or any less influential on my growth as a comedian. 
So order yourself a Bloody Mary and a steak sandwich and a steak sandwich and take in some vintage Chev. It may not change how you entertain strangers, but at least you’ll understand that it’s not necessary to have a working knowledge of the Marvel Universe or a disdain for popularity to make people laugh. 
Thank you very little. 

 

The Misunderstanding of Chevy Chase

Regardless of your opinion of the man at this stage in his life, he was and still is a comedic genius. The tremendous pressure fame puts on an artist to always perform at the highest level and to only make perfect acting decisions corrupted him. As a result, his contribution to popular culture and comedy as an art form has gone under appreciated by an entire generation of comedy fans.

I’ve had a lot of conversations with friends in their early-to-mid 20s about Chevy Chase and almost all of them think he’s not funny. Some even downright hate him. I’ll usually follow-up this response by asking if they’ve seen Vacation, Fletch or Caddyshack. They’ll usually follow-up my question by saying he stinks on Community. Well that’s not what I asked nor is that the Chevy Chase you should be basing your opinion on. 

If you’ve ever enjoyed Will Farrell’s bumbling and silly physical comedy, thank Chevy Chase. If you’ve been smitten by Seth Rogan or Andy Samberg’s goofy yet endearing comedic sensibilities, thank Chevy Chase. If you’ve ever laughed out loud at the quick-witted, occasionally back-handed, but always perfectly timed quips of Vince Vaughn, thank Chevy Chase. 

Chevy’s influence on comedy far extends past that of the four comedians I’ve referenced and for good reason, because it was comedy before comedy became fueled by cynicism. It was physical comedy that was never pushed to the point of slapstick and always came across as endearing. It was comedy that many of today’s younger comedians could learn a lot from.  

I’m not just talking about acting, sketch or improv. Stand-ups can benefit from a dash of 80’s Chev as well. Stop just standing there with your arms folded and a mic resting on your chin.  Loosen up. Move around. Be more expressive. Stop talking about all the things you hate about people, society and the government. Talk about the fun stupid things you’ve done. Embarrass yourself so the audience can feel more comfortable about embarrassing themselves. I mean, don’t not be a prick, just be one that people can laugh at and with. 

Am I biased? Absolutely. I’m 32 and love Caddyshack so much that I cried once I was finally able to see it in a theater. Which is probably not healthy but it’s also kind of beautiful. Chevy Chase has and will continue to influence all aspects of my comedy, regardless of how much more of a self-righteous dickhead he becomes. Hell, he could look me in the eyes and tell me hates that I love him and hates everything I’ve ever done.  It won’t matter. It wouldn’t make what I love about him any less funny or any less influential on my growth as a comedian. 

So order yourself a Bloody Mary and a steak sandwich and a steak sandwich and take in some vintage Chev. It may not change how you entertain strangers, but at least you’ll understand that it’s not necessary to have a working knowledge of the Marvel Universe or a disdain for popularity to make people laugh. 

Thank you very little. 

 

Be Happy.

Deciding to watch a marathon of Robin Williams’ movies means you have learned nothing from this tragedy. Be happy. Be happy for yourself and those around you. It’s also okay to be sad. But it’s not okay to be sad and alone. And it’s especially not okay to stand by and watch someone else be sad and alone. Life can be fucking hard and it can be fucking miserable. But most of the time, it can be the complete opposite. Do whatever you can to never lose sight of that.

An Off Jerk.

I first heard the phrase “jerk off” when I was about 10. I was at my local Boys and Girls Club and the older kids kept saying that Ronnie got caught jerking off in the bathroom. I kept repeating it all day because I was convinced it just meant that a jerk was having an off day. Someone simply caught Ronnie in the bathroom when he wasn’t on his game. What other explanation could there be? Ronnie was generally mean, but he seemed pretty reserved that day. A real off jerk.

"I’ll take a jerk off any day," I said gleefully to my mom once we arrived home. She laughed and let it slide, as she knew I was too young to understand the ramifications of what I had just proclaimed. But I knew. I knew I’d never be ashamed of myself for being a huge jerk off. And unfortunately, for most of the people reading this, this might be the only promise to myself I’ve managed to keep. So Ronnie, if you’re out there, I hope you burn in hell. There were kids around you sick fuck.

Home.
Home means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some people hate home. They vow to get as far away from it as possible, as soon as they can. Then they find a new home and try to forget their old home. I feel for those people. I hope their new home is as safe and welcoming as they imagined it would be. I never wanted to get away from home. I mean, I was happy to have my own home, but always knowing I had the home to go to made those other homes as good as they were. 
Of course there are some annoying things that come with home. Things like yard work or tag sales or more yard work, but you bear it and learn to enjoy it. Which is a result, in part, of age and maturity, but a lot of it simply has to do with realizing that the homemade blueberry pie is a little warmer and a little sweeter when you’ve earned it. 
For me, home is an anchor. A place where no judgment is passed unless I’m overdue for a haircut or I’ve gotten a little bit out if shape. But those are welcomed judgments; because they serve as a little reminder that someone will always have my best interest at heart. Which can go a long way when you live in a city that enables you to have a lot of friends, but at the same time, very few real ones. 

I am truly thankful to have a constant in my life that is as pure and as true as home. Because no matter how old I get or where I live, my home will forever be what you see here: warm, loving and most importantly, it will always be exactly where I can find it.

Home.

Home means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some people hate home. They vow to get as far away from it as possible, as soon as they can. Then they find a new home and try to forget their old home. I feel for those people. I hope their new home is as safe and welcoming as they imagined it would be. I never wanted to get away from home. I mean, I was happy to have my own home, but always knowing I had the home to go to made those other homes as good as they were. 

Of course there are some annoying things that come with home. Things like yard work or tag sales or more yard work, but you bear it and learn to enjoy it. Which is a result, in part, of age and maturity, but a lot of it simply has to do with realizing that the homemade blueberry pie is a little warmer and a little sweeter when you’ve earned it. 

For me, home is an anchor. A place where no judgment is passed unless I’m overdue for a haircut or I’ve gotten a little bit out if shape. But those are welcomed judgments; because they serve as a little reminder that someone will always have my best interest at heart. Which can go a long way when you live in a city that enables you to have a lot of friends, but at the same time, very few real ones. 

I am truly thankful to have a constant in my life that is as pure and as true as home. Because no matter how old I get or where I live, my home will forever be what you see here: warm, loving and most importantly, it will always be exactly where I can find it.