The road to becoming a great comedian is filled with many challenges and opportunities. There are certain milestones every comedians hopes to hit at various points of their journey. “My First Time,” is all about comedy firsts; those milestones from your first headlining gig, first tour, first festival, first TV appearance, first album or special, first time in a new city, to your first time performing high and everything inbetween. My First Time sits down (figuratively or literally) with comedians to talk about reaching their own personal career checkpoints, and their expectations vs experience.
Kevin Saucier is an Atlanta-based comedian. He’s been doing stand-up for about 4yrs and this May hit a comedy first: performing on his first comedy festival. I talked to Kevin about his experience performing at Crom Comedy Festival in Omaha, NE.
I didn’t really write anything about Crom when I got back, because I knew this was in the works. So consider this that recap. Appreciated being asked to do it! Thanks, @oliviacathcart
The toy was called a Doinkit, and for a coming episode of “Nathan for You,” Fielder had offered his services to its manufacturer, Marky Sparky Toys, experimenting with a marketing campaign that preyed crassly on the insecurities of the target demographic: young children. Owning a Doinkit, Fielder’s copy asserted, is the only way to prove you’re not a baby.
“It’s basically selling children an identity, the same way you sell adults a Lexus,” Koman said.
Notarnicola dialed up footage from a focus group composed of Fielder and three young children. “This is me testing out whether the pitch will work and get kids to want the toy,” Fielder explained. On-screen, in a tie and ill-fitting button-down shirt, Fielder held a Doinkit and quizzed his prepubescent panel. “When I show this to you, what do you think? Do you want it?”
The kids were unmoved. “Duuumb,” one said.
Fielder pretended to get a phone call. “Hello? Oh, yes, sir. Really? Oh, my God, I’ll let them know.” He hung up and addressed the kids again. “Sorry, guys. That was the governor, and he just told me that owning this toy is now the only proof you’re not a baby. I mean, I have one, so that’s good. I see you guys don’t have the toy. Are you babies?”
Two kids quickly grabbed Doinkits from the table. The third, a girl, briefly resisted before succumbing with evident unease.
“What do you feel inside right now?” Fielder asked her.
“I don’t feel anything,” she replied, holding her Doinkit despondently.
I went skating last weekend with some Atlanta guys I’d met at a contest forever ago and a friend from Birmingham. Got a clip in a quick edit they made. I’m the soul to 1/4 pipe line at :23. I’ve been rec skating a good bit, lately, and I’ve never been as sure-footed as I am just rolling around now. Bowls are more fun than they used to be. I finally learned how to hit a launch box correctly. Cool thing about taking a break is you lose a lot of bad habits and forget the experiences that made you scared to try jumping or grinding a certain way.
I’ve been listening to a lot of ZZ Top lately. I grew up in the 90s and 2000s, so the ZZ Top I knew was already into the greatest hits phase and just playing “Tush” on TV a lot. Knew they could play, but their concerts were backing-track heavy at that point, so I just didn’t get excited enough to bother looking into the pre-big-ole-beards stuff until recently.