Last night, I helped my roommate, Brian, write roast jokes for the post-wedding roast of our comic-friend, the groom. I was originally supposed to be on the show and had to drop out for real life stuff, but I actually have zero regrets about not doing a set myself.
Brian brought back a recording of his set, and yep, I like doing well via a surrogate comedian. Completely fulfilled, expression-wise, but I do wish I had been there to feel the room. He did great. That’s the other part. Hearing him lean into and succeed with jokes we worked over long enough for him to be just beyond confident was gratifying, and hearing the choices he made to make jokes land right made me appreciate him on a different level.
Writing for someone else’s voice is a fun puzzle, where you realize stuff like, “Oh, you’d never say ‘cool it,’ that’d be a tell,” and have to rewrite to make sure it falls out of their mouth comfortably. There’s a weird thrill in hearing people laugh at something they have no idea you helped create. I just loved every step of that process.
Not too long ago, one of Atlanta’s best comedians Craig Hoelzer moved away to Portland and I was commissioned to design a poster for him. I did not know Craig long, but I do know this; I love Craig. I put more into this image than any other before it, and I stand by it as one of my best pieces.
Thanks to Kevin Saucier for reaching out and making this happen. I am very grateful.
Craig took the blue version with him. The pink one is framed up and going up on our living room wall when I get home from work today.