The Road Not Taken

August 2, 2013 — Leave a comment

Neither they lions nor the human are fully grown.

(This entry is from a column I wrote for the now-defunct Comic Bible magazine. Rest in peace, Comic Bible.)

When your favorite comedian is not at your local club, they are “on the road.” They are in the next town over trading laughs for cash. Then, like the faith healer at a traveling revival show, they pull up stakes and head down the interstate to repeat the process. This is, of course, if the comedian has enough smarts to route their shows and coordinate their schedule so their travels make sense both geographically and financially.

I am not such a comedian. Hello, I am Paul Ogata, professional idiot.

In a stunning example of my epic logistics fail, I once scheduled a Continue Reading…

Ogata at LA Comedy Club, Las Vegas, September 2013

The first rule of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Fight Club. But the first rule of Comedy Club might very well be that you always talk about Comedy Club. So here it is. I’ve just finished a great week in Las Vegas at the newly relocated Big Al’s Comedy Club and this means it is time to tell you when you can catch me next in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

Catch me at Bally’s LA Comedy Club, September 10-15. Shows are at 9:30 PM nightly (except Thursday when the show is at 7:30 PM). There’s even an all-you-can-drink package available, if you’re the type who can drink all they can. Boom.

Actually, Comedy Club is a lot like Fight Club. There are eight rules in Comedy Club, just like in Fight Club: Continue Reading…

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… laughin’ time’s here.” — Dr. Dealgood

Yes, I know I’ve managed to mix elements from 3 different Mad Max movies: the poster from the first, the term “Road Warrior” from the second and the quote above from the third. But stop being movie geeks and let me tell you about the upcoming shows in Australia. Continue Reading…

Change Of Plans

July 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary on the Web:

eu·phe·mism, noun, \ˈyü-fə-ˌmi-zəm\
The substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant;

In the world of comedy, there aren’t euphemisms so much as there are unphemisms. Or, a substitution of a baffling expression for one that could have very well explained things correctly and easily.

I’m making up this word, of course. But I couldn’t be doing much worse than Continue Reading…