Archive | August, 2014

Insert computer in mouth….

23 Aug

Welp, I finally did it. I made a critical Facebook error.  I knew I would at some point.  It had to happen because I am an idiot. Some background information here, I have a lot of Facebook friends.  I am usually at the max of 5000 but it changes every now and then.  I like to joke that I know only 6 of them.  A good portion of the people are just acquaintances or people who have seen me at shows.  And this brings me to what I did. 

Coke has this new ad campaign #ShareACoke.  Coke has been putting names on their bottles to get people to buy them.  I like to buy a bottle with a name of a friend on it, drink it all, take a pic of it and post the pic on my friend’s wall and write ‘I ain’t sharing shit!’  It is funny and just a way for me to reconnect with some people.

So I got one with the name ‘David’ on it.  I know a lot of guys named David and Facebook and so I posted the pic on their pages.  Haha! Woooooo! Funny.  A few hours later I get a Facebook message from a woman who is the sister of one of the guys I posted a pic on their wall.  She informed me that he has passed away about a month prior. (I had posted on a dead man’s wall.)  In fact he had a debilitating disease and taken his own life.

Dave was a guy that I don’t think I had ever met.  Maybe he had saw me at a show? He was just a Facebook presence.  He would comment frequently and was very supportive of my silly comedy career.  I had noticed that he hadn’t commented lately.  He was at least good at commenting on my regular ‘Peace be with you’ status on Sundays.

I had no idea that he had been in pain.  No idea that he had been struggling in such a way.  He was just another entity in an online world.  I guess I am glad that I posted the pic and was told of his situation.  It makes me more cognizant of needing to stay connected with people I know.  To check in now and then.  To ask questions.  To be open with communication.  

So go connect people.  And feel free to share a Coke.

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Who am I?

11 Aug

My name is Stu McCallister. I am a comedian. I’m trying to be a better and well known comedian as most people (maybe even you) have no idea who I am. Fame comes from publicity which comes from being in the media. That is key.

I have no tv credits. I have only local radio credits and write ups in the local (Grand Rapids, MI) paper. So I am all about working towards getting that coveted (National) tv spot. There are only so many late night spots, Last Comic Standing opportunities and Comedy Central gigs to be had. And believe me when I say that competition is fierce for these limited spots. So what do I do?

I was recently offered an opportunity to be on a taping of ‘Laughs’, a show that is on Fox Sat nights at 11pm. Currently the show is only in several major markets but with hope it would be available across the nation. The show is 30 minutes of clips of comics doing standup. Similar to shows you would see on Comedy Central and MTv back in the day.

So yeah I am geeked about the opportunity of being on the show. Being on the taping (Sun 8/17 in Detroit) doesn’t mean my act will get on, but cross your fingers! But here is the rub. This show is not union approved. It is not SAG/Aftra sanctioned. Seems the union is asking their members to not do the show.

Comics are wondering what to do, how to proceed. Welp, I am going forth with being on the show. I am not a part of the union and I am not going to let them dictate to me what I can do to help further my career. No one else is promoting my career. I work for me to promote me. I feel that this national exposure can only help.

With any luck I will make the taping, get rich and famous, have people work for me and then become the Mayor of Showbiz. That is how it works right? Or maybe I will fade back in obscurity and do gigs in Schofield, WI. Stay tuned to find out.

You can see a full schedule of my act at http://www.stumccallister.com  Thanks for reading this nonsense.

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