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Seeking glory through my art. Enjoying a good laugh and anything that moves me along the way..
I'm deeply hopeful, grateful for my life, and non-cynical. I'm also pretty easygoing, though fun and cheerful and funny (I hope so -- I'm a comedian after all), mature and grounded, a good conversationalist who's traveled and had lots of schooling and led a fairly interesting life. I've considered writing a book (or at least a blog post) on being a good guest, since I've stayed with friends a lot in my life, as well as hosted many people. I think the main thing is to plan your own activities and not impose yourself on your host's schedules, and to leave presents and groceries and write thank-you cards. What else? I have lots of great friends, lovely parents, and am happy I have the chance to pursue my heart's desire as a performer.
Make art, make joy, support, encourage, love, laugh, delight, console, help, and give.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've hosted a number of international travelers through the years. I love ... how people's days and minds operate differently when they're traveling. Think about it -- your days and minds really are different when traveling. That's fascinating and always exciting to be near.
I'm a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer, so I love artists and people who love art and make art -- musicians, performers, painters, photographers, and on and on. I love writing more than almost anything. It really, really, really calms me. I like knowing lots of people from all over. I Tweet a lot. I'm a fundamentally social being, I guess. I love music and acting. I'm also fairly versed in politics, and stay pretty current.
Music, Movies, and Books
WAY too many to list.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
1) Burning Man 2012, my first one. I go again in 2013. I'm a comedian, so I'm a professional at making fun of things, and I was prepared to be ... I don't know. Sometimes you have a chip on your shoulder, I guess. But I hooked up with a really, REALLY full-on art camp full of circus people, and I have NEVER had more fun in my entire life. EVER. The kaleidoscope of humanity having a week-long crazy art party was unlike anything I've ever been part of.
2) Acting and doing stand-up. Each was so hard to ... attempt. But every time I get on-stage, some mystical rebirth happens. I can't even explain it. Again, I'm a stand-up, so I'm a professional smart-alec of sorts, but ... I'm absolutely mystical about the stage. It somehow saves and redeems me. I can't explain it. I've made two stand-up albums as well, and ... those are the equivalent of my novels -- my most important works. If you host me, I'll give 'em to you, or if I host you. You'll like 'em. They're quite silly and playful. I play a stand-up character of sorts, and it's very bright and wacky and word-play-ish at the same time.
3) Hm. My favorite cities are Paris and Venice. Maybe Venice most of all. Just clopping around on those ancient stones, no cars anywhere, on a sunny day walking and walking and walking and maybe heading to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. It's like living in the postcard you always see. Venice feels like the most distinctive place I've ever been, and I went on a wonderful vacation their in 2007 with some wonderful people, though that wasn't my first or last time visiting.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm an actor, writer, and comedian. And an artist. So I'm happy to talk art with anyone at any stage of their artistic career or journey, and share my bit of wisdom about making the leap and enjoying the ride.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
United Kingdom, United States