Monday, 28 February 2011

Citizen Radio & more Jamie Kilstein

Just wanted to say I'm kind of amazed today. In chronological order:

1. The Oscars were quite good. And Shaun Tan won the Animated Short Film category with "The Lost Thing" and he mentioned Tim Minchin in his speech. I danced around a bit, I'll admit. Really happy for them.

2. Jamie Kilstein mentioned me on Citizen Radio!!!!!! Definitely made my day. I spazzed, I'll  admit. I was in a library when my friend Sarah V posted on my wall, so I was like "YES!!!" but then people looked at me a bit strange, so I really couldn't celebrate much. No parties in the library. Mehhhhh.

Here's the exact conversation:
J: We met an awesome 14 year old fan who came out... uh, oddly good dresser
A: Alright.
J: Yeah, I was just like, kinda taken aback
A: Like in what way... like a little suit or...?
J: No. She just had like a really cool like little hat, and like a nice little outfit... and she convinced her Mo-
A: Stylish.
J: She was stylish.
A: Yes.
J: Aaand she convinced her Mum to bring her... and I guess she found me cos she was a fan of Tim Minchin...
A: Mmhmm.
J: And her Mom...
A: That would be the good dressing part.
J: Yep. And her Mom... she didn't want her Mom to come in becauuse, uh... maybe she was crampin' her style
A: *amused breath (aka semi laugh)*
J: Or she thought she would be horrifically offended. But uh... so her Mum just sat & read her book
A: Aww
J: In the lobby. And so I asked to meet her Mom, and I just kinda thanked her cos like... and she was so sweet & really funny and I was like "Oh you would've f**king loved the show".
A: *amused breath (aka semi laugh)*
J: But I was like, my Dad used to do that.
A: Yeah...
J: Like he used to drive me to concerts, get me in, stand in the back, pretend to like it, and uh... it's just like one of the coolest things a parent can do.
A: Yeah.
J: Um... yeah, so that was awesome & I also got to tell her that, uh... y'know me & Minchin are like friends, and y'know I realize every time I hang out with Tim, it's not like "Hey... f**kin, the ladies are gone, let's talk about p*ssy..." No. We just talk about how much we love our wives.
A: *laughs*
J: And her Mom thought that was like the cutest thing ever.
A: Yeah, Tim's a good guy.
J:Yeah. And so...

*it goes on after this*

By the way, I have a picture of the stylish hat (and outfit) he speaks of...

So yeah... he liked my favourite hat. Made me happy. And yes, that IS a button of a sock puppet.

Julianna xoxo

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Jamie Kilstein @ the Comedy Bar on Bloor Street West

First of all, if you don't know Jamie Kilstein or Citizen Radio or anything of the sort, look them up. They are sweary, be warned, but they are amazing rationalist atheist(s) who are also very funny. So swearing doesn't end up bugging me. Swearing doesn't even bother me in other circumstances either though...

ANYWAYS. Jamie Kilstein was amazing. Before him were 2 guys who I didn't catch the names of who headed up the show: One crap slightly guy who did the typical whinging about how women are annoying but superior to men, and did an impression of some guy in Star Wars. Not particularly impressed.

2nd guy, don't know his name, but he was pretty good! Actually decently funny, even though he hadn't been in the business too long. Spoke about star signs, making friends in a new city, and being adopted. Actually a good set... wouldn't mind getting his name actually.

Then Jamie Kilstein. He walked out in Nike sort of running shoes, a "Legalize Gay" grey t-shirt & jeans. I loved his tattoos, because for once: someone had tattoos that SUITED them. My favourites in particular were the giant purple monkey with a sword on his right arm, and the penguin on his finger. Suited him.

He talked about a huge range of subjects. SPOILERS: Everything from why he's vegan & how people pick on the weakest animals of the animal kingdom (for example the cow, the stoner of the animal kingdom) to how terrible plastic surgery/makeover shows are to how Donald Trump is like the real life Mr. Burns to how there should be a "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy for homophobes to how "Thank GOD" is used in cases where children are saved but no one thanks the DOCTOR and how doctors must be driven insane for the lack of credit they're getting. Lots more too.  His fast, frank, sarcastic and slightly random style really brings everything in life into the equation. Really funny & very smart. Loved it.

Afterwards, I was amazed to find the guy who was so sarcastic on stage was so incredibly kind afterwards. He gave me a FREE Citizen Radio Poster (*spasm*), $5 off his Zombie Jesus CD (*spasm*. Actually, he said he was willing to send me them through Twitter for free which was incredibly generous of him, but I wanted to support him for his work), was really sweet for the photo I wanted, and he gave me some of the vegan gingerbread one of the fans made (she even made a J and an A for Jamie and Allison,  him & his wife. Very sweet). I couldn't have asked for more.

He also wrote me a really long message in my sketchbook for me which says:

For those of you who can't read anything that isn't typed on a computer, or think his hand writing is messy, it says:

Thanks For Being Right.
I wish there were more kids like you & that I was more like you when I was a kid.
Keep asking questions!
*insert his really complicated illegible signature here (really, I can't make out any letters in it)*"

Really funny to watch him write it cos it took about half a minute to write and he kept apologizing to me for how long it was taking (don't usually get that much care in a signature).

He also talked to me & my Mum and thanked my Mum for driving me out here (he told us how when he was young his Dad would drive him to gigs where his Dad would sit at the back, not listening while he watched the show). When I said:

"I hope I can go... I'm a 14 year old teenager loaded with homework, so I might not be able to."

on Twitter, he said he thought "Well there's a kid I'm not going to meet..." and was really happy we actually came to see him. Also, he was really happy when I said I found out about him through Tim Minchin, cos apparently Tim Minchin helped him sell his Sydney shows. He also said whenever him & Tim talk, they always end up talking about how amazing their wives are (and mumbled "nerdy").

Enjoyed the night immensely. He's coming back in September & performing at Yuk Yuks from the 14th-18th, if you want to plan really far ahead. I highly recommend him if you like sarcastic atheist and/or political comedy from a tattooed vegan.

Julianna xoxo

Starting a Blog

I've always thought blogging was interesting. A diary with a purpose... not just held up by your own will (which I've found falters in less than a year). You have followers who make you think they care & want more.

Therefore, hello. I'm Julianna, and this is Assorted Things. Everything to what I like in music, to comedy (for example, me seeing Jamie Kilstein tonight), to asking you questions & stuff.

Follow me. I can be interesting, if fed interesting stuff to look &  listen to.
J xo

P.S. I will write a Jamie Kilstein summary by the end of tomorrow.