Thursday, December 31, 2009

Funny McDonalds Drive Thru Prank

Here is this week's Comedy Video of the Week - A guy orders food at McDonalds and plays a joke on the worker he's ordering from at the drive thru. It's hilarious! Check it out:




I am friends with these guys on YouTube. They are hilarious! I'm looking forward to seeing what other videos they are going to release. Check out their other stuff here: http://www.youtube.com/user/allright4218

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Setting Goals for the New Year

Now that the New Year is approaching, I am going to list some of my goals I want to achieve for 2010. Here they are:

1. Get paid more often for stand up comedy gigs.

2. Increase my residual income significantly with my writing and art.

3. Adopt a healthier lifestyle.

More specifically, I want to have enough income from stand up comedy, writing, and art so I can be financially independent and not have to rely on a day job. This is not something I expect to acheive within a month. However, I believe doing small things regularly will help build the bridge between where I am now, and where I want to be. Here is what I have done so far this week to help me:

1. Wrote an article on Ehow.com.

Out of all the passive income systems I have, this has been the most successful. Therefore, I am going to write articles for this website more often. To help me with my goal, I wrote an article yesterday. Here is the link to my newest article and my profile on Ehow.com:

How to File a Complaint with the Attorney General that Gets Results

John Griggs on Ehow.com

If you are a writer, Ehow.com is a great way to earn passive income. I would highly suggest joining this site, and write some articles. They have a very supportive community, and joining them is a great way to start and/or help your writing career.

2. Published new T-shirt designs on Zazzle.com.

I have had an online store on Zazzle.com for over a year. Until earlier this month, I had not sold one thing. However, now that I actually sold a T-shirt without advertising my site, I see great income potential. If you have artistic ability and/or a sense of humor, I would strongly suggest joining this site. You can design T-shirts, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, greeting cards, and more! I published a couple of new T-shirt designs last night, and will have more designs in the upcoming weeks. Here is the link to my online store:

John Griggs online store on Zazzle.com

3. Worked out at the gym and bought healthy foods.

To help me with my goal of a healthier lifestyle, I also worked out at the gym this week, and am eating heathier. I am going to make it to the gym at least once more this week. My goal is to work out at the gym three to four times every week.

In the upcoming weeks, I am also going to be more proactive in getting paid gigs with my stand up comedy. To do this, I am going to approach bars, nightclubs, and other venues to see if I can get more professional shows started in the area. In addition, I am going to make positive contact with other comedians and club managers to get gigs at comedy venues that are already established.

If you have your own goals, get them in writing. Your next step is to take action this week to take you closer to where you want to be. Identify where you are, and where you want to be, then build a bridge to make a smooth transition.

What are your goals for 2010?

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Friday, December 25, 2009

My First Time Singing a Christmas Carol

Myself, Jim Holland and Chi-Town Bones sang a Christmas carol at McDonalds last night. It was a lot of fun, and the employees enjoyed it. Here it is!




John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Unintentional Humor from Barney the Dinosaur

In my last post "Being Made Fun of in School", I made the point that if you are being picked on in school, you don't have to deal with the bullies and jerks once you graduate high school. This is true in MOST cases.

However, if you're this poor kid in this video, it's not going to be so easy.



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Being Made Fun of in School

I was picked on quite a bit when I was a kid. Other kids called me "fag", "spaz" - and other things that don't take any originality or brainpower to come up with. If you are in school, and you have kids picking on you, I advise you to do at least one of these two things.

1. Don't let the insults bother you.

This is easier said than done, but remember this... the other kids are picking on you because they don't feel secure about themselves. They want to get you upset to make themselves feel better. If you don't get upset, they won't see you as a target.

As Buddha says - "If someone offers you a gift and you refuse to accept it, to whom does the gift belong?”

2. Insult them back with something funnier.

If you do this, the bully will be totally embarassed and probably won't be able to reply with a clever comeback. They may get mad and want to fight you. Don't get physical unless you absolutely have to. However, if your insult is clever and funny enough, other kids will very likely laugh and take your side.

Whatever you are going through, remember this: it may seem like it, but school is not going to last forever. Once you graduate high school, status such as nerd, jock - etc. means absolutely nothing, and you won't have to deal with those jerks ever again.

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Mike Tyson Sings a Christmas Song

It's Thursday, therefore it's time for the Comedy Video of the Week! This week's winner is a video/song composed by Jim Holland. In this video Mike Tyson attempts to sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It's hilarious - check it out!



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Prank We Played on a Pizza Delivery Guy

Last month, we were filming skits, and decided to order pizza. Before we actually ordered, we decided to have some fun at the pizza delivery guy's expense. We actually convinced him we were filming porn! We were so convincing, he actually called Amy to make sure she was ok after he left! LOL!!!!!




John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Friday, December 18, 2009

Ladies - If You Want to Fantasize About Hot Men - Watch Our Videos!

Even with the invention of the Internet, there are still a lot of 1-800 and 1-900 numbers guys can call to fantasize with sexy ladies. However, there seems to be a lack of places females can call to talk to sexy guys! It's not fair!!!

I'm going to fix that! Soon I'm opening up a chat line for the females. I've made some commercials advertising our services. Ladies - check out our hot commercials. They're guaranteed to turn you on!









John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Adventures in Telemarketing

I am currently working at a telemarketing company. For those of you work in this industry, you know that some of the prospective customers that we call are not very receptive to our calls. Of course, those of you who work in inbound call centers know how hostile customers can get.

Earlier today, I called a guy who immediately started screaming at me. He said "Give me the biggest boss you have!" To which I replied "When you say 'biggest boss' are you referring to their size?" The customer was not amused.

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Comedy Video of the Week - net_work

Here is the Comedy Video of the Week. It's an episode of net_work starring Mike O'Gorman and Michael Torpey. It is called "I am a Building". Enjoy!







John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Don't Be a Spectator in Life!

One problem with our world is there are too many spectators, and not enough people actually doing something. For example, lots of us watch sports on TV. If more of us would go out and actually play sports instead of watching them, we would be in much better shape.

Think of all of the time you spend watching television. Just think what would happen if you spent the same amount of time creating something of your own. The possibilities are endless!

I am definitely not going to be a spectator in life. I am going to be the one people watch. I rarely watch sports - I prefer to actually go out and play them. For the same reason, I rarely watch other stand up comedians - I prefer to perform stand up comedy myself and have people watch me.

For the same reason, I rarely watch pornography...

John Griggs





Monday, December 14, 2009

Making Improvements that Last

As 2009 comes to a close, you may be thinking of New Year's Resolutions for 2010. Perhaps you want to start exercising more and get in shape. Maybe you want to go back to college and/or get a better job. Even better, maybe your goal is to become financially independent so you don't have to get a job.

The truth is, most people don't stick with their New Year's Resolutions. Many of us join a gym in January, but by March are paying for memberships that we don't use.

Here are the main reasons why people fail to acheive a goal:

1. Taking on too much, too soon.

If you've been a couch potato for a long time, you are not going to become a competitive bodybuilder in a month. If you exercise too hard, you are going to sore for several days and not want to repeat that experience.

Perhaps you are a really busy person and can't seem to find the time to achieve what you want. If that's the case, first see what you can eliminate from your schedule. If you stop or reduce the time you spend watching TV, or playing online games.

If you are new to an exercise, start slowly. If you are sore for more than two days, you did more than what your body is used to. If this happens to you, lighten your workout accordingly, the next week. Gradually increase your weight/amount of time exercising to allow your body to adjust.

2. Not progressing fast enough.

There are many blogs that are abandoned because the authors of them don't see thousands of daily visitors to their blogs in the first few months. So they quit.

The same thing happens when people exercise, they see only minimal improvement in the first couple of months. So they quit.

Set REASONABLE goals that you have a very good chance of making. If you fall short, make the necessary adjustments and try again.

3. Lack of support.

If your goal is to stop smoking, hanging around other smokers all the time is going make your goal much more difficult to achieve. If your goal is to be wealthy, hanging around other people who are poor isn't going to help you.

I am not saying you should abandon your friends. What I am saying is this: Find people who have completed the goals you are wanting to achieve. Make friends with them. That way, you have a positive environment to reinforce what you are trying to achieve. Once you reach a goal, then help someone else achieve what you've accomplished.

Before you take off on an airplane, they always tell you to put on your own mask before helping someone else put on theirs. There's a reason for that.

4. Setting a date in the future to start a new habit, instead of starting NOW.

The future hasn't been written yet, and the past is already recorded. The only time you have control over is the present. I have written two articles that will give you ideas on what you can do TODAY to improve your future. Here they are:

How to Reach Your Goals by Making Improvements Today

Changes you can make now for a better new year

These articles should give you some ideas on what you can do immediately to start your path to becoming a better you.

Later this week, I am going to share some of my future goals with you, and what I am doing to make those goals a reality.

I wish you success on your journey!

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Have Fun and Support a Good Cause in Scottsdale

Besides doing stand up comedy, I also like doing things that will help improve our world. One thing I do regularly is volunteer at AZRescue.org. A couple of weekends a month, I take one of their dogs out for a few hours to get some exercise. I also help RESCUE find suitable families to adopt their dogs.

RESCUE is an organization that saves dogs and cats from being euthanized in various pounds in Arizona, and then cares for them until they find a family. If you are in the market for a dog or cat, I would highly recommend getting one there.

Here's a fun way to support RESCUE - Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale is launching a new beer this coming Tuesday called Bell's. For every Bell's beer you drink, $1 will be donated to RESCUE. Here is the information on the event:

Papago Brewing Company
7107 E McDowell Rd (SW corner of Scottsdale Rd and McDowell in the Papago Plaza)
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Tuesday, December 15th from 6-8pm

Stop by and have a few beers there this coming Tuesday during happy hour. You will meet some cool people, help support your local watering hole, and help support RESCUE so they can continue to find homes for our dogs and cats. Get drunk, meet people, and support a good cause - what can be better than that?

Of course, if you do have too much to drink, make sure to have a designated driver or take a cab. Otherwise, you may also be supporting your police department.

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

http://www.azrescue.org

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Childhood Pranks and Growing Up

When I was a teenager, I used to make prank phone calls all the time. One thing I did was call Matchmaker - a dating service that was common back in the 80s. I remember one call I did... it went like this: "Hello, Matchmaker? I'd like 1000 books of matches please." That resulted in a quick hangup on the other end of the line.

Now that I'm an adult, I've pretty much outgrown making prank calls. I now primarily do pranks to people in person! Jim Holland is one of the comedians I team up with to mess with people.

This week's Comedy Video of the Week is Jim Holland getting overly excited from eating a taco at a fast food restaurant called El Pollo Loco in Phoenix Arizona. It is hilarious! Check it out....




John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How to Stop Telemarketing Calls

Many of us get annoyed when a telemarketer calls us. This is understandable. When I moved to Mesa Arizona in 2001, I would get many calls a day from telemarketers and bill collectors asking for the last person who had my number. It took numerous calls and emails to have some peace and quiet.

I now work for a telemarketing company. This is not a career for me, and I am not going to work in this industry for too much longer. However, the job market is not good, and this is the best job I could find for the time being. It is currently my primary source of income. Until I find a better job, I get fired, or I can significantly increase my income from my stand up comedy and my writing, I will stay put for a while.

Working at a telemarketing company has actually been a great educational experience for me. Many people get extremely rude and upset when I call them. Others resort to unoriginal and played out tactics to try to upset me. I will cover a few of these and tell you why you shouldn't do them.

1. Hooking up a fax machine and activating it when a telemarketer calls.

I actually do find this annoying. If the volume is turned up, it hurts my ears. However, keep this in mind - the telemarketer has your telephone number. He or she may return the favor... at four o'clock in the morning.

2. Yelling obscenities on the phone.

You've lost your cool, and you've let me ruin your day. Keep in mind, it very likely was your dumb ass that gave your phone number away. You insulting me or cursing at me isn't going to ruin my day... I'm used to it. In fact, me and my coworkers are very likely laughing at your stupidity.

3. Pretending to be interested to waste the telemarketer's time.

We do find this tactic slightly annoying. However, keep in mind YOU are actually wasting your time. Keep this in mind if you still choose to do this: we are still getting paid. You are not.

4. Asking "Why don't you give me your phone number so I can interrupt your dinner?" or one of its variants.

Believe it or not, this old "joke" does not get any funnier after it's done for the 5 millionth time. Come up with something original and funny instead. All of us could use a good laugh.

So how DO you stop or avoid telemarketing calls altogether? Follow these steps, and you too will be on your way to having very few, if any telemarketing calls!

1. Register your phone number at https://www.donotcall.gov/

I think everybody should know about this government service by now. However, just in case you didn't know about it - you're welcome!

2. Give your cell/home phone number to your friends and family ONLY.

Get a secondary phone line to give to businesses that ask for it. I use Google Voice - it is free, and I love it! Also, if you just type "free voicemail" in your favorite search engine, you'll have a lot of other options at your disposal.

3. Politely ask the telemarketer to put you on the "Do Not Call" list when they call.

Saying that you're not interested, or hanging up on the telemarketer won't guarantee that you won't get a return call. However, when you say "put me on the do not call list", the telemarketing company is legally obligated to not call you again unless you give them permission. It is also advisable to get the company's name and address, and the name of the person that called you. Any reputable company will have no problem with giving you this information. If they refuse to give you this info, or continue to call after you told them to stop, file a complaint with the FTC and your state Attorney General's office.

Final Thoughts

If you really want to stop telemarketing calls for good, I actually have an AWESOME solution. Why not publish articles or write a book that will help people who work at regular jobs become financially independent so they can quit their day jobs. If you write something excellent that helps me like this, I guarantee you will not get a telemarketing call from me ever again.

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Friday, December 4, 2009

Hilarious Pranks on Video

Earlier this week, some friends and I pranked a pizza delivery guy. It was SO much fun, and we got it on video. I just posted the video on my main website here.

This was the first time I've done anything like that. I think the video turned out well, but there some things I've learned so that we can make the next one even better. I just posted an article on HubPages that will be helpful you if you ever attempt this. It is simply called "How to Prank a Pizza Delivery Guy". You can find the article here.

Here is the Comedy Video of the Week. It was done by Remi Gaillard - he is one of my favorite people to watch on YouTube. He dresses as Pac-Man and causes chaos in a supermarket. It is hilarious! Enjoy!



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Funny Thanksgiving Video

We had an AWESOME comedy show at The Hidden House in Phoenix last night. I had so much fun performing there. The crowd was very responsive and appreciative. So many people came, the staff actually had to turn away some latecomers. It is very different from when the show first started a few years ago. It is great to see that the comedy scene in Phoenix has grown so much.

So now it is officially Thanksgiving. This is actually the first time in five years I have been single during this time of the year. When I was in a relationship, I usually spent it with my girlfriends' families. Now that my situation has changed, this holiday feels very different. I have no family in the Phoenix area, and I don't have any plans as of yet. It's all right though.... my Mom turns 60 next week, so I am getting together with my family in New Mexico then.

Chi-Town Bones and I plan on filming a funny skit later this evening showing how bachelors spend their Thanksgiving. In the meantime, enjoy this funny Thanksgiving video I found on YouTube. It is this week's Comedy Video of the Week. Enjoy!



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Friday, November 20, 2009

Boredom and Setting Deadlines

Have you ever been bored out of your mind? It's sometimes a challenge to find what to do when that happens.

Here's the solution that works for me: start working on a project, and give yourself a deadline of tomorrow evening. I guarantee lots of interesting things will come up!

This is exactly what happened to me yesterday. I want to have at least one blog post a week. So, I chose to start a "Comedy Video of the Week" blog that I publish every Thursday. I had no plans Thursday of this week, so I figured I would just publish it very quickly after I got out of work.

Wrong answer!

Sure enough, my friend Jim calls me at 4:00PM that day and wants to shoot some videos with him after work. So we did. You will love them - they are spoofs of those late night commercials where ladies want you to call phone sex lines. I put the first one on YouTube last night.

After I did that, I searched for related videos. Here's the Comedy Video of the Week - it's a hilarious spoof of those dating chat lines. Enjoy!



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Top Ten Reasons Why Playing Chess is Better Than Dating

I actually wrote this a few years ago. Here are the reasons why playing chess is better than dating:

1. In chess, it is almost always acceptable to “make a move”.
2. After playing several chess games with the same person, you never hear “When are we getting married?”
3. After you stop playing chess, you never have to worry about paying child support.
4. You can play chess with as many people as you want and no one gets mad.
5. In chess, it’s all right to be a “player”.
6. In chess, intelligence is always a plus.
7. In chess, you can impress people by beating the crap out of someone.
8. You can play chess for free.
9. When playing chess, you don’t have to dress up.
10. At the end of a chess game, you will almost always end up “getting a piece”!

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Thursday, November 12, 2009

How to Deal with Debt Collection Agencies

Because of this economy, many of us have lost our jobs. Those of us that are "lucky" enough to still have a job are usually working at a low rate of pay, or have reduced hours. As a result, many debtors have defaulted on their credit card bills.

What happens when you don't pay a credit card bill? If you are only one day late, many credit card companies add a $39 late fee to your bill. If you credit card is maxxed out, this may put you over your credit limit, and you get an "over the limit" fee. This is in addition to the exorbitant interest rates that these banks charge. These fees will continue to accrue for about six months.

After six months, a $1000 credit card bill will end up being almost $2000. At this point, the credit card company or bank will give up on collecting the debt themselves. They will sell your debt to a collection agency for about ten cents on the dollar. Then the collection agency will call you repeatedly, expecting you to pay the full amount owed with all of the outrageous fees. They will leave threatening messages on your machine, and use all sorts of other dirty tactics to try to get you to pay.

Most of these tactics collection agencies use are totally illegal. For instance, when a collection agency leaves a message on voicemail, they have no way of knowing who has access to listen to it. This is potentially giving away sensitive information to an unauthorized third party.

The good news is, you don't have to put up with their crap. Here are some ways you can stop a collection agency from bugging you.

1. Write a "cease and desist" letter.

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) 15 USC §1692c indicates that if you tell a third party debt collector to stop contacting you in writing, they have to honor that request. You are basically telling them to sue or shut their pie hole. The chances of a collection agency suing you is pretty much zero, as it would be too time consuming and expensive to sue you.

2. Write them and ask them to prove the debt is yours.

This is a VERY effective way to get a collection agency off your back. This is called debt validation. If a debt collector can't prove that you owe the money within 30 days after they receive your request, they cannot continue collection efforts, and by law should not report any negative information on your credit report.

I had a negative entry from a collection agency on my credit report earlier this year. I wrote them and asked them to validate the debt. They sent me a printout of phone numbers that were called, and that's it. They could not produce a contract, or any other proof that I indeed owed this debt. Yet they continued to report on my credit report. I sent a complaint to my state Attorney General's office. After receiving a copy of my complaint, the collection agency folded, and removed the collection from my credit report.

3. Record the conversation between you and the collection agency.

WARNING: Not for the faint of heart!

If you record a conversation between you and a collection agency, you can expose that these agencies lie, break laws, and use other underhanded tactics.

Watch this video Chi-Town Bones and I made. This was a social engineering experiment, proving that collection agencies do not use good privacy and security practices. The collection agent was not very happy with us for exposing this.




John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Bill Collectors are Idiots

Bill Collectors harass people all day long. I love it when they get a taste of their own medicine.

Here is the Comedy Video of the Week. These bill collectors totally get fooled by a soundboard. It's hilarious!




My next post will tell you how to deal with collection agencies and show an actual conversation between me and a bill collector.

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

How to Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking

One thing people commonly fear is public speaking. If you don't have any experience in doing this, it can be VERY nerve wracking trying to keep your composure while speaking in front of an audience. Believe me, I know. Before I started doing stand up comedy, I took a couple of public speaking classes at a local community college. I managed to get an "A" in both classes, but I remember being really scared during my first speech. As I did more and more speeches, the nervousness was still there, but it affected my performance less each time I did a presentation.

The first time I did stand up comedy, I was nervous as hell. I managed to get good laughs throughout my set. However, a heckler ruined one of my last jokes and I had no idea how to respond or recover.

My first year in comedy I bombed quite often. During that time period, I'm sure a lot of people have talked about me and wondered why I didn't give up comedy. However, I stuck with it and gradually improved to where I started to get booked for paid gigs and invited to more shows.

When I go up on stage now, I feel very confident in myself. I almost hope a heckler trys to disrupt me, so I can make him or her look silly.

So what can you do to overcome your fears of public speaking? Here is what I recommend:

1. Face your fear dead on, and just do it!

If you've been thinking about doing stand up comedy or public speaking, and never had the nerve to actually do it, take the plunge and give it a try! You will be scared as hell before and possibly during your experience. However, after it is over, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment.

2. Keep on doing speeches/performances as often as you can.

The main reason why people are afraid of public speaking is the fear of the unknown. As you gain experience, you gain confidence in your material and yourself. The fear of the unknown will be severely reduced because you will be in familiar territory.

3. Film your speeches.

Do you remember the first time you ever tape recorded yourself and then listened to it? Your voice sounds a lot different than what you normally hear doesn't it? A similar experience happens when you see yourself on video. Even though it may be painful, watch video recordings of yourself and see where you can make improvements.

If you are thinking of doing stand up comedy, I have a couple of articles on Ehow.com that will help you. Here they are:

How to Write Hilarious Jokes

How to Do Stand Up Comedy For Your First Time

Remember, fear comes from your imagination. Your imagination can be put to better use.

What else is fear keeping you from doing? Try facing your fears dead on in other areas and see where it takes you.

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Friday, November 6, 2009

Comedy Video of the Week - Arnold calls Capital One

In this video, Arnold Schwarzenegger calls Capital One to apply for a credit card. Check it out!




Chi-Town Bones and I made a new video this week where we prank call a collection agency. I will have it on my website this weekend. Stay tuned!

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Friday, October 30, 2009

Comedy at The Ice House Tavern in Phoenix Arizona

I performed for the first time at The Ice House Tavern in Phoenix last Wednesday. This a fun show run by Sean McCarthy. The crowd was very receptive, and I had a lot of fun doing my comedy there. If you're in the Phoenix area, I would highly recommend performing stand up comedy or watching a show here.

The bar also has Molson Canadian beer on tap. I'm originally from western New York, so I can definitely appreciate this. Because I live in Arizona, and don't have the opportunity to drink Canadian beer much.

You can check out this show every Wednesday at 8:30 PM. I'm performing here again on Wednesday, November 11th. If you're going to be in the Phoenix area and want stage time, call Sean McCarthy at (310) 497-2968. Here is where the show is located:

The Ice House Tavern
3855 E Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Here is the Comedy Video of the Week. This is a sample of Sean McCarthy's stand up comedy. Enjoy!






John Griggs



Friday, October 23, 2009

Open Mic Comedy in Tucson Arizona

Are you looking for a place to perform stand up comedy in Tucson Arizona? Do you want to check out comedy shows in Tucson with no cover charge? Here is a list of open mics where you can perform or just have an inexpensive night of laughs and entertainment.

Monday

The Hut
305 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705
10:30pm
Phone: (520) 623-3200
Website: http://www.thehuttucson.com

Wednesday

Bum Steer
1910 N Stone Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705
8:00pm
Phone: (520) 884-7377
Website: http://www.bumsteer.com


Thursday

Laffs Comedy Club
2900 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716
8:00pm
Phone:(520) 323-8669
Website: http://www.laffstucson.com/

Note: To perform here, call Laffs during regular business hours on the day you want to perform to reserve your spot.

I want to give a special thanks to Jacob Breckenridge for his help in putting together this list!

If you want to perform comedy or check out an inexpensive show in the Phoenix area, I have a list already published. Here it is:

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/Phoenix_Comedy_Shows.html

Dead End Jobs

I've had more than my fair share of dead end jobs. Lots of people work at these ridiculous jobs. People at these jobs often talk about how they will quit when they win the lottery. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people, that day never comes.

Do you work at a job you don't like? Do you want to quit and do something else? Instead of relying on the lottery, take control of your own destiny. Start your own business and/or find a way to get paid for doing something you love. I am in the process of doing that right now. It's not easy, but it beats doing nothing or hoping for a payout that won't come.

When I am ready to quit working, I think it would be fun to do some ridiculous stuff at work and get fired. Another option I have is to quit in a similar fashion to how this Anthony Browning does in the video shown below.

This video was edited by Chris Adams. He's a comedian from Long Beach, California. I performed with him at The Hidden House in Phoenix earlier this week. Chris is very funny and did a great job in putting together this video. Here is this week's Comedy Video of the Week:







John Griggs


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Comedy Video of the Week - Net_Work

Like I said in my previous post, I've gone on quite a few dates in the last couple of months. Nothing quite as crazy as what you're about to see in this video. Here is the comedy video of the week. It is from the popular Internet series called "Net_Work" starring Mike O'Gorman and Michael Torpey. Enjoy!




John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Adventures in Being Single and Dating

I've been single for about six months now. Lots of people moan about being single and say things like "Why can't I find anybody?" or "I can't stand being alone!" and other things that are similar. This is not a good way to attract a new lover in your life.

My advice is if you are single, take advantage of the freedoms you have and enjoy life to the fullest. That's what I'm doing. If people see that you are independent, lots of fun, and have confidence in yourself, you will greatly increase your chances of finding your next boyfriend or girlfriend.

I've been on a few dates in the last couple of months. Some of the women I have gone out with recently are nice, but I don't see being in a relationship with them.

However, I went out on a date with this one woman recently. I really like her, and hope we can be more than friends. By the way, if any woman who has been on a date with me in the last couple of months reads this, I am talking about you! :>

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Friday, October 9, 2009

Remembering Sam Kinison

Here is the Comedy Video of the Week - it is Sam Kinison's first appearance on the David Letterman show. Listen to his bit about marriage. After you hear his comedy, you'll understand exactly why I'm single.






John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Competition is Fierce for Crappy Jobs

A few short years ago, it was fairly easy to get a job. If you wanted to find employment quickly, a good thing to do was to do this was to go to an employment agency. The pay usually wasn't that great, but they would usually find you a job in a week or two. You could count on a regular paycheck until you found a regular job at a decent company.

Now the situation has changed. Because jobs are not plentiful, it is very competitive to find a job, even with a staffing agency. If you are "lucky" enough to get hired, the people you work for will constantly be measuring your productivity. If you don't meet their standards, they will fire you without notice. They only keep people who don't question authority and work very quickly at their sweatshops.

I think it is ridiculous what these places demand of their employees. A lot of them pay only slighty more than minimum wage, yet they want maximum performance.

It's a good thing temp agencies aren't running our government. If they did, they would start eliminating people that weren't world class athletes, and people who don't have an IQ above 140. They would kill off anybody that wasn't the "cream of the crop" in their eyes. Can you now see how horrible it is for employment agencies and companies to run things the way they do?

Then again, if things were to run this way, those of us left would find it much easier to find a job.

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Feedback needed to help improve this website

Hello Readers!

I would like your input on what you would like to see on John Griggs Comedy. What types of articles would interest you? What type of content would you like to see? I maintain this website myself, and I want to help you to be entertained and to be successful.

Please take the time to either take a quick survey, leave a comment, or send me an email - it would help me serve you tremendously! The survey is very short, and should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Here is a link to the survey:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=0KP07OyBjyLity28i2ZsNA_3d_3d

Thank you so much!

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

My email address: john@johngriggscomedy.com

P.S. - new comic strips will be up next week!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Comedy Show - Saturday October 3rd in Glendale Arizona

There's an awesome comedy show coming up. It is located at the Sangria Luxe Lounge in Glendale Arizona. I am performing along with some of the best stand up comedians from Phoenix and LA. Here is the information:

comedy,show,phoenix,az,arizona,la

My show will be on Saturday October 3rd at 8PM. Here is the address:

Sangria Luxe Lounge
19420 N 59th Ave Suite G
Glendale, Arizona 85308
(Located in the Citadelle Plaza)

Tickets are $12.00 at the door, or $10.00 if purchased in advance. You can purchase tickets online here:

http://www.jimandhoward.com/

The show will be hosted by Howard Hughes. Here is a sample of his stand up comedy. His jokes are hilarious! Here he is in this week's Comedy Video of the Week!




When you go to the show, make sure to tell them you found this show through my website!!!

See you there!

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

How to End the Recession

Not too long ago if you worked hard and showed up every day, you could keep a job. Unfortunately, this trend is changing.

Last year and this year I worked at various jobs doing data entry and call center work. The majority of these positions were nothing more than glorified sweatshops. My last position ended because I did not meet the company's productivity standards. I was doing data entry and my speed improved considerably in the short time I was there. This was not good enough for the company. I received one verbal warning and did not get a chance to make further improvements because they fired me that day.

Jobs are scarce, therefore many companies pay low wages, and treat their employees badly. They will only do this is as long as we let them get away with it.

One major step to ending this recession is to start treating everyone as you would like to be treated, or treat them like you would treat a close friend or relative. If bosses would treat their employees well instead of caring about how much money their company makes, we would have happier workers and this world would be a better place. Right now we are not even close to this ideal.

Unemployment is at an all time high, therefore we have a lot less people paying taxes and a lot more people collecting benefits from the government than we did a few years ago. There's less money going in, and more money going out. Whenever an employer fires an employee without good cause, they are contributing to this economy being destroyed. Unfortunately, most people aren't conscious enough to look outside themselves and see how their actions will affect the entire world's well being.

If you are unemployed or unhappy at your job, stop complaining. Instead, take action so that you don't have to rely on these horrible companies as your primary or only source of income. Write for Ehow.com, Associated Content, or one of the other many websites that will pay you to write. Start a pet sitting service. Start a website or a blog and make money from ads, selling affiliate products, or selling your own stuff. There are many other ways besides these options to make money without having a regular job.

We need you to provide valuable information and products the world is desperately searching for. So take action to help yourself and countless other folks in the process. What are you waiting for?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Comedy Show at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix

Hello!

Last week's charity concert at Seville Golf & Country Club was a HUGE success. The crowd was entertained for hours by the musical talent of Chuck E. Baby, comedian Keith Ellis, myself, comedienne Joleen Lunzer, National Comedy Theater Improv, and country artist JT Hubbell. Desi Speh, the General Manager of the club did an outstanding job of putting this event together, and showed excellent hospitality to me and all of the other performers. There will be more exciting events coming up - stay tuned!

For those of you who want to be entertained by some great comedians this weekend, there is a show coming up that you will love. It is Erik Miller's Comedy Bailout. It is being held at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix on Saturday, September 26th at 8:00PM.

Here is the address:

Orpheum Theatre
203 W Adams St
Phoenix, AZ 85003

This event will be hosted by Erik Miller, who is an excellent comedian here in the Phoenix area. Also performing are Sam Tripoli from Spike TV, Dave Hanson from the E! Network, and Shaun Latham. Tickets are $20, and proceeds help benefit breast cancer research. You can get your tickets at Ticketmaster or by calling 602-262-7272.

Here is the Comedy Video of the Week - here is Sam Tripoli and a couple of female friends pranking a pizza delivery guy. Enjoy!




John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Comedy & Music Show in Gilbert - Friday September 18th

I am performing stand up comedy tomorrow at The Seville Golf & Country Club. The show is Friday September 18th and lasts from 6 to 10pm. It is going to be an AWESOME event with stand up comedy, live music, and more! Tickets are only $20, and proceeds benefit some great charities! Here is the address:

Seville Golf & Country Club
6683 S Clubhouse Dr
Gilbert, AZ 85298

Tickets can be purchased at the event or by calling (480) 279-3008.

With that being said, here is the Comedy Video of the Week. I thought it would be appropriate to have a video involving golf. Here is Remi Gaillard from France messing with some golfers. Enjoy!



John Griggs


http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Personal Trainer Available in the Phoenix Area

I recently hired an awesome personal trainer. His name is Richard Dynamo. If you live in or near Phoenix Arizona, I would HIGHLY recommend him! I've only been training with him for about two weeks, and I already can feel and see the difference in my looks, my strength, and my stamina. He is amazing! He will get you in shape for a reasonable price. Contact him here for more information:

Richard Dynamo's Website

If you're not convinced yet, watch a video of our first workout together here:




John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Friday, September 11, 2009

How to Have Your Media Make An Impact on Millions

Do you want your stand up comedy, art, or music to be appreciated by thousands, possibly millions of people? A great way to accomplish this is by sending a powerful message.

Is there laws that you don't agree with? Do you want to expose injustices in the world? This alone should give you plenty of material to talk or write about. You can get your voice heard through your media. If enough people can relate to what you are saying, you will build a great following, and possibly get people to act on what you say!

If you compose music, consider sending a powerful message through it. Music is easily remembered, and you can actually help improve the world this way.

Here is a sample clip of my stand up comedy and one of my comic strips. What message am I sending?



Drug Commercials - More bloopers are a click away

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Here is the Comedy Video of the Week - this was done by one of my all time favorite comedians George Carlin. His comedy is not only hilarious, he is also sending a powerful message. As entertainers we can learn a lot from him.



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Comedy Contest at JJ's Cantina in Scottsdale

Well.... my Comedy Video of the Week is a day late again. My apologies - I've been VERY busy! I did a comedy show at Laffs Comedy Club in Tucson yesterday, and started a new job today. Tonight at 8:00PM I am performing at a comedy contest at JJ's Cantina in Scottsdale Arizona. Tomorrow I am volunteering to take care of a dog for a couple of hours for Azrescue.org. After that I am going to be involved with some comedy skits that are being filmed. I suppose I'll find time to catch up on sleep some time after that.

With that being said, stop by JJ's Cantina in Scottsdale sometime on a Friday night. It is a comedy contest hosted by Captain Tripp. It's every Friday night at 8:00PM, and it's only a $5 cover charge! It's a great way to enjoy stand up comedy without paying a high cover charge. Here is the address:

JJ's Cantina
409 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85257-4216
(480) 990-3477

After the show, you can watch or sing karaoke as well! Here is Jonathan Gregory singing "You Can't Touch This" at JJ's Sports Cantina. The blonde lady is the karaoke host. Watch her reaction!



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Monday, August 31, 2009

Henry Kissinger and The Emperor from Star Wars

Hey, have you ever noticed Henry Kissinger and The Emperor from Return of the Jedi sound alike? I've posted two videos showing each character. Watch/listen to each video and let me know if you agree with me.










Also, which of them do you think is uglier/more evil?

Thoughts anyone?

John Griggs



http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Thursday, August 27, 2009

John Griggs gets Roasted!

Last November, I had the honor of getting roasted by other comedians at JJ's Sports Cantina in Scottsdale. When you get roasted, other people make fun of you, and then you get to make fun of all of them back afterwards. It's was kind of like high school, except the people who made fun of me were actually funny.

Here is the Comedy Video of the Week - this is Robert Fata ripping on me and other comedians on the roast panel. Check it out!



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Thursday, August 20, 2009

How to Start a Business by Interacting with Customers

Many people try to increase sales to their business by promoting their website, advertising, and using search engine optimization. These strategies are all good, but there is no substitution for face to face interaction.

With saying that, here is the Comedy Video of the Week. In this video, you can see Sam Tripoli perform some of his stand up comedy, and then watch his strategies on starting a new business. He will be performing at The Phoenix Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix Arizona on Saturday, September 26th. Doors open at 7PM. I have performed with him a few times, and he is hilarious. Check him out!



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Video Games and How They Influence Children

Lots of parents complain that games like Grand Theft Auto influence children to do violent things. I know I was influenced by video games. I played Donkey Kong as a kid - it kept asking "How high can you get?"

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Friday, August 14, 2009

New Make Money From Home Opportunity

I found a new website where you can make easy money. YouData will pay you for viewing advertisements tailored to you. They will also pay you referral bonuses if someone signs up under your name. If you decide to sign up, please use the link that shows that I referred you. Here is the link:

http://www.youdata.com/join/azjohn2001

When you first sign up, YouData will ask you take a brief survey about your interests and lifestyle. After you're done with the survey, just click on "Adgets", and click on the ads that interest you. They pay you via PayPal every Friday!

Do you have a blog? You can display ads from YouData that are tailored to your readers if they choose to view them. Your reader will get paid for viewing the advertisements, and they can choose to split the revenue with you! Here is the information on how to get started:

Intro for Bloggers

Instructions on how to get started with YouData's advertising program


Of course if you have a blog, I recommend you have your domain name. Check out the Comedy Video of the Week if you need an idea for a name:




John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Starting the Transition to Escaping Your Day Job

Day jobs suck. To get one, you have to fill out lengthy applications and then hope you get chosen for an interview. Out of hundreds of applicants, if you do get chosen for an interview, you have to hope you give answers the company is looking for. Even in the interview, you are competing against many other applicants. If you do end up "winning" and getting the position, you usually end up at a dead end job for eight hours a day, five days a week with little hope of advancement. The majority of us stay at these positions only because it is our only source of income. Once you have been in a day job for a while, it is not unusual to feel like you are trapped and can't get out.

The majority of us who write or entertain dream about the day when we can leave our dreaded day job. Comedians want to have their own HBO special. Musicians want to have platinum albums and tour the nation with sold out shows. Authors want to have a book on the New York Times Best Seller List. Actors want to be shown in a best selling film on the big screen.

To start this transition many comedians wait in long lines at auditions like Last Comic Standing hoping to get chosen. Musicians wait in long lines hoping to get chosen at American Idol. Authors send in their manuscripts to agents and publishers hoping that that someone will like their book. The problem with this strategy is that if you try to get famous this way, you are doing the exact same thing as thousands of others competing for the same position. It is kind of playing the lottery. Your chances of winning are almost nothing.

Instead of doing the same things others do, why not make your own path? For instance if you are writing a book, create a website with a blog with such great content that others are compelled to look at what you have to say. In fact, if you get enough of a following, you won't have to go through a gatekeeper. Publishers will go to YOU instead!

Follow a similar strategy if you are a comedian, actor, or musician. Do as many open mics and professional shows as you can. Write your own skits, and post the videos online. Network as much as you can. Be unique and get some fans. It is more difficult to do this without the aid of television and radio, but it can be done. Use the social networks like MySpace, but have your own website with your own domain name as well. Having your own website will build your credibility substantially.

The question of the day is this: Why should you use the same strategy to get out of a day job as you did to try to get a day job?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Advice for Standup Comedians

A great way to win your audience over is to find out if the majority of the audience hates something and make fun of that. For instance, if you are performing at Ohio State, make fun of Michigan. If you are performing at a Marine base, make fun of the Navy. If you are in an nursing home, make fun of everyone there. They're not going to know the difference!

I have a show to go to tonight, so I'm making this post brief. Here is the Comedy Video of the Week. This one of the videos of the popular webseries called "Net_Work". Enjoy!



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Thursday, July 30, 2009

How to Cure Depression

Are you feeling down? Lots of people are due to this economy. Not being able to find a job and/or not having enough money certainly causes major stress for the majority of us.

If you're down, don't take antidepressants. There's a better solution. Do what I do - prank call the toll free numbers to the infomercials that come on late at night. Last week I called one of those hair replacement companies. Unfortunately, the customer service representative did not share my sense of humor. She said "Sir, if you're not being serious, I'm going to have to disconnect the call!" LOL! I almost DID convince her I was serious until a male friend started yelling in a gay voice "Don't order that, you look good just the way you are!"

I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. Soon, I am going to record some of these calls you can hear them yourself. In the meantime, another infomercial spoof is now the Comedy Video of the Week. Enjoy!



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Scam Alert: Jeff Paul's Shortcut to Internet Millions

Like many of us, I sometimes see some of those infomercials that broadcast on television. One that I saw recently disturbed me. It was called "Jeff Paul's Shortcut to Internet Millions".

The infomercial tells you that if you buy his program for $39.95 plus shipping, you can get rich from people buying products from a website he gives you. They say it's as easy as "sending an email".

Before sending him your hard earned money, do a search on the Better Business Bureau website and type in "Jeff Paul". Also, just do a Google search on "Jeff Paul's Shortcut to Internet Millions", and you will see how many dissatisfied customers he has.

From reading these complaints and my research, I can tell you pretty much what would happen if you purchase Jeff Paul's "system". His $39.95 system will get you his useless materials plus membership to his program for only 30 days. After you receive his materials, you will get bombarded with calls from his company wanting to upsell you. They will request you spend thousands of dollars with them.

Save your money. If you truly want to have a successful work from home business, it's going to take a lot of hard work. You will have to learn how to attract visitors to your website, and learn how to sell products that people want to buy. Instead of purchasing Jeff Paul's program, spend that $39.95 on books on how to design websites. You will get a lot better value for your money.

I am the Home-Based Business Examiner for Phoenix, so I felt it was my duty to report this scammer. I will have an article on my Examiner page with more details on this Internet scam very soon. In the meantime, enjoy my "Comedy Video of the Week". It's an infomercial spoof. Enjoy!



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

5 Ways to Help Your Comedy Career

So you want to make stand up comedy a career? I have been doing stand up comedy for five years. From my experience, I have learned a lot. Here are some steps you can take to take your career to the next level.

1. Buy Your Own Domain Name

Almost every comedian I know has a MySpace and Facebook account. Almost none of them have their own website. If you want to stand out from the competition, having your own website will definitely help. Potential clients will take you more seriously and know you mean business.

2. Purchase Quality Business Cards

Stay away from the "free" business cards you get from VistaPrint. They are cheap, but I can assure you: in this situation, you get what you pay for. Spend some extra money and get quality business cards that are glossy and are printed on both sides. Use Adobe Photoshop to create your design. If you are artistic, create some killer graphics. If not, a simple design with your photograph and contact information is sufficient. If you want these type of business cards at a great price, email me at john@johngriggscomedy.com and I can find a supplier for you.

3. Get a Professional Headshot

Most professional comedy clubs and acting jobs require you to submit a professional 8X10 black and white headshot for you to be considered for work. Have a photographer or business knowledgeable in this take your pictures. Once your photograph has been produced, you can get reprints done for a reasonable price. I recommend using ABC Pictures for reprints.

4. Make Your Website Worth Visiting

Most comedians that do have websites only have demo videos of their stand up comedy. You can do better than that. Write a blog that is entertaining and helpful to your fellow comedians and others. Post information about upcoming comedy shows in your area. Become knowledgeable in designing websites and search engine optimization.

5. Video Production

Keep your videos under two minutes if possible. People's attention spans are generally short, and you don't want to lose them. At the end of your video, have your website listed to draw traffic to your site.

As I said, people's attention spans are short, so I am going to wrap this up for today. I want this blog to continue to be an excellent resource for everybody. What topics interest you? What other questions do you want answered?

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Thursday, July 16, 2009

How to Make Fun of Someone

Last year, I posted a video on YouTube of my performance at a club called Hurricane Bay in Phoenix. I was doing my regular stand up comedy routine when a heckler decided to insult me. He got more than what he bargained for. Here is the video:




In my opinion, a heckler insulting an experienced comedian on stage is like an average guy challenging a mixed martial artist in the UFC to a fight. Doing either of these things is very foolish, and in both instances the challenger is going to get clobbered.

Recently, my video is getting some negative feedback from some other YouTube users. They started to post insults about me. Just for fun, I decided insult them back. You can check out the conversation here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqnJON52dLY

Two out of the three people as of right now had nothing to say back to me. One guy with a handle of "iRULEYAY" did respond. He had nothing original or clever to say. He resorted to cheap shots such as saying I was middle aged and bald. It's a shame he is not smart enough to come up with something funny. I feel sorry for him. He is only 17, and based on his sense of humor, I would say he's going to grow up to be like Michael Richards. When Michael Richards was challenged by a heckler, he resorted to yelling unfunny racial slurs. We all know how his career is going now.

Whether you are a comedian, or just someone trying to have fun picking on your friends, insulting someone just to be mean is not funny or intelligent. Be smarter than your opponent. If you insult someone cleverly, your "victim" will be laughing his ass off too.

Comedians regularly have roasts. I have been fortunate enough to participate in a few of these events. All of the participants are friends, but during a roast, we get to make fun of each other as much as we want. During my roast, this was what Dietrick Shelton had to say about me:

"What's the difference between me and John Griggs? I'm not saying 'Get off my girlfriend Dietrick!'"

I still laugh when I think about him saying this. I am going to end this post with a video of another intelligent comedian ripping his opponent to shreds. His name is "Hair Jordan". This is from an episode of MTV's "Yo Momma". This is going to be the "Comedy Video of the Week". Watch and learn.





John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Saturday, July 11, 2009

How to Stop Harrassment from Debt Collectors

If you are getting constant calls from a collection agency demanding money, there is a few easy ways you can stop the calls. One way is to write the collection agency and tell them to stop calling you. They have to comply per the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. It is advisable to send your correspondence certified, return receipt requested. This way you have a record that you sent the letter to them. If they continue to call after they receive your letter, you can sue them in court.

Here is another way you can stop the collection calls. It is unorthodox, but it actually does work! Unlike the previous method listed, it will not cost you anything! Check out this video for instructions on how to proceed:



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Looking For Work/Comedy Video of the Week

As I stated in my previous post, I just accepted a position to be a writer for Examiner.com. I am very happy about the news! However, I am still open to other possibilities. I want to get involved with television. Specifically, I want to be Director of Programming.

This is my website, so I can be the Director of Programming here! With that being said, here is the Comedy Video of the Week:




I think Disney is going to be calling me any day!

TRIPPLE KIDNEY MAN!!!

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My First Article on Examiner.com is Now Published!

My first article on Examiner.com is now published! It is called "How to prepare for launching a home-based business". Check it out!

My goal is to not depend on regular 9 to 5 corporate jobs in order to sustain a living. I am not there yet, but I am making awesome progress toward that goal. I have learned a lot about earning income online, and am continuing to learn valuable information every day. I am going to help as many people as I can with my knowledge.

My home page on Examiner.com is here. Please consider subscribing to my articles, and passing my information on to a friend if you like my writing. I want to make the world a better place by educating people to not depend on evil corporations for their livelihood.

I want to give a special thanks to Jami Wright for telling me about Examiner.com. Jami is the Denver Relationship Psychology Examiner. She gives lots of good advice about dating and relationships. You can view her Examiner page here:

http://www.examiner.com/x-12874-Denver-Relationship-Psychology-Examiner

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

http://www.twitter.com/SexyJohnGriggs - Me on Twitter

http://www.examiner.com/x-16264-Phoenix-Homebased-Business-Examiner - My Examiner Home Page

Monday, July 6, 2009

Special Announcement

I have just been informed that I have been accepted for a writing position at Examiner.com. I am going to be the Home Based Business Examiner for Phoenix. I am very excited to be offered this job. Besides doing stand up comedy, I have always loved to write. As soon as my first article is published, I will make announcement here, and on all of the social networks I am on.

My articles are going to primarily focus on how you can make an income from home, or anywhere you have an internet connection. If you hate your day job, and want to not depend on your employer for your primary income, reading my articles will definitely help you.

If you own a home based business in the Phoenix area, send me an email and tell me about your company. In the future, I will be interviewing business owners in Arizona that base their businesses from home. If you live anywhere else in the world and have a home based business, send me an email also. I plan on having articles on all sorts of different types of companies. This will help me with ideas, and help you with promoting your business.

My email address is john@johngriggscomedy.com.

Peace!

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Comedy Video of the Week - July 2, 2009

Thanks to Chi-Town Bones for finding this gem!

There is a Seinfeld parody that was released on DVD on June 29th of this year. It was made by a company called New Sensations. This is the trailer:



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My Response to a Rejection Letter

Finding employment is much more difficult now than it was five years ago. For those of you actively searching for a job, you understand what I am talking about. At some point, you probably received a letter or email similar to this:

John,

We would like to thank you for your application for the position of Customer Service. We are unable to offer you an interview at this time.

We appreciate your interest in our company, and wish you much success in your future endeavors.


Best Regards,

Total Fun & Games Inc.


I received an email similar to this last night. I decided not to take no for an answer. I really want to work for this company, so I replied back. Here was my response:

Hello,

I am sorry that I was not chosen to be interviewed for the Customer Service position at your company. However, I do ask that you consider me for other opportunities. For instance, I can send out canned rejection letters to applicants several months after they apply. Can I be a recruiter?

John

I hope they write me back.

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Friday, June 26, 2009

Expanding Your Social Network

A lot of comedians promote themselves by sending MySpace bulletins every time they have an upcoming show. Usually, they post the bulletin only a couple of hours before the show is scheduled to start.

This strategy falls short, and not just because the promotion should have started days beforehand. Out of everyone in your friends list, only a few of them will read your posting. If you're lucky, you may get a small percentage of the people reading your posting to actually attend your show. Do you see a problem here?

My advice to you is to promote your shows and content outside of your regular network. If you're a comedian, consider going to a Toastmasters meeting. You'll be able to promote your shows to people who most likely don't know about the local comedy scene. Another added benefit is if you join Toastmasters, you can help your public speaking skills, which will definitely translate into better comedy performances.

Get your own domain name and start a blog there. If you have a blog, you can register it through blogging social networks and blog registries. If you have entertaining or useful content that is updated regularly, you will attract readers. On one of your pages of your website, list all of the comedy shows that you will be doing. This way, your audience will find you through the search engines.

If you like to write, there are some websites that will actually pay you for your submissions. Associated Content, Ehow.com, Helium, and Hubpages are just a few of them. I am on all four of these websites, and I can assure you they are legitimate. You can find talented writers on these websites that you may not easily find on MySpace or Facebook, and add them on your network there.

Following these tips will help you get a following.

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

http://www.twitter.com/SexyJohnGriggs

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson Died

Michael Jackson died today of a heart attack. So it's time for some new jokes!

What's the difference between Michael Jackson and a styrofoam cup?

One's not going to decompose for thousands of years, the other one you use to drink beverages!

John Griggs

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Comedy Video of the Week - 6/25/2009

The Comedy Video of the Week is Jim Holland's "Crutches / Neckbrace / Wheelchair Prank". It is hilarious to watch the reactions of the grocery store management to his antics. Jim Holland is a comedian here in the Phoenix area. I am actually in a few videos with him. You can see them and also check out more of his work here: http://www.youtube.com/jimholland8.

Here is the video:



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Passing a Psychological Test for Employment

Due to this economy, it is getting more and more difficult to find a job. Those prospective employees that are fortunate enough to make it to the interview process are screened much more thoroughly than they were a few years ago.

One of the tools an employer uses to screen applicants is a psychological test. I had an interview today for a low paying call center job and had to take one of these ridiculous tests. I was at the company for two and a half hours. Over two hours were spent taking tests and filling out forms, and less than half an hour was spent actually interviewing. You'd think I was trying to get into the FBI or something. What's next, are people wanting a job at McDonalds going to have to take a polygraph?

One of the test questions I was asked was "Have you been possessed by demons?" I am not making this up! I'm going to post some other questions that I was asked. That way when you apply for a job, you'll know what to expect when you take one of these retarded tests. I will also give my opinion on how the employer will interpret your answer.

"Have you ever stolen something?"

Pretty much everyone has stolen something in their life. I would say that answering yes to this question would give you a better chance of employment than answering no. If you answer no, the employer will think you're lying.

"Does it bother you to see animals suffer?"

I would say answering yes to that question would be the safest bet. Unless of course, you're applying for a job at a slaughterhouse.

"Have you been possessed by demons?"

If you answer yes to this question, the employer will think you're a lunatic and not hire you. I don't think that's right. If you tell the employer that you were possessed by demons, this is what you are actually telling them:

"I don't want this crappy job!!!"

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Comedy Video of the Week - June 18, 2009

While looking at my favorites on Internet Explorer, I found a YouTube video I had favorited over two years ago! This video shows a human battling a stick figure. Funny stuff!



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Best Way to Promote Yourself/Video of the Week

If you are a comedian, actor, or musician, you know how fierce the competition is to get on radio or television. In my opinion, getting your media on television or on the radio will certainly help you financially as of right now. However, just because someone is famous and is on television or radio doesn't mean that they are the best. It also doesn't guarantee long term success.

If you are a struggling artist, and want to become famous, your best bet is to promote yourself on the Internet. If you haven't already done so, buy a domain name. You can get one for less than 10 dollars for the entire year! MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter are also good places to promote. However, if you want to be taken seriously as an artist, you need your own website. The Internet is here to stay. The Internet will be around long after television and radio as we know it are extinct.

There are two videos that I have nominated for the Video of the Week this week. Both videos I am featuring were created by an artist who calls himself "Mastgrr". The first video is called "The Dance Beat Report Me-Mix by Mastgrr (The Colbert Report)". It's not really a comedy video, but the music is totally awesome! Here it is:




The second video I am featuring is also by Mastgrr. It's the Lazy Town remix featuring Lil Jon. I don't remember children's shows being like this when I was a kid!



John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Facts About Reincarnation

If you believe in reincarnation, there is something you should know. If you make fun of a certain type of person or people, there is a good chance that you will become similar to that person or group of people in your next life. For instance, if you make fun of a minority, you may very well be a minority in your next life. If you make fun of handicapped people, there's a good chance you will be handicapped in your next life.

That's why I make fun of celebrities.

John Griggs

http://www.johngriggscomedy.com/
 
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