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

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

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

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

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:

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

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