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Episode 86 is the first show of 2019! We discuss the inexpensive VR options on the horizon, the original Diablo, Platforms are not your friend, more on Dancing lawsuits, and much more.

Join the conversation with us LIVE every Tuesday on twitch.tv/2nerdsinapod at 9pm CST.

Viewer questions/business inquiries can be sent to 2nerdsinapodcast@gmail.com

Follow us on twitter @2NerdsInAPod for gaming news!

Background music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).

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Episode 85 is here! We discuss what WE thing are the best games of the year, the best Christmas movies, the importance of getaway vehicles, and much more.

Join the conversation with us LIVE every Tuesday on twitch.tv/2nerdsinapod at 9pm CST.

Viewer questions/business inquiries can be sent to 2nerdsinapodcast@gmail.com

Follow us on twitter @2NerdsInAPod for gaming news!

Background music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).

I keep New Years resolutions about as often as I went to class my freshman year of college. For that reason I don’t even bother setting them. I’d rather set goals throughout the year, and course correct as needed. If you know me you know that I moved to Chicago (suburbs) about a year ago so that I could do more comedy, and for other other reasons (see: pizza, and a job promotion). If you know *that* about me you also probably know that I suck at social media.

I just don’t like to put myself out there for some reason, especially on Facebook. As a comedian I spend my nights on stage saying “look at me! See what I can do?!” In the past I haven’t seen any reason to do the same thing online. Let’s be honest, people who do that are ANNOYING. I get that your kid is cute, your lunch was delicious, and several of your “friends” have a Go Fund Me page that you wanna share, but maybe some selective posting would help your cause.

Soooooo a goal that I started at the end of 2016 (so once again it is NOT a New Years resolution) is to be more active on social media. Does this mean that I’ll tweet pics of myself from the toilet and get disturbingly personal on Facebook? Nope (although I do tweet @niceguygaming). It just means that I’ll post content that I create, or find entertaining, and the occasional show that I’ll be in.

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Speaking of being selective, I recently cut back on the number of side projects that I have. For a while I was trying to balance stand up comedy with live streaming video games on Twitch.tv every night! Both areas suffered in quality, plus gaming felt like a job. Imagine that you really like to ski. So someone tells you that you can ski LIVE ON THE INTERNET for strangers, some of whom will become regular viewers/friends. But you’ll also have to deal with people critiquing your skiing ability, and the occasional trolls (which don’t phase me, minor annoyance). You’ll make some money, but you’ll have to spend several hours a night on this so that your viewers/fans/friends get consistency and keep coming back. After a while skiing would seem like a chore rather than a hobby. So I cut back on twitch almost completely, despite having nearly 6,000 followers. Someday when I have more time I’ll get back into it.

I still scratch my video game itch by playing them, and doing a gaming podcast called 2 Nerds In A Pod! with a friend of mine from Utah. If you’re into that kind of thing you can check us out on iTunes here.

So if you’re a fan/friend/random person that stumbled upon this blog post AND made it this far you can SELECTIVELY go check out my other social medias (is that a term?) for great, selective content.

Yesterday I bought a new notebook for my jokes. There are several reasons for this; my previous one was falling apart, I wanted one that is a little nicer with lined pages, and it symbolizes taking my comedy career to the next level.

A lot of the time I would flip through my previous notebook before going on stage, and occasionally I would come across hidden gems that I had forgotten or half-written jokes that needed working out. Also, my previous notebook contained a lot of my best material (as it should). Of course there are times when I take the stage with little idea what material I am going to do, but quite often I relied on my previous notebook to help me decide which jokes to tell.

That’s why it is time to put it in the past.

I’m not necessarily throwing out all of my old material, but I plan on writing and creating much more (jokes and content ) that I did last year. I think that a new book will help with that. Now, when I look through my notebook it will be blank (initially). That’s not to say that I won’t open and close sets with battle-tested jokes, but I won’t be using them as a crutch as much. There’s power in vulnerability, at least when it comes to art. Of course when you’re getting paid or auditioning for something, vulnerability could be dangerous. In low pressure environments however, vulnerability is what helps people grow.

The first time that a comedian tells a joke that works (not just gets a few chuckles, but really WORKS) is magical. Its an unparalleled feeling that I won’t bother to try and describe. The only way to continuously have that feeling is to write new material, try it, and be surprised the first time that it works. Then of course, you rework it to make it better but even then you are expecting laughs as you perform the bit.

Long story short, a new notebook will help me to grow and get better. It will force me to put past successes and failures behind me.