First off, I’m really sorry that I’m so bad at remembering to update this. I just spent like an hour moving my blog to Tumblr and it was then that I realized how long it’s been since I updated. I was reading Mindy Kaling’s blog last night and it reminded me that I haven’t written in a while. It’s hard keeping up with so many forms of social media. I thoroughly enjoy Twitter and Instagram. Facebook sort of sucks big time but I continue to use it because A) my friends and family use it and B) everyone knows it sucks but continue to use it anyway. I think that’s just a way of life for everyone at this point. Anyway, onto other things.
Improv 1 is over now. I loved taking classes at The Second City in Hollywood. My instructor was fantastic and I had an amazing time spending 3.5 hours a week playing make believe with other full grown adults. However, it seemed like it was mostly filled with actors and I am not an actor by any means. I’m interested in improv for the sheer comedy aspect of it. I am taking a short break and exploring other options at the moment. I am not quitting entirely because I found that I took to improv really well and that doesn’t happen with most activities so it’s not something to overlook. My friend, Leo, and I had this running joke that we completely suck at most things in life and behind every joke is a harsh truth.
Speaking of comedy and jokes, I did my first ever stand up routine on a real life stage with real live other people. Here is the poster for the show, with my name on it:
Crazy, right?! Very exciting. What’s even crazier is that I did surprisingly well. Like really well for my first time. I was no Jim Gaffigan but I didn’t bomb and people laughed and when I told someone it was my first time, their response was, “Shut up!” I absolutely loved doing it, too. It was my favorite thing I’ve ever done. The high was indescribable. I definitely want to do it again. I obviously have a lot to improve upon and a lot to learn so I’m looking into open mics. LA is the right place to be doing comedy. Here is a really unflattering picture of me doing standup. I look 20lbs overweight and 4 feet tall and I’m doing a weird raptor arm thing but it’s proof that I did do it.
I suppose some really big news that I definitely have to mention is that I GOT ENGAGED! It happened 12/23 and it was very sweet. Mat and I hiked up Runyon Canyon and doing any sort of strenuous outdoor activity in the cold air at elevated heights with my asthma is not the best idea. I knew something was about to happen so I kept going and luckily, there was a payoff. In true Alissa fashion, I received a marriage proposal during an asthma attack. Here is a picture of my ring, which I absolutely love.
Mat designed it for me, piece by piece. It’s gorgeous and incredible. On a less romantic side note, I’m really stuck on how dry my hands look in that picture. What is that about? Gross.
I have a lot of other news but after moving my entire blog over here piece by piece, I’m sick of looking at my computer. I will try to be better about this. In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter @alissarules for funnies.
Awesome new Los Angeles discoveries: Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Sprinkles cupcakes, street art on Melrose, every cute Japanese shop on Sawtelle
Parts of Brooklyn I miss: Being able to get food past midnight, the walk to and from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, running in Fort Greene Park, subways