[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fd8_gojNXc] "Dramatic" doesn't even halfway describe that song. Soaring strings and minor chords. Long pauses. Extreme dynamics in volume. James Brown's primal screams. If the dramatic intensity of "It's a Man's World" was a chili pepper it would be a cross-bred scotchbonnet and habañero ground up with Tamil Sri Lankan spices stuffed down Kim Kardashian's asscrack.
In addition to the usual flamboyant suspects, (Liberace, Elton John etc...) I suspect James Brown is probably the straightest male performer who helped set the bar for modern-day drag queen shows.
Okay. I just made this up. Forget my analysis. I've never watched an actual drag show. I've only seen a busty blonde queen host the West Hollywood Hamburger Mary's karaoke night.
"...But it wouldn't be nothing...nothing...without a woman or a girl."
I've been learning a lot about the world of comedy and television writing...sniffing around some library books...chattin' it up with baristas who happen to be TV writers...talking to my comic and actor friends. GAWD. We're everywhere! Everyone wants to write.
I've been struggling with becoming just another Los Angeles cliché. Writer, actor, comedian, etc.
"Are you working on a spec script?" "What shows are you watching?" "How many minutes do you have?" "Where do you go up?" "When did you start stand up?" "Are you an actor?"
Upon hearing any number of these questions after I tell them I'm pursuing comedy and writing full-time, I get a little pang of annoyance. "Why does it have to be this whole sizing up thing?" I think to myself. "They must think I'm just another schmuck with stars in their eyes!"
Now, I've realized...I just gotta get over it. I am not a cliché. I am a human being with my own specific story.
Just being a lady makes me a freak. For example, I attended a Writers Guild Women's Committee panel discussion and learned that most of the late-night comedy shows have only one female writer on staff, if at all. Simply gathering the seven female writers on the panel represented almost all of the female staff writers in late-night comedy right now.
Throw on the additional specificity of being Asian American female...that makes me more of a rarity. I'm a muthuheffin' unicorn of professional entertainment writers. Jewish hipster boys get the comedy writer stereotype and I get thai massage technician.
Writing spec scripts? Check. Taking acting, writing, and improv classes? Check. Doing standup comedy and writing jokes? Check.
Onward, ho!!!!! (Not that ho. Respect, please.)