“I’ve gotten better at knowing how I can deliver a joke. I don’t know if I know what a great joke in general needs, but I have gotten better at knowing what I can do well which is half the battle, I think. To read something and know I can deliver this or if I tweak this, it will come out better out of my mouth. And that’s what “Weekend Update” helps me with is just doing joke after joke and learning what ones were working and what wasn’t working and saying oh, I’m going too fast or I need to personalize this moment or you know that kind of stuff is certainly learned yes.”
“And also the audience can’t be nervous or worried for you. They really have to feel relaxed. That’s what great comedic performers do, I think, is they just seem like they’re in control and everything is going to be OK even when they’re on the wire and the audience gets excited about how not nervous they are.”
An interesting episode of This American Life focused on the divide in The Republican Party. One commenter notes about Somali immigrants "We are not in control. Not of our schools, our neighborhoods, or our cities." All I can wonder is what factors grant any right to control over public spaces and the presence of legal immigrants. The groups involved in the story says it's about money. Their money is going to individuals who they believe are less worth spending than them and their issues. Because they're from outside.
On the Ask a Manager blog, a reader noticed her manager asking for food pretty regularly. Allison responds: "Stop giving her food. Stop trying these compromises like healthy snacks only or just one meal a day (!). Stop entirely, both because you shouldn’t have to be feeding her at all and because I think it’s going to be easier if you have one consistent message." The suggestion is guaranteed to work. Under no circumstance give your food to this person. It's definitely unreasonable of the boss to be asking at all and there's not much control we can have over ... Read more