A website dedicated to the unlikely intersection of my duo passions: teacher capacity building and the potential of my leveraging comedy to support teacher capacity building.
Unfortunately this venue was cancelled due to a family emergency. I will be posting upcoming shows in September.
(See bottom of this page for more comedy)
My comedy pages are divided into three parts: 1."2022 Booked Shows". Appearances with real audiences! I posted three 45 minute shows, ones I created after my husband's passing. They all begin with fifteen minutes of "Classic Claire", which are my most successful pieces, and then I add different bits from my "comedy repertoire". Also, on this page, I include shorter booked shows from Improv City. 2. "Robin Williams Challenge", about an hour and a half of material I created in my garage during the height of COVID, inspired by Robin Williams, and working with my husband as my comedy muse. I use this page as a reference tool incase I forget my material. (which happens more often than not now a days.) 3. "Open Mikes," five minute appearances. These tend to be brutal, as often there is no audience, only other aspiring comics, so it's hard to get a read on the effectiveness of a bit. This page is my comedy "homework", I study these and make revisions.
NUMBER 1: 2022 BOOKED SHOWS. My goal is to "Make No Little Plans", Go Big or Go Home...Whick means I will weave together the best of the hour and a half of the material I have. My impossible dream? Create "Netflix" type show, one outstanding 60-minute show that could possible be marketed to raise money for education.
NUMBER 2: "Garage Comedy: Robin Williams Challenge. " Video clips of "baseline" comedy bits, which I created working my garage, then evaluated by my husband.
NUMBER 3: OPEN MIKES, 5 to 10 minutes, a space for me to study my work and revise.
A TRIBUTE TO MY COMEDY MUSE
May 11, 2022: Due to my husband's soul-crushing death, (not Covid..leukemia, small strokes, brain bleed), a four-month decline, I halted all work on this website. However, because Terry would not want me to emotionally capituate from my suffocating grief, I am continuing with our shared vision, developing a substantive comedy routine that could benefit education. Now that Covid cases have dropped, I am performing again. I am so deeply appreciative for my friends' support as I navigate my new reality. On March 31, I did 43 minutes at LaCave and on May 7, 47 minutes at The Amazing Comedy Theater. My goal, after Terry's Life Celebration on June 4, is to produce my own half-hour shows and refine pieces from those two shows. I suspect I will be returning to my "home base", The Harp, where I returned to comedy again in 2018 after a 40 year break. At this writing, I am still devastated, as Terry was my soul mate and my comedy muse. Because Covid stole my audiences, during Covid, much to his dismay, I performed for him. The material you see in the next pages is "Terry approved", however, on many he said, "test it out, then work on it some more." Which is exactly what I am doing.
TEACHER CAPACITY BUILDING
CALL TO ACTION
THE DESPERATE NEED FOR A POST PANDEMIC PEDAGOGY, PURPOSE AND POSSIBILITY
As revealed in keynotes during the March, 2021 Computer User Education Conference, such as the shared clip above, COVID didn’t destroy education, it uncovered and exposed education’s historic failures, in particular its ability to leverage technology to promote unprecedented student learning.
Education sits on the precipice of change, a historical threshold moment, an opportunity to spark a new generation of teaching and learning. This is what Stephen Johnson calls the “Adjacent Possible…a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself. The adjacent possible captures both the limits and the creative potential of change and innovation."
In the Wakelet resources below, I provide links to essential educational technology tools and highlight just some of the legions of educational leaders, "transcendent" innovators who provide free resources to help teachers transform their teaching. One visionary leader, Dr. Sonny Magana, in his book, Disruptive Classroom Technologies: A Framework for Innovation in Education, leads the way. His T3 Framework for Innovation "is a highly reliable model for enhancing modern instructional practice with modern teaching and learning tools." This hierarchal structure leverages technology's power, and promotes revolutionary thinking about how to electrify the teaching profession around its core mission, creating visible learning. through critical thinking templates like Eduprotocols and Hyperdocs. Using the interactions of these T-3 tools, translational, transformational and transcendent, teachers can save an enormous amount of time while at the same time significantly enhance student learning. resources to promote “wicked problem solving”.
Dr. Magana explaining the T-3 Model
A Wakelet is a curation platform, a place to organize favorite links. My links are organized in categories, from basic "translational" teacher tools, to "transformative and transcendent tools." Consequently, there may be many overlaps. For example Quiziz and Quizlet are located under Formative Assessments but also "Gamified Learing." I am still organizing the Wakelet, as I have had to focus on a family medical emergency for the past 3 months.
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COMEDY, Part 2: This page includes PRE-COVID, shows. I am keeping them here as "happy memories" of working with my husband. I will post all new shows on the 2022 Comedy page, Open Mike Page.
Part 1 COMEDY
Teacher American Hero-Rap
This "rap" captures the intersection of comedy and education.
The "Robin Williams Challenge"
or, "Am I as talented as he thought I was??"
Below you will find links to Pre-Covid shows, September 2018 to February 2020. Now that stand-up comedy is back, I am investigating the "adjacent possible" of refining and creating new material in my garage. Standing in front of my "FAN WALL" above, I channel supportive friends' energies, attempting to capture the type of mental focus needed to perform comedy on a live stage. (Am in the process of adding 20 more pictures to my "comedy support" wall. ) I could never have anticipated, "imagining" my audiences would ignite such a furious creative process.) Good news/Bad news. I find I am producing more material faster than ever. Consequently, with limited access to stage time, I will be posting new routines, many of which may not be audience tested. Also, to adapt to virus mutations, I am creating my own performance spaces: First, annoying my neighbors by knocking on their doors, not asking for a cup of sugar, but fifteen minutes of their time to listen to my material. Second, performing in friends' backyards, through , "Cul-de-Sac Comedy" and "Garden Gags" shows. And in late November, early December, I will producing my own shows.
To link to my "Garage Comedy", practice comedy , click below.
Also see this link to my "Post-Covid Stage Performances".
7PM Monday, September 20, 2021
SEPTEMBER, 2018-FEBRUARY, 2020
January 14, 2020
Princess Cruise Karaoke Night, December 16, 2019. Stand up comedy is not only about writing, its finding places to refine and revise my work. I asked the cruise director, "Rich from Australia", about possible stage time on any of their countless stages. Though his first response was befuddled (really?). as a tribute to him, he took the time to look at my comedy website. He suggested Karaoke Night for my "Rap". I hadn't done the whole rap in so long, I stumbled, but as I say, when you forget material at 73, it's "adorable".
On December 3, 2019, I tested out ten new minutes at the Harp Although I have 40 tested minutes, most of my friends have seen parts of my material. I feel obligated to provide them some fresh new insights into my world perspective.
The SOCAL COMEDY COMEDY CONTEST
This video represents my "Tight 8", or a successful 8 minute set.
NOVEMBER 1, 2019
No videos allowed but great show.
THE FEDERAL LONG BEACH OCTOBER 12, 2019
I am so inspired by entrepreneurs like Felize Gee. We met at "open mikes", comedy experiences that sometimes lead you to question the validity of your existence. In order to assure a better room and better audience for herself and friends, she created this Long Beach Comedy Show as a venue for seasoned comics and new talent. She's a humanist doing comedy! Quite a treat.
THE FEDERAL VIDEO
OCTOBER 8, 2019
The Harp Inn honored both Gary and I as featured acts for their anniversary show. I will be posting video soon.
Thanks to my loyal fans!!
Unfortunately, there are no videos for Aug 27, The Harp and
Aug 28, The Comedy Store, 2019. My husband rented a limo to celebrate my 73rd birthday so the trip to and from the event was pure joy.
I'm pleased to announce that after my 40 year absence, the audience celebrated my return to the Comedy Store with a standing ovation. Of course, 15 guests in the audience were my friends, so that may be a factor.
MAY 21, 2019, THE HARP
SEVEN MORE NEW MINUTES!
MARCH 26, 2019. THE HARP. PLEASE NOTE: SEVEN MINUTES WAS NEW MATERIAL.
PERFORMANCE JANUARY 27: AMERICA'S GOT TALENT CLIP MAKES UP THE FIRST FIRST TWO MINUTES OF THIS VIDEO. THIS WAS PERFORMED AT IMPROV CITY-IRVINE LANES
PERFORMANCE: JANUARY 8, 2019
NOTE: I completely revised "Concealed Gun Carrier Rap" and converted it to something more relevant: "Teacher America Hero".
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PERFORMANCE: November 27, 2018