So I've been performing the last couple of weeks. Not much (still have a wife!) but a number greater than zero performances a week.
And I'm running into the same god damn problem I've run into every single time:
the things that make my comedy great is its subversive nature.
These ideals are orthogonal to Job Hunts and Corporate Employment.
It's neo-Orwellian these days, particularly with the tight employment market.
Here's an excerpt from a fun interview I had earlier this week:
*in the midst of salary discussions*
Them: "This position is contract to hire."
Me: "So W-2, or do you mean 1099?" (for the uninitiated, these are two tax classifications)
1099 means completely independent contractor and therefore certain "tests" apply to determine the legal status. The primary test is this: 1099s get to come and go as they please. If you're legally a 1099, you can show up when the fuck ever.
Naturally, this is my follow-up question.
Me: "So they don't mind if I set my own hours? I'm going to work 11 am to 7 pm for them."
Them: "Oh you can't do that, they'd want you starting at a specific time."
Me: "Then this isn't very legal, now, is it? Sounds to me like they're trying to save 7.5% on social security taxes."
Them: "I think this interview is over."
No shit, you fucking rapacious vultures.
Speaking of vultures - Them Crooked Vultures is a new supergroup you should check into. The best part is their new tour they said "fuck you" to New York City and skipped them entirely.