Friday, September 4, 2009

back in the saddle . . .

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.
Truth-telling.

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)
Them: "1099"
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.
<nelson>ha ha!</nelson>

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