Healing for the Holidays

Another holiday passes by without my mom and Wayne, and it's left me with some thoughts about loss...


To those who have lost loved ones or parents like I have. I would love to tell you it gets easier. That life moves fast, and you before long you'll eventually become numb. I'd love to tell you that if you surround yourself with family and friends that you won't even notice the missing links after time. But I'd be lying.

Holidays seem to move in slow motion. It's a cruel joke that the universe likes to play on us. Time seems to stop just long enough to hurt us in ways we could never imagine.

See, Death has no emotional attachments. Death has no family or friends of his own. The grim reaper is merely a debt collector. Taking names on his list and shattering surrounding lives into tiny broken pieces. Death never turns back to check the wreckage he caused because Death himself is empty, tired and alone.

So as I spend the rest of my life picking up piece after piece of a puzzle that I'll never be able to put back together, Death laughs to himself, as he watches over me. Watching and waiting... Waiting and watching... waiting patiently to take me. Ever so slightly grazing past my shoulder or whispering in my ear. Taunting me. Taunting all of us, as we gaze longingly at photographs and ugly cry in our cars. Death enjoys watching us suffer. He gets off on it.

Well, fuck that.

I will no longer indulge in such suffrage. I will no longer give him the pleasure of grinning over shattered puzzle pieces. I will celebrate him instead. I will cherish the time I had with my mother and think of her memory only in harmonious ways. I will no longer be a slave to death and his list of names. I will no longer hold a grudge towards Death, because the truth is... that's exactly what he wants. He wants us to be angry. He feeds off it. The irony is, death feels so much more alive when he's held accountable for his actions. He loves the attention. He wants to remain constant in our minds because without it, without your anger and fear he is powerless. I no longer fear death. When he comes for me, I will greet him like an old friend... Because he is only one that will lead me back to my family's embrace.

I don't have religion or faith of any kind really. All I have is the knowledge that, one day death will come for me, like he has come for so many before me. And He's the only one that knows the way home.


I know the holidays hurt a little more than regular days, but don't give in the pleasures of sulking. Instead, smile big when you think of the ones that have passed before you. Laugh loudly as if they are still right beside you in those moments. Because pieces of them still are. Carry those pieces with you, and live a life that would make them proud.

 

Happy Holidays,
M

Hugs From Phoenix

Photo by Ryan J Faber

Photo by Ryan J Faber

If you have seen me on tour this fall then you might have heard me close my show on the story about losing my parents. I don't do it every show, just when I feel a certain connection with the audience...It's not exactly a big pick me up finale piece haha

My Stepfather Wayne and I 2011

My Stepfather Wayne and I 2011

Anyways, I started sharing my story in hopes it would show people that you can find laughter in loss and tragedy. Since then, I have received tons messages, tweets and even had audience members share their loss with me after my shows. I had no idea how many people were sharing the same thoughts and feelings I had been experiencing until I began to open up on stage.

Two nights ago in Phoenix I closed my show by sharing my story and reminding the crowd to let the people they love, know that they love them, because you just don't know what's gonna happen and you might not get the chance to tell them again.

A man came up to me afterwards and hugged me like we were family. He told me he lost his mother five years ago that day. He went on to tell me how vibrate and funny and full of life his mother was and how much she would have loved my show. My heart broke for this man. I felt his pain in his words and watched as his hands trembled when spoke of his mother. We hugged again, and then he went on to tell me how much it helped to hear those words at the end of my show as he started to tear up. We hugged once more, only longer and tighter as I let him cry a little locked in my embrace and without judgement.

Comedy has taken me literally all over the world. It's put food on my table and introduced me to so many truly incredible people. Now, it's opening up a new level of connection between me and my audience and It feels so good to be able to help. Even if that means that person gets to escape their own thoughts for a few moments or by letting them know that's it's okay to let laughter echo in the darkness.

IT'S OKAY TO LET LAUGHTER ECHO IN THE DARKNESS.

Mom and I circa 2014

Mom and I circa 2014

I said it before and I'll say it again, let's not continue to give into sulking in the memories of our loved ones who have passed before us. Instead, let's laugh and enjoy our lives as if they were still right there beside us in those moments. Don't feel like you need to stop enjoying your life because they no longer can enjoy theirs. Carry them with you, always and forever and allow yourself to laugh at a well crafted dick joke every once and awhile. ;-)

Hugs from Phoenix,
M

SNEAK PEEK: NEW ALBUM

 

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Listen to one of the tracks from my new comedy album, Thirty One, via Uproar Entertainment. This album is two years in the making, and I am really proud of how it turned out. 

Thirty-One explores aging, life, death, and the idiotic ways we deal with all four. I reveal my own demons and vices in hopes it makes you feel more comfortable with your own. We are all just broken puzzle pieces, let's try and fit together to make something beautiful. 

Malone's Mixtape - Volume 1

Here it is, Volume 1 of Malone's Mixtape. It's packed with amazing artists you should know and all the songs are themed for the summer. So get your beach towel out, slap on some sun screen and press play. 


PLAYLIST: 


1) Iron & Wine - Singer's and the Endless Song

2) Sean Hayes - Powerful Stuff

3) The John Butler Trio - Zebra

4) Jake Bugg - Trouble Town

5) Frontier Ruckus - The Latter Days

6) M Ward - Chinese Translation 

7) Laura Mvula - Green Gardens

8) Alt-J - Breezeblocks

9) Paul McCartney - Great Day

10) The Head and The Heart - Ghosts

11) Sun Kil Moon - Tiny Cities Made of Ashes

12) Katie Boeck - Burning Bridges 

Malone's Mixtape featuring Katie Boeck

Katie Boeck

If you have not heard of Katie Boeck yet, you are about to - She is on the cusp of a major breakout. Katie hails from Montana but is now based right here in Los Angeles and has a soulful yet very late ninety's storyteller vibe to her. Katie wraps her lyrics up in slow, haunting voice inflections as she shares her stories of love, loss and growing up in Montana.

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For the past few years Boeck has been showcasing her incredible talents all over the globe. She has done everything from travel the world with different girl groups including countries like India and Japan to playing solo on the legendary Santa Monica boardwalk. In late 2013 she started a kickstarter project where she raised over five thousand dollars in thirty days so she could record her official debut EP.

Listen to Katie talk about song writing.

Despite the influence of her mother's 70s folk music and her rural upbringing on a farm in Montana, Katie's sound has some very strong R&B rhythm and vocals to it. She delivers a sassy yet strong point of view for her young age with lyrics like: 

"I'm a wild-eyed romantic, but i'm drowning in my carelessness, and even when i'm with you, and we're dreaming our big dreams, i'm stuck somewhere between, my tow most dangerous extremes, what are we waiting for..."

You can see Katie Boeck LIVE at the The Mint here in Los Angeles California July 15th, 2014. She also is a great person to follow on soundcloud, she is always posting new music and fantastic first listens to her projects. 

Trust me, become a Katie Boeck fan now, thank me later.

8 Rules to Emceeing a Comedy Show

8 Rules to Emceeing a Comedy Show

Photo By: Peter Greyy 

Fire it up!

I finally got a chance to go solo on one of my favorite podcasts, the TNT Dynamite Party Hour!! I always have a blast with these guys, they are all based out of my home club of Morty's Comedy Joint in Indianapolis IN and we have done a couple live "The Michael Malone Show" podcasts together. Seriously, one listen to these guys and you will be hooked! 

It's just a ride...

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20 years ago today comedian Bill Hicks passed away. My favorite of all time, hands down - no questions asked. Incredible loss to not only comedy but society. All those jokes you've heard about smoking, positive drug arguments, backlash on the government, standing up for your rights etc - Bill did them first. His honesty mixed with his like-ability venom made him stand out from his peers for generations. 

Do yourself a favor, and when you get home tonight from work click on the video below and learn what made him so different and important in the comedy world.

"The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question: 'Is this real, or is this just a ride?' And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, 'Hey, don't worry, don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.' And we kill those people."

- Bill Hicks - 

Listen to Mike vs Mike

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It's finally going down! The podcast war that has been building up for years... Granted, I wasn't aware of it, but still ahahaha!

I've been trying to meet up with Mike Merryfield and his Irrelevant Radio podcast for quite some time. We finally got the schedules to work and made it happen in Syracuse New York last week!

We talk about how to market yourself in the comedy biz, stand-up comedy in general, and the failures and successes that have brought me where I am now. We also try an answer the question "What does Kevin Hart Have?" 

Let me know what you think in the blog comments! I'll personally answer everyone...unless you're an asshole. So, don't be an ass.

Sharing Road Stories

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I had an absolute blast on the Road Stories Podcast today with the host Murray Valeriano (Comedy Central, NBC, FuelTV) and special guest Leo Flowers (Starz Staan' Dup, MTV).

Leo and I share what it was like losing our father's while touring, we talk about the mindset and reactions that go into fighting all those emotions and still having to perform every night. But don't worry it's not all about grief and sorrow, we also discuss our favorite places to pig out, and I even share the stories of getting bear hugged/dry humped on stage in Minnesota and being threatened by a heckler with a knife. Enjoy the show haha!

Sidenote : This podcast has the best intro music ever.

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