COMEDY GREEN ROOM NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2020
Comedy Spotlight Mr. Danny Dechi
The author, David Reuben. recently had a phone conversation with San Francisco based Stand-Up Comic Mr. Danny Dechi. What struck me first and foremost is that Danny is a genuinely nice man. His friend, comedian Howard Stone told the author at the beginning of our conversation; “Danny Dechi is the nicest person in the world”.
Silvia, Danny’s darling, told the author that her partner is nice to everyone. They met at an open mic at a café that Silva was frequenting 16 1/2 years ago. She had never seen a live comedy show before the open mics at the café. Silvia liked how nice Danny was to the other comics on the open mics. According to Silvia, “Danny is one of a kind, without an ego or internal turmoil. If someone is able to crack you up at 2am, you gotta stick with them”.
San Francisco comedy legend Mr. Steven Pearl told the author that Danny is a nice man. “In fact, I will go as far as to say he is the Jimi Hendrix of pencil playing”.
Mr. Danny Dechi was born in Buenos Aires and moved to San Francisco at 6 years old. Young Danny did not speak any English when he moved to the USA and after a few weeks of public school he started to pick up English. His favorite television shows were Looney Tunes and the Three Stooges.
Danny started working as a teenager and found that he could make everyone laugh at work. Danny remembers; “But I didn’t think my jokes were professional enough to for stand-up comedy”. As Danny grew into an adult, he still had a desire to do stand-up comedy. A couple of years before jumping into the comedy ring he noticed that jokes similar to his were on late night talk shows and tv sitcoms.
It’s 2001 and Mr. Danny Dechi decides to try stand-up comedy at the age of 42. Like everyone else Danny started on open mics and the audience loved his characters and his jokes. Mr. Dechi had found his true calling in life and he also had a hidden superpower.
At age 9, Danny discovered a knack for recreating tunes such as the “Lone Ranger” theme song by simply tapping his finger against his cheek. Then around 30 years old Danny discovered his superpower; “I tapped my cheek with a #2 pencil while thinking at work, and the radio’s playing music. I accidentally discovered I could play more songs with the pencil than with just fingers. I learned there is a certain way to hold and manipulate the pencil”.
Once in the San Francisco Comedy Scene, Danny Dechi made up for lost time. He was performing all over the Bay area several times per week, including such classic comedy clubs as Punchline, Purple Onion, Rooster T. Feathers, Throckmorton Theatre, the San Francisco Tommy T’s club, and The Comedy Station.
Veteran comedian Howard Stone saw Danny’s act at an open mic and put him on the Howard Stone Variety Show as The Danny Dechi Orchestra with his very own “Band Uniform”.
Today Danny Dechi is a fixture of the San Francisco Comedy Scene, he runs open mics, Showcase Rooms, has a podcast and had in 2011 performed at Annual San Francisco Comedy Day. He has published a hilarious semi-autobiographical book “I Didn’t want to pay for Rent-A-Car”. Mr. Dechi has appeared in plays, tv commercials, and movies. Danny has appeared on The James Cordon Late Night Show, The Gong Show and tried out for Last Comic Standing. [He did not make the cut but was on The Last Comic Standing TV Promos.]
Danny Dechi's stand-up comedy has been described as "Woody Allen doing vaudeville". His humor, most often directed at himself, is a quirky combination of clean comedy & a unique #2 pencil musical act. His Blinky The Rock God character is legendary around the Bay area. Danny has also performed at the world-famous Comedy Store in LA and The Ice House in Pasadena California.
The author, David Reuben, asked Danny how he has changed over the years. “I'm not sure how my comedy was influenced, some life experiences, but mostly watching Looney Tunes, The Three Stooges, and the like. I think my sense of humor has not changed much, I see or hear something, then I come up with a joke”. “When I was a kid, great comedians were much more visible, and they were always funny. My favorites were George Carlin and Rodney Dangerfield. They told great jokes”. “Comedy has made me more confident as a person, I realized that I am a funny comedian who can get laughs on a professional stage, and a decent actor”.
Comedy has given Mr. Danny Dechi the life he dreamed about as a child. It is never too late to follow your dreams. Danny is continuing to make audiences laugh, working on some books based on his Mr. Science character, and being nice to everyone he comes in contact with. Now that is a life well lived! Keep that #2 pencil sharpened Danny!
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Laughter Is The Best Medicine
More important than anything else is the health and safety of every single person on the planet. And a big thank you to the frontline workers in this fight against Covid-19
With the numbers of Covid-19 cases raising again it is time to cut back on the size of social gathering, wear your mask when you are on transit or in public building.
One of the things that I have noticed is the lack of kindness people are showing towards each other in banks, and grocery stores etc. Please treat others the way you want to be treated. #BeSmartBeSafe
Please support your local shops, restaurants, and bars. Some many local establishments have closed due the Covid-19 pandemic. Be nice to the front-line workers who work in the local store, grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and bars. They have been wonderful throughout this pandemic.
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An Unconventional Tip for the Aspiring Comic
The ongoing tasks that are expectedly implemented by the aspiring comic can be easily equated with their significance. Writing, rehearsing in front of an audience, indulgence in self and peer critique. Trial and error, the willingness to be humbled by a crowd and reappear, adapting, and adjusting one’s performance regularly… In respect of potential and the efforts that can be taken to reach heights that may never have been considered, one must acknowledge certain undertakings that can be practiced which can allow him or her to become most efficient in their craft.
It is not a secret that a fair number of individuals struggle with their health and lifestyle choices. A career in the world of comedy may pose specific obstacles to the individual aspiring to make a name in this territory. Late hours, consistent travel, odd scheduling engagements to name a few. Nevertheless, by making a few unintimidating changes, one can advance with a superior stride and tap into unexplored reserves.
Move your body and stimulate progress
Exercise promotes blood flow throughout the body, allowing nutrients to flow more readily through muscles and organs. It releases tension and stress, supplying the body and brain with invigoration and energy. Exercise can help to improve posture by providing strength and suppleness to engaged muscle groups.
When one exercises effectively, their body releases chemicals called endorphins which interact with receptors in the brain, often promoting a more positive and energized outlook on life. Recent studies have shown that
exercise can improve memory and cognition, both factors relating directly to the responsibilities of the comic.
Exercise can increase confidence and self-esteem. It can allow the individual to be sharper and more creative. It has proven to ward off anxiety and open the mind.
The area of the brain involved in organizing emotional response is called the hippocampus and it has been proven that individuals who partake in regular aerobic exercise have moderate increases in hippocampus volume
compared to those who do not. It is no less than obvious, to the layperson and the comic alike that emotions are directly tied to comedic performance.
The foundation of communication is rooted in the brain and improvements in physical fitness have been associated with increased neuronal fibre integrity within the skull. This in turn is associated with higher brain function, improved decision making and superior thinking. In pursuance of a career that is based upon one’s ability to rise above competition, to persist and to intrigue the masses, the question isn’t why should the aspiring comic partake in physical exercise. The question is why shouldn’t they?
For the individual who honestly desires to better themselves, there aren’t any excuses as to why he or she should not use every opportunity available in effort to become the best that they are capable of becoming. On the road or restricted to the confines of a hotel room? Regardless of one’s situation, he or she can perform all or some of the activities mentioned below without any equipment or additional resources needed. A well-rounded approach to fitness for both the beginner and the advanced can be initiated using the three-pronged formula listed.
1) Walking - Start with 20 – 30 mins a day. Work up to one hour a day if able
2) Stretching - Start with 10 – 15 minutes of stretching 3 times a week. Focus on stretching large/major muscle groups including areas that may be tense. Make sure to breathe while you are stretching.
3) Bodyweight Exercise - Pushups, abdominal exercises, bodyweight squats and pullups (if able)
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