By Matt Byrne. Byrne is a freelance writer based in Chicago, IL. He runs The Steamroller, a blog about the alt/not shitty comedy scene.
Hello! Funny Human of The Week is a column you’re reading right now where I pick a person whose goofs are good and show you some of em so maybe you’ll like them too! Ryan Singer indulges in lengthy flights of fancy onstage that vacillate between total absurdity and deep introspection. He’s also appearing here in Chicago next month as a part of the Comedy Exposition of 2014, which I’m helping put together! Here’s a recent clip of his standup, which should give you a good idea of why he’s so great!
Ryan knows how the internet can build connectivity and turn dreams into reality. He put together this inspiring art piece, showcasing one second of audio from each day of his life in 2013, creating a unique and beautiful collage that doubes as a glimpse into the life of a working standup comedian.
It’s rare that comics will offer glimpses into their notebooks, as those often contain, raw, unpolished joke premises and half-formed observations that are just getting started on their way to becoming a joke. Ryan’s gone the other way with this, offering anyone and everyone a look into his notebook, which he often uses to psych himself up before shows. This super funny and cutting Tumblr blog is called Ryan Singer’s Notebook and these are a few of my favorite excerpts:
Pretty insightful, thought provoking stuff, right? Art’s crazy, isn’t it?
Ryan, just like most funny humans of weeks past, is good on Twitter, too, offering up observational nuggets of existential advice and excerpts from a seemingly ongoing inner monologue of self-loathing rhetoric.
I hope you’re a huge fan of someone or something. You owe it to yourself to feel that kind of joy (pie not included)
— Ryan Singer (@RySing) April 27, 2014
I’m a 37 yr old man who just fast forwarded through a trailer bc it was too scary
— Ryan Singer (@RySing) May 16, 2014
A reminder: your pet regardless of what it is would rather be free. Have a great day!!!
— Ryan Singer (@RySing) July 19, 2013
I’m willing to admit here in public that I am a member of the Illumi-naughty
— Ryan Singer (@RySing) March 4, 2014
it is not alternative. my stand up comedy is underground…very nearly six feet under ground
— Ryan Singer (@RySing) June 17, 2014
Before we go, one last video clip. This is just a good old fashioned great bit: a comprehensive guide to American history explained using a series of snack metaphors. It’s a sort of clever/dumb blend you rarely see, and I really think you’ll enjoy it. See you guys next week!