Honestly, I am having a hard time being funny right now, though I see my fellow comedians already posting amusing tweets about it. My thoughts and wishes are with nurse aide Teresa Romero, who is not just struggling with life, but also with a huge and shameful smear campaign of the conservative media, aka HMV. The Master here would be, of course, our incompetent government, who wanted to play Obama by repatriating the two 70+ yo priests, who were already closer to the light at the end of the tunnel than to the glass with their false teeth on their nightstand even before they caught the virus. And I am not taking on them, poor victims of that horrible disease.
In between all this mess and my fear that US Government might close borders with Spain, too the organisation of The Funniest Person in the World sent me an email requesting the contestants "to bring a traditional outfit or items of clothing that represent your country". So I am wavering between one of the two designs in the picture; call me patriotic. But I am open to suggestions.
Since I have received the invitation letter from Jamie Masada below, there has been a lot going on: sending out press releases, having interviews in radios and newspapers, getting punked with my VISA application. But only because I didn't know better. Until a "friend", lets call her a comic, told me as nicely as she could "WHAAAAT?!? you've been pranked, I paid paid 14$ not four weeks ago. LOL". After this, Silence.
A silent moment where you just feel the blood filled with rage and embarrassment streaming into your head, knowing that it will stay there for the next half an hour. And you don't know whom you are more upset with: your stupid self or the funny lady who just reminded you of that stupid self of yours.
65$ dollars handling fee for what? For having someone sitting in front of a computer copying & pasting the data that you had filled out with hard manual work? Or even worse: for running a macro script that does that automatically?
Luckily a few days after, I still wasn't over it (SIXTY-FIVE DOLLARS!! Service fee on a product that costs five times less, it hurts just thinking about it), I found this article and after sending a complaint, I did not just get the abusive service fee back. I got a refund for the whole amount and my application is still valid. So who has paid the least now? LOL
Here I leave you with the links of the radio interviews that are available so far (SPANISH)
Though everything is arranged for my trip to Hollywood I am still concerned about two things: First, that if the bad press on the handling of the Ebola crisis increases, I might have problems to travel to the States. And second, and most frightening, is that I have been advised to do a 6 minute maximum set of G-rated clean material (no profanity, sexual content, or religion), which in the case of my edgy and politically incorrect style could result in major disaster. I feel like an athlete at the Paralympcs who has just received a note saying "Participants are not allowed to use their artificial replacement."
It could end up with me bombing so hard that I might find myself celebrating Christmas in Guantanamo.
But I'm prepared for what may come. Cos even here in Spain we know that the key to Hollywood Success is in the mugshots.