Here’s who I ripped off while writing Super Dan - And you can win cool stuff!

Here’s who I ripped off while writing Super Dan – And you can win cool stuff!

Super Dan by Phil Johnson and Roadside Attraction. Art by Jeff Sornig of Sornigrafix.It’s be a year in the making, but we’ve finally released Super Dan!

When I sit down to write each day, I often don’t have any good ideas to start.  The proverbial blank page stares at me until I put something on it.  One of my triggers to get started is to spin random songs and start writing variations on the lyrical themes until I get to something that has absolutely nothing to do with the…

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Phil’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video

Ice_CubesMy friend Sheila Baker challenged me yesterday to the ye olde ice bucket challenge to support ALS research.  So I got on the ball last night and watered both myself and the very brown part of my lawn.

In turn I challenge comedians Myles Weber and Kabir Singh as well as producer of the World Series of Comedy Joe Lowers and cartoonist Jeff Sornig.

And of course, I’ll be sending in some money today…

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Comedy Special Filming November 8th in San Jose, CA!

Comedy Special Filming November 8th in San Jose, CA!

Phil Johnson Comedy Special Filming flyerI’m very excited to announce that I’ll be filming my 3rd  comedy special on Saturday November 8th, 2014 at Art Boutiki in San Jose, CA.

It’s been far too long since my last special “Be Yourself…Unless You’re An Idiot”.  But I have been working hard to make sure I’ve got some seriously funny material for you.  And having an official date now is kicking me in the ass to fix some of the jokes that…

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8 Tips For Being Happier

8 Tips For Being Happier

I have no idea what this is and it makes my brain itchy.

There has been a lot of talk about depression, suicide, and mental health over the last couple weeks after Robin Williams’ untimely death.  It’s been depressing. Not to mention all the other bad news happening around the world.

So as I was driving from the airport yesterday to the club I’m playing this weekend, I was thinking about ways…

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The New Comedy Special Diary

The New Comedy Special Diary

Phil Johnson ComedianIt’s definitely time to do a new special.  I’ve been working really hard for a few years now on the material and it’s just about ready to go.  Details with be forthcoming.

Over the past few months of planning and writing, I’ve been periodically publishing a video diary of the special’s progress to show you what goes into producing something like this.

And you get a little taste of the new…

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What Robin Williams Left Behind…

What Robin Williams Left Behind…

Robin WilliamsEveryone and their brother is posting tributes to Robin Williams today of course. Everything from personal stories of “I met Robin and he…” to memories of other people that involved Robin and his work.  How he made people feel like it was ok to be a bit of a weirdo.

It almost seems like me-too-ism to be writing another, but I guess the internet is the way we process grief these days.

Being a…

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Butch Walker Videos and Influence

Butch Walker Videos and Influence

Butch WalkerEvery artist has their heroes.  And I have plenty.  Eddie Izzard, Prince, Robin Williams, Aerosmith… Artists that regularly come and go in my playlists. Sometimes I don’t hear them for awhile. Then they’re back again like old friends.

But that man you see at the left almost never leaves my ears.  His name is Butch Walker.  Butch’s “day job”, as he calls it, is writing songs and producing for…

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10 Signs You’re Dating A Comedian

10 Signs You’re Dating A Comedian

Phil Johnson comedianDating a comic is no picnic, as my girlfriend will happily attest to.  And the life of comedy-spouse or significant other is nearly as tough a job as being a comic.  So to all of you who hang in there with all of us, I say thank you, and dedicate this list.

10 Signs You’re Dating A Comedian

1. Every argument and makeup session ends with, “… and this doesn’t go in your act.”

2.You notice a…

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The First Time Music Scared The Crap Out Of Me

The First Time Music Scared The Crap Out Of Me

Motley Crue

Somewhere waaaaaay down there is Motley Crue.

I went to see Motley Crue and Alice Cooper the other night.  That was the music of my teenage years and you get stuck with that through your whole life.  It’s why my parents still listen to Roy Orbison, 90′s kids will always listen to Nirvana and Tupac, and some poor child today is going to be stuck with Iggy Azalea for the rest of their lives.


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