Of course, not all of my blog posts are amazing. In fact, many are not. But these are the ones that stood out for me over the course of 2011. I’ll place them in three categories: general interest, current events, and personal. And though some cover serious topics, I wrote in my natural voice, which is alternating between wit and philosophy – and when I get lucky – combining them.
- General Interest: I’d say the first set is timeless. These are blog posts I’d submit to another blog, be it comedy/humor or politics or whatever. I feel they’re worthy of syndication.
- Current Events: The next grouping is more timely. I came up with stuff on the fly and posted it for the world to see. Hopefully, they demonstrated my interest in the zeitgeist and some ability to capture it.
- Personal: The final cluster contains entries that help you get to know me.
- Why NY Rules & LA Sucks / Why LA Rules & NY Sucks – I wrote a double column on the pros/cons of each city. The comments will show you how personally people took it – but also luckily how fair & balanced I was.
- Isn’t It Ironic? Don’t You Think? – I tackled the demystification of the notion of irony.
- Defining Greatness – I laid out the elements of greatness.
- Who Are The 26 Actors Who Have Appeared in at least 3 Feature Films of at least 2 Sets of Trilogies Released in The United States? – I asked and answered one of the best trivia questions I’ve ever heard.
- Is Alt Comedy Funny? – I drafted an uncharacteristically short post.
- Standup Comedy Devices: The Biggest Traps in Writing & Performing Standup Comedy – I tried to help aspiring and even established fellow comics avoid the pitfalls of the field.
- The 9 Humor Styles – I broke down the types of comedy.
- Comedy: If You’re Not Good At It, You’re Only Kidding Yourself – I satirized the Laugh Factory’s decision to offer free therapy to comedians.
- Things People Say – I did my best aspiring-to-be-George-Carlin impression, asking why we use the English language the way we do.
- The State of South Asian American Standup Comedy in 2011 – I wrote a review of where we are.
- The Grouch Returns – On 2/28, I reviewed the Oscars broadcast.
- Go Fo(u)rth and Multiply… or Divide? – On 7/4, I reflected upon our allegiance to the flag.
- Are You Really Gettin’ It? – On 7/15, I fretted about Carmageddon.
- Quick Jokes & Thoughts on the Debt Ceiling – On 8/2, I wrote about… well, the debt ceiling.
- Barack Talks History with George, Abe, & Harry – On 8/15, I wrote a sketch about these Presidents.
- “If That Thing Had 9 Lives, He Just Spent ‘Em All” – On 9/13, I partially defended Katt Williams’ meltdown.
- It’s The End of R.E.M. As We Know It – On 9/26, I lamented a band’s dissolution – and got a mention on NPR.
- Joking About Steve Jobs’ Passing Just Isn’t PC – On 10/10, I expressed grief at the passing of the tech giant.
- No Journey Is Too Great When One Finds What He… Sikhs – On 10/18, I celebrated a centenarian.
- Rajiv Answers His Own Questions: #1 – “What are your 3 or 4 favorite comedy flicks? What’s the scariest movie you’ve seen? What’s a movie you haven’t seen that you think everybody else has?”
- Rajiv Answers His Own Questions: #2 – “What kind of music do you like? Which artist or album speaks to you? What’s your ‘ish’?”
- Rajiv Answers His Own Questions: #3 – “What could you give up most easily – books, TV, music, or movies?”
- The Answers – I provided my own responses to the questions asked during Talking Funny, the Ricky Gervais special on HBO, featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Louis CK.
- What 35 Feels Like – I was a bit taken aback by my own age… and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
- F*ck It List – I provided a litany of things I wasn’t going to do in 2011… and I delivered.