Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Prop 19 Burnt Out

For the final 48 hours leading up to election night, I was as paranoid as a pothead. After foolishly failing to get an absentee ballot, I had to sit back and hope that California, a state notorious for economic imbalance, illegal alien ignorance and just g-d awful streets (and traffic) would add another notch to its tattered belt by legalizing marijuana.

My personal experiences with weed are several, albeit all in the past, but my professional encounters with marijuana are frequent. I tour colleges, I make pot jokes at every show, they never fail, and sometimes if I'm at a fraternity house, I'll walk into the wrong room at the wrong time or hit the smell once I enter. If you ask me, pot's already legal. Or at least it's legal enough to those who smoke.

Usually I let people do their thing, I let the college student take the bong hit outside with friends while I isolate myself elsewhere, but really? Legalize marijuana? Really?

It's always funny to notice how so many of those who supported Prop 19 or have sponsored the campaign, are people who have already drug records (Sean Parker) and just want to justify their own misdemeanor.

Now I've butted heads with plenty on election day. People who played the freedom of choice card, the tax revenue card, the it's the parents' responsibility to educate their kids card while I played the 2nd hand smoke card, the warped message this sends to kids card and the how long until every drug is legalized card.

Now if those points squared off in a 3-on-3 elimination tag team match, the pro-19 team would win. Freedom of choice is huge. It's why voting against gay marriage is fear-based and nauseously 'traditional.' You're saying you're against love and happiness? For tax revenue, money is king, anything that raises money for a failing economy is a plus. And you bet parents need to take their kids aside and have one of those 'talks.'

Each of those points, individually and specifically are perfect on an individual basis. Here is the problem: Prop 19 wasn't about the individual, it was about the society.

Laws are moral codes meant to raise the society when people's ethics are not up to par. It's why murder, stealing and vandalism are illegal. No, that's not the same as smoking up, but those are actions that need to be outlawed to safeguard the society. Prop 19 would've lowered the ethical level of the society.

You need to safeguard against the negligent parents, the over-abusers who could potentially get in a car after toking up in their private residence. And you need to safeguard the society against relying on an illicit drug for money rather than reworking its budget and reallocating its funds for the greatest good while not increasing their grip on the taxpayer. You really are willing sacrifice California's integrity for some extra cash? It's not the same as the cocaine dependency in Columbia or Panama, but it's consistent in theory.

I'm not trying to smack a smoker on the hand with a ruler. Freedom of choice is great for the individual, but when the individual has a tendency to get baked already, the society has to step in for the greater good, for the bigger picture.

If the meaning of life for you is having a good time, making as much money as possible and living 'me first,' and at night or at least on the weekends we can rage like Brian Wilson of the SF Giants - that's cool, that's fun, that even makes me wish I was invited. But what is the meaning of life to a group or a people? To raise that group to greater heights and improve upon itself in any way possible. Prop 19 would've made it hard for us to rise up to greater heights if we were going to be stuck on the couch watching Scooby Doo.

Yeah, a pot joke, but it always works :)

Here's to the 53%.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Comedian Evan Wecksell Announces 2010 LOL Tour

Musical Comedian Evan Wecksell hits the road again with his solo show, new album and original, mostly wife-written "College The Musical" for an extensive fall tour.

GREAT NECK, NY August 25, 2010 - It's back to school time for Musical Comedian Evan Wecksell, and he has no classes, but plenty of campuses on his schedule.

Starting Thursday, August 26, Wecksell kicks off his "2010 LOL Tour," an (as of press time) nineteen-show trek across the country.

The tour is named after his new LP from Uproar Entertainment which features sixteen studio and live tracks from across his career.

Most recognized from such pop culture television shows as VH1's "I Love the 80s 3D" and E!'s "30 Most Outrageous Celebrity Feuds," last year Evan graced the stage of NBC's "America's Got Talent" and this summer worked on Fox's nineteen emmy-nominated hit "Glee."

"Hopefully I'll survive the post-production editing," says Wecksell, "but it was fantastic to be on that set and see Jane Lynch do her thing."

While Wecksell usually goes it alone on the road, the tour kicks off at Ohio's Hiram College with his appearance in "College The Musical: A Musical About College," a show co-written with wife and comedienne Kelly Meyersfield.

After a few spot dates last year, a nine-week run in North Hollywood and a sold-out summer weekend in New York City, the two-person musical is ready for greener pastures.

"The show has helped us stay married," joked Meyersfield. "We would have nothing in common without it. But seriously, the show is amazing."

After Hiram, "College" goes to Bay Path College the very next day. Tentatively, "College" is scheduled to close Evan's tour on December 1 at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.

Wecksell's tours have expanded in recent years due to his participation in Greek events. While he welcomes Greeks back at Indiana's Hanover College on September 2, it is his participation with his Theta Chi Fraternity that are the most profilic.

One of his first Theta Chi events is a recruitment event for East Carolina University in Georgia, a school he first performed at two years ago.

"I was inspired to join after seeing the success of a fellow brother and how our chapter operated," said Chapter President Joshua Martinkovic. "I gladly welcome Evan back to inspire the Class of 2014 in the same way that I was back in 2008."

A new wrinkle in Wecksell's tour is not only his Greek-wide and Theta Chi shows, but also his sorority shows. He entertains Indiana University's Kappa Delta Sorority on September 15.

"I was looking for an exciting sisterhood event to welcome the girls back," explained Social Chair Erin Sexton, "I noticed his [Evan's] involvement in the Greek system and I thought his act would be perfect."

The very next day, Evan returns to Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, the site of his first college show back in 2005. This time around he returns with "College The Musical."

Several shows follow over the rest of the fall in such states as Arizona, Iowa, New Jersey and Georgia. Wecksell also stills true to his Jewish roots performing at Hollywood's Laugh Factory on November 17 as part of a CSUN Hillel Fundraiser.

Evan Wecksell - 2010 LOL Tour Dates [Confirmed]

*Thursday, August 26 - Hiram College, Hiram, OH
*Friday, August 27 - Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
**Tuesday, August 31 - Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
Friday, September 3 - Hanover College, Hanover, IN
Saturday, September 4 - Mount St Mary's College, Newburgh, NY
**Tuesday, September 7 - Radford University, Radford, VA
** Wednesday, September 8 - East Carolina University, NC
Saturday, September 11 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
**Tuesday, September 14 - Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Wednesday, September 15 - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
* Thursday, September 16 - Bryant University, Smithfield, RI
Friday, October 8 - Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Tuesday, October 12 - Waldorf College, Forest City, IA
Tuesday, November 2 - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Wednesday, November 3 - Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
Wednesday, November 10 - Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID
***Wednesday, November 17 - Laugh Factory, Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, November 18 - Cal State-Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
*Wednesday, December 1 - Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN

* College The Musical: A Musical About College
** Theta Chi Show
*** Hillel Fundraiser

About Evan Wecksell:
Comedian and Singer-Songwriter Evan Wecksell is one of the funniest and most energetic performers to emerge from New York’s comedy clubs and musical venues. Often compared to comedic superstars Adam Sandler and Stephen Lynch, Evan’s act is a blend of comedy and music that celebrates the college experience, endorses internet addiction, and makes fun of bad music. His album "LOL," released through Uproar Entertainment ( is currently in rotation on XM/Sirius' Raw Dog Comedy Channel, and Dr Demento's weekly radio show. Evan has also appeared on such pop-culture shows as VH1’s “I Love the 80s” and E! Television’s “30 Most Outrageous Celebrity Feuds.” His website is and he is represented by DCA Productions (

About College The Musical:
'College The Musical: A Musical About College' comes from the comedic and musical minds of Kelly Meyersfield and Evan Wecksell. This original two-person musical follows Amy, a naive freshman, through the hysterical highs and humbling lows of college life and relationships. Campus Activities Magazine recently selected the show as "Hot Comedy Act of 2011." The musical, whose website is, is represented by Cutting Edge Entertainment (

About Theta Chi Fraternity:

Theta Chi is an international fraternity made up of more than 160 chapters and colonies. Although hindered by a serious depression and two world wars, Theta Chi has grown, and prospered beyond the dreams of the Founders and holds a prominent position among the national fraternity scene. For more information on Theta Chi Fraternity visit

Monday, August 9, 2010

If you'd like to watch me to do comedy for 7 people (4 comics) then the oyster house in studio city is where you should be.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

I like how in one year, the jersey shore cast looks 5 years older. Now that's a situation.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Thanks for the replies. What I'm looking for are pet peeves about "that know, that guy who..."
Need your help for new song. Finish this thought: "you know that guy, that guy who..."

Friday, July 23, 2010

thank you chrissy odalen for fighting for kids -

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My whole album LOL is in rotation on Raw Dog Comedy - XM 150 / Sirius 104!

Friday, July 16, 2010

watching steinbrenner tribute thanks to slingplayer then yanks game thanks to MLB Network, slowly becoming my favorite channel.

Friday, July 9, 2010

So packed, seats available tomorrow -

Thursday, July 8, 2010

lebron has forever changed the word 'decision' like jersey shore changed the word 'situation'
In just 8 hrs, lbj becomes the ultimate villain to 29 teams

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

College The Musical: A Musical About College THIS Friday and Saturday night only at 358 W 44th St, NYC - 8 PM!
with LBJ announcing from greenwich, ct (the home of HHH), he's obviously signing with WWE! LBJ vs cena at summerslam! thoughts @joeandevan ?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

College The Musical: A Musical About College THIS Friday and Saturday night only at 358 W 44th St, NYC - 8 PM!
i'm so glad i'm not married to vienna... and jake... especially jake

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

joe torre: making all the right moves... to help the yankees win one last time

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

It's raining guitar comics at bar lubitsch west hollywood! Cmon down!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Not a huge colbert fan, but had to laugh when he listed the world cup as a crime against humanity.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

john wooden is worth every second of espn coverage, not like their favre/tiger/lebron mancrush overhype

Friday, June 4, 2010

Had the honor of seeing johnwooden at a fundraiser in 2006. Maybe the greatest coach ever.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I like bud selig's fashion, except for the yellow stripe down his back! Change the call!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Got a ticket cuz cop thought popping a zit was using my cell phone. Round of applause for the highway patrol.
Got a ticket for using my cell phone. Only problem: I wasn't using my cell phone. I was popping a zit. Round of applause for the highway patrol...
Me and a bunch of comics are going to have a summit to see what clubs we want to perform at next. (Or a bunch of comics and I)
Today I feel is gonna be a great daaaaaayy.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

SAG LA Members: Century Theaters, NoHo no longer accepts the SAG card. Voice your WTFs at

Friday, May 28, 2010

At a nicer house than mine. With people, not like when I broke into britney spea--, I mean went to the store. - final show in 4 hrs. Cmon down!
Miss ya gary coleman. Definitely wonder what this means for avenue q

Thursday, May 27, 2010

it's not so much that lee won (aka kris allen 2.0), but is beautiful day really going to be released as a single?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

that's right crystal & alanis: "would she go down with you to the theater"
Psyched to see rowdy roddy piper do stand up.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bon Jovi 4 NY/NJ Super Bowl Halftime
Join this group:
Super Bowl 48 in NJ prediction - halftime act: BON JOVI
Damn it blackberry, why does the time come up when I type LT? I just wanted to make a joke about him doing the NY super bowl's coke flip, I mean coin flip.
Guess any bills can be put off to save up for ny/nj's 2014 super bowl tix. Maybe 1:27:44 PM will do the ho flip, I mean coin flip.
Trying to be hip and young. Maybe if I had a knit cap and hackysack.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

When k-rod faces a-rod, I feel like that could produce some of the best 'rod' jokes ever. Have any?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thank you EWU! Panhel-tastic! Wandering around near hotel. Gets lonely on the road - rest of nite tbd.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

If you told me I'd be in hacienda heights tonite, I would've answered "where?"
I could take the sideroads but I've invested so much time in wanting to see this school bus on fire.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

$5 tix tonite in NoHo - 8:00 pm!!
i think ESPN's ric bucher is just jealous he didn't break the mike brown firing

Thursday, May 13, 2010

If I made it to the final 3 on idol, it would be all about that visit to the AT&T store! (WTF)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Friday! College the Musical! 5 bucks! North Hollywood! Verb-less sentences!
My album LOL is out on itunes and amazon. Less than $10

Monday, May 10, 2010

Don't know what was more torturous tonight: watching hawks and jazz fold. Or watching flava flav and meatloaf self-promote ad nauseam on wwe raw

Sunday, May 9, 2010

snl bettywhite favorite quote from it? i'll go with 'wizard of ass'

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Damn west coast, gotta wait an extra 3 hrs for betty white

Thursday, May 6, 2010

And this a weird way for LT to reclaim his "I'm the more famous LT" status from Ladainian.
Ben Roethlisberger should write LT a hearty thank you letter for taking the attention off him.
So many LT jokes so much poor taste...
Wife made me watch gaga on idol. We're now divorced.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

It's crazy knowing you have an album coming out within the hour!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

good news: free internet on the plan. bad news: just saw the movie "the box." ranks right down there with 'lovely bones'
Hours later still in the airport. If only our gate had an actual gate agent!
Stuck in the airport. As dennis miller would say... I haven't seen this many headaches since the fall of the Holy Roman Empire
Cringing at the idea of brandon roy playing 1 week after knee surgery. How does he look?
Got delayed to later flight, but got my 2nd 1st class upgrade, holla!
Thank g-d the nba playoffs are on in the airport, cuz if it was the news I'd be curled up in a fetal position
oh, what to do when delayed in an airport...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

One guy tried to get head during the kiss cam. Worth the ticket price alone!
Scott Rolen comes out to coldplay. The 40 year old virgin 'you're so gay' debate immediately comes to mind... Then he got a 2 rbi double.
In my 3rd different seat. Near an entertaining old drunk. He's got stories, man, he's seen things!
$1 ballpark hot dogs: 20% of the price, 20% of the quality. Seriously, they're albinos.
The great american ballpark is gorgeous, but the crowd reminds the beginning of Major League.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

when EJ/Kenny asked if he likes blondes or brunettes more, charles barkley replied on-air, "You guys are assholes." TV GOLD!
My rental car is a jeep, I went to walmart, and now I'm eating dinner at hooters. Hells yeah dayton, hells yeah america!
Anyone in cincy wanna see reds/dodgers on thurs nite? I'm out to get a foul ball!
Congrats to kelly on her record deal. Here's to causing an "uproar!"

Friday, April 16, 2010

The best part of this show tonight is kelly will be having to poop during her first song. That's some E! True Hollywood shit right there.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It may be ghetto 1st class but it's 1st class. And it may be a connecting flight, but it's still Vegas baby!

Monday, April 12, 2010

According to big ben there's no sex in the champagne room, but there were shots and traces of dna

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wow relay for life... Powerful! Thanks for the opportunity.
My waitress' name is angel and this biker chick has plumber ass at the bar. Welcome to applebee's.
Happy founders day theta chi!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Will McFadden - funny dude - in college the musical tomorrow nite! for tix

Monday, April 5, 2010

so of the 10 brackets I filled, the one with my wife's choices did the best. congrats duke, congrats.
my new album "LOL" 'drops' on Itunes, Amazon, etc on May 4!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

i think its so hard to repeat as super bowl champs because after disneyworld you're fat beyond recognition... its the most diabetic place on earth

Friday, April 2, 2010

aerosmith roller coaster is broken?! oh how u mock me!
its taken me 7 yrs, but after a lot of hard work, ive finally returned to the aerosmith rock n roller coaster

Thursday, April 1, 2010

if the NCAA's status was 'expanding to 96 teams,' i would click a dislike button if there was one... instead, i'll just set myself on fire
oh epcot, i am bored

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

24 hrs ago 900 people at fau. tonite back in LA for college the musical!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

eating like a mobster at this italian place. then gonna dump my "problem" into the ocean
at an italian restaurant where everyone is having a birthday. everyone!
id rather watch 24 lifetime than 24 hr news stations. at least on lifetime they admit the content is fake
1st class - im hot shite - 1 day till fau

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

hope my mug gets on centerstage - boomer esiason. check for me going into commercial breaks, could use the imdb credit
its too early to be up in any time zone. waiting outside in manhattan to see a taping. thanks UNH for a fun time last nite!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tri-State Peeps - University of New Haven - 7:30 - German Club - wicked awesome!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

no matter your stance on health care reform, isn't it funny how congress' voting is dependent on their dislike of the other party
dont care about tiger's interview. nothing new there. id rather be bowling

Saturday, March 20, 2010

fuck the bracket - northern iowa/kansas is why sports is awesome

Friday, March 19, 2010

aint nothing to do now but the show... here we go college the musical 2.0
yo foos, college the musical hits noho tomorrow. we're rehearsing into the dawn! tix at

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

in a dark dark room on a dark dark street in l.a.
let's try this tweeters: ff @evanwecksell
(a message from vh1's save the music)
a little girl is playing trumpet in the car next to me. sounds like an elephant giving birth.
apparently there's a new victoria in the eclipse trailer; call me racist, but i think all red-headed curly-haired vampires look alike

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

first party ive done where the women kiss each other after... awesome!
celebrity laden flight featuring michael clarke duncan, jamie kennedy and others

Sunday, February 28, 2010

My Review: Bon Jovi / Dashboard - Anaheim 2/26

The wife and I caught Bon Jovi last night at the Honda Center and were blown away. I've seen them at least 20 times live and even from the upper tier it was one of the best I've ever seen. I'll do it in 'ramblings' form.

* Dashboard Confessional opened. Honestly, having seen Jovi so many times, I went because they were opening, I'd never seen them live and I really like their new album. As a Jovi opener, they were underwhelming. It was tough to watch, because I know how their fans know EVERY word and the arena was 30% full for them. They were professional, but Chris threw some jabs at the crowd. Bad timing - most people were still pre-gaming on the concourse. The cover of Summer of '69 was a good surprise. And while they did a lot of new stuff and threw in Stolen, Don't Wait and Vindicated, I feel "hands down" and "screaming infidelties" would've pulled some more cheers at the crowd. Their comfort level was dentist quality. And while they have the chops, the sound came off too guitar heavy. Belle of the Boulevard sounded great bec
ause you could through a piano in.

* The band entrance was unique thanks due to the digital screen projecting the album cover on the stage. Then it lifts and there the real Jersey boys are. They just seemed so on. They've reached the status of you have to stand for the whole show.

And the new stage setup has hugh, tico, dave and bobby in their own compartments, while 80% of the stage is for jon and richie. Looked like a fun playground for JBJ and RS.

The upper tier folks conked out 2/3 of the way through, but the rarities were what made the night for me, such as:
= "get ready" from the first album. jon can hit the high notes when he wants to. like on bed of roses, the first chorus he sang "TLFR" style then there was a return to normalcy.
= "homebound train" - yeah, people bathroomed during that, but RICHIE WAS ON VOCALS! And it was amazing. Such a groovy, bluesy guy. Would've been easy to swing I'll Be There for You, but that was a great jam!
= "We Got It Goin' Go" - the least lost highway sounding song from that album was awesome. He got everyone up
and the crowd was with them on every song no matter the album.
= After Richie's Homebound Train, JBJ returned halfway out on the catwalk for Hallelujah.

Very connected. Same in depth connection with such new tracks as Work for the Working Man and Love's the Only Rule. Anyway, the reason for this bullet is we got "something for the pain" like never before. All the band 1/2 way out and acoustic with Dave on accordion and tico going
maracas or beatbox on us. Very bluegrass and bare bones but so awesome, because while "in these arms" got me into Bon Jovi, "something for the pain" completed the conversion.

* Love's The Only Rule - what it is about track 9 on a Jovi album that I love. Bounce had Love Me Back to Life, Have a Nice Day had I Am, and The Circle has Love's The Only Rule. But the last one they seem to be doing regularly which is GREAT! The message is simple and powerful. The intro is straightforward and enlightening. I just loved how Jon said this is the last song we're doing tonight and the crowd initially bought it... They still gotta do Prayer and Wanted!

* Wanted then Prayer finished the encore. I may've enjoyed it more, but I was at a brewhouse across the street before the show chose to play all Jovi for a full hour - the problem: they only had wanted, prayer and it's my life. So I heard LOAP four times in 20 minutes. The wife was not pleased. But that amuses me.

*Ticket prices have gone up and the 'inner circle' seating, formally backstage for jbj fan club seating seems to go to corporate peeps who plop down $2500/seat. Instead of mugging those people of their tickets, it makes me want to do well in my career to where I can fork that over no problem. It is a business, but the die hard fan club peeps keep getting pushed. But as I learned last night, no matter where you sit you get your money's worth. I mean, they opened with 'blood on blood' and hit us evenly across all 27 years. Now if the R n R hall of fame could get their act together and get these guys in the hall, the universe can align properly.

Thanks for reading. It's been a while since I Jovi-blabbered.


PS Here's a picture perfect imperfect picture:

Saturday, February 27, 2010

torn between letting people enjoy the wedding or telling them we're by the water and soon we'll be tsunami'd... i'm gonna find some cheese

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

album to be titled "LOL" 15-18 tracks. sign up for my mailing list at for more info

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

crashing in the hometown of Hacksaw Jim Duggan... I think he's working the front desk... HOOOO!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

bday show at clarkson was fun... got to yell at hockey fans walking by, ages 2-50
apparently there's something going on today with some guy named woods... don't be stealing my birthday thunder!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

thanks for all the birthday wishes! facebook makes me feel special :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

game 2: my name - mangina; sister's name - snooki
fyi- chlamydia is spelled that way
my bowler name: fartman; sister's bowler name: chlamydia. chlamydia got a spare
its cool to have a dad-in-law urologist who can say things like "we'll have to go up your penis with a laser"
is it in tiger's contract with nike to wear his swoosh hat when he breaks his silence? ah, the fine print
still wearing my naca badge because it makes me feel butch
oh.... ash wednesday... that's what's on their head... thought it was a tribute to lincoln's assassination
is it just me or are all the mets offers to players minor league deals?
i'm on a bus, i'm on a mutha***kin bus!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

alone in boston cafe on v day. think i'll text myself so it looks like i'm talking to somebody. yay, me!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

my bus stopped because someone booted on board, then it stopped because another bus broke down... but at least i wasn't watching the lovely bones

Friday, February 12, 2010

the lovely bones should've been called 'the unfulfilling dead girl movie'.
to give your opinion means being willing to have others lay the smack down on your opinion. if only both sides could just break out in song

Thursday, February 11, 2010

good airport encounter w tom green - he's at pittsburgh improv this weekend

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

How to Cure 'Depression' - Tufts Daily, 2/8/10

In a return to my college newspaper, the following op-ed ran in today's Tufts Daily:

How to beat ‘depression’

By Evan Wecksell

Published: Monday, February 8, 2010

Updated: Monday, February 8, 2010

I am a Tufts alumnus who was back on campus last week while headlining Theta Chi’s Comedy Night for Haiti. I picked up a copy of the Tufts Daily in the Mayer Campus Center and found the Jan. 25 Features article by Carter Rogers, “High expectations take their toll like never before.”

While I can agree and say how hard it is and how we are surrounded by burdens and how it’s impossible to get a job, make money, etc … that just isn’t true. So I’d rather give you, my fellow Jumbos, a few pointers to help lessen the overwhelming troubles of life.

You should know your environment. It is the job of mainstream news media to make the world seem as dangerous as possible. Fortunately or unfortunately, that is what sells. If I could break news stories into three categories, they would be: problems, distractions and solutions. Their purposes are to upset, to divert and to inform, respectively. Problems have actually been upgraded to catastrophes thanks to the economic recession, which is a contraction in the marketplace and not an apocalypse. Distractions are the reason we’re stuck with Paris Hilton and forced to wonder where the “Jersey Shore” cast is going to show up next. And solutions may wait ’til page 10 of a publication when the other two categories take up the first nine.

Also, the quantity of media has grown exponentially in the past decade with the advent and expansion of the Internet and social media. That’s why terror and panic seem so rampant in our environment. Thanks so much, Ashton Kutcher, for getting in a race with CNN to see who could have one million followers first on Because the more we see tweets about bloodshed or scandal, the more unsettled we’ll feel.

I could recommend two remedies for that: Either try avoiding the news for one week and see if your mood changes, or take a walk and see for yourself how dangerous the environment is or isn’t.

You should follow your nose. At the risk of sounding like a commencement speaker, don’t let the pressure of finding a job run you ragged and don’t let that first job define your career. A career is just a series of jobs. My first job was a day camp counselor. After college my first job was an intern for the National Hockey League. Now I’m a comedian — go figure. You’re only looking for what you’re going to do next, not what you’re going to do for the next 50 years. I don’t expect to be a comedian my whole life, but plans change (or stay the same).

And don’t feel like you have to change or compromise your integrity to fit in to some company or club. It’s just like a relationship — the other person should like you for who you are. Another alternative is you could always make your own club. That’s what Bill Gates did, that’s what Tufts alum and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar (E ’88) did and that’s what Oprah Winfrey did times infinity.

It’s okay to seek out help. Communication is the universal solvent. Whether it’s making up with your parents or getting back together with your girlfriend or boyfriend, it’s all accomplished through communication. That’s why counseling can be very helpful. While at Tufts I went to the Counseling and Mental Health Service once and got through every present problem and upset I had at the time, and when I walked out of the building, I felt the weight of the world off my shoulders. Why did it work? Because someone was listening to me and acknowledging what I had to say. That was really it. It’s good to have a few people like those at a counseling center who can listen, because stuff happens.

When there are cases that can go off the rails, this is when the person in the other chair suggests what is wrong with you. However, any medical diagnosis is not the best idea; it’s one thing to have a friend offer two cents, but it’s another when you’re being told what your problem is and then it’s given a label.

Depression is a feeling, not an illness. Anyone can be in a funk, but if you’re feeling down, it doesn’t warrant you being labeled as something out of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. If someone has high blood pressure, that’s something clinically proven that you can treat, but if I’m sad or feeling overwhelmed, that doesn’t mean I need to be put in an arbitrary category. It may mean I need to take steps to handle my environment, whether it’s a person, a group or a situation.

Those are a few of the things I have applied to my life to keep the gloom away. Yes, the gloom sometimes returns when we don’t want it to or when our schedule overwhelms us or we’re overstressing about life’s obstacles, but it’s just gloom; it’s not us. If we let it be us, we won’t get anything done. Thankfully, we all know we are capable of getting a lot done because we all did get into Tufts in the first place.

So do the next thing ahead of you, plan accordingly and have fun when you get ther

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

is it a law for everyone working or bringing their pet into the vet to be a cute blond or cougar? giggity
NEW DATE: Mt. St. Joseph's, Cincinnati, OH - April 23, 2010
NEW DATE: Vanguard College, Costa Mesa, CA - Feb 22, 2010
is it wrong to fart in your dog's face?? hypothetically, of course

Monday, February 1, 2010

shatner singing wrestlers entrance music: priceless! raw match negotiator!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

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Monday, January 25, 2010

DLee2BigD at the 4 or 5 d lee can jive with the cream of the crop & go up top to grab a board then run the floor for all 2 c down in big d

Sunday, January 24, 2010

if the pro bowl is sponsored by mcdonalds, does that mean they're all eating mcdonalds before the game? that's more of a con bowl (drumbeat)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Why Robertson Why?

It's truly amazing how a natural disaster can bring a planet together to aid those in need. Yes, to the cynics, it's a shame that it takes such devastation for us to realize this, but it's good that we know something can be done about. There are people from all corners of the world convening on Haiti to help with the destruction. It's good that we're all finding ways to do our part. Texting a donation is a new one which is like paypal on a phone.

So 99.9% are praying, lending a hand, doing something about it, then you have that other .1%. Enter Pat Robertson who claims Haiti made a deal with the devil and they brought it on themselves. This is the same person who said Hurricane Katrina happened because of all the 'sinning' going on in New Orleans and G-d was sending a message.

You may wonder how to react to such statements and such a short-circuited humanoid. First thing is don't pay attention. Hopefully whoever lines his pockets will stop lining them. Hopefully the uber-religious can keep their faith, but not their hate and unconditional agreement with Mr. Robertson.

The second thing we can to do is keep helping Haiti, keep helping New Orleans. Everything built on this planet was done by man and it's that same joy of creating and teamwork that we pick up Haiti, pick up New Orleans and leave behind Mr Robertson. He'll eventually do himself in, as if he's not already. Poor guy, now that's a natural disaster.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

No Mayweather-Pacquiao - Surprised?

Not at all! You're trying to work out a multi-million dollar deal where the heads of each entourage makes a living by trying not to get punched in the face, but still getting punched in the face a lot. Why jeopardize all that money for the sake of being the last one to talk smack about the other? Forget testing them for PEDs, test them for brain anomalies!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Evan's First Blog

I am blogging. Politics politics politics health care Obama health care religion mortgage economy jobs economy mortgage Congress economy government freedom liberty sports money pro athletes A-Rod A-Rod A-Rod Jeter Jeter A-Rod Brett Favre Favre Man-Crush Peyton Manning. Balls.