George Kimmel is an Okay Comedian

On Sunday I went with some friends to the Irvine Improv to see Bobby Lee perform. One of those friends was George Kimmel, who is the producer of Bobby Lee’s podcast, Tigerbelly, and had managed to get recruited as the opener. George has only ever done open mics before. He is an okay comedian.

The thing about being a comedian is that being funny is not enough. You also have to be good at working a crowd. There are so many funny people who are terrible comedians. I’ve been to open mic nights that George has hosted and been the test audience for some of his jokes, so I knew he wasn’t going to be terrible. At least I hoped he wouldn’t be. There is a big difference between performing at an open mic and opening for Bobby Lee in front of 500 people.

George was practicing some of his jokes on us on the way to Irvine. He was worried about some futon jokes that he hadn’t quite figured out yet. He assured us that he wasn’t going to tell the futon jokes because he was still working on them.

The host, Brenton Biddlecombe, was super funny. He introduced George as the producer of Tigerbelly. George is the producer of Tigerbelly, but he’s also a comedian. Sort of. Being introduced as a producer doesn’t exactly set the audience up to expect him to be funny.

George was super confident when he walked on stage. We were excited. He was going to be good. He started talking about futons.

Nobody else was laughing quite as much as we were, but the important thing is that there were people laughing. It was George’s first big performance and he wasn’t dying. He wasn’t killing, but he wasn’t dying.

The audience wasn’t quite on his side during his set, but they weren’t against him either. He was funny enough that people were okay with him being onstage for several minutes. And then the worst thing happened. He forgot his next bit.

And he won the audience over even more. George forgot what he was going to say on stage in front of 500 people and he managed not to freeze. Instead he just admitted that he’d forgotten his next bit and started ranting about how Bobby had told him this would happen. It was hilarious.

Brenton made fun of him for bombing. The next comedian, Craig Conant, spent the beginning of his set just making fun of how much George had bombed. George had bombed. But he had also been kind of funny.

I think the main reason George is an okay comedian is that he walked on stage confident and maintained that confidence throughout his set. He didn’t acknowledge that the majority of the audience wasn’t laughing at him, he just kept going knowing that some of the audience was laughing. After the show Brenton and Craig and Bobby were telling him how much he had bombed, but he just kept insisting that he had been great. He hadn’t been great, but he hadn’t been terrible either. George Kimmel is an okay comedian.

If you want to see George perform, he hosts open mic nights most Wednesdays at Tribal Cafe in Los Angeles.

October 2017 Nadine West Review

Nadine West is a fashion subscription box that costs $9.78 per month for shipping. They send 4-5 items a month and the cost of shipping is applied to anything you choose to keep. Read my page about it here to learn more about how it works.


Here’s what I got this month:

All You Need is Love – $17.49
Brand: Zenana Outfitters

I do not like clothing with things written on it. I don’t really wear t-shirts either. Overall, this is a complete miss for me.

Verdict: Sending it back

HiLoSkirtHi Lo – $14.99
Brand: Zenana Outfitters

I do actually like this skirt, but I have lots of skirts that I don’t really wear. I don’t need another thing collecting dust in my closet. It’s also a little long, so if I ever did wear it, I would probably spend the day tripping over the hem.


Verdict: Sending it back

Chained to the Rhythm – $14.99
Brand: Zenana Outfitters

I’m not sure if this is supposed to be a dress or a top. The website says it’s a top, but the shipping slip says it’s a dress. I’m not a fan either way.

Verdict: Sending it back


Dali’s Bow Dangles – $10.99

I think these are really ugly. I’m sure they’re somebody’s style, but to me they just look like someone decided fencing twisted into a bow is a cute look. It’s not.

Verdict: Sending them back

Dali’s Bow – $19.99Necklace

This is the necklace that matches the earrings above. It’s still ugly.

Verdict: Sending it back

This month is a complete miss overall. I only like one of the five items, but not enough to keep it. I like to give subscription boxes a few chances because people can’t get it right every time, but if I keep getting things I don’t like for two or three months in a row, I cancel.

Trying Magiforet’s Rose Hydrosol

I received a discount to try Magiforet’s Rose Hydrosol. It’s a soothing rose spray that has a few different uses.


As a facial toner, you spray it directly on your skin and gently pat it in.

As a facial mask, you soak a facial sheet with the Rose Hydrosol and and leave it on your face for 3-5 minutes.

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It’s supposed to soften your skin. Magiforet includes 5 compressed facial sheets with the Rose Hydrosol and it’s a lot of fun to watch them expand when you spray the Rose Hydrosol on.

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I wasn’t impressed with the sheet mask, even though it did soften and freshen my skin slightly like it says it will. I think this product works better as a facial toner.

As an after-sun body spray, it is supposed to soothe sunburns and red, itchy skin. Mixing it with crushed tulsi leaves is supposed to have even better results. I haven’t had the opportunity to try it on any sunburns or rashes yet, but it is very soothing, so I imagine it works really well.

If you’re interested in buying Rose Hydrosol for yourself, it can be purchased here.

Trying a Blackhead Peel (so painful!)

I was given a discount to try the Magiforet Blackhead Peel Off Mask. I was so excited because I’ve seen so many videos of people trying charcoal peels to remove blackheads.

I have tried a different charcoal peel before. It had a lot of steps which were kind of confusing to follow and I don’t think I did it right. The Magiforet peel was much simpler to use.


There are two steps. The first is the Blackhead Remover Mask, which you smear evenly wherever you want to remove blackheads. Be sure to avoid your mouth, eyes and eyebrows. Just putting it on my face, I could smell how toxic this is, so you definitely don’t want it getting too close to your mouth.


Once you have it on, wait for it to dry. The bottle says to wait 15-20 minutes, but I just waited until it was dry (okay, I got bored and took it off when it was still wet in spots).

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When it’s dry, you just peel it off. This is the part that hurts. It actually didn’t hurt as much as I was expecting it to, but it was still pretty painful.

When you have it off as much as you can get it, use warm water to scrub whatever’s left off.

The last step is rose hydrosol spray. It’s a soothing spray that smells so good. You just spray it on and pat it into your skin.


The Magiforet Blackhead Peel did a much better job at removing my blackheads than the peel I had tried previously. It was also less work since there are only two items involved, so you just put the mask on, peel it off, and put the rose hydrosol spray on.

If you want to watch a video of me trying this blackhead peel click here.

If you want to try it for yourself, you can order it on Amazon here.