Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

05 Oct 2022, 21:45 p.m.

Stand-up comedy in November

I'll be performing stand-up comedy about technology and the open source industry at two virtual conferences in November. I'm developing and rehearsing new material now for these performances. The content will overlap some but won't be the same in the two sets:

SeaGL (the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference), where I'll perform a stand-up comedy set as a 20-minute keynote address on November 4th or 5th. SeaGL is free to attend, and you do not need to register—just show up!

I'm honored to perform again at SeaGL and in particular to be invited to keynote. My session this year follows my SeaGL 2020 performance of 20 minutes of stand-up comedy about FLOSS (video recording).

This year's SeaGL set will focus on the absurdities we run into when participating in and leading open source projects.

SeaGL logo

!!Con, a conference "to celebrate the joyous, exciting, and surprising moments in computing," where I'll perform about a 15-minute set on November 12th. !!Con is a ticketed event and you can subscribe to their mailing list or follow them on Twitter to get a heads-up when tickets go on sale. [EDITED 13 Oct: Tickets are now available, at prices starting at "free."]

I'm delighted to speak for the first time at !!Con, as a long-time attendee and enthusiast! My 2016 piece "Toward a !!Con Aesthetic" discusses its counterculture of curiosity, and in 2019 I helped !!Con decide to expand its call for proposals to include calls for performances (more on my push for performances at tech conferences).

My !!Con set will focus more on the comedy of being a technologist.

!!Con logo

Also! The video of my ÖzgürKon 2021 set is now available to view. I joked about my ideal open source conference, how my mom outclasses me, the strange invisible powers of maintainership, bug reporting, and git and the directed acyclic graph.


06 Oct 2022, 11:54 a.m.

Oh yay, that's exciting! I've been meaning to ask which set of yours has the "what's the deal with clients" which I love and keep wanting to recommend to people.

Sumana Harihareswara
09 Oct 2022, 12:37 p.m.

Elizabeth, thanks for the comment! WHAT’S the DEAL with CLIENTS? is from "Python Grab Bag: A Set of Short Plays", performed at PyGotham in 2018. That page has links to the script and video!

Sumana Harihareswara
26 Oct 2022, 10:42 a.m.