Easter Thoughts

Today is a wonderful day. Today is a reminder that Christ has risen. It reminds me that He took my sins, the ‘worlds sins’ upon Him and died for us. He was brutally murdered. He was whipped to a point where He almost bled to death. He was crucified. Nails were hammered into His legs and His hands. A crown of thorns was pressed onto His head. He was mocked and spat upon.

For what? Claiming to be the Messiah, curing lepers, healing the blind, feeding the hungry, spreading a doctrine of love, peace and goodwill.

Two thousand years later He is still spat upon. People on Facebook mock Him.
Why? I don’t know. I will pray for them tonight.

I am certainly no saint but I believe. And I hold His words close to my heart – Love thy God with all thy heart/mind/soul and love thy neighbor as thyself.

I slip up a lot. A whole lot. Drunkenness, lust, not treating my neighbor as I would myself are just a few. But I try. I try. I also do not mock others for what they believe. I do not attack their beliefs that bring peace to their lives which manifest in them doing humanitarian deeds.

I am saddened by all of the disgusting post on Facebook that I see. Many will not read this and that’s okay. I love you so much, you have no idea the pain you set on my heart.

2nd Place – Ultimate Comics Challenge

I had been talking to my brother for an hour on the phone before the finals. He reminded me to be grateful, not nervous. His words helped me tremendously. I was the first finalist to perform. As Steve Lesser was opening and finishing his last joke, I felt the arms of Eric Trundy around me. “You got this kid.” All of the finalist were there. The anticipation could be seen in my eyes which were focused on the stage. I will cherish that 14 and 1/2 minutes of stage time for the rest of my life. It was electrifying. I am so happy for you Eric. He does SO much for SO many. This year, he pushed me to get on stage as much as I could, gave me the opportunity to produce and star in a family friendly sketch show and always, always makes me feel welcome. Congratulations. His set came from his heart too, good job friend. It was an honor sharing the stage with you gentlemen - Jourdain Denzel Fisher, Ryan Higgins and Jay Stadler. I also have to shout out to Anthony Crawford. I got the opportunity, twice to open for him in the month of December. He is very funny and has helped me a lot this year grow as a comic. Thanks man. I want to thank God, the audience, all the comedians who participated in the UCC, my friends who came to support me through out the competition, the Idiot Box, the judges, the Carolina Theatre, their staff and my family. Cheers.
#rawraw

Finals of the Ultimate Comics Challenge

The show is January 17th, 7:30pm at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC

Tickets can be bought online at

http://www.carolinatheatre.com/events-calendar-details.aspx?id=814

The beginning for me and this competition……Well, it all starts way back in 2011.

Leocomedy

I made it to the semi finals that year. I gave it my all.

Then there was last year….

UCC Finals 2012I made it to the finals, didn’t win but again, I gave it my all….I was like a little kid at a candy store. It was an honor. always will be. always…I’ll never forget that night.

And now we’re here again…

UCC Finals Poster

Geesh, the final five could have been anyone. Anyone.  There is so much incredible talent here in North Carolina. Many are my friends. I love them.

In 2013, I was booked over 40 times in more than 20 different venues all across the state. I am not bragging nor am I claiming this is spectacular but it was a lot for me. And I could not have done that without so many peoples help. I am grateful. This does not count the open mics which I take a bus to get to, twice a week. I believe the stage time has helped me grow as a stand up comic. I believe I will put on a better performance than I did last year and again, I will give it my all.

Please come and see a very, very funny show.. Bring others, share this on facebook. It’s an honor and privilege to be in the final five again. always. Hope to see you there.

Special Thanks – 2013

I wouldn’t be where I am at without God.

(no order from here on out)

my family
people who love me/support me
my friends
the two cna’s (unmentioned) who help me out of bed and into bed 365 days a year. They deal with my craziness…
love and laughter
pain
wheelchair technology
the surgeons in 2009, all the nurses OT/PT’s, cna’s, exercise therapist, RT’s
Eric Trundy
Anthony Crawford
Jay Stadler
Steve Lesser
Jennie Stencil
Idiot Box Comedy Club
Cape Fear Comedy Festival
Matt Ward
Timmy Sherrill
Greensboro comedy scene
Wilmington comedy scene
Raleigh/Durham/Carrboro comedy scene
Charlotte comedy scene
Beansboro Coffee House
John Eisenhart
The Knuckleheads Crew
Jourdain Fisher
Alexander Stone
Brooklin Green
Jason Bigelow
Jason Motta (wish you were here)
Jenny Chalikean
My dog Baby
Pam Lyon
My mom (wish you were here)
NC Comic Allstars
Table 8
Green Bean
Virginia Wallace
John Boni
Katie Wyatt
Patricia Clay
Brit Canino
Kaycie Ryan
CG Productions (Rob, Joe and Heather)
Pat McLeod
Reid Pegram
Kim Lemons
Zack Levine
Mike Rinaldi

Many of you I did not name but I am thankful for you as well and I love you. This list could go on but……

Zo Meyers
Eric Robertson
James Hodge
UNCG
Madeline Williams
My brother Neal
My sister Erin
My dad
Susan
Philip and Becca
Matt Jeffries
Evan and Jeanie
Cody Allred
Lew Morgante
Matt White
Greenville comedy scene
Tim Vandenberg
Jeanette Szwec
The Carolina Panthers
Dylan Patterson
Elizabeth Mattox
Deb Aronin
Mick Mckenna
Michelle Maclay
Blayr Nias
Tracy Cate
Kalyn and Andrew
Cathy Nicholson
The Underground Cafe
Greenville comedy scene
David and Hannah
Rhianna Gholey
Zanetto
all the women of the world
SNL
Pryor, Carson, Seinfield, Ellen, Bamford, C.K., Dave,
Mello Mike
Sean Patton
Zack Burk
Julia McClung
Ryan Higgins
Derick Deaton
Mike Hannon
Adam Haynes
Kevin Kinner
Becky Kupersmith
Conner McLean
La Melle
Kevin Njegovan
Martin McNickle
Sol Pama
Jason and Heather
Cameron Potts
Maria and Sarah Sadler
Jackie Flannigan
Monica Ward
Bryan Whitley
Adam Cohen

Jamie George, Sue Farlow, Elliot Mathis, Colby, Jeff Rachlin

Alright, Im sorry….Im done…so many of you are left out. So many of you helped me progress and have had such a positive influence on my life during 2013. I am truly grateful. If you’re reading this and need a friend, someone to pray for you, help (if I can)…email me. Leo.m.hodson@gmail.com

Love God with all your heart, mind and soul and love your neighbor.

28th Annual Shoppers Day

Hey Everyone!
I will be performing at the
Four Seasons Mall Amphitheater for the
28th Annual Shoppers Day
which is a designed to help those who live with moderate to severe disabilities.
I will be doing 15 minutes and I will be putting my entire heart into this set. I’m hoping to get a free a haircut at Master Cuts if Faye is working (SHOUT OUT – WHAT WHAT).
It’s free, it’s stand up comedy at the mall, in the morning. It won’t be weird. I might be weird. Plus there will be a bell choir and a chorus. It starts at 9am and goes through 11am. Much love and Merry Christmas. Love – Joy – Laughter.

A Sentimental Week of Speech & Comedy

This Tuesday night, I will be sharing my testimony of life and my gratefulness for God. It will be held at Central United Methodist Church in Asheboro at 7pm. I didn’t have a severe  spinal cord injury and then find Christ. My spirit survived that storm because of the foundation built on Him and His grace. I am not a model Christian nor do I claim to be. But I love God, people and life. I also make mistakes daily, sometimes more than four…I know, I know. God was introduced to me when I was five years old. The first time was with my K-4 teacher and her assistant and the second time, a few days later was with my mom. She asked me if I had asked Jesus into my heart, I said yes. She said, let’s do it again.

On November 6th, 2004, I was a senior in high school. Literally, it was a Saturday morning. I was taking the SAT for the first and very last time. While the clock struck there was a second, a tic like no other and I felt it. I felt that moment, my moms true self leaving this world. My mom battled colon cancer and fought every single day. She loved. I wish I could introduce you all to her. Her smile, her humility, her spirit, her embrace, her sense of humor, her silliness, her concern, her drive, her wisdom that was bestowed to her, her friendship, her love.

It will be nine years come this Wednesday.This Wednesday November 6th, I will be doing a comedy set at the Regulator Book Shop in Durham at 7pm. My mom was an elementary school teacher. So being around lots of books will be neat. I look forward to making complete strangers feel happiness. She was very smart and loved (loved) corny jokes. I may do my corniest set ever…..I love (love) and miss her daily…..

On Thursday, November 7th, I will be performing at the open mic at the Idiot Box Comedy Club in Greensboro. Every Thursday at 8pm, $4 will get you 4-5 minutes of stage time. I always try to do my best and to do something new AND try to make audiences feel joy.

On Friday, November 8th I will be participating in Round II A of the UCC (Ultimate Comics Challenge). It starts at 8pm. Get your tickets by clicking here.  Less than a year ago, I predicted that I would win the 2013/14 UCC. Here is that link. The show might sell out so if you want to go, I’d get them online.

Do I believe that I can win this year? Yes, I think its possible.

Do I believe that there are some other super, mega talented comedians that could also win? Yes, without a doubt.

This competition is stacked and I am friends with many of them, most of them. I have literally cried from laughter from some of their performances. Its worth the $10.

On Saturday, November 9th….I think I’ll just sit around….thank you for letting me share with you.

love – laugh – live and dance. it’s fun.

SU4LEO

Stand Up 4 Leo is a comedy benefit to help me raise money for physical therapy. It will be showcasing a few of my favorite comedians. The Idiot Box has gracefully given me the venue free of charge. The comedians participating have all agreed to donate their time.

SU4LEO

The proceeds will either go towards

A)
A two-four week physical/occupational intense “boot camp” at the world renown Shepherd Center in Atlanta Georgia in the fall of 2013.

or

B) Multiple exercise training sessions at Race to Walk (SCI Fitness Center) in Mooresville, NC.

Please come out to support me as I too will do a set. I injured my spinal cord fours ago and it has left me partially paralyzed. Studies are showing that repetitive physical exercise helps neurons grow back. I believe that one day I will walk again. I am currently working on strengthening so I can do a self transfer. My other short term goals include living my daily life from my manual wheelchair and operating a modified vehicle.

Friday - June 28th – 8pm

The Idiot Box
348 South Elm Street

$10

Thank you for your support and please share this with your friends.