Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Comedian?

Here’s one thing I’ve never been able to understand.  If you are serious about comedy, like serious enough where you don’t screw around on stage, you’re there with a purpose and do actual material with timing and polish, if you actually take comedy seriously enough where you can set your ego aside to do the work (writing and rehearsal everyday), what’s the one thing every comedian would want?  I’m thinking it would be to get in front of a great comedy audience at a great comedy venue. So when a comedian has the opportunity to get in front of a great comedy audience in a great comedy venue, why wouldn’t you take that chance?  What if the great comedy venues in question are in Los Angeles, where there are dozens of open...

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Being Good Looking Isn’t Enough

I was reminded yesterday of what it takes to make a comedian either succeed, or fail on stage.  In my time spent as a client of the Stand-Up Comedy Clinic over the last four years, I’ve got a pretty good idea about this.  I am starting to be able to look at a set and tell why it works, or why it doesn’t. First though, let’s take a moment to watch this video that points out some basic understandings of audience psychology that some comedians don’t take into consideration.  You can watch it here. Hmmmm….just realized I may have covered this point back in post #100 or so, but oh well. It’s always a good time for a refresher! Watch this first Letterman clip from Andrew Norelli here. Now, watch this clip of Brian Kiley here. Norelli...

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My Material Works In L.A. Here Is The Proof

Sometimes in life, people will not help you. They don’t see your wins as their wins. They will do everything they can to beat you down and try to suck the life out of something you are passionate about. I know firsthand, because it has happened, and is still happening to me this day, 5.5 years into stand-up comedy. The local comedy community does not support me and has not done a single thing to help me. They have not given me opportunity to do anything outside of the open mics. No out of town shows. No paid gigs. No corporate or fundraisers. I cut the widest swath of any local comedian on social media. How many other comedians in this province are on their own website (which is always current), Facebook (2 fan pages), Twitter (2 accounts), Instagram and...

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Matching Wits With Dim Wits

Wednesday nights are done.  I won’t be going back to do Wednesday open mics anymore.  After two weeks ago, why should I submit myself to be disrespected by the host and trashed by a fellow comedian when I have done nothing to deserve such treatment? Have you ever had somebody rain on your parade constantly, no matter how good you try to be to the other person?  You just go about your day and do the right thing, while you get teased, picked on, slandered and bullied all the time?  Well, that’s what I am subjected to every Wednesday night, up until two weeks ago. A friend of mine came to watch and I told her about the way I get treated on stage.  She said “I’ve heard you tell me stories, but I never knew how bad it was until I saw it for...

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You’re Either Broken Or An Adult. Pick One.

There is a story my comedy coach tells in his blogs about meeting George Carlin early on in his career.  Carlin told him that he knew with 98% accuracy that a joke was going to be funny before he hit the stage. When you attend an open mic as a comedian, you should always try new material, providing you actually write new material on a consistent basis.  The number one complaint I’ve heard from audience members I’ve talked to over the years is, when it comes to open mics they say the comics always do the same material. When the same material is done week after week, the audience figures out the timing and the structure within the setup.  Then they are one step ahead of the comedian, and that generally doesn’t make for great laughs.  The comedian...

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