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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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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Either You Have It, Or You Don’t?

I was watching an interview of a famous comedian.  I enjoyed watching the interview until I heard those words again. either you got it, or you don’t click (yes, I actually used a t.v. remote) There are a lot of different personality types that attempt stand-up.  Some are really nervous, self conscious and piss-your-pants scared when they first start out.  Their jokes die a slow death more often than not.  But over time they stick with it, and become better.  The associations become more crisp and clearly defined.  They sucked at the beginning but as time went on they got better at their craft and experienced success.  Does this mean they were born with it even though they weren’t good at the start? You hear a lot of stories from comics about how they...

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Bury The Garbage. Now Walk Away. Keep Walking.

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, things were drastically different for me.  I tried to jump start a relationship, and my plans to go to the USA were on hold due to a serious personal issue.  Needless to say, I wasn’t in the mood to do comedy, much less anything else.  By the end of November of 2015 I was beyond gassed both physically and emotionally. Fast forward exactly one year later and what a difference a year makes.  I have booked my trip to head to Los Angeles and with a positive outlook and a clear head, it’s been easier to write material for both the Carnac character and for my regular stand-up sets too. This summer was definitely the worst and the most disappointing in recent memory, aside from the garden and dinner...

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