This Ain’t No Sex Tape

Many comedians share the same personality traits, regardless whether or not you’re in Los Angeles or Saskatoon. We have this inherent need to be liked, loved, or this need to seek approval from large groups of people. We aren’t the most confident bunch and we fail lots.  Most importantly, once a comedian figures out how to write once they find their voice, they have the unique ability to take any situation in life, whether it be personal or something in the world and put a unique comedic slant on it. The other characteristic that most comedians around these parts (at least) share is an interesting one. Most of them don’t like to be taped. Most won’t record themselves either. I have had a few comedians give me grief, nervously inquiring if...

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A Comedic Quickie In 1,289 Words

In two weeks from Saturday, I will have left Oakland, California and drive back to Los Angeles after the nightly comedy competition at the most popular comedy club in the (San Francisco/Oakland) Bay Area, according to Yelp. For those of you who are unaware, I got myself roped into a nightly comedy competition in Oakland.  It’s held in the upstairs of the Spicy Monkey restaurant, which usually holds between 50 – 75 people and every night is just about full. Eight comedians get only four minutes each.  It’s all based on audience votes.  Eight comics in the first round, then half the field moves to round two, and half of that field will move on to round 3 of the finals.  Prize money is guaranteed once you make it to round two, and the winner gets...

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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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