The Silent Majority

Do you know what the three big differences are between myself and Irish Steve? I have never been a joke thief. Whenever I meet adversity in my comedy career, I actually meet it head-on instead of running away and hiding. He can write a status update about getting the sniffles and have that post flooded with comments. He does a Facebook live video and it gets dozens of views.  I went to Los Angeles, then drove 5.5 hours to Oakland for a comedy competition.  It reached 220 people, and had 127 views.  Only 2 comments, and only a couple people watched it live. The issue I’m having is about my last post.  It was dated on May 30th, a day after I got back from Los Angeles.  Usually after I post there is a spike in the readership levels for a couple of days.  On...

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Comedy Oakland Competition – A Dramady In 3 Parts

Part 1 – The Drive The day of the competition I was a bit apprehensive about driving in Los Angeles, let alone driving on the California highway in middle of the night.  I was told to leave by 11:00 a.m. to get there for 7:00 p.m. in Oakland.  But, surprisingly, even though it was a long weekend in California, the traffic was unbelievably smooth.  There were maybe ten minutes of slow going, if that. What started out as a six lane freeway soon narrowed down to a two lane, divided highway that started a few miles outside of Los Angeles.  The first thing I noticed is how the speed limit signs should be renamed to read “suggested speed” only.  I was going 130km/h at times and was passed like I was standing still.  But, I must say that the drive...

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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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