Is There Such A Thing As A Good Explosion?

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If you have been following the Saskatoon comedy scene at all, you may have noticed there has been a recent explosion of new comedians on the comedy scene.  I believe it is 100% a result of the Sunday night open mic being run by respected Saskatoon comedians who aren’t threatening, belligerent, condescending, rude or bullies.

But with so many new comics on the scene, one question arises for me.  Do they really know what they are getting into?

As I mentioned in a previous post, many famous comedians that got their starts back in the 70s and 80s did so from broken homes, struggle or self-esteem issues.  They found the comedy stage as a way to get the love and acceptance from others in an audience, that they were unable to get in their own lives.

Fast forward to today, and it seems like most of the new comics that are trying out comedy don’t come from that mould anymore.  Well, they may, but they are too intent on talking about how much weed they smoke or talking about sex to give us a glimpse into their lives.  It’s like yeah, you smoke up and get laid.  That’s great, but why as an audience member should I root for you?  Talk about your struggles.  What drives you crazy?  How am I supposed to make a connection to the comedian on stage when they talk about weed and sex like the comic before them did?

Before I took the stage my very first time, I wrote out my set and rehearsed it for a month before I went on.  I get the sense that most of the new comics may write their material ahead of time, how many of them actually rehearse it?  Watch most newcomers and they look like they haven’t.

It is my sincere hope that some of these newbies would respect and acknowledge the ones that came before them, to lay the groundwork down for comedy in Saskatoon. I’m not specifically talking about me, but the Saskatoon comics that I started with. Seems like there is a lack of respect if anything, based on the lazy, vulgar material that some of these comics think up for their first time on stage.

I’d like to think that at some point these newbies would understand what they are getting into and respect stand-up comedy for what it is, that being an art form.

Then again, it’s probably asking too much.

What do you think?

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