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415 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 04 Mar 2021 at 7:43 AM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-03-04 3:47:34 AM  
no. I don't like jacking it in front of others.
 
2021-03-04 5:41:51 AM  
No, I'm happy as a clickbait artist.
 
2021-03-04 6:16:11 AM  
One of the people I know that does/did stand up had a regular spot on amateur night at the local comedy club in the early 90's as he was just really funny in "normal" life and could fill in as MC if they need him to in a pinch. Well, one night some fat drunk redneck decided this was the guy he was going to try to heckle as my friend was tryout out a character he came up with who was from some poor village in an unspecified foreign country (funny weird accent, everyone's poor there, etc).

He started a NSFW story about this being his first time staying at a hotel in the U.S. Little by little he pulled the guy in by asking him questions during this bit, which was close to 5 minutes long. Just as he set the guy up to go "Yeah, that was me!" in front of everyone, he dropped the hammer on him and the whole audience just stood up and applauded what just happened. Worse was the guy was at a table right in the middle of the club and there was no possible way for him to disappear without the whole place seeing him run in shame.

There is a reason they are on stage & the rest of us aren't.
 
2021-03-04 6:32:55 AM  
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is actually a great introduction to the comedy business (and the performing life in general).

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2021-03-04 7:28:55 AM  
I read once that public speaking is the number one fear for a large majority of people. People fear death less than speaking extemporaneously in public.

Is this true? I don't know.
 
2021-03-04 7:46:00 AM  
I can't be.  I'm an introvert, and I'm just not quite bitter enough.

/it's been suggested that the group noun for comedians should be 'bitter' - 'a bitter of comedians'
 
2021-03-04 7:54:37 AM  
I'm hilarious, more often than not I look at something and a funny idea just pops into my head. The kind of idea that makes you smirk and almost chuckle out loud. So I share it with those around me. I've practiced my timing and delivery. Crickets. Turns out I'm just not as funny as I would have hoped, but that is okay.

I do offer a service for aspiring comedians. For a reasonable fee, I'll go on just before you.
 
2021-03-04 8:23:54 AM  
Learn from the masters

The Fast Show - Arthur Atkinson Complete Part 1
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2021-03-04 8:27:03 AM  
Observational comedy
Venetian Snares - Milk
Youtube COjIVsVTpFo
 
2021-03-04 8:31:08 AM  
Significants if phrasing

Stewart Lee on the Formula of Jokes (Content Provider)
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2021-03-04 9:00:04 AM  
God no.  Standup is hard.  You are responsible for every aspect of the joke.  You have to build it entirely from scratch.  Just snarkily riffing on the news or on movies is much, much easier.  The setup has already been done.
 
2021-03-04 9:10:05 AM  
One of the best amateur stand-up stories ever:

Lee Mack's Joke Leaves John Cleese In Near Tears | The Graham Norton Show
Youtube dmbpagijVkk
 
2021-03-04 9:11:43 AM  
I'd love to try it someday, but I never had the balls to do it. worked on air in radio for years, but being alone in a studio telling a joke or setting up a story with a punchline is way different than having people glaring at you expecting to laugh.

maybe someday - bucket list kind of thing
 
2021-03-04 9:16:29 AM  

Rapmaster2000: God no.  Standup is hard.  You are responsible for every aspect of the joke.  You have to build it entirely from scratch.  Just snarkily riffing on the news or on movies is much, much easier.  The setup has already been done.


This.  I can make smart-ass remarks to someone else's conversation all day, but filling seven minutes all by myself is a tremendous task.

Disclaimer: I actually did open mic standup last weekend.  A friend of mine is a veteran on the local scene, and I went to support her.  Five minutes after getting in the door, I pondered doing my own set.  I'd tried it before and hadn't completely faceplanted.  I told the MC I'd go last if there was time to fill at the end.  Turns out there was time to fill at the end.  I sat at the table desperately trying to remember the two or three good jokes I'd had from two years earlier, awkwardly shoved them into a pandemic framework and improvised an ending about not having an ending.

Everything landed.  It was great.  I had a cheat sheet with me, but so did everyone before me.  Having a character to lean on helped; I based the routine on a character I'd played in community theatre a few years before, a pastiche of the golden age cigar-wielding comedians.  As soon as I started into the voice (Groucho Marx meets Yakko Warner), I could see heads perk up and people start to pay attention.

I managed to fill the last 3 and a half minutes of the show and ran out of material just as the clock ran out.
 
2021-03-04 9:17:56 AM  

poconojoe: I'd love to try it someday, but I never had the balls to do it. worked on air in radio for years, but being alone in a studio telling a joke or setting up a story with a punchline is way different than having people glaring at you expecting to laugh.

maybe someday - bucket list kind of thing


A responsive live audience makes all the difference.  Getting immediate feedback helps the performance immensely.  Sure, if a joke flops, it can throw you off your stride if you let it, but hearing people laugh at words that come out of your mouth is a high that no pharmaceutical can duplicate.
 
2021-03-04 9:46:02 AM  
I mean, I'm funny... but people are there to hear jokes, not look at them
 
2021-03-04 10:44:22 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: I can't be.  I'm an introvert, and I'm just not quite bitter enough.
/it's been suggested that the group noun for comedians should be 'bitter' - 'a bitter of comedians'


I've wondered if I could do something like that. I'm really introverted, but I can rant like George Carlin.
I'll never find out. I write, I don't talk. Don't even want to.
 
2021-03-04 11:20:09 AM  
I absolutely watch comedy to get tips on how to preform music on open mikes.
 
2021-03-04 2:54:39 PM  
The cashier at the grocery store asked me if I was in the Senior Club. I said No, but I have $40 and 10 minutes to spare.

/just need another 4:40 of material and I'm there.
 
2021-03-04 2:55:16 PM  
I'm not famous, but I'm pretty well known locally and I've won a couple of awards, so some advice if you're thinking of doing it.

1 - Being funny at work isn't the same as stand-up.  It's one thing to make your friends or co-workers laugh, it's a lot harder to make strangers laugh.

2 - Setup, misdirection, punchline.  Repeat.  Don't tell that long rambling story that your friend thinks is funny and don't think you can get up an just riff.  Write your material and practice it.

3 - Open mics have a set time allotted for each participant - stay within that.  The host will flash a light when your time is almost up, when you see the light, finish up and get off stage.  Also, if you run out of material and still have time left, get off stage too - nobody wants to watch your stumble around and try to think of something to say.

4 - Lower your expectations.   Open mics are very rarely held at comedy clubs.  Usually they're in bars or even cofffee shops.  The audience will likely be mostly indifferent.

5 - Don't play to the back of the room.  This is where the other comedians usually hang out.  I know the article said if you make the comedians laugh, you're onto something.  I don't think this is the case, often the other comedians are laughing at you, not with you.  One sure way to make the comedians laugh is to bomb - watching another comedian bomb is endlessly amusing to the other comedians. 

6 - Find you own voice  You don't want to be 'the next George Carlin,' you want to be the first you.

7 - Have fun.  It's not easy and it takes a while to become good and even longer to make it pay off.  But it can be fun.  You do meet a lot of interesting people.
 
2021-03-04 4:34:25 PM  
No, I want to be an old white guy angrily shouting into an echo chamber.
 
2021-03-04 5:50:23 PM  

Rapmaster2000: God no.  Standup is hard.  You are responsible for every aspect of the joke.  You have to build it entirely from scratch.  Just snarkily riffing on the news or on movies is much, much easier.  The setup has already been done.


I love the comedy channels on Sirius when I'm driving, and one of my favorite comedians is Kathleen Madigan. As a result of listening, I've heard her work the same jokes for years, refining them and trying to get the most out of them. Not in a Larry The Cable Guy way, where it's some tired shtick, but actually building and working on the joke. And you see the progress that way, it's pretty cool once you can listen over time and see what worked and what didn't. I don't think it's easy at all, it's a lot more work than many people realize.
 
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