You write a joke. You feel good about the bit. You work the bit out at mics or on stage a few times. You feel good enough to add it to your set. The premise seems to interest people. The punchline seems solid. But the joke isn’t hitting the way that it should. Why?
The year has come and gone. Take a moment and reflect on all the things you have done as a comic this year. The new material you have written. The jokes you edited and turned from a dud to a part of your set. The networking you have accomplished. The shows you got booked on […]
Listen, I have gone on the record many, many, many times stating comedians should not worry about the audience and to always trust their material. And I am a firm believer in that statement. You should have faith in the work you put in. You should trust in the jokes you have written and rewritten […]
A cisgender, a lesbian, a Muslim and a feminist walked in to a comedy club…and laughed because the comic didn’t label people. The comic didn’t look out at the faces of the waiting crowd and decide they wouldn’t understand their jokes because they are different. The comic knew that all the people who came to […]
People say getting on a stage and standing in front of a crowd is hard, and for people who never do, I can understand it is a daunting task. When you become a performer, taking the stage becomes second nature. Being on stage is one thing. Believing you belong there can be the hard part.
This one will be short and sweet. Are you not getting enough stage time because you don’t know how to find it? Ask. Who do you ask? You know that comic you always bitch to your friends about because they get gigs and you don’t? That comic you stalk on Facebook and secretly hate because […]
You get offered a gig, you accept the offer, and then a week or so later someone contacts you and offers you another gig on the same night and at the same time as the gig you just accepted last week. The second gig is a better gig. This situation happens to a lot of […]
Time is very important to a young comic. It’s practically a young comic’s currency. Sometimes you may not be paid in a fiscal sense, but you are getting paid in a stage experience sense, which is ultimately more valuable to a developing comic.
I don’t understand why I need to write this article because it seems like something that should be common knowledge. Time and time again though, I’m proven wrong. What I think should be known is obviously not known by many, many young comics. So, here it is. When comedians are at comedy shows and not […]
Too soon. We have all seen or heard, “too soon.” Usually when someone commits a heinous act and a comedian makes a joke right at that moment on twitter, or in the day or so that follows on radio or stage. Here are two examples from Anthony Jeselnik.