Comedians are always trying to improve. That is why we are always attending open mics, writing, and reading Pat Oates’s super informative Laugh Staff articles. (cheap plug)
Yes, that title was excessive. But when I wrote my piece Netflix is Ruining Local Comedy and put a picture of Louis C.K at the top, people clicked the shit out of it. So, I’m using that move again. Pow! But don’t worry baby birds, daddy’s gonna feed you. I promised a way to improve […]
Its the worst feeling in the world. It cripples you emotionally. It depresses you. It makes you feel like those people in Cymbalta commercials, staring out the window while a narrator tells the story of how much you suck. Nothing makes struggling comedians question themselves more than an empty calendar. Comedians at the level of […]
Holy shit. I wish this didn’t have to be said, But it does. Hey, guys and gals who only do open mics and have never been paid to do comedy, you aren’t Louis, Chappelle or Schumer. Stop trying to be a cover band version of comedy’s stadium bands.
Lately my podcast has been getting me some hatred in my local comedy scene. I use Pat Oates is Sad (subscribe on iTunes please) the same way I use these Laugh Staff pieces, to talk uncensored about what I experience. Here I try to spin those experiences into advice. On my podcast I simply say […]
writer’s block: the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed It happens to the best of us, hell I’m having writer’s block right now. I’ve been staring at a blank screen on and off for the last two days, doing nothing but thinking about what to write. Then […]
Since I started writing this comedy diary, I have become more aware of my surroundings when at shows. Having a voice to express my joys or concerns about the world of a struggling comic has made me more aware. I have been getting really positive feedback from comedians and comedy fans about my observations and […]
I headlined a fundraiser show to help cats last week. Yes, my career is on fire. Fundraiser shows are a staple of the local comics comedy schedule. For a lot of new comics these are the first actual audiences they perform in front of. A comedy fundraiser is a show put on to raise funds […]
The New York Times published an article last week describing NYC comedy open mics, that made them seem downright scary.