New Ranking: What Makes an Open Mic Comedian Compelling
On any given Tuesday night, I might watch forty to eighty comedians spread over three different shows. Sometimes those comics are performing jokes I read over the internet ten years ago, as if they wrote that same joke last night. Do you have any idea how many comics I know who wrote the line, ďI want to go peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not kicking and screaming like the passengers in his car?Ē
People who are looking to try their hand a stand-up comedy usually try open mics first. The first problem with performing at open mics is that is youíre also performing around amateurs, some of whom have developed amateur habits, like lifting old internet jokes and passing them off as their own. They often walk on stage with notes, act nervous because they didnít rehearse and then bl... [Read Entire Article]
Posted August 27, 2010 by Shayne Michael under Open Mics
Jon Stewart was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28th, 1962 in New York City, New York. He is a stand-up comic and the host of his own television series who is most famous for his appearance on Crossfire. He grew up in Lawrence Township, New Jersey. His father is a physicist at The College of New Jersey. His mother is an educational consultant. They divorced when Stewart was only nine years old. While attending Lawrence High School, he was a member of the school band as a French horn player. He graduated from Lawrence High School third in his class.
Stewart then attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, majoring in psychology. While there played on the menís soccer team and coached soccer at Gloucester High School in Gloucester. He admits to smoking heavy amounts of marijuana in college and claims that he was miserable there. After graduating ... [Read Entire Bio]