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Comedy Etc: Silver Lake
Comedy Fan Corner [+]... This is only a test Comedy Etc Show Recap 08-25-2012
Last night I thought we would have a decent turn out for the booked show and the open mic. I was correct. For our third show, we had our longest list so far with twenty performers. We had a high energy crowd, that reminded me of the Joke Gym at its best. We paid all our feature performers. Thanks to Jeff Leon for his unique musical comedy. I think someone put caffeine in Jeff's caffeine. For two of those performers, Scott Shimamoto and Tracie Walker, we wished them a happy birthday in style. We had a cake and Red Velvet Cookies for the audience. A separate cake for our headliner and feature. And they were paid. How many shows can say that?
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Comedian Corner [+]The Cadence Of Comedy
What does it mean when someone says your timing is off? Tonight material that always works fell flat. And I started to wonder why. It may have been the same material I always do, but it wasn't in the same order. It wasn't delivered with the same subtle inflections. I didn't deliver it remotely close to the manner I usually do. At one point my dad dying of stage four cancer got a sympathy applause break. Talk bout throwing the audience for a loop. I've had sympathy laughter before; I have never had a sympathy applause break. On the drive home I realized the cadence was wrong. There's a reason I sometimes will work in a story with a long set up. I used to think it was to get the audience to practice listening. Tonight I realized I use long stories to intentionally change the cadence of the delivery.
No matter how much good you do, someone will always find a way not to appreciate it.
The Importance Of Humility In Comedy
It's one thing to have faith in yourself. It's one thing to feel you deserve the best. It's one thing to be constantly be seeking better opportunities, so that you can leave the old ones that aren't paying the bills behind. But it's quite another thing to constantly put down other performers who don't reach your level of genius. Yes, I know this is the exception to the rule. I realize not many people who fit this mold, but when you cross the path of performers with no humility, boy do they stick out.
Post something inspirational, they respond with something sarcastic. Get booked in the same line up, they publicly wonder how the two of you ended up in the same show. Someone thanks you for being a part of the show, they ask why.
Humility means recognizing, no matter how often you're on stage, there is still something for you to learn and places to grow. The minute a comic rejects this lesson, the comic they are is the last comic they will ever be. Comedy, unlike music, suffers very quickly f
That said, I'm writing this to get it out of my system, as the people who need to hear it will never listen, otherwise I would have named names.
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New Ranking: Writing Tags 101
Writing joke tags has always been my weakest skill. I set out to write this article about the same time I set out to master it. All I was armed with was some tags from earlier in my act that seemed to conform to certain rules, but they always felt anti-climatic as they were delivered on stage. My earliest tag stemmed from this joke: JOKE: I remember when I broke my arm and my dad signed my cast donít misbehave again. TAG: I remember when I broke the other arm and he signed my cast see I told you so. The tag almost never worked. So I started to ask myself why. The most basic rule of tags states the tag uses the original set up so you donít need another one. Or, it uses the punchline of the first joke to set up the next joke. So the tag was flawed from the start in the way it was written. I have to repeat the setup all o... [Read Entire Article]
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