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The Comedy News For 08/21/14

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Posted August 16, 2013 by Shayne Michael under Site Maintenence for All | No Comments | Bookmark

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?

Read the entire show recap here....

Posted August 26, 2012 by Shayne Michael under Comedy Etc for All | No Comments | Bookmark

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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.

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Posted September 10, 2012 by Shayne Michael under Timing for All | No Comments | Bookmark

No matter how much good you do, someone will always find a way not to appreciate it.

Posted August 27, 2012 by Shayne Michael under Intermission for All | No Comments | Bookmark

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 from becoming dated, even when it is not based on the news. A comic that never changes, because ironically they think they know everything, will never change. They're the same comic today they were yesterday. They remain static, while the audiences will be dynamic, changing and waiting for something new. Surprise, a comic that never changes, may once have been brilliant, but will quickly become irrelevant to the changing audiences living in changing times.

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.

Posted August 26, 2012 by Shayne Michael under Humility for All | No Comments | Bookmark

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New Ranking: Analyzing The Subjective Nature Of Comedy

DRAFT TWOWhy do some people find things funny while others find the same humor a dreadful waste of their time? To answer this question, I looked up some negative reviews of Fletch. Fletch was the first comedy I ever saw. So, no doubt, when I saw it my standards were lower. I had neither seen the magnitude of comedians I have seen today and I had never toured Montana spouting off my own material that I often thought was brilliant while they would respond, “Who’s the idiot on stage and doesn’t he know most of us have never left this city or this bar?” And I had never written a humor column or watched a comedy film until that day. It was the day I learned how contagious laughter could be. I have never laughed harder or more in an hour and a half since. Looking back, it shape... [Read Entire Article]

Posted September 6, 2009 by Shayne Michael under Writing

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Comedian Headshot.Phil Hartman was born on September 24th, 1948 in Ontario, Canada. He was a Canadian Emmy Award-winning writer, actor, comedian and graphic artist whose life was tragically cut short his wife in an infamous murder suicide committed by his own wife. Born Philip Edward Hartmann in Brantford, he was the son of Doris M. and Rupert L. Hartmann, who worked in sales. His family immigrated to the United States in 1957. Early in his life, Hartman attended Orville Wright Junior High School with Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme where he was voted Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky Boy by his class. Hartman later attended Westchester High School and Cal State University of Northridge in Los Angeles. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in the early 1990s. Jonathan Winters was his earliest comedic idol. Hartman joined the California-based comedy group The Groundlings in 1975. There, he met fellow comedian Paul Reu... [Read Entire Bio]

Posted 08/21/14 by Shayne Michael under comic actor

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