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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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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]
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