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, “I want to go peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not kicking and screaming like the passengers in his car?”
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 you’re 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 didn’t rehearse and then bl... [Read Entire Article]
Posted August 27, 2010 by Shayne Michael under Open Mics
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]