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The Comedy News For 04/16/14

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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

The Laugh Factories Fresh Faces Open Casting
I joined another contest because I'm a masochist. To vote for me in the Open Casting contest for the Laugh Factories Fresh Faces contest, look for the red button that says vote.
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Posted June 17, 2012 by Shayne Michael under Comedy Contests for All | No Comments | Bookmark

The 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comic Trends

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.

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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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Pending Comment: Mining For Premises

Premises are the building blocks of an act; they’re the underlying foundation of your ideas. They are neither set ups nor punchlines. Nobody truly owns a premise, yet they define the thrust, tone, scope and character of your act. As much as I write, I have a good grasp of where premises come from. So I wanted to write an article that would help comedy writers expand their minefield of premises to a place that I like to call prolific. After 700 humor columns, I looked all the way back to the beginning. My first article on comedy was entitled, Writing About How You Look. An article entitled, Writing About How You Feel followed and then an article about relationships and how to build those relationships into sitcom-esque ideas, followed that. Now, let’s expand the playing field. On a personal level, all comedians are writing about their own life. That could include the... [Read Entire Article]

Posted February 0, 2008 by Shayne Michael under Writing

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Comedian Headshot.Lisa Lampanelli, also known as Comedy’s Queen of Mean, was born Lisa Lampugnale on July 19th, 1961 in Trumbull, CT. Occasionally dubbed the next Roseanne Barr, today Lampanelli is best known as one of the most high-profile insult comics, a near throwback to her idol Don Rickles who honed in on her future career watching Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts as a kid. As a result, Grammy-nominated stand-up comic, Lampanelli has become a Comedy Central staple whenever there is a comedian to roast today. Although born in Connecticut, Lampanelli is usually identified as a New Yorker, which is where she defined and honed her stand-up comedy style. Today, Lampanelli is described as a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker and a vial of estrogen. She is known for her outrageous pot shots at celebrities as well as references to her own weight and sexual exploitations with African Americans. ... [Read Entire Bio]

Posted 04/16/14 by Shayne Michael under stand-up comic

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