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
Ellen DeGeneres was born on January 28th, 1958. Her parents raised her as a Christian Scientist until she was 13, and they filed for separation in 1973. Afterwards, DeGeneres moved to Atlanta with her mom and stepfather. There, she graduated from Atlanta High School. After graduation, she enrolled in New Orleans University, where she majored in communication.
While in New Orleans DeGeneres played small clubs and coffee houses until she was picked up as an MC at Clyde’s Comedy club, the only comedy club in New Orleans at the time. In 1982, Showtime named her the funniest person in America. Only four years later, she was invited on the Tonight Show and became the first female comic Johnny Carson ever invited to the couch to continue her interview after her on-air set.
In 1994, ABC picked up a sitcom based on Ellen’s life. DeGeneres played Ellen Morgan, a neurotic bookstore owner... [Read Entire Bio]