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Comedy Etc: Silver Lake
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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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Comedy Etc Silver Lake Presents Tracie Walker 08-25-2012
The Comedy Etc Show
Saturday @ The Tribal Beverly @ 08/25/2012
3253 Beverly Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA:
Feature Show: 9:30pm
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HEADLINER: TRACIE WALKER
I liked Tracie Walker the minute I met her at the Comedy Store open mic nearly ten years ago. You have to know how many nut jobs hang around the Comedy Store open mic to know how hard it is to make a good impression on anyone by playing there. Tracie is the kind of female comic I really enjoy. She is smart and unapologetic with just a little bit of an edge.
Tracie is a native of Georgia. She was nominated the best female comedian at the Atlanta Comedy Awards. She has put on a one-woman comedy show called Tracie Walker: Just Talking at the world-famous Knitting Factory in Hollywood and the LA Comedy Connection. She's performed at the Ice House, the Comedy Store and many clubs throughout LA.
FEATURE COMIC: SCOTT SCHIMAMOTO
In 2007, Scott Shimamoto completed a stand-up comedy class. That's where it all came together: his Asian-Cholo-American childhood, his rap skills, and his observations about the lunacy of the business world. Since "graduation," Scott has performed at The Ice House, the Comedy Store, the Ontario Improv, the Haha Café, the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, and the Commerce Casino. He also produces benefit shows for the American Cancer Society and private shows for business and trade organizations.
MUSICAL GUEST: JEFF LEON
Jeff Leon is currently based in Long Beach, CA and is gigging actively. He has played major comedy clubs (Comedy Store, Ice House, the Improv Clubs) , coffee houses, rock clubs, hip hop showcases, lesbian and gay venues, restaurants, birthday parties, a bar-mitzvah, sports bars, radio stations, art galleries, a trustafarian's loft party, a heroin rehab center, a fundraising event for three legged cats, a university fund raising event, a memorial event in a Pentecostal church, and a naked hippie festival. He appeared on season 7 of Last Comic Standing and has been a featured artist on the FUMP (Funny Music Project), which is the premiere internet site for funny music.
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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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Way back when, Joe Braza wrote an article called Promotions 101 for Rob Twohy's LAugh Support. You can find all the back issues of that magazine on my old site. But I always wanted to expand on it for bookers who were really serious about promoting their shows. So here's some of the tools I've learned about while promoting the show at iCandy. Most who have headlined can attest, we're trying really hard to drive the audience to the room. And more often than not, we do. Before I lay down my strategy, here's the link where you can find Joe's original article on promotion. http://www.shayne-michael.com/laugh_support.php ... [Read Entire Article]
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