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    Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    Sandpaper Suit is my blog where I post 1) funny stuff — jokes, videos, etc. and 2) not funny stuff about the art of standup. Here are some of the posts (mostly from the #2 category) that I think readers of AST might find interesting...

    For future reference, top posts can be found in the "best of" category at the blog.

    Top '09 posts:

    How do you deal with being stuck in the trenches?
    Capture Your Flag interview about my standup
    The straight man
    Mayer, Kumail, and getting out of your comedy comfort zone
    Making 'em think vs. making 'em laugh
    Matt Ruby comedy videos
    A shopping list of recommended gear for comedians
    Video: Gay or straight?
    The 10 greatest standup bits of the past 20 years
    Why Doug Stanhope drinks on stage
    Video: Highlights from The 2nd Annual Schtick or Treat
    The side of the majority isn't funny
    More answers to Stupid Ass Questions
    "Think Tank" web comedy series (collection)
    Bill Hicks’s Principles of Comedy
    An education on getting college gigs, college agents, and NACA
    The Comix staff offers tips and pet peeves for comedians
    Marc Maron explains why he likes Andrew Dice Clay
    Video: "I Need Laughs: One week in the trenches of the New York underground comedy scene"
    Alt shows give comics an excuse to be lazy
    Video: Looking through an audience member's purse
    Tom Scharpling and Paul F. Tompkins mocking Gathering Of The Juggalos
    How to get a crowd to come out to your comedy show
    Is crowd work a crutch?
    Patton Oswalt's advice on how not to be a miserable comedian
    Behind the scenes as Louis CK films a new TV pilot
    The live performer’s divided brain
    The evolution from clever to truth teller
    Gotta input to output
    Adjusting your material based on the type of crowd you're performing for
    Romantic comedies are to women what porn is to men
    If show producers told the truth, it'd sound like this...
    My dad hates everything
    The invented foil in "Everything's amazing, nobody's happy"
    The fascination with hecklers
    Gaffigan's path to success and doing topic-driven material
    "Do you have any advice for beginner comedians?"
    Video: Behind the scenes at SXSW Comedy 2009
    Gervais and David talk about the truth and being unique
    Jon Stewart should stop using comedy as a shield
    Bold choices
    The difference between a me-too show and a remarkable one
    When your mom's a bigger rebel than you'll ever be
    My least favorite thing to hear: "I've been watching a lot of TV lately and..."
    My ongoing beef with vegetarians
    There is no hack subject, only hack approaches
    Highlights from the great commentary on Louis CK's "Chewed Up" DVD
    Comedy Feng Shui: 10 things that ruin comedy shows
    "The bathroom attendant just strongarmed me into giving him a dollar"
    Louis CK at Comix = most impressive standup show I've ever seen
    Trying to write extended bits instead of quickies
    Harvard Business School, Sandpaper Suit, and Chris Rock's small experiments
    Is it better to start off as a comic in NYC or somewhere else?
    Taping sets to get phrasing and delivery and to remember funny riffs
    The definition of the word "anal"

    Some posts from 2008 that were especially popular or that I liked a lot:


    And from 2007:

    Steve Martin's advice for making it as a comic: "Be undeniably good"
    Moby's #1 fan is out to get me
    Rhythm in standup and music
    "Stage time in this city is too valuable to waste"
    5 reasons new comics should stop listening to albums and tv specials by famous comics
    How Chris Rock works out new material in a small club
    Chris Rock and I "share" a bill again
    "Funny" isn't what makes people laugh
    Video: Simon Beauregard's Guide to America

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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    I've read all these before and they're great
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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    Hi Matt! I clicked on a bunch of these and realized I'd already read a bunch of them. Your blog has affected me more than I realized...



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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    I just assumed everyone was tuned in to Sandpaper Suit, these columns rule the school.

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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    Yeah, I've been reading these for a while now. Matt's commitment to these posts is pretty impressive, they're really helpful and insightful. They're not just inflated twitters like a lot of blogs.



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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    For those interested in the execution of writing and performing comedy, there's no better personal site than Sandpaper Suit. Matt posts bits, insights, and interviews that nobody else does.



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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    Matthew Rubix is a nice young man. (He must be, since he always wears suits.) Bookmark his bloggy thing.
    I'm a comic. My website is mark-agee.com



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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    If you care about comedy, and aren't reading Sandpaper Suit, eat a dick. Seriously, fuck you, you fucking prick.



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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    Matt, don't be hating on my Moleskine.

    EDIT: Forgot to say, this blog rocks.
    Last edited by Alex Mac; June 27, 2009 at 6:37 PM.



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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    Thanks for all the kind words, guys. Much appreciated!



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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    I like what you're bringing to the internets, both the blogs and the Think Tank videos. I almost wish I'd found the videos 6 months from now so I'd have more to watch, but kudos on not churning out a bunch just to have them. I'll be following your tweets for more.



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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    I <3 SandpaperSuit. All ASTers should be reading this.



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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    Just updated the post above with some more of the "best of" posts at Sandpaper Suit from the past few months. Hope ya dig.



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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    OK, added another batch of posts up top at original post. Look there for full set of links. Yeah.



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    Re: Top posts from Sandpaper Suit, NYC comic Matt Ruby's blog about standup

    Love the blog. Like the "We're All Friends Now" podcast even more... my favorite episodes are those with Sean Patton, Jared Logan, Sean O'Connor, and Kumail Nanjiani.

    Thanks for the post.




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