Me making racist jokes in oakland
Me making racist jokes in oakland
Me at the comedy cellar in san fran.
Here's a ten-minute said i did in the finals of a competition last week. i placed 2nd.
^^ Looks like Anthony Jeselnik has some competition.
"Except for MJEH. He is an irredeemable fiend who should be locked up!!" - Alex Mac
super incredible set i did last night! the crowd response was amazing!!!
This is one of my first open-mic sets, and the first time I've shared anything with the outside world. Apologies for the poor lighting. I haven't retried most of this material yet but I've been rewriting a lot of it and I have it better memorized now, so I'm looking forward to reintroducing some of it (besides the Cheerios joke which was time-sensitive).
Your jokes are pretty well written for a first timer, but I had a lot of trouble being invested in your premises. Many of them are either false or too trivial for my taste.
Here's me on a showcase 1.5 years into stand up in Lancaster, PA.
Maybe I used the term false premise wrong because it was four in the morning and I'm dumb. I wasn't saying he was telling stories meant to be true that I didn't believe. I meant he was doing bits where the internal logic falls apart instantly under any kind of thought. Why would we be worried about cartoon bees?
I don't actually feel qualified to give other people comedy advice, but I thought it was rude to post a video without critiquing the guy above me.
I'd be worried as hell about giant talking bees, but point taken. I like your Juwanna Mann bit.
One of my better sets. I think?
It's very common when you're starting out to write jokes that are basically joke craft structure on contrived situations. Anytime I hear someone with nothing but false premises "I was at the grocery store with my girlfriend..." the entire time all I think during their set is 'no you weren't.' There's the rare exception sure but most people will get to the funny faster by helping me see the world through their eyes and commenting on their true feelings about a subject. Like anything else there are those who've achieved great success by any otherwise shit upon method.
A veteran comic when I was struggling with this issue told me, 'don't tell me what you "think" is funny, tell me WHY you think something is funny." I'm sure I'm more of a stickler against false premise because I was unfunny when that was my focus and molding my act to discuss things that were true to me or reflected how I actually felt/thought that I started to get big laughs.
In general I'll stand by my critiques of 'false premise' tho.
Some premises are obvious lies. Amy Shumer - I just slept with my high school crush! No she didn't, but I dont' care. The punch was funny.
We give them the benefit because she's a known veteran who thrives on misdirection. If Amy was new to comedy she wouldn't receive that type of pass. Same with Jeselnik and others.
I think every audience ear/funny bone is different. Some people just don't care especially if the possibility of the premise happening is high.
The only time I call out BS or rather I feel disconnected is when I can see through things. I heard a 27/28 year old comic do a set about getting old and how he can't go to dance clubs anymore. I wasn't feeling the joke/premise or anything because I'm in my 40's so in my mind I'm like "kiss my ass" I don't care if he has a good punchline or resolution - He lost me at getting old.
Me opening for Joe DeRosa in Lancaster, PA.