Last edited by JManderville; January 9, 2011 at 7:55 PM.
or DON'T believe me!
But even with longer form stuff, you'll still need to establish credibility within the first few seconds—again, open-mic-ing won't hurt.
I just don't think that do to X you first should only do lots of mini-xs. Doing stuff in the same vicinity — Vs, Ws, Ys, and Zs — is going to help you out too. Think of the way learning music has all kinds of benefits for learning languages, math, and ensemble listening skills.
That being said, I'm gonna keep on keeping on.
1. Perform at least 120 times, and at least twice a week barring extreme illness and holidays.
2. Develop a "solid" ten minutes (ie ten minutes of jokes that work at least fairly consistently and that I don't hate)
3. Stop relying on notes so much.
Last edited by FF Woodycooks; January 8, 2011 at 4:08 PM.
Good point. The Austin scene recently experienced a small epidemic that was blamed on a contaminated mic.
1. Continue to perform 1-2 nights a week (plus improv), maybe add another night or two
2. Get car fixed
3. Use fixed car to hit Boston/ New York gigs more often
4. Get a solid plan for moving to a city where I can perform any and every night of the week within (from right now) the next year or two. Boston's most likely, but I'm not ruling out NY/Chi/LA immediately.
Nobody that's going to pay you to be somewhere and perform comedy is going to care that you're sick. They're not going to take a last minute call from you saying that you're not feeling well and accept the burden of finding a replacement for you based on that...
"The show must go on" and all that.
So, not allowing yourself to too easily claim sickness as your reason for not performing might be a good thing to get used to...and learning how to perform at your best even when you're not feeling your best might be a very good thing to practice.
pg--Finds that the adrenalin burst of performance often helps him feel, if only temporarily, much better--seattle
PS--But, yes, certainly...if you're contagious and aren't booked to perform, stay home. And for Flying Spaghetti Monster's sake, don't do that bit where you rub the microphone all over your nose and mouth...
We'll just take the fact that this was too long and that you didn't read it...as read.
Oh yeah, if it's a paying gig, that's different. Gotta truck through and be a pro and all that. But if it's a mic where a couple dozen or more people are passing through then it's okay to "call in", so to speak.
Actually another bonus goal is to check out the Austin scene as I've heard good things.
1. Avoid girls and start doing stand-up around Pittsburgh before I turn 18 (so that my jokes about being a underage virgin loser don't have to go in the trash.)
2. Not get arrested again.
3. Try not to die.
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4. Change username
(There are good writing and performing opportunities in PGH. I think Filmakers has something going on comedy-wise.)
many tine tanies
meet more big booty female comedians.
re: performing sick. I don't get sick often, but I do usually carry a small jar of mouthwash and hand sanitizer in my manbag, and after performing I'll find a moment to run to the bathroom and swish out my mouth and I use the hand sanitizer somewhat regularly - enough to kill a few germs, not so much that I look like a mental patient.
I'm sure nobody on AST would be an example, but there are plenty of dirty degenerates with terrible hygiene who blather into the same mic we do; I'm not a clean freak but I prefer not to be breathing in their toxic Five-O-Clock whiskey fumes and herpes residue.
Another option is to drink heavily. Booze kills everything. But if you're just open micing, do everybody a favor, contact the host/showrunner and take the night off.
Goals for 2011....
1. Learn to edit, not just write a bit and be done with it. Take out lines that don't work, add in new lines that do work, add tags. I had this goal in 2010 but failed.
2. Continue finding my voice. Nuff said. I had this goal in 2010 and succeeded. I'll have this goal in 2012 as well. It's a fun process.
3. Publish my book. I got a book deal for a humor book! My publisher wants the final manuscript by June. Let's git er done!
4. Author a humor blog. Or maybe publish something in The Onion.
I want to keep being a genius. maintain my gut so the audience doesn't get to intimitated by my good looks and dismiss me as just another pretty boy. Make someone laugh so hard that they start coughing blood. Keep not giving a fuck. Write more jokes about poop and never let myself become embarassed about being a thirty year old who still says poop. Keep working on my doctorate because education is key.
Goals for 2011
Move to a better market.
Get a solid 30.
Make my podcast better.
Make it into a comedy contest.
I feel like my goals change by the day... one day I want to get into a fest in TX as an excuse to go home. Another I just want to do 3 open mics and 1 booked show a week. Then I want to write 10 topical/relatable one-liners/day. Then I want to just focus on writing, finish a spec script on my TV projects.
Fuck all this goal shit.
I'm going to get on stage and talk about what matters, is important, and we'll see if we can't make it funny.