Albert Lam @ Dirty Trix [Paraphrase] (via courtingcomedy)
[Daily Random (10/26/13): Originally Posted August 04, 2012]
This is by far my least favorite aspect of comedy as a beginner. No matter what your target, if your jokes don’t work, then you look / sound like a huge jerk. It’s fascinating how laughter has so much power over us.
***Just to be clear, this isn’t a thing where I’m telling other comedians what they should be doing. I don’t claim to be any kind of authority on comedy; just bringing up (ranting about) things that annoy me and, IMO, convey a misunderstanding of what comedy is***
Stand up comedy really is the best. I love it. It took me a good number of years of being an idiot before I found something that I clicked with. I’m not a special case. I know a ton of comedians who are in the same boat. Stand up has that effect on different people from all walks of life…so why do so many comedians become fixated more on projecting an image and drift away from actually doing comedy? Below are a few things that stick out to me as ways to divert yourself from the reality that comedy is tough, and progress doesn’t come easy.
You should take every opportunity you want to take and trust that the dots will connect themselves. More often than not, they do.
'Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary' – Steve Jobs 1955-2011
I sketch from my notebook (of Ke$ha) seemed fitting for this post.)
I am learning so much lately about myself and others that I can’t help but write about it.
As mentioned several times below, I have been pursuing stand up comedy (motives=personal growth and who knows?); and I’ve hit a bit of a rough patch lately. I tried out some material that I wasn’t sure of, and it didn’t do well. As a result, I’ve tried out so much new material that it’s fascinating to see what resonates with people and what fails / confuses them. I do think this will make me much stronger in the end.
As I’ve mentioned below, I’m a very sensitive person (I mean, who isn’t?) and it’s been difficult for me to try something out and stare into dead silence. I always make commentary when my stuff isn’t well-received, and my goal is to keep moving forward (sans commentary) when that happens. I’ve seen that happen even to the pros, and they always handle it with so much grace.
There are a lot of talented (and equally untalented) comedians that attend Portland open mics. I’m always fascinated by the experienced comedians; and as I dissect why things worked for them, I become frustrated that my understanding doesn’t always reflect in my own work. I know this is all a part of the process; and I need to remember to be patient / allow time for things to complete themselves. I’ve taken a few days “off” from writing to give me inspiration, which has helped.
La vie est belle (I always blog on these days ;) )! But always a roller coaster.