Archive for Sam Michael Stevens

What I’ve Learned So Far While Touring

I like to think of myself as a great comedian. I work hard, I always try to improve myself and write better jokes, learn from my peers, and not take it too hard when the audience doesn’t laugh at my jokes sometimes. Every comedian has their good and bad days, including me, it’s what you do about it that matters. Touring is hard sometimes, you don’t get to see your old friends for a long time, but then, on the road, you make new ones, and there’s always someone else to talk to, besides your small crew.

I like keeping myself inspired while I’m touring. I try to read books in the van and maybe watch some TV shows on my laptop to take the edge off and keep me entertained. But I also like to write new jokes, or at least practice the old ones and come up with new ways of saying them. Being a stand-up comedian means that you should find your own jokes funny, and if you cease to do that, then that means you should change something up!

We were staying at a hotel in Ohio last month and I realized that a lot of my older jokes were becoming stale to me, like I’d outgrown them, and we were only a day away from the show. My confidence started to wane, it was like I didn’t believe in what I was saying. And one of the crucial things is to believe yourself to make others believe you. I thought, ‘I’m gonna improvise and try and write something new for tomorrow, just to see what comes out.’

Then I remembered our little incident a couple of weeks prior when Brian, my driver, who’s a big guy, broke the faucet at a diner’s toilet, and in trying to repair it, he broke the plumbing, a pipe and the water heater as well, all hell broke loose when the staff noticed. Wasted a ton of water, it was hilarious. Though I felt sorry for Brian because he’s so tall and broad, and people have prejudice about him that he’s mean, but he’s actually very sanguine and clumsy with little objects.

And that’s how I perked myself up, I decided to try telling this story, not turn it into a typical joke, but just make some observational jokes and see how the audience responds. Sometimes you have to try new things when you’re on the road!

How to Keep Your Cool On Stage

The definition of panic and anxiety: you start to feel a bit faint. Your knees are weak and begin to buckle slowly. Your breathing is shallow and feeble. The room reels as you enter the dangerous dizzy zone. Your mind goes black and takes your best jokes along with it. Your body temperature soars as you sweat droplets of dew that falls into your eyes from your forehead. Your pupils sting with surprise and widen. You scramble to get ahold of yourself and reach for a cool glass of water. You could be taking a final exam, sitting before a trial judge, getting married in front of 200 people, giving a speech at work, or performing at a local comedy club.

If you are still alive and are a comic, you sidle over to the stage turbo fan – something like the best floor fans featured here. It’s no prop, but a rescue machine for those in distress. (Tip of the week: turn it on before your act.) Comedy club newbies are prone to wander over a little too fast and too soon. Above all don’t give yourself away. Get a grip on yourself. (Let’s stop here a minute. Don’t let me scare you. Comedy is a challenge but ever so rewarding. There is nothing like it in the entertainment field. My story is here to let you know that you get can through the worst of times to face the best. Just get out the mental fan and use it when you feel stressed.)

Panic (terror for some) doesn’t happen to everyone, especially the old pros, but it can afflict first timers and the timid. If you don’t fear it, it won’t cripple your show. Comedy is a tough row to hoe, even with the best of original material. Keeping your cool takes strength of character and a good plug-in fan. Michael Richards lost his verbal cool before an unforgiving audience and it hurt his career. Hopefully you will only lose your normal body temperature at best. It is par for the course and nothing to be ashamed of. When you are down, get up fast and furiously. Act like nothing has happened and march on.

If you have good jokes and funny or witty lines, your audience will respond and your fears will fly away. Somehow, you are somewhere else altogether, on a cloud called “a roll.” Once you have experienced the heights, there is no going back. This is why we do it. It is a high better than any, a legal drug you can have whenever you like. Who goes into comedy? Every personality type from introverts to extroverts, wits to clowns, mockers to zingers. Men and women love it alike. So many styles, methods, approaches and ways to incite laughter abound. The joy is in finding your own voice and believing in yourself. Confidence is the key. I can’t say enough, and I encourage those who aspire to this profoundly exciting art form to push forward and meet your success head on with gusto.

Fat Jokes are for Amateurs

Someone who gets on and off the bathroom scale every day in a panic does not laugh at fat jokes in the comedy club. Some subjects hit too close to home and are just plain painful like bullying, poverty, and illness. Yes, there is plenty of material about overweight people falling through chairs or not being able to get on an airplane, but really, how low do you have to go to get a laugh. Diabetes and ill health are scary and laughter does diminish fear, but it is often cruel and demeaning, so avoid it like the plague (another taboo subject). Often people are struggling with their weight, using all sorts of diets and special weight loss digital scales to win a tough fight. Humor in good fun is an art, and if you get dig into your soul and find some honest material there, by all means go for it. The response will speak volumes. Respect will follow.

Slang, nasty curse words of the worst kind, self-deprecation, irony, and mockery are the substance of some comics’ routines. It worked for hecklers like Don Rickles, but it won’t for you. It is the easy way out and most do it when learning the game. Amateurs can be spotted with this kind of lifted material. You will get nervous titters. Bathroom jokes are equally pitiful. We all go so what’s the big deal. It isn’t really funny. It’s cute to talk about your kids first efforts on the john, and that’s it. Cute is not for the stage.

My advice: pick up the bathroom scale and toss the fat stuff along with it out the window. Start to become more original. Read up on current news and events and use that for inspiration for a new routine. The real world is loaded with comedic opportunity and the serious can slide into the sublime. You can make fun of groups without targeting individuals in your audience. They will cower at one look from you and never return for future engagements.

Who are the great comedians in history? I don’t have to tell you. They can be stupid pie-throwing silly like Milton Berle, witty like Jonathan Winters, dumbstruck like Red Skelton, great with unusual language like Robin Williams, folksy like Bill Cosby, and self-deprecating like Joan Rivers. When they are the focus, they shine. They get the brunt of the attack, not you.

Humor revolves around shared experience which is why fat jokes are so prevalent. Let me tell you they have run their course. Other taboo topics would be terrorism, death, religion, and handicaps. Politics are fine as are celebs and public figures. What everyone knows is great material. There is common ground in humor. Childhood memories are filled with stories to be retold. Remember camp, high school, sports events, your worst teacher, your best girlfriend? Car crashes no, your first car yes. Try your material out on friends. If they tell you the truth, you will have a road map to future success. You just have to separate your own limitations and assumptions from the process. Put yourself in others’ shoes. Don’t go for cheap laughs above all. It will be at your expense.

A Gig in a State Forest

Talk about having to tell jokes over the sound of a bratty noisy generator. That darn thing was whirring impolitely in the distance while I was telling my best new jokes. It was worse than a heckler. It was mocking me with an incessant whine. It was our annual family and friends outing and everyone expected me to be in my usual good form. I had saved a few news ones just for the occasion. There is always just the right time.

The trip was uneventful, which is always a good thing. No rain, no bugs, no bears. We hadn’t forgotten any essentials like toilet paper or utensils. We have a favorite campsite with amenities like bathrooms, running water, and if you need it, some shelter. We were roughing it, however, and created our own mini environment of sleeping bags and tents. It was a perfect paradise of our own making in a totally non-threatening wilderness.

The food we planned was superior – far better than the usual hot dog fare. We were cooking top grade steaks over the fire, s’mores, baked beans seasoned just right, and lots of cold soda and great beer. It was nature’s heaven. We kept the ice chest nearby. The kids were roaming about happily while the adults congregated to catch up. There are wonderful memories in the making, but it would have been even better if we could have heard ourselves speak!

Story time is a ritual, especially for the young ones who remember last year. We had gotten through a few mildly scary ones (told by Uncle James) and it was my turn. I tried a few jokes with some good success, and had a final volley in store when the generator started to whine like a cat in heat. My punch line drifted unheard into the air. It wasn’t that people weren’t listening. Some were waiting with bated breath. It was that darn machine upstaging me in my big moment. If I’d bought My Gen Set along, then I wouldn’t have been fighting over the noise of the old rattler that Uncle James bought with him. OK, the family has heard me before, but it is part of the traditional and we all look forward to my wit.

It isn’t even that big or imposing. Just there grabbing attention. OK, it’s not that new but why the yowling. Is it hungry for fuel? I guess we hadn’t thought of everything when we packed. An oil can is probably sitting by its lonely self in the garage. There is certainly no general store nearby. We looked for some fellow campers within walking distance to no avail. Already way too much time and energy were focused on the problem.

Why did we bring the thing anyway? 50 pounds of menace. I guess roughing it means different things to different people. We like our lights at night to scare away the critters and keep us safe and secure. They also let us see hours before bedtime so the time isn’t wasted. We can find things, cook, and enjoy the fire without squinting. I guess it will be a fixture next year—but well oiled.

What’s the Deal With These New Kitchen Faucets?

Have you seen the craziness that’s in these new kitchen faucets that are in stores or online today? It’s like you’ve got to install a brand new industrial fire hose just to get water from your tap! Some of these faucets are crazy huge too and it makes me wonder if God isn’t looking down on them like they’re a second Tower of Babel.

If your kids start speaking a foreign language suddenly, it could be because you’ve got a modern kitchen faucet that’s as tall as you are.

I just don’t get why these new faucets are so tall. It’s ridiculous! How can you be focused on saving water when you’ve got two feet of water still coming out of the faucet after you’ve turned off the flow? Isn’t there a better way to approach kitchen faucets so you don’t have to enter a strong man competition just to be able to lift it up onto your mount?

Does Size Really Matter? 

I know, I know… size counts. I get it. The size you have doesn’t matter, however, if you can get your detachable spray hose to either attach or spray. You might have all the size in the world and make life easier and more pleasurable for everyone, but if you’ve got faulty equipment – that’s when you’re really screwed!

Then there’s all these spray patterns. Growing up, there was one kind of water flow in the kitchen. It was called “on.” It usually occurred when Mom, who was disgusted by the fact that I was rolling around outside in the same places the dog liked to roll, would drag me over to the kitchen sink by the ear and demand that I turn on the water.

There was no spray function. There was no “pause” function. There was just the “you stay here until you get all of the dirt out from under your nails” function. And there was only one type of faucet – they were all the same.

There Are Other Extremes Too

Maybe you’ve stayed away from size because you don’t want something gaudy in your kitchen. You’ve still got pain to feel too! These new faucets go towards the other extreme as well and are so small and streamlined that they do a better job of impersonating a 2D faucet from an old Japanese video game. There’s these little teeny-tiny levers that control the water flow and the temperature and I suppose they work for teeny-tiny hands.

I’ve got some news for you, kitchen faucet manufacturers. I’ve got fat fingers! Maybe that’s just a ploy to get me to invest into that new touch technology that some faucets have or get one of those fancy motion detector faucets that make me do things most reminiscent of what I do with my fingers on my iPhone.

Kitchen faucets today can be ridiculous, but there are some good ones out there too. One big thing with all this variety in kitchen faucets means that there are all different types of faucets, and the best kitchen faucets for one style of kitchen might be completely different to those for another kitchen. Depending on which model you buy, they can be dismounted, help the world save water, and get the job done right. If you want one of those tall ones, however, you might also consider investing some of that cash you saved into a Rosetta Stone software product just in case your kids start to babble.

Bathroom Humor – The Right & Wrong Places

Bathroom humor is always good for a few laughs. Belly roars and bursts of cackles can revolve around personal voiding habits and certainly toilets. Device malfunctions are all in fun, and animals using the loo are pretty amusing as well. Not much is funny about taking a shower, however, or using state-of-the art equipment. Shower heads are functional but glorious ways to indulge in a water cleansing fest in the privacy of your own home.

As I look for humor in all the right places, I also find it in some wrong ones. Places that are less likely to engender smiles and guffaws. Places that are just not funny to begin with. It just takes a willing perpetrator to bring a normal situation to a boiling point of laughter.

Traveling in the third world is a font of opportunity. Americans are so cleanliness conscious that they require a daily bath or shower to feel human. Their foreign counterparts find it wasteful and time-consuming. You can take a sponge bath if you feel that dirty in between your must-have days. I heard from a friend in Morocco about public baths and odd equipment. I have been to Japan and have seen some rather unusual methods of ablution. There is one that takes the cake I read about in Ethiopia. You don’t get to enter some of the smaller villages on your own. The writer was with a film crew that had permission to go deep into the hinterlands for footage, and the adventurers were expected and welcomed.

Bathing is top of the mind when it comes to US travelers. No matter where they are, they want to see the bathroom before even their bed for the night. Horrors if they have to use an outhouse. This film group, however, expected the worst and were not disappointed. If plumbing did exist, it was old and a hybrid of mix and match parts, some left over from World War II. In one area, the writer had use a shower toilet concoction. You never knew if they used filtered shower water was or if it straight from the bowl after use. The pipes could just have been old, but the color of the liquid was mighty suspicious. If you were lucky enough to use the “device” in the daytime, at least you could see before proceeding. If it was outside in a shed or shelter of some kind, you had to take your chances on what was coming out of the holes – it certainly wasn’t the best shower head and the holes in it were big enough to let anything and everything through.

It was worse if you had to take a colleague to save water which was scarce at even a mild warm temperature. Hearing such stories, I do think twice about where I go on vacation or what countries I choose to visit for recreation. Over the years, I find that fussiness is not a sin and convenience is a blessing. Basic human rituals are not to be taken for granted in many parts of the world.

Why I travel with a backpack instead of rolling luggage

As you’d expect, being a stand up comedian I spend a lot of time on the road – which always ends up with people asking me about my choice of luggage. Unlike many people who like rolling luggage, I’m a backpack kind of guy. The nice thing about traveling with a backpack is that it forces you to not take yourself as seriously as you normally would in your daily life. With a small bag on your shoulders, you literally have to take an assessment of what’s really important to you. What items will you allow to take up some of that precious space? Things you thought were critical when you’re home may be necessary for just that place… your home.

Because I’m always staying in hotels on the road, I can eliminate a whole heap of those little travel sized toiletries and the insane rules that go with carrying them on board a plane with you. All I take is my toothbrush, some toothpaste, my notepads for my routines and a minimal collection of clothes. Also a big bag of sweets for a quick energy boost if I’m feeling a bit tired.

I bought the SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart backpack after seeing it on a list of cool backpacks and deciding that it was perfect for my needs. I liked the idea of buying a backpack from a brand that also manufactures traditional luggage. I also looked at a lot of the backpacks from The North Face before deciding on this bag. I’m not going to go into a full review on this blog, but I will tell you that it is one of the best travel hacks I’ve ever made.

I avoid checking my bag whenever I travel as much as I possibly can, because it speeds up the travel process. I can get to the airport later, avoid queuing up to drop off my bag and it allows me to fly cheaply on budget airlines like Southwest… after all, being a standup comic doesn’t pay that well for each gig.

I like that the bottom is rubberized since you never know where you’ll need to put your backpack down. There’s three large pockets with double zippers to make it easy to get into the bag from any angle, as well as a little pocket on the front that is perfect for stashing your boarding pass or a snack.

The back straps have an anatomical design that are designed to make it comfortable to wear the bag, and there is an “Air Mesh” backing that is designed to stop your back from sweating when you’re wearing the bag. Also, I find the design of this bag is neat and compact. Above the wet pocket is an organizer space where I can easily reach the essentials, say for instance, a granola bar. But there’s also room for lots more.

There’s also plenty of room in there to store a laptop. Depending on how long I’m going to be on the road for, I’ll sometimes pack it in there – it’s got a nice secure spot to keep my Macbook.

This is the backpack of of my dreams, that is if I was some kind of backpack nerd who actually dreamed about finding the perfect backpacks.

How to improve your stories like Seinfeld does

SeinfeldOne of the hardest things to do as a stand up comedian is to fine tune lines for better effect and this is not just me, it really is all comedians including the great Jerry Seinfeld. It is true he specialized in taking all of those extremely disorganized parts of life and with the mastery of comedy arrangement turn them into a perfectly ordered collection of amusing irritations. With skillfully organized wording, he manages to make the major world problems into domestic irritations.

He was constantly seeking, as we all are to improve delivery until you reach perfection. For many years Seinfeld used in his act the concept that the greatest problem facing mankind was an overflowing toilet.

No matter how extreme the emergency or problematical the occurrence it could not be as bad as a piece of fundamental plumbing being blocked. Then one night in 1991 on the Arsenio Hall Show the host pointed out that with all the wars in the world, criminal activities on the rise and economic deprivation everywhere, how could his major problem be a piece of malfunctioning plumbing.

Seinfeld was quick to point our that as great as these problems are they are “out there” not here not now where these calamities are outweighed by his fear of malfunctioning toilets the problems were all elsewhere. Using the slow, cover all approach to developing the comedy ideas is typically Seinfeld but one I aspire too, expanding and explaining the humor content in the way of a slow movement rather than a torrent, a glacier rather than an avalanche, slowly and surely constantly testing, refining and improving to reach a level which is above the norm.

One of the examples that Seinfeld used is his one liner regarding marriage, it is like a game of chess with a board made of flowing water and pieces made of smoke.

It was one of his favorites but the stumbling block for many in his audience was them trying to visualize a board of flowing water, people just did not understand and many missed the punch line whilst trying to work out the contrived wording. Also the repetition of “made of” was hindering the flow and making people think too much and missing the punch line.

As all stand up comedians he hated losing audiences and spent many hours thinking of alternatives to “made of” as away of explaining the composition of the board. His method was to try new ways, refine wording think, test and rethink. Finally he solved the problem, instead of using the line that the board was made of flowing water he merely described the shape of a chess board with his fingers and leaving out the problem “made of” phraseology sot with the hands describing the shape of the chess board the phrasing became slicker, more pointed and easier to understand the new format with the board of flowing water and pieces of smoke. Several months’ work and testing to leave out four words and increase understanding the story a hundred times easier. Some might think that’s a lucky find – but it comes from countless times of testing that joke to refine it.

The result of testing and trying out on live audiences, that is what I aspire to.

The ability to improve by rethinking every possible angle, and improving every delivery of every line. Just like Seinfeld the anticipation of facing a live audience gives me a real buzz.

I am not sure whether he was really frightened of the audience or not as he once described it as being like the last minutes of facing a firing squad when you face them, back to the wall, with a cigarette in your mouth, waiting for the bullets.

His stage act obviously had great structure but they were not scripted they just followed a similar direction.

This is evident listening to his collection of stories connected by the use of tuxedos. His underlying thread is that tuxedos clothe inherently mean the wearer is the sort of person who should not be counted on, a mini conman and the tux is their uniform. He cites the fact that they are worn by Casino personnel, Head waiters, Beauty show presenters and all these people are not deserving of trust. He admits it is a work in progress but like all his stories he will refine them so that they are timeless.

One Tuxedo story that is finished and he uses is about weddings and all male guests wearing the same suit are actually a safety feature designed by women for women. As it is well known men are not to be depended on the Tux is an identifying uniform so that if the groom decides not to go through with the service all males just move one step to the right and the next one takes over. Pure Seinfeld and a quality level to aim for. I leave you with my favorite Seinfeld one liner.

“I was the best man at the wedding. If I’m the best man, why is she marrying him?”

Laughter Makes the World Go Round

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When I need to have a good laugh, I tend to turn on the TV to watch a cheery sitcom or read the funnies section that is located in my favorite newspaper. When my need for comedy is greater, I watch the funniest movie that I can find in my DVD collection. But when all of this isn’t able to bring me the laughter I crave for, I opt to observe the so-called real world that surrounds me…and that pretty much does it for me!

Reading the weird news section of any newspaper or portal website is always able to crack me up like there is no tomorrow! I’ve read some crazy and unbelievable news that could make anybody’s mouth drop opened in disbelief, such as when a person claimed that her cat dialed 911, as well as when a man tried dialing 911 but gave up when he wasn’t able to find the “eleven” button, or the fearless robber who decided to wear a motor bike helmet that had his name prominently labeled across it–on the same day he decided to rob a bank. The fact that these types of scenarios are really happening around the globe makes it even funnier! One tends to have a basic expectation of common sense from people, but the word ‘common’ is often misleading!

Honestly, I used to think that these types of news were made up–until I finally had the opportunity of meeting some of the people in these real world snafus. It’s a great source of new stories for me to use in my stand-up comedy routines–especially, if I can reach out to the person in the story and interview them. So, when you feel bored or sad…just look around. Do not bother to read a joke book—instead, opt to read a newspaper. Knowing what happened to the duck that went to a bar and asked for a drink can only be funny the first time your
hear it. Responding to the ‘knock-knock joke’ can make you chuckle at first but will become boring soon after. But analyzing the real world and the funny things that people do is always able to fill your life with laughter.

It is no wonder why moviemakers spend so much time, energy and money in including bloopers at the end of movies. Many people claim that these bloopers are more exciting to watch than the actual films!

Just like the very well-known American author Ernest Hemingway who liked watching the world walk by, I tend to do the same—except that it seems that I am more entertained than Hemingway was, as I do not just see the world walk by but also make a fool of it all along the way.

Jerry Seinfeld on Writing a Joke

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Jerry Seinfeld is considered a god of comedy and rightfully so. He’s known for his well balanced and excellently orchestrated jokes. Most of all, which is one of his more admirable feats if you ask me, his wit. Jerry Seinfeld knew what would make himself laugh and how to deliver that to someone else who may have either shared his experience or has an understanding of what he means. Either way, he told his own jokes. He did everything the way he wanted to and followed his own system.

At the end of the day, if you aren’t making something that you would enjoy, why even bother doing it? That concept really sticks with me and it applies to comedy as well. My jokes center around things that I have experienced and found to be absolutely stomach turning because of the punch line. They were ironic and I found that hilarious.

Moments that were a good slap in the face where I couldn’t help but find myself chuckling, asking “Really!? Of all things, really?” Because that is just how life works. When I relay my jokes and stories to the audience, I’m putting out there material that I would find humorous if told to me. If I enjoy it and think it’s funny, that will definitely show when I talk about it to the audience. I am talking about what has meaning to me. One of the most important things Jerry Seinfeld stresses about comedy is to begin with something hilarious right off the bat. It doesn’t matter what it is, it just needs to be something that will hook in your audience and catch their attention.

Something funny will introduce them to the joke and kind of make them perk up their ears in curiosity. This happened, you say? Tell me more. It kind of works like that. Almost as if you were telling and story and trying to capture their interest with the first page. Your starting line of the joke is the page one of your
book. Make sure you choose wisely. It’s all about the wording in the joke. Such as key words or phrases that are going to stand out and resonate with the listener. As the comedian is talking about the story and trying to emphasize the emotional aspects of the situation, key words will be stressed to dig for an even bigger funny.

Use specific words that the audience is more likely to find funny in the first place. As for the design of it, make sure it sounds like a story. People naturally gravitate towards storytelling and it will gain their interest. They will be absorbed in it and want to know more. You have their attention. But make sure not to drag it out too much. If the story is much too lengthy, it’ll feel like the joke is being dragged out. Lastly, end that joke with a bang! The conclusion has to end with the biggest laugh that way it really sticks with the audience.

Stand Up Comedy in the YouTube Era

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This day and age is all about technology. No matter what, we are glued to our phones, tablets, laptops, you name it. We’re attached at the hip to something technological and are always involved with the network.

People are always talking to someone far away from them through a screen or watching other people’s lives. I’m not criticizing! I’m no exception to this, I am completely absorbed in my phone the majority of the time. But this is the kind of world we live in.

We’re not doing things the way our parents used to them or their parents before them. We communicate differently, navigate around differently, and view things in a different way. If you want to get anyone to notice anything you do, you’ll need to be Internet savvy and involved in multiple social networks. It’s the same way for filmmakers, music lovers, artists, and even comedians.

You can still rely on word of mouth and communicating without people in person, those techniques will work. But if you want to really draw some attention to yourself, you’ll need the glories of the Internet on your side. Many comedians I’ve met and heard of got their start on YouTube. You wouldn’t expect comedy to have such a strong connection to YouTube, but I swear, it’s a godsend and it works. Many started by posting videos of their routine and the occasional video blog to show people what their everyday life was like.

But the part of that caught the most attention was the clips of their comedy act. I noticed a similarity in them all, they were roughly three minutes in length. Three minutes is considered just long enough to deliver a couple jokes to get the viewers interested and satisfied with what they are viewing. Just a joke or two is thrown in there but never more. If they just posted the entire video of the comedy act, the viewers won’t be eager for more.

If it’s rather small in length, it’ll really pester the viewers. They’ll love the joke but only so much material is offered to them in that teeny, tiny video. Naturally, they’ll want more. The viewer will be eager to find another joke and get more familiar with the comedian’s material. If this comedian has this video posted, surely there are more! And so the process begins. They start scanning the Internet for more comedic material from this person. Exactly as if you just discovered a band and wanted to find every bit of music they’ve ever created and now.

It won’t just be YouTube that they will be scanning. Facebook, Tumblr, you name it. Google will be their best friend through this process. The more videos you have posted on your YouTube account, the better. The views will stack up as will the subscribers as do the Facebook likes, Tumblr followings, etc. Suddenly, this comedian has established a community of followers. He/she has solidified that cluster of interest. Their comedy has gained more interest

The Thrill of Stand up Comedy

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I don’t know which part is more invigorating for me but I can tell you deep down that I love this trade. Laughter is considered the best medicine out there and there’s nothing I love more than delivering that cure to the audience. I believe Comedy can fix just about anything weighing down on your shoulders so why not get a higher dose of it?

There’s no such thing as an overdose of laughter and joy, so why not chase after it a bit more? Comedy is all about the presence and impression you make.

When I step out onto that stage, I have to be ready. I have to be prepared to make an impression on these people. Whatever I am going to be saying, whether it’s a story or a one-liner, it has to stick. There needs to be something about it that the listener can attach to, look over at the person next to them, and laugh maniacally (well, maybe not that much!) because I get it.

They get it.

It’s something they understand and went through. Airplane food, what’s up with that? Everyone dislikes the airplane food, it’s notorious for being unpleasant. Anyone who has taken a flight anywhere would understand. Because I bring up something they know and can relate to, it’s a laugh. Pitch the joke. Let it sink it. Everyone relates. Everybody laughs. Everyone feels better. Now we’re cookin’!

That’s what is so thrilling about the comedic experience for me, I can make everyone feel better. The laughs keep coming, the jokes keep flowing, and the laughter just increases left and right. We’re all friends, we’re experiencing something great together. Suddenly, I’ve created a memory with these people. They’ll go back and reflect upon this awesome time I gave them and fantastic things I made them feel. And it’s just magic.

Seeing those smiling faces, tears streaming, and stomach’s being held tight is nothing less than rewarding and amazing. I feel full of a life and energy that no other experience could match. I am the supplier of wonderful feelings. I am the doctor feel good. That is my favorite part of the experience as a whole.

But it doesn’t end there, oh no, no. When the audience starts to communicate with me it just becomes an even bigger event. The interaction between comedian and audience is absolutely crucial, in my eyes, and I try my best to optimize that feature of the gig. I say something they find hilarious and suddenly they are talking back to me. Shouting out questions or just trying to joke back at me, you name it.

That conversation and interaction is made by my comedic routine. By interacting with the audience, I have room for improvisation and can make a more personal connection with them. The wall between performer and viewer is broken and suddenly we’re all just people again. And here I am, standing tall with my microphone and sense of humor, trying to make these people smile and forget about their troubles. It’s great.