Coffee in Boston with a Fellow Comedian
snlbound: I got a very nice email from a man named Dan this week. He’s a comedian from south of Boston who runs a Tumblr called Comedy is Weird. We’re getting coffee this week! If I don’t post about it afterward it’s because I drove 40 minutes from home to meet a stranger who found me on the Internet through a site that doesn’t even require it’s users to confirm their email when creating an...
Tonight is my first guest spot at The Comedy...
As some of you know, I’ve been working the door at a comedy club on Cape Cod in MA for a few weeks and tonight is my first guest spot. It’s a big room and I’m on the bill with some pretty big names, so I’m pretty scared. I’ll let you guys know how it goes.
Comedy is Weird Tumblcast #1 Listen to me while I...
An Inspiring & Super Fun Interview with... →
You guys need to read this interview with Rob Riggle (The Hangover, Step Brothers). It’s one of the best interviews I’ve read as of late, and I love Rob, he’s hilarious. Serial Optimist has a ton of other great comedian interviews on their page, so read up on those while you’re at it.
design a logo?
Hey guys, I wanted to REACH OUT to the fans and see if I could get someone to design a logo for Comedy is Weird. If you guys are interested, whip something up and email it to email@example.com. The design that I like best will be used for the page as well as promotional stuff (T-shirts for contests, other crap that I think of) so your design will be seen pretty far and wide. GET AT ME
Anonymous asked: What advice to you have for someone who is terrified of speaking in front of others, but wants to try standup for that very reason. I think I'm pretty funny and have been paid for humor writing before, but also live in the midwest where standup isn't the biggest. Any tips?
When I started out, I’d drive a hundred miles to do my act for free.– Jim Carrey (via curtiscook)
Minneapolis comedy is ay-okay in my book
Hey guys- As some of you know, I do stand up in Boston. But, this weekend, I was in Minneapolis for a college workshop and I thought I’d check out the MN comedy scene. I stopped by the Friday night open mic at the Comedy Corner Underground. Before the show, I met some comics who had never been there before. They were all nice, although one of them was douchey and said stuff like,...
I'm in a...
Alex Mann: Standing Up
Here’s an essay by Alex Mann, musing on his first time on stage. The essay definitely rings true for most comedians starting out, so give it a read. Alex can be found on his Twitter page. Here’s the essay: Five blocks away. I walked at an even pace down the sidewalk, speeding up to cross intersections before cars received their green light. I approached an intersection as the light...
iamalanpartridge: I really can’t stomach stand up comedians or the concept in general. The idea of getting on a stage for two hours with the sole intention of making people laugh is just cringeworthy. huh.
I’ve been getting a good number of likes/reblogs/follows in the past few posts and I really appreciate the lovin’. Remember: a like is nice and a reblog is better, but a follow will make me wallow (with happiness)
dad's stand up philosophies
My dad confronted me yesterday about my stand up because he found my YouTube account and he watched some of my videos. He said he liked it but one thing he mentioned was the risk-factor of one joke I tell. The premise of the joke is that I bought a Nintendo DS when it first came out, and my girlfriend at the time was having a friend over, and coincidentally she approached me and said, “Dan,...
Looking over my notebook, I realized that I have at least another 5-7 minutes of new material to try out. I didn’t notice until now.
A good stand-up, you lead the audience. You don’t kowtow to the audience....– Zach Galifianakis (via justinpdrew)
WTF Podcast Episode 190: Todd Hanson →
ifc: halffiction: this is one of the most powerful and revealing episodes of WTF i’ve ever listened to. todd (one of the original writers of the onion) speaks really candidly about very dark times in his life. a serious must-listen for comedy fans, especially if you struggle with anxiety/depression. I was in the audience of a live WTF when Maron asked Todd if he’d be on the show. I’ve been...
How To Find Your Comedy Niche →
connectedcomedy: It’s never easy to grow your fanbase and it can often be overwhelming to figure out how to connect your comedy to an audience that will enjoy it. But one of the best ways to solve this challenge is to find your own comedy niche. When I work with comedians I ask them who they think the audience is for their material and too often, the answer I get from is that their ...
LESS SCARED of stand up
I did it, it went over okay, I’m gonna try to keep up the rhythm. I might put up a short clip once I get the footage someplace. SO YOU GUYS CAN SEE ME SAY THE JOKES.
SCARED OF STAND UP again
I’m excited and scared about performing tomorrow. I haven’t done it in so long, but the last few times I did it, it went over well. I think my jokes are pretty solid so I’m not afraid of bombing, but I just have general anxiety from having to go up. I’m hoping that it’ll go away and I can be comfortable on stage again. It’ll take a few times.
Too Soon or Too Late? A Response - Mobutu Sese... →
It’s as if these people considered the concept of the banality of evil to be less of a condemnation than a challenge. “Too soon?” offers an instant and unmistakable flag of cowardice—waving the white cloth back and forth and saying, “Look at me! Look at me! Am I antagonizing you? Ahahaha, don’t shoot!” It very dearly wants your attention and approval for being...
Seeing her (Joan Rivers’) movie, the Piece Of Work movie, was a huge...– Louis CK (via fatmanatee)
Comedy Nerds Unite!: My advice to funny tweeters:... →
witstream: I’m glad the internet has made it so easy for people to express themselves. Self-expression is, as a rule, a good thing for humanity. Unfortunately the tantalizing power to respond immediately with a slap (or a suck up) has been handed to millions (of idiots) in the form of an…
Jamie Ward: Everyone in Atlanta is failing at...
Here’s an article written by Jamie Ward from Atlanta, GA. Here in the local comedy scene, we are all failing at comedy. Let’s face the facts, unless you’re a household name, you suck just as much as the rest of us. Sure you may get a hosting gig that pays 20 or feature occasionally. Sometimes some of us even “headline” local shows. I myself have won a buck or two at some contests...
standup-comedy: What's up
I was going to post this, but doesn’t really fit into my blog niche . Very cool video of the persona behind Anthony Jeselnik. http://vimeo.com/14174885 -Cheers!
artfullyaborted: So today I finally decided that I’m going to definitely try to do stand up comedy. It was always something I wanted to do. Recently I had been thinking about it a lot and wondering if I even had the courage or whatever. I’m going to try it once, if I feel good, maybe I’ll do it more. If not, at least I tried.