Showing posts with label comedy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label comedy. Show all posts

My First Go At Stand-Up Comedy

So I mentioned before that I was going to take my first crack at trying stand up and that happened last night.  All the graduates of the class got up on stage and delivered what they had been working on for the last two months.  

It was a very exciting night for all of us--playing to over 100 people, including many family and friends.  Some of us were nervous, some of us remained cool--I was somewhere in the middle.  

So as requested by many that couldn't make it, I did record it and it is below for your perusing.  In rewatching it, I'm glad it went smoothly.  I feel there is much more work to do and I'm curious to see how I can further develop this bit and combine them with other bits I have been working on.  But for a first time attempt, I'll take it.  I felt largely comfortable up there and while I can go on in about a million ways to critique what I did, I'm content that I did it as effectively as I did, given that it was my first time.  

I have to say that the course was fantastic and I highly recommend taking it.  It was offered at North Shore Community College's Community Education program and taught my Amy Tee.  She did a yeoman's job in terms of keeping us on track, getting us organized, preparing the show, and putting up with us.  She also provided good tips and guidance about being on the show.  But most importantly, she worked with us constantly to improve our scripts.  

Just a heads up about the performance.  It does entail adult topics and it does have indecent language.  Don't say I didn't warn ya!  Without further meanderings, here it is for your entertainment!  Enjoy!  

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation...[Insert Laugh Here]

This summer has been great.  I started a doctoral program and finished my first two courses.  I got in some good running (even after recovering from an injury).  I got to finally go on my honeymoon.  I got a lot of different projects off the ground.  But my most exciting experience thus far has been the stand-up comedy class that I took at North Shore Community College's community education program.  This six-week course has been not just a great opportunity to start to think about and write stand up routines but also an opportunity to meet some great (and really funny) people.  

I took the class because I figured I could always spruce up my teaching with a bit of side-humor or just make my material potentially more engaging, but I've found the experience to be something more.  It's definitely unleashed a lot of creative writing around humorous content and it's been fun to develop a singular bit while getting a lot of content and writing for other potential future bits.  

The class format was simple but effective and run by the fantastic Amy Tee.  Class 1:  Introductions, discuss ideas about what you want to do, start to think about your script.  Several days before Class 2, send Amy the script or what you have thus far for feedback and tweaking.  Class 2: start practicing in front of classmates for experience and feedback and repeat.  Along the way, Amy introduces different pieces such as callbacks, persona, and getting used to the stage dynamic.  By the second half of the 6 week course, we're recording our bits to get of a sense of how we sound and look.  And like any good creative endeavor, this process proves effective when I look at my original script and where I have it now.  

Beyond the class, we will be doing a live performance on Thursday, September 17 at Timothy's on Route 1 in Danvers, MA.  Tickets are $20 and include both dinner and 10 soon-to-be-minted comedians going for their first performances.

Comedy Show in Danvers MA Flyer

Of course, the question I first get is if I'm nervous about performing in front of an audience of potentially 100+ people.  There is some nervousness in me somewhere, but it feels more like first-day-of-class nervous.  It's there, I acknowledge it, but it's not something that will prevent me from doing it.  If nothing else, it feels exciting to get the first experience out of the way because I think I'd like to actually do more performances in the future.  

It's always fascinating how random things (like taking a comedy class) can open up new ideas and generate something in one's self that wasn't necessarily there before (or has been very quickly coaxed into being).  If nothing else, this reminds to always to try new things.  

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