E24 – The Competitive Nature of Comedy is Bullshit

It is competition season for my comedy scene, which always flares up everyone’s competitive nature. Here’s the thing: The idea that Stand Up Comedy is somehow a competitive thing, is absolutely bullshit. You aren’t competing against your fellow comics. You are only competing against yourself. You are competing against your last set, your own work ethic, and your own fears. Be resilient.

I also go on a rant about comedy competitions, and tell the hard truth about them. As a producer of a competition, I understand their true nature and purpose. Other producers are going to hate my honesty. But, someone needs to be honest with you about it. It’s not about competing against each other, it’s about competing against yourself. Plus, there’s an easy way to hack almost any competition.

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E23: Cross Training for Comics

Athletes will do a different sport or exercise to help their main sport. This is cross training. Dancers will strength train. Football players will do yoga and swimming. Cyclists will cross country ski. This cross training theory can help you as a stand up comedian, too! There are definitely activities you can do that will help you grow your skills as a stand up. Here is my list:

Improv

Acting

Puzzle Games

Word Games

Karaoke

Dancing (Maybe just me)

There is some other random advice in here, too! I also included a little bonus clip of my husband stumbling in on my mic check.

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E22: Being A Big Fish In A Small Pond Doesn’t Mean Sh*t

This Episode is a little adversarial. It might hurt some feelings.

Being A Big Fish In A Small Pond Doesn’t Mean Sh*t.

There. I said it. It’s so easy in a small scene to feel like a big deal.  Comics with big heads and big egos make big mistakes. Bookers don’t need you. You are replaceable.

So, don’t lose your hustle. Still go to open mics. Still write. Still work on getting better. Being a big fish in a small pond won’t really open doors for you in the next big scene. But your work ethic will.

E20: “Stay On Target”

“Pouring salt in my sugar won’t make yours any sweeter
Pissing in my yard ain’t gonna make yours any greener”

Kacey Musgraves, Biscuits

It’s easy to get distracted in comedy. This episode is all about my mantra, “Stay On Target.” Put your blinders on and focus on what you have control over. Don’t get stuck in a mindset of scarcity. Laughter is not a limited resource. There’s enough for everyone. I promise!

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E19: Stand Up Comedy As A New Years Resolution

It’s that time of year! If you have “Try Stand Up Comedy” on your list of resolutions like I did in 2015 this episode is for you. Your first open mic is like an amusement park ride. Go into it ready to see what it feels like to tell jokes in front of an audience. Keep your expectations reasonable and remember not to confuse edgy with funny!
Also, listen to Episode 1: How To Get Started In Stand Up. This Episode gets into the nitty gritty of what your very first open mic will (hopefully) be like!
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