It’s easy to start dismissing open mics when you’re getting “paid gigs.” Some people see open mics as only auditions for bookers. I am making a passionate case for why this is not true. All stage time is good stage time. Get all the stage time you can! Besides, you need to go see your Comedy Mom at least once a week. She misses you.
We are talking all about self deprecating humor. What it is, how it helps, and how to keep it from going too far. Using examples from her own material, Katy Ipock helps demystify writing jokes about yourself. Plus, Comedy Mom gets a little passionate at the end talking about the true purpose in the world as stand up comedians.
When sports teams want to get better the coach sits them down and makes them watch game footage. Watching yourself play is the best way to see what your doing and where you can improve. Comedy is exactly the same way. The best way to see where you can get better as a performer is to watch (or listen) to your sets. Truly and honestly analyzing your sets will help you grow your talent and skills. Seriously. Record every set.
This episode could also be titled “How To Stay On A Booker’s Good Side. ‘ Acting professionally isn’t dependent on your talent and/or skill level. Whether you are an open micer or on the road, you can follow this guidelines and behave like a true professional. You are probably an open micer if you are listening to this, so definitely get into these habits now. “Practice How You Play” is great advice for sports teams, but also great advice for comedy.
Joke Theft is the only hard, fast rule in Stand Up Comedy. There are no “covers” in stand up. This episode is all about joke theft, parallel thinking and hack jokes. We talk about why it’s important, how to avoid it, and how to handle being called out on it.
The 4th annual End of Year Roast! This tradition started in 2016 because that year sucked. Every year since has said “Hold My Beer.” 2019 was not to be undone. Come down and watch local comedians and special guests talk sh*t about a year that has managed to bend everyone over. Why lie, there will be a lot of roasting each other, too. Please wear your cocktail attire. Or don’t. Let’s be honest, after a year like this, no one is going to blame you for wearing your sweats. We won’t impeach you for it.
Door opens at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. $7 Online at BendTicket.com. $10 At The Door. 21+.
Featuring Local Comics:
This show will be explicit and probably offensive for some. Expect a lot of jokes about politics, social issues, and anything else that has been in the news the last year. And, Epstein didn’t kill himself. Ok, Boomer?
Sounds and Lighting provided by Chris Ossig Productions.
Ipockolyptic Productions has open mic every Tuesday and Wednesday night at Craft Kitchen and Brewery. Sign up at 7:30pm. Starts at 8pm.
Comedy Open Mics are a great way to try stand up comedy for the first time! Anyone is welcome at an open mic to experience performing stand up comedy!
The rules of our open mics are very simple.
- Everyone gets 5 minutes on stage. The host of the mic will show you a light at 4 minutes. You should wrap up whatever joke you are telling. When you hit 5 minutes the host will show you another light. If you don’t stop talking by the time the host gets to you, they will take the mic from you.
- Our sign up lists fill up! Get to the open mics right around 7:30 if you want to be early in the night.
- We have no content restrictions on our open mics. That being said, please don’t be intentionally be offensive. There should be punchlines. You should be attempting to make people laugh, not angry.