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Coffee is for closers

I used to think that if I had a day job, a wife, a baby, and was trying to do stand up, that I would be miserable and exhausted. I was only half right, I'm just exhausted. I've learned that I can d [...]

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Get a Life

I think the most important thing to have as a stand up comic is a life outside of comedy. I'm lucky enough to have a wife and a baby to keep me thinking about life. My mom and dad are characters, in [...]

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The audience decides who is funny, not the other comics

There are always comics who can't stand you. They hate your jokes, your cadence, your personality, etc. There is always a good indicator of when people think you have talent or upward momentum: they [...]

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Increase the Size of Your Circuit

There are 3 types of open mic comic: people who do it casually, people who get up regularly in a limited circuit of rooms, and people who get up regularly in a large circuit of rooms. Casual Comic [...]

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Don’t get comfortable

Someone in an acting class once told me that "when you're uncomfortable onstage it's because you're learning to do something you've never done." That's a lesson I've heard many versions of from differ [...]

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DSLR

Cinematography and Stand Up comedy have many things in common, which is probably why I like them both. The main idea of both is to be a good storyteller. In each, you take something you see in real li [...]

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Only follow the rules you believe in

When I was in college, I worked at a Cracker Barrel. Not quite the cool college job that you would hope to have. As a 19 year old you imagine working with beautiful coeds at a bar pouring drinks and p [...]

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Never let ‘em see you sweat

I have a horrible trait that I've picked up from open mics: pointing out when I'm not getting laughs. It's something I've been working on for a few months. I'll do a joke and it will get laughs a few [...]

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Distractions

The hardest part of accomplishing your goals in comedy is staying focused. Distractions pop up around every corner: laziness, loneliness, paying too much attention to what other comics are doing, payi [...]

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Promoting Shows

Ah, the necessary evil that is promoting a show. Anyone who has been a performer for a decent length of time realizes that you have to promote shows. People don't just show up for no reason. Promoting [...]

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