So You Think You Want To Do Stand Up Comedy

I’m an introverted internet hermit but I did stand up comedy once, over a year ago, and I’m going to describe my thoughts and feelings on that experience. If you’re reading this, you’re probably someone who’s thinking about doing stand up but you’re not sure yet and you decided to look on the internet to see what people have to say about it. If that doesn’t describe you, then I don’t know how you came across this. Maybe you followed my blog after reading one of my many random topics. …I’m just going to keep writing with the assumption that you’re the perfect audience.

I don’t ask for much in life but at the same time, it’s pretty hard to get me excited about anything. The experience of being on stage and getting a laugh is very exhilarating and you just have to do it to know how it feels. If you think you would like it, it will only exceed your expectations (assuming you do well).

The first thing you should do is check out the open mics around your area. I watched several open mic shows before I did mine just to get a feel for the room. You don’t even need to think about performing; just go and enjoy a cheap show. When you see certain people do really poorly, it’ll help build your confidence knowing that you can at least do better than them.

When you feel the urge to write comedy, start writing them right away. When I was in the mood, I was writing page after page of material. They weren’t all great, but I was able to generate a lot of material to choose from. If you tell me to write comedy now, out of the blue, I won’t be able to write shit. So take advantage of your comedy moods and write down as much as possible.

Different people will have differing experience in performing. I had no experience and even though I practiced my material for hours and hours on my own, it’s very different to be talking in front of an audience. Even when I was performing it for just my friends, I was having a much harder time than when I was rehearsing in my room. If you’re not the kind of person who can just jump on stage and riff, then you need to practice until you think you’re ready, then do it ten more times.

…As of this moment, I just got bored of writing this so I’m just going to end it without any kind of conclusion. I never cease to surprise myself how lazy I can get.

Having An Open Mind

As amazing as the human body is, it is also an undeniable fact that we are very flawed beings. Therefore, it is no surprise that many things created by these flaw beings are flawed products, especially for something as vague as language. I am writing this post to discuss the semantics of being open-minded.

I’ve mentioned the whole prison business before but if you don’t know about that, you can catch up here: http://www.youtube.com/user/talkprison To sum it up in one line, I might be voluntarily going to a prison. If it sounds crazy to you, maybe it is. But who are you to judge? Fuck you. (My antagonizing seems to have carried over from the last entry…)

In the context of religion, a religious person might try to tell an atheist to be more open-minded to their theism. I’m an atheist and I consider myself very open-minded. I have many religious friends and they tell me to go to their church events from time to time. I go to quite a lot of these, especially lately because I don’t feel like doing shit. Normally, not doing shit isn’t a reason to go to church but I’m just too lazy to fight them off verbally. I always make sure to include the disclaimer that I’m super lazy and the religious crap won’t have any effect on me. I don’t know why that’s not a turn-off for them.

Having an open mind becomes an evidently flawed concept with my recent exploration of religion and prison-phillia. To the religious people, nothing short of believing their faith would be considered open-minded. But I’m there and if a deity can really speak to me, how is he so weak that he can’t overcome my “denial” of him. Just because I’m supposed to have an open mind, it doesn’t mean I’ll start deluding myself and imagine signs from said deity. And you know what? I’m probably one of the most open-minded people in the world. I am positively a heterosexual male who can’t even stand to see a dick in the porn I watch. However, with many things considered (which I won’t go into right now), even though I’m pretty sure I won’t enjoy getting raped in prison, I keep my mind wide open to the possibility that getting raped might not be that bad. I’d wager few people can beat this level of open-mindedness. Some readers might conclude that what I just described isn’t open-mindedness but is instead, just a mask for being a closet faggot. Semantics.