Your Live Show Better Be Fucking Amazing

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My Original Open-Mic’er thought process to making it in comedy

I started doing open-mics in the spring of 2007.  Not long after I was getting paid work.  Not because I was good enough to get paid work, but because the market demanded it and I could sell.  I sold Comedy by the Beach, a less expensive more localized version of what Comedy Zone had to offer.  We never said we were pros, but we did promise to bring the laughter from the audiences.  Sometimes, we even did!

More than 6 years later and countless hours writing/marketing/flyering I have realized a huge error on my part and the part of most newer comics.  No work ethic.  I get on stage now more than I ever did.  I also think less of my comedy then I ever have.  Not in a bad way, but in a realistic way.  I know I would be getting bigger and better gigs with bigger and better paychecks if I was just BETTER. I realize that every day I have to work harder.  I have realized in the last two years that if comics practiced half as much as musicians do, most of us would be amazing (some would still suck, but be razor sharp at sucking).

In the end, no matter how much advertising and flyering and facebook event invites you put out, if your live show is not fucking amazing, you are just another comic, not living up to the hype and promo push you created in the first place and most importantly NOT creating a word of mouth about what you do.  This isn’t just for the open-mic comics, but also for the comics that have been doing their thing for twenty years and still do the same 45 minutes set. How the FUCK do you expect to retain fans for life if your set doens’t ever change you lazy piece of shit.  The new comics that ARE working their asses off and blowing mind each time they get on stage are creating the word of mouth that is attracting audiences AND bookers/agents/talent scouts.  They are the scaring the SHIT out of the old timers and I fucking LOVE it.

Polish, work hard, never blame an audience, blame you misreading an audience.  Never pander, only relate. Be Better, always, every day.  In a year, be glad to take down the videos of you a year ago.  One day, you won’t have to, because you will be good, or you will quit.

 

-Matt Ward

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3 Comments

  1. July 27, 2013
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    I love this. It’s so very, very true. Another thing I want to mention is comics waiting to be asked to do shows and possibly getting upset that they aren’t “asked” to do very many. Who do people think they are that they are going to get asked to do a bunch of stuff? companies don’t go out and just start asking people to work for them, people seek out employment and provide a resume that involves a body of work and success. It’s the same with comedy. You call places, email, ask, and book; don’t just sit around waiting to be “asked” or “discovered”. It’s so funny to me to see that. Oh well, more stage time for me I suppose.

  2. KP
    July 27, 2013
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    This is awesome.

  3. rebelscomedy
    July 27, 2013
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    We Always hope for the highest quality of our craft. It takes years to sculpt a voice and a mission. The mission, of course, is to relate your perspective on the every man.
    Sadly, the greatest efforts to enlighten an audience on any subject, no matter how well crafted, no matter how true, no matter how relatable, shall and will always be shadowed by a good old fashioned fart joke.

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