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  1,105 22 Aug 2017, 12:26 pm

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Something I have considered for many years. Many comedy clubs have scouts in the audience. I have tons of material; but being basically lazy, I have never taken the steps. I have no problem with audiences; but political correctness can put a damper on a comedy set. Not everyone is as thick skinned as I am; and I don't need a lynch mob waiting for me after the show. I have ( for now ) narrowed it down to grandchildren & extraterrestrials.
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  1,105 22 Aug 2017, 12:55 pm

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Hardly seems fair, that the comedy writer, who creates the material, may be paid less, than the comic who presents the material. Actually, I'm not 100% on that opinion. I would post some of my material; but it is impossible to include inflections, and I don't really want my work in the wind. I would like to contact someone in the business though.
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jamessouth » 22 Aug 2017 12:26 pm wrote:
Something I have considered for many years. Many comedy clubs have scouts in the audience. I have tons of material; but being basically lazy, I have never taken the steps. I have no problem with audiences; but political correctness can put a damper on a comedy set. Not everyone is as thick skinned as I am; and I don't need a lynch mob waiting for me after the show. I have ( for now ) narrowed it down to grandchildren & extraterrestrials.
I recommend Judy Carter's Standup Comedy, the Book. It's an excellent primer.
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  1,105 22 Aug 2017, 1:21 pm

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Cannonpointer » 22 Aug 2017 1:13 pm wrote:
I recommend Judy Carter's Standup Comedy, the Book. It's an excellent primer.

I have tried out my material on many people; and received excellent reviews, and I was told many times, to take it to the stage. Approaching a new audience is the challenge. I'm in my 60s; and it's not a question of "inside jokes", but being sure you can relate to an age group. Some material carries weight, regardless of the age group, but not all. I wouldn't expect people in their 20s to have the depth of someone my age, who has put some miles behind himself in life.
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  1,105 22 Aug 2017, 1:40 pm

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Contacting someone in the business, who is reputable & well known, would be a plus. Most on line searches produce little more than scams. I don't expect an hour of Larry David's time, without serious good luck.
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  1,105 07 Oct 2017, 1:48 pm

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I actually managed to get in touch with someone in the business. Took some leg work; but he did get back to me. He's reviewing some of my material. I gave him permission to pass it along or use it. The rule is, submit, submit, submit.
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I find that timing and tone is critical.
The sarcastic cracks I make have endeared me to many people.

I have seen some people try to deliver the same phrase (a direct rip-off) and watched it fall flat.
Happens once in a while; not just a one time thing. I am convinced the delivery is crucial.

That's where the talent gets paid: turning funny writing into an hysterical performance.



I have worked with many Brits over the years. Got along very well with most (5% were clunkers.)
They had the idea that I was funny because of a dry delivery with great timing; almost British-ish...

I think they meant that as a compliment.


I forget who this about acting, but I believe it:
Dying is easy, funny is hard.
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