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(02-17-2016 11:37 PM)Eddie Winslow Wrote:  Round 2

I completely bombed.

I went 18th tonight out of roughly 25, so I had a lot more time to overthink what I was going to say and have an extra vodka soda. After much debate, I decided to add an opening line at the last moment that was somewhat, almost funny. It fucked up my entire rhythm and I drew a blank about 15 seconds into the set. I completely forgot how to do my horny spanish girl impression, which was supposed to be my crowd pleaser. I performed a hackjob of the 2nd half of my act, threw in some self deprecating humor, and ran the fuck off the stage.

Pros:
-I kept my cool even while completely fucking up. My friend who taped me said my relaxed demeanor makes the audience feel at ease.
-I remember to move the mic stand out of the way.

Cons:
-I was too confident after my first show. I thought everything I was going to say was gold.
-I memorized my whole performance nearly word for word. It sounded canned, which it was. I did not allow my personality to shine through at all, which helped me in my first attempt.
-Had too much to drink. Just like when I'm talking to girls, 2 drinks is the sweet spot for my humor, 4 drinks and my brain starts to crap out a bit.
-Going 18th sucked for a multitude of reasons. It's best to go early if possible.
-Trying to be funny instead of being funny. Hard to explain in detail, but it was easy to see in many other comedians tonight, including myself.

Although I had a terrible outing, I still want to keep going. I'll post toinght's fail once my friend uploads it.

I did standup for about 2 years. You are fine. I have seen absolute professional middle acts bomb at a different venue, hell, I have seen headliners do the same.

Nature of the beast. Hero one night, loser the next.

The ones who are successful are the ones who endure.

I have seen guys who literally sucked for five years, and then, one day, find their stride, and become working comics.

One night I was the M.C. for a bar show at a Holiday Inn. Did ok. For some reason, no one liked the middle act, but here was the thing. The middle act held a strong frame for a full 45 minutes, with no laughs.

Most people, if they tell a joke at a party, and it doesn't get a laugh, feel like throwing up until the next day. So as a comedian, you have to overcome this emotional gag reflex of feeling like a loser if no one laughs at your joke.

Make that the goal.

Could I keep going, confident and strong, with no laughs, for 45 minutes?

It would take time, but it is a skill, a technical skill, a bit of stagecraft separate from being funny.

There is a fine line to draw here, because at some point you have to address it when no one is laughing, but you don't want to overdo it. If you ignore it when you bomb, you seem clueless, though if you talk about it too much you seem oversensitive.

If you can keep going though, one way or the other, when the audience isn't with you, well, there is a kind of power to that. And I'll tell you what, I have seen comics win back their audience just by doing it. When you thought they they were sunk. By sheer personality.

So why not learn it? Stubbornness, and near delusional confidence?

“That sig BTW is a very asinine anti-family anti-parent quote. You live in a country where 40% of children grow up without a biological father, yet somehow “the greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of its parents”? Sorry but this is fruity Boomer nonsense.”

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Be a stand up comedian - RCP - 03-31-2013, 01:59 PM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - Tex Pro - 03-31-2013, 02:18 PM
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RE: Be a stand up comedian - Basil Ransom - 03-31-2013, 06:11 PM
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RE: Be a stand up comedian - Pinch - 06-22-2013, 10:41 AM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - Art Pimp - 06-22-2013, 12:58 PM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - Eddie Winslow - 02-10-2016, 02:41 PM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - Kaii - 02-10-2016, 04:56 PM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - Eddie Winslow - 02-11-2016, 12:21 AM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - Eddie Winslow - 02-15-2016, 09:32 AM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - Moma - 02-15-2016, 11:37 AM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - Huey - 02-15-2016, 04:52 PM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - texas - 02-15-2016, 05:07 PM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - debeguiled - 02-16-2016, 05:40 PM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - Eddie Winslow - 02-16-2016, 09:30 PM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - Eddie Winslow - 02-17-2016, 11:37 PM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - debeguiled - 02-18-2016 01:00 PM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - Moma - 02-17-2016, 11:46 PM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - Eddie Winslow - 04-25-2016, 10:25 AM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - debeguiled - 04-25-2016, 12:08 PM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - papaiela - 04-26-2016, 01:35 PM
RE: Be a stand up comedian - Eddie Winslow - 02-08-2019, 09:12 AM
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