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Ok so I graduated from Ohio State last year. One of my professors was a huge fan of my "comedic" performances and told me i should do stand up. Well i've been gone almost a year and she still insists i get involved in comedy or comedic writing. So i made a sample youtube video of some jokes of mine and would love for your feedback! Here is the link and i appreciate any and all comments. Before i make a serious attempt at this I'd like to know my comedy has an audience. Each video is 9mins in length and I greatly appreciate anyone who has down time or just nothing better to do haha.
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Ok / Walt aka Bub...I couldn't get through whole 8 minutes...I apologize. You are funny in conversation, but that doesn't necessarily mean it translates to stand up. Although you are on the right path with the story lines. The previous posters are right, that you really do need to speed things up, and work on your timing and a quicker delivery.
I would suggest the same thing to video yourself first especially if you are planning on going on open mic. If your confidence is not right based on a red car...oh boy my friend, oh boy. Being on the stage is a beast.
But do your best on go on a open mic. It will either be in your heart, or it won't. You will know fairly quick, and you have to study and use your brain alot. Comedians make it look easy, but their jokes are revised, reworked, and retimed over and over again. Plus you have to understand that your material has to be refreshed constantly until you get a big enough following or platform to perform.
Comedy is one of the most competitive forms of entertainment there is, so make sure that you can take the drama that goes on with it.
I am truly blessed for all you to take the time to help me on this quest. I will take all of the wisdom that you have all taken the time to provide me and use it moving forward. I will begin looking for open mics soon and hopefully will have a video of that to post on here for more critique. I don't know yet if this is my path but I again thank all of you for your help!
I am not seeing it in terms of stand up. But, I am no expert. Maybe your niche will be in the writing part of it. I commend you following a dream of sorts. Would wish you luck but I think "break a leg" is proper for show bizzness.
Comedy is the hardest of performance disciplines, in my opinion and over the years, I have worked with many comedians. I think that the physical comics, those that use their bodies and facial expressions, are the best in the business and as someone mentioned earlier, timing IS everything. You will find your audience someday so don't quit as long as its your dream. Comedy writing could be another venue but you will have to be coastal to do that. Good luck...remember, don't quit!
If you really love never stop the grind perform as much as possible and it will get easier and better. You have to realize that Stand up is not something to get into to make it big quick. A lot of humor comes with the struggle and shitiness of life. I tried listening to your links, but like many others i was not brought in early and gave up on listening. That said you shouldn't do the same with your choice if its what you want to do.
Sarah sorry about the Herpes.
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