I tried a new story-style set Wednesday night at Wiseguys Comedy Club. It came out pretty good, but I can see where it slows down and already have ideas to punch it up.
A while ago, when I was starting comedy, Marcus Hardy hosted the open mic one night and gave me the initial idea behind this story. My buddy Joe, who rides to school with me each day, helped me flesh out some of the backstory, you could call it.
I've been trying this idea of writing a little story for open mic each Wednesday when I'm in Salt Lake City. Two weeks ago, on Nov 2, I tried the first one of these. I heard my best reviews ever from other comics that night. I didn't get a recording, but I am planning to tell an expanded version of that story at Tellabration in Olympia on Nov 25.
At open mic at Wiseguys, I mostly worked on arranging material. Except for one new joke, I was using older material, but playing around with tightening up bits and seeing where it all feels best. I need to do this a bit more often at some of the open mics that let me have longer than three minutes.
It's definitely an art! I like experimenting and just generally practicing being on stage. I'm told I'm going to hate these videos in a while. We'll see... It's good for other beginners to see how long it really takes to get good at comedy, I think.
Also, the comic before me spent her 3 minutes saying the word "pussy" 15 times, so I had to comment on it right up front.
Stuck to some basics at open mic the other night. This was Feb 24, 2016 at Wiseguys in Salt Lake City, UT. Have you noticed I'm actually standing up for most of my sets lately? I actually felt just a twinge of weakness towards the end of this longer set, but all went well!
I was talking to my nephew about stuff and wondered how wine became an industry in Italy. This is some of my wondering, plus a little story-let about it. This was from open mic at Wiseguys Comedy in Salt Lake City, UT on Feb 17, 2016.
Here I am back at Wiseguys! This was from Wed, Jan 20, 2016.
It's almost the exact same routine as a couple weeks ago, but I got video captured this time. The wording is a little different as well as a different audience. I'll have to work out which parts are better between the two, but I really like the concept. There may be more like this soon.