iankarmel:

For a long time I thought the Willamette Week simply had a stand-up comedy problem. You couldn’t really fault them for having a stand-up comedy problem. They’re a fantastic newspaper, but even for fantastic newspapers the resources are stretched frustratingly thin. There just isn’t enough staff…

In 2006 I interned at Willamette Week. Bryon Beck, my internship “mentor” asked me what I’d be interested in writing about. I said the Portland comedy scene. He scoffed and said, “There’s no comedy scene in Portland.” Admittedly the Portland comedy scene in 2006 wasn’t what it is now, but there were shows happening every night of the week. Byron Beck is no longer with Willamette Week, but it seems that his ghost still is.

mandalorianmango said: I've been thinking recently of going to an open mic night to try some stand up. Would you have any advice to someone who's performed, but never in front of a microphone before?

So I’m guessing you’ve performed in theater, and based on your bio that says you want to be a voice actor, I assume you have some experience with a microphone…just not in front of an audience? 

If you can get a microphone to practice with, that’d be really helpful. I actually have a full mic stand with a microphone and full chord that I keep at home for when I want to practice. (My wife gave it to me as a gift) Getting really comfortable with a mic in your hand is important. You don’t want to be fiddling with the mic, the chord, or the mic stand. Anything that distracts from the jokes you are telling is a negative. And one of the most important elements of being a good comedian is looking like you are completely comfortable and confident on that stage.

I also suggest you fall back on your theater training. Don’t forget to project. Sometimes people get a microphone in their hands and they think they should talk quieter, but that’s not the case. Be nice and loud. Risk being too loud rather than too quiet. 

Rehearse your material. This part differs for every comedian. A lot of comedians like to “wing it” onstage so everything flows naturally and has a genuine feel to it. I personally like to rehearse every aspect of my routine, including the little gestures I’ll make with my hands, which hand the mic will be in during each part of the joke, etc. I rehearse my act so much that I get to a point where it looks/feels like I am telling the jokes for the first time, but I could also tell those jokes flawlessly even if I was being slapped in the face while telling them. One thing I like to do is to do my routine while driving and try to get through it without making any mistakes. When I can do that, I know I’ve got the material ingrained in my brain.

Feel free to ask me any follow-up questions and I hope your first open mic goes well! But don’t measure your success by how many laughs you get. Regardless of what kind of response you get from the audience, your first open mic will only be a success if you have a second open mic.

curiouscomedytheater:

The weekend is almost upon us and we’re finally ready to bring you Stacey Hallal’s World Premiere of Ruby Rocket:Private Eye!! See it here before it hits the Fringe Festival circuit. As a treat for our fans here is the original Ruby Rocket Animated Short. Fit to Print is back too, so strap in for a wild weekend. Full schedule below:

Friday 8pm - Ruby Rocket: Private Eye w/Fit to Print
Friday 10pm - Baby Ketten Karaoke
Saturday 8pm - Ruby Rocket: Private Eye w/Fit to Print
Saturday 10pm - Stand Up Showcase
Sunday 8pm - Open Mic w/ Gabe Dinger - Comedian

Watch this video. It’s really cool and funny. 

curiouscomedytheater:

WOW!! What a weekend Portland. Thanks for coming out in droves and making it special. Coming up this week we’ve got the comedic Frankenstein of stand-up and Improv we like to call Instant comedy and Fit to Print: improv comedy riffed from today’s headlines. Seeya soon Portland. Full schedule below.Thursday 8pm – Open CourtFriday 8pm – Double Header: Fir to Print! & Instant ComedySaturday 8pm – Fit to Print! & Instant Comedy, 10pm – MixologySunday 8pm – Curious Comedy Open Mic w/Gabe Dinger
 
Tickets here

curiouscomedytheater:

WOW!! What a weekend Portland. Thanks for coming out in droves and making it special. Coming up this week we’ve got the comedic Frankenstein of stand-up and Improv we like to call Instant comedy and Fit to Print: improv comedy riffed from today’s headlines. Seeya soon Portland. Full schedule below.

Thursday 8pm – Open Court
Friday 8pm – Double Header: Fir to Print! & Instant Comedy
Saturday 8pm – Fit to Print! & Instant Comedy, 10pm – Mixology
Sunday 8pm – Curious Comedy Open Mic w/Gabe Dinger

 

Tickets here

curiouscomedytheater:

Curious Comedy theater is excited to partner up with Lez Stand Up for a fun, new, and exciting show at Curious. LEZ STAND UP may be the first comedy show ever that is lesbian, feminist, AND funny. Hosted by Kirsten Kuppenbender, who performs along with regulars: Jes Rega, Diane Gasperin and a rotating roster of equally talented LESBIANS, all of whom are doing their best not to eat bananas in public. Tickets: $5 advance/ $10 door. Get ‘em early for half off!

CLICK HERE

curiouscomedytheater:

The All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival is coming back to the Curious Comedy Theater! We are currently booking talented female headliners from across the nation/globe/galaxy. Who do you want to see this year?

The All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival is a really great event. Even if you aren’t in the Portland area, tell me: If you could see any female comedian perform live, who would it be?

heliumcomedypdx:

John Mulaney is a terrible driver!

curiouscomedytheater:

Innovative. Provocative. Hilarious. Women. Curious Comedy Theater is proud to sponsor an all-women comedy festival, featuring Jackie Kashian (Last Comic Standing, This American Life, The Dork Forest). The line-up includes local and well as nationally recognized comics, and focuses on putting the spotlight on women in comedy. Also, there’s a special mix and match ticket price of any three main stage shows (Fri and Sat night) for $45 and $60 for any three workshops—email boxoffice@curiouscomedy.org for specific mix and match reservations.

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curiouscomedytheater:

Innovative. Provocative. Hilarious. Women. Curious Comedy Theater is proud to sponsor an all-women comedy festival, featuring Jackie Kashian (Last Comic Standing, This American Life, The Dork Forest). The line-up includes local and well as nationally recognized comics, and focuses on putting the spotlight on women in comedy. Also, there’s a special mix and match ticket price of any three main stage shows (Fri and Sat night) for $45 and $60 for any three workshops—email boxoffice@curiouscomedy.org for specific mix and match reservations.


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curiouscomedytheater:

Innovative. Provocative. Hilarious. Women. Curious Comedy Theater is proud to sponsor an all-women comedy festival, featuring Jackie Kashian (Last Comic Standing, This American Life, The Dork Forest). The line-up includes local and well as nationally recognized comics, and focuses on putting the spotlight on women in comedy. Also, there’s a special mix and match ticket price of any three main stage shows (Fri and Sat night) for $45 and $60 for any three workshops—email boxoffice@curiouscomedy.org for specific mix and match reservations.

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If you are in Portland, OR, you should be going to this. 

curiouscomedytheater:

Innovative. Provocative. Hilarious. Women. Curious Comedy Theater is proud to sponsor an all-women comedy festival, featuring Jackie Kashian (Last Comic Standing, This American Life, The Dork Forest). The line-up includes local and well as nationally recognized comics, and focuses on putting the spotlight on women in comedy. Also, there’s a special mix and match ticket price of any three main stage shows (Fri and Sat night) for $45 and $60 for any three workshops—email boxoffice@curiouscomedy.org for specific mix and match reservations.


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If you are in Portland, OR, you should be going to this. 

curiouscomedytheater:

Innovative. Provocative. Hilarious. Women. Curious Comedy Theater is proud to sponsor an all-women comedy festival, featuring Jackie Kashian (Last Comic Standing, This American Life, The Dork Forest). The line-up includes local and well as nationally recognized comics, and focuses on putting the spotlight on women in comedy. Also, there’s a special mix and match ticket price of any three main stage shows (Fri and Sat night) for $45 and $60 for any three workshops—email boxoffice@curiouscomedy.org for specific mix and match reservations.

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Like women? Like comedy? 

curiouscomedytheater:

Innovative. Provocative. Hilarious. Women. Curious Comedy Theater is proud to sponsor an all-women comedy festival, featuring Jackie Kashian (Last Comic Standing, This American Life, The Dork Forest). The line-up includes local and well as nationally recognized comics, and focuses on putting the spotlight on women in comedy. Also, there’s a special mix and match ticket price of any three main stage shows (Fri and Sat night) for $45 and $60 for any three workshops—email boxoffice@curiouscomedy.org for specific mix and match reservations.


CLICK FOR MORE INFO

Like women? Like comedy? 

curiouscomedytheater:

Innovative. Provocative. Hilarious. Women. Curious Comedy Theater is proud to sponsor an all-women comedy festival, featuring Jackie Kashian (Last Comic Standing, This American Life, The Dork Forest). The line-up includes local and well as nationally recognized comics, and focuses on putting the spotlight on women in comedy. Also, there’s a special mix and match ticket price of any three main stage shows (Fri and Sat night) for $45 and $60 for any three workshops—email boxoffice@curiouscomedy.org for specific mix and match reservations.

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Go to this!

curiouscomedytheater:

Innovative. Provocative. Hilarious. Women. Curious Comedy Theater is proud to sponsor an all-women comedy festival, featuring Jackie Kashian (Last Comic Standing, This American Life, The Dork Forest). The line-up includes local and well as nationally recognized comics, and focuses on putting the spotlight on women in comedy. Also, there’s a special mix and match ticket price of any three main stage shows (Fri and Sat night) for $45 and $60 for any three workshops—email boxoffice@curiouscomedy.org for specific mix and match reservations.


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Go to this!

"I can be a little bit of a downer. My favorite part of Clue is notifying the family."

Sean Clancy Standup on uPick (via collegehumor)

(Source: College Humor, via collegehumor)

Yes. THIS.

billdixoncomedy:

Stand-Up-Comedy-Nerd-Andy-Sandford

Part One: A Caveat

By Andy Sandford

Whenever I find myself at a party or a bar, drained by the task of holding up one end of a forced conversation, the question inevitably arises: “what do you do?” This question, in itself, is a vague one. It could technically be answered any…

laughingsquid:

Louis C. K.’s Working-Class Roots and Success

Super interesting article. But you know…there’s lots of words. Here’s a few of my favorite ones from the article (presented in order they appeared in the article)

Louis C. K., wearing his usual rumpled jeans and black T-shirt, owned up to some anxiety about success, wondering aloud if he would be harder to relate to. Then he shrugged nonchalantly.

laughingsquid:

Louis C. K.’s Working-Class Roots and Success

Super interesting article. But you know…there’s lots of words. Here’s a few of my favorite ones from the article (presented in order they appeared in the article)

Louis C. K., wearing his usual rumpled jeans and black T-shirt, owned up to some anxiety about success, wondering aloud if he would be harder to relate to. Then he shrugged nonchalantly.