I love standup comedy.
I recently had an opportunity to talk about the craft with a Young Comic and give her feedback about her set. (She asked.) But before I could drone on for too long, I stopped myself and said, “Hey, anybody could’ve told you this.”
And she said, “Yeah, but anybody didn’t.”
This was my second time performing at the Hopewell Theater. (The first was with Carole Montgomery Presents Funny Women of a Certain Age.) It is a beautiful, intimate space that attracts a smart and receptive audience. Last night's show, “Progressively Funny," with Scott Blakeman and John Fugelsang was fantastic!
Side Note for Newbie Comics: In this business, you have to expect the unexpected. Initially, I was told that I would be doing a 30-minute set. I showed up and learned it would be 15. Midway through the emcee opening the show I got a text that said, “Hey, you can do 20.”
There was a time when this would have terrified and flustered me. Now, I just show up and adjust. I went on stage and edited on the fly. Usually, it’s easier to cut than to add, but that depends on the experience and material reservoir of the comic.
The time that you invest writing, performing, and progressing eventually allows you to show up and confidently say, “Ok.”
And then kill it.
Can’t believe the role that money is flagrantly playing in the election? Mad that you don’t have the spare cash to buy an election of your own? Frustrated with the toilet swirl state of our democracy? It’s all so not funny! It’s not funny at all. There’s absolutely nothing to laugh about, right now. Well hang on…
And New Jersey Fans! Mark your calendar and please join me at the Hopewell Theater on Friday, Feb. 21 for "Progressively Funny with John Fugelsang & Friends." The friends are Scott Blakeman and ME! www.HopewellTheater.com BONUS: You can hear me on "Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang” on SiriusXM Progress Channel 127 EVERY TUESDAY at 10:45pm!