Some New Stuff at the Open Mic

Some old material, some new material, some bad delivery, some decent recovery. So it goes when you aren’t performing often enough, but at least I felt like I got something out of this set. This took place at the Tao Comedy Studio in Hollywood, run by Bobbie and Chris Oliver, easily my favorite open mic in LA. The video quality here is shite, but it’s fine for reviewing.

I opened with an old bit, and totally screwed up the wording. But I was interested to see how it would do as an opener, and how well I would remember it. Now that I think about it, it’s not really that strong of a bit.

The thing about being lazy is brand new and, in case a prospective employer reads this, untrue. But for everyone else, there’s some truth to it regarding career mistakes/bad habits over the last two or three years that I am trying to rectify. I also have always loved how every job description sounds the same. Consider this snippet from a job posting:

We’re looking for hard working, enthusiastic individuals who want to be a part of a winning team.

And these bullet points from a different listing’s basic qualifications:

  • Proactive and self-motivated
  • Ability to work in close coordination with others
  • Strong worth ethic

They vary in tone but seek the same things: team players who are motivated and proactive. The first snippet is from a McDonald’s Crew Member job posting and the second one is for a Goldman Sachs investment banking position.

I don’t think I’m lazy, however I do believe that we are all taught to project a certain image of ourselves involving drive and success that is so generic it’s worthless. I wonder how non-comics will respond to this bit; hopefully I can tighten it up and try it in front of a real audience.

Moving on, the “dial 1″ joke is old but I added on the new part about the phone company keeping track of your errors. It went over ok, but I let myself get distracted during the setup, focusing on someone to my left who was yawning, which was stupid of me because she’s just another comic and was really friendly. It’s bad onstage decision making, which happens when you don’t perform often enough. Would have been best to let it go, but I feel like I recovered from it ok.

The NSA bit won’t be topical for too long but I really like it, even if it’s not particularly original. And the bit about smoking is very new, I’ve only done it once before and am trying to get at how we are too quick to villainize. I am not a smoker but get annoyed by people who are overly sensitive to it. At the same time, there are toooonnnnns of comedians doing bits about how annoying anti-smokers are. Usually their bits reenact them smoking a cigarette when someone comes up and coughs in an overly dramatic manner. So there’s no need to make fun of that personality, it’s been done. I still hope I can make this work without being hacky.

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