Friday, January 25, 2008

"I Guess We'll Do Comedy Tonight": The Open Mikers

Have you watched The Open Mikers? Not enough people have.

This is the kind of stuff that I want to start doing more of. Not the performing so much as the filming. Anyone that has ever tried stand-up will feel a little pang in their stomach from watching this.

There's something about stand-up comedy that constantly turns people away. Most folks will sit through dozens of crappy opening bands this year and applaud after every song, no matter if they liked the song or not. And how often do these bands get negative feedback or heckled?

A lot of people will listen to DJs "spin tracks" from their laptop this year and won't attempt to interact with their "art" beyond asking if they would please please please play some Madonna so that the party can really get started.

But if someone were to go on stage with ideas that aren't quite your own, well you just have to get out of there!

Of course it's not as simple as that, but still...

1 comment:

Meg said...

I know what you mean. It always frustrates me when people say that stand up sucks. That's like saying rock music sucks. Within rock music there are thousands of bands that all sound totally different, but people seem to ignore that within stand-up there could be a comedian who's like the Beatles and a comedian who's like System of a Down and a comedian who's like Interpol.