Often I hear people say someone’s funny and should do stand-up comedy. One such instance occurred during a seminar I attended this past Spring. Someone tweeted that a guy with a mild sense of humor that was doing a presentation was, in their own words, “hilarious! He should do stand-up comedy!”
Look, he was a nice enough guy and he was amusing in the sense that he wasn’t up there with all the charisma of a damp rag, and I’m sure the person making the comment was probably just trying to be overly polite. But to suggest that the average office cut-up could do or would be successful at stand-up comedy is an insult to the people that do it for a living.
Stand-up comedy is hard work. Greg Aidala, who once again won “Best Local Stand-Up Comic” in this year’s Best of the TU poll and also blogs for The Funnies, would certainly attest to it. He’s put a lot of work into his routine, and continues to every day. He even teaches a course on how to do it.
Yes, there are things you need to learn! Can you believe it?
There’s a perception that it’s easy, and that you can just go up there and riff and people will laugh and follow along. Part of the problem is that there’s a small handful of comics who have put in so much time and are so damn good at it that they make it look easy.
Paul F. Tompkins is one of those guys.
Tompkins is one of my favorite stand-up comedians right now. I’ve always found him funny, going back to his days on the “Mr. Show with Bob and David” program. I gained a renewed and deeper appreciation for him recently when I purchased his CD “Freak Wharf.” I don’t think I’ve laughed harder or more consistently at any comedian in recent memory.
He’s also doing this thing where if you get 300 people to join a Facebook group, he’ll come and perform in your area. I figure with the audience that my blog gets, particularly with the sense of humor so many of you readers have, that you would jump at the opportunity.
Besides, I ask so little of you people.
So go to this Facebook page (which someone set up last Fall) and join. Then we can let Mr. Tompkins know that this area likes funny. And I can laugh.
Do it for me, your favorite blogger.
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