The Plight of the Mainstream Black Comedian:
Fallacy, Fame and Famine
By The Condo Comic on March 20, 2013
Reprinted from Stagetime Magazine
I am not an urban act – I am a black comedian.
Years ago when I began in standup, I was encouraged to adhere to a certain decree: write funny and stay away from racial humor. Presumably, if you abided by these principles your place in the pecking order of the national comedy scene would be made easier. There were other prerequisites required to assume a position as a working headliner: have a solid hour of funny material, collect a few TV credits and don’t piss people off. However, within the hundreds of open mics I’ve suffered, the year I spent as an opener, the accolades I received as a feature, my 10-plus year headlining career, and my dozen or so TV credits, nobody told me to only expect headliner consistency if I was popular enough to draw black people to my show.
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Great Piece by Matt Ward of the Quit Your Day Job Comedy Tour
The #1 question I get asked by comics and people that know I left my corporate job behind to start doing comedy full-time is this "How did you quit your job and start doing comedy?" Please note I will not address anything about writing or preparing your comedy for quitting in this blog.
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Encouraging Words From A Female Comedianne To Other Female Comediannes That are New To Comedy
Submitted By - Miss Q (Kansas City)
During your career it may feel as
though you are working twice as hard to be respected and
successful. Ladies you need to keep your confidence, ambition and
determination. It is importance to respect yourself first and to
lose that stereotype that women cant stick together. It is a tough
business but there is enough room for us all males and
Comedian's Advice for
- One of Comedy's Greatest
Louis C.K. did a question-and-answer session over at Reddit today to promote his new stand-up special, Louis C.K.: Oh My God, which premieres on HBO this Saturday, April 13th, at 10pm. Given how difficult Reddit AMAs are to digest sometimes, we've gathered up all the best answers from C.K.'s session today and posted them below. Enjoy:
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I received numerous inquires about how to start a comedy writing group, so I thought it would be a good topic to discuss. While this blueprint may not be the perfect solution for everyone, it seems to work for The Washington DC Comedy Writers Group. There was a lot of trial and error during our infancy stages, because we didn’t have a template to work from. We had no idea what to expect when we started, but the goals were:
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This story is about Marshelle D. Woodland, "The Day I Almost Went Postal", Look for this story to be told in a Documentary, Book, Play, and Screen play. This story is about bullying in America at the highest level. Let's put an end to bullying now, because kid bullies grow up to become adult bullies. You have no idea of the hurt these victims go through. The longer you bully a person, the longer it takes that person to get past the hurt of being bullied. If you care to share your bullying story, please do because it may help someone greatly.
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By Matt Ward
is hard. No one ever hides this fact if they have been doing it for
years and you start asking them questions about starting to do it
yourself. In the last few years many of the comics I know
that are a year or so ahead of me in the 'full-time comedian for a
living' thing seem to be most devastated by one specific
element of the business they were not entirely prepared for.
Most funny people deep down are saddened when they have had to deal with office politics at their jobs. They become even more saddened when they find out it is very much worse in the world of stand-up comedy. The following blog post is intended to enlighten new comics and people considering being comedians to some of the struggles you will face when the business of comedy starts to become political. Wanna Read More?