Are you funny? No? That’s cool. Most people aren’t, or they are funny in their ‘own way’ which means you have some vested interest in them, and it helps to qualify it by thinking they make you laugh. As you my now I have been taking stand-up classes at the Manhattan Comedy School for the past few weeks as part of my summer of over coming fears. And I’m here to tell you; you need new material.
The comedy class is drawing to an end, soon will be the graduation where we will all stand up and spit five mins bits we have been working on. We have diligently worked on our sets for seven weeks. Honing our craft, if you will. As the only one in the class who is not looking for a career in stand up, I was sure I was in way over my head. I’m funny, sure, but in that insulting irreverent way, with the odd non-sequitur and angry observation, no Tig Notaro. If you don’t know who Tig is, you don’t know enough about comedy…
So anyway in the class we covered many comedy topics like hack humor and crowd work. I can sum both of them up in the below:
Comedian: Do I have newly wed in the audience?
Comedian: I’m sorry to hear that!
You see what I did there? I asked the audience a question to engage them in my act, then I used a tired old line, that everyone has heard a million time to try and get a laugh.
I digress! A stand-up class is in everyone’s best interest and here is why; you know that same tired joke you trot out at all social occasion? Does it get laughs? If you don’t know which one I’m referring to, ask your spouse or best friend, and they’ll tell you which one the culprit is. You need new material!
So take the class- AND! Andy will give you a special discount if you mention Fussie’s name. Also, the course is taught by Havard professor! That’s a little out of context; she went to Harvard and in spite of that she is HILARIOUS! Anyway, this is a smart bird who knows if you need new material! And I’m pretty sure you do.
–www.manhattancomedyschool.com– or just call Andy 212-362-6647. It meets for six weeks every Wed from 7-10pm with a grad show on the main stage at Gotham at the end
-register before Monday, July 18th, and mention Fussie or me, and get a $50 rebate check on the first night, plus a pair of comp tix to Gotham worth $50 as well.