Showing posts from July, 2013

Fight your feelings

Resisting the urge to give up when you are going through the first few learning curves will be one of your biggest hurdles.

Don’t assume for an instant that others who have become great comedians, athletes, scientists, orators, writers and inventors didn’t pass through the same trials in the beginning you are experiencing right now.

The great, successful minority of people became great by keeping their attention on the goal of success. 

NOT their feelings of bitterness, failure, loss, inferiority and self-inadequacy.  

Variety Entertainment in Asia

Korean and Japanese entertainment are very different from one another .
When I watch Korean entertainers like Yoo Jae Suk, BoA and others from JYP, YG and SM, I am impressed beyond belief.  I get that same feeling when I watch Japanese entertainers like Downtown and other Owarai geinin.

"Entertainment" is not just one thing. It encompasses singing, dancing, instruments, acting, comedy and more. However, the degree to which each discipline is developed, promoted and respected in each country is definitely different. It's usually the "Superstars" who put a face to a discipline and bring it to the forefront of the public's awareness. 
Japanese people have an extremely advanced comedy culture, with its own flavor and tradition untainted by outside influence, artful and deep, not easily imitated by anybody else. And that comedy culture has really penetrated into the public's mind and a high level of comedy just now flows in average people's everyday life (c…

#85 Doing well in a energy-less room

When you get laughs in a room full of good, excited, large crowd, it's a feat but it's not tremendously difficult.

When you get laughs in a room full of jaded, tired, small crowd, you know you are doing something right.

My goal was to hit 100 shows by the end of July but my work is going to get in the way.

I'm slightly excited to go back into the workforce full-time but at the same time, feeling a little afraid that it's going to take all the time away from being able to do stand-up comedy.

Then again, most people I know who are "regulars" in the amateur NYC comedy circuit have full-time jobs ... I only know few who have no jobs or do part-time jobs and keep doing stand-up comedy. Because you need money to survive in the NY area and keep doing this. Even paying for open mics adds up after a while.

I will be going down to Raleigh, NC area for my job training. I wonder if there's any clubs I can hit up for open mics there. I will definitely try. I will be down t…

A bunch of little things

There's no "funny" or "not funny". That's just what people say because they don't understand how it's done. It's just a million little variables that work together to make a person's set funny or not funny.

A normal person sees a comic go on stage and do his thing and goes "wow, he's funny. He's got it" ... like there's this singular quality that the comic has while others don't have it "as much". Like a scoring card where one good comic is 80 out of 100 possible points while this other guy who's not as good is only 50 out of 100 possible points on the "funny" scale.

That's all imaginary. What an audience sees as ONE thing is actually a million things that the comic is doing simultaneously. A GOOD comic has a good sense of those variables and handles them well. A "bad" comic or a comic that's not having a good set, MISSED one or more of those variables. Whether the variable is…

Show #84 getting better

I've felt really comfortable in the past 4,5 mics that I had. Definitely more than I used to. And definitely compared to the other newbie comics, I'm starting to get really comfortable and more conversational. Just more confidence I guess. I just have more fun on stage now, I don't worry so much anymore.

Coming up with some new jokes have helped too. I'm not really writing much, it's just that I'm trying out the stuff in my bank that I never had the balls to try before. And some of them are just coming out to be really good. Thank god, I used to write a lot back in the day. I should keep writing ... But it seems as though there's not enough shows to test out my material. There's more material than what I can do with, I guess.

I'm just feeling good. I read that if you do 100 shows, then you may something that blossoms into your skill-set and I guess i'm getting close to that number! I'm very happy today.

And I'm a LOT better than I used to b…

Tyler Perry

I was driving in to work this morning and I started thinking about all the days I dreaded going to work. I was so sick of it… the job, my boss, the people I worked with, the traffic… I would wake up angry every morning. I didn’t want to deal with the crap of the job, but I was forced to go. I had been homeless, I was broke, living paycheck to hopefully the next paycheck. I couldn’t take a day off for fear I would get fired. I was just frustrated. I thought I hated my life and the job.

It was so aggravating because God had placed all these dreams and hopes in my soul and mind and I had no idea how they were going to come to pass. To have a dream of being something better and living better than the way I was at that moment and to not see a way of getting there felt like death to me. I thought, “Dear God, why would you give me so much hope and not make a way?” But what I learned through prayer was, with no path in front of you and no road map… this is where true faith begins. With faith I…

Show #82 proud when i push myself

I don't know why I always feel so lazy. That inertia. When it's time to show up for that open mic, I think to myself "mehhhh I should just take a nap. I don't wanna do it. I don't want to ... " ...

Today I almost didn't go. It was hot outside, it was July 4th, I was tired, I wanted to take a nap ... all these silly excuses. The only thing that changed my mind was the tally on my wall. I keep a piece of paper on my wall with how many open mics I've been to during that week. And I had only gone to one mic the entire week. I thought that was pathetic so I wanted to push myself.

When I made the decision to go, my whole attitude and feelings changed. I felt active, motivated, determined. After that decision, everything else was just smooth-sailing. Just get there. Once I got there, I saw the people I liked, the comics, and I listened to some great jokes and I told some of my good jokes. I learned a lot today, as usual, and it was a great time. It was a great…

Show #81 Friends and Motivation

When I'm away from people for a long period of time, that's when I start slacking. I go into my own world, start looking for ways to escape, ways to spend time in an alternate reality. Like I try to escape into sleep, or play a ton of video games or watch a ton of movies.

But when I see people, they inspire me, for better or worse. Sometimes, they support and encourage me verbally and directly. Sometimes, people tell me about THEIR own accomplishments and their jobs and that motivates me too. Because I gave up that part of my life - the "business career success" route of my life so that I could concentrate on stand-up comedy. So when my peers talk about their new jobs at great companies, I get reminded of what I'm doing right now. That I sacrificed THEIR life. I sacrificed the wealth, comfort, prestige and respect that THEY enjoy so that I could live THIS life. And unless I materialize my dreams, those sacrifices would be in vain.

Unless my stand-up comedy dream ma…