My Comedy Adventure

My First Stand Up

My First Stand Up

I’ve always enjoyed comedy. Back in my teens I used to collect the albums of comedians like Bill Cosby and later George Carlin. But I especially got turned on to the Monty Python comedy group. They’re random turns in topic and crazy dry sense of humour appealed to me. I think my very first stand up comedy routine happened in my grad 11 high school class. The teacher left the class suddenly to tend to something at the office. The class sat there for a minute silently working on their assignments. Then this crazy idea came into my head.

Writers Block

There are times in our lives when things don’t work the way we think they should. Since early in 2009 I started writing comedic monologues. It just started to flow out of me. I had noticed prior to this that I had a knack for writing letters. I would respond to a newspaper story that got up my nose and I felt I needed to address the authors view with my own perspective. Or I had a presentation of some sort to make that required a letter to introduce the ideas. Well I just did it well, I don’t really know why because it wasn’t something I grew up with.

Becoming Comfortable in Front of a Crowd

I noticed during this past weekend’s performance of some of my comedy, that I was comfortable in front of the crowd. Prior to this I would be making a conscious effort to keep my mind on just getting through and hopefully not getting stuck or lost in my material.

My Comedic-Writing Epiphany: Spotting The Extraordinary In The Ordinary

"I doubt the credibility of every motion picture and television sitcom I've seen. They all seemed so scripted to me." -- James Alex Gerard

"I doubt the credibility of every live theatrical performance I've seen. They all seemed so staged to me." -- James Alex Gerard

Years ago, when I was a corporate-America slob, I tried to write comedy on the side. Although I did a few things, it never added up to what I wanted to do. Or thought I was capable of doing.

Setting Goals

Setting Goals

Fail to plan= Plan to fail

My biggest fan and really, the one who pushed me onto performing, instead of just writing, has been my wife. And in all of our thirty plus year history together she’s been the one with unstoppable drive. That opening statement is what she’s spoken out to our children and I over all these years; that and setting goals.

Getting Past Getting Stuck

One thing I learned in that stand up spot to the 80 women was about getting stuck.

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