Well said, Steve.
Well said, Steve.
Hey everyone, Flobo here.
Even though I’ve only been doing comedy for (relatively) a short time, I make it a point to chat up comedians when I’m on a show. Sure there’s that whole networking thing (Hmm, that probably should be a future post) but I really like picking the brain of the performers. You know, find out about their philosophy and all of that.
The main polarizing question I ask usually ends up splitting comics into two camps. The question?
Is comedy an art or a science?
Some say comedy is an art. An extension of live performance, there’s a real finesse to finding ways to engage with an audience. There are some that say comedy is a science. To craft a set, it requires dedication to repetition to get things right. You know, practice makes perfect and all that. I, on the other hand (and judging by the title of this post) have a different answer.
It’s actually my way of saying ‘both’ without it looking like a cop out. You see, pick an athlete any athlete. [When I tell people this story I mention either Kobe Bryant (in his prime), JJ Watt or Landon Donovan.] Leading up to a game, go about their full training routine. They do warm ups, they do drills, they run full simulated games. In short, they prepare themselves to the best of their ability. When they hit the court, the idea is that their training becomes second nature. Of course there are things that athletes have to deal with that even training cannot help complete. Things like a hostile crowd, an exceptionally difficult opponent, injuries or even fatigue. This is where you hear things like “grit,” “sheer will” or “wherewithal.” There’s an underlying heart that rises to the surface and ultimately separates the champions from the also rans.
Comedy (in my opinion) is no different.
You write jokes, tell those jokes to yourself and go to open mic nights to make it as good as possible. (That would be warm ups, personal fitness training, and team training if you’re still with me on the analogy). Then on game day (a show), it’s time to put your game plan (set) into action on the field (stage).
Taking it one step further. While it’s great to have a couple of ace jokes in the hole, it’s important to try new things. Just like how not switching up your routine can “bore” your muscles, it’s also good to keep your “comedy muscle” guessing as well!
Truer words have never been spoken. Unless you’re Hemingway. He’s all like:
“The first draft of anything is….”
One of the best parts of being a writer is that I have procrastination down to an art form. It’s true, social media sites are weapons of mass distraction. Below are some of my favorite (funny/cool/interesting) YouTube clips that I still watch, even though some are oldies.
Black20 (RIP) was a cool media site that did mashups like these all the time. Look at that craftsmanship.
The perfect reaction clip. When I heard there was going to be a movie involving Spider-Man’s Aunt May as a spy, it came in handy.
One of my favorite television theme songs (in an era where theme songs are a dying breed) in recent memory. Bear McCreary is awesome!
Oh my, the impressions. THE IMPRESSIONS! #KevinSpaceyFTW
Seriously. Whenever I’m down, I pretend Ric Flair is a member of the Sugar Hill Gang!
Until next time,
A couple of weeks back, I had the amazing opportunity to sign copies of my comic book, Silverstreek at Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming in San Diego, CA. The event was, in a word, phenomenal!
To see an idea go from fleeting thought to product on the shelf is always great. It brings a validation to what we do rather than being purveyors of “make believe.”
If you’d like to snag a copy of the e-Comic, CLICK HERE.
Silverstreek is On Sale:
Villainous Lair Comics. San Diego, CA
The Comic Bug. Culver City, CA
Happy St. Paddy’s day to all who are looking for a bit of luck! Having something green for me!
Recently, I was approached by the good people of The Slingshot Show podcast to be a guest. Hey, when somebody wants to listen to you talk, you jump at the chance! Haha. On the show we discuss my background, my approach to writing and comedy, and my life perspective. I thought it was a fun time and it definitely shines through. Shout out to host Jonathan Bowles for making me sound good.