Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Blogging vs. Stand Up

I've always enjoyed watching stand up comedians on TV. I think it would be fun to be a comedian and make people laugh. Two of my favorite comedians are Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan. I appreciate these guys because they are really funny without being crude or swearing up a storm.

I've noticed that they have loyal groupies who eat out of their hands. When your audience knows your material better than you do and they are still willing to come out to hear your delivery, then you know you have a pretty sweet gig.

I'm afraid if I was on stage and spotted someone in the audience who I saw at an earlier show, I'd be stressed out about telling the same jokes and would have to come up with all new material before they heckled me.

I always get a kick out of the audience members that camera men focus on and show during Comedy Central programs. It seems that many of these people are just sitting on the edge of their seat waiting for anything to be said so they can have an excuse to laugh. Some of them appear to laugh out of peer pressure, but I suspect from that uneasy look in their eyes, they don't always get the punch line.

I enjoy comedy, but I'm not a very fast thinker on my feet. I'm afraid if I ever got put up on a stage in front of a live audience I would pull a Marsha Brady. I'm the guy that thinks of a witty comeback to a situation two hours later while I'm driving home. That's why I like blogging. It's staged humor as opposed to spontaneous humor.


Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

When I taught I thought of it as a performance - a 40 minute act that better entertaining while educating.

Margo Kelly said...

Hi! I personally love public speaking. :)

I'm visiting from the AtoZ challenge.

Have a great weekend!

mooderino said...

Comedy is a great thing to see live, always fun to be laughing in a crowd.

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Teresa Cypher said...

Excellent post. Yeah...I think of the retorts an hour later... lol...

Think Positive, Be Positive said...

Hi...I'm hopping over from the A to Z challenge. Lovely post...good luck with the challenge. !

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Mary said...

You DO make people laugh, Chaka!

Ruth said...

I like spontaneity, but I don't like standing up in front of people. That's where blogging comes in handy.

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Jaimee Hunter said...

I agree! Plus my humor is more about yours?

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I love comedy and I think I have good come backs.

Nice blog.


Dr Zibbs said...

I did Standup for 2 1/2 years. Fun. And I'm great thinking on my feet but wasn't on stage.

I've been thinking of trying it again just for fun.

Golden Eagle said...

Thinking of a comeback hours after the exchange sounds familiar . . . I do the same thing.

And darn it, I just barely missed being your 200th follower! But 201 is a good number, right? :)

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