(I'm gonna run this at the top for about a week)

Groupie's Note: This site has evolved through many stages, starting way back when this was just some posts on my old blogspot site about how cool the comedy show or comedian I saw last night is... and I've decided to go back to my roots.

Don't worry, I'll still have interviews and soapboxy rants and more formal reviews, but I very selfishly wanted to go back to doing this because it's fun!!

I also hope it will be more useful and productive, it'll capture the messy ups and downs and had-to-be-there moments of live comedy better and it will help me get info on new (or new to me) shows up faster.

I will be cross-posting daily on my website (http://comedygroupie.com/whats-up/) and my tumblr (http://comedygroupie.tumblr.com/), plus of course I'll put up links on Twitter & FB, so follow along however you like!  Also, give me feedback - do you love it? Hate it?  Did it help you find your new favorite comedian or a great show?

And thanks, as always, for reading and caring and loving comedy!



Sept 18, 2013 - Ambush Comedy

There are a ton  of great shows on Tuesday nights, but I went to one of the worst of them. I say that lovingly because I've had a soft spot for Big Fish forever. It was my first booked spot as a performer before I had any clue what I was doing or what I had gotten myself into. 

I would not generally encourage anyone to go to this show looking to see stand-up.  Drunk heckling, fist fights, comedian meltdowns, now that's what's on tap here. 

But Big Fish is the archetypical example of "ambush comedy" (a term I think I learned from Jerrod or Angelo) . Ambush comedy is when you take a bar, coffee shop or other venue, add the kind of mid-level show that doesn't draw its own crowd, then watch the regular patrons who just happen to be there slowly want to murder the people who are talking into a microphone and completely ruining the night they were planning on having when they got there.

In a weird twist of irony, I had met up with a non-comic friend at the Redwood bar downtown before heading to Big Fish and found myself a comedy ambushee for the first time. It's exactly as annoying as it looks from onstage.

AuthorAmy Hawthorne