(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!!
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.