(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!
Comedy Groupie Daily 9.19.13 - Worst Advice Ever
Last night, I went for drinks at a regular bar like a regular person... and missed out on Luis CK. TWICE. First at Meltdown and then at The Comedy Store. But word on the street is that he'll likely pop in on Comedy Juice tonight and then at The Comedy Store. Fingers crossed!
I did, however, end up at The Comedy Store well after Louis was gone and ended up in a conversation with a number of comedians, including Brian Redban and Tony Hinchcliffe of #KillTony. Since the podcast is all about giving advice to young comedians to make their jokes better, I decided to turn that around and ask what the worst comedy advice they'd ever received was.
Tony Hinchcliffe : The worst? I'm going to have to think about that, but the best advice I ever got was from Brody Stevens - don't laugh at your own jokes. I wasn't doing that much, myself, but then I started noticing people who do it and often use it as a crutch. "Comedy Hack #3" is what he called it.
Redban: "You need to be clean." I also hate when people insist you have to keep cutting down and cutting down your stories. When you're on the road and up there for an hour, half of the show is about the journey. People love the extra detail.
Justin Martindale : Somebody told me, "Don't be you." That's the worst advice!
Willie Hunter: When I first started, I worked at the Ha Ha Cafe and Jeff Garcia was there, and he's pretty successful. And this other guy went up to him, "So, what do you think is funny?" and Jeff said, "Only certain things are funny and you've got to be the first person to grab it." And I was walking around with my Italia soccer shirt and I said, "Well, I think everything is funny!" and he said, "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard."
The best advice, second hand advice, I ever heard was Eddie Murphy said "Don't take advice from anyone." And I figure if it's good enough for Eddie.. Which isn't to say you can't learn from other people, you just have to find the parts that work for you.
Jayson Thibault: Well, that it would be cool to date another comic has gotta be up there. But I really hate when people say "There's no such thing as a bad room." That's stupid, there are bad rooms, you just have to learn what to do when you're in one.
If you're wondering about today's photo, we recreated the GTAV version of the Store last night.