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DoctorDelaware
Mar 24, 2013


Just got officially accepted into the Paul Bunyan Comedy Festival in Oscoda, Michigan.

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Sataere
Jul 20, 2005


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DoctorDelaware posted:

Just got officially accepted into the Paul Bunyan Comedy Festival in Oscoda, Michigan.

Congrats

Bompacho
Nov 28, 2005


FYI If any of you write topical jokes and want to get more out of them before the 24 hour news cycle kills them, you can submit them to
BBC's Newsjack https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kvs8r and possibly get paid for them if they pick your jokes up.

(They will accept jokes from anyone, anywhere despite being based in the U.K.)

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Congrats DocDelaware on the Festival!

I decided that I would skip the festivals and fringe shows this year and focus on diversifying my skill set.

They're huge out here, but generally you turn up to a major city and just hemorrhage money for 4 days in the form of flights, accommodation and food, then fly home having maybe broken even on the flights.

It's a detriment to comedy in Australia that major cities are so far from each other.

That said 2019 has been solid for me so far,

I picked up a side gig writing for a small Community TV comedy show that pays per skit/one liner, Picked up a job hosting pub trivia once a week and, I launched a Podcast.

I've been asked to pop into one of the commercial radio studios once a month and riff on the news with them for 30 minutes. I'd done the segment a couple of times but to be asked back as a regular is pretty special. I got to do the same thing on local ABC radio (Australia, so our regional PBS basically) last week and an Australian comedy icon I'd grown up watching was there and I got to meet him. That was super exciting.
And it sounds like there's a second, paying, writing job on the way in 2020.

This year I've finally learned to unashamedly ask for what I want and mostly people have been happy to help so that's nice. My goal is to be out of my 9-5 finance job by the end of 2020.

Sataere
Jul 20, 2005


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Bompacho posted:

FYI If any of you write topical jokes and want to get more out of them before the 24 hour news cycle kills them, you can submit them to
BBC's Newsjack https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kvs8r and possibly get paid for them if they pick your jokes up.

(They will accept jokes from anyone, anywhere despite being based in the U.K.)

----
Congrats DocDelaware on the Festival!

I decided that I would skip the festivals and fringe shows this year and focus on diversifying my skill set.

They're huge out here, but generally you turn up to a major city and just hemorrhage money for 4 days in the form of flights, accommodation and food, then fly home having maybe broken even on the flights.

It's a detriment to comedy in Australia that major cities are so far from each other.

That said 2019 has been solid for me so far,

I picked up a side gig writing for a small Community TV comedy show that pays per skit/one liner, Picked up a job hosting pub trivia once a week and, I launched a Podcast.

I've been asked to pop into one of the commercial radio studios once a month and riff on the news with them for 30 minutes. I'd done the segment a couple of times but to be asked back as a regular is pretty special. I got to do the same thing on local ABC radio (Australia, so our regional PBS basically) last week and an Australian comedy icon I'd grown up watching was there and I got to meet him. That was super exciting.
And it sounds like there's a second, paying, writing job on the way in 2020.

This year I've finally learned to unashamedly ask for what I want and mostly people have been happy to help so that's nice. My goal is to be out of my 9-5 finance job by the end of 2020.

This is great. Good for you. Thanks for the BBC submission link. When I'm paying attention to the news, I love writing topical jokes as a writing exercise, but barely use them. It'd be nice to get something out of it.

I'm in a similar vein. I've been cutting back on stand up to try getting a book written. I'll hopefully have a rough first draft done in a month.

DoctorDelaware
Mar 24, 2013


We just wrapped up Sno Jam 2019. It was awesome.

I got a hug from Kevin McDonald.

Sataere
Jul 20, 2005


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Everyone still doing comedy?

Odddzy
Oct 10, 2007
Once shot a man in Reno.

I've got a quesiton on the subject of coming up with bits and writing. Are there books that are considered very good or interesting on the subject? I've got no intention of doing stand-up but would like to read up on some tips some comedians have to make their sets.

Sataere
Jul 20, 2005


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Odddzy posted:

I've got a quesiton on the subject of coming up with bits and writing. Are there books that are considered very good or interesting on the subject? I've got no intention of doing stand-up but would like to read up on some tips some comedians have to make their sets.

Couldn't tell you, I've never read a book on that. I've heard Kevin Hart's book is really good though

The Berzerker
Feb 24, 2006

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Odddzy posted:

I've got a quesiton on the subject of coming up with bits and writing. Are there books that are considered very good or interesting on the subject? I've got no intention of doing stand-up but would like to read up on some tips some comedians have to make their sets.

Not a book, but the podcast "Good One" might be what you're looking for, the host sits down with a comedian, listens to one of their bits, and they kind of deconstruct it and walk through the creation of it, how they refined it and so forth.

Odddzy
Oct 10, 2007
Once shot a man in Reno.

The Berzerker posted:

Not a book, but the podcast "Good One" might be what you're looking for, the host sits down with a comedian, listens to one of their bits, and they kind of deconstruct it and walk through the creation of it, how they refined it and so forth.

Thanks for both suggestions guys, will check that out!

Ror
Oct 21, 2010

Everything's purrfect!


Also not books, but Ralphie May and Ari Shaffir have both given classes/talks about the business. They tend to be more about stuff like stage presence and career choices than writing the actual jokes though. But they're worth a watch for anyone wanting to go into stand-up and they both contain lots of interesting thoughts from people who have been doing this for a long time. I'm not sure if I've seen them linked here before or not.

https://vimeo.com/15182852

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k43XcdlO22s

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SHIT POST MALONE
Feb 4, 2005

I was born down. You know this.


Isn't Ralphie May dead?

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