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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.)

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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.

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

treat me like a dog


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

SHIT POST MALONE
Feb 4, 2005

I was born down. You know this.


Isn't Ralphie May dead?

DoctorDelaware
Mar 24, 2013


So it's time for me to start pimping our festival again. We've shortened the name and move the dates; it's now Sno Jam Comedy Festival, and it runs January 23-25.

Submissions are open until November 15. New this year is that you can also submit a themed show, if you run one. We've also got some more announcements, once everything is made official.

https://www.snojamcomedyfest.com/submit

DoctorDelaware
Mar 24, 2013


Only eight days left to apply to the Sno Jam Comedy Festival! 30 comics are chosen to come to the best* place at the best* time and tell jokes. Net proceeds from the festival are donated to the Special Olympics of South Dakota.

The biggest news of all is this year's headliner: Sioux Falls' own Sean Jordan! Sean is part of one of the top podcasts in the nation (All Fantasy Everything) and just released an album ("The Buck Starts Here.") poo poo's gonna be dank, yo.

Submit your application here: https://www.snojamcomedyfest.com/submit

DannoMack
Aug 1, 2003

i love it when you call me big poppa


poo poo POST MALONE posted:

Isn't Ralphie May dead?

No you're thinking of John Pinette. Ralphie May is the one in Baskets.

SHIT POST MALONE
Feb 4, 2005

I was born down. You know this.


No he's definitely dead.

He died in Vegas two years ago

Lotron
Aug 15, 2006

Still clownin'


How do y'all approach online presence?

I keep getting people coming up after a set and asking for Insta and whatever, and I simply don't have an online presence for my stand-up to give them.

Do y'all just post your showtimes and clips?

SHIT POST MALONE
Feb 4, 2005

I was born down. You know this.


Most people really just want to know when they can see you perform again so whatever online presence you make just make sure it includes dates for the next time you're going up.

Sataere
Jul 20, 2005


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I wouldn't know. I have none

DoctorDelaware
Mar 24, 2013


I ordered my first-ever merch on Black Friday, and the shirts arrived yesterday.

Eskaton
Aug 13, 2014


DoctorDelaware posted:

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

Wait why the hell did you pick Oscoda? How is anyone else on SA even bopping around here?

Artelier
Jan 23, 2015




Lotron posted:

How do y'all approach online presence?

I keep getting people coming up after a set and asking for Insta and whatever, and I simply don't have an online presence for my stand-up to give them.

Do y'all just post your showtimes and clips?

Just found this thread and caught up on the last few pages.

I can tell you that in Malaysia, most of the emerging comics do this formula:
- Always post about shows - "Hey guys, this week I'm doing the following rooms!" Or "This week, these are the shows on, and I'll be at ___"
- Always do post-show posts - "Tonight's crowd was great! Very humbled to be part of this, etc." Or maybe "My friend ___ killed it tonight! On fire with the set"
- Sometimes do snippets on Instastories or equivalent platform.

Seems to work, at least to get their names in the know right now.

Sataere
Jul 20, 2005


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Artelier posted:

Just found this thread and caught up on the last few pages.

I can tell you that in Malaysia, most of the emerging comics do this formula:
- Always post about shows - "Hey guys, this week I'm doing the following rooms!" Or "This week, these are the shows on, and I'll be at ___"
- Always do post-show posts - "Tonight's crowd was great! Very humbled to be part of this, etc." Or maybe "My friend ___ killed it tonight! On fire with the set"
- Sometimes do snippets on Instastories or equivalent platform.

Seems to work, at least to get their names in the know right now.

Pretty sure this is standard everywhere. At least in Chicago, I always see it from the comics who are constantly getting work. This is easily the weakest part of my game.

Artelier
Jan 23, 2015




The other method that I know of is to be an organiser, but I'm not sure how saturated Chicago is right now with clubs and shows; it might just be another drop in the bucket if you can't differentiate yourself.

Sataere
Jul 20, 2005


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Chicago is the third biggest comedy scene in the U.S. Saturated is a pretty apt description.

DoctorDelaware
Mar 24, 2013


Eskaton posted:

Wait why the hell did you pick Oscoda? How is anyone else on SA even bopping around here?

Hey, I didn't create the festival. I just performed. (I think one of the producers grew up in Oscoda, which is why the festival was there.) I had a really good time that weekend, except the parts where I was on stage. That crowd did *not* like me.

In other festival news, Sno Jam Comedy Fest was amazing this year. We raised over $5000 for the Special Olympics of South Dakota, thanks in no small part to our headliner (All Fantasy Everything regular and Sioux Falls' own Sean Jordan.) We were also proud to have Mike Malone performing his Amazon special, Laugh After Death, as well as an agent from America's Got Talent. In personal highlights: my game show, Vocabularious, was also part of the festival, and it sold out!

DoctorDelaware
Mar 24, 2013


Hey gang. Hope you're all hanging in there.

I'm drunk enough rn to shoot my shot on this, but I've started running my game show as a streaming event through the Boss' Comedy Club Facebook page (Boss' is our local club.) Show airs on Sunday night at 8pm central.

https://www.facebook.com/events/246883383193078/

Check it out.

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Capntastic
Jan 13, 2005

A dog begins eating a dusty old coil of rope but there's a nail in it.

Fallen Rib

I have decided to use my shelter in place time to work on new material. (Gesturing at illegible sticky notes with high thoughts on them)

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