Sunday, June 28, 2009

So you want to be a comedian?

I don't know for sure what brought you to this entry in the blog, but suffice it to say, you've made a good choice.

There is a lot to be said for being a comedian, and a great deal more for giving it a try and just becoming a person who is more comfortable being funny while communicating.

We believe that there is no one right way to go about it. For some, a class is the first thing, and even that introduces the notion of who you teach funny. In Atlanta, one name has consistently been associated with The Punchline and with comedy classes, and that is Jeff Justice. He has taught thousands of Atlantans how to get up on stage and tell jokes. His website is here.

Other believe the best way to go about it is to just get up and do it, and there is merit to that approach as well.

Quite frankly, all that is required is you spend some time thinking what you want to get out of it and let that answer be your guide.

Finally, one word of caution. There are a number of people in Atlanta who claim to be teachers of comedy and run comedy classes. In our view they are not. You know the old saying those who can, do. Well, the person teaching you how to be a comedian needs to have done. A little bit of stage time and willingness to take your money isn't it in our view. If you are going to pay someone to help you become funny, please make sure that person knows what they are doing. There are some who'll take your money and you'll not be any funnier - though at least that first joke will be on you.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much does age come into starting comedy? Can you have a successful career if you start in your 30's or 40's, considering how long it takes to "break into" comedy.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assuming I want to take the approach of just getting up and doing it.. where/how do I find places in and around ATL that will allow first-timers to give it a whirl?

8:29 AM  
Blogger scott said...

where are open mic nites ????

4:11 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

There are plenty of open mic nights around town. To keep up with the current list, consider looking at AtlantaStandsUp.com, which is a pretty good listing. The Punchline Comedy Club holds open mic on Wednesday night. To sign up, contact marcey at punchline.com. Keep this in mind: as with any artistic community, comedians are a cliquey bunch. So, a lot of what you hear from the open mic scene in any community will be filled with conjecture, misinformation, and outright nonsense. Get up on stage, trust your instincts and get better. Good comedians build careers, develop as artists, and at some point move on. The others, well, draw your own conclusions.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure i would like to-- but i have a frog in my throat !!!

12:34 PM  
Blogger Rootwolf said...

Punchline,
Thanks for busting my cherry last Wed.night. Going on for the first time was a lot like loosing ones virginity. I thought about it for years, was a little scared, did it anyway, and now I can't wait to do it again.

6:51 PM  

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