A few weeks ago the Arcade Comedy Theater asked me if I’d be interested in co-teaching their Stand-up comedy class alongside Pittsburgh favorite, Aaron Kleiber. I said yes. Here was my list of pro’s and cons when deciding:
– John Dick Winters will make fun of me for doing this.
– I think I’d be good at it.
Here are the true things that naysayers will tell you about taking a comedy class:
– Any information you learn from a class, you can obtain for free just by talking to comedians at open mics.
– The only real way to get better is to just get up and do it.
– You don’t need anyone telling you exactly how to write a joke. Display your own personality.
I took a comedy class years ago before I started and it helped tremendously and here’s what I really liked about it:
– Built in an instant network of people who are just starting out. This eliminated the anxiety of burrowing your way into an existing social scene. Comedians like to think of themselves as approachable and willing to give helpful information to new-comers. However, this is not really true (at least at first).
– Got a chance to practice in a low-risk environment. Going to an open mic for the first time can be scary. I got a few reps in with people who were in the same boat as me. The class show made me perform. I could always talk myself out of it before.
– Learned different ways to get material. I don’t use all of these ways, but I found the ones that work for me.
So I hope you’ll check it out. It will be a good time.