Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ask Abbi: Hit the Bricks

Chris of writes:

Why do comics traditionally stand in front of a brick wall to do standup?

I'm not sure I know what you're talking about.

Do you mean, why do they stand when doing stand-up? It's in the job description.

Or why do they traditionally stand in front of a wall? Well, buildings have walls. It's hard not to do stand-up in front of a wall unless you're performing under a circus tent. But even tents have tent walls.

If you're asking specifically about the bricks, well, I don't know that it's a tradition per se. I mean it's not as if this was a prerequisite or an archetype of what it meant to do comedy decades ago.

And it's not like really established comedians do it.

I shouldn't even answer this question. I mean it's just not a concept I'm familiar with.

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1 comment:

Chris said...

Oh great. Wait until I'm deathly ill before answering my question.

And now the post is buried. I'm not even going to put in any effort in a witty remark....