Monday, November 16, 2009

My Mic Sounds Nice

I attended the Gotham Open Mic and won a free spot on Jessica Kirson's New Talent Showcase. How can YOU get a chance to win? Take one of Jessica's classes / coaching sessions, regularly attend the mic, give feedback to other comics, and stay until the very end. All of these things seem stupid to the new comic. I see it a lot at mics I host--the greener the comedian, the less time they want to stay and watch someone else. They're usually too nervous to pay attention or too eager to get back home. Sometimes they want to leave because they think that's what "real comics" do--appear too important to need to stick around. And sometimes they don't want to hear bad comedy. When it comes to feedback they are too proud to receive it and too self-conscious to offer it to anyone else. They also don't want to take a stand-up comedy class. This I understand--I don't believe in stand-up comedy classes as a necessity to get better. Neither does Jerry Seinfeld. But a lot of people could benefit from advice, as I did with a 1-on-1 session.

I like this particular mic because it's a chance to have receive honest critique in a positive atmosphere. A lot of the feedback contradicts itself, so you have to take it with a grain of salt. But it's always offered with the best intentions. The mic is led by Yonah Ward Grossman, whose funny reminder e-mails are reason enough for being on the mailing list.

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soce said...

I am very open to feedback when I perform standup. I've gotten some great criticism so far that's opened my eyes to a world of new possibilities.

I agree it's best to take it with a grain of salt and see what resonates most. It's been nice to have, though. I pretty much always stay until the end of shows unless I have a specific event that I must run off too, but I try not to book too many things at once, at least not at this point in my career.

Anonymous said...

Hey Abbi...can't wait for you to bring the funny to Canada.

Abbi Crutchfield said...

@ soce: Do what works best for you. I find what works best for early comics is to give me money. And cake.

@ Anon: YEAH!