Category Archives: The Art & Science of Comedy

Second City Audition

Dear Diary, A week and a half ago, I got an invitation for an audition with Second City. If you’re not familiar with them, SNL got their last two cast members from Second City’s Chicago branch. So yeah, acting’s going … Continue reading

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How To Handle Feelings Of Envy

Dear Diary, This weekend, I heard about a comic that performed exceedingly well on a show, and those damned feelings of jealousy and envy reared their ugly heads again. It was weird, because I recognized that getting mad at myself … Continue reading

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Bill Burr Guide To Stand-up Comedy

Dear Diary, I was listening to the Monday Morning podcast with Bill Burr, and he gave the best piece of advice regarding stand-up that I’ve ever heard: I’m going up again tonight, and the only requirement that I have of … Continue reading

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Envy

Dear Diary, On Friday, I went to Quinn C. Martin‘s Quinnder Surprise, which was held at Maple Leaf Gardens. As I watched his supporting cast kill it on stage, part of me felt happy that they were putting on a … Continue reading

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The Creative Management Lifecycle for Comedy

Dear Diary, As I prepared to embark on the second chapter of my comedy career, I had to answer the following question: where should I start? I had two seemingly conflicting interests: Craft a killer five, seven, and ten-minute set … Continue reading

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