Adventures In Comedy - The Difference a Day Makes

I just wanted to post this picture which I think sums up trying to come up in stand-up comedy.  One day you're in front of 100 people, the next day 5.  One day you're getting paid a couple hundred bucks, the next day a free beer.  One day someone comes up to you after a show to tell you how funny you are, the next the bartender is telling you to buy something or leave and it doesn't matter if you're a comic on the show.

In a lot of ways this dichotomy is a good thing.  It keeps you fresh.  When you start to get a big head there's a good chance the stand-up gods will be knocking you down a peg shortly.  I love it, because it doesn't matter if there's 500 people or 5, make 'em laugh.

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  • I like your avatar, except for that Packers shirt.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thanks, it's from this video: http://youtu.be/5hlcQ_JRXCk

  • Hey Dale… Want to know what the true, raw, unbridled definition of comedy is? Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjvXxwvg8mc

    That, and the underlying reason for the video… the paaaackeeeers completely and utterly choking in the playoffs last year.

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA… priceless!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hmm, I'm going to say the raw definition of comedy is "Entertainment intended to make an audience laugh."

    Are you a fan of Megadeath? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvmWxitlcLY

  • In reply to Dale Zawada:

    Meagan posted that video to make people laugh. It's comedy, according to your definition.

    Your definition is awful, btw. Intention is irrelevant. Comedy isn't created by trying, any more than music is created by banging on a keyboard.

    The best comedy is often unintentionally funny, like your crush on Snookie:

    https://twitter.com/#!/DaleZawada/status/101518859755986944

    Now that's comedy, especially coming from a Packer fan.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Thanks for following me on twitter!

    I encourage others to do so as well: @DaleZawada

    PS - Take up that definition issue with dictionary.com

  • In reply to Dale Zawada:

    You looked it up in the dictionary?

    You, a comedian, looked through a dictionary to find the meaning of comedy? Are you sure you're a comedian? Check your wallet.

    PS: Don't have to follow you to read your tweets.

    PSS: More unintentional comedy from the King of Com·e·dy (n.):

    https://twitter.com/#!/DaleZawada/status/148461233614491648

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    In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Yeah, because guys like Richard Pryor and George Carlin just got up on stage and just made it up as they went along, as we all know. Luckily, while not trying to be funny, they unintentionally made people laugh.

    I mean, it's not like you have to try to be a good stand up comedian. It's not a craft you have to hone or anything like that.

    If you want real comedy, you gotta go to the message boards on ESPN, because you'll find stuff like MB30SD's post all day. The future of comedy, I tell you!!!

    Here's another definition for you. Sarcasm: "a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter jibe or taunt, usually conveyed through irony or understatement."

  • In reply to Michael Lesinski:

    Pryor and Carlin tried to make people laugh, and they succeeded. If they had failed, you wouldn't know their names. Trying isn't enough, obviously.

    I mean, it's obvious. Don't be an idiot and argue the point any further. You'll only make yourself look stupid.

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    In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Here's yet another definition for you.

    Contradiction: "In classical logic, a contradiction consists of a logical incompatibility between two or more propositions. It occurs when the propositions, taken together, yield two conclusions which form the logical, usually opposite inversions of each other."

    I point this out because in one post you say, and I quote, "Comedy isn't created by trying, any more than music is created by banging on a keyboard. The best comedy is often unintentionally funny," and then in the next you say "Pryor and Carlin tried to make people laugh, and they succeeded. If they had failed, you wouldn't know their names. Trying isn't enough, obviously."

    So which is it? Or are you just going to resort to name calling.

    You can fail when trying, as you've proved on this thread.

  • In reply to Michael Lesinski:

    Comedy isn't created by trying. It's created by succeeding, intentionally or not. Are you retarded?

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    In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Oh, I'm sorry if I'm confused. I get it now though.

    Comedy isn't created by trying, unless your trying, but really trying has nothing to do with it. You really just have to be successful.

    Props to myself for predicting the namecalling.

    Don't put much effort into a response. I won't be checking this thread again, you stupid retarded failed comedien.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    That was easy. Run along now, little FudgePacker.

    Dale, if you're going to continue to troll ChicagoNow, with your Packer avatar and your tasteless jokes about the death of Brian Urlacher's mother, you're going to need followers with bigger balls.

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    Crunch Buttsteak must be a failed comedian, based on the bitterness of his trollish posting.

    Keep up the good work, DZ!

  • In reply to Michael Lesinski:

    How could I possibly fail? All I have to do is try, right?

  • Yup, just looked it up in "Comedy For Dummies."

  • Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Heres Tom with the Weather

  • Very Carlin of you.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Bill Hicks actually. Best comedian of all time in my estimation. Let him put his words in you sometime. You won't regret it. Best to have him rub up though.

  • I think what Crunch is saying that comedians that try and be funny often aren't. I think it's what is called "trying too hard".

    You can see stand-up comics who try too hard.

    Oh, and Cheeseheads aren't funny. That's simple math.

  • Sir,

    Can you explain how you became and why you continue to be a Packers fan?

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