Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Be ready to have fun! The workshop is a chance to work with very creative and funny people!
Be ready to learn why stand up comedy works. It is not for any of the reason you might think. You will learn behind the scene techniques that could take years to learn on your own.
Be ready to be original! The workshop is going to help you find your own original material and voice.
Be ready to perform! The entire workshop is focused on getting you ready for the showcase AND having a killer show.
Be ready to learn how to pursue stand up comedy if that's what you are interested in. With no nonsense or empty promises the workshop will show you what to expect if you are interested in stand up comedy as a career.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. The biggest mistake everyone makes when they begin doing stand up is working on blue material.
Cursing, talking about sex or doing material which is about all the embarrassing things our bodies do is what everyone believes makes audiences laugh.
The truth is all this material has been done to death! there is not much new or interesting to cover. Also, you will sound just like every other beginning comedian and that will not get you noticed by managers at comedy clubs.
Working blue is the surest way to not get work. If you work blue, you can get work but in very limited places and for very little pay.
If you work clean, you can work any where and get very lucrative benefits! Corporations, top notch comedy clubs and TV shows are much happier working with comics who make the effort to keep the material above the belt and the financial rewards are much better!
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Is the instructor a working comic? A club manager, public speaker, or performer who hasn't been onstage since the late sixties teaching a workshop is not the same as a working comic teaching the what and why of comedy. Being on the fringe of comedy isn't a strong enough credit to teach the real inner workings. It's like learning to fly; do want to learn from a pilot or the person who takes reservations?
Do the graduates of the workshop have success? Check with the instructor to get a list of graduates and then contact them for how they felt the workshop helped and paid off with what was taught.
Does the workshop allow you to audit? You should get a chance to see what is being taught instead of being told it is a secret that is available only to those with an open check book.
What reputation does the workshop have with legitimate comedy clubs? Contact the local comedy club which books national acts and ask the management what the reputation is of the workshop and its graduates.
How long has the workshop been available? A workshop which isn't creating results will quickly suffer from bad word of mouth and won't last long. A workshop which is producing results will be around for a long time because of the support it is getting from it's graduates and the local comedy scene.