Sunday, January 25, 2015
I just got back from Aziz Ansari's standup show, and it was really funny!! I took special note of how he delievers his jokes, and his material in general. His opening act, was super funny... I can't remember his name, all I know is that he's a writer on one of my favorite shows Parks & Recreation. Anyways, I thought this guy's delivery for his jokes was nice. He was super casual and laid back, which I really enjoyed, and I thought it worked well for him. Just the way he slowly would walk about the stage, and the way he phrased his jokes showed he was confident in himself, and it appreaed as if he was talking to one of his friends. Aziz's style however, was a little different. Much like his opening act, Aziz did seem as if he was chatting with a friend, but Aziz was much more energetic and livley on stage. Aziz does this really funny thing where he acts out parts of his stories, and especially tonight, he would walk around the entire stage, so it made his stories come to life. Aziz also changes his tone of voice, and volume of voice depending on the point in the story. I've really been thinking about my personal standup style, and what it should be like. I haven't really done any standup- type shows in a long time, so I'm not really sure what my style will be like. I think I want to keep my style similiar to Aziz's opening act, I really enjoyed his casual delivery of his material, and I think it would fit well with my jokes. Also, I've been writting a lot of jokes recently, and I have a handful of them that I think are pretty funny. Hopefully I can write some more soon, and perfect I have the ones I have. Once I get some solid material, I need to start performing. I'm really nervous for performing, because there is nothing worse than not being funny. This fear is why I'm spending so much time writting material, because I want the audience to be fully engaged, and hopefully, think I'm funny. Let's hope I can come up with some more funny things, and be performing in the near future!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
I've been working on writing stand up material. I was watching Louis C.K.'s standup special on Netflix and I got a few ideas from him. He was talking about eating after your full. I felt that this was extremely relatable, and I've DEFINITELY done that a time two. So I put my recorder app on, and I started talking through the joke. I thought about times where I felt sick from eating food, and I continued to eat. Although it was a funny concept, none of my experiences were laugh out loud funny. So I tossed a few scenarios around and I came up with some funny stuff. I'm really happy with this new joke because I think it's a really funny joke that will appeal to a lot of people. Now that I have some funny material, I have to figure out how to deliver my jokes. I've been watching a lot of standup and I've took careful note of different comics style. For example Aziz Ansari delivers his jokes in a very energetic way, he moves around the stage a lot, and he pantomimes in his jokes as well. Although it is small details, it really can make a joke funnier. Another, more apparent example of style is Bo Burnahm's style. Bo has a very theater-ish way of doing standup. He performs most of his material singing and playing the piano. I think my style will be pretty laid back, but I will definitely be energetic. Also, I make a lot of funny facial expressions, so I think I will use a lot of that. For example, in my snapchat bit I was telling you guys earlier, I talk abut double chins and goofy faces, so I will do funny facial expressions to make the joke more humerus. I'm really excited to be writing jokes!