Monthly Archives: April 2013
Let’s make one thing clear – I don’t hate any type of comedy, I love them all equally, but I love stand-up comedy a bit more – that’s all! Stand-up comedy to me is a great escape from all sorts of worries whether I’m watching it live or a DVD of any comedian. However, this post is mainly aimed at people who are looking for reasons to become a comedian and this is going to be a feeble attempt to try and convince you why you should become a stand-up comedian. So without wasting more of your time, let me start my act to convince you.
It’s Somewhat Easier
Let’s suppose that you want to be a comedian in TV series. I’d say that’s not a bad idea at all. However, the challenges that you’d face for getting into TV comedy would be more than enough to change your mind about comedy altogether. And all this is regardless of the fact that you have talent for comedy or not! On the other hand, if you have even just a little bit of talent for making people laugh, you can try your luck on any stand-up comedy stage. Many stand-up comedy clubs have open-mic nights where anyone from the audience can take the stage and try their luck.
Stand-up comedy should be your first step if you want to become a full-fledge comedian. Stand-up comedy is performed live in front of a real audience, which means that you can get instant feedback on your act. For a person who is looking to make a huge name in comedy, you’ll need a lot of feed-back and constantly going back to your sketch board to sketch funnier jokes than before on the basis of your feedback.
Stand-up comedy is a great confidence booster. People are more than ready to laugh before you even move your lips. For someone, who isn’t confident enough, this can boost their confidence and moral, especially, if they want to become a professional comedian.
Better Perspective on Life
Being a stand-up comedian is a full-time job because as a comedian, you need to come up with new jokes every day, and for that, you’ll have to find humor in everything around you. Whether it’s your personal life or someone else’s life, you can drive something funny out of it. When you develop the habit of dealing everything in a fun way, your life will become much easier and fun to live.
These were just my reasons why I think stand-up comedy is better than other comedies. There’s plenty of shining examples of stand-up comedians who not only got to the top of stand-up comedy, but also made a huge name in movies, TV series, and overall as a comedian.
The list of standup comedians keeps getting bigger as new and very talented people keep coming. If you think you are missing out on some of the best stand up comedians, then here’s a list of comedians, who you should see perform live this year.
Some people are born comedians; others just make their way through it. Well, Jay Malone is one of those lucky few who were born a comedian. Jay is one of those who you’d call a multi-talented personality – Yeah for REAL! Because he’s not just a comedian, but he has also made name for himself as an actor and a cartoonist as well. Jay seems like your average guy, walks and talks like your average guy, but when he’s on stage performing, he’s not what you’d call an average guy. Although, his comedy style is what you know as traditional, but still, there’s something about his delivery that makes him very interesting to watch live, which is why he’s on this list today.
Matt McKenna might be new on the stand up comedy scene, but still some of you might know him from “American Dad.” Matt is a voice actor, a producer and a writer of the famous TV series, American Dad. However, he recently decided to step into the world of stand up comedy in a big way. His series of one-man stand up comedy shows under the name “Enter Spider” is a great treat for comedy fans. What makes McKenna different from other comedians is his innovation. His one-man stand up comedy show is breaking the walls of stand p comedy and bringing in a whole new level to the stage. If you haven’t watched him perform yet, then you should this year.
It is very difficult to find words that describe what Fortune Feimster does actually, but all in all, she’s one of those comedians who have raised the bar for others. If you are a seasoned stand-up comedy fan, then you will notice two things about her. Number one, she’s one the most comfortable comedians you’d see on stage. Most new comedians hesitate on stage, whereas Fortune flows in and out of her bits with seamless transitions. The second thing that you’d notice is that her act sets her apart from others, which is a sure sign that she’s on the road to absolute great. If you want to understand what I’m talking about, then you’d have to see her perform live.
There’s no need for me to tell you guys who Marlon Wayans is because there are a bunch of Wayans brothers and they’re all very talented. However, Marlon is the only one who is very talented behind a mic. He’s funny, talented, and on top of that, he’s a stand-up comedian now! It would be hard for you guys to search video clips of him behind a mic – trust me I’ve tried and can’t find any, but believe me when I say this that, Marlon is the guy you should see perform live when you are not sure about what type of comedy you’d like to see. He has the ability to make everyone laugh, which is why his audience loves him. So, note this name down and buy tickets to his show the first chance you get!
As compared to the rest of the people on this list, Aziz Ansari might be a bit more popular than others in the stand-up comedy arena. There’s more than one reason for that, but it’s mainly because of the fact that Aziz is very talented and very good at making people laugh, which is why I recommend that you watch him live the first chance you get. Although, Aziz started his career in NY, back in 2000-2001, but it wasn’t until he came to Hollywood when he got his big break. If you haven’t seen him perform live yet, then keep your ears open for news about him showing up at the Laugh Factory LA, because he often performs there.
I could’ve added some more people to this list, but knowing that it’d be too much awesomeness to handle for you guys, I’m cutting things short and leaving some names for future. Until then, watch these guys and have a great time – and don’t forget to let me know how your day went at the live performances.
This is the second part of 10 Stand-Up Comedians Everyone Should Know. So without further ado, let’s continue this list and figure out who the remaining five comedians are? See First Part
5: Chris Rock
Chris Rock never really managed to get his movie career off the ground, but when it comes to stand-up comedians, he’s one of the funniest comedians working today. Recently, he was named the King of Comedy and Time Magazine once named him the Funniest Man in America. Chris’s every special is worth watching whether you’re a stand-up comedy fan or not.
4: Russell Peters
Russell Peters is one of those names in stand-up comedy that is not far from becoming a household name in America. His fan base is diverse and he has done sold-out events in the biggest places of earth. Russell has got two comedy specials under his belt so far. He is the only comedian who is known worldwide, from Canada to Singapore and from Australia to South Africa – you will find Russell’s fans all over the world.
3: Larry The Cable Guy
Larry The Cable Guy is one of those comedians who has brought something new to the stand up comedy arena. Larry’s success is based on his redneck, good-ol’-boy humor. He is also responsible for introducing ubiquitous phrase “Git ‘R Done!” trucker hats, and sleeveless flannels to the public. Aside from all this, Larry is one of the highest earners in stand-up comedy who has several successful tours and best-selling albums.
2: Jeff Dunham
Jeff Dunham has successfully branded himself as the comic for the common man. Jeff is well-known for his stable of puppets and broad humor which they bring to the stage. If you haven’t heard of him, then let me jog your memory – “I KEEL YOU!” – If you’ve heard or read that line anywhere, then that means you’ve heard what Jeff Dunham; correction: his puppet, ‘The Dead Terrorist’ is capable of. Jeff has earned a lot of popularity due to his broad humor, which often contains generalization about gender and race. He is also the responsible for scoring the highest ratings in Comedy Central’s history.
1: Dane Cook
Like it or not, Dane Cook is the biggest thing to happen to stand-up comedy in the 2000s. He is the first comedian ever to get the “Rock Star treatment” i.e. selling out stadiums, etc. Dane Cook was the first comedian to figure out how to use the internet to build his celebrity. With the help of his gamble, he managed to become a huge success with young people and college audiences. The biggest credit that he deserves is for making the art form relevant again and to introduce an entire new generation to stand-up comedy.
LA’s comedy clubs are the best place for comedians from all over the world to start their career and find their way to fame and stardom. LA has a variety of comedy clubs that offer a night full of laughs and sometimes good meals as well. Here’s a list of some of the best comedy clubs in LA.
7: The Second City
Address: 6560 Hollywood Blvd, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90028
“A hidden gem right on Hollywood Blvd! How many people walk past The Second City sign not knowing they’re a flight of stairs away from some of the best and cheapest entertainment in town?” says a fan about The Second City. If only people would take the time to look around, they’d find themselves at the doorstep of ‘The Second City’ comedy club. The Second City offers a variety of comedy skits, but if you want to visit this place, book your tickets in advance.
Address: 733 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
We gota hand it to ComedySportz for the longest running stage show in LA, which is now running into its 23rd year. The different thing about ComedySportz is that their comedy is mostly about sports and improv comedy played as a sport here. “This is one of the best comedy shows in LA. Neat little theater company. Great fun!” says a review about ComedySportz.
5: iO West Theater
Address: 6366 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
“Very chill place with great sketch comedy and improv” is what most people had to say about iO West Theater. A lot of well-known names have performed here and some of them actually started their career from this club. If you are looking for one of the best improv comedy in LA then iO’s theater should be among your top choices.
4: The Groundlings Theatre & School
Address: 7307 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
The Groundlings Theatre has been in the comedy business for more than 30 years now and there’s no doubt that it is one of the best improv and sketch comedy theaters. This place also nurtured some great names in comedy such as Will Ferrell, Kathy Griffin, Phil Hartman, Paul Reubens and many more.
Address: 8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
We’re down to number 3 and at number three we have the comedy club Improv. Improv is one of the premier stages for live comedy in the United States. Many well-known names have played center stage at Improv including, Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld and many more. According to reviews, it is “Definitely a place to hit up for a fun time and a good laugh.”
2: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
Address: 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
For a comedy club that was founded in 1996, UCB has surely outdone some of the biggest comedy clubs in providing hilarious and outrageous comedy that keeps the crowd coming again and again. “There’s all kinds of fun comedy shows to check out here” and I don’t think anything else I’d say can top that.
1: Laugh Factory
Address: 8001 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
You’ve guessed it – the number one best comedy club in LA is none other than Laugh Factory. Most reviews about Laugh Factory say that, “It’s always a guaranteed great time at this comedy club” and one cannot agree more because the lineup is different every night, with different shows and different comedians – new and old, come here to perform. Some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy often pop-by here to perform.