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May 03, 2005

Thanks, I'm here all week ... try the steak!

Well, here's our answer: Charisma boot camp, is, in fact, the comedy club stage:

A good stand-up can walk into a room, a bar with no stage and a shit mic, in the deep goddam South or Montana or Portland or Austin or Boston, and not only tell jokes with differing political opinions than the crowd, can get them to laugh. With all due respect to our brother performers in theater, etc., we can walk into a room of any size from 20 to 2000 complete strangers with no shared background and not just evoke emotion ... we can evoke a specific strong emotion every 15 seconds.  For an HOUR. A good stand-up can make fun of your relationship with your wife, make fun of your job, make fun of your politics, all in front of a thousand strangers, and afterward that same person will go up and invite the stand-up to a barbecue.

In short -- every club audience is a swing state.

Good stuff. Read the rest. (Thanks to Pandagon.)

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The Kung Fu Monkey post is indeed quite interesting, although my eyes almost melted trying to read it because of the incredibly annoying white-letters-on-black-background design that the site's author selected. Funny that a post about how to communicate with an audience is so bad at communicating with its audience.

Posted by: David | May 3, 2005 10:50:41 PM

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