Saturday, March 26, 2011

Doing Stand-up Comedy in Lakeland, Florida

I was finally able to record my stand-up comedy act. Here I am at the Winner's Circle in Lakeland, Florida this past Friday. I opened for fellow comic Eric Prae and headliner Artie Fletcher.



 I want to thank my Mom for recording this! Ha ha!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Jeffrey Ross saves The Situation at Trump Roast

Over the last few days, a lot of people have brought up the comic value of The Situation's bit on Comedy Central's Roast of Donald Trump. And unfortunately for The Situation, not for the right reasons. The Situation was bad. Very, very, very bad.

For those who haven't seen it, here it is:



What I want to point out however, is the really cool thing comedian Jeffrey Ross did. Check out at the 3:45 mark when Ross went on stage. He took the heat off The Situation. Ross saw the crowd starting to turn on The Situation and made the experience enjoyable again by cracking a few jokes of his own. Did you see the ab joke? Totally impromptu and totally brilliant. It is hard going on stage and making people laugh. Especially if you have never done it before. I wonder if The Situation wrote his own material. It sounded like he did. I hope he practiced, but even if he did, his timing was terrible and nothing came out right. And like most comics, The Situation had to be on for a certain amount of time. He couldn't walk away or give up. He had to take the response. That's why what Ross did was so awesome. As someone who has written about sports a lot, Ross's save reminded me a lot of when former Philadelphia 76ers coach Mo Cheeks helped a little girl through the National Anthem. Do you see the similarity?

 

Another point about The Situation: it is much easier to be a self-depreciating comic than be an arrogant prick on stage. Getting the audience to laugh is much easier if a comic talks about how much of a loser they are. That's why I think The Situation wrote his own material and why I think no one helped him. Because if they did, they would have told him that comments about screwing models and having a lot of money aren't jokes, they're rap lyrics.