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Tue, Apr. 17th, 2007, 12:38 pm
The stage is my office elevator.

The stage is my office elevator.


Told jokes and people got 'em. It feels good to kill somewhere other than in the elevator at work. In the elevator at work, I leave to a chorus of laughter every time, and I never consider whether people are going to get what I say. They laugh anyway.

Last open mic went very well. After my set, I talked to Clay Miles about why I'm funnier offstage than on, and how I change personas when I take the stage. When I'm killing in the elevator at work, I never consider whether people are going to get what I'm saying. On stage (and just before I take the stage), I worry about whether they're gonna get it or not. Clay gave me a breakthrough insight.

He told me when I have fun performing to have fun free of concern about whether they get it or not, I kill. He laughs too, even if he doesn't get it right away, because he's laughing at my delivery and gets the joke later.

He says there is no stage, that the concept that the stage mandates different thoughts and feelings and behavior is an illusion. From now on, when I take the stage, I'll be stepping into my office elevator.

A confession: Just like in the office elevator, I don't know what anything I say means, so I just remember what people laugh at and I say it again. If any of you come to one of my shows and can explain what anything I say means, explain it to me after the show and I'll buy you breakfast.

As always, tell me what you think.


Basil White

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Thu, Apr. 19th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
basilwhite: Pshaw.

Aw, thanks! I've been working with a new writing model:

Experience
So what?
Moment of Discovery
So what?
Belief
So what?
Moment of Decision
So what?
Action
So what?
Repeat.