Day: July 15, 2015

Meet Me In New York: Big Jay Oakerson

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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Audience interactions and crowd work gone awry: Is the customer always right?

Stand-up comedians need an audience to laugh at their jokes and pay for their services. Comedy clubs provide a direct conduit for both, and need a steady supply of both to survive. Audiences need to know their place is in the audience, laughing (or not) offstage. When comedians and clubs start bickering and burning bridges on social media, it’s not so much like Mommy and Daddy are fighting so much as they’re locking us in the basement and forcing us to watch them through a skylight. Nobody wins. It doesn’t matter who’s right or wrong. Sometimes, you’re both. Case...

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