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Playing for Laughs September 2018

A month ago, if you were to have told me that I had written four separate stand up sets, performed at four different events on campus and two public open mics in Vancouver, I would have been startled, but very proud. I feel that over the course of this month I was able...

Performance 1

I have annotated my score by the amount of laughter received at each part (xxxx)

Score 

I just recently performed at my first open mic in front of a crowd of strangers- It pretty much just like talking to other Quest students except if you replaced every com...

Comedy Night 1: I felt very nervous for my first comedy set, but felt really good after. I wished I had been able to be more natural, but peoples reactions were positive and my jokes went over well in the relatively low energy space. I felt much more confident performi...

What did other comics do that was effective? What was ineffective? What were examples of punching up and punching down? What was the format of the open mic? What techniques do I want to implement after being in that environment?

Going to comedy twice at Charqui’s in Van...

Since Plato, Aristotle and Sir Philip Sidney were some of the first readings we did, their fundamental ideas remained a key platform for viewing effective comedy. Watching Nanette and King Henry IV were the first concrete examples of comedy as a reference, which allowe...

This piece was inspired after playing the "what comes next?" game in class. I was really inspired by the techniques of making all of the offers mundane before breaking the sequence. It has made me think about my keystone and how to write scenes that are believe able an...

My most comfortable point in theater is improvisation. I love thinking on the spot and find my brain lights up in a special way when stimulated with the need to create quickly. My favorite activities in class have been ones that require improvisation, such as the word...

This piece was also inspired by watching different standup acts after class and exploring different types of comedy. I am really interested in the self referencing humor and this song brings music into a place that is accessible instead of holding it up as a high art f...

How do I feel after performing? What have I learned? Where to I want to take the lessons I have learned in comedic writing and performance? What do I want to keep in mind when making people laugh? 

The biggest takeaway from this course is a reminder that I love performi...

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