Recently, from hey I want to be a stand-up comedian, I’ve met quite a few folks that have the attitude that, Hey! anyone can be a stand-up comedian. True! Anyone can. With that attitude, you can’t.
A comic, a friend of mine who usually hosts really well and is one of the most friendliest of guys, Satish Perumal this past week, hosted the open mic at Prost and was a little annoyed by the condescending tone that a few people had. It took guts and he told the select few, Either stay, respect the art form or Move to another floor in the pub. People do this for a living and it’s announced that there’s a show happening here. I was taken, and so glad that a comic,a friend of mine stepped up and made it clear that he would want to make people laugh but if you’re not in as an audience he is not going to tolerate you hanging about throwing weight around for no good reason.
Satish Perumal, a nice guy, unless you try to outwit him in his own game.
Quite a few times people sit in their chairs at an open mic saying, anyone can do this. It’s a cakewalk. Well you might feel lucky and confident and go up and make a few folks laugh. And they even could chuckle a bit. But doing this day in and day out isn’t really a cakewalk. If you can’t laugh, we’re okay with that but if you don’t respect the guy who’s sweating and nervous on stage, don’t hang about. Get out! Get out now!
I’m not saying an audience should laugh at all jokes. Fact of the matter is, the tougher the crowd, the more the comic learns, and works and on being funny and he’s not just getting laughs because he claims to be a comic. It’s good work for him. If you’ve had a bad day, go home, watch game of thrones, find your friends, if anyone is still willing to hang out with you.
But don’t be condescending. Don’t walk into an open mic thinking, I can do better. If you’d really wanted to you would be giving it a shot. Again, I’d like to point out that people who want to try stand up comedy are not the ones I’m talking to. Get on stage and do your best. But hey, all I’m trying to tell you is, it’s a comedy show.
It’s no place for you to vent out. Sit, don’t laugh. Don’t bring down the standards of good comedy that’s building in the city, but please don’t be the guy everyone wants to punch but no one does.
In conclusion, it’s your call to hang around a comedy show and decide if the person is funny or no, but don’t be a troublemaker. It’s a conscious decision to get on stage and try to be funny. To many people reading this, it might come naturally but for those who tackle stage fright and get on stage, don’t be one guy who they have to put down, cos believe me, every once in a while you’ll come across a comic who’ll make you feel like you shouldn’t have said that