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Friday, January 8th, 2010
6:05 pm
[tharp42]
TRUTH-TELLING, LSD, AND DEL CLOSE
(Hey Second City folks! Here's a piece I did a couple months back about the time I did a workshop with Del Close in Seattle. I thought that some of you guys might appreciate it, so give it a read if you feel so inclined...)

Doing comedy again has forced me to reconsider the mechanics and philosophy behind it: What is funny? Why is it funny? Why is bad comedy so unbearable to watch? Why do I feel the compulsion to jump on a stage and try to make people laugh?

I recently hosted a comedy open mike here in Busan, something that I'm making a regular occurrence. I tried out a few minutes of new material, and it went over really well. After the show my good buddy Sam - who has seen me onstage a jolly shitload of times - pulled me aside to give me his rundown of my set. While rolling his eyes at some of my tired, old jokes, he lit a smoke and said, "Your new stuff was great, because you were just telling the truth."

Truth in Comedy.

This got me to think of Del Close, who co-authored a book of the same name. Del had a massive impact on me as an improvisor and comedian (and subsequently, a writer). I hadn't thought about him in a while, but just hearing the phrase "telling the truth" made it all come back to me.

PUT THIS BEHIND YOUR TONGUECollapse )
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
3:32 pm
[thecomedian]
POB
congrats to POB on being hired as a writer for SNL!

my apologies for slacking off as a maintainer.
Thursday, May 25th, 2006
10:50 pm
[thecomedian]
Toronto
I'll be at a mainstage show in Toronto this summer.
Saturday, January 7th, 2006
12:57 am
[mynewshirt]
I need a bit of help from you all.

What I need from you is a few ideas:

1. A name of a workplace and a type of residence, squashed into one word.

EXAMPLE: Shop + Loft = Shoploft

2. A name of an occupation. But very simple, like Carpenter. Not Psychiatrist, or anything like that.

EXAMPLE: Vet, Carpenter, Cleaner, etc...

3. A bodily noise or function, and then end it with either "son" "ton" or "smith"

EXAMPLE: Belch + Ton = Belchton...Plop + Son = Plopson...Whistle + Smith = Whistlesmith

Thank you all!

Char
Saturday, December 24th, 2005
7:09 pm
[thecomedian]
Iraqtile Dysfunction
Apparently, "Red Scare" is no longer running at The Second City. A new review with much of the same cast that I saw is starring in "Iraqtile Dysfunction" as I read the Tribune.
This is a new, mainly young cast. And while they've come up with some stellar material, they still need to snag a consistent acting style. Here you've got a couple of performers -- Matthew Craig and Molly Erdman -- who tend to slightly underplay and need more attention. And in the cheerfully ebullient Maribeth Monroe, the show has a woman capable of creating splendidly eccentric characters -- the kind beloved by Saturday Night Live devotees -- but they all tend to be a just a tad overcooked. She should fix that.

Antoine McKay and Claudia Michelle Wallace create a knockout piece of satire wherein "mystical black people" (familiar from Hollywood movies) solve white people's problems when white people are unable to solve them on their own. They find a much better balance of style. And I suspect the others will mesh in time.

But this show totally belongs to a new performer -- Brian Gallivan, who dominates the night. He reads as a good bit older than the typical mainstage discovery (nothing wrong with that), but, boy, is he a major talent. Thin, arch and intriguingly introspective at times, he can look like he just stepped out of Queer Eye. But then he can veer on a dime to the opposite place -- at one hilarious point, he plays a guy from the Catholic Church weeding out possible gay priests.
Sunday, December 18th, 2005
6:00 pm
[thecomedian]
Frank Caeti
Frank joined MadTV's cast over the summer.
3:09 pm
[thecomedian]
winter break
So I've got the urge to do improv again. I honestly miss it. Part of me wants to do politics, the other part comedy or music. If worse goes to worse, I'll fly to Chicago on the weekends after I graduate and do the Sunday courses. I'd like to stay in Kentucky.
Wednesday, June 15th, 2005
11:47 am
[librachick12040]
Anyone here know anything about Second City Detroit, maybe have taken a class there? I just found out it is like a mile away and it seems like a waste not to take advantage of that.
Saturday, May 21st, 2005
10:07 pm
[thecomedian]
Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
1:58 am
[zipfornus]
All right...I was glad to see this community appear!

I'm pulling up stakes and moving to Chicago this July to take classes at Second City. Anyone have info on Chi neighborhoods, like where's a good place to live? Will be going out in June to scout, but any advice in advance would be extremely helpful. Thanks...
Saturday, May 14th, 2005
10:36 pm
[ameya]
Hey! Its about time someone made this!

In august i'm going to be taking the Improv & Sketch Comedy Writing classes in NYC. I am insanely excited.

has anyone else taken any second city classes?
1:27 pm
[thecomedian]
1:19 pm
[thecomedian]
Second City
Being a big fan and hopefully, a future student and cast member, I started this community today. There used to be a Second City community on here but it's no longer here.

I'm a stand-up comedian and I've done some improv. I hope to train in the art of improvisation after college while being a full-time film student simultaneously.

Feel free to add me as a friend on LJ. I'm also a fan of UCB, ImprovOlympic. I'll learn long form eventually.

Second City is where many comedians got their start.
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