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     Chili Challis

           Lifetime comedian, comedy writer and coach

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Posted on November 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (6)
I've always said that a great way to help you learn stand up comedy is to watch other comedians that have a mastery of it. Having said that I'd really like for you to observe one of my new favs, Tom Papa. There are so many aspects to what he's doing on stage it's like a clinic of how to's.

Energy, consistent inviting comedic voice
(big one! often not utilized by newer comics),
tone, pace, movement, faces, material that relates to him and audience, sensitivity to the topics...and many many little things that mean soooo much.

You would do yourself well to watch one of his specials or Youtube him and sit down and study. Pick out the elements you see him use (both natural and learned I'm sure).
Then hit rewind and watch again and again, things will start to show up you missed the first time I know.

And though this is not a plug for clean comedy but do you notice something? He's pretty clean, he performs sexual material that is so well translated in picking out the funny moment and image everybody is comfortable to laugh WITH....not at....WITH, there's a difference. I call it shared elements in performing. He does it more than justice.

Do your enjoyment and study of stand up comedy a favor and watch Tom Papa. You'll laugh, you'll think, and I'm bettin' you'll learn something. Let me know.