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     Chili Challis

           Lifetime comedian, comedy writer and coach



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WHERE IS THE ART IN STAND UP COMEDY?

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 5:58 PM
Isn't it funny that comedy is without question an art form but it's not about being perfect. If anything it's about achieving perfection in talking about imperfections, mistakes, miscues, confusions, bloopers etc... yours and life's in general.
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To me it's not really an art about the material so much. If you're an artist painter it is about the painting, the painting is the art. If you're a musician it's about the music; in comedy the art comes into play as it pertains to the messenger/artist (comic) and how he/she presents it which of course influences the impact of the material at hand. The art in comedy is the performer's abilities on display. That's why I have always believed there is no hack material, only hack performers.
It's in these phony presentations that you can tell if someone has truly written his/her own material. It's as plain as a fighter's nose on a face, but the hacks can't grasp that and so continue to steal, 'borrow' or write derivative material thinking it will just blend in if they say the same words (material). It doesn't.
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What's the lesson? Work on your material of course, work on yourself even more and start from the VERY beginning....and for god sakes, don't even try to write perfect.
Just be you, that will be  perfect.

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4 Comments

Reply Nicky "The Buzzard" Shane
5:38 PM on April 29, 2015 
Editing is an art form (especially in stand-up) "Living creatively" is an art form... The discipline to make time "To Create" is one of the most important art forms. It involves many decisions... In all the art forms where I bring my expression into existence I always start big then edit. (I collect a lot of idea's.) How ever you supplant your daily routine makes you an artist and separates you from those who don't... There is not a day that goes by that I don't write down or draw or share an idea to take a step in some creative direction... I don't think about it or put a value on it. It's a way of life... Ask "The Buzzard" The Verisimilitude Dude!!
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3:32 AM on November 3, 2015 
Discipline is a kind of art , If we brief the word ART it is like ocean , more creativity
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7:56 AM on October 10, 2018 
Stand up comedy is not working so much and if you see a new artist in the world he or she did not work so much. I hope people start to like the stand-up comedy.
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