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    Writing stand up comedy

    Started doing open mics in my area about nine months ago. Really enjoying it. Has recharged my writing. Very addictive. Never thought I could perform but now absolutely love it.

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    That's awesome. When I was a teen I dreamt of pursuing standup. Would listen to all the records of famous comedians, Allen, Bruce, etc. I studied acting for a decade and always thought I might give it a shot - but alas... Hope ya post yer stuff here one day.

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      Saw my first live standup at the comedy store about 92. It was an open mic. Handful of audience members , sat in the back by myself . Just picked a zoom q2n4k. Very helpful for working on material and overall comfort level. I have more complicated cameras but this tool is very useful. Heard an older comic say its the closest feeling to when you were in high-school or college and you were with buddy's doing fun stuff. Will post something at some point. Never to late.

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        I did some standup back in the mid-80's Milwaukee. Since I had a noticeable accent at the time - I still have some - I didn't think I could do "American" jokes per se, so I talked about the Soviet Union a lot. I also was a poor performer - once again, this may have something to do with my background - so I often felt like imitating Steven Wright's deadpan delivery a little (I was also a huge fan of his and even met him once after his show). At the same time, I was quite cognizant of the popular styles of the time, from Wright to Emo Philips to Jerry Seinfeld and tried finding my own. But then I quit performing.

        Over a decade later, after I resumed writing, II happened to email a very prominent TV critic and wrote a few one-liners on whatever topic she was covering. We began to exchange correspondence and, at some point, she recommended I do a Spalding Gray type monologue performance show. And, now having turned 60, I have wealth of material for it. I could easily do an hour on Putin alone.

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