My first job in L.A. was as a waitress at The Improv Comedy Club. (Click HERE to get TIPS from COMIC TOM PAPA.)
I was only 17 years old, but I lied and said I was 21 (back then they didn’t check ID’s).
My first few months were tough as I learned to manage drink orders flying my way….
… as I ducked down and whispered to each customer so as not to interrupt what was happening on stage.
HERE’S SOME TOTALLY HELPFUL STUFF I LEARNED WHILE WORKING AT THE FAMOUS IMPROV:
- A good comic typically “gets up” (performs) at least five nights a week.
- New comics all bond with one another as they “come up together.”
- Performing at an Open-Mic is scary, but is INVALUABLE training ground for an actor.
- Comics waiting to perform sit in the back of the house and laugh at their peers on stage (regardless of whether or not they are funny).
- Everyone bombs sometimes. EVERYONE.
- Stand Up Comedy is a great way to find your voice.
- Agents and Managers come out regularly to see new comics.
- If you’re interested in sit-com acting, this is the way to train.
- If you struggle with nerves, this is a way to confront that demon. 10) If you’re an actor and you’re funny – YOU SHOULD do Stand Up!
Think about it… this is a free opportunity to train – no expensive acting class, no pricey Improv School…
… Just you and an Open Mic Night somewhere around L.A. So, get your funny ass out there.
What do you have to lose?!
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