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August 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

13 or 14 Reasons to Take Your Writing Onstage

After producing hundreds of comedy and spoken word shows and coaching other writers on their material and performance, I went onstage a few times last year to do it myself. … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Latest Listing of the Best Open-Mic Comedy Shows in LA (according to the LA-ist)

Open mic stage-time is not usually high-quality stage-time, but it can be rowdy good fun – or a bone-chilling nightmare. Either way, it’s a great (and probably a necessary) step … Continue reading

July 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Theolonius Monk’s 18 Pieces of Advice to Himself – Also Applicable to Any Performer (and Most Writers)

18 Pieces of Advice to Himself (from Theolonius Monk) 1. Just because you’re not a drummer, doesn’t meant that you don’t have to keep time. 2. Pat your foot and … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

How to Give A Killer Presentation (by TED Curator Chris Anderson)

Like pitching a story to an agent, producer or executive, creating a compelling TED talk involves synthesizing a lot of material into a very small space. TED founder and head … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

7 Elements of a Good Comedy Rant

“Anyone can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

9 Rules For Being Funny From “Inside Comedy”

Failure Is The Only Option Get Personal Figure Out What Works–Then Change It Look Back to Move Forward Being Liked Is Overrated Work the Silence Misery Loves Comedy Listen Up … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

29 Different Ways to Get a Laugh

People say laughter is the best medicine (although probably 9 out of 10 doctors wouldn’t agree). Many spiritual traditions (at least Zen Buddhism and the New Age) preach the transcendent … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

Word Angeles! The LA Spoken Word / Personal Essay / Storytelling Scene Reaches Critical Mass

These days, you can’t throw a rock in LA without hitting some kind of word event. Theaters, clubs and restaurants are all hosting shows where people read their personal essay … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 · 3 Comments

For Writing Out Loud: 12 or 13 Reasons to Perform Your Writing

“The human brain is a wonderful thing. It starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.” – George Jessel Maybe, … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

For Writing Out Loud (Recommended Comedy Storytelling, Personal Essay and Spoken Word Venues in Los Angeles)

You need stage time to get good at comic storytelling or reading your funny personal essays, but how do you get good stage time? Since I started producing Un-Cabaret and … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment