CONSIDERING A NEW HOBBY — STAND-UP COMEDY

by Steve Clem on April 22, 2009

So some of you may know that in my grad school days and thereafter, I started doing Improv comedy with a troupe in Iowa City. Some people hear that and say “oh, cool, tell me a joke.” Improv is not the kind of comedy where someone is standing up on a stage telling jokes from a routine, for those who don’t know. It’s like what was done on Drew Carey’s show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

Well that was an awesome experience that I miss tremendously, but since moving to the Twin Cities, it is much harder to get into a troupe for Improv. They are either fully professional actors doing it all the time as a career, or a group that only does it for their own entertainment in some church basement.

But recently, after a conversation with a good friend in which I had him rolling on the ground in laughter roughly every 30 seconds, I learned about an open mic night at a local comedy club, and he has told me that he thinks I need to go and try it out.

SO, I’m in the process of coming up with a few different routine ideas, and may within the next month or so tackle one more thing on my bucket list, if you will.
For those who live in the Twin Cities, I’ll let you know when I’m taking the stage, and will slip you a $20 bill if you laugh.

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Steve Clem originally published this piece on the blog A Prisoner in the Tundra.

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