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Patrick Keane’s timeless joke from Genesis

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

When I was just starting out in comedy, I saw a comic on TV do a hilarious, insightful routine about the myth of “the good old days,” a bit that became an immediate and obsessive favorite of mine. I went on to mention or paraphrase it at least a dozen times in various conversations, to […]

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Psychological defenses

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Overheard Backstage peers behind the curtain (or brick wall) into the offstage area where comics gossip, bicker, and make each other laugh. How does a comic keep soldiering on during those gigs, in places like dive bars, where the audience isn’t paying any attention? Discussing that question with each other after the show, one of […]

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The worst stage fright I’ve ever seen

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

(I’m filing this under Overheard Backstage but it’s really more of a Witnessed Backstage…) The worst case of stage fright I’ve ever seen was by an open mic rookie at Giggles. He was a scrawny, bespectacled college kid who might charitably be described as socially awkward — at a later open mic he would make […]

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Daniel Tosh asks: “Is it racist?”

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

The other night, a few of us were talking backstage about Jeff Dunham; specifically, whether his act could be characterized as little more than racism with puppets. That debate, like most of its kind, is unresolved and ongoing. The conversation segued to the general topic of racial humor, and we spent a little while feeling […]

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The glamorous life of a stand-up comic

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Overheard Backstage peers behind the curtain (or brick wall) into the offstage area where comics gossip, bicker, and make each other laugh. My friend Andrew was talking on the phone with a comedy club owner, the latter trying to book Andrew to perform at a particularly unappealing show. During the phone call, one of those […]

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