By: Steven Padilla
There are many things that annoy stand-up comedians. Sometimes they talk amongst themselves about it. Other times they keep it to themselves.
I am a member of the Facebook group Connected Comedians. It’s a group where you can pose a question and get some great feedback. Sometimes general and sometimes more on a personal level.
I asked the group what they thought were the most annoying things in stand-up comedy today.
Here are the results…
- People recording CDs/DVD who are barely starting comedy. You’re taping an hour but you’re not even a strong feature. ~Josh Homer
- The industry taking comics with 5 good minutes and ramming them down America’s throat and marketing them as vets. ~Josh Homer
- Comics who think hosting means going 1st and just doing material. ~Josh Homer
- Comics who get press, not based on talent, but a friend who works at the magazine/blog. ~Josh Homer
- Comedians who don’t “know their time” on stage, who notoriously go over, and claim they didn’t know. Old joke: How come comedians don’t go to heaven? Because they never see the light. ~Leighann Lord
- Blue MCs who set the tone of the show with “pussy” jokes, thereby making it harder for ever other comic on the show who is not blue. ~Josh Homer
- Comics who flat out lie about their credits/accomplishments. ~Josh Homer
- Comics who steal jokes. ~Josh Homer
- Being Bitter ,Success is Situational not Obligational! ~Louie Bruce
- The phrase Alt comedy. ~Jim Mendrinos
- Amateur comics acting as if they’re entitled to stage time. It’s a privilege. Be grateful someone’s willing to let you suck on their stage for the sake of you working to get better. ~Jordan Cooper
- Show Promoters who market Open Mics like a Real Show i.e; Flyers and/or cover charge but dont pay Comedians. ~Louie Bruce
- Hating on successful household-name comics. ~Lawuweri Guluka
- Open mic hosts that do 10 to 20 minutes in between other comics. Look I understand you are working on your stagetime, but jeez you are ruining the flow of the show. ~Al Bahmani
- Comics thinking its our right or even our duty to offend the audience – as if they only have the right to react with laughing or applause but not other feedback – we work for them and it seems like most of us forget that because we’re too self absorbed and caught up on being “artists” – its arrogant. ~Mark Dawson
- When comics in the audience are talking amongst themselves during anothers set. ~Mark Dawson
Now I realise there are more than 10 annoying things listed. What I was going to include depended on how many “likes” a comment received. My baseline was at 7 likes. Many tied for that.
It was a very interesting topic. Over 70 comments were made. There were some other very good ones. There was no way to include all of them.
What annoys you? Post in the comment section below.