a priori/a posteriori

Friday, March 24, 2017

Can a Comedian Be Successful Without Facebook?

That is the experiment.
I have lived in Virginia Beach for almost two years now.  I love it here, and

Vanessa and I are starting to talk about decades instead of years,

in terms of how long we might stay here.
I still love stand-up comedy, even though we moved away from the "mecca" of stand-up that is New York City.

I'd love to get involved in the scene here in the south.  Just one problem: 

I'm not on Facebook.

Even the nicest comedians I've met in town -- the people who ten years ago would have helped me meet the right people in a comedy scene --

all say the same things:

"Oh yeah -- just hit him up on Facebook."

"He runs a great show -- friend him on Facebook."

"I'm not sure what time that one's at -- but just look up the event page on Facebook."
Our industry exists more in a scrolling blue timeline than in any smoke-filled room or any history-drenched, checker-floored club. 

I fell in love with comedy for a  lot of different reasons.  But one of them was because it was art that happened IN THE ROOM.  It happened IN FRONT OF YOU. 

Stand-up comedy -- the type I feel most inspired by -- is a surreal combination of a magician who performs real magic, and one of those chefs that kills the food and uses 6-foot flames to cook it while you're watching.

Great stand-up is like a gust of wind.  It's there, and then it's gone.  If you catch it and try to show it to someone later, it's too late.  It's just air.
For me, "how good I was" is irrelevant.  Because whether I was the worst comedian ever, or the best one ever,

I'm still interested in working at it again.  And getting better and better at the craft.

I just wish I could get a f___ing hold of anyone.
So I've decided to document this new journey.

I'm going to use this site -- BrysonTurner.com and thecomedyhajj.blogspot.com -- to see what it's like for a comedian to pursue comedy

without Facebook.

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