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9 Days to Gotham - Surgery

September 24, 2017

 

I watched Jerry's new Netflix special last night (and again huge thanks to Melissa Murray who is not only living with the comedy focus 24/7, she's actively helping and feeding it) and I saw him do bits from over 20 years ago.

I've put far too many rules on my myself and my act. I've never done big broadcast TV or a special, so my whole 20 year act is still 'new' and completely eligible for use at this point. I made a horrible mistake early in my career listening to agents who said my material was 'weird' and difficult to book into corporate gigs. I've been customizing the act to the audience rather than finding my voice THEN finding my audience.

So my act is on the operating table. It's obese, old and several vital pieces need to be surgically removed and placed in a healthy routine. Maybe I can slice out just the best lines from several of my bits and make a 6 minute greatest hits set for Gotham? Maybe I can slice away the miles of setups and storytelling and just through the best lines out to the audience? Will that work? Will the pieces recombine into a Frankenstein of awesomeness or will the act die on the table from extensive surgery?

If only I had an access to an Emmy award winning comedy writer for his advice and guidance. Oh wait, suddenly I do...