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Forcing Funny

I feel like lately I’ve been a bit of a lazy bum when it comes to comedy. I haven’t been able to do many shows due to other commitments. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe it’s good to take a step away for a bit and re-evaluate what I’m doing. Unfortunately, the past 2 or 3 shows that I’ve signed up for I’ve had to cancel due to schedule conflicts. Which sucks and makes me feel horrible. I hate canceling on people. But I know that I can’t do everything. I have to make chang

Come Check Out The Dublin Down Comedy Show

If you're looking for something fun to do on St. Patrick's Day and you love to laugh, come hang out at Little Kings Shuffle Club in Athens on March 17th. There's going to be a fantastic comedy show starting at 9pm. The show includes performances by Haley Ellman, a hilarious comedian from Atlanta, and yours truly. The headliner will be Tim Chirikalov. He was born in Ukraine, (Diet Russia) now living in New York City. With a unique sense of humor, profound dry wit and a likable

Why Am I Doing This?

“Why am I doing this?” That’s a question I’ve been asking myself lately. Not only about stand-up but about a lot of things. You know, life, am I right? So far though, I can only provide an answer for why I do stand-up. The other life stuff is way too complicated and I get a nose bleed every time I think about hard decisions. So let’s just ignore those for now. But why do I do stand-up? Lately, I’ve had the wind taken out of my sails at a few shows. Some shows, there wasn’t an

Do The Panic

Every time I’ve taken the stage, I’ve had a plan. I knew exactly what jokes I wanted to tell and the order I wanted to do them in. Until a recent show that is… I did an open mic and when I arrived, I was told I was going first. Going first is great because you get to set the rhythm of the show and get people ready to laugh the rest of the evening. However, on this particular night, it was spring break in a college town. Which means, the crowd was scarce. When I took the stage

What’s Funny?

Every person has a different opinion on what is funny. What one person finds hilarious, someone else may think it’s the stupidest thing they have heard. That’s what is hard about comedy. I’ve always heard that doing comedy is a very fickle beast. One night, your jokes kill and you feel like you can conquer the world. The next show, every joke bombs and the chorus of crickets greets you after every punchline. Those nights, you want to crawl in a hole and never take the stage a

Don’t Be Mean

If you’re thinking about doing comedy or even if you have been doing comedy for a while, a good rule to follow is “don’t be mean.” Look, stand-up isn’t easy. It’s difficult. But even the ability to get up on a stage and trying to make strangers laugh is brave. It takes guts.  I was lucky because I had a lot of supportive people around. They will tell me good job, even if I felt I did terrible. They never made me feel bad for chasing a passion of mine. And that’s something I

Finding Humor in Hard Times

I believe it was Mark Twain that said, “Humor is tragedy plus time.” At least that’s what the Google result told me. Regardless, it’s an accurate statement. I feel like there are times in our lives where things aren’t going great and we fail to see the good or the humor. Sometimes, it does take time for us to find the silver lining or to be able to have a positive outlook. That’s what I enjoy about comedy. If I do my job correctly and prepare, I can help people forget about t