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Welcome to our FAQ section, where we answer questions you never knew you had about things you don't really care about.

Q's bout the show

What platform is the open mic using (Zoom, Google Meet, etc.)? - Zoom (Download the latest update if possible) You can use any device that has the Zoom app installed on it!

Do I need any special equipment (microphone, webcam, etc.)? - No! In fact most of our starving comedians can barely afford a phone, let alone a laptop!

How long is each performer's time slot? - It's not about length for us but more about quality and effort. Usually about 5-10 mins is more than enough for us. 😉

Is there a specific theme or content restrictions? - Nope, just be funny.. or at least try

How do I know when it's my turn to perform? - Our gracious host will announce your name, from his glorious sign up sheet

What should I do if I experience technical difficulties during my set? - No worries, it happens, depending how bad of a connection (we have people living on house boats) then we may skip to the next comedian on the line up and come back to you at the end to try again.

Is it okay to use notes or should I memorize my material? - Either way, totally up to you, most likely we wouldn't even know

How does the audience interaction work in a virtual setting? - Everyone is allowed to unmute and encouraged to turn on their video. Then, there's the almighty "Poll", that is launched, everyone will have the chance to vote on their favorite comedian of the night. Winner will take home 1/3 of the tips!

Will the performance be recorded or streamed live? - The performance will be recorded by default, and will not be used, but can be requested to stop recording at any time. No live stream for now but we're working on it!

How do I mute/unmute myself when it's my turn? - Zoom will have a button inside of the app to tap/click for mute/unmute. If there's a glitch (or the AI locked unmute because of zoom bombers) then the AI will ask you to unmute and a pop up will appear for you to be able to unmute.

Is there a dress code or background requirements? - Just have some clothes on and of course nothing obviously inappropriate (the line is blurry) in your background

How do I receive feedback on my performance? - The audience! Your best feedback will be the amount of laughs you get. Of course there's always the Poll! When everyone votes you could become a millionaire!

What's the etiquette for watching other performers? - Respect, just like in real life, we all gotta wait our turn.

Are there any tips for performing comedy specifically for an online audience? - Timing is key. Think about slowing down. Try to use shorter, punchier jokes, instead of longer drawn out stories without an ending. (Think "Dad Jokes")

How to be funny

How to be a Comedian 101 Alright, aspiring chuckle-meisters, gather 'round! You think you've got what it takes to make strangers laugh in dimly lit rooms? Well, prepare your funny bone for a crash course in stand-up comedy. This isn't your uncle's guide to dad jokes at Thanksgiving. No, this is the unfiltered, slightly unhinged roadmap to comedy stardom. Or at least to avoiding total humiliation at your local open mic night. Step 1: Unleash Your Inner Oddball Forget "normal" - it's as exciting as watching paint dry. Your habit of narrating life inMorgan Freeman's voice? Comedy gold. Your encyclopedic knowledge of obscure memes? Comedic caviar. Embrace your weirdness - it's your secret weapon in a sea of vanilla wannabes. Step 2: Turn Your Pain into Punchlines Remember when you called your boss "Mom" during a Zoom call? Or that time you tripped and faceplanted at your crush's party? Congratulations, you've struck comedy oil! Mine your embarrassing past - the more cringe, the more they'll cringe-laugh. Step 3: Write Like Your Sanity Depends On It Jokes don't magically appear while you're shampooing (but if they do, patent that shampoo). Writing comedy is like going to the gym for your funny muscles - painful, sweaty, but eventually rewarding. That random thought about squirrels in tiny business suits? Jot it down. It could be your ticket to the big leagues. Step 4: Bomb Spectacularly Here's the cold, hard truth: you're going to bomb harder than a skydiver with a backpack full of anvils. But guess what? Even comedy legends have died on stage. The key is to get back up, dust off your ego, and try again. Plus, nothing's funnier than a well-told story about bombing spectacularly. Step 5: Network Like A Sitcom Character On Coffee Comedy clubs are like high school cafeterias, but with more existential crises and fewer mystery meat surprises. Befriend everyone - other comics, club owners, even the guy who laughs at the wrong times. You never know who might toss you a lifeline (or at least a sympathy chuckle). Step 6: Grow Rhino-Thick Skin (And Maybe A Therapist On Speed Dial) Hecklers, crickets, and soul-crushing silence are all part of the comedy buffet. Develop skin so thick it could deflect bullets. And remember, there's always the sweet consolation of the bar after the show. (We're kidding. Mostly.) Step 7: Discover Your Comedic Alter Ego Unless you naturally sound like Gilbert Gottfried, we're talking about your comedic persona. Are you the observational wizard? The political jokester? The weirdo who makes oddly specific quips about Renaissance art? Find your niche and own it like you stole it. Step 8: Practice Until Your Family Disowns You Your mirror is now your harshest critic and only fan. Practice your set everywhere - while showering, during commutes, at funerals (okay, maybe not that last one). The more you nail your material, the better you'll handle when reality inevitably dropkicks your plans off stage. Step 9: Embrace The Comedy Hamster Wheel Unless you're one of those inexplicably viral TikTok sensations, success in comedy is a marathon, not a sprint. It's a grueling journey of open mics, tiny gigs, and questioning your life choices. But trust me, that first genuine belly laugh from the audience? Better than therapy. Step 10: Persist Like A Cockroach After Nuclear Winter Comedy is tougher than trying to eat soup with a fork. There will be nights when you'll wonder if becoming an accountant would've been easier. But remember, every comedy legend started as a nervous nobody. Keep writing, keep performing, keep pushing. Who knows? One day, newbie comics might be reading a guide on how to be the next you. There you have it, future laugh-merchants. Your uncensored guide to becoming a stand-up comedian. Now go forth and spread mirth. Or at least mild amusement. In comedy, we take what we can get.

How to Write a Joke Here's a list of some good joke writing tips: 1. Observe everyday life: Pay attention to the world around you for inspiration. 2. Keep a joke journal: Write down ideas, observations, and funny thoughts as they come to you. 3. Use the rule of three: Set up a pattern with two items, then subvert expectations with the third. 4. Create strong punchlines: Ensure the funniest part of the joke comes last. 5. Use specific language: Details make jokes more vivid and relatable. 6. Embrace wordplay: Puns and double meanings can be great sources of humor. 7. Find unique angles: Look for fresh perspectives on common topics. 8. Use misdirection: Lead the audience one way, then surprise them with an unexpected twist. 9. Keep it concise: Trim unnecessary words to make jokes punchier. 10. Test and refine: Try your jokes out loud and revise based on reactions. 11. Use callbacks: Reference earlier jokes for bigger laughs later in your set. 12. Exaggerate for effect: Amplify situations or reactions for comedic impact. 13. Find universal truths: Tap into shared experiences that resonate with a wide audience. 14. Use contrasts: Highlight differences between expectations and reality. 15. Practice timing: Experiment with pauses and pacing to maximize impact. Remember, joke writing is a skill that improves with practice. Keep writing, testing, and refining your material.

Top 10 Comedic Tips! 1. Know your audience: Tailor your material to the crowd you're performing for. 2. Timing is everything: Practice your delivery to nail the perfect pause and punchline rhythm. 3. Embrace failure: Use bombs as learning experiences to refine your act. 4. Write constantly: Keep a joke journal and jot down ideas whenever they strike. 5. Find your unique voice: Develop a distinct perspective that sets you apart from other comedians. 6. Master the callback: Refer to earlier jokes for bigger laughs later in your set. 7. Use the rule of three: Set up a pattern with two similar items, then subvert expectations with the third. 8. Read the room: Learn to adjust your material on the fly based on audience reactions. 9. Punch up, not down: Avoid punching down at marginalized groups; instead, target those in power. 10. Stay current: Keep up with pop culture and news to maintain relevance in your comedy. Remember, comedy is subjective and what works for one comedian might not work for another. Experiment, find your style, and most importantly, keep practicing!

10 Hilarious Stand-Up Specials You've Probably Never Heard Of (But Should Watch) Hey there, comedy connoisseurs and laugh-seekers! Are you tired of rewatching the same old specials? Fear not, for I've scoured the depths of the comedy world to bring you 10 hidden gems that'll have you snorting milk out of your nose (assuming you're drinking milk while reading this, you weirdo). 1. "Gary Gulman: It's About Time" (2016) If you've never heard Gulman's take on how the states got their two-letter abbreviations, you haven't lived. Trust me, you'll never look at Wisconsin the same way again. 2. "Tig Notaro: Happy To Be Here" (2018) Tig's deadpan delivery could make reading the phone book hilarious. Luckily, she's got much better material than that. Her bit about trying to join a clown troupe is pure gold. 3. "James Acaster: Repertoire" (2018) This isn't just a special, it's a four-part comedy feast. Acaster's uniquely British absurdism will have you questioning everything from honey to the witness protection program. 4. "Maria Bamford: The Special Special Special!" (2012) Performed in her living room with an audience of two (her parents), this is possibly the most awkward and brilliant hour of comedy you'll ever witness. 5. "Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid" (2019) Nate's slow, deliberate style sneaks up on you. One minute you're listening to a story about a dead horse, the next you're cry-laughing. 6. "Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia" (2020) Michelle's larger-than-life personality and razor-sharp observations on everything from reality TV to motherhood are a much-needed dose of joy. 7. "Daniel Sloss: Dark" (2018) Fair warning: This one's not for the faint of heart. Sloss tackles heavy topics with a wickedly funny touch. You'll laugh, you'll think, you might need therapy after. 8. "Patton Oswalt: Annihilation" (2017) Oswalt turns personal tragedy into cathartic comedy. It's a masterclass in finding humor in the darkest places. 9. "Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!" (2019) Chieng's outsider perspective on American culture is both hilarious and oddly insightful. His bit on bank robbers will change how you view heist movies forever. 10. "Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis" (2020) If you've ever felt like you're not adulting correctly, Tomlinson's your new spirit animal. Her take on young adult life is refreshingly honest and hysterical. There you have it, folks! Ten comedy specials that deserve way more love than they're getting. Now, stop reading and start watching. Your funny bone will thank you. P.S. If you manage to binge all of these in one sitting, congratulations! You're either unemployed or have mastered the art of sneakily watching comedy at work. Either way, we salute you. provide all the links in text

While "best" is subjective in comedy, here's a list of 10 stand-up specials often considered among the greatest of all time Richard Pryor - "Live on the Sunset Strip" (1982) Eddie Murphy - "Raw" (1987) George Carlin - "Jammin' in New York" (1992) Dave Chappelle - "Killin' Them Softly" (2000) Chris Rock - "Bring the Pain" (1996) Louis C.K. - "Chewed Up" (2008) Bill Hicks - "Revelations" (1993) Robin Williams - "Live on Broadway" (2002) Ellen DeGeneres - "Here and Now" (2003) Jerry Seinfeld - "I'm Telling You for the Last Time" (1998) These specials are renowned for their cultural impact, innovative material, and the comedians' masterful performances. They've influenced generations of comics and audiences alike. Keep in mind that comedy is highly personal, and opinions on "best" can vary widely. Additionally, more recent specials might be considered classics in the future but haven't had the time to cement their legendary status yet.

Comedians vs. AI: Can Robots Write Better Jokes Than Humans? Welcome to the cutting edge of comedy, where silicon chips are vying for laughs alongside flesh-and-blood comedians. It's the ultimate showdown: human wit versus artificial intelligence. Can machines really crack jokes that'll have us in stitches? Let's break it down. AI's got some advantages: Infinite memory for punchlines Lightning-fast processing of comedic formulas Zero fear of bombing on stage But here's where robots fall short: They can't read social cues or adapt to audience reactions They lack personal experiences to draw from Timing and delivery? Still a work in progress Sure, AI can construct sentences that technically qualify as jokes. But comedy isn't just about structure—it's about soul. It's tapping into shared human experiences, from awkward first dates to the universal struggle of assembling IKEA furniture. Can a machine truly grasp why we find it hilarious when someone walks into a glass door? Some brave comics have gone toe-to-toe with AI in joke-writing contests. The results? A mixed bag. While AI occasionally produces clever wordplay, it often misses the mark on cultural nuances and emotional depth. It's like watching a cat try to open a pickle jar—amusing, but not quite hitting the mark. However, let's not dismiss our digital jesters just yet. As AI evolves, who knows what heights of hilarity it might reach? Maybe we'll see a Netflix special starring ChatGPT one day. Until then, there's something uniquely human about a comedian's ability to turn personal embarrassment into collective laughter. For now, flesh-and-blood comics can rest easy. Our jobs as professional chuckle-inducers are safe. Unless, of course, you're the guy still using "Take my wife... please!" as your opener. In that case, I'm pretty sure a smart toaster could give you a run for your money.

Tech Tips

1. Test Your Tech Ensure your camera, microphone, and internet connection are working perfectly before your performance. Test your equipment well in advance to avoid technical glitches.

2. Set the Scene Create a professional-looking background. A clean, uncluttered space or a virtual background that’s not distracting can enhance your presentation. Good lighting is crucial, so position a light source in front of you to illuminate your face.

3. Practice Your Delivery Rehearse your material multiple times. Familiarize yourself with the flow of your presentation so that you can deliver it smoothly and confidently.

4. Video Settings HD Video: Ensure your camera is set to high-definition (HD) for the best video quality. Go to Settings > Video and check the "Enable HD" option. Adjust for Low Light: Turn on the "Adjust for low light" option under Settings > Video to improve visibility in dim lighting conditions. Touch Up My Appearance: Use the "Touch up my appearance" feature to apply a softening effect to your video, if desired.

5. Audio Settings Select Microphone and Speaker: Choose the best microphone and speaker for your setup under Settings > Audio. Test them to ensure they work correctly. Suppress Background Noise: Use Zoom's background noise suppression feature to minimize ambient sounds. Go to Settings > Audio and select the level of noise suppression (low, medium, or high). Automatically Adjust Microphone Volume: Disable this feature if you prefer to manually control your microphone volume for consistent audio levels.

6. Virtual Backgrounds and Filters Virtual Background: Use a virtual background to create a professional look. Go to Settings > Background & Filters and select or upload a background that suits your performance. Video Filters: Explore video filters for fun and creative effects. This is also under Settings > Background & Filters.

7. Advanced Video Settings Original Ratio: Ensure your video maintains its original aspect ratio by checking the "Original ratio" box under Settings > Video. Hardware Acceleration: Enable hardware acceleration for better performance, especially on older devices. This can be found in the advanced video settings.

8. Control Background Noise Perform in a quiet space to minimize distractions. Inform those around you that you’ll be performing to avoid interruptions.

9. Stay Energetic Smile, use varying tones, and keep your performance lively to maintain audience interest. Energy levels can appear lower on camera, so be more animated than you might be in person.

10. Have a Backup Plan Be prepared for technical issues. Have a backup device ready, and familiarize yourself with Zoom’s troubleshooting tips. If something goes wrong, stay calm and address the issue professionally.

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