Ari Shaffir Stand Up Advice
[Disclaimer: I don’t inherently agree with everything Ari has to say; nor do I endorse reading these notes over listening to the video. Go listen to the video, get the entire picture, and use this as refresher material whenever you feel necessary.]
· Everyone gets famous or hits it big through their own different ways. Look at Reggie Watts – completely outside.
· You really don’t need a manager.
· An agent just gets you auditions (writing, personl, etc.).
· A manager deals with you overall. I.e. if you’ve got an idea for a show, they’ll do their help.
· Having a manager doesn’t necessarily makes you better. There are a lot of crappy managers.
· Just the idea of needing one to have one – that’s not necessary.
· Most of the work you’re going to get, you’ll get yourself.
· Your manager’s never going to do anything – if you’ve got an idea for a show, you actually have to have done something with it. You have to have written stuff, and so on.
· You need to be able to do the amount of time you’re booked for.
· Writing tip – you should know 200-300% more than what you’re talking about.
· At the beginning, you should build material for the sake of building material. To enjoy it.
· Continue building material.
· Once you have a joke that doesn’t apply to you any more – get rid of it.
· Write a lot.
· Nobody writes like open micers.