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Thursday
Jan272011

Everyone Needs a Dynamic Multi-Pronged Strategy... or Else!

According to an article today in Backstage:

"The time where people were getting development deals based on seven good minutes [of standup] is over. Now people need to be savvy with what opportunities are out there, and just as active about creating opportunities for yourself," says [Kirsten] Ames. "You have to self-produce, even if you have a manager."

The rules of an Internet-fueled comedy industry are still being written, and comedians, agents, and managers are getting hip to the amorphous state of the business. "The most successful comedians, in my opinion, are Mike Birbiglia and Demetri Martin," says Ames. "They work their asses off, and they don't have naiveté about the business. You have to give your people things to make things happen."

I think what Ames is trying to say here is everybody needs to jack their strat™. I totally agree! Times have changed man. You can't be Standup McGoo anymore and expect to "make it" or "do anything of value with your life." If you really want to climb to the upper echelon of the comedyverse, you MUST HAVE 4 or more of the following before you can even think of getting to that level: 

  • A tight 7
  • A weekly or monthly show "that doesn't suck"
  • Hot in Cleveland spec script or a nice packet
  • Several original celebrity impressions (i.e. Christopher Walken or Denzel Washington)
  • The blessing of a comedy elder statesman 
  • A spot on a Saturday night improv team at a venue people care about
  • Over 10K Twitter followers who aren't Filipino spambots
  • A look that can be used in TV commercials to dramatically increase sales of cheeseburgers or insurance products
  • Mad video skills
  • A Tumblr with "major" book potential
  • Some modicum of actual talent

Am I missing anything?

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