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BAD BAD BAD BAD BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD idea.Originally Posted by jer2911
Rule number one in comedy--don't steal.
Rule number two in comedy--seriously, don't steal.
Beyond that...say you're Carrot Top and you're going up against George Carlin. Are you saying that if you do George Carlin's best jokes you'll automatically win? Dude! You're CARROT TOP! And if you were George Carlin, you couldn't do Carrot Top's jokes. Jerry Seinfeld couldn't do Dave Chappelle's act and vice versa.
The hardest thing for a comic to do is to find his/her voice...how to project a persona that encompasses his/her personal comedic style...so that everything that comic says comes from a unique perspective, delivered in a personal way... Anyone doing Richard Pryor's act is merely doing an impression of Richard--but Richard doing that act is art.
Material is only one component--there's stage presence, delivery, timing, crowd interaction, act out ability, relating to the audience, making the universal personal and the personal universal...
It's not simply a matter of someone having the best "jokes" and whoever says them first wins. It's about reading the crowd, reacting to the room, being "in the moment" and riding the vibe. It's about the ability to push jokes further based on the crowd reaction or to rearrange in your head what you'd planned on doing...it's about being able to seize on an instant and galvanizing the crowd. It's about walking with your audience so they see the world, for those few minutes, through your eyes...and through your sensibilities.
And, after all that...these people want to have careers after this show is over. This show doesn't make anyone a star...this show opens certain doors and exposes some previously underexposed potential... What these performers do with this opportunity (such as it is) is what makes a star.
I'm curious as to why you say that... My first response (since tempered) was that the first season performers seemed stronger... I can now see the various strengths and weaknesses of all of them and I'm not sure it would be terribly interesting television, but it would be an interesting night of comedy.Originally Posted by jer2911
I agree with this, especially about Naturman & Francisco...and I'd have loved to have seen more of Will Durst or Tom Cotter... However, it's very clear that NBC doesn't really want to run a comedy talent contest--as much as they want interesting television and possible future sitcom performers...Originally Posted by jer2911
As long as 8 million Americans watch each week, I doubt they'll ever think they've screwed anything up.
PS--Seriously...bad idea. To quote Heffron/Madigan/etc. "Nothing personal...but..."