I have done shows with a "novelty act" comedian who do, not just comedy but performance art and incorporate other forms of entertainment, like music or dance, into their act. I have also worked with musicial acts and magicians who do comedy. I know some stand up comedians look down at comedians like that but not me. I think its great that they have created a form of entertainment that, while not traditional stand up, is making people happy. I could never do that myself but I can never fault or judge entertainers who have found a niche in this otherwise overcrowded market.
Another up and coming comedian and I were working with a novelty act comedian once and this newer comedian seemed upset by it and I didn't understand why. The novelty act had sold out shows and a die hard fanbase and gave it his all for over an hour. I was impressed. Not to mention we got to open for his crowd and may have gotten our own new fans from it. While it may not have been my cup of tea, it was still entertaining. The other comedian was not only not entertained but seemed offended. I asked why and he didn't seem to have an answer, other than the fact that he could not respect the comedian.
As a former musician myself, I have been tempted to bring my guitar into my act and maybe once day I will. In the end, I will always side with a comedian. People already attack comedians for content who are not comedians. The last thing we need is other comedians attacking comedians for their style and choices on stage. #comedy #formerlawyer #formermusic #standup #art
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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