A lot of comedians poke fun at the crowd work comedian. Right now, that is all the rage and often times, patrons of shows believe that is what a comedy show is, often leading to hecklers interrupting the show. Some comedians are really good at it.
When I started, I loved doing crowd work. I even had a show at weekly Laugh Factory which was entirely interactive. As a result, I am pretty good at it. But I rarely do it now because I have material that I have written and I want to perform it and develop it. Also, when I was opening for bigger acts , I stopped doing crowd work You are not supposed to do crowd work because it takes away from the headliner's ability to go into the crowd later, or, if he is not a crowd work comedians, creates an expectation of more crowd work to come. When I headline I don't like if my opener does crowd work. Then I have to pay attention to make sure I don't repeat the same questions and talk to the same persons.
While I was preparing for my new special, I also avoided doing any crowd work because I wanted to work on my new hour. Some of my fans actually started noticing that I stopped doing it. I know crowds love it. Some comedians poke fun at the "crowd work" comedians blowing up right now but I think its silly to do that. If crowds are coming to see comedians because of the clips they posted online of their crowd work, that means the market has spoken. And they are making people laugh. The patrons are paying for the show, not the other comedians in the back.
That being said, it is funny to see some comedians only doing spots at comedy clubs and hiring cameramen just to record their anticipated crowd work that can use online. It seems forced to me, but the crowds love it so, more power to them. #standup #laughs #crowdwork #formerlawyer #careerchange
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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