When ever a comedian is brought up by the host, they usually ask (as they should), "What do you want me to say?" For years, my "credit" way my podcast SINGLES ONLY as well as being a regular at my home clubs (or if I am at one of them, I make sure they don't say the others - thats another post for another day). This year, I had a DryBar Special credit and now I have a new album coming out next year as well, as well as a new podcast WHY ARE YOU AWAKE?
One purpose of a credit is to hype the audience up to know this is gonna be a great comedian. Most of comedians credits, especially the ones that are worthy, like a Just For Laughs credit, mean nothing to most of the audience. Unless its Netflix or a talk show appearance, it means nothing. I liked to push my podcast(s) since if they like me, they go listen or watch the podcast so its a way to promote.
My friend Clark L. Jones once said when a comedian tells a host "It don't matter", they will likely kill. In my experience, thats been true too. Its almost like saying, "they will see me and decide if I am worthy or not." I love that confidence and try to mimic that sometimes, especially if I am not headlining. The truth is, it doesn't matter. the material and the comedian's act should speak for itself. In my case, most people don't know what my credits are, especially in smaller towns.
When I'm asked by hosts now, I just say 3 things; my podcast, my city and my special, but after say "if you forget it doesn't but my last name is pronounced Far Uh Var". That usually does the trick. #comedy #standup #formerlawyer #comedyblog
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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