I just recorded my second special, if you include my Dry bar special (which was released in April) so in 2023, I burned over an hour of material I have built for the last 10+ years in comedy. That means, once my new album is released, I have to have new material. "Burning" material on specials means when you tour, you can't return with the same "hour" since everyone presumably came out to see you based on what they saw in the special. They want something else.
Unlike music, where everyone WANTS to hear the hits and (usually) hits the bathroom when the new stuff is played, comedians have to bring the funny with jokes the audience has not heard.
The down side of working out new material is that its quieter sometimes. Not as many laughs. It affects you as a comedian, since it feels like you are failing. I am actually revisiting jokes from years ago that I did not burn on my specials and its been fun to re-write them, especially since I am a far better writer than I was 10 years ago. One joke is fun because its about turning 40; I clearly wrote it before I was 40 and now have to address that in a different way. Here we go! #standup #formerlawyer #newjokes #careerchange
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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