As many of you may know, I’ve been experimenting in stand-up comedy since August. It’s been fun and an amazing challenge. Until I started this foray, I had never been on stage. I never played an instrument in elementary school, wasn’t involved in drama or any school plays, and didn’t even take speech in college. So although I have no problem acting the fool, actually remembering what to say and performing is a challenge.
But I don’t think I am doing that bad. In my first ever performance, I was part of a comedy showcase at the Tampa Improv and did my act in front of over 200 people. Admittedly, I wasn’t the best of the bunch, but at least I stayed sober.
So without further ado, I’d like to introduce a few of the people I’ve meet through this comedy venture. Check out their websites, then look them up on Facebook or follow them on Twitter or do anything else you can do. They are some funny folks.
First, I’d like to introduce “New York City Bad Boy” Artie Fletcher. Artie is the teacher of the course I’m taking and has been in the comedy business for over 20 years. He has been on Law and Order, several commercials, toured with numerous comedy and musical acts, and hosts a syndicated radio show.
Next, is comedic southern dude Rick Carlton. Rick has been doing the comedy thing for a while and travels quite a bit with his daughter, a fellow comedian in her own right. Check out his tour schedule – the man is always on the road.
Third, check out Eric Prae and Eric King over at The Struggle Bus. Besides doing comedy, these guys write about their adventures throughout the Tampa Bay area.
(Yes, I’m going to acknowledge the elephant in the room – they have mentioned my presence at pro wrestling shows on that site. But neither of those guys wrote about me.)
As I go along with this comedy shtick, I’ll be sure to write more about the folks I come across. And as always, check out the “Sites I Like” section of the sidebar for websites from these and other friends.