I did stand-up comedy years ago. I wasn’t very good. I wasn’t very good because I didn’t do it enough to be good. But like most comics, I got better as I went along. I was terrible in Tampa, ok in Ocala, and got a few laughs in Lakeland.
Then the bombing Afghanistan happened.
That was 2012. I have barely been on stage since. I like to say I left Afghanistan with PTSD – post-traumatic silence disorder. That’s what happens when a comic gets so shook after a bad set they never get back on stage.
But a recent article in Vulture.com made me think that maybe in 2019 is the year I return to comedy.
Entitled “Why is PowerPoint Having a Comedy Moment?“, the article discusses how several comics are blending PowerPoint presentations into their sets. I am great at PowerPoint. I can do that.
I know, I know. Comedy is about being funny first, props and gimmicks second. Comedy isn’t a TED Talk, the audience should be focused on the performer, not words on a screen. But that’s when I’ll make a slide with a big arrow pointing back to me. The eyes of the audience will follow the arrow back to me. Easy as microwavable pie.
As a medium, PowerPoint is easy for comedy. Every slide can build suspense opening the door for a visual twist. Images also keep people interested if the comic is not. Slides give the audience something read.
And I’ve already made a presentation that is perfect for comedy: my Guide to Winning a Woman’s Interest.
To date, this video has only has 177 views on YouTube. But what if I brought it to comedy shows? What if my entire YouTube channel was filled with funny presentations?
Comedy is calling me again and my perfect platform is PowerPoint.