A lighter episode! Jay Mays did stand-up in Denver and Miami for almost a decade. After hitting a plateau, he realized he’d outgrown his act and was doing what worked instead of what excited him. Years later comedy is still a part of his life and Daniel finds him almost too well-adjusted. We talk self-honesty, why we get onstage, tips for making your digital shows and meetings better, and the time Daniel got punched by a stranger right before going onstage.
Lamonte doesn’t feel bad about leaving stand-up. Never expecting fame and fortune, he remembers the good times and personal growth. We explore how to leave stand-up with new skills, not heartbreak. Speaking of – we also talk bombing, Louis CK’s attempted comeback, and Biden’s allegations. Comedy!
I’ve worked on this video for weeks and it is the kind of content I’ve been wanting to create for a while. Part videogames, part expose’, part personal shame, frosted with goofy effects. It’s definitely the most “YouTubey” thing I’ve made. Is that a good thing? I would sincerely love to hear any feedback you have, and of course, if you can – scrub scribes (when they’re dirty). THANK YOU!
Patrick Scott is a 7-year Denver comic in the process of quitting. He’s feeling withdraw pains and worries about a relapse. After deciding it’s not worth the risks to try and “make it” in comedy, Patrick is deciding what really matters in life. We talk unfair expectations, gut vs. brain, and family.
Matt Z. is a mythic shadow figure in the South Florida comedy history. For years he crushed at bar and alternative shows with blue jokes and black metal, but life events caused Matt to redefine his priorities. We talk the downside of crushing, doing comedy after quitting, hating compliments but not hobbyists, and body dysmorphia. You can judge people – as long as you update.
Somewhere between doing comedy and quitting comedy, is kinda doing comedy. It’s a huge category, and one today’s guest occupies.
Timmi is DONE suffering for comedy. After 10 years she sees stand-up as another step in her creative journey, not the final goal. When is ‘grinding’ good? Can a comic excel without a competitive nature and some self-delusions? How do you find your voice when it won’t stop criticizing you? Are comedy friends actual friends or… colleagues?
STAND DOWN – for comedians who stopped before a global pandemic forced everyone to stop.
A podcast about the love/hate relationship of comedy, and why stand-ups stand down.
Jake Becker is a regular in the Denver comedy scene, but no longer as a comic. Still a podcaster and writer, he prizes the relationships (name drops) he’s made through comedy. We discuss why everybody starts out “wrong”, work life balance, treating comedy like homework, and when to walk away. Also, should you try heroin? After everything, does it all come down to being lazy? Hosted by Daniel Reskin, a 13 year stand-up comic figuring out what he wants out of comedy, and life.