Submit to FOX’s New Stand-Up Comedy Show

Comedians, you’ve just been given a golden opportunity to have your work showcased on TV. Comedian Steve Hofstetter has been given TV show where he will host curated clips of stand-up comedians. The show will launch in several test markets on Saturdays at midnight, starting 8/2 and airing for 13 weeks.

Steve will be using this show as a “Stand-up Comedy News” type show to help give comedy fans an idea of what kind of work is going on around the country in the field of stand-up. Comics of all levels are invited to submit their professionally recorded clips for consideration.

This is a really great opportunity to have your work showcased on FOX, and help strength America’s perception of what stand-up comedy is today. If you are interested in submitting a clip for possible use, make sure it’s good quality, recorded at a club, and is FCC clean. The link for submissions is at www.laughstvshow.com.

This is a legit show, and the industry announcement was made in Variety Magazine a few weeks ago, so this ain’t your local market “We’ll try to get you on public access” kind of deal. Steve Hofstetter is not only a phenomenal comedian himself, but he is one of the most industrious workers in the field today. He works hard to create opportunities for many other comics, and his success benefits everyone trying to make a career out of this.  Support this show, and Steve by connecting at:
www.twitter.com/LaughsTVShow
www.facebook.com/LaughsTVShow

www.youtube.com/LaughsTVShow

www.reddit.com/r/Laughs

Good luck guys.

Jamie Ward

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There is no such thing as an open mic’er

There is no such thing as an open mic'er

With all due respect to professional comedians, I don’t think everyone is a professional comedian, I don’t think everyone is a good comedian, but I do believe everyone working at comedy has the right to call themselves a comedian.

This is a super cool short documentary on Mitch Hedberg

I don’t own the rights to this video. Someone shared it with me, and I wanted to help pass this along to people who might find this as awesome as I did.

I’m Not In Love With You Anymore

Dear Jokes,

I’m not in love with you anymore. I’m tired of hearing made up premise about time machines, velociraptors and imaginary products that are a hilarious combination of two other hilarious products. I’m tired of material that is delivered like “material.” Don’t get me wrong, you were funny at first and you’re very clever writing, but I noticed that we’re not in love anymore, so why should we expect audiences to be?

I don’t deliver your punchlines with the same conviction and freshness as when we first started out. Remember when I tested you out at open mics? You didn’t always work perfectly, but I think that was part of the excitement. Every time was like the first time, and it was that nervousness that made me vulnerable and honest. Then you got better, revised, rehearsed and everything changed. I started using you just to get my laughs per minute. I knew where to expect those laughs per minute, until something weird happened. Now neither of us is getting the laughs we’re used to. It’s like we don’t know each other anymore.

I think you should know I’ve been using some new material. It’s about my life. It’s about my feelings. It’s about me. The material is me, baring my soul on stage and I’m feeling a catharsis that you never provided. You were fun, but this is something real. I’m finding that I am way more passionate about this new material. Despite the fact that I’m delivering nearly the same lines each time I tell it, it’s different. Because this material is about me and my fears and weaknesses, I feel empowered every time the audience helps me laugh away these shortcomings. They don’t always seem to be laughing at my words so much as the universal truths and shared experiences behind my words. This isn’t just a validation of my jokes; this is a validation of me. This is what fuels my passion for comedy.

Now jokey-jokes, before you get all offended, I want you to know, I think you’re awesome. I don’t think my new style of writing is necessarily better than you. It’s just you’re not what I need at this point in my life. You and Mitch Hedberg were absolutely made for each other. Stephen Wright and you are a match made in heaven, and I can only hope to one day find such chemistry with my new writing style. There are plenty of other comedians out there who need what you provide, but I’m not one of them anymore.

You’ll always have a special place in my heart because you were the first set I ever wrote. I still hope to see you around open mics occasionally. Perhaps I’ll be able to drop a few of you in every now and then. I’m even open to the idea that one day we’ll share the stage again on a regular basis, but until that time, I think it’s best if you stay in the back of my old composition notebook. Thanks for everything.

Sincerely,

Comedian Jamie Ward.

That is all.