No More Performance Critiques

After four years of posting my nearly all of my videos and performance critiques online I’ve decided to no longer continue doing so. Here’s why:

  • There’s been little to no interaction between my visitors and I about the performance critiques. Given the lack of response after four years, posting the videos has become too time consuming to continue. When I started, I was on stage 3-4 times a week. Now it’s 15-20 times. That’s time I can spend on other comedy things.
  • Diminishing marginal returns. The more I do it, the less beneficial detailed analysis of each and every performance becomes. I still plan on watching all my videos and making notes where applicable just while on the go instead of only while at the computer.
  • Doing this consistently has made me overly results focused, and not enough process focused. While careful review improves comedy, it leads to me having less fun on stage as I start thinking about how to grade the performance while I’m up there, which leads to worse results on stage.
  • I want to start getting booked more, so I want fewer “less than stellar” videos around. I’ll still post some new videos on the site but less frequently.
  • I’m still gonna leave my critiques on my site, but I will no longer link to Performance Critiques from the front page.
  • Generally speaking, it seems few people want to watch a 7 to 20 minute stand up video on the internet that isn’t from a TV broadcast. And the people that do want to watch, don’t want to watch the same comedian day after day. Fans much more appreciate 30-60 seconds of something funny instead of a longer pieces.

Other thoughts:

  • I still highly recommend reviewing all your videos
  • I haven’t run into someone not booking me by having these videos online, but then again most of my bookings have been through people I already know, not cold calls. It’s possible (but not sure how likely) that someone was gonna book me but never contact me after watching the wrong critique.
  • My site will still be updated regularly, but with content that I think is more interesting to others: Book quotes from interesting books I read, clips of my sets and new jokes and interviews with comedians.

As one last video share, take a look at my first time on stage (July 1, 2008) compared to now June 30 (2012).

First time ever:

httpv://youtu.be/lGLx4Fyy6Fo

June 2012:

httpv://youtu.be/N9MIgM87OfQ

Performance Critique: June 29

The 8pm show, light crowd

httpv://youtu.be/oJfoEAF2LeM

1m30s Say “shit is getting real” instead of “uncomfortable”

4m33s Try to get back into the material smoother

8m22s Good job pushing the crowd interaction

Overall: Material struggled but the crowd work went well and I did a lot more of it than I usually do.

Performance Critique: June 28d

Late night music and comedy

httpv://youtu.be/axgoQQaiKaI

1m58s Cut the “afraid not to” part

4m08s Cut that first one

Overall: Worked out a lot of new material, a lot of which I should rewrite or not do again.