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Alicia Dattner
San Francisco, CA
I'm a comedian, coach, and facilitator.
Interests: yoga, meditation, traveling in india, jazz, comedy, ecology
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The real aim is to quiet the inner censor and critic that stops me from creating. Later, I can always edit and evaluate. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Creative Heart Coaching
Lists that come in 3's are almost always funny. Normal thing, normal thing, suprise thing! Ha! "When I was younger and I was dating in my 20's, guys always say things to me to put me off... 'Let's just be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at Creative Heart Coaching
I've been coaching people in comedy and in particular, "spiritual comedy". Both I and my clients who have a background in spirituality, whether it's in teaching it or practicing it, tend to have this kind of airy-fairy way of moving... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2012 at Creative Heart Coaching
"I used to get high on life... but I built up a tolerance." -Arj Barker Of course I wrote the title to get your attention. And no, I don't mean take drugs to get high. What I mean is that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2012 at Creative Heart Coaching
I was not the class clown. I was not the kid who made all the other kids laugh. But sometimes I would make my teachers laugh. Even after ten years of doing standup comedy, I still had tons of insecurity... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at Creative Heart Coaching
There is a lot of bad comedy out there. And what I mean is that I am very opinionated. I have several scales for funniness when I'm watching comedy. Was it a well-written joke? Was it delivered with great timing?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Creative Heart Coaching
Want to be funnier? You gotta listen to more comedy... A great way to listen to comedy these days is on Pandora. It's like going to a club without having to deal with the two-drink minimum or the heckler at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at Creative Heart Coaching
One morning six years ago I woke up at 4:30 am and couldn't get back to sleep. The week before I had done a shamanic medicine journey and my life was changing. But I didn't know exactly how. The sun wasn't up yet. On the internet and found a recording from the SXSW festival with this guy talking about his totally ridiculously incredible life, created from scratch. He said all you need to do to create your own f-ing incredible lifestyle is determine what you want to do, to be and to have. Here's what I wrote I wanted six... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Alicia Dattner
I just drove back from a three-day Vipassana (insight) meditation course. And boy are my arms tired! Oh no, wrong punchline. Hmm. And boy are my observational faculties tired! Doesn't work quite as well. And boy am I sick of spinning my wheels! Ha. It was a short course. My first, at age 20, was 10 days, silent. You have to do the 10 days before you can do the 3 days, and when you complete it you realize why it's so frickin' long. It's because it takes 10 days to actually get a toe-hold in learning the practice. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Alicia Dattner
Once upon a time, Charlie Chaplin said, "Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain." Last week, The New York Times agreed. The reported on a recent study which found that,"laughing increased pain resistance." In this story, the science of modern times sides with the clown. The Oxford study also suggests that laughter has provided primates with an age-old evolutionary advantage. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at Alicia Dattner
If you know me, you know jealousy has always been my biggest "sin." Oh, God, it's a really juicy hook for me. I'm a 4 on the enneagram--and jealousy a big feature of 4's. (That and being incredibly charming and lovable.) But I read this article and realized it's really killing me in a way. She says it paralyzes productivity and kills creativity. It's true. What do we do about it? Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2011 at Alicia Dattner
Now, it might be hard to believe... but I wasn't always the comedy rock goddess you see before you today. It's hard to admit that some things have been tough for me - except when I'm on stage... then I apparently love to admit it. But we all want to look good, myself included, and to be respected and to make a good impression. But by doing so, we essentially lie. And my job as a comedian has always been to tell the truth. So here it is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Creative Heart Coaching
Yes, I've spent a over decade performing comedy, but it was largely unpaid and for give minutes at a time. It was easy to sleep in until 10am every day. Working day jobs that I didn't really feel passionate about. Since I was little, I had always felt like there was something different, something wrong with me, some way I didn't fit in.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Alicia Dattner
Any fool knows that laughing and eating chocolate will make you feel good. Now scholars agree too! Let's sing it from the rooftops! (And support it with peer-reviewed science!) "EAT CHOCOLATE AND BE MERRY! Your heart will thank you!" Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at Alicia Dattner
Idle talk between coworkers promotes creativity! We all know that the mid-morning water-cooler chat is a time-honored ritual of procrastination. What would happen if a company encouraged office banter? Or scheduled it? Christian Nahas of Radiant Systems did just that.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at Creative Heart Coaching
A ring! A roaring crowd! Two competitors!...But nary a punch thrown? What WAS this? It was the first televised laughing competition! During October 2010, Canal D broadcast an event of combative hilarity. In front of spectators and viewers at home, the laugh-off pit pairs of guffawers to spar. Awards were given to the longest and most contagious chuckler. The international community soon caught the giggles. Tokyo, California, the Czech Republic, and Austria (ach!) fell in with Ha Ha Ha! The competition moved swiftly from country to country. Who was behind it all? Canadian filmmaker Albert Nerenberg created the event, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at Alicia Dattner
We're not talking about the half-second hug-cum-chest-bump. Or the 5 second clench-to-coax. No, indeed! Apparently, a loving embrace held for 20 seconds taps our sweet spot. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at Alicia Dattner
Growing evidence confirms suspicions that laughter is not only fun, but good for us! WebMD reports that laughter and moderate exercise share a host of healthful effects. According to Dr. Lee Berk's research, appetite hormones behave the same way after... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 12, 2011 at Creative Heart Coaching
Growing evidence confirms suspicions that laughter is not only fun, but good for us! WebMD reports that laughter and moderate exercise share a host of healthful effects. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at Alicia Dattner
You may have seen's 2011 output of the 100 Most Creative People in Business back in May. That ridiculous photo of the many Conan's sure caught my attention. Though Conan O'Brien came in 8th place, the focus on his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at Creative Heart Coaching
Gita Fendelman is a laughter yoga instructor and member of the Tucson Laughter Club. It's been seven years since she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and four since she started practicing laughter yoga. Since she started laughing, she's ditched conventional medication for what she calls her "inner pharmacy" - laughter. It's all she needs to feel healthy. Though Fendelman had been practicing Hatha yoga since 1971, her illness hindered her ability to do her traditional practice. "I heard of laughter yoga, and I figured I could still laugh," she said. She also remarked that laughter can improve many disorders aside... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at Alicia Dattner
There are lots of ways to study comedy. How you do it is up to you, but that you do it shouldn't be a question. The most embarrasing thing you could do would be to plagarize a joke (or think... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at Creative Heart Coaching
Continuing again from the last two posts on audience and culture, I have been discussing performing my show about traveling in India in other countries and for other audiences than my target demographic. Those who have not traveled, or who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2011 at Creative Heart Coaching
So this is a continuation from yesterday's post on Carlin... (read that first.) Now, imagine George Carlin's Stuff routine in front of a different audience than us. An Indian George Carlin, perhaps. He wouldn't be as funny talking about consumerism... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Creative Heart Coaching
Do a little archival comedy research. It's a very interesting historical enterprise. Not only can we observe the public sentiment of the political atmosphere at the time, but we can chuckle at the outdated jargon and references. One of my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Creative Heart Coaching