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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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Ok, here's the good news… finally! Turns out learning your lines is really not so hard after all! I started writing and performing one woman shows in the last six years, and all you have to do to learn your... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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I wanted to be an actor when I was a kid. Really intensely, starting around when I was 8 or so. But two things stopped me. Or rather, got the way of me thinking I could be successful at it,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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Next thing you gotta do is invite EVERYONE. It’s like a coming-out party. It’s a way to say, “I’m really in this. It’s really happening.” It’s scary. It could even be terrifying. But if you put the work in and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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There are several ways to “incentivize” people to buy tickets early. If you can get them to buy in advance, they’re committed, whereas if they buy them at the door, they could get to that moment in the evening and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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Next thing you do is get an email list provider. Why? Cause you can’t sent two hundred emails out from your Gmail account every time you have a show. Doing that triggers spam filters and then your email doesn’t show... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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A big part of producing your solo show is having people see it. Which means… selling tickets. If you’re thinking, “Ugh.” Think instead, “Selling tickets to your show makes it professional!” If it’s your first solo show ever, and you’re... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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There are several ways to get stage time. As a comic, I spent a dozen years honing my craft and got on stage about 1000 times doing standup comedy at open mics, showcases, road gigs, clubs, etc. There are so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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There are a number of ways to find a venue for your one person show. Think outside the box! If it's your first time producing a show, you may want to start small. Managable. How about putting it on at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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Logistically, this can seem complex. It’s good to set a date far enough into the future that you have time to prepare and make a great show. But it’s important you don’t make it so far away that it becomes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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Ever try to look at the back of your head in the mirror? It’s very difficult if you don’t have another mirror. That’s what trying to direct your own show is like. Even comedians get feedback on their work. If... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
You may choose to tell your story in chronological order, or you may choose to do something postmodern. Either way, put it all together and you’ve got your first draft. Read it out loud to a patient and/or kind friend.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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The irony is not lost on me: The beacon of lightness I wish to be in the world is sometimes more like a beacon of lumpy meatloaf. They say you teach what you most need to learn, and so I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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I’ve written whole sets of posts on how to write a show, which you can refer to here. But I’ll encapsulate it by saying that basically you write every day. Write every day for a month. Same time, same place.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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I share this experience with you as a step-by-step mirror of what I’ve done to get my one-woman show on stage. Don’t take it word for word. Take it as a framework to try. Pick up some things and then... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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 Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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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 Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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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 Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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"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 Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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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 Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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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 Solo Performance & Comedy Coaching
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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 Solo Performance & Comedy 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
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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