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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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And by obscene joke, I mean dick joke, rape joke, chicks are easy joke, sex joke, or really any joke, if you’re 19, straight, white, male, and think you’re being “edgy”. 5. You just started doing comedy a year ago.... Continue reading
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Performing a draft of my new standup comedy show I was recently talking with a friend and student (sometimes they overlap), about her one woman show. She really, really wanted it to be good. Amazing. To take it to the... Continue reading
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5. It’s a pain in the butt. Solo shows are so much work. You gotta decide what you’re going to talk about. You gotta get over the fear of not being good enough. You gotta put in the time to... Continue reading
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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