Embracing Vulnerability and Putting Yourself Out There

Lauren McGuire performs her comedy routine at The Basement Theatre in Buckhead. The show is Produced by Mark Evans. [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, ISO 22800, ƒ/5.6, 1/200, Focal Length = 300]

Jeff Justice is a standup comedian that in 1990 was noticing many beginners in comedy could use some help. He gave a few of them tips to rewrite their material so that the jokes were better. He also gave some tips on timing in delivery of those lines.

Surprised that some of them listened and even more surprised with a group of them asked him to do a workshop.

Bonnie Works Gardner performs at The Basement Theatre [NIKON Z 6, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, ISO 22800, ,ƒ/5.6, 1/200, Focal Length = 125]

Here is a quick overview I did for Jeff back in 2012.

My wife took both of Jeff’s classes. Now the hard part is after your graduation standup routine at the Punchline the next step is no longer a class, but a live and unforgiving audience.

Mark Evans [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, ISO 22800, ƒ/4.8, 1/200, Focal Length = 68]

Mark Evans took Jeff’s class back in 1993 and it changed his life. He is a successful comedian today. His latest tour Southern Not Stupid is where you can see him perform.

He remembers that the graduation night was such a fun event and wanted somehow to recapture that time where the audience was a little more forgiving than jumping straight into the hecklers that can be in a typical audience.

Amy Lyle performing her comedy at The Basement Theatre in Buckhead located in Atlanta, Georgia. [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, ISO 20000, ƒ/4.8, 1/200, Focal Length = 65]

Sunday night, April 29, 2019 was the first Jeff Justice Comedy Workshoppe Alumni show organized by Mark Evans at The Basement Theatre located in Buckhead section of Atlanta, Georgia.

While helping the students write better jokes is central to Jeff’s workshops, he is also helping them with timing. Delivery is everything. Jeff often says that saying, “‘I’m a wild and crazy guy’ isn’t funny. But Steve Martin delivering it like he did was hilarious.”

The Basement Theatre [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, ISO 9000, ƒ/4.2, 1/200, Focal Length = 45]

I think Mark Evans knows that the one thing that everyone needs to get better is practice. It is only by doing this enough times that you help manage those butterflies so you can get that Comedic Timing down for delivering a joke that gets laughs.

While you are putting yourself out there by performing once, you really don’t improve until you do it consistently.

No matter what you want to learn to do, taking a class is just the first step. You must work on your craft. Put yourself out there consistently and you too have a better chance of making it.

For photographers, you need to shoot lots of photos and share them. Then you must embrace the honest critiques of your work. That is how you grow.