Published on July 27th, 2009 | by Sharilyn Johnson2
Comedy's easy, writing about it is hard?
As I struggle to stay awake and catch up on writing my Just For Laughs reviews (still to come: summaries of all the Comedy Conference panels), I’ve been reading some of the coverage from both the traditional news outlets and those of us who do this online.
One writeup that jumped out at me was of the Saturday night Asssscat performance wherein the reviewer stated that the opening monologist and the improvisors reeked of “amateurism”.
Sounds plausible (everyone has bad shows), until you realize that the monologist being referred to was Nick Kroll. And the improvisers in question included Matt Walsh, Matt Besser, and Ian Roberts — who are co-founders of the UCB Theatre and the three most influential people in the North American improv community in the last decade. Enjoy the show or not, “amateurism” probably ain’t the word to use there.
And a Toronto blogger covering the same Sarah Silverman gala I reviewed here a few weeks ago dedicated only 4 sentences to the actual performances, instead filling with musings on the lighting and the bar and the time it took to go to the washroom.
My point: this isn’t an easy game, this comedy-covering thing.
There were certainly a lot of us covering Just For Laughs this year. In talking to my cohorts I found a common love of the business, and similar mental databases of comedy knowledge that usually keep us from embarrassing ourselves.
With the Comedy Conference eating up our days, shows filling our nights, and parties replacing a good night’s sleep, it was tough to write as we went along and now even tougher to catch up. It takes some thought, and our brains are mush right now, but we’re working on it. If you’re anxious to fit the pieces together now now now, check out just a few of these other sites to get a fix: