By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Steve Hofstetter is a man who wears two hats in the world of comedy: he’s a working standup comic and he also owns the Laughing Devil comedy club in Queens, New York. By virtue of his two positions, Hofstetter stands tall enough and sees far enough that his views on the very craft of comedy [...]
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By Carl Unegbu, ComedyBeat | Competition breeds tension and as more people than ever flock to comedy venues to catch some laughs, tensions are rising in the backrooms as the folks who run the comedy shows try to outdo one another in the race for audience members. And as the turf wars heat up, pushing the boundaries is just something [...]
By Carl Unegbu, ComedyBeat | The comedy industry is a world in transition, and one of the big changes in the industry today is the arrival of comedy schools as a gateway to the industry. Nowadays, virtually every major comedy club either runs a comedyschool or is affiliated with one. More than 30 years ago, comedy schools were not a [...]
By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Most people consider comedians a rather weird bunch not only for what they do but sometimes also for why they do it. Yet, compared to other groups in the entertainment world, there is something else that seems sort of weird about comedians. Only this time, it is actually about something that they are not doing [...]
By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat, NEW YORK | For those entering the comedy industry today, getting their feet wet in the comedy clubs is no longer what it used to be. Though the comedy clubs remain places where rookie comics can get trained in their craft, the ball game has changed on the newcomers. Under the new rules, they literally have [...]