Three Months: The Time It Took to Write a New Joke

Three months. That’s how long it took me to write a new joke. That’s how long it took me to get over the intimidation of performing stand up comedy in New York City, relax on stage and turn back into me. “Find your best ten minutes and stick with it” is what everybody tells you. “Don’t mess around with new material in New York, do your best stuff”. My first month in New York was a mad scramble of running from open mic to bar show, bar show back to open mic, all while trying to find my best ten minutes. Between sets I would run to a real-life comedy club to hang out for a half-hour. On stage at New York Comedy Club, a real-life comedy club Hang out is probably not the correct term. I was

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