For my challenge day, I spent way too much time watching stand up comedians. In fact, I have a role model and his name Aziz Ansari. He's actually Tamil, just like I am.
He's gained a lot of success in movies, stand up and shows like Parks and Recreation. He's only 28. I am 25. Maybe If I follow this stand up comedy challenge to 28 I'll find success comparable to his, though I'm only looking at the 30 days for now.
One thing, in particular, that I like about him is that he's not dependent on "cultural jokes." The brown culture doesn't have to be the brunt of his jokes in order for him to be funny--not that I'm against that. I like that a brown comedian isn't pigeon holed into doing cultural comedy.
Another thing that I like about him is that his style reminds me of my communication when I'm not on stage. His facial expressions, intensity, story exaggeration and body language incorporate some of the things I do naturally. I haven't figured out how to translate my stories into great material and presentation like his, but I feel that his stand up is a key for me to understand mine.
So, I took one of my favorite clips of his, and transcribed it (I put it below his video). This took me a very long time (props to those secretaries in court cases that short hand everything). I'm looking through his material to find patterns or skeletons for a good routine. In no way am I trying to steal his material. I just need to learn some generic chords before I can write my own songs on this stand up comedy guitar.
MY TRANSCRIPTION (0:17-5:08) *not grammatically correct