If laughter is medicine, then consider me the healthiest person in the world.
Whether the words come from me, a comic or a situation, I am chuckling loudly at anything I consider even moderately funny.
In fact, if you stand outside my apartment or Bowling Green State University's West Hall -- the two places I spend the majority of my time -- five minutes won't go buy without you hearing me chuckling or cackling prolifically.
Even though laughs aren't hard to produce, there is a certain criteria comics must meet in order for me to enjoy.
There is nothing worse than attending a comedy show and sitting without a smile on your face.
So if you are a comic, here are some tips to make sure the performance is top notch:
Talk about real situations Anecdotal experiences are stories people can relate to, and enjoy with the comic. Chances are, if you have car trouble or wait in long lines and can find a way to relate it to comedy, people will laugh because they can relate.
We are not against you Unless there is a rude heckler or a severely immature audience member striving for attention, people attend a comedy club to enjoy the performer. While it might seem like a tough crowd, it's because you are making it that way.
Have your own style Popular topics are great to talk about such as sex, alcohol and any other indulgence. But every comic needs to have their own spin. We already know how Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and Chris Rock delivers their material, so don't do the same. The world is accepting of comedic diversity.
Interaction The audience typically likes being involved in the performance. Even if you are making jokes or slants against them, chances are, they will understand the situation, give you the benefit of the doubt, and laugh along with the audience.
The Jinni Blog posts an insightful blog, detailing who are today's best comics and why they make people laugh.
Dave won't be frowning when a well-known comedian makes a stop at his pub this week.
Stand-up comic Kris Shaw will bring his coast-to-coast tour to Grumpy Dave's Pub on Tuesday. Dave Simon will be the warm-up act.
The set starts at 9 p.m. A $3 cover charge will be required for anyone attending (18-plus).
The Indianapolis native has traveled to hundreds of venues across the world in the seven full years he has been a professional, including Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio.
Shaw said he has been to Bowling Green at least five times in the past.
Patriotism is important to Shaw. The comic said he tries to thank the military prior to each show.
"I'm glad we have people who want to come over and fight for our country," Shaw said in an interview with U.S. Army. "I want to give back. I'm a giver. I want to entertain and do my part for the country, but I'm not a fighter."
Shaw performed overseas four times for the military and said each performance has been "awesome."
In an exclusive interview via Facebook Chat, Shaw explains how he got his start into comedy.
"My grandmother gave me a joke book in 1978 and I still have it," Shaw recalled when he was 5-years-old. "She owned a beauty salon and I used to go up and down the aisle to all the beauticians and their customers and tell them jokes. I was really shy at the time and it helped me come out of it."
And after being a professional comedian for nearly a decade, Shaw still loves the feeling of entertaining his audience and fans.
"I still do it because I love to see people happy and laughing. It's the highest compliment when you make someone laugh," he said.
Check back next week when Northwest Ohio comedy has a full recap of Shaw's performance.
Below is a clip of Shaw during a set in Jacksonville, Fla.
This is the first installment of 'NWOH-it-all' where Northwest Ohio comedy will profile a local comedian providing the funnies to Northwest Ohioans.
This week, we will talk about 92.5 KISSFM personality and stand-up comic Demetrius Nicodemus.
Photo courtesy of Madison Comedy.com
Demetrius Nicodemus is one of the crudest, raunchiest and over-the-top personalities traveling the Northwest Ohio comedy circuit today.
And while his material is nothing new or out of the ordinary, Nicodemus provides a freshness and sense of enjoyment while delivering his jokes.
Unlike comic Artie Lange (who is featured in a Feb. 10 posting below), Nicodemus seems to really love what he is doing. This is evident by the tone of his voice and how he interacts with other on-air personalities during 92.5 KISS FM's "Andrew Z in the Morning" show. The show airs Mondays through Fridays from 5:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
Nicodemus strengthens his comedy by relying upon certain comedy styles valuing timing and creativity. They include anecdotal (story telling), wisecracks (wits) , repartee (comebacks and replies) and Freudian slip (random blurts that come out of nowhere).
Nicodemus, who is a frequent performer at comedy club Fat Fish Blue at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, Ohio, is not afriad to make fun of other races, ethnic groups or stereotypes. He often makes fun of himself because of his light-skin tone and his African American lineage.
A veteran comic in the area, Nicodemus frequently visits several Toledo establishments, such as night clubs, bars and restaurants, and also make himself available to the public via social networking sites. He has both a Facebook and MySpace account, and is featured on 925kissfm.com with the rest of the morning crew.
Below is a clip of Nicodemus performing from his MySpace page (myspace.com/demetriusnicodemus).
I am an aspiring journalist trying to make it in this world! A proud-and-recent graduate of Bowling Green State University, I am freelancing at a variety of publications.
I like hanging out and meeting new people, but mostly I love hearing a person's story and making others aware. Hopefully, I will do this here.