Changing the standup game: In action

Awhile back, I wrote a post about how to change the standup game.  There was some debate as to whether it was a good idea or not.  Well, Ben Rosenfeld actually took it upon himself to put my thoughts into action.  Check out his very first performance critique post.

Whether you think his comedy is good or bad is entirely irrelevant — he’s a young comic who has just started his journey.  It takes balls to put up any video of yourself that is something you’re not completely happy with.  I applaud Ben for opening himself up to criticism — more people need to do this (as I discussed here).

Doing critiques like this will help Ben immensely in the long-run.  It forces him to write down his mistakes, no matter how seemingly trivial, and strive for perfection.  The more he obsesses over his flaws, the better he’ll get.  And the better he gets, the more people will follow him.

As his audience grows, his blog will switch from a personal exercise to an obligation for his fans.  He’ll be happy that people are following his progress, and he will feel compelled to critique himself for their sake, as well.

This is not going to be a short journey for him, or any artist that decides to take this path for that matter.  Musicians, filmmakers, comedians, writers — it will take years before any of them reach the level they want to get to.  And rightfully so: if you love the game that much, you have to be willing to push through the pain period.  But as soon as Ben gets over that mountain, he’ll reap all the benefits.

I hope Ben sticks with it.

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