1.Thinking of doing a daily open mic spot on either FB Live on YouTube live. I’d verbally workout a new idea/bit and workshop it with whoever tunes in. I wouldn’t be performing stand up, just working out an idea for a joke and getting feedback. Which is basically what I do at open mics. This could be a good way to test if a premise or an idea is relatable. If it connects and resonates with people. People may tune in daily to see if the joke is progressing and what is becomes. They will feel like they are part of the process. Non comics may start to understand how much work goes into writing and editing a joke. And some comics as well. And you can go back and watch this later and write down what you verbalized and work on the joke more. You may also get some great suggestions or a different point of view from people watching that could add to the bit. We write from our pint of view in hopes of connecting to other peoples point of view. Getting a peak on how they interpret the premise or message you are trying to convey can really help you in making the bit universally understood.
I’m going to follow people on social media that I normally wouldn’t.Isolation will make it hard to relate to audiences so we need to remind ourselves of how others are seeing the world, not just how we view it. Gather different perspectives and opinions. As comics, we need to relate to all walks of life. Not just how we see the world. Follow people who share different political, religious and sexual lifestyles. You may not agree with what they say but if they attend your show, you want to make them laugh. Understanding where people are coming from can help you craft your jokes in a way that everyone gets. You are staring at Twitter for hours anyways. Might as well get a glimpse at how every type of potential audience member view things.Doing this may also result in you finding new material for potential jokes. Ideas you wouldn’t of thought of or discovered without broadening your horizons.
Be funny on social media. 99 percent of everyone’s news feeds is panic, anger or confusion right now. Be that silly moment in someone’s day. Be the place they turn to when things are getting too hard to handle and they need a distraction. Don’t confuse the attention you get as a comic with that of power and authority. You don’t know shit about what people should do. So don’t focus on telling people how to think. The role we need to play right now is jester, not king. Make them laugh.Who knows, it may build you a loyal fan base for when this is over. Be humble. Be funny,