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     Chili Challis

           Lifetime comedian, comedy writer and coach

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Posted on August 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM
"Some talents need direct influencing, some need for you to stay out of their way, the problem is they both still need to be schooled". ~dojo


A really good coach....
*...knows when to stay out of the way.
* selfless, empathetic, and sees your strengths as much  as your weaknesses.
*...should be like an effective shadow


Coaching and writing for comedians is not an easy thing to do. As a matter of fact it's darn near impossible. Which is precisely why so many that try fall short....FAR short. They offer too rigid substandard advice and simply don't have the proper sensitivity. That's all there is to it.

It's not a matter of who you are or were or what you did, it's IF you can meld your thoughts to your student's thoughts within their boundaries and needs. And can you even recognize their boundaries/needs?

As I've always said, choose your mentors wisely kids and if you're somewhere you can't reach out to one... remember that in some way every experienced comic can be a mentor...even if you just hit gold only on a thought or two.

If more experienced comics are available, don't be afraid to ask them questions! Once you're past their jadedness you may hit a small run of good clarity and advice! ;)

"There are many fears in this world. The opportunity to educate yourself should not be one of them". ~dojo 

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Great blog Chili! / I have taught stand-up to adults, grammar school kids and given advice to many younger road comics. I found myself drawing on life experiences using every ounce of wisdom I had accumulated to explain and improve a comedic moment. / The largest road block I confronted (million year old fallacy) is "You have to be born funny." I found if your willing to take chances and make mistakes (get over your 'Fear Of Failure' the ruling fear on the planet) you can accomplish anything. You have to realize nobody really cares about what you do with your life (there too busy worrying about their own)
it's totally up to you. Realize (it's been said before) everybody bombs or has a bad set. All the greats Pryor, Carlin, Bruce, Hicks, Chalis...) unless your a thief. Then you have fewer bombs but you're not really a comedian and should go back to your day job. // My bottom line is "What's it matter, you die alone" but in comedy you die and learn from it. How cool is that! Every show/night is different. Last year I went to an open mic in LA and bombed using new and old material. Four minutes, no laughs! Five days later I headlined in Vegas. Did 50 minutes and got a standing-o! That's just the way the comedy ball bounces... you have to hang in there, believe in yourself, avoid the nay-sayers, stay positive and surround yourself with people that understand experimentation and growth (like Chili).