Life as a Comic
is series of short videos by Rob Paravonian (famous for The Pachelbel Rant) about what it's like to be a working stand-up comic. It has recently started up again after a long break. Here's the first episode
which is about doing gigs at venues which aren't full-time comedy clubs. Direct links to the rest of the episodes, all of which are in quicktime-format, below the cut.Episode 2
, gigs at colleges.
, the New York underground comedy scene.
, what doing shows at full-time comedy venues is like.
, travelling far for a college gig.
, doing morning radio shows.*
, playing for students in Hoboken at a mandatory attendance show for freshmen.
, the video packages comics send out to people and organizations which might hire them.
, the life-cycle of topical material.
, performing at a pirate-themed book-launch in a boat docked in New York harbor.
, what it's like being a musician-comic.
, the cars stand-up comics drive.
, the conventions artists pay to attend so that they get hired to play colleges.
, doing shows at noon in cafeterias in community colleges.
, performing at a NASCAR track.
* This particular episode seems to have been removed from the blog, but it's still up on archive.org, where all the other episodes from season 1 are hosted.