Chris was one of 13 comedians who, like me, had trained at the most excellent American Comedy Institute.
The comedy course is very cool and attracts people from all walks of life. In addition to Chris, there was a Boston cop, a Swedish newscaster (very hot) and a ‘fat, white 50-year-old divorced guy from Connecticut,’ who was very funny.
The course spans four sessions, and teaches the basics of timing, content and delivery. A professional comedian works with each student to create a five minute routine, which is then performed in front of a live audience.
Chris was the 11th of 13 comics to perform, and I could tell the nervous anticipation was eating him up. But, when he finally did stride up to the microphone, he rocked.
Performing stand-up is an amazing experience. And, it has immediate and obvious implications for the business world (I.e. After performing your own comedy routine in front of strangers, a new business pitch is like a walk in the park).
One other thing: having the guts to do stand-up at the age of 22 amazes me. I know I couldn’t have done it then. But, then I’m not Repman, Jr., either. Well done, Chris.