Al Lubel is a “terrifically funny comedian” according to David Letterman, and Jerry Seinfeld has stated that Al has one of the best jokes he has ever heard.
Al started off as a lawyer (to please his mum) and became a comedian to please himself (which did not please his mum). After graduating from law school in Florida, Al moved to Los Angeles, passed the California Bar Exam but chose to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian rather than a lawyer.
After quitting law, within a year he won the $100,000 Grand Prize for comedy on Star Search. Doing the The Tonight Show was a childhood fantasy, so when Al heard that Johnny Carson was retiring; he auditioned and became one of the last comics to appear with Johnny. Al has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman five times.
Tickets are available to see Al Lubel at Leicester Square Theatre on Saturday 20th September
Have a listen to Al Lubel’s audio interview with Sara Shulman on Comedy Blogedy
The transition between live comedy and television can be tough; editing out material that might not work in the mainstream but still intending on keeping the integrity you have as a performer that made you an investment worth broadcasting is a balance needing careful attention. This can be particularly difficult for sketch comedy.
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CB: Where was your first gig and what was it like?
TN: My first gig was at an open mic at a coffee house in Los Angeles that is no longer around. And it surprisingly went well. My next gig though did not go as well – I felt so confident from the first time, that I actually signed up for a comedy competition the following night. I bombed so bad that I ended up running off stage before my time was up.
CB: How often did you start gigging after your first gig and what was the comedy environment like in terms of booking gigs and progressing on mixed bills?
TN: It took me years to build up an act, and then I toured as much as I could and drove around the country making little or no money being put on shows as an MC and opening act. It took about 3 years before starting to headline comedy clubs.
CB: How do you feel that your material has changed since when you first started gigging?
TN: When I first started doing stand-up, I did a ton of one liners and general basic jokes, then I started doing longer jokes and stories and then even allowing myself to be more honest or physical or even pushing a stool around the stage for laughs. It had very little to do with material. Anything I do though, there’s always very clearly my voice behind it.
CB: Do you have a specific process that you go about when you write your material? Does the way you write your stand-up material differ at all to the way you write sitcoms?
TN: I get an idea, or I think of a story that I want to work out and then I just get up on stage as much as possible and keep telling that story over and over and over again. And I record these sets. And then listen to them. And then keep working out this material, tweaking, finding different nuances and tags. So in terms of what I actually write on paper, it is usually never more than bullet points.
CB: Your comedy album Live has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide and was ranked the number one comedy album by Entertainment Weekly. Did you find that you had a different approach in preparing material for this album?
TN: That set was completely different than any other. I had no intention of that performance turning into an album. I had just been experiencing absolute hell in my personal life, and did not know if I was even going to live, and I love being a stand-up, so I wanted to perform and discuss all I had been going through – it was just a very raw set.
CB: Your project Showtime found you performing in the homes of your fans around the U.S. How did you find that experience?
TN: I had done this before, just never had it taped for a special. It was always really fun in the past, and that got me to thinking that this could be great on television and fortunately Showtime agreed. So not surprisingly, shooting this project was again a lot of fun.
CB: Do you have a favourite type of audience to perform to?
TN: The sleeping elderly.
CB: You’ve also toured and performed comedy at some of the most prestigious festivals around the world. How do you find that these gigs compare to performing at a comedy club?
TN: They are way different. Some of these festivals have a huge music component, so sometimes I am performing and there is actually a literal barrier between myself and the audience, which can sometimes make it a little bit more challenging. But my experience on a whole at these festivals are always quite amazing and fun.
CB: Having performed in so many different types of venues all around the world, do you have a favourite type of venue to perform in?
TN: There is something about small intimate venues that I really love. It is also amazing to perform in thousand seat theatres. To not be able to see anybody, but to hit a first punch line, and then from the darkness feel a huge roar of laughter in response, is pretty exhilarating.
CB: Do you have any tips or advice for comedians and new acts starting out in comedy?
TN: Be yourself and get up on stage constantly.
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Grammy nominated comedian Tig Notaro is performing at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Monday 1st September 2014 as part of her ‘Boyish Girl Interrupted’ debut UK tour. If you would like to win tickets to see the show, all you have to do is ‘Like’ the Comedy Blogedy Facebook Page and the winner of 2 tickets will be chosen randomly. (Doors: 18:30 Show Start: 19:30)
“One of the best stand-up sets I ever saw” LOUIS CK
“One of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen” SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE
After the hugely successful and critically acclaimed sell-out Edinburgh Festival run last year with her debut UK show ‘Boyish Girl Interrupted’, the awe inspiring Grammy nominated comedian Tig Notaro has announced her first mini UK tour. The tour takes in London, Manchester, Birmingham & Glasgow this September and are her first UK ever dates outside of Edinburgh.
On August 3rd in 2012 at Largo Theater in Los Angeles, Tig Notaro made a seemingly nonchalant detour in her stand-up routine to announce that she had breast cancer, just days after being diagnosed. Her blend of humour and matter of fact approach left comedy fans riveted, many in both tears and laughter. Wrote Louis CK to his twitter followers: “In my 27 years doing this I have seen a handful of truly masterful performances. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo.” This set was recorded, and became Tig’s sophomore album Live (as in, want to live, not perform live). Live encompasses the previous four months of Tig’s life leading up to that night at Largo. The juxtaposition of career highs like never experienced before with personal lows that many human beings may never experience in a lifetime.
Live has now gone on to sell over 100,000 units, which is unheard of for comedy albums these days. During 2012 and this album release, Tig has been reviewed and profiled by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, GQ Magazine, Rolling Stone and Time Magazine amongst many others. The Grammy nominated album was also ranked #1 comedy album of 2012 by Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine and The Onion AV Club and Tig herself was recently ranked #21 on Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest People in the World Now” list.
Tig’s project with Showtime, entitled, Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro, follows Tig as she performs in the actual homes, barns and cul-de-sacs of selected fans across the country. Tig also recently appeared in the Lake Bell feature, In a World, and is next slated to appear in the feature Walk of Shame opposite Elizabeth Banks, and Shreveport opposite Ryan Phillippe, both due out this year. Tig continues to host her weekly podcast, Professor Blastoff, which has consistently been in the top 10 iTunes comedy podcast charts. In addition, Tig has a book deal with Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins.
She remains a favorite on both PRI’s, This American Life, and on Conan. In previous years Tig has guest starred on shows such as ABC’s Suburgatory, NBC’s The Office and Community, HBO’s The Life and Times of Tim, wrote for The 2011 Emmy’s and 2010 MTV Movie Awards, and toured nationally and internationally at the most reputable comedy and music festivals.
UK CRITICS ON ‘TIG NOTARO: BOYISH GIRL INTERRUPTED’
“I would gladly see this show again tomorrow” THE TIMES ****
“Creates a bond with the audience that Notaro exploits with delight….” METRO ****
“Truly masterful performance’s” THE INDEPENDENT ****
“… Delivered one of the most spellbinding comedy performance’s in recent memory.” EDINBURGH EVE NEWS *****
“The funny happens in the space between the words, surely the mark of rock solid comedy persona” CHORTLE ****
“…A gloriously down to earth enigma” TELEGRAPH ****
TIG TV HIGHLIGHTS:
This American Life featuring her Taylor Dayne comedy story. http://bit.ly/XxkH5K
Her first appearance on Conan http://bit.ly/Yw3Kcb
Opening up on Last Call about LIVE. http://bit.ly/XBJenh
CNN on how she coped with cancer through comedy. http://bit.ly/Yw3AS8
You can buy tickets to see Tig Notaro from: www.kililive.com/artists/tig-notaro
Check out audio and written interviews with some of the best comedians and exciting comedians from all around the world, both professional and new acts, exclusive and handpicked comedy videos, upcoming gigs across the U.K. and interesting news about the comedy world. You can also listen to episodes from ‘Humour Me’ when the show was originally broadcast on the University College London Union Student Radio Rare FM.
Sara Shulman is the Founder & Editor of Comedy Blogedy, TEDxUCL speaker on ‘The Power of Funny’, blogger for The Huffington Post and specialist comedy blogger for Ticketmaster. Sara is a Classics graduate from University College London and is currently part-time at the National Film and Television School on a diploma in Writing and Producing Comedy.
Whilst at university, Sara was Head of Comedy at UCLU Rare FM from 2011-2012 and performed stand-up on the circuit. She also started interviewing comedians for her podcast ‘Humour Me’, which is currently broadcast on the Comedy Blogedy SoundCloud channel and the UCL SoundCloud channel.
Sara has also been running comedy gigs in London, such as PLEB Talks and Humour Me: Live! as well as co-founding and co-promoting ‘Specialist Subject: Where No Joke Is Too Niche’ – a gig where comedians perform sets on topics they’re particularly nerdy about.
Sara is currently producing a short silent comedy film called ‘SWAG’ written by award-winning comedian David Elms and directed by Matt Holt. More information about the film.
You can find out more about Comedy Blogedy in this talk at the London Youth Conference in association with JCI London.
You can hear Sara rambling on about Classics in Eric Lampaert’s podcast ‘Coffee Ramblings’ recorded live on Soho Radio with Jack de Havas and Kyle Simmons from Bastille.
Sara Shulman interviews the winners and nominees for the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2014.
Best Newcomer Nominees – How did you find out you were nominated?
Best Comedy Show Nominees – How did you find out you were nominated?
Phil Ellis: Funz and Gamez – Panel Prize
Alex Edelman: Millenial – Best Newcomer
Best Comedy Show
John Kearns: Shtick (Winner)
Alex Horne: Butterfly
James Acaster: Recognise
Liam Williams: Capitalism
Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Wasn’t Built in a Day
Sam Simmons: Death of a Sails-Man
Sara Pascoe: Sara Pascoe vs History
Alex Edelman: Millenial (Winner)
Dane Baptiste: Citizen Dane
Gein’s Family Giftshop: Volume I
Lucy Beaumont: We Can Twerk It Out
Steen Raskopolous: I’m Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business
Sara Shulman’s exclusive feature for Ticketmaster about Alex Edelman
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