Go Ahead, Say It.

There’s a saying that if you want a comedian to do something tell them not to do it. I’m not sure who said that. Maybe it was me because I seem to have seen so many examples of it. One of the most prominent is a story told by Rick Reynolds, whose birthday is today. It’s from his one-man show All Grown Up And No Place To Go. He ranges from very funny to very serious and always, even when joking, deeply personal.

He uses this story about a prison gig to illustrate his own childlike tendency to blurt out the most inappropriate things, but I think it’s also a valuable lesson in standup comedy.

 

6 Comments

  1. Ann Koplow

    As usual, I receive a valuable lesson here; I’m going to watch more of Rick Reynolds. Fabulous. Happy birth-month to him and to you, Chris.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      As usual I’m indebted to a friend who lent me his CD of All Grown Up And No Place To Go, so I’m happy to be passing on what he gave me.

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  2. Jay

    I’d like to see more of him too!

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      So would I. He had a short-lived sitcom, which I completely missed, and he seems to have disappeared for the moment. I keep thinking he’ll resurface eventually.

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  3. Gilly Maddison

    Brilliant! Thank you. Had not heard of this guy in the UK but will look at for him on YouTube now.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Most people haven’t heard of him and he seems to have disappeared, but I’ve enjoyed his performances so much I’m glad to give his career a tiny push.

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