14 Reasons Stand Up Comedy is Great For Actors

pat corley as phil on Murphy Brown

Growing up the child of actors and being an actor myself, studying with the top teachers in New York and L.A., I never knew that right before my very eyes was a solution to the actors age-old problem of unemployment.

It’s stand-up comedy. Out of all the actors in the Screen Actor’s Guild, at any given time, 2 percent are working.

When I discovered stand-up comedy, I learned that I could work when I wasn’t ‘working,’ hone my ability to be present and in the moment and become fearless!

As an actor, most performing is at auditions or in acting class. And what are those scenes, 3-minutes? Auditions, 1-2 minutes?

When doing stand-up, you have a nightly opportunity to be on stage and be open to every minute inspiration that occurs for stretches of time like 5, 10 or 20 minutes?

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