The Pros and Peewees of New Talent Night

9 May

The Manhattan Comedy School Intern

I saw my first New Talent Show at the The Gotham Comedy Club last night. It was a mix of big names, no names, punchlines, and flatliners. I liked this format because it’s inspiring for amateur comedians to perform on the same night as a big name like America’s Got Talent Runner-up, Tom Cotter. After months of melancholy open mics, it can boost one’s spirits when they’re following a big name. It makes them feel like they’ve gotten somewhere. It may be all in their head, but hey, they’re going to need that when they jump back into the open mic trenches.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of the greatest comedians I’ve ever seen live: High-Powered Howard. For those that have seen “The Room”, High-Powered Howard is the stand-up comedy equivalent. An stout middle-aged man with the aura of Richard Simmons, High-Powered Howard opened his set by…

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