Last week, we introduced you to a new series we’re running, in which we force our intern, Spencer, to become a stand-up comedian. If you’re just tuning in, check out Part 1
and Part 2
. As you know, Spencer’s assignment is pretty simple: all he has to do is perform at an open-mic night. Unfortunately, Spencer has never done stand-up comedy before, and he gets nervous in front of crowds.
Our job, as Spencer’s bosses, is to sit back, relax, and observe the process of taking the first step into the world of stand-up comedy from a safe distance. Right now, Spencer is busily preparing for his big open-mic night next week, and we’re going to film the whole thing, and then we’ll post it next Tuesday. In order to better-prepare our loyal intern, we scored Spencer an interview with professional stand-up comedian Matt Braunger
, who is looking particularly street-wise and intimidating here, on the cover of his new comedy album
You probably already know Matt from MadTV, from his new stand-up album
, from his Letterman appearance
, or from one of his many, many festival and/or tour appearances. Basically, Matt has done tons
of stand-up. He knows what he’s doing, and he’s the perfect mentor to coach Spencer on the basics of the trade. Here’s what it looks like when Spencer interviews a professional stand-up comedian about the ins and outs of stand-up comedy:
Despite the wealth of knowledge that Matt has bestowed upon Spencer the Intern, Spencer still seems nervous about his performance. He’s been watching stand-up comedy like a pervert watches yoga classes, and we’ve been trying to help him out as much as possible (in between watching yoga classes). We put some motivational stand-up clips at the end of Part 1
and Part 2
of this series, and we’re going to keep rotating the clips out with new stand-up clips that Spencer’s been studying, so keep checking back to Part 1
and Part 2
to stay up-to-date with Spencer’s research. Stay tuned for Part 4 of the series on Friday, and for the video of Spencer’s open-mic performance, coming up next week.
In the meantime, we suggested that Spencer try to develop a wacky alter-ego character, and then maybe get a DJ to stand behind him and work some sweet sound effects during his open-mic performance, and we offered this Randy clip as inspiration: