The “Force” of Stand-Up Comedy

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by J-Dub and Ryan Meehan

“Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” ―Obi-Wan Kenobi

If you are a fan of Star Wars, you know all about The Force. Without getting all movie-geekalicious, The Force was a metaphysical, spiritual, binding, omnipotent and ubiquitous power that held enormous importance for both good and evil. In the real world, one can use those same terms to describe comedy, especially when it comes to having a light and a dark side.  And much like The Force manifested itself in several aspects, comedy is also broken down into various disciplines.

Stand-up is clearly comedy’s most fascinating art form.  The power to make a room full of strangers is at the same time not quantifiable, yet palpable.  There are people who have spent…

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