Stand Up Comedy & Life: Clutter

Excerpted from Stand Up & Succeed by Timothy G.M. Reynolds from Cometcatcher Press.

“Either use the microphone stand or make sure it’s out of the way when you’re on stage.”

~Martin Bell~

Tim Reynolds as Jack Nicholson
Uncluttered: the mic, the sunglasses and me. Copyright 2009. Tim Reynolds.

Don’t let clutter get in your way and distract you from the task at hand. Remember that clutter can be physical, mental or emotional, so do what you have to do to clean it up — even if that means applying a little Feng Shui to your soul.


A True Story:

I was on a city bus when the rear doors malfunctioned so that even when they closed they didn’t release the ‘rear interlock’, a safety feature which prevents the bus from moving when the doors are open.

The bus was stuck at the stop so the rookie driver hopped out of his seat, casually strolled to the back of the bus and jiggled the door handles in an attempt to solve the problem.

His technique worked almost immediately and the interlock released its hold. Unfortunately, rookie-boy had forgotten to apply the emergency brake or put the bus in neutral before he left his seat, so as soon as the interlock was off the bus started driving itself slowly down the street while the red-in-the-face, wet-behind-the-ears driver ran back down the aisle to jump in his seat and apply the brakes. His cool-under-fire comment?

“Wellllll, it’s never done THAT before.”

Yup, never let them see your fear.


Words and Images Copyright Tim Reynolds.


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