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Bill Burr Will Probably Make You Uncomfortable

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Bill Burr confirms: Jokes are funniest when told in a bar

How do you generate material?

I just start with one funny idea, and I go up and I just start talking about it. … Everybody has that skill. If something funny happens to you as a non-comedian, then you go back home or you go to a bar and you tell your friends the story. You haven’t written it down and memorized it and practiced it in, like, 12 other bars before you walked into that bar. You just walk in and you tell the story, because you’re relaxed and comfortable and around your friends. … You have an ability to think in the moment and express it, but It’s an out-of-body experience when you go onstage and everybody’s staring at you. Self-consciously, you stop being yourself, and you overthink things. … There’s a spotlight on you, you’re holding a microphone, you’re walking around, there’s a bunch of strangers listening to you, and it’s this weird experience, and it causes you to go into this mode of “Now, I’m Bill doing stand-up.” The battle that you fight your whole career is trying to get as comfortable as you are in a bar with your friends onstage.

Bill Burr

8pm Fri, Sept 13
Lila Cockrell Theater
200 E Market
(210) 207-8500

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