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In the Youtube age when everything can be viewed from the comfort of your lap top, there are still compelling reasons to see live stand-up comedy. The number one reason is the spontaneity of a live show and the energy of the audience. One of the most spontaneous has to be when a comic deals with a heckler.
For some, a heckler is not a favored species. It often involves way too much ego and or alcohol. However, there is a different side to that story. One from the comic's viewpoint.
"There is a special energy that circulates around the room when it happens. The chance that it could go bad and the quality of the comic's wit make it exciting. What if the comic could keep this up for most of the show? Comics call this riffing." says Joe Klocek, A San Francisco based comic and master riffer. He does just that on his shows. As proof of his ability to turn a potentially awkward situation into memorable gold, check out Youtube.com/joeklocek. Klocek invites a heckler on stage to match his wits, one on one.
If you're a comic, you want to have this skill. In fact, anyone who has to do public speaking could benefit from the ability to turn anything into instant laughter. You're in luck. Klocek is bringing his Riffing Workshop to the Sacramento, Comedy Spot, 1050 20th St. in the MARRS building in Mid-Town, Saturday, Nov. 6th. from 1 to 4 PM.
Klocek will demonstrate the tricks and techniques he and other comics use to mine gold from the moment. Check more of him out at www.standupjoe.com and email him through the website if you would like more information!
Steven Bloom is the founder/publisher of AmericasComedy.Com, (formerly SacramentoComedy.Com), the official guide to the Sacramento comedy scene. This website is dedicated to comedian interviews, comedian biographies and videos, and consolidation all of the Sacramento comedy events into a single comedy calendar for your convenience. You can send your questions directly to The Comedy Guy at Steven@AmericasComedy.Com.