From 0 to Funny: My Journey to become a Standup Comedian

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I have begun a journey in search of living my dream to do the thing that I have felt called to do.  Stand in front of the world and make you laugh.

I am two weeks in to a life long journey of becoming professionally funny and I realized the first time I got on stage that this is where I want to be.

There is a strange power to the microphone and the set up of a crowd, even in small weird places, having all the attention turned to me is intoxicating in a wonderful and terrifying way.

I feel the weight of the responsibility of entertaining strangers but the excitement and power that it brings is what I have always felt. I have always thought I was supposed to save the people from the boredom of life AKA school or work.

Now I’m doing it in a way that is more acceptable, work never liked when I talked about my balls.

So I’m doing it, and I must continue to do it as often as I can.  I am going everyday right now, I am recording everything and working on crafting something funny and interesting.

My hope is to be able to take all the information after 365 days of open mics and produce a movie of the journey. If I get good the movie may be good.  If I suck well then the movie will be amazing.  Either way I’m excited for this journey and hope you will join me on it.


Published by Matthew Whiteside

I am a writer, a storyteller, a yarn-spinning freakazoid. My life is full of two things today, lessons and blessings. I write fiction mostly but I also love to write about my life and the things I go through on a daily basis. Writing it out inspires and motivates me and that's why I do it. Plus if it does that for me maybe it will for someone else too.

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