Noam Dworman on Stand-Up Comedy and Staying Open-Minded | Conversations with Tyler
In a riveting discussion with Tyler Cowen, Noam Dworman, the owner of Comedy Cellar, shares his insights on the evolving landscape of stand-up comedy.
He discusses the impact of social media platforms, the transformation of traditional jokes, and the unique challenges and joys of the comedy profession.
Competition with Viral Content
Comedians face the challenge of competing with viral content from millions of people on platforms like Twitter.
While many people are naturally funny, they may lack the stage presence, charisma, and desire to be the center of attention that successful comedians possess.
Longevity and Timelessness in Comedy
Comedy often doesn’t age well, with many older comedians’ work seeming less funny over time.
However, there are exceptions like Don Rickles and George Carlin, whose work continues to elicit laughter.
Similarly, Charlie Chaplin’s silent films still captivate audiences, demonstrating his timeless appeal.
Changing Demeanor of Comedians
Comedians have become less aggressive and more cautious over the years, reflecting societal changes.
Despite this, they remain intellectually sharp, less easily offended, and enjoyable company, often preferring to socialize with fellow comedians.
Personal Struggles of Comedians
Many comedians face challenges in their personal lives, particularly in love and relationships.
This could be attributed to their often troubled backgrounds or the lifestyle associated with their profession.
There is also a high prevalence of depression and medication use among comedians.
Physical Appearance and Success in Comedy
Physical attractiveness is not a barrier to success in stand-up comedy.
Genuine talent will shine through, regardless of physical appearance.
Just as wokeness put a cloud over everything, social media allowed some of the most successful Comics working today to distribute themselves directly to Their audience and find Their audience… it’s given comedy a Lifeline in a certain way. – Noam Dworman
Happiness Among Comedians
Despite the challenges they face, comedians may be happier than most people because they love their work and live life on their own terms.
Pricing Strategy in Comedy Shows
Despite the high demand for shows, comedy clubs often refrain from charging higher prices.
This is to ensure that comedy remains accessible to a wide audience, thereby promoting diversity and inclusivity in the comedy scene.
People pick up on very slight cues on an instinctual level, kind of analogous to pheromones I guess, that they can’t account for, they don’t know they’re doing it, probably affects who seems like a likable person and unlikely who you trust. – Noam Dworman
Differences Between LA and NYC Comedy Scenes
The comedy scenes in Los Angeles and New York City are distinct, each shaped by the unique cultural and social dynamics of the respective city.
While the NYC scene is more vibrant and diverse, the LA scene is more industry-focused.