Off The Mic book
Off The Mic book

The very last book I checked out before the pandemic was a guide to standup comedy.

If I had known that for the next 12 months I A) wouldn’t be able to do any live standup and B) wouldn’t be able to check out any library books I MIGHT HAVE CHOSEN DIFFERENTLY. At first it wasn’t clear when I would be able to return Off the Mic. The book was originally due March 26th. In the end, I had it to myself for about 16 months. It’s finally, finally due on June 30th.

As I’m about to return the standup…


By Rebecca Kaplan

In the pandemic, it’s more crucial than ever to establish an online presence. Platforms like Tik Tok and Instagram Reels provide an excellent opportunity for comedians to share videos with fans. However, if you don’t know how to edit video, you’re stuck dealing with cumbersome free in-app tools, or the expensive decision of whether to hire a professional.

Fortunately, video editing software like Premiere Pro or iMovie is easy to learn. Investing some time upfront to learn non-linear editing (NLE) can pay off big, as you get more comfortable churning out daily or weekly video content for…


All I wanted in 2020 was to go viral on Twitter. I know this is silly and trivial in the grand scheme, but it’s been such a miserable year and this was a dumb, small piece of validation that I really, really wanted.

It seemed like everyone else was getting viral tweets (by which I mean my friends on Comedy Twitter), but it would never happen to me. The closest I got was tweeting about how I missed Penn Station so much I wanted to poop in my apartment just to feel like I was there.

I was constantly oscillating…


Boy, are you going to have a hard time figuring out how to unsubscribe from this.

Go ahead, try to click the “unsubscribe” button.

Hi, Claudia—

Thanks so much for applying to work with us at Uppo Gas. We’re afraid that you were not a good fit for the position. However, we went ahead and placed you on our email mailing list anyway. Your interest in working with us as a janitor means you want to receive our exciting and relentless promotions for the next 10 to 20 years, we imagine.

If you didn’t want these emails, whoopsie daisy! Really, our bad. Boy, are you going to have a hard time figuring out how to unsubscribe from this. You know that scene in Harry…


Apply marketing practices to your comedy Twitter strategy

Due to a surging demand (like, three people asked me) for my advice on growing a comedy Twitter presence, I decided to write down some of what I know: proven marketing strategies to boost your Twitter engagement, tailored to standup comedians or other people in the comedy or entertainment industry.

As a social media manager, Twitter was my job for years. However, I really hate doing my own social media. I’m an introvert at heart and I don’t like shouting into the abyss.

But in March when the lockdowns started and I…


I noticed you’ve stopped practicing Mandarin. What’s wrong?

Image Copyright: DuoLingo. (Fair Use.)

Ciao!

Shalom!

Ni hao!

Hi Cynthia! It’s me, Duo, the little green owl from DuoLingo. I noticed you’ve stopped practicing Mandarin. What’s wrong?

Was I not fun enough? Our research shows that our gamified point system is a foolproof way to learn a new language.

Are you surprised to see me in person? Well, you ignored my incessant emails, desktop notifications, and mobile alerts, so I knew it was time for drastic measures.

That’s right, we are so devoted to ensuring that you stick with your language learning that I, DuoLingo’s mascot, developed sentience and assumed a corporeal form just…

Rebecca Kaplan

I’m a standup comic and writer based in New York. I also edit a literary magazine called the Furious Gazelle under the pen name Tess Tabak

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