TuRae is taping his new stand-up comedy special June 4 at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, and we here at The Comic's Comic have two pairs of tickets to bestow upon you, should you like to witness this taping live and in the person. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org -- put "TuRae tickets!" in the subject line and I'll reply with the details. Ages 21 and up, please. The show is tomorrow, so best be hurrying up that Internet of yours. If you need catching up, here are five minutes from TuRae, filmed in 2008 at the Comedy and Magic Club:
If you want to pay for tickets, you may also do so, just by visiting Ticketmaster.
All over the country, stand-up comedians are preparing for auditions -- comics try out for commercial roles, sitcoms and film parts all of the time -- but this week, there's the added bonus of special showcases for Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival. I got to sit in on an industry showcase the other night for, among other things, Comedy Central's upcoming season of Live at Gotham. Most everyone scored laughs with the audience and the scouts. Of them all, though, I'd like to talk about TuRae's set, because I think he did something that even Simon Cowell over on American Idol would have approved. And no, TuRae did not sing.
Millions of you watching the live semifinal telecasts (and even any of the past seasons) of Idol undoubtedly have heard Simon and the other judges criticize bad performances and highlight others with the same main points: You need to bring it with your best stuff, show us your range, make us remember you, be yourself, but also tell us a little about who you are, exactly. All of these keys apply just as well to stand-up comedians.