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>> i'm your guest host, rap williams. >> hey there, thanks for watching. the bible says a cheerful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit goes clear to the bone. you can imagine they're comedians. thank you for joining us, guys. we're here to figure out how you make people smile, what makes people laugh and have fun. you seem shocked for even having this conversation.
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moving around. it's like what's going on here? i've been doing this 10 years and i love what i do. we were talking about this backstage. we got into this to basically make people laugh. i want you to experience my maybe to make you laugh to get away from your pain for 30 minutes. >> you're not going to get into that today? >> i'm here for the cheese balls. i was just talking about my relationship with the fast-food employees. >> can't go there. it's a family show. >> speaking of family shows, i read the faq's on your website, it's specific, do not bring kids. >> we just want them to make sure this show is not geared for kids. >> is it a competition? >> it's a competition. we battle
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d.c.'s best magician. the audience votes and we decide on who the best magician is. so far we're almost even. i think i won the last one. we're up by one. we're going to have a rematch. there was voter fraud in the last one. >> so it's rigged? >> it's even. >> we take turns paying the audience. >> he invites his family and one night i bring my family. >> so you have a trick you want to show us. >> you think of a single image, you didn't tell me what it was or post it online or tell me or your crew. >> no. >> i want you to take this pen and draw a picture of it. i'm going to try to draw the exact same picture. >> i'm a terrible drawer. >>
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so am i. 3, 2, 1, begin. are you ready? this can't be right? what was the simple image you drew? >> it was a martini glass with a crack in it. >> when i said a simple image, you drew a martini glass with a cracked image. that's exactly what i drew. >> i'm looking back at this crack and i'm not sure that's my crack. >> what does this look like to you? >> it looks like a cry for help to me. >> the only magic trick i do is i can make the audience disappear. >> that looks like the light have "christmas story." it's fragile, people. >> do you have any picks on lottery numbers? >> yeah, but we're not telling you. >> and they wouldn't be here. >>
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picks. >> so how was your experience getting into being a comedian? >> usually you do it and you do it to make other people happy which ultimately makes you happy. allegedly. that's what some comics have told me. there's ones that are successful with homes and girlfriends and family who return cold. you can make people laugh. if you can't express or feel joy, it's a pretty miserable experience. sometimes i try to be a conduit of that, sometimes successful, sometimes not invited back to the later show. >> what is the show? what's the possibility of getting involved in being a comedian? it's one of those things, i go to a comic show and it's a guy standing on stage like anybody else. >> right. >> you have to be funny standing over there reading off the teleprompter. >> they're funnier than i am but they look like everybody. >> that's right. >> it all d
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want to do. usually i'd recommend you start going to a comedy or music open mic and talking to someone who's done it a little longer and listening to what they have to say and ignoring it the first time up and then you stick with it. we're really lucky right now. we have a big comedy festival going on in d.c. and it's the first big festival. things are on the up and up. we've worked there before and know the same horror stories on the roads and the eureka moments you've had. you've had those, right? >> so what are the horror stories? >> that's interesting to me. >> it's a family show, right? >> yeah. >> so we'll cut that out, cut that out. >> that's what we do, we can't talk about this and this and this. some of the horror stories, i talked about it with you out there. i said it's going to a show and everybody is very judgmental with you, very
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maybe they want to do it but they're afraid to get up there and do it. the first thing they're going to do is who is this guy? he's not kevin hart, not kevin james, not even a kevin. that's the thing. it's one of the hardest things. i've been doing it 10 years and so i've adapted and i like to go out there and, like i said, make the people laugh. and just forget the realm they're in. you're not the judge, you're not simon cowell. you're there to have fun and laugh. some of my horror stories involve college, a towel, dorm rooms and i can't tell you the rest because i'm a godly guy. but, you know, those are some of my horror stories. >> i'm jewish. can i tell the story? >> you have everything from the microphone doesn't work, the audience that won't stop talking, a person who is supposed to be running time
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a sudden i get the light at 32. there are shows where nobody comes. especially musicians, they get all the critical acclaim and attention but comedians and magicians have the most devoted fans. >> thank you all three of you. >> i've had friends who had similar experiences where they've gone to a gig and they make a huge announcement beforehand about some tragedy and -- >> we have to cut you off. we have to go to a commercial. when we come back, we'll talk about how we make people laugh, how they are afraid of their audience. stay with us.
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>> welcome back. we're joined with magicians who are making us laugh. when we left, marc was in the middle of telling us about his audiences. >> i have two friends who had the exact same experience where they get to the show and they meet their person who says, "don't worry, we're going to have the show anyway" which is a huge red flag and they get up there and literally before it was introduced, it's "we all know the tragedy that just occurred, someel
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who just died, let's have a moment of silence." and now here he is. they say comedy is pain plus time, but you need -- that's the thing. i don't necessarily think humor heals the scars but it gives a different perspective on why they're there and how you can move past the scars. >> interesting. so how do you like him for competition? >> i hate him. i can't stand him. he was run of my first magic teachers. i showed it to marc, and it was a disaster. he invited every famous magician in d.c. i showed up and read a book by everyone there. everything went wrong. and they laughed. nobody said good job. they just said, "let's go get lunch." and we've been friends ever since. i was in the post and they said northern virginia's most popular ma
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to do this once and for all. >> the town is not big enough for both of us, obviously. >> you've transitioned from going risque comedy to doing a cleaner, more family version. how has that transition been? >> tough, rough, but getting the kinks worked out. we were talking about a mentor earlier, kevin lee, d.c.'s born and bred here. i learned a lot from him. when you first start out, man, you want to try to be that shock comic just to get the laughs. personally, me, over the years, i realized my writing was geared more towards family, kids, life. so you don't have to put the expletives in there or be over the top with it. i use more of my facial expressions. i have people tell me where i have the jim carrey thing with it, and the punch line, and one liners you throw in every once in a
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if you've run into the same thing. but the clean comedy opens up a whole new world to other locations, not just the comedies and bars and restaurants. i'm doing weddings and golf tournaments. >> we have to stop you here. how does a comic act segue into a golf tournament? >> he's doing the comic act and they're putting me on the course. >> i get like $25 for nine minutes. >> you're your own gopher. >> true. i think it's i'll hit a shot each time and if i make one, i witness a hole in one, which is a new car and i'll do a little time and introduce kelly. >> and i'll go in what they call the headline, 30, to 35 minutes. we've got a 5 or 6-year-old, can you keep it clean? yeah, i'll keep it clean. i d
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incorporating the crowds and kids. >> we can find your free download? >> you sure can. >> where do we go? >> go to that's my website. >> all my money is tied up overseas. apparently i have some family members and they e-mailed me. >> so how is the transition? how is the process of making a business from magic? how does that work? >> when i was in high school, my parents -- this must have been them realizing there was trouble ahead -- got me a success book in magic and there was 100 different ways of making a success at magic. it was a trade show. i didn't know what a trade show was. a company will hire me and i take the messag
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present and i weave magic through that so i can basically give a live commercial in their booth. because it's visual and magic, people come over. it takes a company with courage to realize, you know, this is our livelihood. this is something serious but we're willing to not just talk about it in a serious way. >> give me an example of how you would incorporate magic into a corporation or to a company. >> it's a company's big benefit is they're going to save you money, then obviously i would borrow money from a member of the audience and multiply it. >> if you're working for coca-cola, you do a trick with a bottle. there's a lot of way to incorporate their product in the message. >> you do this as well? >> not as much as marc. i do educational school shows. i'm at over 100 elementary schools a year. i do math shows and so there's a math theme around the tricks. i get to go back to school every year
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their least liked subject. >> the only corporate gig i have is pre-style cooking fish in the microwave. that's the only one i've got. >> i do a pet rock for enron's accounting department. >> we're right there, saying the same thing. >> okay. so as you guys have grown, what has been the biggest learning experience to you? >> i think it's discovering our own characters. once you get past the tricks or i'm sure the jokes, it's understanding what the audience likes about you and being able to push that button. you know, marc is a nice conservative guy. when he breaks out of his chains, people really like it. i'm kind of snarky and sarcastic, so when i insult marc, people like it. >> and you try to be what the audience wants, right? >> exactly. you're trying to pertain to the audience and trying to get the
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as i grew, i knew the material was good enough. now, how can i twist it to make it go over the top? so starting to work with sketch comedy troupes and stuff like that really helped me on stage become more of a what they call a physical performer. they say, now, you know, when i need to emphasize something instead of an expletive, i get really loud. you know, because i do talk about having a 2-year-old run around the house, i'm like, "knock it off," that kind of thing. with you, it might be a little different. >> i'm rappy williams. we're talking about how to laugh and have fun in life. keep it here. we'll be right back.
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>> welcome back. we're enjoying laughing today. when we left off, john was about to tell us about his growth in the field and the industry. >> yeah. my growth in the industry has been about 26 pounds. sometimes it's like would you like a check or chicken tenders? >> with growth, it's developing yourself as a person. with me, it's being able to hone down writing, do a lot of topical humor which is wonderful but two weeks later i've got to write new stuff. it's fun working with the audience. it's trying to
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be an interactive dance. >> i always wondered, when i go out to a comedy show, how long does it take to write a 15-minute routine or 30-minute routine? how much time does that take? >> i'm verbose. not necessarily funny. i can fill time by talking. for a one-line punch line, having -- what are we talking about here? what time is it? >> how long does it take you to put together a showcase? >> i think an hour to do five solid minutes. >> the crazy thing is i don't know. with my writing, if there's something funny out there, i came up with it, ran a joke past you. i said, okay, i'm going to write that down. when i set it up and say i have to go d
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registered lockdown 15 minutes. i don't think i've ever actually sat down and wrote. i had this conversation with a median in virginia beach the other day. we had a writing session. i said, "dude, you're the first guy i've had a writing session with." thank god for iphones because i'm like that's how i write. >> we have videotaped every show that we do and we watch every performance that we do. because there's always going to be something that gets a new laugh, something that's either spontaneous or something we haven't thought of before. when you have the adrenaline running through you on stage, you can't remember it. so you have to do that. >> when you guys are putting together a show, how do you divvy up or decide how to put it together? >> it starts with a premise. we decide with what trick would be an amazing thing to see. we figure out how it's done. we try it bare bones on people we trust and if they like
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write a script. and then we figure out how each other will do a routine. it takes a lot longer than -- >> what category or trick do you have in your arsenal that you can do this category to get selected so you can compete in it? >> you reminded me of my favorite jokes. >> that's a one-liner. i could listen to that -- his album he put out in mid 2000, i could listen to it on repeat. >> i'm sorry. you mentioned being spontaneous. it's one of the attributes that i try to do a lot of. i've heard friends and family say i've heard that joke 100 times but it's different each
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time. it's spontaneous. >> it's playing different to the audience, but it gets people coming back again. >> there's the pleasure of life in spontaneous performances. the gambling you take is a performer. you're putting yourself out there. i'm going to take this leap, if they come with me, awesome. if it's something you're not expecting, wonderful. if it's something i do, usually it's a fire hazard. >> this is interesting. i'm learning how you put together and i'm learning how to be a host of the show. stick with us. coming up next is patrick bernard. don't go anywhere. i'm rappy williams. this is the right
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>> i'm armstrong williams, and this is the right side forum.
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>> emotional capacity is building the capacity to react positively, no matter what external even internal emotional stimuli that you go through. it's not being hard and calloused and nonchalant. it may seem that way, but it's learning how to manage your emotions in such a way it's always constructive and not destructive to your life or those that are around you. i learned that you could say you're sorry, but it doesn't pull back the experience. once it is out, it's out, whether it's in words or actions.
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>> thank you for joining us today. i think we had a fun time, discussing comedy. comedy and magic and the things that go along with that and how to smile and get away from your week. thank you for joining us. i'm rappy williams. next time armstrong will be here. i want to thank all my guests. to tune in and see what we've got in storage, you can check out the show and come to d.c. and check out the magic act here. thanks a lot. tune next week. i'm rappy williams.
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