Author Archives: Kaytlin

Quitting Starbucks

My decision to quit working for Starbucks was a surprise to me. I woke up one morning, got dressed, and then my body just refused to take me to work. I played like an ostrich instead, I pretended I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Choice to Pay Comics

TCC has been up and running since November. It feels surreal, but we’ve been doing exactly what we hoped we would do. We put on a consistently good show, TCC members are starting to push and support each other and … Continue reading

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Writer’s Block

To write is a presumptions thing. These written words declare that what I think matters enough to justify the time you generous people take to read my words. I shame myself with my own audacity and narcissistic insistence “my voice … Continue reading

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Starting my Own Room, TriBeCa Comedy Collective

I didn’t want to start my own room. I really didn’t. I came to NYC with a very specific plan that included “don’t start anything, and don’t seek out any major clubs until you’ve done nothing but prioritize stage time … Continue reading

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The Problem with Barkers

I love barking. I know, I’m a freak of nature. But standing on street corners talking to strangers about something I love is one of my favorite things. I used to run field campaigns inspiring and training other young activists … Continue reading

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On Course, On Glide Path

Last night, I spent three hours waiting around a friendly open mic, Lucky Jacks, with comics I recognize. I got 8 minutes onstage in-between music acts. My new material went better than I expected since I was just trying to … Continue reading

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I Got a Job!

After many unpaid training periods, unreturned phone calls, and awkward interviews I finally found an artist friendly day job. (Applause break) I am working at Starbucks, and if I pass the SAT I will start tutoring students through a community … Continue reading

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Something I thought I learned working on campaigns is that when you pursue any goal you have to respect Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It’s hard to create art, or meet your campaign goals, when you aren’t sure whether or not … Continue reading

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Blaming the Audience

Dying on stage hurts. There is a cultish and irrational claim by some comics that “it’s never the audience” “don’t blame the audience.” And as frustrating as it is, they’re right. There are audiences populated exclusively by confused tourists who … Continue reading

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Stage time! Bring em’, Bark at em’, or Pay Up!

There is nothing more important to a young comic than getting more stage time. Getting on stage often enough to dull the fear of trying new things is the only way to get better. Open mics often charge money for … Continue reading

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