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  WEDS 01/18/17  

BY ARIEL ELIAS Most comedians lead a double life. At night we are out, speaking publicly into...

BY ARIEL ELIAS
Most comedians lead a double life. At night we are out, speaking publicly into a microphone as we (try to) make you laugh. By day, though, it's a different story. We wake up groggy, tired from the previous evening of open mics, hanging out at comedy clubs, and maybe, if we're lucky, performing in front of an audience. We get out of our beds and blend into the everyday, and more often than not, we go to our day jobs. You can listen to just about any podcast and find out a comedian's process, how and when they write, how often they get on stage. But the daytime remains a mystery, even though we're everywhere. We're all around you, in your offices, restaurants, hospitals, schools. We come from various backgrounds and bring a wide array of skills (and lack thereof). So let's find out how comedians spend their days.


Dan Shaki quit his job as an engineer to focus on stand-up, and ended up working as a tour guide atop a double decker bus in New York City for six years. “It was chaotic,” Shaki explains. “I would give two tours a day, but they were so disorganized, I would go in at noon and do nothing until 6:00pm. Then they’d send me out to Time Square where I would wait a couple hours for a bus, and then do a two hour tour. So I would work ten hours but barely did anything. In the winters, I would get laid off and collect unemployment. The company was so poorly run, it was a big corporation that took advantage of one-time customers. They didn’t care about their employees and they didn’t care about their customers.”


People on the tours started to blend together, but what really stuck out for Shaki was the tour guides themselves. “You would think it was a bunch of college kids giving these tours, but it was mostly older people who, like comedians, were very smart but somehow couldn’t quite function in regular society. It was people who would go to Starbucks in the early evening because that’s when they would throw out the old pastries.  A lot of people would show up kind of dirty or smelly. It was surprising to learn about the people who actually inhabit this city and give these tours.”


There is one person from a tour who stands out, though. “I dated a girl who was on my bus tour. She was a cute girl, so I would ham up my jokes more and direct them at her. You know, just like how you hit on people in stand-up,” he laughs, but it’s not really a joke. At least half the comedians you see on a show are trying to get laid by the audience. “After the tour I told her I knew she was wanted to f*ck me because she was laughing. And she goes, ‘everyone was laughing.’ And I said, ‘I assume everyone wants to f*ck me.’” I laugh.


Giving tours did help with stand-up, though. “My tours, I would say everything just to get to the punchline. I had jokes, and it definitely helped with crowd work. I would go down the line and ask people where they were from, trying to get a laugh. I tried to have a funny story for different areas. Every neighborhood was a bit to me. If I was a better business person, I would have run my own show and used the tours as self-promotion, but I’m not a good business person.”

Today Dan Shaki runs his own business, Streetwise NY. He gives walking tours around New York City, but remains hesitant to use that to promote his stand-up. “I worry about mixing these things (comedy and tours). I worry about people getting offended, but I refuse to tell comedians that they can’t do certain material.” Check out Dan Shaki’s material here and help him quit his day job: Dan Shaki on AXS-TV Gotham Comedy Live


WEBSITE: danshaki.com
TWITTER: @ShakiForTheWin




ariel elias is a writer, comedian, and producer living in nyc.  

follow her on twitter @arielselias

WHY IT'S A PICK: Welcome this local fave to it's new home at the PIT! Sketch, Improv ...

WHY IT'S A PICK:
Welcome this local fave to it's new home at the PIT! Sketch, Improv AND comedy... including faves Regina DeCicco and Anthony DeVito!


ABOUT THE SHOW - FROM THE PRODUCER
I wanted to cordially invite you all to the first Laugh and a Draft at The Peoples Improv Theater Wednesday, January 18th at 9pm! I'm so thrilled to be bringing this incredible linuep of talent to one of my favorite theaters in New York - The PIT! There will be a great blend of improvisation, stand up, and sketch comedy from some of the best talent in New York. Get your tickets now!

Laugh and a Draft is a comedy variety show hosted and produced by Jared Wilder featuring the best up and coming talent in New York blending stand up, improvisation, sketch comedy, and live performance all together like a live action version of The Muppet Show.

COMICS <click the names for more info>
Regina DeCicco - Friar's Club, Fox, She Devil Comedy Festival,
Anthony P. DeVito - Comedy Central, AXS TV, Being Awesome 
Gary Levitt - I Don't Get It, The Gary Hour, Jesus Cosplay
Kali Tripodis 

SKETCH
Scotty Watson & Irene Carroll

IMPROV
The Internet Disagrees
Punch
Savage

HOST
Jared Wilder

COST
$7 - PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE HERE

VENUE

123 E. 24TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY  10010

WHY IT'S A PICK: Do we really have to say WHY?  There's COMEDY you guys... and CATS!!!!...


WHY IT'S A PICK:
Do we really have to say WHY?  There's COMEDY you guys... and CATS!!!! If that doesn't do it, did we mention the pizza?

about the show - from the producer
Join us for the second Cats and Comedy show, a stand up comedy show hosted in one of New York City's cat cafes. All cats are up for adoption and proceeds benefit the cats of KittyKind a non-profit cat rescue group.

6:30-7pm: check-in and kitty playtime
7-8pm: show



comics  <click the names for more info>
Liz Glazer
Remy Kassimir
Sarah Garner
Gracie Canaan
Alysia Hush
Jax Dell'Osso
Ariel Elias

*Lineup subject to change

host
Lindsay Theisen & Jen Lap

cost
$20 PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE (scroll down and select this event)


venue
46 HESTER STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10002

WHY IT'S A PICK:  We love the diversity of this line up, and guest hosts Jordan Temple (...


WHY IT'S A PICK: 
We love the diversity of this line up, and guest hosts Jordan Temple (MTV) and Dan Shaki (premium Blend) will ensure you have a great evening.

ABOUT THE SHOW - FROM THE PRODUCER

You work hard. Like, really hard. To show our appreciation, we have assembled some of our favorite comics to make you laugh as hard as you work. It's the least we can do.

Hosts Ariel Elias and Liz Magee will be heading to the Woman's March. Our BF's Jordan Temple (MTV) and Dan Shaki (Premium Blend) will be holding it down. 
COMICS <click the names for more info>
Jack Comstock (Legion Fest)
Amy Shanker (FOX)
Shelby Taylor (Bitches Brew)
Mamoudou N'Diaye (UCB)
Jim Search (NBC)

*LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE


GUEST HOSTS
Jordan Temple (MTV) and Dan Shaki (Premium Blend) 

COST
$8 - PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE HERE

VENUE
QED
27-16 23RD AVENUE
QUEENS, NY 11105
CLICK HERE FOR THE MAP

WHY IT'S A PICK: So much to love about this show: it's part of a nationwide festiva...


WHY IT'S A PICK:
So much to love about this show: it's part of a nationwide festival of shows celebrating and benefitting the ACLU, and has an all star line up with stand out Laurie Kilmartin (check out 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad).

ABOUT THE SHOW - FROM THE PRODUCER
WHAT A JOKE is a national comedy festival raising money for The American Civil Liberties Union inauguration weekend!

Our Saturday New York show is at Williamsburg's rock club ROUGH TRADE, where 100% of ticket sales are going directly to The ACLU. The lineup for this great show includes...


COMICS  <click the names for more info>
Laurie Kilmartin (Last Comic Standing, Conan, "45 Jokes About My Dead Dad")
Dave Hill (@midnight, Inside Amy Schumer, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee)
Jordan Temple (MTV's Decoded, Brooklyn Magazine's 50 Funniest) 
Rae Sanni (Comedy Central)
Jenn Welch (New York Comedy Festival)
Emily Winter (Writer for TV Land, Fusion TV)

*Lineup subject to change

HOST
Chris Calogero (Fusion TV, Mourning Coffee Podcast) 


COST
$20 - PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE


VENUE
ROUGH TRADE
64 NORTH 9TH STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11249
CLICK HERE FOR THE MAP

WHY IT'S A PICK: Producer / Host Joseph Tolpi has one of the most unique comedic voices g...


WHY IT'S A PICK:
Producer / Host Joseph Tolpi has one of the most unique comedic voices going, and check out Tiana Miller -- comedian, punk rock pixie, and living with multiple sclerosis.

ABOUT THE SHOW - FROM THE PRODUCER
Dusting off the holidays and scarfing down the last of moms cookies, With A Little Feeling is BACK and BETTER than ever! We got story tellings, the best comics, and just a little bit of heart (barf)! 

COMICS  <click the names for more info>
Conrad Roth
Samantha SJ Bednarz
Brendan Sagalow
Josh Potter
Tiana Miller

*Lineup subject to change

HOST
Joseph Tolpi


COST
FREE - so grab some yums yums and enjoy.


VENUE
CREEK AND CAVE
10-93 JACKSON AVE
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY  11101
CLICK HERE FOR THE MAP