The beginning (end?) of Mysterious Marco, the comedian


This is the first comedy stage I’ve been on.

There is a lot to do in Orlando.

If you live in a big city, picture it as just like your city, with a ton of things to do, only smaller.

If you live in a smaller city, well, we have everything.

On Monday, July 31, I attended a comedy class at Sak Comedy Lab downtown.

The curriculum was pretty basic, of course. I don’t expect them to give all the secrets away.

But it did put us on stage in a group exercise before we left the roughly 100-minute class.

To start, we had to create a kind of persona, one that has an alliterative name that matched your first name.

Me? Mysterious Marco, of course. I paired it with a sort-of crouched down, weird circular hand motion.

It’s odd how difficult it was to come up with anything. But I managed, along with Voluptuous Victoria, Dangerous Donny and, our instructor, Joyful Jenni.

The class helped us work with and for others. I understood quickly why Sak is popular at local businesses for team-building exercises.

During one of the exercises, I’m proud to say I was the first to volunteer to sing any random song (I think I started with Queen) in a sing along.

After the show, I asked Joyful Jenni, whose actual name is Jenni McIntire about her transition to comedy (I’m a journalist, I ask questions).

She said it started at Sak, where she started out taking improv classes.

Being ever-skeptical, I asked what it was like teaching a group in which all pretty much knew they were the next big thing.

Admittedly, it is a loaded question. But she smoothly answered, explaining that while level 1 classes can sometimes give some people a reality check, for the most part, there is a high rate of level 1 to level 2 transitions.

I’m not sure how far I will take this but it’s another adventure and I think I’m going to throw my hat into the proverbial ring.

Time to update the bucket list: by the end of 2018, I want to have taken all four improv classes and the two stand up comedy classes at Sak.

While in the audience watching a group on stage playing categories, I made a couple of comments to a young woman sitting next to me.

One of the guys on stage said “Tetris,” while trying to come up with a type of car (maybe he meant Tesla?).

“It’d be easy to find a parking spot with that one.”

She laughed. “That’s a good one.”

Good start.

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