So in the year 2020, I took a few risk to enrich my mindset during the pandemic. I put more focus on my podcast that led to a new section called Reel Poetry, I accepted the Vice Presidency position at Sacramento Poetry Center, and I took a comedy course at the Comedy Spot online.
So, I took two course at the Comedy Spot online: Stand-Up comedy 101 and Comedic Storytelling. My teachers, Melissa Melgullicutty and Lisa Cantrell, were fabulous educators. Melissa is a seasoned comedian from Sacramento and Lisa is a Storyteller and founder of Capitol Storytelling(an organization that teaches people how to craft a story for the masses.). For 2 months, I learned how to craft a joke, rules to create jokes, perform to an audience, deal with hecklers, write a story, edit jokes and stories.
Being that I have worked with comics and been a Spoken word artist for several years, I understood the stage performance aspect but I did not know how to create jokes. So, Comedy 101 helped me find humor in my stories and my everyday life. But, we were not able to perform on stage in front of people due to the pandemic so the student just did a 5 minute set in their classes zoom room and ended with that accomplishment.
This year, as the restrictions started to be lowered, The Comedy Spot felt 2020 students should get an opportunity to get on stage and perform a 5 minute set to an audience. So, they sent a invitational email to all 2020 student and asked if they would like to perform. Ten students were brave enough to say yes and I was one of them.
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CharRon continues his chat with Marvin in part two of this 2-part episode. Marvin discuss the Asian detachment with Black and Latinos. He talk about his first slam win. He answers our Page vs Stage question and Top 5 rappers. Which goes overboard since he has different categories.
CharRon Smith chatted with his long time friend and Poet, Marvin Xia. We discuss his upbringing and Living in the Central Valley. His mundane professional life change when he graduated Sac State University because his poetic journey started later than other poets. This is part one of a two part episode.
CharRon zoom chat with Sacramento new comedian, Kellz Barksdale from New Jersey, who is also a spoken word artist that merge both poetry and comedy together. He created his moniker, Jokenword. We discuss his origin story. His poetry style. Why he does comedy and poetry together? He discusses his journey from the east coast to the west coast, then from Southern to Northern California. His zoom show, Joke and word. His connection with Coon the Poet, T.K. Kirkland, and Wanda Syke. He talks about his book, The Art in Jokenword. Plus, a poem performance, Monopoly.