It's the poetry reading, done with feeling and emotion at the hole in the wall coffee shop downtown; the folk singer-songwriter strumming his guitar on his front porch; the exchange of jabs in boxing (or any other sport even though the "dance" isn't choreographed); and the charisma it takes to perform stand up comedy. Sure, there are others, but something like stand up often gets overlooked.
On February 7, a handful of comedians including Cody Woods (pictured left), Joe Bates, Priya Prasad, Ori Zadok, Gail Williams, Greg "G" Williams (no relation), Alicia Rangel (debuting that night) and Tony Harrison came together to perform their art for a nearly sold out ComedySportz venue in downtown San Jose.
This isn't theater or film. There isn't time for a character to grow on you. The audience isn't going to listen to someone for two hours and determine they are friendly, inviting, heartless, cold, the hero or the villain. They're going to listen for 30-60 seconds and decide if they'll tune in or tune out.
And that's why comedy is a performance. An instant connection; an engaging 15 minutes; a laugh; a groan - it's all part of the art.