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Hired or fired: Can Big Budah make it as a standup comic?

Posted at 5:33 PM, Nov 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-10 19:33:26-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- It’s time for another edition of Hired or Fired.

Big Budah attempts a profession in standup comedy. He spent Tuesday morning at Wiseguys Comedy Club learning the tricks of the trade.

Comedian Christian Piper had some advice.

"Ah, just be yourself as much as possible.” The more authentic you are the more the audience can tell and the more they like you," Piper said.

Comedian Josh Fonokalfi said he likes to use notecards because he has a bad memory.

Comedian Steve Soelberg had some pointers for those just starting out in the business.

"For brand new comics, write punchlines,” Soelberg said. “That sounds simple, but sometimes people are tempted to tell a story or something like that…; but if you're on stage you're gonna need a punch line for that audience to laugh."

The Salt Lake City downtown comedy club has only been open five days. It is the third location in the state. There are Wiseguys Comedy Clubs in West Valley City and downtown Ogden.

For Wiseguys owner Keith Stubbs, to open a new location especially in the downtown area is both a sense of pride of how far he has come.

"It's scary, it's risky, it's difficult, it's stressful -- but it's what we do,” Stubbs said. “I'm a comic; I've done standup comedy for 25 years. It's in my heart, it's who I am. I don't know if I love the business but I love comedy, and that’s why Wiseguys exists."

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