Comedian Spotlight: Rodney Perry
Updated: Apr 30, 2018
"Use Random Thought" - Rodney Perry
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Rodney Perry has become one of the most influential individuals in my personal stand up comedy journey. He's not only a hysterical stand up comedian but also an improv genius and his face has been plastered on television screens for decades.
I wanted to dedicate a post to this man because, in Hollywood, it's rare that you meet genuine people that stay genuine as they rise in success, however, Rodney has been an incredible mentor and friend... and HE'S NEVER CHANGED. He's taught me priceless lessons in the business of stand up comedy, that many don't learn until they are blindsided by "the game", and for that I'm forever grateful.
As a comedian, it's honestly rare that we get really great advice, so I wanted to share with you all, one of the most valuable pieces of advice Mr. Perry gave me years ago, and that was the "use of random thought". It's the idea that you don't always have to stay on topic, remain seamless in your delivery, and segue perfectly in your set... sometimes, there is A LOT of power in a random funny thought. It doesn't have to be relative at all... it can come completely from left field, but it keeps your set fresh, exciting and unpredictable.
Most importantly, I have continued to learn from this advice, in that sometimes, those random thoughts become call backs and brand new jokes themselves. I developed a few practices in my daily routine, that help me continuously incorporate "random thought" into my stand up. For starters, I keep notebooks around the house, in my car, and in my purse, with erasable pens, so that I can jot down ideas quickly. I also make a habit of journaling every day at least 2 times a day (usually am and pm), even if it's only for 5 to 10 minutes. I use these journals not only to "mind dump", but also to pull random funny thoughts that are under-developed and work them into my set. They are also helpful in general, just to have a place to release the days thoughts. I will say this though, I recommend you write with an erasable gel ink pen simply because pencils smear over time and who wants to deal with white out!?! No One!
YOU don't have to be a comedian or even be an aspiring comedian to journal, it's a good practice to incorporate into your daily routine just for clarity, fun or to get your creative juices flowing... Sound scarey... nah, it's really not... there are even journals on the market that guide you in your writing. One of my favorite journals is my gratitude journal, it has daily worksheets and inspirational quotes that I really love, especially when I'm feeling writers block! Click Here to get your gratitude journal :)