Adam Avitable is a stand-up comedian

No, I Don’t Do Speed

Wednesday night, I had another stand-up set at the Orlando Improv. If you watch the video and compare it with the stand-up I did three weeks ago, the material is sharper, leaner, and better, but I still talk way too goddamn fast. I’m usually a relatively quick speaker, but on stage, it just feels like I’m on speed. Regardless, I am happy with how it went, with the response I got, and with my improvement so far. I really feel like I can do this professionally, and I’m motivated to keep practicing and keep practicing until I reach that goal.

40 thoughts on “No, I Don’t Do Speed”

  1. I hate to admit it, but you’re good. You’re crude, disgusting and racist, but you’ve got good timing and instincts, which is waaaaaay more than most aspiring comics have. Good luck.

  2. You don’t give yourself enough credit. That was a fabulous set! Your timing was great (as well as I could judge with the frequent buffering pauses I experienced – thank you satellite internet), and your jokes were unique. Great for you!

    I do commend you on self-critiquing your shows. I went through a lot of public speaking classes and experience and, painful as it was at times, the best way to learn was to find my own mistakes. You could slow a bit, but you weren’t too terribly fast at all!

    And now, on top of all things non-Disney I have on my “If I ever find myself in the Orlando area” bucket list, I now have “See Adam Avitable do standup before he gets a Comedy Central special.” I’d better buy my tickets now!

    Keep up the good work…lol

  3. Wait a second… if you have a small dick, you’ve been LYING to us all this time with your cartoon persona!

    I don’t know what to believe anymore. I just don’t. First Santa Claus and now this.

  4. Look at the girl in the front row at the 6:00 minute mark. Twirling hair is usually a sign that a girl is interested in you.

    Definite improvement!

    Constructive criticism…..get rid of the straw….not a good look….and we see the top of your head too often….keep your chin up to achieve maximum eye contact

  5. I don’t think you spoke too fast. Then again, I’m a New Yorker and we, as a demographic, tend to speak fast as well.

    All I know is that I was distracted by the silhouette of the bald gentleman with the pointy Spock ears at the front table. What the fuck, dude?

    PS – funny stuff, Adam. Great job.

  6. You’re getting better! Not that I’m surprised – I’m just happy. 😉

    Also, don’t worry too much about the speed. I understood you fine, and I’m Canadian.

    Loved the “give it up for this shirt” and the shortened spelling bit. Well done!

  7. This is so much better looking than the version I shot. It was also a much improved set over the first time I saw you.

    I meant to say something that night, but since I just watched the video it’s fresh again.
    I know the soda is there to break things up between laughs and allow pauses and what not, but as it was here, it seemed like just a crutch.
    Either get rid of the drink or make sure it’s fresh. After a bunch of sips, it didn’t seem to change heights, and I’m guessing that’s because it was nasty.

    I didn’t have any issue with the straw though. It fits along with the big guy in an ugly shirt theme.

    1. @Sybil Law, Love the “girly drink” idea, because it works on so many levels. Audience laughs because it looks like an obvious prop, and we laugh because we know that’s what Adam drinks for real! Win-Win. 😉

  8. Really good, Adam, very funny! I don’t think you talked too fast (though I’ve been told I talk too fast myself, so I may not be the best judge), and I thought your timing was spot on. Love the shirt, too, and I think Sybil’s idea of a girly drink is good – it would set the whole thing off nicely!

  9. I LOVED this! My favorite jokes were “LOL” and “Nintendo doesn’t work.” You have great timing (I didn’t think you spoke too fast at all) and your jokes are new and uniquely you. I would definitely pay to watch that. Great job!

  10. I’ve been lurking for a while, but I had to comment once I got a chance to watch your set. You rock! If I had been the single girl there, I’d have remembered you easily by the way you spell your name and I’d Google-stalk the hell out of you.

  11. I brought headphones to work just so I could listen to this.

    It was worth the aggravation of finding my ear bud things.

    I literally LOL’d at your “give it up for this shirt” because, at that exact moment I was thinking “Dude – what the fuck is up with that shirt?”

    Great job, Adam!

  12. This was amazing. We go to the Improv in Dallas (i.e. Addison) all the time, and you are way better than half of the people I have seen open for someone else or even headline. I even laughed, and you know I prefer your sensitive side to the crude one. I think you will make a fantastic comic. When are you coming to my Improv? I will buy you a beer, straw included! 🙂 xoxo

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