One of the Romanian stand-up schools is ASE. Seriously, we meet more and more corporate people who stand-up in their free time. Is it the eternal conflict between a blasé life, with a house taken in installments for 30 years, and the dream of becoming famous for your passion? Anyway, you still get to the stand-up, whether you’re on stage or after you’ve paid the last installment, you suddenly feel like laughing.
Alexandru Dobrotă he was encouraged by his girlfriend to go to a small open and he did well, because he received very good feedback. Now he often goes on stage and admits that you become as good as your models are.
“We have a lot of very good comedians in Romania as well. The problem is that many of the new ones only have them as references and not the ones outside. And it’s a beach too narrow to be able to really open your mind to everything that can be done. do / say on a stand-up stage “.
We know Alexandru’s story and find out his opinions about stand-up humor, how we compare ourselves to Americans and how he has evolved, lately, as a person and as an artist.
I’m a boy from Braila who did ASE. Nothing out of the ordinary so far. At ASE I studied business, as it was called at that time. In other words, business. I came to Bucharest to learn business. During college, I got a job in a game room and took coffee to people with less school than me.
It was the most fun job I’ve ever had. At the moment I am a corporate person and it is much worse than when I had to wear a gold vest and ask “how do I give it to you?”.
Your way into stand-up comedy
I’ve always been a fan and consumer of comedy, especially stand-up, but I never thought I could do it myself until my girlfriend opened my eyes that in life you can try to do what you love, you don’t have to be sure to reconcile yourself to the fact that you will never be happy. In February 2019 I went on stage for the first time and I was “hooked”.
The first small open I went to was at club 99 and it went very well. All I can remember is that he was laughing and I was talking. But after I came down, Vio told me about the cigarette that what I wrote was very good and mentioned one of the jokes to me as very good. It’s still one of the best moments of my life.
How you grew up as an artist
I have become a little more indifferent to what is happening in society, politics, etc. I wasn’t an activist before, but now I really feel that it’s totally irrelevant to me who the prime minister is while I can still go on stage and talk about how it bothers me that old women go slowly and you have no place to avoid them. sidewalk.
I really like observational humor, but I try as much as I can to introduce more personal elements into my material.
I usually test it directly on stage. Sometimes I read my friend’s jokes, but since she’s a decent person, she often thinks they’re out of place and that convinces me that they’ll go on stage.
This is not an exact time to prepare a number. First of all, it depends on how many minutes the number should be. But I write jokes as they come to me, I don’t set myself the goal of writing 10 minutes. I rather write 2 times 2 times.
A memory from a show
When I had a show in Suceava, there was a boy in public who, after every joke of mine, shouted “the truth!”. At one point I got annoyed and asked him why he kept shouting, he shouted back “truth or challenge”. I said, “Challenge, shut up!” and calmed down.
If you give up stand-up
The corporation is the safest environment in which I could live a blazing life full of questions about what it would be like if I worked more in comedy. I hope that’s not the case.
Moments in shows where he didn’t laugh
As I said, I have shorter jokes, it’s not necessarily a whole 10-minute piece that if I went in, I had to finish it. Being more than 2-3 minutes each, with one of them I usually manage to win them. Even if it’s not one of the first things I say.
The stand-up time humor is very much influenced by the American one, so it doesn’t have many specific Romanian things. Maybe some talk more about mothers-in-law as annoying or women who are different from men, but I try to avoid topics that have been talked about too often and people know what kind of jokes to expect when they hear the subject.
I don’t want the audience to laugh at what I’m saying because they’ve laughed at jokes like that before, I want the audience to laugh because they’ve never heard that idea before.
The stand-up from us and the one from outside
Ours is weaker. Being much smaller, the standard is lower to succeed. But we still have many very good comedians in Romania as well. The problem is that many of the new ones only have these as references and not the ones outside. And the beach is too narrow for you to really open your mind to everything that can be done / said on a stand up stage.
It doesn’t exist for me.
Your shows now
Normally, I open for those already “established” in our country. And of course, I’m still going to the open to try my new jokes. I also tried online, but it’s painful not to get the immediate reaction of the live audience.
At the beginning of 2022
I hope that this year will continue on the upward path so far and I wish that the YouTube project I am doing will be successful. So go search “bar therapy” on YouTube and I hope you like it.
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