People Study in Stand up Comedy

I’ve been doing a bunch of people related projects lately so I thought I’d share a few of the highlights. The one we’ll look at today is some of the images for two shoots for a friend of mine who does stand up. She had me come down to two different events in two different venues. You’ll be able to see the difference in the lighting since one venue has terrible lighting and the other had a fairly nice set up. The performer is Teresa Sheffield who I met through doing comedy skits for her company Chepookah Productions. The first night we shot in Greenwich Village Comedy Club where the lighting was extremely dark. The next night was in Broadway Comedy Club on the small stage where the lighting was much better. Teresa was a great subject as she moves around the stage, is very expressive, and brings a playful quality to her act that works well with the camera.

Greenwich Village Comedy Club:

Bringing the tough girl out.

Bringing the tough girl out.

Comedy shots always work well in b&w.

Comedy shots always work well in b&w.

Bringing the crowd into it.

Bringing the crowd into it.

Connecting to everyone.

Connecting to everyone.

Some great eye contact.

Some great eye contact.

Use of hands is always important.

Use of hands is always important.

High energy in story telling.

High energy in storytelling.

Dynamic energy.

Dynamic energy.

She connects with her story and her energy on stage.

She connects with her story and her energy on stage.

Unlike other performers, she isn't eating the mic.

Unlike other performers, she isn’t eating the mic.

You really want to talk about that?

You really want to talk about that?

Finishing strong.

Finishing strong.

It's all about the laughter.

It’s all about the laughter.

Broadway Comedy Club (note the better lighting and less gritty feel):

I am not a little teapot.

I am not a little teapot.

Were they this high?

Were they this high?

We should talk about this.

We should talk about this.

Hang on there.

Hang on there.

Ladies and gentlemen, my audience.

Ladies and gentlemen, my audience.

Being cozy with the crowd.

Being cozy with the crowd.

Sometimes the joke and/or the audience can help you crack up.

Sometimes the joke and/or the audience can help you crack up.

Next week: Holiday lights/windows in NYC.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel XS with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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