It is not often that I write in the first person, usually because my articles lack opinion and maintain a certain degree of objectivity. However, being a human being, and not having an absence of outrage I occasionally feel compelled to write a commentary about something that annoys me. What I am driving towards, is people who MC shows, or in the case of the average aspiring comic, “open-mics.” Being an MC is a very important function, an MC keeps the energy going, in the show, not only does the MC manage the line up for the show but they also help promote the show and spend up to three hours of their own time without pay keeping it going. Being an MC is a great way for a comic to get more stage time and practice, it helps loosen a comic up and it helps them to improvise with off the cuff comments, and often it helps them get recognized in the comedy business.
95% of the MC’s I have met are alright in my book, they are supportive of all the comics, encourage the audience to show love, and some of them are even funny, but even if not funny, they are decent and polite on stage. What irks me, are the MC’s who use their time on stage as an unfair advantage, an edge upon the developing comics who are up there struggling, sometimes against stonewall dead silent audiences. Often these MC’s are not even funny themselves, but their confidence and ego are all hyped up because they get so many hours up on stage that they are running on adrenaline, and it does not really make a difference whether they are funny or not, they have the power, they are behind the mic and they can get up between every act and yell in that friggin mic. The other night I went to such an open mic, and I swear I felt like I was punched in the stomach mentally by the host, I was so angry at this host that I was tempted to name this person, the name of the location, and just find every single weakness I could about this host and just verbally rip this host to shreds. But I took a breath, realized it was counter productive and probably a character building experience. This particular host actually said that this is the “d_ _ _ ‘s” show because “we get to act like “d_ _ _’s” and true to this person’s word, she acted like a d_ __ k. One of the worst things an MC can do, is to bash a comic after they have gone up for their 5 minutes (in this case it felt like less than 5 minutes) because the MC knows that the comic has no recourse, no rebuttal, the comic has to wait until next week for their five minutes of stage time, that is where the abuse of power comes in. Another obnoxious thing this particular person did was try to sound like a friggin overmodulated baseball stadium announcer when she called up the acts, in addition to talking in that style between each act, it actually sounded hostile and forced, it was not funny and it was actually intimidating, not supportive.
It is very rare that you run into obnoxious MC’s most of them are class A acts, but the few rotten apples out there, well they know who they are or the comics who are reading this know what I am talking about. Lets all support each other, not bash each other, an MC is not funny if they sound like a chop-busting circus announcer, eventually they will become the circus act themselves, if they are lucky.