Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Adventures at the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

Tulips in front of the Kennedy Union Building of the University of Dayton 

M's second standup comedy routine at the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop was a hit! He had only five minutes, which we had carefully timed during rehearsals. But then, on the same day as the gig, everyone's time was reduced to 4 1/2 minutes. And the organizer of EBWW said he would be firm in using a hook to make sure everyone stuck to the time limit. (The "hook" turned out to be a 30-second warning of progressively louder music drowning out the performer.) M realized that his last joke would be cut off, so he stopped after his second-last joke, ending gracefully and with a big laugh. What a pro!

Another performer at the standup was the fabulously funny Debby Garfinkle! Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to say hi to her. I had to remain in position to videotape M's performance and no one knew when they would be called on stage.

On Friday and Saturday we attended classes on attracting readers to your blog, making money by being funny, using humour in travel writing and more. M attended a standup comedy bootcamp.

We learned lots, laughed lots, and had a great time.

The G.M. buildings in Detroit dominate its skyline.

A walk by the river in Windsor, looking at the Ambassador Bridge.

Tulips along the river's edge, in Windsor


  1. Good on M for not getting flustered! That's the hallmark of a true pro.

    I love also that you discovered tulips on your foray into Windsor.... :)

  2. M says thanks! You're an experienced public speaker, Melodye, so you know how hard it is for a beginner to improvise and make it look intentional. :-)

    Although this was only his second time on stage, he was much more relaxed and able to think on his feet.

  3. Sounds like a neat experience -- and yay for M!

    Great tulips...

  4. It was! He was nervous at first but soon relaxed enough to think on his feet. I'm proud of him. :-)

    The tulip pics were the only ones I took at Dayton.

  5. Sounds like a great trip, Barb! It's so funny that we were in Windsor at nearly the same time! The Detroit skyline was beautiful from across the river - particularly at night. Wow!

    1. Great minds think alike, Julia! ;-) I hope one day we can really meet.

      Now that we know about the sculpture garden you saw, we'll make time to visit it next time we're in Windsor.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! :-)

  6. Oh, that sounds like a wonderful workshop! And congratulations on the hit!

    (I see I have missed a lot of tulips here during my April travels. My, but they're beautiful.)

    1. M says thanks! He had a lot of fun. Now we have to look for more venues for him.

      I was worried that I would miss my own tulips when I went out of town, but they started before I left and they're still going strong. :-)


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