Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting a podcast episode, with Mike Hudak as our guest and co-host. During our lively conversation, we dove deep into Austin, Texas’ flourishing comedy scene, known for its vibrant humor and active comedy community.
Meet Mike Hudak: To kick things off, we introduced our co-host for the day, Mike Hudak. In a rather amusing twist, Mike’s promotion to co-host happened almost immediately upon his arrival. He graciously stepped in for Derek Temple, who had a previous hosting commitment that evening.
The Comedy Challenge in Austin: Mike and ChadO started by discussing the various comedy shows in Austin, with a focus on the unique challenge mics that are an integral part of the city’s comedy landscape. These challenge mics offer comedians a platform to think on their feet and stay in the moment, setting Austin apart from smaller towns.
Comedy Hosting and Mic Management: We shared our experiences in managing a comedy show featuring a remarkable 35 comedians. This led to an insightful discussion about the intricacies and challenges of overseeing such large open mic events. Mike and ChadO shared valuable insights into hosting these shows while ensuring the audience remains engaged.
The Influx of New Talent: We celebrated the growing influx of fresh comedic talent in Austin. The city has become a magnet for comedians from all corners of the country who are eager to advance their careers. The addition of new voices undeniably enriches Austin’s comedy scene.
Showcasing Local Comedians: Our conversation underscored the importance of featuring local comedians at Austin’s comedy events. We also highlighted the opportunities available to visiting comedians, showing how the city’s comedy scene is in constant evolution.
Show Notes and Timing: We also delved into late-night performances at venues like Anderson Mill Pub, which provide an intimate and honest atmosphere, vital for building confidence and honing comedic skills.
Recording Every Set: Mike stressed the significance of recording every stand-up set, even though it can be a bit painful to listen to oneself. This practice allows comedians to identify what worked and what didn’t, leading to personal growth and joke refinement.
Working on Comedy Sets: We both emphasized the value of not feeling pressured to create new material for every open mic. Instead, we encouraged comedians to focus on refining and developing their existing material over time.
The Anderson Mill Pub Experience: Mike highlighted the significance of performing at Anderson Mill Pub, a room known for its honest and attentive audience. It’s a place where patrons often enjoy a drink or two, making it an ideal setting for gaining confidence and enhancing audience interaction skills.
Headshots and Press Kits: We recommended that comedians invest in professional headshots and create press kits to boost their visibility and booking opportunities.
Seeking Sponsors: In a humorous twist, Mike shared his thoughts on comedians seeking sponsorships to ease their financial burden. He even dreamt of securing a sponsorship deal with a ramen company. Who knows, it might become a reality!
The Evolution of Smoking: We had a lighthearted conversation about the evolving culture of smoking, including the absurdities of vaping habits and even pre-tested e-cigarettes from China.
Mike’s Social Media: Mike encouraged our listeners to connect with him on Facebook and Instagram (@heyitsmikehudak).
This episode provides a valuable glimpse into Austin’s comedy scene and is a must-listen for both seasoned comedians and newcomers. It demonstrates that comedy isn’t just about telling jokes; it’s a thriving community and a journey of self-improvement. Whether you’re aspiring comedians or comedy enthusiasts, don’t miss this treasure trove of insights into Austin’s comedic journey.