In my ten years of doing stand-up comedy, there has been nothing that impacted my on-stage persona and material development more than meeting and interacting with the folks involved in the Clean Comedy Challenge. The competition is a facade to create a buzz and excitement. The guts and glory of the Challenge, is meeting the mentors and getting the feedback and direct instruction about your own comedy.
I cannot recommend an event any higher than the Challenge. The CCA Conference is the best event of its kind, and so is the Challenge, but don't try and compare the two. They are apples and oranges in your comedy journey. And more accurately they are apples, and blue-jeans. Both are life-giving and necessities in life but worn on your bodies for different reasons. (I've never been great at metaphors...)
Take advantage of the Nashville Challenge Bang for the Buck and piggy-back it onto the CCA conference this year if you want to stick your toe in the water, otherwise, go ahead and sign up for Chicago and see the incomparable Bill Gorgo and Dobie Maxwell! Along with Rocky Laporte!
The Clean Comedy Challenge
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