Ever since the introduction of the comedy studies major at Emerson College, I wanted to know what goes into creating the first-ever such program. Who are the students that take it? What does it take to teach kids how to be funny?
"I had a whole different life plan. I was doing the yearbook, working in the office. I was going to school to finish up so I can even officially become a teacher, but that’s not what I wanted to do."
I am a huge fan of doing the stand-up that I think the audience needs to hear. If there are jokes that I need to do to set up the next joke, I will do it.
"The thing about writing for a TV show is you have a boss who is going to yell at you, or potentially fire you if you don’t do your job."
Improvising from Chicago, to Britain, to a Mousetrap near you
"One day I picked her up from school and said, 'You’re going to ImprovBoston tomorrow.'"
In preparation for this run, ATB producers went to City Life meetings to partner with those who were interested in sharing stories of displacement. In doing so, they were shocked by the number of people who wanted to participate.
"They thought it was a trend. Eventually I’d get back into music. They say, okay, let’s use the fans on the comedy and bring them back over here. And that’s cool. But after long it was like, shoot, the comedy is what it is."
Dana Jay Bein scrubs tubs to tell jokes and has zero regrets. Mostly.
"I wouldn’t say awkward, but I am a little bit more quiet when I first meet somebody. I am a little bit more introverted than I think people assume, especially in big social situations."