Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Jackie Mason, George Burns, Phil Silvers, likely most of these names don’t resonate with most readers out there. These people where entertainers, comedians and they worked every opportunity they got, one show a night, two on Saturday. It didn’t make any difference where the show was or how long it took for them to get their show.
These entertainers practiced, practiced, practiced, they pondered their performance, re-tooled, edited, and honed their shows in their minds, and on the stage. There is an old joke, “A tourist stops a New Yorker on the street and asks, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” The New Yorker says, “Practice, practice, practice.”
If you want to see a fine example of this polishing of ones craft, and a little more modern than what I pitched at you earlier go watch the movie, Comedian with Jerry Seinfeld. The movie is an excellent example of polishing one’s craft. Further go to the after show dinner scene where Colin Quinn, Chris Rock and others talk about the bounces in their show, the structure, what killed and what bombed and how they can make their shows better.
Obsession, maybe, desire for a making the best show possible, certainly, consummate professionals…without a doubt.
If you go watch a copy of The KISS 1996/7 tour DVD, you will see a section of the documentary where all four members of the band are crammed in a small nondescript room, hammering out the songs, set list, stopping, starting again, getting it wrong and working it until they get it right.
So the recommendation is, get out their practice, – grind – it – out, be a consummate professional in your art. It is a tried and true formula that has stood the test of time.
Oh and you will like the movie, Comedian.