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Most day jobs just aren't funny enough
Standup comedians simply refuse to acknowledge the law of gravity, an ignorance that enables them, like countless Saturday morning cartoon characters before them, to float above the ordinary, gaining a perspective that mystifies and surprises.
The best comedians make it look easy, like it’s the most natural thing in the world to stand in a spotlight before a roomful of strangers expecting you — even daring you — to make them laugh. Piloting a standup career is even more challenging, taking years of constant writing, nonstop hustling and painful bombing.
It’s a rare person who can find humor in such a grind.
Yet, at least eight Binghamton University alumni have taken the leap, from a rookie who first performed at Caroline’s comedy club three months after graduation to a successful pro developing a new act for the first time in 25 years. Their degrees cross the spectrum — finance, English, marketing, music — but at Binghamton, all gained lift by honing their intelligence, insight and intuition.
And now they’re defying gravity.
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View a sample of Adjunct Professor Ryan Vaughan’s standup, which he performs once a year for students.