How do you deal with criticism?

This is a common question for comedians. They are often faced with constructive criticism and they have to make sure that they are not going to lose all of their confidence. It’s important to remember that the audience has an opinion, and it’s just like any other performer. The best thing you can do is take the feedback and learn from it. Or are there other alternatives?

Our panel for this discussion includes Richard Parisi, Amanda Cohen, John O’Keeffe, and Allen Enlow.

Comment below with your experiences.

Today’s Panel:

Allen Enlow – Website

Allen Enlow has been doing Stand-up comedy since the early ’80s. He has opened for Soupy Sales, Broadway legend Joel Grey, appeared on the Joan Lunden show, and performed in Atlantic City. Allen has also done comedy gigs with Ray Romano, Adam Sandler, and Jeff Foxworthy to name a few. He has performed improv with Robin Williams and followed comedy legends like Andy Kaufman and Sam Kinison in NYC clubs. As an actor, Allen has played opposite James Gandolfini and Rami Malek. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Rich Parisi – Facebook

Rich Parisi is a stand-up comedian who started his comedy career in 2019. He’s performed at colleges, bars, comedy clubs, and other exciting venues in and around the NY area. His comedy is offbeat, thought-provoking, and offensive in the nicest sort of way. Rich makes his home in Patchogue, NY.

Amanda Cohen – Website

Amanda Cohen was a regular at the Chicago Improv and is now a regular at Flappers Burbank. She is a force of nature whose sense of humor rarely fits easily into any category. Amanda is your best nightmare: a fearless, sarcastic, feminist with a sharp sense of irony who will challenge your assumptions about older women, while still relating to all ages. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

John O’Keeffe – Facebook

John O’Keeffe is a stand-up comedian from Dublin, Ireland who’s used the global pandemic to inject himself smack into the middle of the international comedy scene. His observations are hysterically funny while reaming uncannily astute.  A former teacher, John now pursues comedy full time.

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