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This idea started out as a casual conversation with a colleague of mine with regards to our performance character. After giving it some thought I wanted to bring it here for consideration. This is a raw version of some dis-connected thoughts I had resulting from aforementioned conversation. Opinions are welcome. Here's the challenge.

I want you to videotape yourself doing a performance of your standard act. Then, take that videotape and place it on a shelf for three days. After you've done that comes the challenge. I challenge you to recall with precision your act and recount everything that you did as if you were writing a review of your show. Everything you said that was notably funny, every trick you performed, the audiences reactions, etc.

After you've written the review of your act, watch the videotape for the first time and see how accurate you were. I'm willing to bet that some of you will be shocked to see that you've left out some important things or misremembered others.

Now, do the same thing for an act you can search out on Youtube. Watch the act, wait thirty minutes, and write a review doing the same thing you did above. Re watch the act again and compare notes.

I'm willing to bet that you can remember more facts about the Youtube act than you did of your own.

The point I'm drilling down to make here is that I believe it is easier to comment third party on a performance than it is to talk about your own. So therefor is it better to use a stage persona / name instead of your own for purposes of making it easier to describe yourself to others without feeling like you are bragging?
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