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Comedian Spotlight Series: Damian Skóra

Laugh.pl is dedicated to promoting local talent. Welcome to the second installment of our “Spotlight Series” where we profile local comedians and tell their stories. To see these and other up-and-coming comics in action, join us at our monthly “Comedy Open Mic”, the first Wednesday of every month at Świetlica, 17 Marszałkowska in Warsaw. Like us on facebook for more information!

In a post-Trump world, Damian Skóra might be the hero we all need.

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Based in Krakow, Damian Skóra is a natural performer. He’s has been centre-stage for more than 10 years. He’s currently involved in 4 and a half musical projects (mainly The Magic Juice and Director’s Cat), which is where he used to try his best to work in comedy. Last year, he took the plunge into standup and hasn’t looked back, performing regularly in both the English and Polish comedy scenes in Krakow.


In his private life, he’s known for his cheap and cheesy jokes. He’s rarely serious and always cracking jokes to those around him. “I want to make people laugh,” he says. Skóra finished his studies in science and has since been paying the bills with his musical career. An artist through and through, he needed another creative outlet where it didn’t matter if he failed or succeeded.

 

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Photo: Aleksander Fedorowicz

“My best performance was at my standup first show, actually,” he chuckles. Since then he’s found the most difficult thing about standup to be selecting which jokes to include in his set. “It’s like telling one of your children that they can’t go on a trip with the rest of the family,” Skóra notes, highlighting his vast collection of material as a point of stress rather than a comfort. Continue reading “Comedian Spotlight Series: Damian Skóra”

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Comedian Spotlight Series: Tomasz Biskup

Laugh.pl is dedicated to promoting local talent. Welcome to the first installment of our “Spotlight Series” where we profile local comedians and tell their stories. To see these and other up-and-coming comics in action, join us at our monthly “Comedy Open Mic”, the first Wednesday of every month at Świetlica, 17 Marszałkowska in Warsaw. Like us on facebook for more information!

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Clocking in at 6 foot something, Tomasz Biskup dominates by design alone. For a man of his stature, he has a quiet reserved energy about him – not shy, but almost. He speaks in short sentences, no small talk, no asking about the weather or the price of eggs. He helps set up the audio equipment, stands at the back of group photos and paces slowly at the back of the room before it’s his turn to go on stage. That’s when he turns it on.

A hush settles on the audience and we’re all enamored by his joke about a language meetup. Hanging on every word, Biskup takes us on a roller coaster that is his experience with expats in Krakow. He’s a professional: he knows how to form each sentence to draw us in and maximize the laughs. And the laughs are nonstop.

He’s the standout of the night, and of course he is – he’s been doing comedy for more than 10 years. Confidence and stage presence like that only comes after a decade of being in the spotlight. Biskup started in a Poland quite different from the one today – a Poland without a standup or improv scene. He’s been forging his own way for years and that, in addition to his own talent, has made him a master of the craft.

Continue reading “Comedian Spotlight Series: Tomasz Biskup”

Christine Skobe wins Poland’s Funniest Amateur Comedian Contest

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Skobe holds her winnings ($25USD)

 

Recently at the trendy Swietlica club on Warsaw’s massive Marszalkowska street 20-something Christine Skobe  (from Canada) beat out Bartek to earn the right to be called, Poland’s Funniest Amateur Comedian of 2016. The contest was hosted by the ever-talented Ricky Krzyzewski and featured a special performance by Marcin Kraszewski. The evening was highlighted by the use of original material, which the audience found amusing and delightful. Christine has been asked for defend her title in the 2nd Annual Poland’s Funniest Amateur Comedian contest to be held in Warsaw in the Fall of 2017.
For a taste of Christine’s wonderful blend of ironic, and spontaneous humour watch our video clip (coming soon!)

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A rare photo of Christine during her set

Local Comedians for Podcast

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If you are an aspiring Stand-up Comedian living and working in the Mazowieckie region of Poland please consider appearing on our ‘Green Room’ podcast were you’ll get 20 minutes to tell our audience about your favorite comedians, your history in comedy, and what you’d like to achieve in the field. If you have been performing for at least six months and are currently living and working near Warsaw, Poland please complete this short interest form.

MC Wanted for Open Mic Night

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If you are a talented Stand-up comedian residing in Warsaw, Poland interested in taking your career to new heights please consider applying to host one of our Stand-up Comedy Open Mic nights in Warsaw and surrounding cities. This is a paid position and should only be considered by those who are responsible and organized. If you’d like to take the stage as our next MC please complete this short application form and one of our staff will get back to you shortly.

The Search for an Open Mic venue in Warsaw

Quest for a Venue in Warsaw

Laugh.pl is currently looking to re-enter the English Stand-up comedy circuit in Poland by launching a regular Stand-up comedy Open Mic night in the countries capital. One venue is being looked at near Improv.pl‘s permanent location at Cafe Niespodzianka. If you know of a venue in Warsaw that would be well-served by a Stand-up comedy Open Mic night please complete our venue suggestion form.

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