Sam Morril has been a stand-up comic in New York for almost a decade. He has been on Conan and Comedy Central, and performs in comedy clubs all over New York City and nationally. Before making it to the stage, Morril would hand out flyers for comedy shows — doing so, luckily, only for a short stint. Morril met Patton Oswalt after a show in New York, who advised him to “do open mics, just go to every open mic.” Morril took his advice. “They were awful,” he reflects, “humiliating and awful. But I just kept doing them.”
When asked what’s next, Sam says, “I’m thinking about going back to school and getting my master’s at Clown University.” This is the first episode of This is Stand-Up, a short docu-series on stand-up comedy.
We followed Sam around all night and listened as he worked out jokes from club to club, including Stand Up New York on the Upper West Side, Revision Bar in the East Village, and, finally, the famed Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village.