Ian Abramson has definitely gained insight from letting his audience shock him

Ian Abramsons recent Conan standup gave was a bit of a discrepancy: For the majority of the segment, the comedian allowed an audience member to shock him with his dog’s develop collar if they didnt like a joke. Brain cancer and suicide gags flew by, a groan-worthy Tennessee Williams joke delivered the sorenes.

Abramson, who started working out this chip last year, says hes gained some revelation from its own experience: Drunk people love to electrocute him, but the chip definitely wakes people up on a Saturday night. And it changes the audience-performer dynamic.

You guys are deciding whether or not this goes well, he says as we sit in the bar of the Stephen F. Austin hotel before his Moontower Comedy set. The show is half you. If you dont like it, thats part of the show.

Its an inventive chip, but likewise a risky one to seek at a time when you are able to make a snap judgement about a joke with the click of a mouse.

It either amazes them or it doesnt, Abramson says. The startle is part of it. If anything, it calls out when a joke doesnt do that great. And thats kind of merriment in itself … I see online you can just kind of say what you want, but when youre at a comedy display youre more aware youre in the room. And Im asking you to be even more aware. Joke to joke, youre choosing what works.

Abramson, who’s been doing standup for the past five years, started experimenting as host of Comedy Centrals 7 Minutes in Purgatory , in which a comedian has to do their establish away from the audience and its joke-affirming laughter. He says the display stirred him see more about the audience-performer dynamic.

7 Minutes in Purgatory , the experiment, was basically what if I didnt know how the audience is responding, and the startle collar is basically what if only one person decided whether or not a joke operated? And bombing “means youre” electrocuted, he says.

It doesn’t hurt that scandalizing a guy onstage is damn amusing, whether or not the joke he just told is funny.

We questioned Abramson any questions about the internet, too. Here are some answers 😛 TAGEND

Whats your favorite meme ?

Whats weird about memes is, were all trying to enjoy them ironically, but we be brought to an end just enjoying them. If were all enjoying it ironically, then were enjoying it sincerely. A good meme constructs me laugh. I desire a good GIF. Ill emphatically mention Damn Daniel. I desire that vine. But that experiences insane to say: I desire that vine.

It feels so old-fashioned now, because there are so many new memes every day .

I cant “ve been waiting for” Ken Burns Presents: The History of Pepe the Frog . Thats going to be such a tale.

What about your favorite dead website ?

I used to desire going to Newgrounds. They did a lot of Flash games, a lot of online, browser-based games. Theyre still up but I dont visit them.

Do you have a million-dollar app hypothesi ?

Weirdly enough, Im helping a couple people develop an app. Theres this company in L.A. thats just trying to mix comedy and technology, and has some very cool concerning notions . … I dont see I can explain well enough to say it, so I wont. But the app itself was basically a joke, taking a normal hypothesi for an app and just kind of twisting it.

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