Ah, the one person show – where you can be all the characters, and nobody can tell you to stop talking to yourself!

I’ve written six of them. Or seven. I’ve lost count. My work is a hybrid between solo show and standup comedy. I like to think it’s closer to standup comedy, and further from therapy.

But don’t worry, if you’re reading this, it means you’re ready to take on the challenge of creating your own solo masterpiece. And why not? It’s the perfect way to share your story, your way. Plus, you’ll finally have an excuse to talk to yourself without people giving you funny looks.

So where do you start? Well, first you gotta dig deep and find your secret. And no, not the kind that’s hidden in your diary, we’re talking about the kind that’s hidden deep in your heart. That’s right, the central moment in your life that’s so powerful it could make Oprah cry. Once you find that, you’re ready to unleash your creativity and get to work.

But hold on a second there, hotshot. You can’t just jump right into it. You gotta take your time, really feel the emotions, and let your imagination run wild. So grab a pen and paper, find a quiet spot, and let those images and sensations flow out of you like a geyser of brilliance. And don’t be afraid to get a little weird with it – write in bullet points, scribble a poem, sing some opera, or go full-on Dr. Seuss with your prose. After all, this is your show, so why not make it a little wacky?

And when you’re done, don’t go showing it to just anybody. This is your precious baby, and it deserves to be held with care and tenderness. So give it a little hug, whisper some sweet nothings, and then let it sit for a bit. Trust us, it’ll thank you later.

So break a leg, dear writer! The world is waiting for your brilliance to shine. Just remember to stay true to yourself, have fun, and don’t be afraid to get a little goofy. After all, it’s not a one person show without a little bit (ok, a lot) of quirkiness.

Alicia Dattner

Comedian and Creatrix Alicia Dattner is an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning performer who loves to help others use the power of humor to transform their lives and write a new unfolding story for the world.


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