Michelle Alexis Newman

Photographer & Director

'The Open Mic' is a portrait series of comedians combined with one of their self-chosen original jokes.
Open Mic at a comedy club is a venue for comedians to step on to the stage and try out new material in front of an audience. It is open to beginners and seasoned performers and unlike other visual and performing artists who can hideaway while they develop their skill, the art of making someone laugh can only be practiced in an utterly public arena. So whether there is a triumph or a train wreck, the audience is witness to all.

Ongoing Series.

Slate interview about project.