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keith anthony
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     I started an interest in the arts in 1987 as an acting student at HB Studios in Greenwich village. I studied with Bill Hickey and used to go to class just to watch him smoke cigarettes and listen to his stories. I loved listening to Bill's stories but the truth is, I never really took to acting or got much done.

 

     In 1989 I went to Los Angeles to study Improvisation and try my hand at television and the movies, even though I did not care for acting. I auditioned at, and was accepted to, The Groundlings. I took one class and enjoyed it. It is very challenging to do that process correctly and when you get it right, it feels great. I did fairly in the course and was asked to move forward but I went back to NYC after my motorcycle was stolen and I wound up broke. 

     In 1989 I started standup in NYC as a result of encouragement by a friend and have been performing off and on ever since. I like standup because you can control the entire process of creating and performing. The only stipulation is that the audience has to laugh when you're done. Stand up is an excellent art form to creatively communicate ideas into words with the only requisite of having to be funny. 

     The more healthy forms of expressions you have in life the better. Where the result of comedy is instant, painting takes a longer time to get to the end result of the creative process. I try not to lean too much on technique because I like to create as close to my own ideas as possible. I understand the benefit of technique but after so many years trying to market myself in the entertainment industry, I just wanted this form of expression for myself. 

   

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