Jackson comedy showcase is just for laughs - Jackson Clarion Ledger

posted on 08 Aug 2015 01:18 by imaginarynip9220
Rachel James-Terry, Clarion-Ledger correspondent

8:37 p.m. CDT August 6, 2015

The 2nd Annual Jackson's All Star Comedy Showcase is tonight at The Hideaway in the Deville Plaza Shopping Center in Jackson.(Photo: Special to The Clarion-Ledger)

Elton Pope, CEO of Carpe Diem Mgmt LLC, wants just one thing from today's 2nd Annual Jackson's All Star Comedy Showcase: He wants people to laugh.

"The first year we did it at the Jackson, Mississippi, planetarium. It was sold out; there wasn't an empty seat in the house. So we're looking for a bigger turnout. This is really a showcase for our local talent to make Jackson and everyone aware of what we have right here," Pope, 36, said.

This time, the venue will be The Hideaway in the Deville Plaza Shopping Center in Jackson.

Pope graduated in 2002 with a degree in marketing from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Perhaps it was comedic intervention that led him to eventually create his Carpe Diem Mgmt nearly five years ago in his native Vicksburg.

Tasked with organizing a birthday "comedy explosion" for one of his best friends, former NFL cornerback Fred Smoot, Pope discovered his funny bone.

"We did a comedy show at the convention center in downtown Jackson. Fantasia Barrino was the host," Pope says. "We had five or six acts, and I kind of just fell in love with the comedy and it was a successful event."

Soon thereafter, Pope landed his first comedy show in New York and was troubled by what he considered "price gouging." He vowed to handle his business bookings himself.

What followed was a two-year contract with Lady Luck Casino. "I did a weekly comedy night on Thursday nights there, two shows a night. I brought in nationally known comedians and local talent, and that made me realize there wasn't really a stage for local comedians to perform and sharpen their comedic chops," he says.

When Pope finished working with Lady Luck, he got a sponsorship with Capitol City Beverage then a two-year contract with Ameristar Casino.

Although it is difficult for him to narrow down his most successful moment, Pope easily recalls the struggle to overcome negative feedback. "When we first started, it was a dry market. We would go to different spots trying to do a comedy show, and we were told it's not going to work," says Pope, who's married and the father of three boys.

"It was just horrible, but we were just spending our money http://scottygotanofficejob.com because we knew we had to stay consistent. So it took us two years, and now we have us a crowd, people that we see every time we do a show."

Carpe Diem now does a monthly Joking Around Comedy Series in Jackson, "We've done a couple shows at the Penguin, Center Stage and the newest spot was ISH with Marcus Comb from Chicago," Pope says.

Pope also holds Team Whodie's Comedy Crackup monthly in Hattiesburg. "We average 300 people every month in Hattiesburg at Club Brewski's. It's packed," he says.

Grooming local comedians and offering a platform to perfect their craft is also a goal for Pope and Carpe Diem. "We created a workout room at the Mediterranean Grill ... for upcoming comedians to come and work out in front of an audience and everything."

Recognizing that stand-up can be a financial struggle, Pope also pays every local comedian who has done or will do a Carpe Diem show. He wants them to recognize the value in their talent so they are not easily taken advantage of.

Pope recently overcome his own struggle to find the right location. His search ended with The Hideaway -- the setting for Friday's show. ""Comedy is made to be intimate and made to be fun," Pope says, "and that's how we try to keep it. ... I think it's one of those venues I won't have to move from for a while, because you can outgrow a venue."

Sometime in the next five to 10 years, Pope hopes to own a comedy club and expand his empire throughout Mississippi and the Southeastern states. "We want to be the premiere management group booking comedy shows."

If you go

oWhat: 2nd annual Jackson's All Star Comedy Showcase 2015

oWhen: Today

oWhere: The Hideaway, 5100 I-55 N, Jackson (in Deville Plaza)

oTime: Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

oFor more information, call (601) 709-7894 or (601) 317-1602

oWebsite: www.carpediemmgmt.com

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'Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me' Documentary Coming to DVD - Taste of Country

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Glen Campbell's documentary, Glen Campbell ... Thankfully, theJames Keach-directed film is actually heading for you to DVD as well as VOD about Sept. 1, courtesy associated with Virgil Films.

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"The making associated with this film continues for you to be an exhilarating, joyous and also inspiring ride.

Today, Glen Campbell will be in the full-time care facility. Campbell was advised through doctors which he should prepare for you to quit playing music, nevertheless he did one thing vastly different, instead describing on the year-and-a-half-long tour across America throughout 2011.

The film has established a significant buzz. Any time it premiered upon CNN in June, 2.76 million folks tuned within to end up being able to watch -- an archive for that network. I'll Always Be Me will forever inspire me like a filmmaker plus a man. 18 prior to its DVD release.

From sensors and Hawk-Eye to PlaySight, what's next for tennis in the tech arms race? (Photos by AP; Yair Assaf)

A few weeks ago, I played on a Smart Court at CourtSense in Bogota, N.J. to test out PlaySight, a technology that tracks the shots you hit, the distance you cover, your time spent playing, and almost any tennis statistic you could dream of. With a few taps on the courtside kiosk screen, information instantly came together from the system's cameras. Having my game analyzed in seconds was awe-inspiring. And it gave me pause for thought: How is technology changing the game?

Since 2006, the Hawk-Eye replay challenge system has been a huge leap forward in the tech arms race, using incredibly precise technology to solve disputes and save time. More recently, tennis manufacturers have been incorporating sensors into gear to track on-court stats, be it on your wrist or in your racquet, such as Babolat's PLAY Pure Drive. These wearable sensors are like tennis-specific Fitbits. At the Bank of the West Classic this week, the WTA is allowing coaches to carry SAP software designed iPads on court to have live data from the match on hand. Coaches will be allowed to use the iPads at six other tournaments this season.

PlaySight may be the biggest innovation of them all, with statistics, video replay, and line calls all in one. It could very well change the way children learn the sport and impact how players of all levels--from juniors to the pros--improve and compete. There's still value in old-school teaching methods; learning to combat with cheaters and being responsible for your own drills are lessons valuable to tennis and life. But new innovations allow players to have access to valuable information, quickly, and with no extra effort. It's a perfect fit in today's desire for instant gratification.

Of course, what these players actually do with that information is up to them, something that shouldn't be forgotten. And for the most part, tennis is still far behind other sports in the technology race. Since 2006, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston has been bringing together panelists (from coaches like Phil Jackson to top statisticians and sociologists) to discuss the increasing role of data in professional sports. Last year, in a study ranking 30 sports in order of most-to-least analytical, tennis came in second-to-last place.

This year in World Team Tennis, where experimentation is the norm, a 25-second clock counted down time between points. On tour, Rafael Nadal has been often criticized for going over the time limit, with critique coming mostly from his fellow players. "I http://texastennisopen.com like the shot clock to be honest. Some players take so much time," Boston Lobsters coach and former world No. 14 Jan-Michael Gambill said.

"The clock on court is nice because a lot of top players complain a lot about the time," doubles world No. 3 Marcelo Melo added.

This infusion of technology--though hardly revolutionary--is a benefit to fans as well, says 12-time Grand Slam champion and WTT founder Billie Jean King. "I don't want [Mylan WTT matches] to be longer than two hours--maybe two and a half if its an unbelievable match," King says. "People's concentration spans are short."

Just how short? Researchers have foundthat in the past 15 years, the human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds to eight seconds, mostly thanks to the smartphone revolution. That's a shorter attention span than a goldfish (which is nine seconds).

The consensus between all of these tennis technologies is saving time--these days, even a wasted second is too long. And for a sport with matches that often last three hours or more (to say nothing of the many men's marathons we've witnessed in recent years), embracing new technology is the only path tennis should take if it wants to keep people's attention.

Years ago, the sport embraced Hawk-Eye. Now the on-court clock is the simplest way to keep moving forward. We don't know what technology will impact tennis next, but it's safe to say that whatever it is will do so in a big way.