Scott Hanselman

Developer Stand up Comedy - Coding 4 Fun

May 06, 2011 Comment on this post [27] Posted in ASP.NET | Coding4Fun | Musings | Speaking
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imageThere aren't enough funny developer talks in my opinion. Lots of you folks are so funny in person and when I got to conferences or just have lunch we laugh and laugh. As with all niches or cliques, we're all part of a little club of inside jokes and shared stories.

It's always weird to get lots of comments on my technical talks. Many are positive, but sometimes I'll get one like "your not funy!" or "stop joking and start coding." Well, I realize my brand of edutainment isn't for everyone.

That said, this talk is happily content-free. If you hate my jokes, you may ignore it. ;)

Many years ago I did some local open mics and stand up, although I've never really put together a tight hour of material. I'm less of a stand up and more of a storyteller. Anyway, I got signed up for a talk in Holland last week called "Coding 4 Fun" but didn't prepare anything. I was already signed up for 6 other talks and had already presented 3 times by the time I showed up on stage at the 7pm "geek night" session.

There were a bunch of people there almost an hour early so I just sat on the end of the stage and we chatted. It was great fun. Next thing we knew, the guy was recording the video and the room was filling up.

So, I talked and told stories and chatted my co-workers and friends on IM for a while, the showed some community built NuGet packages. The only think I wish is that you could see the audience in this video. They were fun and engaged and silly.

Big thanks to Glenn Block and Clemens Vasters for sitting in the front row and playing along, and to Damian Edwards, Tim Heuer and Phil Haack for being silly over IM.

A lot of the jokes are in the IM or the code, so if you can't see them (even though I zoom in) with smooth streaming, download a higher res version so you can see them.

Coding for Fun with Scott Hanselman recorded in Holland in April of 2011

I hope you enjoy. Maybe one day I will put together a real act of "stand up for developers."

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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May 06, 2011 0:20
Maybe one day I will put together a real act of "stand up for developers."

You should. You should, seriously. You should. I'd buy tickets! :)
May 06, 2011 0:46
That session was absolutely great! I had a great time, thanks!
May 06, 2011 0:48
If you can make the Belgians smile you should have an easy time in the rest of the world.
May 06, 2011 1:06
your not funny
May 06, 2011 1:06
forgot the smiley ;-)

you rock
May 06, 2011 1:36
It would be awesome, if you added resolutions to the video downloads.
May 06, 2011 2:00
@chrissie1 It's a good thing the Belgians don't live in Holland but in Belgium then ;)
May 06, 2011 2:42
I'm not sure what the point of this talk was. It was mis-characterized as Standup when it's a .NET talk. I did enjoy some of the info regarding internal MS politics and project management. I thought the tools were ok and there were a couple WTF moments (this doesn't need to be MVC but it is and you think that's cool? Who writes in javascript anymore?). Was thinking about linking it to our engineering intranet...over an hour later it was clear that it was just something to listen to in the background...if I couldn't listen to anything else and had no books handy, as there is little to learn from the demos and focuses on some disparate high level technologies. - .02
May 06, 2011 2:57
Hey Scott,
Love when you are doing jokes during demos! they make them very fun to watch + there is always something to learn.

Keep it up!
May 06, 2011 3:00
Jack9 - Sorry you didn't enjoy it. Each to his own.
May 06, 2011 4:31
"Your not funny" - those people don't understand grammar OR humor. Looking forward to this; if it's anything like your MIX talk on the web stack of love, I'm sure I'll be laughing out loud (and getting stared at from people in other cubes)...
May 06, 2011 6:49
When do you go on tour? This talk was hilarious and informative, I wish all tutorials and conferences were this entertaining.
May 06, 2011 11:01
I attended the devdays and attended the keynote and the Nuget session. I missed this session unfortunately but downloaded it last Wednesday or so from channel9. viewed it Wednesday and really liked it. it was fun. lmao at the 'no pants on?' part and the Lync. and the fastforward MVC scaffolding.
May 06, 2011 11:20
That was seriously one of my favorite talks I've seen in years. Thanks Scott.
May 06, 2011 11:32
I think it's great that this got posted online.
I was there, after a full day of sessions, and it was good to just have some fun and not to have to take notes for a session or two, which is kind of the point of Geek Night. If you are looking for very informative videos, look elsewhere. If you're looking for some developer fun, this is your video.
May 06, 2011 11:55
@chrissie => this was in Holland, a lot more easy crowd than Belgian's. I'm belgian and have presented these TechDays events.

This is seriously good, but it's not serious. I do value your
May 06, 2011 12:07
Scott, I like your way of presenting. If only the subject of your talks wasn't about web stuff...
May 06, 2011 12:16
This is seriously good, but it's not serious. I do value your other sessions more.

Even watching it on a WP7 on the train, it still is a good laugh (and some weird looks from fellow passengers)

Next up:
@shanselman: It's @migueldeicaza and I from that #mix11 @ch9live session that brought us "The Gracious Manatee." Video: <a @href=""></a>

If IE9 will let me download it: <a @href="">IE9 does not like Scott Hanselman</a>
May 06, 2011 15:37
Whoa, a post about a video, and the video is linked in hires, with exactly one click to save? This is really the 21th century.
May 07, 2011 2:11
OK,I must know.


Thanks xoxox
May 07, 2011 2:34
i remember the video presentation of 4.0 where you started your lecture with some very funny jokes
the one about some employees getting released and losing thier job during the process of introducing new technologies [VS2010] talking about the guy who comes in the VS2008 installing process
that one was hilarious
May 21, 2011 21:20
man! that was an awesome full hour of scott's edutainement! I had a great time watching this. I also showed it to some of my friends who also found it awesome. Don't pay attention to the grim devs who have no sense of humor :P keep it rockin' ;)
August 23, 2011 2:56
I started following you because of yout podcasts and you sound like a very serious man when in "radio mode". However, in "TV" mode you are is really entertaining.
It's like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Maybe you could add a bit of a spice to your podcast :)

September 07, 2011 12:46
Hi Scott,

Do you have any plans in doing TechDays/DevDays in China?

I enjoyed the Web Camps 2-day event you and James Senior hosted in Beijing last May, very much.

September 11, 2011 2:58
Couldn't play on my WinXP media player, don't have your latest whizbang codec. I laughed and laughed.
September 11, 2011 8:55
oldguy - No MP4? That's a pretty standard codec from 2005 friend. ;)
September 24, 2011 14:23
Are you planning to visit Prague sometimes in the future?

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