Sometimes I get difficult, if not impossible questions like:

Am I funny enough for stand-up comedy or am I just wasting my time?

Without knowing an individual personally or without reviewing a video of an individual performing stand-up comedy, there’s no way for me to tell.

But I can tell you what I know, which is:

Most people (roughly 60%-70%) who make the decision to jump into stand-up comedy have all the natural comedy talent they need to do well as a comedian.
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I am a firm believer that one of the real keys to becoming a high impact comedian or speaker starts with really understanding what it is you do in the first place when you make someone laugh in very ordinary, everyday situations.

Unfortunately, I also know that most people are looking for that “mechanical” or robotic means for generating big laughs on stage.
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comedy-stage1One of the things I can tell you with great certainty is that when I made the decision to take a shot at stand-up comedy and started signing up for open mic nights, I was hugely unprepared.

I had a vision in my head about what stand-up comedy was and how it should be done based solely on having watched countless hours of stand-up comedy on TV.

In retrospect, I can also say that the only thing that did for me was leave a big butt mark in my sofa — it was of no value to me whatsoever when it came to my open mic performances. Read the rest of this entry