Here are a couple of great questions I received about delivering stand-up comedy material:

I watched a comic bomb at an open mic a little while ago. He had a routine that was like Jack Handy observations, where almost every line was a punchline, but the topic or theme was depression, and he delivered every line in slow motion like a recording that was slowed down.
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One of the things that every comedian must have if they want to generate big audience laughter is confidence.

Here’s why I say that:

Audiences know – either on a conscious or subconscious level when a comedian is confident and when they are not and will respond (or not respond) accordingly.

Confidence as a comedian is learned based on two primary aspects – advanced preparation and experience, both of which are related to each other.
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puzzledShould your stand-up comedy material be written down?

I cannot think of any other way a person could edit or adjust their jokes or stand-up comedy material unless it is written down.

Let’s assume that you have your stand-up comedy material or jokes written down.

Other than for memorization purposes…

What do you look at in the written version of your stand-up comedy material or jokes for improvement and to increase your laughs? Read the rest of this entry