Let’s assume that there are two comedians performing five minute sets at a comedy club.

The first comedian averages 18 seconds of laughter each performing minute.

The second comedian averages 5 seconds of laughter each performing minute.

Which comedian is funnier?

Let me give you a hint of just how much funnier one is over the other…

A comedian who can only generate 5 seconds of laughter per minute is bombing (which should be called audience abuse or publicly humiliating oneself).
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This may come as a surprise, but when it comes to comedy timing…

You already have MOST of the comedy timing that you are ever going to have.

And I can promise this…

You won’t read that in any “conventional” book on stand-up comedy.

The biggest piece of the puzzle that is usually missing for most new comedians when it comes to comedy timing is that… Read the rest of this entry

question-icon1One of the things that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that it is difficult if not impossible to get the right information if you don’t know the right questions to ask.

I also know that many of what people consider the “right” questions won’t actually produce much in the way of meaningful information at all.

So I am going to tackle a seemingly simple and straightforward question in this article which is:

How long should a stand-up comedy joke be?

Before I continue, let’s start with some background information related to finding the answer to this question. Read the rest of this entry