One of the things I have been trying to tell people for years is that…

Using “conventional” joke writing methods to develop stand-up comedy material that actually works to get big laughs on stage is a lot like trying to pick your teeth with a chain saw.

But that’s what all the comedians say you have to do.

And that’s what all the so-called stand-up comedy “experts” teach — it’s all about “joke writing” when it comes to developing stand-up comedy material for the stage.
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e-markBecause stand-up comedy is a performance art form that is focused on verbal communication (talking)…

There is a hugely false perception that almost anyone can do it well given some “jokes” and some stage time.

Well, I will be the first to tell you that virtually anyone can suck at stand-up comedy — but only a relative few will ever excel at it to any noteworthy level.
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assumptions2When I started my stand-up comedy career, like most people who want to take a shot at stand-up comedy I had preconceived ideas and made assumptions about what stand-up was all about and how it was done.

Those preconceived ideas and assumptions were supported by the stand-up comedy books I devoured and the comedy workshops that I attended to try to put together an act that would generate the big laughs.

It was those same preconceived ideas and assumptions that almost made me quit stand-up comedy after 9 months because I sucked and I knew it, no matter how hard I tried. Read the rest of this entry