One of the things that every comedian simply cannot have enough of is confidence.
But where does that confidence come from — especially in the beginning?
I would be so bold as to say that in stand-up comedy, having confidence on stage originates from having confidence in the material development process that a comedian uses — specifically one that works with a measure of success.
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Riffing in stand-up comedy is when a comedian interacts with an audience by asking questions to the entire audience or individual audience members, hoping to use their “razor sharp wit” to generate laughs as a result of the interaction.
Usually that “razor sharp wit” turns out to be about as sharp as a sack full of hammers.
It always used to crack me up when I would meet a comedian at an open mic who would say something like this: Read the rest of this entry
I was surfing online, looking for information on how to write a punchline when I came across an article from eHow.com called “How To Write A Punchline” — supposedly for those who want to know how to be a stand-up comedian.
There were 5 points presented, all of which were generic at best and accurate in a general way, but tip #4 for how to write a punchline actually made me laugh out loud: Read the rest of this entry