One of the things that you will hear about stand-up comedy is this:

“It’s all about the timing.”

This is another one of those sort of absolute truths that’s not completely accurate.

Now I will tell you that timing when delivering a stand-up comedy routine is certainly a very important factor in the process of generating loud and frequent audience laughs.

But I will also tell you that timing is also just one aspect of a number of factors in play when a comedian performs and generates big laughs on stage. Read the rest of this entry

Another question that seems to come up from time to time is this:

Is there any way to bypass stand-up comedy open mic nights?

The answer is yes, but there’s a bit more involved than meets the eye.

Let me start with this: Read the rest of this entry

I know that there are many who want to “write” a stand-up comedy act that works who think that the way it is done is like writing a book report or a short story.

They also tend to believe that there are specific “writing techniques” that will somehow enhance the process.

Those sort of things may be beneficial if an audience was going to read a comedian’s stand-up comedy material or if a comedian was going to read their stand-up comedy act to an audience.

Neither one of these things actually happen in the realm of stand-up comedy.
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