I went to YouTube.com and did a search using the term bad stand-up comedy and I was kind of amazed at what I found.

Below is a video of an unfunny comedian who gets very few laughs in his set and is an obvious flop on stage.

It’s called bombing in the world of stand-up comedy and this guy was pretty darn good at it.
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Many people are under the impression that the process for generating laughter while giving a speech or presentation is somehow vastly different from delivering stand-up comedy.

This notion is FALSE.

The comedy mechanics for generating audience laughter are exactly the same as those needed for stand-up comedy (or in any environment for that matter)

The big difference is that speeches and presentations usually contain “informational content” that is not designed or intended to generate laughter.
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One of the most basic ways that a comedian can review their stand-up comedy act for performance improvement is to simply count the number of laughs generated each minute they are on stage.

All that is needed is a video or audio recording of the set you wish to review, along with some fingers and toes to count with.

I should mention that what I am about to share with you regarding laughs per minute is only a very rough, largely inaccurate performance gauge and just like with any stand-up comedy set, your performances will usually always vary to some degree relative to the audience size, seating, and attentiveness to your show. Read the rest of this entry