I am a firm believer that one of the real keys to becoming a high impact comedian or speaker starts with really understanding what it is you do in the first place when you make someone laugh in very ordinary, everyday situations.

Unfortunately, I also know that most people are looking for that “mechanical” or robotic means for generating big laughs on stage.
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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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Because stand-up comedy is a performance art form that is focused on verbal communication…

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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