Let’s assume that there are two comedians performing five minute sets at a comedy club.
The first comedian averages 18 seconds of laughter each performing minute.
The second comedian averages 5 seconds of laughter each performing minute.
Which comedian is funnier?
Let me give you a hint of just how much funnier one is over the other…
A comedian who can only generate 5 seconds of laughter per minute is bombing (which should be called audience abuse or publicly humiliating oneself).
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This may come as a surprise, but when it comes to comedy timing…
You already have MOST of the comedy timing that you are ever going to have.
And I can promise this…
You won’t read that in any “conventional” book on stand-up comedy.
The biggest piece of the puzzle that is usually missing for most new comedians when it comes to comedy timing is that… Read the rest of this entry
One of the things that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that it is difficult if not impossible to get the right information if you don’t know the right questions to ask.
I also know that many of what people consider the “right” questions won’t actually produce much in the way of meaningful information at all.
So I am going to tackle a seemingly simple and straightforward question in this article which is:
How long should a stand-up comedy joke be?
Before I continue, let’s start with some background information related to finding the answer to this question. Read the rest of this entry